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Old February 28th, 2017, 06:48 AM   #1
 
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SR1911 Commander LW?

I have always wanted another 1911 and my local lgs has a SR1911 commander lw. It looks and feels like a very good gun, just curious about the aluminium frame! Is there anything i need to know about this gun ?



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I have always wanted another 1911 and my local lgs has a SR1911 commander lw. It looks and feels like a very good gun, just curious about the aluminium frame! Is there anything i need to know about this gun ?
I've had a SR1911 CMD LW for I guess a couple years. I'll be first to admit I haven't fired it all that much. You have to consider there's allot of different guns with aluminum frames. They seem to hold up well. I'm sure if the aluminum wasn't suitable for the frames there wouldn't be as many as there are being made by all different Mfg's as we are seeing today.
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I have always wanted another 1911 and my local lgs has a SR1911 commander lw. It looks and feels like a very good gun, just curious about the aluminium frame! Is there anything i need to know about this gun ?
I've also had my SR1911 CMD LW for a couple of years. Nothing out of the ordinary to mention about the frame. After firing over 500 rounds, I've had zero issues. I do recommend buying one if you have the opportunity.
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I wish I could say good things about the one I had. It was the 1911 9mm light weight and it had frame issues. Actually I think the frame was machined wrong looking at another new one at the gun shop. Mine had excess clearance between the frame and the grip safety on the left side. You could stick 2 credit cards in between the frame and grip safety on that side and the right side would barely fit 5 sheets of paper. The grip safety was chewing into the frame (first pic). Look closely at the grip safety fit in the last picture, note the excessive clearance on the left side. I think Ruger kinda did me wrong on making it right (or not making it right) so I traded it for a Springfield 1911 commander.
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I wish I could say good things about the one I had. It was the 1911 9mm light weight and it had frame issues. Actually I think the frame was machined wrong looking at another new one at the gun shop. Mine had excess clearance between the frame and the grip safety on the left side. You could stick 2 credit cards in between the frame and grip safety on that side and the right side would barely fit 5 sheets of paper. The grip safety was chewing into the frame (first pic). Look closely at the grip safety fit in the last picture, note the excessive clearance on the left side. I think Ruger kinda did me wrong on making it right (or not making it right) so I traded it for a Springfield 1911 commander.
Thanks!, were you able to see this damage with the gun fully assembled. I have no intension of disassembling my 1911 beyond field stripping!

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These frames have a titanium insert in the feed ramp, so wear in that area is unlikely.
Mine has had zero issues of any kind, I would buy another one in a heartbeat.
Shown here with my 92 Beretta (also a alloy frame pistol) just saying
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I really liked mine. It was an extremely soft shooting and easy to carry 1911. I traded mine for something else but I wouldn't hesitate to get another one. Great pistol. Highly recommend.
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I think the one I have, ( it's mine now that I bought the wife an EMP4 to fit her hand better) is an excellent example of Ruger quality. Fit and finish cannot be faulted on mine and it has never failed to work properly and is very accurate. My only wish is it would have been anodized darker and came with the wood grip panels I installed later. Gun is very accurate and a soft shooter!
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I think the one I have, ( it's mine now that I bought the wife an EMP4 to fit her hand better) is an excellent example of Ruger quality. Fit and finish cannot be faulted on mine and it has never failed to work properly and is very accurate. My only wish is it would have been anodized darker and came with the wood grip panels I installed later. Gun is very accurate and a soft shooter!
Interesting, mine came as you see it, the darker anodizing & wood grips,
Not the same grips as yours, but the thin ones.
Probably just a year or so change in manufacturing.
I'll agree that the fit & finish is VERY nice.
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No issues with mine. Fit and finish were great. It didn't last long. I sent the frame out to get redone in black and the barrel to get extended and threaded.

Here it is with my other suppressed 9mms

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Thanks!, were you able to see this damage with the gun fully assembled. I have no intension of disassembling my 1911 beyond field stripping!
I had clues something was not right because after shooting it 50-100 rounds at the range there would aluminum filings on my hand. Did not think too much about it until I went to install an ambi safety (i'm a lefty) and removing the safety lets the grip safety out and you need to see in there to fit the new safety. I found it then, call Ruger and sent pictures, their reply killed it for me,... "It's a production gun, that how they are"
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Good gun, you will like it. Only thing I have found is some of the Ruger 1911's need tuned a bit. Both of mine (not LW frames) needed the extractor tuned to run better. Now they are more reliable and run well. Both are VERY accurate and are soft shooters, especially with my reloads.

Look it over well and "shake" it to see if it rattles a lot. Both of mine are pretty tight and do not rattle. My buddy's rattles loudly and seems "loose" compared to mine but still works and shoots good.
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These frames have a titanium insert in the feed ramp, so wear in that area is unlikely.
Mine has had zero issues of any kind, I would buy another one in a heartbeat.
Shown here with my 92 Beretta (also a alloy frame pistol) just saying
That is a sharp looking gun.
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