Ruger SR1911CMD Review
Part 1 - Introduction, Specifications and Summary
April 26, 2013
In 2011 Ruger entered
into the 1911 market with their new SR1911 Pistol and it was an
instant sensation. In mid 2012, I performed a review of the
SR1911 Pistol and was very
impressed with the quality, performance and value that Ruger was able to put into
this pistol. I wasn't the only one to think this because
SR1911s were hard to find in stock at most of the local gun stores
in the Atlanta area. As we got further into 2012, I was sure
that the success of Ruger's SR1911 would soon spawn another model.
In January of 2013 my hunch proved to be good when Ruger introduced
their new SR1911CMD commander-style pistol which has a shorter 4.25"
barrel. You can see both the SR1911 and SR1911CMD below.
Figure 1 - SR1911
Figure 2 - SR1911CMD
This next photo shows the SR1911 (top) that I
reviewed last year and the SR1911CMD (bottom) which
is featured in this
Other than the normal differences due to barrel
lengths, a casual look at these two pistols makes you think
they are nearly identical. By taking a closer look and comparing
the parts lists, you will find that it also has a different ejector. After further study, it becomes clear that there were
some other subtle differences which are driven by the shorter slide
travel on a commander-style 1911 pistol. None of this is out
of the norm for a commander-style 1911 and the reason I'm pointing
it out is to highlight that there are other slight mechanical
differences between these two pistols.
From a cost perspective,
Ruger lists both models at an MSRP of $829. After doing a quick
search on the internet, the current (Feb-2013) price of the Ruger
SR1911CMD seemed to vary from about $750 to $900 (above MSRP).
This premium price range is a function of the crazy times we live in
at the moment. Hopefully we will see the firearms market come
back to normal in the future, but until then, be prepared to pay top
dollar for nearly any firearm you purchase.
During my reviews I like to compare my results
to the manufacturer's claims where possible so the following text in
colored italics was taken directly from the
on 2/23/13 and gives the Key Features and Specifications
for the Ruger SR1911CMD Pistol. The
are my way to keep up with details that I have covered in this
review with either photos, commentary or both.
CLASSIC STYLE: Original 1911 Series 70
design provides for easy takedown and re-assembly.
traditional design with hardwood grips and checkered backstrap.
MODERN MANUFACTURING: Precision
CNC-controlled machining process results in a superior
slide-to-frame fit and smooth slide travel. The stainless steel
barrel and bushing are produced from the same bar stock, on the
same machine, for improved accuracy.
PERFORMANCE: Positive barrel lock-up allows for a superior
accuracy out-of-the-box. Oversized ejection port and extended
magazine release enhance competition performance.
TRIGGER AND HAMMER: Lightweight, aluminum, skeletonized trigger
features an adjustable over-travel stop and provides a very
crisp, no creep, light trigger pull with a quick, positive
Skeletonized hammer is lightweight and provides faster
SIGHTING SYSTEM: Dovetailed, 3-dot sight system features a
Novak® LoMount Carry rear and standard front sight that combines
optimal target acquisition in an ideal carry configuration.
FRAME AND SLIDE: Stainless steel frame and slide feature
blasted, low-glare finish and slide serrations for positive
SAFETY: Oversized beavertail grip safety provides positive
function and reliability.
Extended thumb safety and slide stop
lever provide for improved, positive manipulation. Visual
inspection port allows for visual confirmation that chamber is
ALSO INCLUDES: Swedged link pin; titanium firing pin; two 7-round magazines;
bushing wrench; and soft case.
- Catalog Number: SR1911CMD
- Model Number: 6702
- Caliber: 45 Auto
- Capacity: 7+1
- Grip Frame: Low-Glare Stainless
- Slide Material: Stainless Steel
- Slide Finish: Low-Glare Stainless
- Sights: Windage Adjustable Novak® 3-Dot
- Barrel Length: 4.25"
4.30" measured from the tip of the barrel
to the breach face
- Overall Length: 7.75"
review pistol measured 7.89" from the
rear of the beaver tail to the tip of the barrel when sitting
upside down on a flat surface
- Height: 5.45"
- Width: 1.34"
review pistol measured 1.39"
- Weight: 36.40 oz.
- Twist: 1:16" RH
- Grooves: 6
- MA Approved & Certified: No
- CA Approved: No
- Suggested Retail: $829.00
This review is broken down into multiple
parts with this page providing links to each part along with an
overall summary of the specifications, pros and cons, and my final "bottom
comments. Make sure you take time to checkout the other parts
of the review because they contain many photos and
lots of commentary. Also, there is an extreme amount of detail in those
parts which is not covered on this page.
As you read these Pros and Cons below,
many are similar to those identified in my
Ruger SR1911 review.
Also, keep in mind that it is hard to keep my particular preferences from creeping in the
equation. Therefore, it is important that you take the time to
look at the other parts of this review so you can decide for yourself on
items which may be more of a personal preference.
You get a quality stainless steel commander-style 1911 pistol at
a competitive price.
My "out of the box" accuracy grouped an averaged of
2.54" at 25 yards based on
16 different 4-shot groups using a variety of ammunition shot from a bench by
hand. I feel certain that the pistol is capable of more
Throughout my range testing, the SR1911CMD proved to be 100%
It comes with Novak 3-dot sights, skeletonized trigger and
It has attractive rosewood grips.
Ruger decided to go with a Series 70-ish design which keeps the
traditional operational features of this pistol simple.
The pistol comes with two 7-round magazines.
100% American Made!
As I studied the parts for the SR1911CMD,
I came to a similar opinion as I did for the original SR1911.
Ruger seems to have produced a quality pistol that should appeal
to those who prefer the a "commander-style" 1911 pistol. In my
case, this SR1911CMD pistol seemed a little tighter and has a
slightly better trigger pull than my full size SR1911. This
gives me two pistols as data points and so far Ruger is looking good
on delivering quality pistols in their SR1911 platforms.
Pro/Con/Comment (you decide)?:
I would have preferred some checkering on the front of the grip
and an ambidextrous safety, but that is just my preference.
The SR1911 comes with a soft pistol case. Originally I was not a
big fan of this style of case, but as my pistol collection has
grown and I'm taking more toys to the range, I find that I can
pack more pistols in my gun bag as long as they are in soft
Ruger has used several MIM (Metal
Injection Molding) 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). The use of MIM parts is probably also a key
contributor to helping keep the cost down and value up on their
The slide stop pin appears to be slightly undersized and
measured 0.1955" in diameter. I believe the minimum diameter
should have been 0.1985". Although, the pistol seemed to be
tight when locked up.
The Ruger SR1911CMD Commander-Style Pistol
lived up to my high expectations based on already having reviewed
the full size SR1911 pistol. I was pleased with the quality,
trigger pull and accuracy of this pistol. It has proven to be
100% reliable so far and I don't expect that to change provided I
care for the pistol properly. If you are in the market for a
commander-style pistol, I recommend you take a close look at the
Ruger SR1911CMD Pistol the next time you are at the gun store.
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