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Old February 24, 2014, 06:36 PM   #1
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Ruger SR9, How do you rate yours?

I could not pass on a new SS SR9 for $400 otd. I ran a couple mags through it this afternoon. It ran ok and accuracy was good. I will shoot it more on a warner day.
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Old February 24, 2014, 06:53 PM   #2
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I picked one up used, at a good price. It was one of the early ones, with a heavy trigger. I had the Ghost trigger kit installed (by my gunsmith) and it made the trigger crisp and lighter, but still a bit heavier than I'd like. The later SR9c and maybe the current SR9 models have better triggers than the first SR9's.

Nice gun, accurate. Hope to shoot it some more this spring. I have several Glocks, and I think the new Ruger design does the Glock thing better than Glock -- except that there are many more parts in the Ruger. Simplicity is one of the things elegant about the Glock design. (After looking at the Ghost video of how to install their trigger kit, and the many small parts in the Ruger fire control assembly, I passed and let my gunsmith do it. I have a knack for dropping little pieces, not finding them, and having to order more.)

Unlike prior Ruger semi-autos, these guns look as though a graphics-trained engineer was in charge of "looks" -- these don't look like overweight tanks.

I like the SR9 and may get an SR9c one of these days...

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Old February 24, 2014, 07:17 PM   #3
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Old February 24, 2014, 10:20 PM   #4
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Mine is a fine shooter and a great value.
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Old February 24, 2014, 10:27 PM   #5
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Which backstrap do you like? I think the flat feels best.
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Old February 24, 2014, 10:44 PM   #6
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I briefly had one but it failed to impress me for a little more M&P and Glock gen4 are much better, also CZ P-07 Duty, FN polymer guns are better options.

Ruger is an OK gun it leaves a lot to be desired IMO. I'd rate it 5/10
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Old February 24, 2014, 10:56 PM   #7
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I give mine a 7/10...its a good shooter, and has never had a failure of any kind...but as another said, I prefer the glock or M&P offering for 50-75 bucks more
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Old February 24, 2014, 11:08 PM   #8
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I have a SR9-C and I like it just fine. It has a nice trigger and is accurate as an old man can make it. It is my winter carry piece. the only other 9 that I have that I like better is my arcus compact but it is too heavy for carry over a long time frame.
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Old February 25, 2014, 06:18 AM   #9
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I have an Sr9c and use it as my EDC. I love it and chose it over an xd because of the rear safety (my preferance) and weight. I also have a full size M&P 9 but chose the SR9C over getting a compact M&P because of width. I love my SR9C and would get it in a 40 if they made one.
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Old February 25, 2014, 06:28 AM   #10
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I also have the SR9C in the Talo edition. Love it, reliable, accurate. 17+1 for the extended Mag. and a 10 rnd mag. for those other states you may pass through.
Trigger is exellent IMO.

Very easy to break down and strip for cleaning.

Very good shooter for the money.
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Old February 25, 2014, 06:50 AM   #11
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A gen 4 glock was $550 otd. That is $150 more than I gave for the Ruger. I thought about it. Hickok45 gave the Ruger a good review so I thought I would try one. Time will tell.
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Old February 25, 2014, 01:16 PM   #12
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I pulled the Mag Disconect. I will see how it likes different ammo this afternoon.
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Old February 25, 2014, 05:55 PM   #13
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Go look at nutnfancy a review on it. I know everyone here will disagree with me but I've found everything he says to be very accurate. He's probably got the most thorough and realistic review your gonna find. Don't care what anyone else says. You should check out his review.

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Old February 25, 2014, 06:37 PM   #14
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I totally agree with Old454!!

I have a SR9c...
EXCELLENT firearm, fires all ammo fine, no hiccups.
Very accurate, and easy to shoot.
My EDC...and I have a lot of pistols to choose from.
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Old February 25, 2014, 06:54 PM   #15
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Thanks guys! I ran 50 tula through it after I removed the MD. I like it so far. Any brand that is reliable and accurate, is good for me.
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Old February 27, 2014, 10:58 PM   #16
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I have an SR9c. I like it as well as any 9mm subcompact I've owned, and I've owned Glock, Springfield, and currently own a S+W M+P9 subcompact. I bought it to put most of my 9mm practice on and keep the round count down on some of my more expensive guns. I doubt that I can ever afford enough ammo to wear out a Ruger. I like it well enough that I'm actually carrying it. I like the manual safety, and since my S+W M+P9 has the manual safety it makes practice with the Ruger that much more relevant.
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Old February 27, 2014, 11:28 PM   #17
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My current gun of choice is the SR9. About 300 rounds downrange and no issues so far. I upgraded to this from my previous fav, a P89dc. I'm a big fan of Rugers despite their reputation as being "ugly". Beauty is in the eye of the beholder after all. I ran a couple thousand rounds of all different brands, factory and reloaded ammo through the 89 and don't believe I experienced a single malfunction. Ever. I am really hoping the SR9 carries on the reliable Ruger rep as I have gotten into some competitive training recently and plan to get involved in some competition in the coming months. Does anyone know of any problems with them? Either personal exp or rumored?
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Old February 28, 2014, 01:19 PM   #18
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SR 9

I purchased an SR9 and in the first 100 shots I had 3 shell casings that didn't get ejected. I then a week later had about 3 more shells that didn't eject out of 100. The range man suggested that I run a copper barrel brush (oversized) in the chamber slowly with a drill attached to the brush. I did this gently and saw the chamber had a small glob of grease near the rifling and thus it was completely cleaned out. Since that time the SR9 has operated beautifully. Very accurate and actually softer recoil than my Glock 19 and a lot less recoil than my PPQ. I don't shoot it as much as the Glock but I won't sell it.

As for Hickok's UTube on the SR9c that I saw, he missed more shots than I have ever seen him miss on other pistols that he has reviewed. Maybe he had not practiced enough to get the range or the feel, but it suprised me as he is usually a very good shot.

I have considered purchasing an SR9c also but I will wait a bit on that.
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Old March 1, 2014, 05:58 PM   #19
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I have had my SR9 for probably about 5 or 6 years. I love it. I've never had an issue with it and it runs whatever I feed it as far as shelf ammo. I now reload for it - a Lee 120 gr. lead TC over 3.5 gr. of Bulls Eye - a nice plinking round and it cycles perfectly. Ive owned about a half dozen Ruger handguns - all worked and functioned well - still have five of 'em as I traded an LCR in on a Smith that I had wanted. If I had it to do over again, I'd still go with the SR9. Even in the "break in" period, it never failed to feed/fire/eject.

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Old March 1, 2014, 07:21 PM   #20
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I have the SR9C, which I don't think is really that much different from it's full size brethren. So far, extremely satisfied with it. More accurate than I need for a CCW, excellent trigger, feels good in the hand, and appears to be very reliable thus far with a plethora of ammo types/brands.

If there's any gripe, I just wish the thumb safety was a little bit more forward on the frame. I have medium size hands and have to cock my thumb in order to disengage it. This doesn't feel as natural as it does with my 1911s, but still a lot better than it would with any slide mounted safety. I would imagine folks with larger hands would have a more difficult time with this.
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Old March 1, 2014, 08:03 PM   #21
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I rate it as just about the best value in that price range. I never had the full size, but my SR9C had a great trigger, was very accurate, very manageable recoil for a gun of it's size, zero malfunctions in the 1000 rounds or so I put through it, and the ergo's on it are great. One of the reasons it fit my hand so well was that the grip thins out where it contacts the webbing of your hand, I wish more grip's followed that suite.
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Old March 2, 2014, 07:53 PM   #22
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Mine seems to get better at each range day. I put another 50 through it yesterday. I really like the grip. The trigger is good with little take up and hardly no over-travel.
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Old March 3, 2014, 05:28 PM   #23
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I have the compact and love it. It was the first gun I bought specifically with self defense in mind. I've put somewhere between 800-1k rounds through it with no issues. Recoil is not bad and it's accurate. It's one that I intend to leave in my collection permanently.
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Old March 3, 2014, 09:38 PM   #24
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Just bought an SR9c but I haven't fired it yet. It felt better in my hand than any other compact gun, or even most full-size pistols. I love the looks and I am happy that they are made in my backyard here in Arizona.

Time will tell how reliable mine will be. Even if the gun has some hiccups, I am willing to deal with them knowing Ruger will take care of them. I would rather deal with that than live with a Smith, XD, or Glock I am not thrilled with.
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Old March 3, 2014, 09:42 PM   #25
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I have an early one its trigger is garbage. the newer ones are MILES ahead.
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