I finally managed to pick up a new Ruger SR-1911 this past week. Here in the Phoenix area, just like most everywhere else, they've been very hard to come by. My overall impression of the gun is very favorable. Beautiful fit and finish, nice grips, and contrasting black oxide small parts really set the gun off appearance wise. I won't get a chance to fire it up for a few weeks, but that's OK. At least I now have one in the safe. I was a bit surprised to see Ruger got away from the nice plastic carrying cases they usually provide with all of their pistols. This one came in a cardboard box. They did include a small zippered "rug" style case along with it that it comes packed in. I'm not sure if there is any advantage to having the barrel and bushing machined from the same bar. It's mostly advertising fluff. What makes these parts is the tolerances they are machined to, along with the material. The fact it came off the same bar is relatively unimportant. I guess it can't hurt anything, I just don't see it being any great advantage. Overall it looks as if Ruger has another hit on their hands. They have come out once again with a beautiful, well made weapon at an affordable price point. This is what makes, and keeps them one of the most profitable firearms companies in the world.