SR1911 Officer’s Model Reporting For Duty In .45 ACP

SR1911 Officer’s Model Reporting For Duty In .45 ACP

Available in .45 ACP, the SR1911 Officer's Model is ready for everyday carry duty.

How the .45 ACP Officer's Model is ready for carry:

  • Concealable 3.6-inch barrel and 7.25 overall length.
  • Manageable 31 ounces in weight.
  • Rugged stainless-steel frame and slide.
  • Low-glare finish.
  • G-10 replaceable grips.
  • Drift-adjustable Novak 3-dot sights.
  • 7+1 capacity.

The Vietnam War entering the nation’s rearview and inflation squarely down the road, in retrospect there weren’t a bunch of high-points to 1972. A marked exception was the adoption of the M15 General Officer by the U.S. Army. Helping to redefine the size and role of the classic 1911 pistol, the sidearm for high-ranking officers was, for the most part, an instant classic. Though, the service beauties rolling out of the Rock Island Arsenal weren’t the final say or even the defining iterations of the snub-nosed semi-automatics.


Common with many 1911s, Colt called the tune in what became known as the Officer’s Model with the introduction of the Officer’s ACP in 1985. Since then, and thanks to the interest in concealed carry, the market has exploded with outright Officer facsimiles and roses by any other name. Perhaps not as prolific as striker-fired pistols, the style of compact 1911 still is among the most popular concealable self-defense gun available today.

A late adopter of 1911 production, Ruger finally embraced the petite configuration with the release of the SR1911 Officer’s Model earlier this year in 9mm. Now, in what is certainly music to the 1911 purists’ ears, the company has released a model chambered in .45 ACP and rounding out a line that up until this year has consisted of larger standard, commander and target models.

Slightly heavier than the 9mm Lightweight, the new .45 SR1911 Officer’s Model has the same features of the initial offering and stays relatively true to what have become the accepted dimensions and function of this configuration of 1911.

Aside from caliber, the significant difference between the SR1911 Officer’s Models – and accounting for the weight difference – are their frames. The .45 boasts a stainless-steel frame and weighs in at an even 31 ounces unloaded – almost a full 4-ounces more than the aluminum-alloy-framed 9mm. Certainly heavier, but by no means is Ruger’s new Officer disqualified from everyday carry duty.


The 7+1 capacity pistol is CNC machined resulting in an excellent slide-to-frame fit and smooth operation. The 3.6-inch bushingless bull barrel adds an element of control to the Officer’s Model, putting more material and weight at the muzzle, muting barrel flip and recoil. An extended thumb safety makes the gun easier to get in and out of action safely, and it comes outfitted with drift-adjustable Novak 3-Dot sights.

A dash of a customized look, the skeletonized hammer and trigger also are designed to improve the SR1911’s lock time and accuracy potential (crisp break, little overtravel). And relative to the overall 1911 market, the SR1911 Officer’s Model comes competitively priced with an MSRP of $979.

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Elwood Shelton is the Digital Editor for Gun Digest. He lives in Colorado and has provided coverage on a vast spectrum of topics for GD for more than a decade. Before that, he was an award-winning sports and outdoors reporter for a number of newspapers across the Rocky Mountains. His experience has consisted of covering the spread of chronic wasting disease into the Western Slope of Colorado to the state’s ranching for wildlife programs. His passion for shooting began at a young age, fostered on pheasant hunts with his father. Since then, he has become an accomplished handloader, long-range shooter and avid hunter—particularly mule deer and any low-down, dirty varmint that comes into his crosshairs. He is a regular contributor to Gun Digest Magazine and has contributed to various books on guns and shooting, most recently Lever-Actions: A Tribute to the All-American Rifle.


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