While the 1911 might not be the first thing that comes to mind, Ruger is well-known for making quality firearms. When they announce a new product release, we always like to take a close look at it and consider what new features it might bring to the industry. In this case, the new 1911 Lightweight Commander may not be anything revolutionary, but it does mark the first 9mm 1911 to come from Ruger. And, if you are a fan of the platform, that can be a pretty big deal.
The Existing Ruger 1911 Lineup
Like many American manufacturers, Ruger recognized the demand for the 1911 platform and started making their own models years ago. In that time, they stuck to the original .45 ACP chambering for the models they produced. This way, they offer the traditional look and feel with all of the stopping power you need. From their original stainless model with checkered wood grips, they built an impressive lineup for shooters to enjoy.
This already includes a 4.25” commander-style .45, bi-tone models, and Talo-exclusive tactical models. Regardless of the configuration, they always stuck to that .45 ACP. While some shooters still cling to this caliber, others look for something a bit lighter to get the job done. With the unveiling of the new 9mm Lightweight Commander, Ruger may just be positioning itself to massively expand the lineup.
First Looks at the New Ruger 9mm Lightweight Commander
With an MSRP just under $1,000, the new Ruger 9mm 1911 Lightweight Commander is due to enter the market at the same price point as the .45 Commander. Though some shooters might think this is a bit steep for a Ruger, it’s important to realize what goes into a gun like this. For starters, it copies the classic 4.25” barrel length of your standard Commander model. It’s barrel uses a 1:10 right hand twist and is sure to provide consistent accuracy with its 9-round magazine. It is due to be released with Novak 3-dot, drift-adjustable sights, which should support the accuracy of the barrel.
Outfitted with black rubberized grip panels and a gray anodized aluminum frame, it will be both lightweight and easy to handle. In fact, Ruger has announced it will weigh just 29.3 ounces. And, while the 1911 might not be the first gun you consider when you think of them, you can expect the same quality manufacturing that you know and love.
We’ve Got It All
Of course, if you want to get your hands on one of these bad boys right away, you will want to remember to keep up with us here at Omaha Outdoors. We keep a wide variety of Ruger pistols in stock and we will be receiving a shipment of this new model as soon as possible. Our goal is always to provide you with the best shopping experience and the latest release. So, whether you just want to collect another model for your set or you want a great open carry option, this new Ruger 1911 Lightweight Commander is sure to do the trick.
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