Ruger Takes it to 10mm Auto, Recalls Select Mark IV Pistols

Ruger’s newest 1911 is a 10mm Auto. This is great news for 10mm fans. While it’s always nice to see a new 10mm pistol hit store shelves, Ruger is one of the biggest names in the industry and is sure to give the 10mm market a real boost.

On top of that the company’s new 10mm is based on the Ruger SR1911 series, which is right at the sweet spot for quality and affordability. The MSRP is $1019, so real-word prices will be under $1,000.

Like a lot of SR1911s the 10mm has a stainless steel slide and frame with a soft, low-glare brushed finish. The grips and other small components have a matte black finish for a nice two-tone look.

It’s a full-size 1911 with a 5-inch barrel and an 8+1 capacity. Pistols ship with two stainless steel magazines. It uses a Series-70-style fire control group and a lightweight drop-safe titanium pin.

Ruger made a few changes to their base design to handle the powerful cartridge. The 10mm model uses a full-length guide rod and bull barrel to add mass and reduce felt recoil. The barrel has a black nitride finish to match the other black components while adding an extra level of corrosion resistance and durability. Like all Ruger guns this 1911 is built to last.

Also the 10mm model has Bomar-style fully adjustable sights. Ruger went with a standard black target front sight post. This makes sense as the one part shooters may want to customize themselves is the front sight.

Finishing touches include skeletonized controls, a flat serrated backstrap, and a beavertail grip safety with a memory button to ensure a high, repeatable grip. For all the details and specifications visit the Ruger website.

See Also: Walther CCP Recall

Ruger isn’t flawless, though, and is sad to announce a product recall as well. There is a problem with their new Mark IV rimfire pistols. This problem affects a small percentage of Mark IV pistols manufactured prior to June 1, 2017. So far, no one has been hurt, but Ruger is getting in front of this problem and taking care of it right away.

It’s a very serious issue. Guns with flawed safeties can fire when the safety is switched off. Due to the risk of injury and potentially fatal discharge, it is very important that all Mark IV owners check their guns to see if they are affected by this recall.

Owners can tell if their Mark IVs have the new safety by checking the safety indicator. If there is an “S” on the indicator with the safety in the on position, it’s got the new safety.

Ruger is replacing all Mark IV pistols with updated safeties at no charge on a first-come, first-serve basis. No Mark II or Mark III products are affected by this recall.

To find out if your pistol is part of this recall, go to the Ruger Mark IV customer support page.

About the author: Max Slowik is a writer with over a dozen years of experience and is a lifelong shooter. He has unwavering support for the Second Amendment and the human right to self-defense. Like Thomas Paine, he’s a journalist by profession and a propagandist by inclination.

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  • JONYROTTEN December 15, 2017, 4:36 am

    that’s MSRP. nobody pays that
    having said that, my wanty one of these

  • Jack D July 21, 2017, 9:51 am

    $1000+ for a 10mm? Makes no sense. I have a Glock 20 which is a full size gun and it costs less than $700. It shoots like a champ with hardly any recoil. I love it. I cannot see the Ruger as a bargain at this price.

  • Sunny Wright June 30, 2017, 11:35 am

    why do you not talk about Colts or Smith Wesson guns ? I love these guns and you don’t talk about them .
    Thanks Sunny

  • Rich W June 23, 2017, 11:53 am

    George, the problem, unless I misunderstood, is that the gun will fire when the safety is switched off, WITHOUT having pulled the trigger.

    And I’m curious as to why Ruger didn’t produce a long slide version of its 10mm? They seem to be all the rage currently…

  • Harry June 23, 2017, 11:48 am

    It fires as you are switching the safety.

  • george hawk June 23, 2017, 9:50 am

    usually when safeties are switched “off'” the firearm will fire; unless I am in an alternate universe this AM.

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