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Old 07-19-2012, 4:18 PM
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Default Ruger SR1911 vs. Remington 1911 R1 - which would you choose?

Yeah, it's one of those threads, but I'm debating between the two. They seem pretty similar, each having minor pluses and minuses on the face of it. I can get them for the same price, so cost isn't the issue.

Anyone have experience with one or both of these newish 1911s? Why would you choose one over the other?

Is there another similarly featured 1911 I ought to consider in the same price range ($700) - other than RIA (had a chance to shoot one and it was a jam-o-matic with ball ammo so it's off my list)?
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Old 07-19-2012, 4:32 PM
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The remington is in my opinion on par with the ria. The ruger is a steal at that price and very hard to come by for a reason. You say you can get them at the same price but are they both readily available?
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Old 07-19-2012, 5:01 PM
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It's likely personal preference. I preferred the Ruger because I've had good experiences with them, has everything I wanted, haven't read much negative press and I think it looks better, so I waited the 10+ months and finally got one. I love it!
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I know it shouldn't matter...but I like the Remington name on a 1911 a bit more than a Ruger...Ruger makes great guns, I just like my 1911's to be a bit more traditional. For that reason, my next 1911 will be a Colt.
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I know it shouldn't matter...but I like the Remington name on a 1911 a bit more than a Ruger...Ruger makes great guns, I just like my 1911's to be a bit more traditional. For that reason, my next 1911 will be a Colt.
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Id personally choose an SR1911, since the frame has the safety plunger housing cast into it from the factory. Always good to have one less thing that can fail, no?
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Ruger is backordered like 80k units...

Seems like the marketplace prefers the SR1911 over the R1.
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RUGER over the Remington
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Ruger, still made in America, no idea where they make the remmington, and I just like Rugers.
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Ruger, still made in America, no idea where they make the remmington, and I just like Rugers.
Both are made in the USA.
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I like the look of the Remington 1911 Enhanced. I am assuming you are talking about it in your post.
http://www.1911r1.com/Products/Firea...-enhanced.aspx

But IMO, I would go SIG. Better features for just a bit more money.
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Not sure about Remington 1911, but Ruger 1911s are so hard to find.
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Ruger is backordered like 80k units...

Seems like the marketplace prefers the SR1911 over the R1.
Hmmmm, maybe I should sell my SR1911 and get some $$$
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Ruger hands down. Remington wont get another dime from me.......
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My vote is also for the Ruger!
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At that price , go with an STI spartan you can get them single shot through oc armory or a few others if you look around .
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They're the same price, although the Remington is available now (it's the basic R1, not the Enhanced model), while the Ruger is a big question mark as to when it will be available. Could be many months...but I am leaning strongly toward the Ruger.

The STI Spartan V looks pretty nice, I'll look into it as well. Too bad it isn't stainless.
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At that price , go with an STI spartan you can get them single shot through oc armory or a few others if you look around .
The Ruger and Remington also would need SSE.
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Old 07-20-2012, 6:56 AM
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My vote definitely goes to the Ruger SR1911. The trigger on the Remington 1911 is very lacking in my opinion. I feel the trigger on a few RIA's i shot are better than the Remmington 1911. To be honest, at that price range, a Springfield loaded is not too far away. I have never shot the SR1911 nor held one.

Another viable option is the Taurus PT1911. My buddy has one (I have a colt) and his PT1911 is an awesome gun. It has the front and read sights dovetailed (the only thing I wish my 1911 has) and it has a very nice trigger. He has put a few thousand rounds through his 1911 without a single jam.
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I'm a tad confused here. Neither one is on the roster, are you doing a single shot exemption?
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TakeFive, i may be wrong here (so others please correct me if I'm wrong), but the roster is just for new guns bought at a dealer. He can still buy either of those guns private party.
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No brainer, a Ruger!
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Ruger sr1911 if u can find one.
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Haven't fired a Remington, but I have fired a Ruger SR1911. Fun gun and apparently very durable. Trigger felt pretty good. Will digest ANYTHING, even semi-wadcutterers and LBT-style wide meplat flat points.
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Being a Ruger nut I vote for the Ruger. I have 3 Springfields right now but if I can get my hands on a SR1911 I'd buy it in a heartbeat.
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Yes the SR1911 is a great gun. I have one. I actually posted it up for trade to see what else is out there, but it is not.going to break my heart to keep it.
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It depends on what you are looking for.

I don't know the reliability of the two, so let's assume both functions as advertised.

For a functional 1911 for practical use, I'd have to go with the SR1911. It has a beavertail, which is very important for a 1911. I never had a hammer bite from a 1911, so it's not for that reason for me. The reason is that if you use a 1911 with the textbook high grip taught these days, you would find the GI style grip tang will poke your web of hand like a pitchfork.

Another reason is finish. I don't care for bright color finish, but I'd have to take stainless steel over regular steel with a mere "dark oxide" finish(which pretty much means nothing more than Blued).

I've legally carried guns in both military and civilian capacity, and I can say that "Blued" is not better than nothing. It's EQUAL to nothing. As far as protection goes, it's a joke. Guess what happens to a stuff made with Fe with equal to nothing finish on it when exposed to elements.

Also, the SR1911's Novak sight gives you more options with its dovetailed front and rear sight.

If you value the GI look over function, then R1 is for you.
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Yes the SR1911 is a great gun. I have one. I actually posted it up for trade to see what else is out there, but it is not.going to break my heart to keep it.
I know Bobby, but I don't have anything you want in trade for it!

I would be getting either with SSE through Addax, since that keeps coming up (unless I find the Ruger at a good price from a private party).

Big problem, though: Addax tells me that they're not taking deposits on the Ruger because they have no ETA for it. They said they stopped doing so when the wait started pushing one year!

I was considering the Taurus, but for my first 1911 I really wanted to go American, and the Remington and Ruger are within my price range (under $1k). Colt and S&W 1911s nudge over that number. I'm still not sure about Kimber; it seems like the better ones are very expensive while I read mixed reviews about the more affordable models.

Am I mistaken that Springfield isn't produced in the USA?
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Springer frames are forged in brazil by Imbel, some are marked US if they are assembled and finished here.

My cousin is very happy with his Kimber Custom II which sometimes go on sale for around $699.

That would definitely be my choice if I wasn't so happy with my Springfield.
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At that price , go with an STI spartan you can get them single shot through oc armory or a few others if you look around .
Or you could save some money and buy a gun from the people that make the STi Spartan; Armscor/Rock Island Armory.
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Between the two...I'd go with the Ruger though I have no experience with either. I just hear great things about the SR1911 and Ruger's customer service.
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All 1911s may look alike but they are not . Out of the 2 choices the Ruger would be the best by far.
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Or you could save some money and buy a gun from the people that make the STi Spartan; Armscor/Rock Island Armory.
It's true that they make the frame , but from there it's different . I only know this because i bought the Rock Island version of the same gun that a buddy of mine bought the STI Spartan version.

Different hardware and barrel, different trigger , well really everything was different save for the frame and possibly slide ( although the slide had a slightly different profile )

All the spartans are assembled and fit in texas at STI. I have since sold my Rock Island and bought an STI Trojan
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Hi, I'm new here but I do own a Remington 1911. Bought it last winter. Mainly because it is sooo pretty! And there are no Rugers to be had.

I have shot it a few times, maybe 10 mags total. Mostly cheap ball, I think I shot a magazine of Hydroshock to see how it fed, which was fine. Of course it needs more testing, but so far I like it. It seems accurate for the little bit of non-scientific testing we've done, which mostly consists of shooting cardboard boxes we set up in the desert.

I'm not quite ready to stake my life on it, but it's one of the few guns we own that I can bring to CA so it goes in the trunk in a locked case, with the ammo in a separate locked case where I can easily get to it in 4 or 5 minutes of fumbling while I'm being carjacked, raped or whatever, and my AK47 and PT145 that I usually carry stays behind in the free state of AZ.

Not to get too far off topic but I love my Taurus! Once you get it figured out (they tend to shoot low with the fixed sights) it's about the "biggest" small gun there is. It's not that much larger than my LC9 but I feel so much safer with it than with the pea shooter.

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at the Reno Cabelas, i saw a Smith and Wesson 1911 in used considition for only $650. Man I wish I had the cash to snatch that one up!

Honestly, you will be completely happy with either gun. From personal experience though, I have a GI Colt 1911. I love my gun and it is a phenomenal shooter. The only regret I have is that the slide is a GI slide, so the front sight isnt removable. If you ever want night sights, go with the Ruger. If I wanted to put night sights on my Colt, It would cost around $200 to have the front sight dovetailed. At that price, I might as well buy a new slide.

So, if you like the look and feel of the GI 1911, the Remington is a great choice. I know for a fact though, whatever my next 1911 may be, i would like a dovetailed front sight just because of the flexibility it gives you.
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