Ruger SR9. Are they a good choice? Good, Bad, OR Ugly??


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Preacher.
December 19, 2012, 01:24 AM
Ok, I went down to the gun store and bought a Ruger Sr9 today. The gun felt pretty good in my hand and being a lil compulsive, I bought it. What is your opinion of the Sr9? I want the good, bad and the ugly. It's primarily gonna be my travel gun. Gonna carry n my car with me. All input is appreciated. Thanks.

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limpingbear
December 19, 2012, 01:35 AM
Mine works great. The only malfunction I've had with it was ammo related and not gun related. After the sights got adjusted it works fine.

TarDevil
December 19, 2012, 02:15 AM
I have the compact (SR9c), and it has been a fantastic gun. Carry it daily. Accurate. Like limpingbear, the only issues were ammo related (doesn't like hard mil spec primers).

Ergonomics are incredible (for me, anyway) and has a great trigger. Wouldn't hesitate a moment to buy another.

Preacher.
December 19, 2012, 02:29 AM
What ammo would you guys recommend in it? I bought Speer gold dot 124 grain +p. Have you guys shot these particular rounds through the sr9? I wasn't sure which ammo to buy for that particular gun but I was guessing that Speer would be a good choice. The 124 +p seemed like a good load.

kayak-man
December 19, 2012, 02:31 AM
The Ugly: If you try to take out the pins to completely disassemble the gun, you'll need to lock-tite them back in to prevent them from walking out. The magazine release pin may also walk out a little bit, but shouldn't be a problem.

The Bad: I don't like the rear sight for two reasons: I do not like white dots on my rear sight, and the novak style sites make one handed manipulations more difficult.

The Good: I've put over 5,000 rounds through mine. I've had one malfunction, and that was in the rain and dirt, having last been cleaned about 1000 rounds ago. It runs, it shoots well, I love it. I think it carries easier than a Glock, and has a decent trigger. Just make sure you remove the magazine disconnect safety if your going to dryfire it without the magazine. Failure to do so can damage the firing pin.

Chris "The Kayak-Man" Johnson

bannockburn
December 19, 2012, 11:22 AM
While I don't own an SR9 I do have an SR9c and I really like the feel of the gun, both in its design and in the quality of the material used in its manufacture. The ergos are great and the sights are very quick and easy to acquire. I also like the well thought out extras like the frame mounted thumb safety, the high cap mag with spacer, the reversible backstrap insert, and the flat mag floorplate instead of the finger rest style. The trigger is decent enough, accuracy is great, and overall the gun is a natural pointer in my hand. I think you made a great choice with your SR9.

rbernie
December 19, 2012, 11:42 AM
Kayak-Man did a good synposis - I would concur on all counts. I've put several SR9 and SR40 pistols through some pretty heavy use and they proved highly satisfying in every regard (excepting that I also like a plain black rear sight instead of the trendy three-dots).

Jaymo
December 19, 2012, 01:42 PM
I love mine and am thinking about getting the SR9C to go with it.

dbp
December 19, 2012, 01:57 PM
Carried a SR9C for a year and absolutely had no negative issues. Fired everything I fed it with never a problem. Cash crunch was the reason it was sold.

kokapelli
December 19, 2012, 02:29 PM
I have one and it's one of my favorite pistols.

TarDevil
December 19, 2012, 02:55 PM
What ammo would you guys recommend in it? I bought Speer gold dot 124 grain +p. Have you guys shot these particular rounds through the sr9? I wasn't sure which ammo to buy for that particular gun but I was guessing that Speer would be a good choice. The 124 +p seemed like a good load.

SD ammo: Speer Gold Dots and Winchester PDX1 in 124 gr +P have performed flawlessly. I've since gone exclusively to Gold Dots after some backyard tests.

I practice mostly with Federal, S&B, and occasionally WWB, (I look first to make sure they're headstamped Win instead of WCC). Just bought a box of UMC to see how that shoots.

snooperman
December 19, 2012, 04:03 PM
I have the Ruger SR9 and it is one of the best pistols I have. For the money it is a fine gun in every way. Accurate , recoil friendly, very reliable, and reasonably priced. Ruger did it right with this gun.

ku4hx
December 19, 2012, 04:07 PM
My wife bought one new about a month ago and she really likes it. So much so she plans to get the compact version in the near future.

The holidays and such has interrupted shooting to some extent, but it's been flawless through about 500 rounds.

It's like all other mechanical devices and will never be all things to all people. But it's a good, accurate, reliable gun from a good company and that plus the price she paid makes it very high value.

wbwanzer
December 19, 2012, 07:19 PM
SR9c owner here. No problems, and like it a lot.

carbonyl
December 19, 2012, 08:12 PM
I have an SR9c with over 4000 rounds through it and haven't had a single malfunction. I shoot Federal Champion, Winchester White Box, Independence, Tulammo, Federal Hydra shock and Speer Gold Dot. The gun breaks down easily to clean and feels great in my hand. As you've probably guessed, I love mine.:D

armedwalleye
December 19, 2012, 08:23 PM
SR9C owner, shoots nearly anything from cheap stuff to self defense rounds w/o problems, not too heavy to carry, not too big to hide. Trigger is a bit "different". Tried one out at a local gun range. Rangemaster suggested shooting half a box of ammo and focusing on the trigger only, THEN shoot for the sight picture. Now shoots just as good or better for me as anything else in the safe. This is my EDC gun.

Pops 1
December 20, 2012, 10:44 AM
I have the SR9c and use it in my conceal carry classes that I teach and it has been great, no problems at all.

BP Hunter
December 20, 2012, 01:54 PM
For once your impulsiveness did you good...:D

breakingcontact
December 20, 2012, 02:28 PM
Good trigger. That's about all I got to say 'bout that.

PaisteMage
December 20, 2012, 02:32 PM
If it is any consolation my friend has an SR9C.

He bought it last year. He has shot over 7,000 rounds through it.

He shot factory ammo, and hand loaded ammo as well. With the exception of three or four not so great rounds in the beginning of his time with reloading for the gun, it has performed flawlessly. After some time he figured out the best load for that gun, and him.

I really like the gun, but prefer my Kahr.

I would not think twice about getting the non compact model, since I have seen the reliability of the compact version.

rduchateau2954
December 21, 2012, 09:32 PM
Have it's little brother, love it so far. Haven't had it long enough to really comment on it too much. Put a lot of time and thought into buying it, very happy with my choice.

TimboKhan
December 22, 2012, 03:36 AM
I really enjoyed my SR9, and I wish I still had it.

I have posted a few times recently that I bought an XD and that I feel like that is the perfect polymer pistol for me and I hold to that. From experience shooting all the major polymer players, the SR9 is my second choice. And, hopefully, the compact version will be coming home soon to take up it's new role as my concealed carry auto.

Honestly, I really don't dislike any of the major polymer guns in 9mm. the XD just sort of suits me the best is all. I have minor quibbles with all of them, but on the whole, I am pretty much a convert when it comes to polymer pistols. Get into .45, and that opinion changes somewhat, and I am simply not interested in the .40 as something to add to the "need ammo" list. There are certain guns I like in steel in 9mm, but for the most part, polymer is the way to go for me.

RBid
December 23, 2012, 04:19 PM
The SR9c is my light clothes CCW. I've fed it all kinds of rounds, and it has cycled flawlessly and with authority. It has a great trigger, and a low bore. Concealing it is easy. Most importantly, I find it very easy to quickly and accurately put shots on target with.

tcanthonyii
December 23, 2012, 06:09 PM
Love my sr9c. it HATES Winchester ammo. Even reloads in Winchester casings. But eats EVERYTHING else. I didn't even know it existed when I bought it. It didn't show up on any of my radar screens when looking at for a conceal gun.

I shot steel with it in Arizona about a year ago. The guys were pretty impressed with it. It's my EDC. They do tend to have a break in period. The springs are very tight. Also a polish of the the internals really helps the gritty trigger.

redbeardsong
December 23, 2012, 06:44 PM
I've been carrying an SR9c for about two years and love it. I've got about
3500-4000 rounds through it, with no issues. I haven't found anything else I shoot as well, or has all the combined features I want in a carry gun. I just bought an M&P9 full size with night sights, thumb safety, and the new, improved reset trigger. I plan to carry it, but my SR9C will still be my regular "deep conceal" gun.

TarDevil
December 24, 2012, 12:16 AM
Also a polish of the the internals really helps the gritty trigger.
My trigger is untouched and nowhere close to "gritty."

kokapelli
December 24, 2012, 08:40 AM
My trigger is untouched and nowhere close to "gritty."
I have an early SR9 and it does not have a gritty trigger either.

VAPOPO
December 25, 2012, 06:30 AM
Another happy customer. I bought my SR9C after shooting my dads. So far only 1500 trouble free rounds. It's my warm weather carry gun now. P.S. I hate Glocks and the XD but like the Ruger. Go Figure.

wow6599
December 25, 2012, 11:43 AM
A kid I work with just bought a SR9 has his first handgun - against my advise.

Anyway, he picked it up and went to shoot with a few friends..... only to have it not feed about 25% of the time. Nice Christmas burr on the feed ramp. He asked me what to do. I told him I would lend him my Dremel, but he should really send it back to Ruger for a F&B, as most Rugers I have owned needed some additional TLC after purchase. YMMV.

tlatoani
December 25, 2012, 04:33 PM
Love my sr9c. It is my only polymer pistol, but I have shot many. No complaints, love the ergos. No issues at all.

Walt Sherrill
December 26, 2012, 12:41 PM
... as most Rugers I have owned needed some additional TLC after purchase

That has NOT been my experience with Rugers... The ONE TIME I had to send a gun back to Ruger, it was repaired quickly and returned -- and that was an older gun with a lot of rounds through it. (Extractor broke.)

I picked up a used SR9 a while back, and found the trigger a little heavy. I had my gunsmith install the Ghost trigger bar and it really improved it a lot. (It's still just a big heavier than I like, but very crisp and clean.)

I understand that NEW SR9 have the same "improved" trigger later introduced with the SR9c -- so the Ghost enhancement might no longer be appropriate for SR9s. I really like the SR9. It arguably does the "GLOCK" thing better than glock, with a gun that is, for me, more ergonomic.

The only thing Glock does better is build a gun with fewer parts. (I think there's almost as many parts in the Ruger SR9 fire control assembly as there is in the entire Glock 17/19 pistol. All those little parts was the reason I decided to let my gunsmith install the Ghost parts rather than try it myself. Many do it themselves, however. Even with Ghost's great photo-laced instructions on their website, I was intimidated.)

Send the problem gun back to Ruger -- and if it doesn't have the improved trigger, ask if that can be done while it's there.

ku4hx
December 26, 2012, 01:15 PM
most Rugers I have owned needed some additional TLC after purchase. YMMV.

This is not my experience as My Mileage Did Vary. I can't speak to Ruger's shotguns, but as to their revolvers, rifles and semi auto pistols, my experience (beginning in 1967 with a Ruger Blackhawk 357 Magnum) is they work flawlessly out of the box. At least I don't remember any that had problems that weren't my fault. Such as a P90 recoil spring installed backwards. That's the only time I've had a problem with any Ruger,

As to the SR9, well, wife and I like hers so much just this morning I bought an SR9c. Haven't shot the "c" yet but my expectation is the same flawless functioning I've gotten used to starting 45 or so years ago.

Being a handloader, I know all about certain loadings not working well in certain guns. But that's not a flaw in the gun any more than my gasoline powered truck not running on diesel fuel being a flaw in its engine design.

tahunua001
December 26, 2012, 03:59 PM
I own an SR9C and it is my everyday carry piece. among compacts it was the easiest tot transition to from being a mainly full sized pistol shooter. the 10 round magazines are great for concealing and the 17 rounds with the grip extension sleeves are great for target practice. but down to the points that actually concern you...

the SR9 is a great pistol platform that, though it does require a good 200-300 rounds to loosen it up and function smoothly, is a very good gun for home defense, range toy, service piece and just new gun owners that need to work on fundamentals. the larger back strap fits my hands well enough to that I can shoot it accurately and in the last mockup Navy Pistol Qualification Course I shot with mine I tied my best score with the M9 while on active duty. for $400 it is a great gun that is quite durable, tool marks are negligible and most are not plainly visable unless disassembled, and highly reliable, I still haven't reached the 1,000 round mark on mine yet but it has yet to fail me and I do not foresee any reason that it would as long as I do my part and clean it.

now for the bad. it is, essentially a budget line hand gun, the trigger starts off pretty gritty and though it does smooth out with use is still not quite as smooth as a Walther P99 or Springfield XDM. the ammo capacity is nothing to sniff at but there are higher capacity handguns like the Springfield XDM. and finally although the ruger has a reversible backstrap with a flat and arched side to help match the grip size to the shooters, it still does not have the customization options that the XDM, M&P and gen 4 glocks do. however the SR9 does not fit in the same price range as all of those guns and when compared to other guns of the same price bracket like the FN Herstal FNP or Springfield XD, the Ruger beats all competition in all fields listed.

now for the ugly, some shooters report peening issues with the SR9 but from what I've seen of all the detailed pictures and descriptions it is nothing more than small burs forming from a lack of proper lubrication after cleaning. not one of the cases of peening happened with a gun that received proper maintenance.

those are just my .02, I hope your new gun brings you endless joy.

stchman
December 26, 2012, 04:06 PM
I've had my SR9 for almost 3 years and it works very well.

The only thing is my SR9 does not like Brown Bear ammo. I had gotten a bunch of it in trade and wanted to shoot it up.

Brass cased ammo (all brands) have worked for me.

TarDevil
December 27, 2012, 01:14 AM
YMMV.
Substantially.
the SR9 is a great pistol platform that, though it does require a good 200-300 rounds to loosen it up and function smoothly...

Also not my experience. Mine has been flawless from the first trigger pull.

EVIL
January 20, 2013, 12:10 PM
I have the SR9C, It's an excellent Conceal Carry pistol, it's about perfect for a compromise pistol that is a good EDC and still fun at the range. No issues or malfunctions to report. As a long time GLOCK shooter & carrier, I just ignore the manual safety and carry it with the manual safety "off." I also think it is a little bit nicer looking than my GLOCKs

My only minor quibble is the expensive magazines ... I haven't found them for under $40...

Jaymo
January 20, 2013, 04:18 PM
I've never had a single problem with a Ruger. I didn't like the factory grips on the NMBH .44 Spl, and replaced them with thicker holly grips from Pvt Schulz, but that's a personal thing, not a flaw with the gun.

ku4hx
January 20, 2013, 04:56 PM
Today wife and I went to our gun club with four guns: SR9, SR9c, SR40 (all new) and an old Smith 1006. The Smith is "mine"; the Rugers are "hers". She tried a friend's SR9, picked hers out and she bought them.

Wife put about 200 9mm rounds down range and 75 or so for the 40. She has only two magazines for the 40. But the thing is, she's shot Glocks, Smiths, and Berettas but the SR guns work so well for her I doubt she'll ever want to shoot anything else. Flawless function for all, easy for her to master and accuracy was outstanding. The triggers are very nice and consistent across the three guns. Easily 95% of her shots were center of mass on the silhouette at 21 feet. And after all, that's the goal.

I put about 50 rounds through the 1006 and it's still a dream to shoot. Load was 180 grain Remington Golden Saber over 11.0 grains Bluedot; just shy of 1,300 fps but that's not the real story. The three SR guns are the real story and it can only get better.

Wife is already eyeballing an SR45; who am I to strop her? I do love that woman! For a lot of reasons.

BSA1
January 21, 2013, 12:36 AM
I am a cold steel handgunner. In fact I think the last semi-automatic handgun I brought was 20 years ago and I have little interest in plastic, er polymer, frame handguns until recently. A family member brought a SR9C which I have had the opportunity to handled and shoot. I like the compact flat size with the added safety feature of the thumb safety. It is very easy to shoot and groups well especially considering I can only shoot it weak handed do to a shoulder injury. No malfunctions or complaints with the trigger pull from my weaker less cordinated left hand and arm.

Do I like it? Well I am considering making my first purchase in 20 years of a semi-automatic handgun as soon as the banic settles down! :D

Byrd666
January 21, 2013, 01:05 AM
I've got a bit over a thousand through mine. Ate it all. All weights and types and was/is highly accurate. Used it to qualify for my CHL here in Texas, and still carry it in a rotation. The only two gripes about are as follows.

A pain in the (censored) for a person with one hand to field strip.

The trigger bar is awfully stiff in the beginning, and doesn't really work loose much. I changed mine out to a Ghost trigger bar. Mine is a perfect fit for me and my shooting style. Link on bottom.

Congrats on a great buy.

http://www.ghostinc.com

justice06rr
January 21, 2013, 03:03 AM
The only minor downsides are the mag disconnect and small thumb safety. Both are easily solved by removing the disconnect, and not engaging the safety if you choose.

The SR9 is a great pistol and its on my list of future CC pistols. I prefer the SR9c with stainless silver slide.

Preacher.
January 23, 2013, 01:42 AM
Thanks for all the responses and information guys. Much appreciated.

Walt Sherrill
January 23, 2013, 12:15 PM
now for the ugly, some shooters report peening issues with the SR9 but from what I've seen of all the detailed pictures and descriptions it is nothing more than small burs forming from a lack of proper lubrication after cleaning. not one of the cases of peening happened with a gun that received proper maintenance.

There may have been MORE involved in the peening problem than just a lack of lub. Ruger replaced some barrels, and they may have made a change to the barrels, as that problem doesn't seem to be happening any more. If it were just a lub problem, I suspect people would still be making THAT mistake. The peening apparently occurred on some guns and then reached a point and didn't get worse.

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