Ruger SR9 or Springfield XD9 Compact?


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Corner Pocket
January 2, 2008, 02:29 PM
For a good while, I have been content with my .357 wheel gun and my P345 semiauto. These two guns have served me well, have performed flawlessly, and I love to shoot them both. I've recently bought a Browning Buck Mark 22LR pistol so that I could shoot lots of rounds at minimum cost. Indeed it is great fun to shoot a brick or so on a typical trek to the range. But lately I've "developed a hankering" for a 9mm of some sort. Seems like we usually end up at some point realizing that we're just one gun away from being happy, don't we? :D

Between the two that I'm wondering about, I've not shot either, though I have shot an XD-45 which I did very well with. I've had the opportunity to handle both of these 9's at gun shows and I think I would be delighted to have either one of them. The SR9 has a very similar grip and feel as my P345, which is very comfortable in my hand. Whatever I get will likely join the first two previously mentioned guns as a piece that I'll carry concealed. I'd appreciate and welcome any thoughts/warnings/insights that you'd care to pass along that might be of help to me in making this decision. Thanks!

Happy New Year, and happy shooting! :p

CP

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tblt
January 2, 2008, 02:43 PM
I have been considering these two guns also along with the G19 and the CZ P01.I't looks as if the ruger is bigger that the rest but you get adjustable sights with the ruger and it's cheaper by about 80 to 100 bucks.My only concern is being rugers ginie pig testing a new pistol on the market.I'm not sure how long there warrenty is and if they would cover shipping if you did have a problem.I own a ruger rifle and 2 revolvers with no problems.

Camjr
January 2, 2008, 03:04 PM
I've got an XD40 (same frame and grip size as the XD9), but haven't handled the SR9. I've heard and read that the SR9 has a narrower grip than the XD and therefore might be better for someone with smallish hands. Was that your experience when you handled them at the show?

firemanjohn
January 2, 2008, 04:39 PM
I love my XD45. I am new to guns so I don't have much to go on, I have fired a sig and a ruger as well, but really like the XD. While my local cops give me :cuss: about buying the "other" polymer pistol, I like it, and its mostly just ribbing, a couple of them have fired one and like them as well, they just don't admit to it readily.

possum
January 2, 2008, 04:54 PM
well i will suggest the xd over about 99% of anything that it is put up against everytime. the sr9 has some good thigs going for it, like the maual safety, for some that is important and a maual safety on a striker pistol is rare, do you need or want a manual safety? the sr9 is thinner, but the xd fits my hand perfect the way that it is. i own a ruger p345 and a 22/45 and have owned one other ruger in the past and i have always been happy and/or impressed. but with that said i own 2 xds and i will own more, and i own a sa 1911, i am a sa patron an i am particular to the xd line.

Breakdaddy
January 2, 2008, 05:48 PM
Love my XDs and wouldnt trade any of em for anything else. On the other hand, I handled an SR9 recently at the local gunshop and it felt awesome in my hands.

spiroxlii
January 2, 2008, 05:53 PM
You've picked two great guns and asked us to recommend one over the other! :)

Either one should function reliably, so I guess it comes down to three major factors. Which one fits your hand better? Which sights do you prefer? How's your budget?

wditto
January 2, 2008, 06:50 PM
American Ruger , Croation XD.....hmmmmmmmm, I wonder about service

huff
January 2, 2008, 06:58 PM
Looked at both and will be picking up the Ruger next wk. wanted a safety and the grip was better in smallish hand.
Huff

kokapelli
January 2, 2008, 07:01 PM
I have both, the Ruger SR9 and an XD9.

I've had the XD for a couple of years and it's proven it's self to be an excellent pistol in every respect.

The SR9 is new, but so far has been flawless and feels better in my small hands than the XD.

This is JMO, but I feel that the SR9's trigger will be better than the XD's, once it has more rounds through it.

Get which ever one feels better to you and you won't go wrong with either.

possum
January 2, 2008, 07:07 PM
American Ruger , Croation XD.....hmmmmmmmm, I wonder about service
though the xd is made in croatia the customer service of sa is excellent and ever bit as good as ruger, if not better!

SecuritySixShooter
January 2, 2008, 10:06 PM
I had an issue with a Failure to Load on my fullsize XD. Springfield took it back, fixed it, and paid for all the costs. I was so impressed that I bought my subcompact (which ive never had a problem with). I recommend the XD9 although admittedly ive never even held the Ruger.

biscuitninja
January 2, 2008, 10:24 PM
I would do an XD9 in 5" and I would raise you Glock 17/19. What are your thoughts?
-bix

kokapelli
January 3, 2008, 12:37 PM
I just got back from the range and I couldn't be happier about my SR9 than I am.

With 400 rounds through it now and the sights adjusted, this pistol is as good or better than any of my other pistols.

Trigger has smoothed out nicely, magazines have become easier to load, racking what was a very stiff slide has become easier, accuracy is excellent for a self defense gun and I have not had even a hint of a bobble.

armabill
January 3, 2008, 01:02 PM
Have you considered the CZ 2075 Rami P in 9MM ?

Corner Pocket
January 3, 2008, 03:33 PM
I appreciate all the replies. I've continued to look at several brands and models of guns in my quest for a 9mm that I just can't live without. This morning I went to a couple of nearby gun stores and handled several guns. I've definitely narrowed my search down between the SR9 and the XD9 Compact.

In less than a month, the SHOT show will take place in Las Vegas. I'm told that this is typically the place where major announcements by gun manufacturers are made. I think I'm going to just "sit tight" and see what takes place. If Ruger were to announce a compact version of the SR9, that baby will be mine! :D

Corner Pocket

kokapelli
January 3, 2008, 04:02 PM
And you'll love it too!

skinewmexico
January 3, 2008, 04:10 PM
I've got 3 XDs, like them all. Handled the Ruger at the gunshop, seemed thinner. A guy i know who works there bought one, but didn't keep it. Of course, he goes thru a gun a week. The Ruger might be fine, but I'm happy with what I have.

kokapelli
January 3, 2008, 04:19 PM
I've got 3 XDs, like them all. Handled the Ruger at the gunshop, seemed thinner. A guy i know who works there bought one, but didn't keep it. Of course, he goes thru a gun a week. The Ruger might be fine, but I'm happy with what I have.
Try shooting an SR9 that hasn't had the trigger screwed up, wait, don't, because you might change your mind!

jakeswensonmt
January 4, 2008, 01:19 AM
The more I find out about the SR9 the more I want one.

Mulliganpaintdee
January 4, 2008, 11:44 AM
I am thrilled with my SR9. Ive put 500 rounds down range using various ammo and not one hiccup. It shoots as straight as you do, and feels very comfortable in my girly man hands. Oh yeah, and shes beautiful.
http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j240/labluegal2/CIMG6716.jpg

Lucky Strike
January 4, 2008, 03:07 PM
I've got (and carry) an XD9 subcompact and absolutely love the thing.

Never had an issue with it and it fits my hand great. Sending her off to SA for some XS nightsights next month.


I'd say get the XD you won't be sorry although this is from someone who's never handled or shot an SR9. I do own a ruger revolver and it's great. Probably good to go with either one.

kokapelli
January 4, 2008, 03:08 PM
Nice picture!

Corner Pocket
January 5, 2008, 01:17 PM
Thanks again to all who contributed insight to my query. I just now got home from a gun show where I was able to do lots of feeling and fondling of the guns that I'm interested in. I've now definitely decided to get an SR9. I would have liked to buy one today, but Ruger has recently announced that they are now offering a "blackened stainless" version of the SR9. I'm partial to that darker color, so will have to wait a bit until the blackened version is out there on the shelves... It's gonna be fun! :D

http://www.ruger-firearms.com/SR9/

Corner Pocket
'ramping up for some range enjoyment!'

SuperNaut
January 5, 2008, 01:50 PM
What was the deciding factor?

Corner Pocket
January 5, 2008, 11:26 PM
SuperNaut, the grip of the SR9 is much slimmer than the XD9 Compact. It's just one of those things that causes you to say "Mercy! I've just got to have ths one!" :D

CP

wuchak
January 19, 2008, 09:20 AM
I was in the shop yesterday and the thinness of the SR9 really caught my eye. It makes the Glock and XD look huge. I don't want a full sized but if Ruger does a semi-compact or compact version I just might have to get one.

PedalBiker
January 19, 2008, 10:39 AM
I owned a Ruger P89 and liked it, but it was just so boxy, so I sold it. Was a revolver only guy for over a decade after that.

I really like the XD's, I never owned one but I have rented one at the local range and seriously considered making one my first auto. I like the grip safety. They're great, except for the boxy profile, I just couldn't bring myself to buy one. I got a CZ-75 instead. It's big, but not boxy and I really like the heft and reliability. It's a great house/range gun, but not very portable.

I had a chance to handle the Ruger SR9, and compared to all those P series pistols it's very compact and slender. I really like the profile and especially the grip. The manual safety is a big plus for me, as is the cocking indicator(my CZ is the model with one). I also like that the magazine disconnect is user changeable. I have 45/22 that I'm still waiting to warm up to and really dislike the magazine safety. I have kids and to me, the magazine disconnect is a safety hazard.

If it proves to be reliable I will buy the Ruger, it's just about what I was looking for as a backpacking gun. I'm just waiting for more user feedback. My budget is rather tight (single income 2 kids).

tblt
January 19, 2008, 03:47 PM
What is a magazine safety

Quoheleth
January 19, 2008, 04:10 PM
You *do* know you can slide the backstrap out and flip it over, don't you? It goes from a arched backstrap to a flat backstrap with the push of the retaining pin and the slip & slide. Takes < 3 minutes. I asked at a Gander Mtn, and they let me do it right there at the counter. I'm a flat backstrap guy, and it's hard to believe, but that little bit of arch makes a difference. Try it...you might REALLY like it then.

Q

Jack2427
January 19, 2008, 04:42 PM
I bought the Ruger 3 weeks ago. Probably the best value in a 9mm ever IMHO. I never liked the blocky Rugers(or Glocks) because of bulk. Even the full size Ruger is easy to conceal, and I suspect that all the major holster makers will be falling over themselves to produce holsters for it(Galco does already).
After 600+ rounds it is much slicker and the trigger has smoothed out nicely. I bought the one W/O mag safety.

kokapelli
January 19, 2008, 06:21 PM
I bought the one W/O mag safety.
Which one is that?
It must have a hammer, if it doesn't have the mag safety!
What is a magazine safety
tblt, the magazine safety blocks the firing pin if there isn't a magazine in the pistol.

SuperNaut
January 19, 2008, 06:23 PM
After 600+ rounds it is much slicker and the trigger has smoothed out nicely.

That is roughly equivalent to a $400 trigger job. Nothing against the SR9, but why didn't you just get a trigger job in the first place? Probably a lot cheaper.

Quoheleth
January 20, 2008, 05:16 AM
That is roughly equivalent to a $400 trigger job. Nothing against the SR9, but why didn't you just get a trigger job in the first place? Probably a lot cheaper.

Don't know where you are buying break-in range ammo, friend, but 600 rounds of "cheap" around here is less than $100 ($84, if you want to be picky; $7/box at Academy).

But since ya gotta shoot the thing anyway, might as well shoot it and learn the trigger while it's loosening up.

Sounds to me like a good deal the whole way around: good pistol, trigger improving, and he got some serious range time in the process!

Q

SuperNaut
January 20, 2008, 12:00 PM
Don't know where you are buying break-in range ammo, friend, but 600 rounds of "cheap" around here is less than $100 ($84, if you want to be picky; $7/box at Academy).

You are right, I had .45 ammo on the brain. I keep forgetting how much cheaper 9mm is, makes me almost want to get one.

But since ya gotta shoot the thing anyway, might as well shoot it and learn the trigger while it's loosening up.

Sounds to me like a good deal the whole way around: good pistol, trigger improving, and he got some serious range time in the process!

Life is too short for crappy triggers. BTW I've read similar things about the XD line "1000 rounds and the trigger smoothed right up!" Sounds like a false economy to me, regardless of brand.

Cars also have a break-in period, but maintenance during break-in is covered by the manufacturer offsetting the PITA and cost. As a consumer I'm not willing to accept less from a manufacturer, especially when there are so many other choices. I guess I'm surprised at all the people who are.

In another thread we've got the owner of Charles Daly asking what he can do for us. I think I'll ask for great triggers on his guns, as a standard feature. Wouldn't that be cool?

Quoheleth
January 20, 2008, 08:44 PM
You are right, I had .45 ammo on the brain. I keep forgetting how much cheaper 9mm is, makes me almost want to get one.

Super,

Around here, my local Walmart has .45ACP only a little more than 9mm - a dollar or so. Those dollars add up, but it's not the $4-6 that some are reporting. Odd, how prices differ so much at places.

Q

Commander Crusty
February 3, 2008, 12:04 PM
I own the SR9, but would just as soon carry the Ruger 345. They are the same size and weight loaded, and I like the slide mounted safety BETTER (because I can effortlessly tell if it is off or on). I only went with the Ruger 9mm because the big bore 345 hurt my hands unless I held it REALLY hard. So, I would say, buy the SR9 if you want, but you certainly don't need to rush into anything.

With Complements,
Commander Crusty

newkahrman
February 5, 2008, 12:58 PM
Hey that must have been a tough decision. I want the black as well. I had an xd 357 sig and loved it, but ammo was too pricey so I got a kahr cw9. I like the sr9 because it is slim enough to carry comfortably, yet still has high capacity (my kahr holds seven in mag). I loved the ergos of the sr9 as well. I see one in my future.

tblt
February 5, 2008, 06:48 PM
buy a p95 there a proven disign

Chortdraw
February 5, 2008, 10:49 PM
Just put about 50 rounds through my new SR9 today and was very pleased. It preformed very well with no flaws. Will take a lot more rounds to break in but so far I couldn't be happier. I am within walking distance from Ruger here in Prescott so I guess if I have trouble they may have the answers. Very good grip for me. Like the flat style, sort of like a 1911 grip.

dr0
February 17, 2008, 11:58 PM
I think a slightly smaller SR-9 would be a great carry gun. Thin, no hammer, double action. I personally like manual safeties, though I know a lot of people do not. It's already a pretty light gun, but a smaller version would be even less. With the new Ruger .380 out there they seem to have finally had a wake up call and realized that most states are now "shall issue" states and that many pistols are bought with concealed carry in mind.

A thin, 20oz 9mm is about perfect as a concealed carry gun, so I hope Ruger takes this next step.

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