Ruger SR9 - My Thoughts


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bowhntr04
May 16, 2012, 07:25 AM
I will start of by admitting that i'm new to pistols. I hunt and have shot rifles, shotguns, black powder, and compound bows, but not pistols until the past couple months. Started off with a Stoeger Couger. Nice gun, but after run in with an intruder, decided i didn't want to fool with decocker/safety. My 2nd gun is a Glock 23. Love the design of this gun, really want to love it, but i'm 300+ rounds in and can't shoot accurate beyond 10 yrds. I think i need a taller front site blade. 3rd gun is a Ruger SR9. After shooting a very nice 9mm at the gun glub, i got bit by the bug and really wanted to add one to arsenal. Decided on a SR9 based off web research and fondling numerous pistols. XD felt good but a little large in my hands, Glock 19 Gen 3 felt decent and a little lighter but wanted something non-Glock. Ruger felt good and shop had a used sr9 with the new trigger.

First impression, i loved the ergonomics. It feels great in the grip. It's pretty slim in grip and fits pretty deep in the hand. I haven't had a pistol feel this natural since shooting my friends Sig P225. The plastic did feel a bit cheaper than my glock, kind of toy like, but i'm guessing it's pretty tough. I took it out last night and ran a box thru it and was absolutely blown away. After a couple dry fires the trigger pull felt long with a decent break. During fire, it breaks nice, is easy to find the breaking point, and resets with a nice "click" and easy to just sit on the break point. I absolutely shredded the target with this gun and I'm no sharp shooter. I shot from 10-25 yards and the accuracy remained good.

I fired the Glock as well mostly as i'm still trying to unravel the mystery. Love the simplicity of Glock, but need to figure out why it shoots high beyond 10 yrds. I really like the cheaper 9mm ammo so not sure my new Glock will get much use. I do feel safe with this gun on my hip.

Just throwing out my inexperienced shooter's review of the SR9 as i know there are dorks like me who pour over the internet and forums prior to making a purchase. I paid $400 used for this pistol. That's probably a little high but it had very little use and came with the newer Glock like trigger. New price around here is $429+. I would really consider a 40 SW and would love them to come out with a SR45.

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W.E.G.
May 16, 2012, 09:19 AM
The Glock sights on your medium-size model are regulated for the distances at which the gun is most likely to be used.

If you want to shoot that small gun with accuracy at distances longer than 10 yards, you will need to practice a lot more than a few hundred rounds of bargain bin ammo.

bowhntr04
May 16, 2012, 09:44 AM
You're right. I watch too many Hickock45 videos on youtube.

TarDevil
May 16, 2012, 10:43 AM
If you want to shoot that small gun with accuracy at distances longer than 10 yards, you will need to practice a lot more than a few hundred rounds of bargain bin ammo.

Good point, but also a good point for the Ruger and is one of many reasons I own and carry a SR9c... it didn't take a few hundred rounds to get satisfactory groups both at SD distance and at 25 yards using either target or SD ammo.

Ergonomically, the Ruger is the best gun I've ever put in my hand. I'll put up with safeties and LCI (which has NEVER gotten in my way) for the natural feel and shootability of the Ruger.

But... that's why they make both Ford and Chevys. YMMV.

sargents1
May 16, 2012, 11:17 AM
You're right. I watch too many Hickock45 videos on youtube.

Even though Hickok45 doesn't claim to be a great shot...the fact is that he is a Very Good pistol shot. He does some impressive work with some very small handguns at Loonnnggg range (for handguns).

The SR9 is a nice gun at a reasonable price. I think you will be pleased with it.

BTW, don't dry-fire the gun without an empty magazine in place. Doing that will cause damage to it. Refer to page 17 of the Ruger SR9 Manual. (http://www.thefirearmblog.com/files/ruger_SR9_manual.pdf)

ku4hx
May 16, 2012, 04:12 PM
Even though Hickok45 doesn't claim to be a great shot...the fact is that he is a Very Good pistol shot. He does some impressive work with some very small handguns at Loonnnggg range (for handguns).

The SR9 is a nice gun at a reasonable price. I think you will be pleased with it.

BTW, don't dry-fire the gun without an empty magazine in place. Doing that will cause damage to it. Refer to page 17 of the Ruger SR9 Manual. (http://www.thefirearmblog.com/files/ruger_SR9_manual.pdf)
If you watch enough of his videos, you'll note he's not ashamed of long range misses that are in fact "ranging shots". He's a master at employing "Kentucky Windage". He is a fantastic shot for sure, but he understands the limitations of a gun's sights. If it's dead on at 25 yards, it won't be at any other distance and the "error" increases as you get either closer than the zero distance or farther out from it.

As to guns shooting high or low at a specific range, all things being equal, you generally need to either adjust your sights (install new on fixed sight guns) or adjust your muzzle velocity or employe proper "Kentucky Windage" and purposefully aim either high or low. Of course you need proper grip and all that but that's a person problem and not a gun problem.

psyopspec
May 17, 2012, 07:42 PM
Thanks for the review. I have a friend who put an SR9 on order after handling several models at the LGS. Nice to hear that it that the good ergos extend to live fire as well.

rajb123
May 17, 2012, 09:24 PM
Bill ruger supported bill clintons gun control act. Therefore, i will not own ruger guns.

Buck Kramer
May 17, 2012, 09:42 PM
^^^ so did Smith

TarDevil
May 17, 2012, 10:09 PM
... as did SAAMI and NSSF.

Mike J
May 17, 2012, 10:19 PM
Bill Ruger has been dead for quite some time now. I don't really understand his past actions have to do with what is going on today.

David E
May 17, 2012, 10:21 PM
Bowhntr, sounds like you found "your" gun!!

Mike J
May 18, 2012, 09:08 AM
David E wrote Bowhntr, sounds like you found "your" gun!!

I would agree with this. My only experience with a SR9 was an earlier example with the post recall trigger. I would like to shoot one of the newer ones just to see how the newer trigger feels.

mgmorden
May 18, 2012, 09:29 AM
Bill Ruger has been dead for quite some time now. I don't really understand his past actions have to do with what is going on today.

Indeed. Bill Ruger didn't want to go above 10-round mags to civilians even after the AWB expired. Guess what? He died and the company changed. If you hold onto grudges generated by people long dead you run into difficulty doing business with anyone.

FWIW I own 4 different Ruger guns (a 10/22, a P95, an LCP, and a Standard .22). All have been exceptional guns. I've also put 100 rounds through an SR9 and was extremely impressed.

kayak-man
May 18, 2012, 11:37 AM
I love my SR9!

I carry it more than my other guns, and use it as my "competition" gun. I'll be taking it to a Chris Costa class at the end of the month, and I'm expecting it to hold up beautifully. I have a bout 3,000 rounds through it. I've never had a malfunction that was the guns fault (All malfunctions were the result of handloads without enough powder, or one time when I "limp wristed" by jerking the gun straight back while shooting.)

Congratulations on a great gun! If you're concerned about being able to dry fire, removing the mag-disconnect safety is not that hard to do. Takes all of 3 minutes.

Rajb123: Refusing to buy from a company for moral reasons, such as supporting laws that make it harder to defend your family, is something that I can respect. But as a couple other people have pointed out, Bill is dead, and the company is headed in a different direction, one with AR rifles and 17 round magazines. Either way, its your decision, but I think you're missing out on some pretty good firearms.

Chris "the Kayak-Man" Johnson

TimboKhan
May 18, 2012, 11:45 AM
Chris, let me know how that gun holds up in that class! I always loved my SR9, and I am curious to see your thoughts on it after that intense of a class.

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dubya450
May 18, 2012, 12:25 PM
Im glad to hear you found a pistol you really like. I'd have to agree that the sr9 is a very good feeling pistol. Actually one of the most natural of the very many I've shot. I've never tried the sr9c but i think that will be my next purchase after I get my kimber solo CDP in on special order. Ruger makes awesome guns at awesome prices, they're all American and have great customer service. I'm glad to have a company like ruger around. Oh, I'd also LOVE to see a sr45. I wonder why they never produced one?

bowhntr04
May 18, 2012, 01:20 PM
Curious, what is the Chris Costa class?

Spartacus
May 18, 2012, 02:01 PM
The SR9 is a great gun. Holds a worthy spot in the collection. I really like it and often recommend it to women shooters because of the ergonomics.

kayak-man
May 18, 2012, 02:52 PM
TimboKhan:

I'll definitely be posting about the class. Either how the training was in S&T, or how the gun held up in the Autoloader's subforum. I'm not expecting any trouble, but a buddy of mine in the class will be bringing a GLOCK just in case. I doubt I'll need it, but there's no way I'm missing out on the class just because of an equipment problem.


BowHunter: Chris Costa is a trainer who (I believe) used to work with the folks over at MagPull a lot, but recently branched off, and is running his own company. You can find more info about his classes here: http://www.costaludus.com/ludus.cfm

Chris "the Kayak-Man" Johnson

ErikO
May 18, 2012, 04:14 PM
If you like the SR9, you might just love the SR9c with the finger lip on the magazine. I find I am actually more accurate with the 9c than it's larger brother.

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