Ruger SR9C

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    Ruger SR9C

    Had the opportunity to shoot one of these this weekend. I don't hear a lot of talk about it, so I figured I'd give a brief, albeit not extremely thorough, first shots review. Mostly because I'm bored and waiting for my laundry to cycle. This is by no means at all technical, and all of it is just my (brief) experience and opinion.

    The gun looks great, in my opinion. It also feels really nice in my hand. It did feel a little heavy, but not exceedingly so. The ergonomics are good once the magazine is in the stack, but I didn't like the magazine and frame setup, personally. The magazine well sits a little bit too shallow on the frame, I think. I had to consciously loosen my grip with my ring finger before putting in the mag or my finger would get pinched between the magazine and the frame. Only happened once, but that's because I only let it happen once, ouch. I'd rather not have to loosen my grip to reload in a SD situation, though. I really liked the bi-tone color scheme of the one that I shot. It definitely was a bit more aesthetically pleasing than my Glock 19.

    It shot very well, especially for a first go with a weapon. I am still a little bit more accurate with my Glock, but that's probably because of the large amount of practice with it. The sights, I thought, were very good. The weight of the gun really made follow up shots pretty easy as well. Again, I followed up a bit more accurately with the Glock, but that's probably more about practice than anything. I really did enjoy shooting the gun, it felt good in the hand and handled recoil very well. I was getting about a 1 1/2 to 2 inch pattern at 7 yards, on average, when taking my time. On follow-up shots when I was putting 5 bullets down range as fast as I could, I was getting 5 hits center mass pretty much every time. There were a couple strays here and there on a 50 round box of ammo, but I think it was only maybe 3 of them that either missed the silhouette or hit the edge of it. Everything was on paper.

    The trigger was a little bit meh, at least for me. Just didn't feel smooth, maybe. Sorta seemed to climb a mountain in the middle of engagement.

    Also, the magazine spring seemed to have extremely strong resistance. I don't know if this would be an issue with any certain make or model of bullet. I didn't have a loading tool for the Ruger, and it was pretty tough comparatively to compress the spring and load the magazine. I have pretty strong hands, but it was still a bit of a task compared to loading the Glock magazine.

    Overall, I felt pretty good about shooting it. I also shot the Shield 9mm the same day, but there is a lot of talk about those so I figured I'd stick to the Ruger. One thing that the shooting session did do was convince me to immediately invest in some Meprolight sights for my Glock. Something about the three dot sight configuration just feels more natural. I really didn't like the way the magazine and frame lined up on the handle. For this reason alone I don't know if I would buy one to be anything more than a range gun, but people with smaller hands or less chubby fingers may not have the same experience. If you're in the market for a quality 9mm and you want something with a little more style, maybe give this Ruger a chance.
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    For style, cost and performance a RUGER is hard to beat !
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    I've had my SR9c for a couple of years now. This gun is hard to beat. Especially if you're not a particularly gifted pistol shot like me. The 9c is a compact so it obviously won't fit every hand, but there is an easily switchable back strap that helps a lot.

    For me, the best part of the SR9c is the velvet trigger. It is so smooth that even a ham fist like me can group shots well. My gun came from Ruger with the standard 10 round magazine, and a 17 round mag that fits the larger Ruger SR9 pistol. With the 9c you get a grip sleeve for the 17 round mag that gives you a full sized pistol grip. It works pretty well, but for everyday carry, I keep the 10 rounder in the well. The gun is slim and fits well into an OWB holser. With an overshirt, nobody knows I'm carrying. (well, almost nobody). This gun has made me into a decent pistol shot (so long as I'm shooting the SR9c, anyway).

    Some folks won't like it because of all the built in Ruger safety features. Personally, I like them. Nothing against Glocks, but I think I'll stick with Ruger for my striker fired poly pistols. If I have one gripe with Ruger, it is that they tend to deliver their new guns still covered in gunk from manufacturing. Every Ruger I've bought new really needed a serious cleaning before going to the range with it. With the SR9c, it is especially important to get into the striker channel and clean everything out very well.
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    I have the SR40C and it has been a great gun. Never an issues carry very well shoots great and looks great too. Mine is the black on black.... I polished the gray stuff of the barrel and polished the takedown pin, and I always get asked if it is a custom barrrel. everyone seems to really like it. I replaced the sights with XS 24/7 Bigdots, and now it is a formidable carry piece.
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    Too many safeties on Rugers. All except the LCP which happens to be the only Ruger I carry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DetChris View Post
    Too many safeties on Rugers. All except the LCP which happens to be the only Ruger I carry.
    As a newbie to shooting the only two things that kept me from considering Glock was the bulky feel, and the lack of a manual safety.
    In the future that might change. I wouldn't mind a baby Glock (G27), but I need to get better in general before I attempt owning one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kennydale View Post
    As a newbie to shooting the only two things that kept me from considering Glock was the bulky feel, and the lack of a manual safety.
    In the future that might change. I wouldn't mind a baby Glock (G27), but I need to get better in general before I attempt owning one.
    Glocks are pure handguns. Pull the trigger it goes bang. Always. One of the basic rules of firearms is keep your finger off the trigger until you're aiming at what you intend to destroy. So having an external safety or not doesn't make any difference IMO.

    And Glocks have nice compact slides with low bore axes and are actually really light. Compare a rental Glock against anything you're carrying and you'll see.
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    great sights, great ergos, and a great price. I'd own one in every size and flavor it they had models without the external safety and mag disconnect. (I can live with the LCI by wouldn't pick it if it were an option).

    I think it's a great gun if those features are important to you or if they at least don't bother you.

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    I think the SR9c is the best bang for the buck for a carry semi auto. I really like the one I own.
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    I didn't mess with the safety at all. I am so used to Glocks that it didn't even occur to me to dally with the machinery on the Ruger. I must have received it with the safety off, because I never touched it.

    This is by no intention an endorsement of Glock over the Ruger, or vice versa. I love my G19, but I did enjoy my experience with the SR9c, except for the pinched finger that is.

    One gripe I forgot to add to the OP, the magazine was really tough to load. I'm going to add that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taurahe View Post
    I have the SR40C and it has been a great gun. Never an issues carry very well shoots great and looks great too. Mine is the black on black.... I polished the gray stuff of the barrel and polished the takedown pin, and I always get asked if it is a custom barrrel. everyone seems to really like it. I replaced the sights with XS 24/7 Bigdots, and now it is a formidable carry piece.
    I agree...the SR40C is a great carry gun. I had one for a while and really liked it. Ruger produces some of the most reliable and ruggedly built guns around.
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    I have a SR9c, and I really like it. No problems at all. My EDC.
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    I like the option of switching from 10rd to 17

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