Exclusive: Ruger’s Officer-Style SR1911 Is A 9mm Worth Shooting

By Dave Workman

The guys at Ruger make me crazy — it’s probably not that difficult — because it seems every time I turn around, they’ve lifted the cover on another handgun just begging to be cozy in my hand.

I own, ahem, several Ruger sidearms, and since I’m on record as extolling the virtues of this company’s rendition of the 1911 platform, it would be difficult to disavow any of these models. So it goes with the SR1911 Lightweight Officer- Style pistol in 9mm.

Thanks to advances in the development of 9mm ammunition over the past few decades, this newest Ruger compact is capable of delivering a devastating fight with a 7+1 round capacity. And the neat thing is this really is a small package can be carried discreetly in all sorts of environments. For the armed citizen who prefers the 9mm for a defensive sidearm, Ruger’s Lightweight Officer-Style could be a smart choice.

Ruger designed this gun with a stainless steel slide and anodized aluminum grip frame. The feed ramp is part of the 3.6″ coned, bushingless barrel, which is finished in black Nitride and cut with six lands and grooves on a 1:10″ right-hand twist. There is a full-length recoil spring guide rod.

I’ve had some experience with this black Nitride finish, and it’s tough enough to serve in all kinds of weather conditions. The slide has a matte finish and features a lowered and slightly flared ejection port, and the frame is black/grey, contrasting nicely for a two-tone presentation. If appearances alone sell a gun, this one will sell like hotcakes.

People I know will warm right up to the drift-adjustable Novak sights with their three-dot pattern. And I’m personally happy with the flat mainspring housing that is slightly bobbed at the bottom to produce something of a rounded butt.

Grip panels are checkered G-10. The beavertail grip safety has a “memory bump” which seems almost obligatory these days, and here’s a slick feature: a titanium firing pin. Paired with the skeletonized hammer, this pistol has a slightly faster lock time.

Rail-to-rail fit is very good, so nobody is likely to feel anything close to a rattle. The controls are where they belong, with the thumb safety on the left rear of the frame, and magazine release right behind the trigger.

Think about carrying this compact pistol in an IWB holster for a day. It weighs 27.2 oz. empty, is 1.34″ wide at the widest point.

And speaking of holsters, my guess is this pistol, designated the Model 6758, will fight into virtually any holster designed for an Officer Model or any of the numerous clones.

The overall length is 7.25″ and it is 5″ high. The pistol comes with two stainless steel magazines and an MSRP of $979.
It is not approved for California or Massachusetts.

For more info: https://gunsmagazine.com/company/sturm-ruger-co/
Ph: (336) 949-5200

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17 thoughts on “Exclusive: Ruger’s Officer-Style SR1911 Is A 9mm Worth Shooting

  1. George R. Laswell

    For a weight penalty of only 2 ounces, one can carry a lightweight commander with 10 rounds of 9mm or 8 rounds of .45. Why bother with this gun?

    1. Scott

      Not about the weight, but the length of the grip. A full size 1911 grip tends to get uncomfortable when sitting; and it is the main area that will print from concealment.

  2. Jim L

    I like the smaller 1911s I wish they did a bit of a test on it. If it’s like most Rugers your getting 100%. Looks to be a nice carry gun.

  3. TomC

    All Corvettes are red, any others are a mistake.
    If you don’t understand the relevance, there’s no point in trying to explain it to you.

  4. Chuck

    Not approved in California or Massachusetts because it has a hole in the end of the barrel for the bullets to come out of….

  5. PJB

    Q: For a weight penalty of only 2 ounces, one can carry a lightweight commander with 10 rounds of 9mm or 8 rounds of .45. Why bother with this gun?

    A: So you can buy a new pistol if you already have an Officer’s Model in 45ACP. 🙂
    Ok, now for the serious answer. #1) 9mm just so happens to shoot great out of the 1911 family of pistols,
    and #2) it’s not a bad idea to have your favorite pistol also in a different back-up caliber. If ammo gets really
    hard to find Nato calibers may still be available. And, #3) reloading supplies go a lot further with 9mm.

  6. Tom

    The new Sig 365 is smaller, with 12+1 capacity and night sights, at almost half the price. IMHO I just don’t see $400 more for the 1911 platform.

  7. Vito L.

    Where do you see it slightly bobbed at the bottom? After downloading the pic. there is no Bobbed grip!!

    1. Scvott

      Not truly bobbed, but rounded. Not new; other compact 1911’s have that same shape and it is more comfortable

  8. Johnny Langston

    Just the name Ruger is enough for me, their revolvers , rifles , semi auto pistols are of equal quality to Smith Wesson and colt and backed by excellent warranties i’ll take one anytime

  9. Rich Ahart

    My Ruger 1911 C 9mm has fired 4227 rounds without a problem with cleaning it every 300 to 400 rounds. I really enjoy it and recommend it to anyone who likes accuracy for a reasonable price.


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