Ruger’s Custom Shop Koenig SR1911
John Woods 11.14.18
RUGER’S CUSTOM SHOP KOENIG SR1911
Did you even know that Ruger had a custom shop? Well, they do, but frankly it has been kept a bit a secret over the years, nothing, like say, the Smith and Wesson Performance Center, but perhaps that situation is about to change. If their first custom 1911 is to be any forecast for the future, then hold on to your holsters.
The name Doug Koenig should be easily recognized by all who have kept up with the fast paced shooting sports over the past years. Koenig is a top shooter in the pistol arts circuit and to produce a 1911 in design cooperation with such a champion as Koenig has to be special. To have his name engraved on this pistol’s slide has to be rewarding. Read on and I think you will agree.
The SR1911 series has already proven itself at the range and in the field. Though I certainly favor the traditional chambering of the classic .45 ACP in a 1911 platform, the custom shop Koenig SR will be chambered for the 9mm. This will make the pistol workable for IDPA, IPSC, USPSA, the Bianchi Cup, Pro Am Shooting, and Steel Challenge matches.
Standard features on this pistol will include a stainless two-tone steel slide, 5-inch barrel, black nitride stainless grip frame, Hogue Piranha G10 grip panels, TechWell magazine well, and fiber optic adjustable target sights. The slide is hand fitted to the frame for a tight but smooth action. The magazine holds 10 rounds + 1 in the chamber.
Custom shop features include a match trigger, low mass hammer, competition sear, flat faced trigger shoe, a precision machined slide disconnector and a hand-tuned sear spring. The barrel is a competition type with a polished feed ramp, fitted barrel lug, target crown, and the trigger guard is undercut. The beavertail grip safety is undercut for a high hold for reducing muzzle flip.
Special detailing for this pistol includes the “Koenig” name and signature “K” embossed on the stainless slide. The trigger also depicts a “K” formed logo. Ruger Custom Shop is also embossed at the rear of the slide denoting it is a special issue firearm. This is indeed a special 1911 pistol.
If you’re into competition shooting with a 1911 in 9mm, then this is a pistol you may want to take a hard look at. Even at a retail of $2499.00, it could very well be considered a collector’s item as well. See www.ruger.com for more details.
John J. Woods
Magnolia Outdoor Communications