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Ruger Commander Range Review -- Ransom Rest

Discussion in 'Handgun Discussion' started by mr.revolverguy, Mar 9, 2014.

  1. mr.revolverguy

    mr.revolverguy Ohio Active Member

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    In 2011 –100 years after the introduction of the 1911, Ruger entered the 1911 market of which many believed already to be saturated. Ruger proved there was still room for another mass produced 1911 on the market with great sales of it’s SR1911 which I previously reviewed http://www.dayattherange.com/?p=1612 and conducted Ransom Rest test http://www.dayattherange.com/?p=1660

    Two years later Ruger again surprised us by entering the 1911 Commander market. This 65 years after the Government conducted testing to issue military officers a lightweight combat pistol. The original offering had the frame made of hardened aluminum of which Colt built in 3 calibers 9mm, 38Super and 45ACP. Ruger in it’s offering remained with the 45ACP cartridge. Call me old fashion but Ruger also stuck with good old American steel for the frame which makes it a bit heavier than the original Colt offering, but there’s magic when holding cold steel in 1911 ergonomics. The frame made of 415 Steel investment casting and the slide from 415 CNC machined bar stock is a perfect match, to form the beautiful Ruger Commander 1911.
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    Complete Range Review
     
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  2. Jleepga

    Jleepga Vancouver, WA Member

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    This is on my must have list. I love the look. I've shot the full-sized, and I'm assuming the Commander is every bit as nice.
     
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  3. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf SE Portland Well-Known Member

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    Everything you want and need and nothing else.
    I'm not a 1911 guy but that Ruger would be on the top of my list.
     
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  4. Nickb

    Nickb Moxee Active Member

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    I'm very happy with mine. There is no beating the value of these, the price you pay does NOT reflect the quality.
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  5. mr.revolverguy

    mr.revolverguy Ohio Active Member

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    Wow is that a Ruger you bobbed, looks more like a Dan Wesson. Mind if I ask who did the work?
     
  6. Nickb

    Nickb Moxee Active Member

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    I was going to the Dan Wesson look... Without the price tag. I did all the work.
    The pistol wasn't bad when I got it, but it's a lot better now.
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    After some filing
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  7. mr.revolverguy

    mr.revolverguy Ohio Active Member

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    Wow nice --- You want to do mine. lol
     
  8. Nickb

    Nickb Moxee Active Member

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    Thanks. You get to Yakima much? Lol
     
  9. 19stang88

    19stang88 Gresham Member

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    Nice, glad I can call this gun my own.
     
  10. bruzer

    bruzer Grants Pass, OR Well-Known Member

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    Very nice looking Ruger and the BOB is outstanding!
    May our lives glorify God,
    Michael
     
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  11. david58

    david58 Oregon Member

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    Bought one on Tuesday. Took it to the range today, ran 100 rounds without a hitch. Several years ago, got a 4.25" Kimber, and NEVER got a single full mag through it without a failure (two trips to the factory, the seller bought it back, and I don't Kimber any more). The trigger is stiffer than I like, but not creepy at all. Is the gun I had hoped that Kimber would be. After a couple hundred more rounds down range, it will become my carry gun. So very, very satisfied! I do think my Bride will end up with one.

    Those photos of the Bob above sure have me thinking that one over....
     
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  12. Kruejl

    Kruejl Hillsboro Moderator of the Coriolis effect Staff Member Gold Supporter Silver Supporter

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    What a beautiful piece. Definitely on my must-have list as well. Always been a fan of Ruger.
     
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  13. BAMCIS

    BAMCIS Eugene Well-Known Member

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    Very same thing happened to me when I spent north of $1300.00 on a new-in-the-box Kimber Super Carry Custom. Man, that was a beautiful gun. Loved how it looked and felt in my hand. The wife loved the look and feel, however, it wouldn't shoot a single mag without a failure of some sort, usually FTF.

    I took it back to the LGS I purchased it from and after all the usual questions, ammo type, limp wristing etc, they said they would make it right. To their credit, (the LGS, NOT Kimber) made it right. I even took it out and put a box of rounds through it without incident. However, given the issues I had I did not have the utmost confidence in it, so I sold it as fast as I could. In the interest of full disclosure, yes, I told the buyer.

    Regarding the SR1911, I sure am liking what you did there Nick. That's beautiful! I may have to keep my eye out for a good used one to do what you did.
     
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  14. Nickb

    Nickb Moxee Active Member

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    I'm thinking about switching main spring housings so I would let it go for like $50, I fit the pistol to the MSH so It has not been filed on or anything like that, factory finish on it.
     
  15. solv3nt

    solv3nt Portland Well-Known Member

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    How did you polish that slide?
     
  16. Nickb

    Nickb Moxee Active Member

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    Milled about .005 off of each side, then grained it on a piece of sandpaper that was taped to a granite block.
     
  17. PDXoriginal

    PDXoriginal PNW Well-Known Member

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    The SR1911 is easily the best bang for buck 1911 you can buy right now. I'd take it over the Remington R1 or even the STI Spartan V.
     
  18. Doc In UPlace

    Doc In UPlace Tacoma-ish Well-Known Member

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    Enablers! :)

    I have always missed the Colt Commander I sold back in he 80's, and a colleague has the SR1911, which is the best stock non-expensive 1911 I have ever shot, and now... this.

    Doggone it.:rolleyes:
     
  19. gatmandoo

    gatmandoo Beaverton, OR New Member

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    That is some real nice work. I want one!