Ruger SR45 Review
Part 1 - Introduction, Specifications and Summary
October 15, 2013
Once again, this year
Ruger expands their offerings of the "SR" pistol line by adding the new
SR45 to the mix. This pistol, chambered .45 Auto, keeps the same
style and feel as their SR9 and SR40 pistols, but does this in
the popular .45 Auto caliber which should appeal to many shooters.
Just like their other SR pistols, the SR45 is offered in both the
black nitride and brushed stainless steel slide finishes. If
all goes well with the SR45 pistol, and based on the success of the
other SR offerings, my guess is that we can expect to see
an SR45c (compact version) in the future.
Figure 1 - Black Nitride Finish
Figure 2 - Brushed Stainless Finish
If you have been following my reviews over the past few years,
you already know that I'm a big fan of Ruger firearms. When
you couple quality, reliability, competitive pricing and
made in American, what's there not to like. Back in 2011,
I reviewed the SR9c and
earlier this year I finished up a review of the
SR9. Both pistols
have proven to be reliable and the SR9 has become my favorite carry
pistol when out on my property where concealment is not an issue.
The photo below shows my collection of SR pistols (so far) and
gives you a good look at how the SR45 compares to the SR9 and
Earlier this year, when I found out that Ruger was
offering this new SR45, I immediately thought it would make a
great review pistol. Also, I have been wanting to add a polymer frame .45 Auto
pistol to my collection. Since I already had the SR9c and
SR9 pistols in the brushed stainless, I decided to go with the
black nitride finish on the SR45. Although
the SR45 has been available since the beginning of the year,
they have been very rare to see in local gun stores. Ruger states a MSRP of $529
for the SR45, which is the same as the other SR pistols.
After doing some research on the internet, it looks like
the online price will vary from approximately $406 to $435 for this
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 6/21/13 and gives the Key Features and Specifications
for the Ruger SR45 Pistol. The
are my way to keep up with details that I have covered in this
review with either photos, commentary or both.
High-Visibility 3-Dot Sight System features a raked-forward
front sight for easy removal from the holster.
Rear Sight is windage and elevation adjustable.
Unique Reversible Backstrap (Flat or
Arched) that allows shooters to quickly customize the size and
feel of the grip, without the issue of separate inserts or
Ambidextrous Thumb Safety and D-Shaped Magazine Release are easy
to reach and actuate.
Integral Accessory Mounting Rail provides space for mounting
lights, lasers and other tactical accessories.
Patented Loaded Chamber Indicator provides confirmation of a
loaded or empty chamber.
Also Features two ten-round
, flush-fit magazines loader
Catalog Number: BSR45
Model Number: 3800
Caliber: 45 Auto
Slide Material: Alloy Steel
Slide Finish: Black Nitride
Grip Frame: Black, High Performance, Glass-Filled Nylon
Sights: Adjustable 3-Dot
Barrel Length: 4.50"
Overall Length: 8.00"
Weight: 30.15 oz.
review pistol weighed in at 30.7 ounces
empty and 37.8 ounces with 11 rounds of ammunition
Twist: 1:16" RH
MA Approved & Certified: No
CA Approved: No
Suggested Retail: $529.00
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,
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 yourself on
items which may be more of a personal preference.
Ruger has added the big bore of the .45 Auto Caliber to their
proven SR line of centerfire pistols.
Disassembly and reassembly of the Ruger
SR45 is a very quick and simple task so there should be no
excuses for not keeping your pistol clean. The process of
disassembly is similar to many pistols and the only trick is to
remember to push the ejector to its down position.
With this being my third look at the inside of a SR centerfire
pistol, I seem to continue to come up with the same thoughts.
The fire control and safety mechanisms in the SR45 (and other SR
pistols) seem to be simple and functional.
If you want to customize your SR45, there are several
aftermarket parts immediately available due to the commonality
of the SR45 to the SR9 and SR40 pistol. I think it is this
commonality that helps to deliver quality and value to the
By averaging all 20 groups during my accuracy testing, I came up
with a total average group size of 1.79" at 20 yards which I
feel is a good representation of this pistols capability and I
feel most people would be extremely pleased with the capability
of this pistol.
Pro/Con/Comment (you decide)?:
When you consider the manual safety, trigger safety, striker
blocker, magazine disconnect and loaded chamber indicator,
clearly Ruger puts a lot of effort into producing a safe
product. Each person will have their own opinion on what safety
option is needed for their own particular preference and
situation. For me, I generally like these added features.
Initially the pistol had an issue with
the magazine latch allowing the magazines to drop out of the
pistol, but Ruger quickly took care of the issue just like any
good manufacturer should.
The width of the SR45 measured 1.26" which is basically the same
as the SR9 and SR40. This is a little deceiving because
this measurement is across the manual safety which represents
the widest point. The more important dimension is the
width across the slide because this width has an impact on which
holsters will fit the SR45. The width across the slide
measured 1.07" on my SR45 and 0.99" on my SR9. This
difference in width was enough to prevent the SR45 from fitting
in my Blackhawk Serpa holster. This may or may not be an
issue for you, but it is something you should understand if you already
own a SR pistol and you were thinking about using the same
holster. Since the Blackhawk holster is a rigid polymer
holster, the holster is not forgiving of larger dimensions and
other types of SR9/SR40 holsters may work for the SR45.
Ruger has done a nice job adding the SR45 .45
Auto pistol to their line of SR pistols. The SR45 has a good
feel in your hand just like their other SR pistols and shoots just as
well. I did have an issue with the magazines dropping out
after shooting several boxes of ammunition, but Ruger replaced the
magazine latch components and the pistol has functioned without
issue since the repair. The SR45 can deliver plenty of
accuracy and I feel most people would be pleased with it's results.
If you are in the market for a good polymer frame .45 Auto pistol,
as always, do your research, read and watch other reviews, and check
out a Ruger SR45 the next time you are at the gun store.
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