Today I got a chance to head out to the range with my SR1911 which I reviewed earlier,SR1911 Review Here.
After this review I received a number of emails asking if I could shoot the SR1911 from a rest to test true accuracy. Many stating in their emails my offhand shooting is no true sign of accuracy. Had I not been called scum bag, slim ball, brick, unsat, nasty recruit and many more names by my Marine Corp Drill Instructors developing thick skin the emails may have hurt my feelings. In an attempt to give the readers something satisfactory I tried to do one better by getting my hands on a
That’s right I was able to get my hands on an old ransom rest, it has a little character but it is in perfect working condition.
Of course me showing up to an indoor range with a ransom rest and clamping it to the bench drew a lot of on lookers. Little did I know there was a CCW class going on at the time back in the classroom with about 40 people in it. After getting all setup I turn around to get my already loaded magazines to find about 60 people crowded behind me watching. Now the pressure is on I hope my prized Ruger SR1911 doesn’t embarrass me. All targets were shot with my reloads
S&B Brass cases
Winchester Large Pistol Primers
Xtreme 230gr Ball Projectile
4.8grains of W231
I started out at 7 yards to see if I had everything clamped down and lined up appropriately, I didn’t want to start at 25 yards and print a 5inch group from an improper setup — I thought the SR1911 deserved better than that.
This next target is a 5 shot group at 15 yards. Again dead center but a tad high. I did notice this time after the 5th round was fired the slide did not lock to the rear so my loads are probably a little light for a 1911 which has less than 300 rounds through it.
Now for the ultimate test I put in a 25 yard slow fire pistol target. I used a green laser held against the barrel of the SR1911 to line up the ransom rest on the target. Had I been properly prepared I would have brought along a bore sight laser. I think the excitement of having a Ransom Rest to try had me just a little unprepared but the green laser on my key chain would assist.
This target is a 5shot group at 25 yards.
This SR1911 now has 275 Rounds through the pipe with no malfunctions. I must say America is still capable of producing great products and this fully made in America Ruger SR1911 is proof. If you think you have to buy a race gun or a $1800 dollar 1911 to get 1.5inches at 25 yard groups think again. Ruger was late compared to it’s competitors entering the 1911 market, I suspect they were ensuring the product they produced would live up to Ruger quality and the 1911 nostalgia. The only negative of this range session was I had to allow at least 15 range patrons handle my SR1911 which made me a little late for my date with my beautiful wife, which didn’t go over so well with her but that’s another story for another time.