SR45: Ruger’s Tough-As-Nails .45 ACP Pistol

Ruger SR45The never-ending debate between aficionados of one handgun caliber over the other has been known to get personal, but in practical applications, such as in law enforcement, terminal ballistic performance is far being from the only issue. Police agencies must select a pistol/caliber combination that delivers what they need on every level and for every officer. Several large agencies, including a few state police departments and many smaller agencies, have nevertheless opted for the .45 ACP as their standard-issue cartridge. A casual search reveals that many of these are in somewhat rural areas where having a harder-hitting round may be more of a priority.

We may never settle the 9mm versus .45 ACP debate, but thanks to Ruger, those who want big-bore firepower with a high capacity that can still fit in any officer’s hand have a remedy. Based on the SR series, which was originally introduced in 2007, the latest SR45 is a polymer-framed, full-sized, striker-fired, recoil-operated, semi-automatic pistol chambered in the powerful .45 ACP cartridge and featuring a 10+1 capacity. Ruger first developed its line of polymer (actually, glass-filled nylon) frames to more easily reduce the dimensions of the pistol and make it lighter, slimmer and more convenient.

Over the past 60 plus years, Sturm, Ruger & Company has established an enviable reputation for manufacturing innovative and well-built pistols, rifles and shotguns. Founder Bill Ruger was known for building his guns tough, but he was also a gifted gun designer. Carrying on that tradition, the company that Bill Ruger and Alexander Sturm founded continues to introduce new designs as well as regular improvements on existing popular guns.

The Ruger SR45 is no exception. The grip is exceedingly thin—to the point where it feels like a single-stack gun in hand, despite holding a 10-round, double-stack magazine of fat .45 ACP cartridges. The grip is also very well checkered on the sides and front, and stays in the hand well.

The grip’s backstrap has a rubberized insert that is removable and reversible. One side provides an arched profile while the opposite side offers a flat profile. This versatile design makes the pistol adaptable for officers with various hand sizes in the same department. However, while the SR45 is incredibly thin, I found the grip to be on the long side from front to back, even with my average-sized hands. The flat backstrap does significantly improve this, and the pistol should be comfortable for all but those with very small hands. The backstrap is held in place with a steel crosspin that also does double duty as an attachment point for a lanyard.

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