Ruger SR1911 Commander

Ruger SR1911 commander

The much rumored Ruger SR1911 commander is now a reality after the company announced its introduction on its website.  Ever since the introduction of the original SR1911, Ruger and 1911 fans have been asking for a commander-sized gun.

The new SR1911 commander is a traditional 1911-style pistol that is slightly shortened in general parameters of the original Colt commander 1911 pistols.  The gun has a shorter barrel length (4.25″ instead of the full length 5″ barrel) and only holds seven, not eight, rounds in each magazine.

The sights on the new Ruger SR1911 are typical Novak three-dot sights.  The rear sight is ramped on the front to reduce its ability to snag on clothing when the gun is drawn.

Ruger SR1911 commander

Like the full size SR1911, Ruger used a skeletonized trigger and an extended beavertail grip safety.  Finish on the gun is a matte stainless.  No work on if they will introduce a black version.

Ruger SR1911 Commander Specs

  • caliber:  .45 ACP (of course!)
  • magazine capacity:  seven rounds
  • sights:  Novak three-dot
  • barrel length:  4.25″
  • overall length:  7.75″
  • height: 5.45″
  • width:  1.34″
  • weight (unloaded):  34.6 ounces
  • MSRP:  $829

The $829 suggested retail price is probably fair for the gun.  However, Ruger is expecting to see the guns going for about $200 less than that.  Of course, market conditions may drive the price up (tried to buy an AK lately?), but less than $650 for a quality commander sized 1911 is very nice indeed.

My only complaint about the gun is the stupid “read the manual” warning carved into an otherwise beautiful gun.  Ruger had the good sense to run it along the bottom of the gun, so it is less visible.

We’ll have more on this gun after we see and shoot it at the SHOT Show.

Ruger SR1911 commander


About Richard Johnson

Richard Johnson is a gun writer, police trainer and really bad joke teller. Check out his other writing in Combat Handguns, Guns & Weapons for Law Enforcement, on The Firearm Blog and at BlueSheepdog.

  • Ed Cook

    Really interested in seeing a full report on the SR1911Commander. That gun really has grabbed my interest and at if street retail is under $700 as you suggest I will really be interested. Puts it in the market area of a Armscor/RIA and I’d much rather have a Ruger. Have a Ruger SR40c for my everyday carry now and a SR22 for fun at the range.

  • Blu Dart Master

    Should be allocated for at least three years.

  • Bob Grueber

    Yesterday, I purchased a Ruger SR1911 Commander at a local gun shop. Quality fit and finish is good. This appears to be far superior to other moderately priced 1911’s. Just based on price, it a lot of pistol for the money as opposed to the Remington R1 Commander. Ruger is to be commplimented, once again, for providing the public with a quality product..

    • Richard


      Thanks for the feedback on the new pistol. I know prices on everything shooting is inflated right now, so if you don’t mind my asking, what did you pay?



      • Dave

        SR 1911 Commander is a bang for the buck, $799 at Cabela’s. Very nice workmanship and I am sure to be please with another Ruger product…

  • rob

    Just got one today 3-1-2013 in ohio for 699.00. Love it

  • Tim

    I picked one up at Gandermountain for $799. $875.00 with taxes and shipping. Live in Illinois but purchased out of Janesville,WI. Beautiful gun though I feel it was more of an impulse buy for bragging rights. LOL.. In Illinois, MOST have never seen one. I’ll either sell it before I shoot it if I find someone who REALLY want it more or I’ll just keep it.

  • MikC

    Just picked one up for $639 st LGS. Wow for the money is this a nice pistol. Have around 400 rounds fired and no issues. Would highly recommend this bargain product.

  • Jim Alsum

    Looking for a extra magazine and a magazine loader. Possibly a owb holster. Where should I look or can you help me? Jim

    • Richard Johnson

      Hi Jim,

      I’m pretty sure Ruger sells the mags directly from their website. If not, you might want to check with Midway USA and Brownells. OWB holster is a pretty open market – what are you looking for: kydex, leather, nylon? Belt slide or paddle? Open top or thumb break? I personally like open top leather belt slide holsters, and there are quite a few folks making those in prices from about $55 – $200+.