Ruger’s Commander SR1911 Joins the 9mm Bandwagon


Ruger Commander SR1911 in 9mm

Ruger has carved out a reputation for themselves within the 1911 market as being affordable, yet having good quality. Finally, with the introduction of a 9mm in their SR1911 pistol they should gain even more followers.

Like many new 1911 designs Ruger did not re-invent the wheel with this model, but multiple small changes should leave customers happy. Ruger had this to say about their newest SR1911:

The Ruger® SR1911® Lightweight Commander-Style Pistol is now chambered in 9mm Luger. Like the SR1911® Lightweight Commander-Style  pistol in .45 Auto, this 9mm version features a commander-length slide and an aluminum frame that weigh almost a half-pound less than the all-stainless steel Commander-Style configuration. This model also comes with a new look, including black rubberized grip panels and a gray anodized frame.


Aside from the gray anodized frame and black rubberized grips, the most noticeable change on this SR1911 is the rear slide serrations. They have an arrow or “Chevron” pattern design which should provide a more positive grip.

One negative to this design though is the fact that it resembles the Chevron pattern. Remington got tangled in a lawsuit with Daniel Defense over a Chevron trademark dispute back in 2014. Daniel Defense likely was not too keen on a competing AR-15 manufacturer loosely using their trademark. They may not share the same negative sentiment towards Ruger on a 1911 pistol design.

This firearm was just released July 1st, 2016 so it is difficult to gauge the accuracy, but based on the specs from Ruger’s website it should be a shooter. The barrel and bushing are CNC machined from the same piece of bar stock. The skeletonized trigger allows for over-travel adjustment and the Novak sights will provide a familiar sight picture for most shooters.

To get the complete rundown on the Ruger Commander SR1911 in 9mm, visit Ruger’s website HERE.

The outdoors, fitness and anything related to firearms are my passions. I am a S&W Armorer, Glock Armorer, reloader and am coping with an addiction to classic S&W and Colt revolvers (by buying more revolvers). I’ve been a guest writer for Sierra Bullets and love long walks to the gun range.



    I am interested in this gun.

    But, no offense, the quality of the posts on this website is declining precipitously. It is starting to feel like an amateur free for all, rather than a well-curated semi-pro treasure trove.

    • Mick Finn

      The gun is a 1911. This post notes the significant changes that set the Ruger apart from the other dozens of 1911 models. What else did you want from this post?

      Whereas, your contribution to the discussion was six words followed by complaining written as an author who takes great pride in his ‘Word-a-day Calendar’. I look forward to visiting your website soon.

    • Bill

      I sort of agree, but I don’t know if the writers are pros, or have any training, or editorial supervision, or are well-intentioned amateurs. The interweb has done enough to dumb down content and expectations, the slippery slope of quality writing is getting more precipitous.

      OTOH (see, I’m dumbed down) this article could have just been a header announcing a press release. I’m not sure issues surrounding chevrons are really that critical for a gun that may not even be on shelves yet.

      I love 1911s, and I’m fond of single stack 9mms like the SIG P225, but I can’t come to grips with a 9mm 1911. It’s a lot more appealing as a lightweight than a steel frame gun would be.

    • Bill

      If you think this site is sagging, their sister site reads like it was written by the legendary chimps with typewriters.

  • bjeremy

    Good looking gun….except for the funky slide serrations. I know it’s a personal thing, but I wish manufacturers would stop trying to get creative with slide serrations (S&W M&P comes to mind). It just looks like hell and doesn’t really add any benefit in terms of “grip” in my experience.

  • Paul

    Chevrons can be symbols of military rank.
    They are also reminiscent of the French Citroen automobiles.
    Hard to imagine a patent on such a thing.

    • Roy G Bunting

      Trademarks are a much lower bar to sue them patents. If the plaintiff can shtthat thrthedefendants use of the trademarked design may cause confusion in the market, they can get the defendant to stop and damages.

      This is much more likely with 2 gun companies then a gun company and a foreign car company.

  • iksnilol

    That’s a neato blog.

    I don’t know anything about life on sea.

  • WAL

    Nice pistol but when the heck is Ruger going to announce an Officer’s-size SR1911? It will be my third SR. (Commander-length and TALO railed Government-length are already in the family.)

  • NDS

    “Bandwagon” lol

  • gunsandrockets

    I wish Ruger would also offer that model in some stouter calibers too, like .38 Super or .357 Sig.

    • Gunner4guy

      Like you, I’d like to see it in .38 Super P+. I have a Colt Cbt Commander in .45 ACP with 1 of the Recover® grips on it and really love it for a carry piece. Having the same thing in .38 Super P+ would be nearly perfect.

  • Drunk Possum

    I want to know what the deal is with rubberized grips on 1911s these days. I think they look bad and don’t offer a better grip. That’s my personal thoughts on the subject. I personally prefer nice slim wood grips with fairly aggressive checkering.

    • John Redman

      My thought would be that inexpensive grips on a new pistol are to keep the buyers cost down. I brought a Sig 1911 a few years ago and it came with cheap plastic grips that soon found their way into a junk drawer to be replaced by VZ grips. Kimber did, not sure about now, only provide one mag with their 1911’s, and I’m sure other companies have their ways of cutting costs knowing the buyer will replace their inexpensive parts.

  • Marcus D.

    I am interested in a 9mm single stack 1911 pistol, and this one would fit my bill (I have a thing for 4″ barrels). But California. The only Ruger pistol here is the LC9. Maybe when we see the current AG head down the road to Washington as a US Senator) that may change, but who knows. Things have been going poorly around here of late.

  • Hugo Stiglitz

    Ruger’s answer to the Springfield EMP? I’d take a look…I own an LC9 and an Xds in .45 and I like them both but this is interesting.