Ruger SR40 durability?


July 16, 2011, 07:17 PM
I recently bought a Ruger SR40 pistol, and have put a couple of hundred absolutely trouble-free rounds through it so far. I am really liking the ergonomics and the accuracy that I can achieve with it, but before I get too giddy about things I'd like to hear any positive and negative durability reports that y'all can offer.

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July 16, 2011, 07:32 PM
My buddy bought the SR9c today, and it seems like a great gun. Glad to hear you have had a good experience with your 40.

The Lone Haranguer
July 16, 2011, 09:00 PM
No one to my knowledge has done a "___-round 'torture test,'" let alone a "shoot to destruction" test on it. In my experience, if you had gotten a true lemon, it would have had malfunctions long before 200 rounds, so this, at least, is very encouraging.

July 16, 2011, 09:16 PM
I lived through the M&P introduction and a year's worth of running updates as the platform got wrung out, and I'm hoping to avoid that with the SRs. :)

July 16, 2011, 11:59 PM
I can't speak to the 40, but I have a SR9c and a friend has a SR9. Neither of us have had any problems what-so-ever. My SR9c is a daily carry with about 2000rds through it. My only complaint is the safety. There have been a few times where my thumb has slipped off it during drills without disengaging it.

With this knowledge, I would find it hard to believe the SR40 isn't as good as the 9MM version. I think Ruger got this one right.

July 17, 2011, 12:44 AM
My SR9c has been a true champ. Eats everything and has great accuracy. I remember reading some people were "worried" about a .40 cal bullet in a gun as slim as the sr9c, but hickok45's recent video on the sr40c shows that the .40 has a slightly bigger slide. Maybe that will help the gun last longer. Idk though. With ruger's policy of fixing just about anything I don't think I'd be too worried about it.

Redneck with a 40
July 17, 2011, 10:33 AM
As has been said, I have an SR9-C also, its a stellar pistol, great ergonomics and great accuracy. For the money I paid, its awesome.

July 17, 2011, 02:44 PM
I will take a few more years to be able to judge the "Reliability Factor". As of right now, no one can touch Glock and in second place would be the 3 Generation S&W auto loaders of the 1980's. The are the unequivocal leaders followed real close by Beretta M9 from all published data.

July 18, 2011, 01:25 AM
There is a fella over at the that has over 5000 rnds through his SR40 he swears by it. I just bought three new Rugers on 7-7-11. The SR9 SR9c and the LC9. I have a range report of all three over at both Rugerforums (.net and .com)

I was very suprised at how well I liked these guns. Very suprised as I can be a bit of a SD handgun snob. These are great guns.

When Ruger introduced the SR9 they had several (ten) guns go through 10,000 rnds without cleaning or lubing (beyond the initial clean).

COFFEPOT (again at the Ruger froum) use to design the P-series line. He said they always tested semi autos at 25,000 rnds randomly throughout production.

I had a Glock 22 that the locking block cracked after a few 1000 rnds. I ordered one from the internet, replaced it myself, and it kept shooting. That is one big selling point of these striker fired guns; ease of maintenance. Ruger even let's you order parts for the guns at their website now. It's a very new Ruger and they are doing well!!! (IMO)

Get R Done Guns
July 18, 2011, 11:12 PM
The SR40 should last longer than you do friend. They are truly a great gun. We have put the SR9 through its paces and it has done just fine. As for the 40? Same gun, different barrel basically. Should truly last a lifetime. Congrats on the 200 error free rounds, you will probably have well over a 1000 error free rounds with it.

Good Shooting. :)

July 18, 2011, 11:29 PM
Can't speak for the SR40, but I have a P90 .45acp with 11,000 rounds and counting through it. It doesn't group as well now (around 4" @ 15y OH), and the slide rattles, but it has never had a malfunction with quality ammo. I would still use it for SD.


December 5, 2011, 07:41 PM
Just in the way of update - I'm coming up to 5K rounds through this pistol with ZERO mechanical issues and four (4) failures to fire my handloads (155gr Berrys or 155gr MBC SWCs, mixed brass, Green Dot or Zip powder). The FTFs were all the same - primer was well dimpled but the round just never lit off. Other pistols on hand also failed to fire these dud rounds, and I assume that I just had a few poor primers.

Five thousand rounds with no feed issues, no extraction issues, and no parts issues is a good start on things.

December 6, 2011, 10:47 AM
My brother's SR9 has been rock solid through 1000s of rounds at this point. 100% reliability so far.

There were some issues with barrel peening on some early production examples, but this has long since been resolved by Ruger.

December 6, 2011, 01:14 PM
2500 rounds through my SR9 and no problems so far. I would like to have a lighter trigger.

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