Ruger SR1911 Review
Part 5 - Internal Features
June 15, 2012

Ruger SR1911 Review

In the other parts of my Ruger SR1911 Pistol Review, I cover What's In The Box, External & Operational Features, and Disassembly with lots of photos and commentary.  In this part of the review, I cover the internal features and components of the Ruger SR1911 Pistol.  Throughout this review you can click on any photo to bring up a high resolution photo allowing you to see the details in the photos.  Although I have not commented on every photo, I have tried to provide views of all the features so you can form your own opinion on the components and features of the SR1911 pistol.  Not that it really matters, I have listed these parts in the basic order of reassembly which may help those less familiar with 1911 pistols.

 


Frame

The frame is a stainless steel investment casting that is made from Ruger's proprietary blend of metal that is somewhere between 410 and 420 stainless steel and the frame is then machined to it's final dimensions.

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Ruger SR1911 Review: Frame Top View

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Ruger SR1911 Review: Frame Iso View

Ruger rounded all sharp edges and did a good job with the evenness of the stainless matte bead blast finish.

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Ruger SR1911 Review: Frame Right Side View

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Ruger SR1911 Review: Frame Iso View

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Ruger SR1911 Review: Frame Bottom View

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Ruger SR1911 Review: Frame Iso View

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Ruger SR1911 Review: Frame Left Side View

The plunger tube is integrally molded into the frame.

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Ruger SR1911 Review: Frame Left Side View

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Ruger SR1911 Review: Frame Iso View

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Ruger SR1911 Review: Frame Rear Left Iso View   Ruger SR1911 Review: Frame Rear View   Ruger SR1911 Review: Frame Rear Right Iso View

The Vertical Impact Surface (VIS) has a bowtie cut and it appears, by looking at the barrel lugs, that the barrel lugs are striking the surface properly.

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Ruger SR1911 Review: Frame VIS


Trigger Assembly

The trigger assembly is actually made up of three parts; the aluminum skeletonized trigger, steel trigger bow and over travel stop set screw.

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Ruger SR1911 Review: Trigger Assembly Iso View

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Ruger SR1911 Review: Trigger Assembly Top View

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Ruger SR1911 Review: Trigger Assembly Front View   Ruger SR1911 Review: Trigger Assembly Left View   Ruger SR1911 Review: Trigger Assembly Rear View

The over travel stop set screw appears to have some type of red thread locking compound to prevent the screw from working loose.

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Ruger SR1911 Review: Trigger Assembly Bottom View

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Ruger SR1911 Review: Trigger Assembly Right View


Magazine Catch Assembly

The magazine catch assembly is made from steel.

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Ruger SR1911 Review: Magazine Catch Assembly   Ruger SR1911 Review: Magazine Catch Assembly   Ruger SR1911 Review: Magazine Catch Assembly


Disconnector

The disconnector appears to be a stainless steel MIM (Metal Injection Molded) part.

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Ruger SR1911 Review: Disconnector

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Ruger SR1911 Review: Disconnector

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Ruger SR1911 Review: Disconnector

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Ruger SR1911 Review: Disconnector


Sear

Manufactured using the MIM process.

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Ruger SR1911 Review: Sear   Ruger SR1911 Review: Sear   Ruger SR1911 Review: Sear   Ruger SR1911 Review: Sear


Sear Pin

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Ruger SR1911 Review: Sear Pin


Hammer & Strut

The hammer is a MIM part made from stainless steel with the sides of the hammer milled off to give the bright stainless finish.  The strut appears to be a stamped steel part.

                     Figure 31                      Figure 32                      Figure 33                       Figure 34
Ruger SR1911 Review: Hammer & Strut   Ruger SR1911 Review: Hammer & Strut   Ruger SR1911 Review: Hammer & Strut   Ruger SR1911 Review: Hammer & Strut


Hammer Pin

Figure 35
Ruger SR1911 Review: Hammer Pin


Sear Spring

Figure 36
Ruger SR1911 Review: Sear Spring

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Ruger SR1911 Review: Sear Spring

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Ruger SR1911 Review: Sear Spring


Mainspring Housing & Pin

The mainspring housing is a MIM part.  I didn't disassemble the housing to examine the internal components.

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Ruger SR1911 Review: Mainspring Housing   Ruger SR1911 Review: Mainspring Housing Pin

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Ruger SR1911 Review: Mainspring Housing   Ruger SR1911 Review: Mainspring Housing   Ruger SR1911 Review: Mainspring Housing   Ruger SR1911 Review: Mainspring Housing


Grip Safety

Manufactured using the MIM process.

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Ruger SR1911 Review: Grip Safety   Ruger SR1911 Review: Grip Safety   Ruger SR1911 Review: Grip Safety


Safety Lock

Manufactured using the MIM process.

                        Figure 48                                                            Figure 49
Ruger SR1911 Review: Safety Lock   Ruger SR1911 Review: Safety Lock


Grips

The grips on the SR191 are Rosewood panels with a plastic Ruger logo inlay that is held in place with a short stud that is expanded on the opposite side of the wooden grips.

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Ruger SR1911 Review: Grips


Slide & Sights

The slide is machined from 416 stainless steel bar stock and the sights are MIM parts.  Although the sights are made by Novak, I believe they are made to Ruger's specifications.

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Ruger SR1911 Review: Slide

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Ruger SR1911 Review: Slide

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Ruger SR1911 Review: Slide

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Ruger SR1911 Review: Slide

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Ruger SR1911 Review: Slide   Ruger SR1911 Review: Slide   Ruger SR1911 Review: Slide

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Ruger SR1911 Review: Slide

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Ruger SR1911 Review: Slide


Firing Pin Spring

Ruger states the firing pin spring to be a "heavy spring" to assist with passing a drop test.

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Ruger SR1911 Review: Firing Pin Spring


Firing Pin

The titanium firing pin has an undercut area on the rear end to assist with the weight reduction of the pin which is a key requirement to pass a drop test.

Figure 61
Ruger SR1911 Review: Firing Pin


Extractor

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Ruger SR1911 Review: Extractor

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Ruger SR1911 Review: Extractor

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Ruger SR1911 Review: Extractor

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Ruger SR1911 Review: Extractor


Firing Pin Stop

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Ruger SR1911 Review: Firing Pin Stop   Ruger SR1911 Review: Firing Pin Stop


Barrel & Link

The broached barrel is made from 410 stainless steel.

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Ruger SR1911 Review: Barrel and Link

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Ruger SR1911 Review: Barrel and Link

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Ruger SR1911 Review: Barrel and Link

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Ruger SR1911 Review: Barrel and Link

The photo below shows the proof mark on the left side of the barrel lug.

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Ruger SR1911 Review: Barrel and Link

Using the pictures above and below, notice that the barrel appears to be properly throated with a mirror like finish.  Also in the photo below on the left, you can see where the barrel lugs are making contact with the vertical impact surface (VIS) by the bowtie marks appearing on the top of the lugs.

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Ruger SR1911 Review: Barrel and Link   Ruger SR1911 Review: Barrel and Link


Recoil Spring Guide

The recoil spring guide rod is a one-piece short solid rod made from stainless steel.

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Ruger SR1911 Review: Recoil Spring Guide   Ruger SR1911 Review: Recoil Spring Guide   Ruger SR1911 Review: Recoil Spring Guide


Recoil Spring

The recoil spring is a 18.5 pound spring weight.

Figure 78
Ruger SR1911 Review: Recoil Spring


Recoil Spring Plug

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Ruger SR1911 Review: Recoil Spring Plug   Ruger SR1911 Review: Recoil Spring Plug   Ruger SR1911 Review: Recoil Spring Plug


Barrel Bushing

One thing that is unique about the barrel bushing is that it is machined at the same time out of the same bar stock as the barrel which is 410 stainless steel .  I can see there may be an advantage to this method.  While the stock material is mounted in the machine for the turning operations, they are able to turn the bushing surfaces (both inside and outside diameters) to be concentric with the outside of the barrel which in turn may allow them to hold overall tighter tolerances on the fit of these parts.  Ruger then keeps the barrel and bushing together as a matched pair throughout the remainder of the pistol build.  The clearance between the barrel bushing and slide measured 0.0055" and between the bushing and barrel measured 0.0035".

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Ruger SR1911 Review: Barrel Bushing   Ruger SR1911 Review: Barrel Bushing   Ruger SR1911 Review: Barrel Bushing


Slide Stop

Manufactured using the MIM process.  The pin diameter measured 0.1965" which appears to be less than the standard 0.1985" to 2.0005".  Another feature I found interesting was the flat portion on the bottom of the pin.  Maybe I don't know enough about 1911's, but I don't believe it was intended by John Browning based on his drawings.  Since a similar flat existed on the safety lock pin, the flats must be related to the MIM process or Ruger has something else in mind.  Also notice the wear in the left photo in the area of the barrel link.  The barrel link is riding the slide stop pin during lockup.  I confirmed this by installing the pin hanging down and then testing the amount of force to rotate the pin when in lockup.  The pin was not loose.

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Ruger SR1911 Review: Slide Stop   Ruger SR1911 Review: Slide Stop   Ruger SR1911 Review: Slide Stop

 

Thoughts

Actually several thoughts come to mind.  The first is it appears that the Ruger SR1911 pistol is a quality made pistol.  The only blemishes are those on the MIM parts which is related to the gate location on the mold and how they separate the parts after molding.  I didn't measure every dimension, but overall the quality seems good for the price.  My range tests show that the accuracy you can get out of this pistol is more than enough needed for self defense and probably more than your average shooter can fully utilize.  There are some components that could potentially be swapped (i.e. the slide stop, barrel link and barrel bushing) to tighten up the pistol and convert it in the direction of a custom/match pistol.  My next thought has to do with the use of MIM (Metal Injection Molding) parts.  Ruger has used several MIM parts and honestly I'm glad to see this trend.  When you look at a comparison of MIM versus Machining versus Casting for properly manufactured parts (see this link) , MIM parts have a clear advantage and it takes companies like Ruger who are willing to take the risks and invest in their process to bring quality as well as value to the consumer (us).  Will there be lessons learned along the way? Sure, but at least a company like Ruger will make things right when some type of issue comes up.  My last thought is that I'm sure my wife thinks I'm totally nuts for spending all the time it takes to put together a detailed review.  She is probably right, but I still like doing it.

For more detailed photos and commentary, make sure you check out the other parts of this review and feel free to leave comments on my Reader's Comments page.  The following links are provided to help you see other parts of this review. 


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