Just days before the 2015 SHOT Show, Ruger will announce yet another new handgun: the SR1911 Lightweight Commander. This new pistol will bring the total number of 1911-type handguns made by Ruger to three.
As the name suggests, this pistol is lighter than the existing Commander-sized gun from Ruger. The new Lightweight Commander uses an anodized aluminum frame instead of a stainless one. Using aluminum results in aÂ reduction of more than 7 ounces in weight: 29.3 oz from the original 36.4 oz.
The new SR1911 is a Series 70 design, which is popular with many enthusiasts.
Among the features of the new gun:
- polished titanium feed ramp
- titanium firing pin
- stainless steel barrel
- extended mag release button
- extended thumb safety
- oversized beavertail grip safety
- enlarged ejection port
- checkered backstrap
- serrated front strap
- hardwood stocks
- skeletonized trigger and hammer
- three-dot sights with Novak LoMount Carry rear
- compatable with standard 1911 parts and magazines
Moving the gun to a sub-30 ounce mark will make the pistol more attractive to anyone who wants to carry a 1911 for self-defense. Assuming the gun is reliable, 7+1 rounds of .45 ACP is likely to get the job done should it ever be called on to save a life.
The MSRP on the gun was $899, which is not bad for a well-appointed 1911. This gun from another manufacturer would possibly sell for $1,000 or more. [Ed. note – Since the gun was introduced, its price increased. The MSRP is now $1,209.]
Ruger SR1911 Lightweight Commander Specs
|Magazine Capacity||7 rounds|
|Weight (unloaded)||29.3 oz|
|MSRP – at Launch||$899|
|MSRP – Current||$1,209|
Ruger has been on a roll lately with new product introductions. In the past few months, they have released a new AR-15, a 9mm revolver, the LC9s Pro, new Charger pistols and much more. Hitting the company booth at the SHOT Show might be a little like walking into a new gun store and not knowing what you will find.