Ruger SR9c


July 17, 2012, 02:54 PM
I have been researching concealable 9mm semiautos with double column magazines. I already have a Smith & Wesson M&P 9c, but the model with the frame mounted safety is in short supply--and that is a requirement for me.

Based on wha tI've read here and on TFL, the Ruger SR9c looks attractive. Can anyone comment on reliability and recoil, or on anything else about it?

Any other suggestions? BTW, I have considered the CZ 75 Compact, but they do not seem to be available.

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July 17, 2012, 03:06 PM
I really like mine, carry just about every day. Sweet to shoot also.


July 17, 2012, 03:51 PM
I like mine. Great gun. I carry almost every day. I have put about 2000 rounds through mine with no issues.

July 17, 2012, 04:00 PM
I'll weigh in, for what it's worth. I don't own one (yet) but I did rent one last week and put 50 rounds through it. Recoil was no problem for me. I thought it might be when you consider the weight. Maybe it's the double guide rod or low bore axis. Don't know for sure, but I was good with it.

I'm attracted to it because it weighs less than my Witness Compact. It's not large and it's not too small. It's just right. I like the somewhat large front sight dot also.

It's next up on my list of guns to get.

July 17, 2012, 04:00 PM
I love mine. The recoil is not bad at all and is very manageable. I have about 900 rounds through it without any problems. I do clean it after every range trip. You're probably in a free state so you could have the 17 round extended magazine which turn it into a full size SR9! You can't go wrong with this gun and is better than the M&P in my opinion,

Pops 1
July 17, 2012, 06:24 PM
I like them so well I have two, his and hers. Great shooting with very little recoil.

Spats McGee
July 18, 2012, 10:51 AM
I've also been doing some research on polymer 9mm pistols for a possible future purchase. As I don't own one, there's a whole lotta stuff I can't comment on. With that said, the SR9 and SR9c are both on my list of "contenders," but two things popped up that bear further investigation: (1) barrel peening; and (2) trigger reset issues.

July 18, 2012, 11:03 AM
About a thousand trouble free rounds. I clean it whenever. Accurate, reliable, excellent ergonomics (for me anyway). I carry is constantly.

The trigger is excellent, and I love the reset. It's also very well priced.

July 18, 2012, 11:35 AM
My short response:

It's my every day carry. I trust it, and it is a joy to shoot.

My long response:
This link is to an extended review that I did, including commentary about THR types of trouble that owners who received bad copies have had. People who read it chimed in with some great feedback. This should help provide a clear, educational view, and form a good expectation.

July 18, 2012, 05:37 PM
Over 5000 rounds thru my SR9c and still likin' it. The CZ 75 Compact is all steel - nice gun, too heavy for carry (For me anyway).

July 18, 2012, 05:50 PM
My only experience was with a rental gun. The gun has great ergonomics, the one I rented shot way left, but no jams. Unfortunately, Ruger has really been turning me off with all the safety features. Seems they let the lawyers design the firearms

July 18, 2012, 05:56 PM
If you can't find the compact or thought it too heavy:

Ala Tom
July 18, 2012, 06:08 PM
I enjoyed the SR9C when I was looking for a self-defense gun. I tried a bunch of smaller 9 mm (smaller than my S&W M&P 40 full size home-defense gun) and most had too much recoil (including the S&W 40 C). The SR9C was very comfortable and easy to shoot.

I would have one now but when my LGS had a sale on Rugers, they put the SR40C at just $20 more than the SR9C so I bought the .40. For a small .40 it is very comfortable to shoot. I am glad to have the additional fire power.

Sergei Mosin
July 18, 2012, 06:08 PM
You find the SR9c attractive? That goofy looking thing? I know, I know, aesthetics aren't everything... As you mentioned the safety, I will observe that I don't care for the tiny safeties found on many Ruger automatics.

CZ's are out there, but they do take some finding. As for other suggestions, why not the granddaddy of 'em all - the Browning Hi Power?

July 18, 2012, 08:01 PM
I liked the SR9c so much I bought 2. The 17 round magazine pushed this firearm to the top of the pile. I can carry with 10 rounds and slap in the 17 rounder at night for HD. It's like two guns in one. Oh, and it is great at the range to have that 17 rounder ready to go. I have 1000 rounds through each of mine without a single failure of any kind. Love the trigger too.

July 20, 2012, 07:51 AM
I went to my local dealer to take a look, and I liked the feel, the size, and the fact that it operates the same way as my M&P 9c. I like the trigger pull better than that of the Smith. Two of the guys behind the counter carry them, and I lucked into a sale.

I intend to clean and shoot it today before trusting it for carry. I picked up a little Galco OWB holster that will work until I can order what I want. The set-up is very comfortable around the house.

I read as much as could find about the barrel peening issue, and the problem seems to have arisen most often a couple of years ago. When I bought my M&P 9c more than four years ago, there were reports of barrel defects all over the web. Those things are unfortunate, but they are usually resolved. My dealer thinks that in Ruger's case, they have been. The had not been able to get the guns for a while.

I had been carrying the S&W 9c, a .45 STC Guardian, or one of two J-frames. A recent discussion here caused me to decide to place less reliance on the five shot revolvers as primary carry pieces.

I started out looking at several pistols; size, ergonomics, or a single column magazine eliminated many. The lack of a separate safety ruled out several. I considered the BHP, but it is a little large and I would have had to have a different safely installed. There are no CZ 75 Compacts around to look at; and the order time is indefinite except for the RAMI, and I prefer the Ruger over that one. The M&P models on the shelf did not have the frame mounted safety. That narrowed the choice down to the Ruger, and while I haven't fired it yet, I do not see any negatives.

July 20, 2012, 08:11 AM
Cool beans. Do let us know what you think after testing her out.

I hope to get mine in a few weeks. I'm on vacation right now, so that takes me out of the game for a few more days. THen I have to find one at a reasonable price. Then I have to put up with Maryland's shenanigans before I can walk out the door with one. Probably mid-August.

But I did rent one. :D

July 20, 2012, 12:28 PM
After trying an SR9c at the range, I decided to look into getting one. When I went to the LGS I handled several compact 9mm's, including the Glock 19 and 26, M&P 9c, XD Sub-Compact, CZ P-01, and the Ruger SR9c. Just wanted to get a feel for them ergonomically and see which ones best suited my particular needs.

Out of all of them I liked the SR9c and CZ P-01 the best. Ultimately I went with the SR9c because it was somewhat lighter, the sights were easy to acquire, the trigger was fairly decent, and it fit my hand perfectly.

Then a week or so later, I went back and bought the CZ P-01 as well!

July 20, 2012, 03:27 PM
I've had one for about a year. It has been totally reliable through around 2000 or so rounds. It also has less recoil than my G19 and carries better than my 26. There's definitely something to be said for thin guns. The SR9c is thin enough that it makes it hard to justify moving over to most single stacks for carry purposes.

July 20, 2012, 06:13 PM
After cleaning and lubing it (without putting any solvent in the barrel) I took it to the range.

The first three shots all jammed, and the first two mags gave me around eight or nine additional failures to feed and stovepipes--two handed, no limp wristing--with PMC 115 grain ammo. A little alarming. Can't explain it.

Than something changed. PMC and Federal 115 grain ammo performed perfectly for more than 100 additional rounds.

I really hadn't expected the rocky start, but things smoothed out quickly.

July 20, 2012, 06:22 PM
Like almost every other person commenting on this thread, I had a wonderful - though brief - love affair with the SR9c. From what I heard about the full size SR9, the trigger was crap. Not so with the compact version. It was the first pistol I ever brought, and boy was it fun. I put 1000 through it with maybe 2 malfunctions early on (more than likely due to some crappy Magtech ammo I stumbled upon).

The recoil is a typical, snappy 9mm sort of feel. Very managable. I traded mine for a Ruger SR1911. I like the .45 better, but the SR9c is a solid, fun 9mm.

July 20, 2012, 06:24 PM
A friend of mine had one that was kinda picky throught the first box of ammo but has been solid and flawless through the next 4-5 thousand rounds. Mine were all right as rain from the get-go.

Let us know if the gremlins return over time or if it's just newness wearing off. :)

July 20, 2012, 08:29 PM
Other than the rocky start, what did you think of the gun? Was recoil what you expected? Will you be carrying it (once you're convinced it's reliable)?

July 21, 2012, 02:33 AM
IMO, The SR9c is one of the best poly 9mm pistols on the market.

July 21, 2012, 05:47 PM
I have both the SR9 and the SR9c. The trigger on BOTH guns is virtually identical. As with most Internet Myths, try one before you believe it.

Both guns have over a thousand rounds through them, and have been trouble free. That includes standard pressure, +P, and Winchester +P+ 124 gr. FMJ.

Both are meant for the concealment market, so a greatly protruding manual safety would be counter-productive.

Last time that I looked, beauty was in the eye of the beholder. I find the lines of both guns quite comfortable.

As for the Browning High Power. When you find one the same size as an SR9c, please let us all know. I would also add that the Browning also includes the magazine safety, tiny safety lever, and tiny sights. Also, it's a single-action pistol, and the magazine only holds 13 rounds.

CZ? I find THEM to be clunky, heavy for the most part, and no more accurate than any other contemporary pistol. I own a CZ75, and a CZ40P.:)

July 27, 2012, 02:31 PM
It's been too hot to want to shoot....

...but I got out again today.

No failures after the first two magazines. I have a couple of hundred rounds of different ammo through it.

I'm now carrying it.

August 14, 2012, 11:07 AM
Still performing flawlessly with different ammo.

It stays on my hip.

The guy behind the counter at the range now carries one, and there was someone next to me sighing in a laser sight on one yesterday.

August 14, 2012, 01:14 PM
Sounds like it needed a slight break in maybe?

August 14, 2012, 01:24 PM
I was SO on the fence about the SR9c when I was shopping for a subcompact 9mm the other day. The SR9c felt great in hand and was less expensive. However, my first handgun was the original SR9 and it suffered a badly peened barrel. I own a lot of Rugers, but that left a bad taste in my mouth. I'm also not a huge fan of the safety. I know I don't have to use it, but it's fairly easy to flip on by mistake while moving or holstering.

I really liked how my original SR9 shot, but I have been using Glocks for the last could of years and hand to go with the G26. Still, I'm sure the SR9c is a great gun. Lots of people love them. Just a tad big with a few features I don't find desirable for my intended purposes.

September 10, 2012, 11:56 AM
I have been thinking of one for my wife. She has wanted a 40 for a long time.
I was the smartie who told her years ago to wait. See if it hangs around and does not go the wau of the 41AE or 38/45 Yeah it was a long time ago.
So I put it off for her and then could not pass a Gock 27 for $400 out the door.
Well they are still here fourteen years later.
For some of the comments on the micro safety, well I fo rone would not use the safety but would go with a gun specific holster like I would for any "safe Action striker fired" gun.
The other option is a Kahr CW40 price is about the same. Maazines are both way too high at $30 plus each. I like the option of a 15 round mag in the SR40c plus the larger frame on the SR should lend itself to better hit probility.
But time will tell. I have to sell my Sig P230 before doing anything.
Then there is the Smith. ????

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