Ruger SR9 Range Report

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    Ruger SR9 Range Report

    Hello all.
    I just recently purchased a Ruger SR9 due to its ergonomics and Rugers rep. I had heard all the hype and negativity surrounding the initial release of the pistol but as I have always been a fan of Ruger I thought I would give it a try, besides it is a bargain at $399.00
    Well at first glance, the Ruger is a nice looking pistol, its fit and finish is awesome, very smooth lines and clean edges. Now the ergonomics are fantastic, I have been shooting Glocks for 18 years and I love them, but as far as ergonomics go, its the Ruger hands down purely based on the low bore axis, it sets very low in the hand and the result is very low muzzle flip. The grip is thin, very thin, I don't have small hands but the grip is perfect for me. I only draw comparisons between the SR9 and the Glock because everywhere I go people are saying its a cheap copy that's years too late. I absolutely disagree, as I said I am a tried and true Glock fan, but the Ruger caught my eye and let me say this, though I know I will prolly get flamed for this, but Ruger took an awesome design in the Glock and improved upon it. The pistol ate every ammo I threw at it including the nastiest, cruddiest Russian ammo I could find. Not one issue after 1000 rds in 90 minutes, no aiming, just shooting it as fast as I could load it. It helps to have a friend loading the mags.
    Anyway, as far as accuracy goes, equal to the Glock and most I have fired right out of the box.
    So as far as function goes, I place it neck and neck with Gastons gun. Of course time will tell if Ruger has built a tested winner.
    After returning home I decided to break her down. There are no manuals I have found that cover detailed dis assembly of the SR9, but that has never stopped me before, so I got out my trusty Glock breakdown tool and went at it. Here is where the similarities between the Glock and the SR9 become apparent, under the slide is almost all Glock. The trigger, block and trigger bar assembly come out as a unit, a modular design. Its really an ingenious design. All parts fit tightly into the frame which is very sturdy and refined. there are a few things that must be approached with caution when removing certain parts. While it is very easy to take down, the Glock is still much easier, but the internals of the SR9 are beefier and seem sturdier than the Glock parts. The trigger bar that allows you to change the draw weight on the Glock is almost identical in the SR9 to the point that at first glance you would think they were interchangeable, but they aren't, I tried. The design is pure Glock, with a few added items like the 1911 style slide safety which I happen to like a lot, it works well and is another ingenious detail. The block at the front of the assembly is much beefier than the Glock and provides for greater rail surface for the slide to ride on.
    Well I wont go any deeper, except to say that the SR9 lends itself well to polishing the internals in much the same way that the Glock does and greatly benefits from doing so.The SR9 trigger has been a major gripe for a lot of folks but after polishing a few contact points the trigger is great, positive stop and crisp break, also it has a very short reset allowing for fast follow up shots.
    So as I said I love Glocks but now I am going to wring out this Ruger.
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    Thanks for scribbling that up. I'd been looking at that gun recently and wondering what folks not in journalism thought of it.

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    Great range report!

    I too have held one and heard some negative things but the gun does feel good in the hand. I may take a second look at one now.

    By the way, since you have one and obviously like it, do you intend to carry it? And if you do, what holster makers have you found that make holsters for it?
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    If I was inclined to carry a "plastic" 9mm, and didn't already own a Glock 19 for that role, I would give strong consideration to the SR9.

    Thank you for the write-up. I can steer people to your post that are considering this handgun, as I am hesitant to just go by what is printed in the "gun rags" if I don't have a review of my own to offer.

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    the mag

    Nice write-up. My friend got the SR9. I was severely underimpressed with the mags though. They were both difficult to load to capacity. On the last two or three rounds, the loaded rounds nose dived so much that they jammed and would not slide down. I quit trying to load his mags. I never experienced this problem with my XD, both guns NIB. How did you overcome that issue?
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    Thanks for the report. I had similar feelings about mine. I did eventually sell mine and replaced it with a smaller 9mm (G19) for carry purposes. However, if you like a full size 9mm, the SR9 is a very viable option.

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    Thanks!! As you can tell I am kinda partial to my Ruger...... my buddy keeps telling me to get rid of it and get something I can get more/better equipment for. But as you have stated, it NEVER miss-fires.....ever......even with the worst ammo you can get......but I had never had anyone give me a actual report on the SR9......looked at em', held em'......but just not much for plastic..... Tupperware is for food....not shooting! This is nice to hear.....I'll be looking at one for a future purchase I think........ and before I get flamed.... no, I'm not a glock fan, and do not want one.....thank you anyway!
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    I have carried the SR9 and surprisingly enough, they fit most LEATHER glock G17 holsters. They dont fit well into the Kydex I have tried.

    I also had initial issues with the mags but after repeated use they have lightened up.

    I was a hard convert to Glock or Combat Tupperware also, couldn't imagine a plastic gun in the early eighties, but now I cant imagine owning anything else, Glock I mean. I have almost literally owned them all. For the price Glock is the best buy in defense weapon there is IMHO.
    The Ruger is a decent pistol, but alas it is still just another one in a long line of copies, all of which attempt to recreate an already great pistol. I still own the SR9 but I will always carry my G19.
    Thanks for all the replies.
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    I've only handled the pistol at the gun store counter. The safety was what I didn't like. I could disengage the safety, easily. However, I needed to 2 hands to re-engage it. I didn't like that. I still like my Ruger P89 and PC9GR.

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    Thanks for the report. When someone asks, I'll direct them to your thread.
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    You will never get flamed for sharing your experiences with us regarding new firearms and equipment; on the contrary I want to hear about it, the good the bad or the ugly.
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    I too have handled the SR9 and love the feel overall. Haven't been able to test drive it yet. I'm concerned about its concealability. Anyone that can talk to that, and especially show photos would be greatly appreciated. I'm still leaning to a XD9sc, but the SR9 just won't leave me alone. I can't find enough reasons to take it off the list, is what I'm saying. Can anyone help?

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    Wonder if Ruger will make a smaller version, like the Glock 19 and 26. Mag compatibility across the model range is a big deal for me.

    I've held the SR9, and it felt good. Not a fan of manual thumb safeties, but that's just my preference.

    If they come out with a smaller version, that would be cool. I own (and have owned) more Rugers than anything else. I still have a Mini 14, 10/22, SP101, LCP, and M77 bolt action in .22. I sold off my M77 bolt in .223.

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    I too would be much more interested if they had a compact or sub SR9.

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    I bought a two-tone SR 9 for my son and he loves it.

    He also likes the 17 +1 capacity.
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