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Ruger SR1911 CMD .45 ACP Pistol

Ruger packs all of the same great features of its full-size 1911s into an affordable Commander-size pistol.

1/15/2013

It was on April 18, 2011, when Ruger, after years of consideration, finally launched its own version of the 1911 pistol. The SR1911, a full-size, stainless-steel combat pistol, launched the series. Now, just over a year and a half later, Ruger is ready to expand the SR1911 line to include the new SR1911 CMD.

The primary difference between the 1911 CMD and the original is the barrel length. CMD is short for "Commander," which denotes the pistol as having a 4.25-inch barrel instead of the standard 5 inch. Beyond this one change, the pistol remains the same. The pistol is of an all-steel construction, free of any polymer components. The slide and frame are stainless steel. Some folks lose sleep over the use of a cast frame, but Ruger is one of the finest casting companies in the world, and its frames hold up.

The machined bar stock slide is topped with a matte black dovetailed Novak three-dot sight system. The rear sight is windage adjustable via a tension screw. These low-profile sights are ideal for concealed carry due to their snag-free shape and excellent sight picture. The slide serrations are simple, straight, and located at the rear. The frame appointments, including the slide catch, thumb safety, magazine release, checkered mainspring housing, as well as the various pins and screws, have a matte-black finish to match the sights. The contrast of the black parts to the natural satin finish of the slide and frame is aesthetically appealing. The checkered Rosewood grip panels complete the handsome package.

The magazine release is extended to about double the height of a standard button and has a checkered face. This extra height comes in handy for shorter fingers. The thumb safety is extended for easier operation, but it’s also narrow enough for practical carry. The reduced-weight hammer is kept from nibbling at folks’ hands by a cupped, beavertail grip safety. This safety also features a grooved "speed bump" that does a good job of ensuring the safety is disengaged when the pistol is fired. The trigger is of the skeletonized aluminum variety and features an over-travel adjustment screw.

The interior of the SR1911 reflects the Series 70 design, providing a trigger feel that remains universally appreciated. Other features are "GI Standard" as well to help reduce the price and allow for easier mixing and matching of aftermarket components. These include a Browning-style barrel bushing, plunger, short guide rod and internal extractor. The linked stainless-steel barrel and its bushing are milled from the same bar stock on the same machine to improve accuracy.

Field stripping the SR1911 CMD prior to shooting revealed an interior free of the metal shavings, dirt or detritus that sometimes follows new guns home from the factory. The fitting of the metallic components was tight and precise. The slide cycled smoothly right out of the box (and only got better with shooting). The grip panels were properly fit and snuggly cinched into place. The two magazines were stiff and rugged, without the flimsiness that lesser magazines display. Overall, it looked like a fine pistol inside and out.

At the shooting range, the SR1911 CMD handled beautifully. The single-action trigger gauged at 5 pounds, 8 ounces, and proved to be smooth and crisp. The reduced-weight hammer clicked tightly into place, as did the thumb safety. The all-steel construction worked well to mitigate the stout recoil of hot .45 ACP rounds. One might not believe that shaving three quarters of an inch off the barrel end of a pistol could make much difference, but Commander-style 1911 pistols have a nice balance to them. The deep checkering of the straight mainspring housing kept the pistol firmly seated, while the Rosewood grip panels were comfortable to hold. The Novak sights did not need any adjusting, hitting to point-of-aim all the way out to 25 yards.

John Browning designed his pistol to be reliable, and since this is intended to be a defensive pistol, Ruger did too. Using the original Browning-style barrel and recoil assembly, as well as leaving just a little wiggle in the slide, can provide reliability with a variety of ammunition. The pistol fed, fired and ejected everything from 230-grain standard pressure ball loads to 185-grain +P hollow points. There were no malfunctions during the break-in period or accuracy testing.

Working from a bench rest with targets at 25 yards, the SR1911 CMD produced consistent five-shot groups with multiple brands of ammunition. The best-single group was 2.75 inches, with no single group larger than 3.75 inches. The best five-group average of 2.95 inches was yielded by ASYM Precision's 185-grain +P Barnes Tac-XP hollow points. This would be solid accuracy from a more expensive 1911, so it’s certainly nice to see it in a mid-priced model like this one.

Commercially produced, American-made 1911 pistols have a history of carrying a high price tag when compared to other modern defensive handguns. Part of what's kept prices high has been the addition and implementation of the bells and whistles that aficionados think the average Joe wants. As less expensive polymer-framed pistols continue to out-price 1911s, several companies have been striving to compete by providing value-priced 1911s. Some do this by offering very basic features, less expensive finishes, cheap grips and only shipping one magazine in the box.

What becomes clear with handling the new SR1911 CMD pistol is that while Ruger had to make choices to keep this Command-size .45 affordable, good choices were made that provide real value to the shooter. Rather than dressing the gun up too much and making it too expensive, or stripping it of features folks really want in a modern combat 1911, Ruger used its knowledge of casting and modern machining techniques to provide a solid, good looking 1911. The SR1911 CMD is a defensive pistol that's ready to go to work right out of the box. The accuracy and ammunition reliability are just what they need to be to make this American made handgun a keeper.

Manufacturer: Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc.; www.ruger.com
Model: SR1911 CMD (Commander Style)
Action: Single Action
Caliber: .45 ACP
Finish: Stainless Steel
Grips: Checkered Rosewood
Sights: Novak 3-Dot Fixed
Barrel Length: 4.25”
Overall Length: 7.75”
Height: 5.45”
Width: 1.34”
Weight: 36.40 ozs.
Capacity: 7+1 Rounds
Twist: 1:16” RH
Rifle Grooves: 6
Accessories: Two 7-Round Magazines, Soft Case, Bushing Wrench, Lock, Manual
Suggested Retail Price: $829

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36 Responses to Ruger SR1911 CMD .45 ACP Pistol

michael l wrote:
November 04, 2013

Bought a full size SR1911, and took it our 1st time today. Tight, solid, good looking. Only 'slop' in shot groups was the shooter and not the device. Wish I could have a CMD and full size, but: money is finite. Mine was worth the $785 I paid, and MORE. No more Kimber envy!

CR wrote:
September 08, 2013

Just bought my friends' CMD at a steal...love this gun better than the fullsize custom II I sold years ago. nice Ruger 1911 addition to my P345. I just love Ruger products!

Ed C wrote:
July 01, 2013

I picked up an SR1911CMD at my LGS for $699.00 plus tax and fees about a month ago. I have to say it functions flawlessly, handsome and accurate. I like it so much I just sold my Kimber Raptor Pro - No Regrets at all.

Isaiah wrote:
June 30, 2013

I just got my Ruger Commander on Friday. There were 2 at my LGS. I grabbed one and the other was gone by the next day. Paid right at MSRP. Great pistol. Excellent finish.

jason wrote:
June 10, 2013

Just picked up my commander after a long wait. I couldn't be happier.

Mike wrote:
May 27, 2013

My brother in law picked one up for me in salt lake, they had 5 SR1911's, $699. I get itthis week. I'm thinking of picking o the sr45 as well and just purchased the Mark III 22 target pistol to hone my skills at a slightly cheaper ammo price. They are out there, it is hard to believe someone will complain because a gun sells out. Gander Mountain has them. Do your homework and find happiness....they won't just drop in our lap.

Steve wrote:
April 22, 2013

Just bought a SR1911CMD last week.This is the 6th 1911 ive bought and I really like it. It was good right out of the box. I did however make some small changes. I swapped the mags for WC 47D's and a WC full length guide rod for the commander.

FreeinVA wrote:
April 20, 2013

Hey all, I just purchased a full size Ruger1911. My local shop right across from me has both versions. Search GREEN TOP on the internet and give them a call. Both are $800.00. They raised prices due to all the stuff going on. But better than 1200-1400 hundred bucks for other brands. cheers

Eric wrote:
March 30, 2013

Yesterday was my lucky day. I stopped in at my LGS and found both a full size SR1911 and a CMD. Since I have been looking for an SR1911 for a while, I didn't hesitate to buy the full size. Especially since it was marked $699. With NJ's unconstitutional gun laws, I should be able to bring it home in about 6 weeks.

Carmen wrote:
March 29, 2013

I need to purchase the Ruger 1911 for husband. Birthday coming up, where can I find it??

Sammy wrote:
March 23, 2013

Just bought a Ruger 1911 commander. Looks and feels great. I am impressed with the price with all of the features on the gun. I will be adding an ambi safety to mine since I am left handed. Other than that it is exactly what I have been looking for. Thank you Ruger for such a great gun!!

Gaff wrote:
March 20, 2013

The Commander accepts the same mags. Just picked one up last week, and the full size the week before. Couldn't be happier. They are difficult to find in certain areas. We have a very large Ruger dealer nearby (CT.), and they get product when others have difficulty.

jdj wrote:
March 18, 2013

I found one at my LGS last week and bought it on impulse. Great pistol. I'm looking for a good IWB holster for it now.

jmr wrote:
March 12, 2013

Found one today at my very LGS. Have money in place for tomorrow & will be buying it!! They are out there folks! I can't wait!!!

The yeti wrote:
March 02, 2013

Does the CMD accept the same mags (the 7+1) as the regular sr1911

Kurt wrote:
March 02, 2013

Picked up one today at LGS. They said they sell them within a day or two of arrival. Wish they could get more. The size and feel is tremendous. Can't wait to get it to the range.

steve wrote:
February 10, 2013

Called my LGS on 1/2/13 , first on the list, had it in hand on 2/9/13, paid $699. They are out there

OCNYBob wrote:
February 07, 2013

Bought one today for $686.00. Drove 130 miles to get it though

ROwen wrote:
February 02, 2013

I picked up my SR1911 CMD the 2'nd week of Jan..couldn't be happier- EXCELLENT Pistol!!

jcicman wrote:
January 31, 2013

Its unfortnate that Ruger brings out the "new .45 before its can meet the demand for the "old .45. I have been tring to get the Ruger .45 sice it came out . No luck.

DCAMPBELL wrote:
January 30, 2013

I own two SR1911's. I was fortunate to receive one in May 2011...I love shooting it. 4 1/2# trigger and 2 1/2' groups @ 25 rds..The second serial # 670-29339..is even tighter... I hope to buy a Commander in February...Something new to keep my family safe in our RIGHTS!

Bill wrote:
January 30, 2013

I personally have shot the sr1911 and it was for free believe it or not. The shooting range I was a member at was having a ruger day and you could shoot anything ruger made for no charge. The standard SR1911 felt good in my hands(in comparison my lc9 barely fits with the extended grip) and seemed to have less kick than my dads S&W sv40 and seemed to shoot better as well. My only problem ive EVER had with ruger is on my lc9 the rear sight went loose right at 200 rounds but its a common thing for those models and was fixed with an allen key but other than that absolutely no problems at all. Ruger does make good products and I can find the SR1911 all over the place here.

Rkb58 wrote:
January 30, 2013

Have mine on order, have the SR1911 and it is a great shooter.

Mark94066 wrote:
January 30, 2013

I wish Ruger would offer these (STD and CDR) in a TC (Tactical Combat) model with Trijicon night sights and an integrated light rail.. those are the only 2 things this pistol needs.

Ernest wrote:
January 30, 2013

Funny, have heard mixed words from dealers about the SR1911s availability (have seen exactly 1 myself) and would have figured Ruger would have ramped up production. The Commander-sized model is a nice addition. Yet, for 2013, disappointed that the base model is still lacking an ambidextrous safety for us lefties. Add that necessary feature, with no increase in price and you got a more interested potential customer, Ruger.

Richard wrote:
January 29, 2013

Maybe its just a pet peave of mine, but it bugs me when Ruger has to write, " Read Manual befor operating firearm". Do they really need that on this 1911 CMD? Other manufacturers don't feel a need to engrave that on the gun, but Ruger does. Fear of lawsuits I guess, so lawyer tag is provided..Yuck.

Scott M wrote:
January 28, 2013

I'm lucky to have a shop nearby that sells huge volumes and has direct from factory connections. They received 50 SR1911 Commanders and 50 Gov models on Friday and I went in to purchase Saturday morning. Decided my first 1911 should be full size but boy, did the Commander feel great in the hand. Paid $686.00 for mine and I love it!

Ross Cochran wrote:
January 27, 2013

Today went to the Austin Texas Saxet Gun Show. Found both a SR1911 and SR1911 Commander. Bought the Commander at MSRP at $829. It is worth every penny. Serial number 670-51916.

Joe G. wrote:
January 27, 2013

Tim M, did it occur that the SR1911 is such a fine weapon that they sell as soon as they get to the store? I waited over a year for mine, and expect to have a similar wait for my CMD. Providing our "Dear Leader" does not have his way!

Steve G wrote:
January 25, 2013

I got a Commander a week before the Shot Show. This one is quite tight.

JH wrote:
January 25, 2013

I found and bought a CMD version last week. Same for a MP Shield about a month after it was released. I think the best way is to get to know your LGS and see if they will call when they come in or pre-order. If not, keep checking back.

Tim richards wrote:
January 23, 2013

Looking for a ruger sr1911 Cmd .any help would be greatly appreciated . Thank you

Bob G wrote:
January 22, 2013

Just picked up a Ruger commander, and it sits in front of me as I write. Appears solid and well made though not as tight as my Les Baer, but it didn't cost me the same amount either. Bravo Ruger this is the SR1911 I was hoping you would make.

t jones wrote:
January 19, 2013

just ordered one, should have it in two weeks ,, will check back when i get it.

Andrew wrote:
January 19, 2013

Great point by the above poster. They announce these things at Shot Show and it takes the average consumer years to actually find one available for purchase at a LGS. The original SR1911 as well as the M&P Shields are only available on GunBroker or other online places for much higher then retail.

Tim M wrote:
January 17, 2013

More vaporware from Ruger? If it's anything like the SR1911 we won't actually see any for sale. Much like the S&W Shield...lots of hype but failed materialize in gun shops.