I really love my M&P 9c and for me that much money wouldn't be the determining factor. I own a Ruger (not a SR9c) as well though so I'm certainly not opposed to the brand. For me though when I decided to buy the M&P 9c versus several other choices including the SR9c, it came down to which one I enjoyed shooting more and was most accurate with. I suspect unless the price difference is prohibitive for you, it will come down to the similar factors for you as well. Also if you rent to try then, don't forget that the different palm swells can really change the feel too.