Ruger SR1911CMD Review
Part 6 - Range Test
April 25, 2013

Ruger SR1911CMD Review

For range testing the Ruger SR1911CMD Pistol, I wanted to evaluate basic bench accuracy, get a little chronograph data and have some fun shooting steel targets.  When I started my range tests I had high hopes for this pistol because I was extremely pleased with the range results from the SR1911 Pistol.  Fortunately this commander version lived up to the reputation of it's big brother.  The photo below shows my setup for checking bench accuracy and getting some chronograph data.


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Ruger SR1911CMD Review

Unfortunately, when it came time to do my range testing, I was stuck with having to pull all the ammo from my limited stock of .45 Auto ammunition on hand because purchasing ammunition in my area was generally limited to "in-store" range use because of the recent runs on ammunition.  Also, because I didn't have an extensive amount, I limited my number of groups knowing that I would need some of this ammunition in the near future to hopefully checkout Ruger's new SR45 pistol.  At least the selection included several different practice (FMJ) and defensive types of ammunition.

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Ruger SR1911CMD Review

For accuracy testing, all the groups were shot from a bench at 25 yards.  I was trying out a new rest a buddy loaned me and I never got into a position that I felt comfortable with when shooting the groups.  Because of this, I seemed to have regular flyers so I decided to measure my group sizes based on the closest 4 out of 5 shots.  Overall I was pleased that out of the 16 groups measured, I had a total average of all 16 groups of 2.54".

Ammunition Avg. Vel.1
Std. Dev.
Group Size2
Groups Maximum
Hornady Critical Defense 45 Auto 185 gr FTX (#90900) 985 9 398 1 3.16 3.16 3.16
Hornady Steel Match 45 Auto 230 gr HAP (#90985) 778 9 309 4 3.00 1.55 2.25
Magtech 45 Auto 230 gr FMC - - - 2 2.6 2.72 2.66
Remington Golden Saber 45 Auto 230 gr BJHP (GS45APB) 825 4 347 3 3.70 2.50 2.90
Remington HD Ultimate Home Defense 45 Auto 230 gr BJHP (HD45APB) 790 11 319 2 2.48 1.80 2.14
Winchester 45 Auto 230 gr FMJ (USA45AVP) 829 14 283 2 3.90 1.19 2.55
Total for All Groups 16 3.9 1.19 2.54
1 - Average velocity based on a minimum of 5 shots measured ~10 feet from muzzle
2 - Groups shot from a bench at 25 yards and the best 4 of 5 shots were included in the group size

The photo below shows the best 5-shot group at 25 yards and I shot this group using the Winchester 230 gr FMJ ammunition.  I wish I could shoot like this every time and one day I may invest in a Ransom Rest so I can take myself out of the equations when shooting groups to measure accuracy of a pistol, but I fear that would take away the fun of shooting.

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Ruger SR1911CMD Review

With the less expensive FMJ ammunition, I shot free hand at my metal targets and had lots of fun.  So far I have put about 250 rounds through the Ruger SR1911CMD Pistol and have had no failure to feed, fire or eject.



Ruger's SR1911CMD Pistol is another value packed 1911 style pistol and is a good addition to their line of SR1911 pistols.  Bench accuracy was far more than I can achieve free hand and so far the pistol has proven to be 100% reliable.  This commander style version did live up to my expectations set by the full size version.

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