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Old March 14th, 2013, 02:26 PM   #1
 
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SR45 comments/suggestions/observations..

Hi Folks,

I recently bought a SR45 and have shot just over 50rds through it I just pulled it out today to break it down and inspect it..

Glad I did, the slide/rails were bone dry.. The striker was lightly oiled..

Looking over the barrel I noticed parting lines that were very obvious and had sharp edges, specifically all around the lug.. They wont effect operation but likely could create stress points..

I took a dremel tool and a small fine grinding stone and knocked down the parting lines and the burrs and went back over it with a small fine cut file and also a fine cut rat tail file, then ran over all of that with a 600grit polishing stone, then sanded with 1000grit, then did some polishing on the lug and lightly polished the barrel registers... I also used a Dremel, buffing bullet and some Wenol and a put a nice polish on the feed ramp while I was at it..


I also blasted everything out with brake parts cleaner, then wiped it all down with an oil rag.

I took some Valvoline Durablend semi-synthetic grease and lightly greased the rails and slide.. The slides and rails, were absolutely dry so I would advise you to either shoot a bit of oil or break it apart and lightly grease them. I also shot some S&W oil on the striker and trigger.

I can tell you if this gun turns out to be as reliable, as good as it shoots, these are the best bang for the buck on the market for a .45 hands down.

I went out and shot 10rds through it after I put it back together and its even better now. The trigger is nice and smooth.

On to the gripe, I think the SR series are just to busy, especially for a CCW.. For a range gun I have no problem with them.. They look good, but just too busy for CC.. I like the SR9c, for CC I know it will be comfortable and its a great size, but if you compare it to a similar CC models from different manufacturers the SR's just have a lot going on..

I still think they need to make a SR9c/SR40c/SR45c with a smooth frame (no rail), and NO loaded chamber indicator, and lower profiled sights/sights that are completely radiused and smooth..

Eliminating the loaded chamber indicator and also a smooth frame would reduce production costs slightly. I think Ruger hit a home run with the design, but they over did it for CC.. I know they did some of it for California sales and such, but I also think they would have sold more throughout the rest of the country without those two features.




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I still think they need to make a SR9c/SR40c/SR45c with a smooth frame (no rail), and NO loaded chamber indicator

Eliminating the loaded chamber indicator and also a smooth frame would reduce production costs slightly. I think Ruger hit a home run with the design, but they over did it for CC.
I carry my SR45 CC with no problem. Am not a fan of compact guns.
Besides my personal love of the rail, I view it in the same way has the gun itself. Better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it. It also doesn't interfere with holsters or using the gun, so why change it.
I, has well as several people who have seen SR series guns, can not understand why people don't like the LCI. It's not in the way of using the sights or holstering the gun. You know at just a glance or feel that you have one chambered, it's great!
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I carry my SR45 CC with no problem. Am not a fan of compact guns.
Besides my personal love of the rail, I view it in the same way has the gun itself. Better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it. It also doesn't interfere with holsters or using the gun, so why change it.
I, has well as several people who have seen SR series guns, can not understand why people don't like the LCI. It's not in the way of using the sights or holstering the gun. You know at just a glance or feel that you have one chambered, it's great!
I couldnt carry an SR45, and surely couldnt carry it comfortably.. I recently put a SR9c on lawaway for cc. I picked the SR9c as it has a safety on it, which some like and some dont.. I think a CCW should be simple and streamlined. My thinking is pretty much like a car with power windows, doorlocks, power trunk,gps, and so on, more stuff makes it more likely for something to go wrong... plus it would drop a little weight off the firearm, although it would be very little weight, a little can go a long way.. For instance, I looked at a Kahr cw45 yesterday, it's a nice simple clean design, but it didnt have a safety and the trigger was pretty light for a dbl action and it also had a pretty short pull.. If the CW9/CW45 had a safety I would have bought one of those instead of the sr9c. I also looked at a Taurus pt111pro but decided to go with made in USA.. I just believe Ruger would sell even more of the SRXc series if they simplified it some...

I'm not bashing the SR series, I love my SR45, great shooting gun, but it is pretty busy..
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I will respectfully disagree with Brucer on this one. I think that the LCI on the SR series (I myself have the SR40c) adds utility and in no way complicates the gun. I like the manual safety -- I would never carry a semi-auto holstered and chambered if it did not have a manual safety. I find the SR40c to be very intuitive to operate and shoot.

With respect, the tactical rail on the SR series is a complete unadulterated plus for the gun. I have lasers mounted on mine.

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I carry the BSR40c and sometimes KSR9c and for me they are near perfect, the safety and LCI are good features, i carry them with safety off but like it for use when holstering or whenever pistol is not in holster. Only thing i don't like is the MDS and that is easy to remove and i don't really need the rail but it has never been any problem being there. I like my BSR9, BSR40 and KSR45 for range use and open carry or home defense use too, but they are just a bit too bulky for CC use. Overall they are great pistols and i think Ruger did a really good job of designing a family of pistols that, while not perfect for everyone, fit the needs of most people really well. Anything i don't like about them is so minor that it is not worth mentioning.
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I don't get the big hangup with the LCI. It's never in the way and though no LCI is to be fully trusted I think it is a good feature. Anyone who really had a hangup with it could take a small file and take the tip off of it and it would not come up. Same with the mag release. I've heard guys rant about it longer than it would take to pop the thing out. I half-way understand guys who have carried Glocks for years not liking the manual safety on the side. I have carried my 9C numerous times in various positions with the safety off just to see if it were possible for it to move into the "on" position by accident. Not a chance so far. The Ruger is never going to be all things to all people but then again neither is any other pistol. The Ruger SR series has become much like a Glock. You either hate one or you love one; not much middle ground. I happen to love my 9c so far. If it ever craps out prematurely I be the first to holler about it.
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With respect, the tactical rail on the SR series is a complete unadulterated plus for the gun. I have lasers mounted on mine.
I understand that you like it. The tactical rail is a waste to me because I wont ever use it. The same goes for the lci, I have no need for it either, if a person doenst know if the gun is loaded or not they shouldnt own a firearm.. I have thought about taking the lci out and milling off the tip, also the lettering and polishing it and frosting it to match the slide, but it would probably void the warranty.

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Hi Folks,

I recently bought a SR45 and have shot just over 50rds through it I just pulled it out today to break it down and inspect it..

Glad I did, the slide/rails were bone dry.. The striker was lightly oiled..

Looking over the barrel I noticed parting lines that were very obvious and had sharp edges, specifically all around the lug.. They wont effect operation but likely could create stress points..

I took a dremel tool and a small fine grinding stone and knocked down the parting lines and the burrs and went back over it with a small fine cut file and also a fine cut rat tail file, then ran over all of that with a 600grit polishing stone, then sanded with 1000grit, then did some polishing on the lug and lightly polished the barrel registers... I also used a Dremel, buffing bullet and some Wenol and a put a nice polish on the feed ramp while I was at it..


I also blasted everything out with brake parts cleaner, then wiped it all down with an oil rag.

I took some Valvoline Durablend semi-synthetic grease and lightly greased the rails and slide.. The slides and rails, were absolutely dry so I would advise you to either shoot a bit of oil or break it apart and lightly grease them. I also shot some S&W oil on the striker and trigger.

I can tell you if this gun turns out to be as reliable, as good as it shoots, these are the best bang for the buck on the market for a .45 hands down.

I went out and shot 10rds through it after I put it back together and its even better now. The trigger is nice and smooth.

On to the gripe, I think the SR series are just to busy, especially for a CCW.. For a range gun I have no problem with them.. They look good, but just too busy for CC.. I like the SR9c, for CC I know it will be comfortable and its a great size, but if you compare it to a similar CC models from different manufacturers the SR's just have a lot going on..

I still think they need to make a SR9c/SR40c/SR45c with a smooth frame (no rail), and NO loaded chamber indicator, and lower profiled sights/sights that are completely radiused and smooth..

Eliminating the loaded chamber indicator and also a smooth frame would reduce production costs slightly. I think Ruger hit a home run with the design, but they over did it for CC.. I know they did some of it for California sales and such, but I also think they would have sold more throughout the rest of the country without those two features.
Can you define busy? I know you don't like the rail, but what else makes it, busy?

BTW-Your striker should be lightly oiled. It's not designed to be heavily lubricated or run wet. The rails don't need a lot of oil, either, but some. I'm not saying you, but many people over oil their guns. You want to make sure no oil comes in contact with your ammo. And oil attracts dirt. Too much will actually gum up your gun.

I always clean and lube new or new to me guns before ever shooting them. I've had two guns that arrived with parts out of place. But I found it during it's initial cleaning.

Congrats on the SR45. I'm considering one but would be happier with a compact version. Rumor has it that Ruger may come out with an SR45c in the fall.

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I carry my SR45 CC with no problem. Am not a fan of compact guns.
Besides my personal love of the rail, I view it in the same way has the gun itself. Better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it. It also doesn't interfere with holsters or using the gun, so why change it.
I, has well as several people who have seen SR series guns, can not understand why people don't like the LCI. It's not in the way of using the sights or holstering the gun. You know at just a glance or feel that you have one chambered, it's great!
I agree. While the SR LCI's are a bit large, they provide very useful information at a glance and if you're worried about the bad guy seeing it, I don't find that a valid complaint. Bad guys aren't likely to be analyzing a gun pointed at them and from their angle, it's barely noticeable. And if they did see it and know what it is, they'd know your gun is loaded.
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I understand that you like it. The tactical rail is a waste to me because I wont ever use it. The same goes for the lci, I have no need for it either, if a person doenst know if the gun is loaded or not they shouldnt own a firearm.. I have thought about taking the lci out and milling off the tip, also the lettering and polishing it and frosting it to match the slide, but it would probably void the warranty.
If you must remove your LCI, Galloway Precision makes a replacement that looks good.
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busy: lettering on the frame, lettering all over the slide,tactical rail, loaded chamber indicator..




not as busy: Kahr cw45: less lettering on the slide and frame (doesnt have kahr plastered all over the gun), no tactical rail, no loaded chamber indicator, low profile sights.


I just think the SRXc series just needs to be cleaned up..

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busy: lettering on the frame, lettering all over the slide,tactical rail, loaded chamber indicator..



not as busy: Kahr cw45: less lettering on the slide and frame (doesnt have kahr plastered all over the gun), no tactical rail, no loaded chamber indicator, low profile sights.
OK, I'll give you that. Ruger is known for providing you something to read when you get bored.

Save a tree. Read a Ruger!
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OK, I'll give you that. Ruger is known for providing you something to read when you get bored.

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not as busy: Kahr cw45: less lettering on the slide and frame (doesnt have kahr plastered all over the gun), no tactical rail, no loaded chamber indicator, low profile sights.


I just think the SRXc series just needs to be cleaned up..
I really like the Kahr designs too. Very clean lookin' little pistols.

In fact, all three of my .45s are nicely styled:

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I really like the Kahr designs too. Very clean lookin' little pistols.

In fact, all three of my .45s are nicely styled:

nice looking set of .45's


How do you like the trigger pull on the Kahr? I looked at one at my lgs and put a snap cap in it and I dont think I could CC the kahr, seems like an awful light and short pull with no safety..
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