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Ruger SR45 No. KSR45-3801 45 ACP, $529 (Grade: F)

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The gun had rugged good looks, was smoothed for easy holster entry, had excellent sights, easy takedown, an accessory rail, and workable checkering. It just didnít go bang all the time.

Ruger SR45 No. KSR45-3801 45 ACP, $529 (Grade: F)

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There was a lot to like about the big Ruger SR45. We thought the ambi safety and ambi mag- release buttons were good ideas, and we preferred its grip to that of the Glock.
The arrow points to an extension of the trigger bar. This can get too high when the gun is disassembled, but a tug forward will get it down to the correct position so the gun can go back together.
We really liked this idea, a soft rubber insert to help your hand take the sometimes sharp recoil of the big 45. It can be easily reversed to give a flat surface, which some will prefer.
Near the front of the barrel is the smallest part of the field-stripped Ruger, the cross pin that holds it all together. We thought its takedown procedure was a clever innovation. Most of the parts were big and solid, but a few of the parts within the frame were questionable for size, and obviously they didnít all function correctly.
The Glock (left) performed perfectly with all the test ammo. The Ruger had problems with the Winchester ammo, but not with the others.
Inside the two guns (Glock on top), the careful viewer can see many points of similarity, though the parts might look slightly different. Some of the Rugerís features and design elements were mighty clever, but the mag disconnect may have caused the gun to fail completely with Winchester ammo.Ż

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