SD9 or SR9c???


August 28, 2010, 06:50 PM
The gun selection where I live is horrible so I won't really be able to test either one of these out or even get to hold one but I have held a Sigma before and loved the actual feel of it but the trigger was the worst. It felt a lot like a Glock 19 to me which is a good thing. I am A huge Ruger fan though and have really been torn between these two or maybe just springing for a Glock 23 then getting a 9mm barrel and it's like two guns in one. I got promoted at work and I'm going to have some money burning a hole in my pocket pretty soon and I really need a new carry piece. This Ruger P90 just never goes away I always feel it haha. Love my P90 it's just cumbersome and needs to be my bedside gun. But anyway has anybody had a chance to actually hold and/or shoot both of these guns?

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August 28, 2010, 08:52 PM
SR9c, without a doubt

srsly, dont touch the SD9...its just a sigma with a new name

the SR9/SR9c on the other hand is a fine pistol at a good price....a few things about it i dont like but i would much rather have and shoot it than a crummy SD9

Mike J
August 28, 2010, 09:56 PM
I have not shot either but if it is for carry I would say SR9c. It is a subcompact size whereas the Smith is a full sized pistol. The SR9c is about the same size as a Glock 26.

harmon rabb
August 28, 2010, 10:55 PM
sr9c is pretty much the new hotness. same capacity as a g26, but smaller in every dimension that matters for carry, with better ergonomics. that whole 1.26" thickness stat you read is just due to the safety -- aside from that, the grip (you know, the part that matters for concealment) is barely 1".

the sr9c actually kicks most carry 9's in the taint, but just doesn't get the proper recognition. side by side, the grip of my sr9c is about the same thickness as the grip of my pt709..... yet holds 3 more rounds.

August 28, 2010, 11:29 PM
I carry my SR9c every day and love it. I got a crossbreed supertuck for it and sometimes it'll "disappear" on my side. It shoots great. I've put 1 inch groups at 7 yards with it, which for a carry piece is about as far as you need before you get in to legal problems of justifying your shot. Shooting 25 yards with it at a silhouette I hit the target every time within a reasonable sized group, although a little low, but Its sights are set for 7 yards.

You can't go wrong with it. The loaded chamber indicator is a little annoying though. I'd also take out the magazine disconnect safety, which takes all of two minutes and no tools.

August 29, 2010, 01:11 PM
Alright this is just what I needed to hear to make up my mind haha. One more question for you guy's that already have the SR9c. Do you guy's have the stainless or the black version and if you have the black one how is your finish holding up? I really like the looks of the all black but this will be my everyday carry piece so I'm thinking I should get the stainless version for holster wear reasons.

I haven't completely thrown out the Glock 23 idea either and even if I don't get one now I'll probably still get one after I get the SR9c. I shot my buddies Glock 26 and 19 yesterday and I shot much better with the 19 and it just felt right in my hand. Also shot his AR15's and now the SR556 is a must have on my list!!

August 29, 2010, 01:44 PM
I think it's a no brainer to go with the SR9c.

Of course if you want a full length barrel you'll want the regular SR9, but either Ruger would be better than the Smith. I have two Sigmas, I know they aren't SD's, and like them but the Ruger is just a better gun.

August 29, 2010, 02:44 PM
I have the stainless version. I also have a crossbreed holster which if I remember correctly slows down holster wear due to the plastic around the gun.

Gotta say though, nothing looks as good as wearin a suit and a stainless side flashing as you throw on your suit jacket. But then again...I've seen too many secret agent movies.

August 29, 2010, 03:52 PM
I own a SR9c and the thing I like most is how it "fits" in my hand.
I do not have very large hands, so that is a Plus!
As to being accurate? It is very!!! Out of the box I hit dead on what I aimed at the very first time I shot it.
No problems with 400+ round through it.


August 29, 2010, 04:10 PM
SR9 is more accurate at longer distances then the SR9C, i like the SR9 better longer barrel more velocity for SD.

August 29, 2010, 04:11 PM
Another vote for and SR9c, I love mine, and it is very very accurate.

August 29, 2010, 07:00 PM
I would say go with the SR9c; very compact, good ergos, and design and constuction are first rate. Someone let me try theirs at the range and I was impressed with how well it fit my hand (on the small side), and with how accurate it was. I like the stainless slide, and the sights are great too; they are very quick to acquire when coming up on target.

August 29, 2010, 07:03 PM
I love carrying my SR9c, unfortunatly I've fallen in love with wheelguns so it's now up for trade on here with its horsehide supertuck.

August 30, 2010, 11:27 AM
Ya I've heard to many stories of the black version scratching the first time it's holstered so I'm going to get the stainless version but the black one sure looks good.

December 2, 2010, 09:38 PM
Don't overlook the SD9. The SD series of pistols are some of the most naturally "pointing" pistols around. They are not a Sigma with a different name, it's a much better pistol than the Sigma.

That being said, I love my Ruger P95 and my buddies P90 so I'm sure I'd like the SR9c.

December 2, 2010, 09:50 PM
the grip (you know, the part that matters for concealment) is barely 1".
The SR9 grip width is 1.18". Exactly the same as Glock (which is a good thing.)

December 2, 2010, 10:47 PM
My wife owns and loves the SR9c; it has a VERY nice trigger - much better than the SR9.

December 3, 2010, 10:52 AM
I own the stainless.

December 4, 2010, 10:29 PM
srsly, dont touch the SD9...its just a sigma with a new name

Let's not confuse the overwhelming love of the SR9C in this thread with the SD9 being a bad gun. In fact there as many SR haters on these types of forums as Sigma haters, but both are usually just regurgitating what they read on the internet. Perfectly demonstrated by the above quote, which is (of course) not based in fact. The SD9 is actually a hybrid between the M&P and the Sigma with a different trigger system than either of them. You could just as easily call the SR9 a P95 with a new name, but you would still be incorrect.

Both the SR9 series and the SD9 series are very good guns for the money and either would serve you well. Both have a very slim profile, exceptional ergonomics, good triggers and are made in the USA. The Ruger has been known to have peening issues (although usually in early models) and the S&W has not been out on the market long enough to have a following yet. So again, apples to apples. Since you are a Ruger fan, maybe that's the way to go. Either way it's win-win.

December 4, 2010, 11:36 PM
Have you considered the M&P9c? It ismore comparable to the Ruger compact than an SD9.

December 5, 2010, 08:51 AM
Last weekend at the range I was working on my stance and asked one of the SOs (I know this guy, he's a great shot) to help me work something out.

We weren't sure if the problem was me or the sights, so I had him shoot the SR9c a bit and he was right on the bullseye (problem was me).

Afterward, he asks me, "Did you get a trigger job on this gun?" I said no. He said it was the best trigger he's ever felt.

Mike J
December 5, 2010, 09:58 AM
This thread started in August. It has been close to 4 months. jkulysses what did you buy?
December 5, 2010, 04:09 PM
The SR9 grip width is 1.18". Exactly the same as Glock (which is a good thing.)

Actually, the SR9 grip is thinner than that of a Glock, which is an even better thing.

January 25, 2011, 08:27 PM
This thread started in August. It has been close to 4 months. jkulysses what did you buy?
Actually one of my employee's mentioned he was looking to sell his Glock 26 shortly after I made this thread and he only wanted $300 for it. It's in excellent condition and has 3 mags & a few other goodies so it was just too good of a deal to pass up. I still would like the Ruger though and if they will ever come out with a SR40c I will be buying one for sure and more than likely sell the Glock. It took me some practice to get used to the Glock but I'm feeling pretty comfortable wth it now was just a very weird grip angle at first. It works every single time though no matter what ammo I put through it which is nice.

Mike J
January 26, 2011, 08:53 AM
You got a great deal. Most used Glocks I have run across around here were $350-$400.

I'd be interested in a SR40c myself. Maybe by the time Ruger releases them I'll be in a position to buy another gun.

Thaddeus Jones
January 26, 2011, 11:27 AM
Another vote for the SR9c. Feels great, looks great. Nice trigger. Have not shot one yet.

That SD9 is Sigma 2.0. The trigger on the one I examined was as lousy as the M&P's trigger.

Evidently, soon after S&W forgot how to make a nice looking handgun, they forgot how to make a decent trigger. TJ

April 10, 2011, 10:23 AM
Got a chance to shoot a SR9c yesterday and let me tell you I like everything about it better than the Glock 26!!!! I sold my Glock 26 yesterday within hours of shooting the SR9c and bought a .357mag LCR at the gun show and I'm still waiting for the SR40c which I'll buy the first one I come across!! I really loved that 9c though very very nice and better trigger, thinner, more comfortable in the hand and better lines love how rounded the slide is! Just not sold on the 9mm round after doing some of my own testing and plinking around with the 26 although there was a home invasion in my town a couple days ago and the intruder was shot and killed with a single .22 long to the chest lol.

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