Ruger 1911 5" v 4.75"
I had been looking for a Ruger 1911 5" barrel. Finally found one locally at an FFL who deals from his home. Great guy great price! Got it for $675 out the door and a great deal on ammo as well. Got it home, field stripped, clean and lubed and was happy enough to go register it and discovered sure enough it's the 4.75" CMD model…..
My fault I should have checked closer but I got caught up in the moment and did ask and was told it's 5".
Only down side I can come up with is accuracy..if that... I can't come up with any positives though…. Conceal carry? Already got a small 9mm..
I'm sure I could return it but try not too be too analytical about small things if indeed .75" is a huge deal…
Any advice or ideas appreciated…
FWIW, my SR1911 CMD is a tack driver. I think you'll love it.
Yea it seems solid.
My issue is I started with a very nice Kimber to compare to. Fit and finish are close enough but I fell in the love with the butter smooth recoil and assumed this has more to do with the longer barrel….but then again…It's only .75" shorter and 2.6oz lighter so the center of mass may be in a "better" place.
I'm in no way upset but just want to decide before I shoot it. I'm pretty sure I can get a full refund but there are still no 5"'s around. It's almost CC sized but I have an XDs 9mm…..
Contact the seller and see if he's willing to take it back. If he's willing, then.......you have a choice to make.
Personally I'd keep it. I feel that's the perfect balance in a 1911 across the board, the handling, carrying, and you won't notice any difference in accuracy if you do your part. I can shoot one a little quicker than a 5", but that's me. If serious accuracy were a concern you wouldn't be looking in stores for a gun, you'd have it built or that one rebuilt. Go shoot it and enjoy it.
I have the Ruger Commander model and it also is a tack driver. I have a Kimber full size, target model, and the Ruger shoots just as good for the shooting I am doing.
Well I seriously doubt 1/4 inch will make any difference at all.
Originally Posted by Dignan
1911A1's and their knock-off's are fairly accurate if the bore has not been fired too many times.
After you fire it, benched with sandbags, you will see.
If you can hit a man's heart at 25 yards, then it's accurate.
A heart is about the size of a grapefruit.
If you live in northern Illinois I might be willing to trade with you. I have the 5" model and I love it, but I'd be just as happy with the CMD model. The 1911 is my 'just for fun' gun so it's requirements are less stringent than the 'home defense' gun. Plus, I have noticed a tendency to want something new, even if I don't need it. Anyboy else get that itch or is it just me?
At 4.75 inches your new Ruger CMD has a longer barrel on it than ANY STANDARD FRAME GLOCK with a non-extended slide and barrel. My (originally) factory-stock G-21's had 4.6 inch barrels; and I had no problem, at all, rapidly blowing out the center of 6 inch targets at 16 yards with either of these pistols. What, 'accuracy' are you worried about - The gun, or you? I used to shoot IDPA matches with a group of guys who competed with an inordinate number of Glock Model 19's rather than the more commonly used Glock Model 17's.
The G-17 has a 4.48 inch barrel. The G-19 has a 4.1 inch barrel. Both of these pistols are Glock's two most popular models! Why did so many of the guys I used to shoot with prefer to use shorter barreled G-19's? Because: (1) A G-17 is slower out of the holster; and (2) a G-19's muzzle is able to swing faster through targets at and inside 12 yards. Yes, a longer barrel gives you a longer sight radius; but, FOR AIMED FIRE, it's also (perceptively) slower to, both, come onto the target with or to use to track across multiple targets.
The only disadvantage there might be to using a shorter barrel is a slight decrease in muzzle velocity; but it ain't going to be much. Personally, if you stay with 230 grain ball ammo, I don't see you having any trouble, at all, knocking, 'pepper poppers' down. In my opinion, 'accuracy' isn't a valid reason not to like that gun! What you really need to do, now, is to use it for the next 3 or 4 months; put a couple of thousand rounds through it; and, then, tell us what you think.
NOTE: My brother-in-law carries a Colt XSE Commander with a 4.75" barrel, an action job by some Texas gunsmith, and, 'rough bark' stag grip panels. It is an outrageously beautiful pistol; the kind I used to carry until my friends finally harassed me into purchasing a, 'cheap pistol' just in case I ever had to turn it over to the authorities as evidence. So that is how I ended up carrying a cheap Glock that ultimately ended up costing me over $1,300.00 dollars! (Because old habits die hard; and I just couldn't keep my hands off it!)
This past Christmas he calls me up; and tells me that he's been having heart problems; and he's worried about what will become of his beloved pistol if something suddenly happens to him. Then he says that he's instructed his wife (my younger sister) that he wants me to have his gun when he dies! I thanked him, of course; but protested that - no matter how nice - I really didn't need another gun. In fact I've been steadily selling off my own gun collection; and, at the present time, all of the reloading equipment is gone, and I'm down to about half of the guns that I once owned. (I've got heart problems, too; and I want to be fair to my wife.)
The guy begged, he pleaded, and kept telling me that he couldn't rest unless he knew that his beloved EDC were left, 'in the right hands'. I was flattered, of course, and touched by his generosity and apparent high regard for me. It took me all of the next several days to realize that he's 12 years younger than I am; and, far from worrying about what was going to happen to his gun, he was more concerned about what was going to happen to the remaining contents of my gun safe over which he's oggled for many years!
I've got to give him credit, though. The guy's always been a brilliant businessman! He and my sister live very well; and, now, I realize how he's always managed to do it. Leave it to him to be the first to, 'place a bet' on which one of us is going to, 'win the race'!
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