P95 vs SR-9


December 18, 2008, 02:49 AM
I know this has been a popular question.

I am looking for my first gun and have come to a fork in the road. I have read other forums and still cannont come up with an answer. I am 5'10'' and 180 LBS. I think i might CCW in the future, so i do not know which one to get. I know the P95 is slightly bigger, but will that matter? Also, i do like the SA/DA and hammer, but the SR-9 fits my hand better. I just am not too sure if I would want to get such a new gun on the market.

Can someone please help me? I would like the pros and cons of the two.......price is not an issue.

Which one is the best?

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December 18, 2008, 04:05 AM
Yeah that's the challenge. Whether to sacrifice our preference for D.A./S.A. in exchange for the lighter and slimmer striker fired platforms. Size & weight do matter to me at the end of the day, but just F.Y.I. the P95 is actually about the same length (1/4" shorter) and about the same weight (1/2 oz heavier) vs. the S.R. 9. O.T.O.H. the S.R. 9 will be thinner.

But if price is not an issue, and you are undecided on T.D.A. vs. striker fired anyways, how did you boil this choice down to two Rugers? My advice is Sig or H.K. if you decide to go D.A./S.A., and GLOCK or M&P etc if striker fired, but that's J.M.O. and Y.M.M.V. because either of those Rugers will serve you well. Good luck, and welcome to T.H.R.

December 18, 2008, 05:17 AM
Id say if the SR-9 fits better, you would probably shoot better with it. The P95 is known to be a good pistol, but I hear good things about the SR-9. Either would probably be a good choice but I believe the SR-9 will conceal better.

December 18, 2008, 12:10 PM
Thanks. But what about the SR being so new....the recall and bugs. Should that affect my decision? And i have heard that the barrel is not the hard part of the gun to conceal, its the handle......is that true?

And input would be appreciated.....

Still not sure which one to get

December 18, 2008, 12:28 PM
welcome to the forum. I personally don't like da/sa guns, so the sr9 would be the way that i would go, i am a huge striker fan.

the p95 is really too big for me to shoot comfortably. the sr9 yet again would be my pick.

the sr9 has more capacity, yet again another reason for me personally to go that route.

the only downside i would sya to the sr9 would be that they did have some issues in the past but like with all new guns to come out that happens. but that issue has been fixed.

December 18, 2008, 12:28 PM
I have both guns. I have had the P95 (decock) for several years and like it a lot. I like it so much that I went looking for another one right after the election. I did some research and found out the decock model had been discontinued. With Ruger discontinuing some of the p95 models, I feel like they are going to discontinue the model all together soon. I then looked at the SR9 and figured I would give it a shot. (I am a Ruger fan) I have only gotten to shoot it once and ran about 100 rounds through it straight out of the box. No cleaning or anything and it went bang every time I pulled the trigger. My first impressions were that I actually like the gun more than the P95. It fits my hand better and the barrel didn't seem to jump up as much when firing. I hope to shoot it some more over the holidays, but as long as it continues to be reliable, my P95 will stay in the cabinet. So far, I have no regrets over the purchase.

December 18, 2008, 01:40 PM
Also, i do like the SA/DA and hammer, but the SR-9 fits my hand better.

I think too much is put into "fitting my hand". The military and many LEOs are told you will carry this no matter how it fits and they seem to do all right. You can adapt to anything trigger configuration, grip, etc if you work at it. I've seen 4-10, 85 lb shooters adapt to the Glock 17 because they were told that's what they had to carry.

Your choice seems to be what do you want more a SA/DA trigger or something that fits your hand better. Answer that and you've made your decision.

December 18, 2008, 02:09 PM
I love my P95 but not for concealed carry.I am looking at a glok 26 and a CZ rami for carry.I now carry a LCP or a 38 snub.

December 18, 2008, 02:38 PM
I've owned both guns and personally own neither right now. Here are my thoughts:

I thought the P95 was a fantastic gun for $249 brand new. It was reliable as all get out, accurate in a "service pistol" sense, and didn't look as ugly as it's reputation implies. My beef with this gun was in the trigger pull. It was smooth, but there was a TON of unneccessary travel in it, especially in single action mode. Something about that just didn't "fit" me. I ran into some extra money and sold it for a CZ 75 P01 that I got from a gun show (like new) for $269 out the door. :what: If I was strapped for cash at the time and had to keep it, I would not be upset. The P95 is a brick and you will get good service life out of it, with acceptable accuracy. It's a beast to carry, or at least it was for me. Accounting for reliability, cost, accuracy, etc, I give this gun a B.

To the SR9. At the time of this purchase I was a ruger man all the way. I had to have this gun because it said Ruger on the side. I scoffed at the nice man in Kingsport who tried to sell me his CZ 75 for under $400 because I was getting "the greatest gun ever made, the SR9" :banghead:

This gun was a looker, I will give it that. I had the brushed stainless slide. It was a cinch to carry. Loved the thin grip and capacity, weight, etc. Mags were stiff. So stiff that Ruger sent me three for free, and a free Upula mag loader (Love that thing, by the way. Everyone should own one!). The first outing with this gun was fun. Accuracy was horrid, but it was a new gun and I was blinded by the Ruger banner on the side. I had never fired a striker fired pistol except a Glock 19. The Glock 19 trigger felt like a 1911 single action pull compared to the SR9. It was HEAVY, it was GRITTY, it broke early in the pull, it broke late in the pull. Bullets flying everywhere.

I got the gun home, broke it down and looked at the barrel. Top of the barrel was being mashed to death from contact with the slide. After another outing and hoping the trigger would smooth out, it kept getting worse and accuracy was suffering. Sold gun at a loss :fire: Grade for my specimen of the SR9: D-

My SR9 was a 13xx serial #, very early release. The new trigger group may be better and they may have fixed the barrel peening problem (not just a problem I saw, others did as well.) I know they changed magazines. I'd take a P95 over an SR9 any day, unless I was confident the bugs were worked out. :) I think the SR9 has tremendous potential. I am a firm believer, however, that one reason Ruger can sell semi-auto centerfires for the prices they sell them for is because trigger quality suffers in the process, and that is everything to me.

December 18, 2008, 05:14 PM
if you are military or leo, yeah some times you have to suck it up and use what ever the issue to you, but when buying a handgun for yourself for your own personal protection that you are spending your hard earned cash on then it should be exactly what you want/like. i beleive that people will inherently be better off with a gun that they are comfortable with and fits them right.

Blue Brick
December 18, 2008, 07:11 PM

December 18, 2008, 10:10 PM
Well i have heard all good things about both. The only thing is the CCW issue.... I have heard both being able to do so. Also, I have read that the recall, after fixed, has no other problems....is that true. How do i know if the SR-9 that i am looking at has been fixed?

As you can tell i am leaning towards the SR-9, its just the "new" factor which is holding me back.....

December 18, 2008, 11:02 PM
The SR9s recalled and corrected have a new "glock-like" trigger(image attached). Also, SR9's w/ serial numbers higher than 330-XXXX I believe are post-recall.

December 18, 2008, 11:07 PM
I tried a post-recall SR9. The trigger was just awful.

I have two P95s. I have no SR9s.

December 19, 2008, 07:48 AM
I recently shot my son's new SR-9.Brand new ,out of the box,very first shot went to point of aim at 25 ft. Accuracy with next 100+ rds was great.No failures of any kind and this was using cheap white box winchester 115.AS to concealability, I tried in middle of back w/o holster and it was fine.I currently carry A Tanfoglio "Baby"Ta-90. IT is smaller than the sr9, but because of the all steel construction it feels heavier,and i carry this weapon everywhere I go. I say if you like the gun, you can learn to carry it comfortably.

February 7, 2009, 06:25 PM
I have a stainless P95 that I really like, the trigger took a little getting used to but other then that I really like the gun. It seams to be quite accurite and considering I bought it new last Oct for $269 it was quite the bargin, it came with an extra 15 round mag. My Glock 22 is a little nicer to shot but it has had a trigger job done to it and cost twice as much.

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