Ruger SR9C finish question


January 11, 2013, 09:31 AM
We purchased a new Ruger SR9C last month. Upon closer examination we discovered that the exterior of trigger guard has been sanded. It is very obvious with a lighter shade due to the sanding grooves and unslightly. Unfortunately with the banic there are no other new SR9C to compare ours with. I wonder if this was done to hide a defect from the mold.

For those of you that own SR9ís or SR9Cís what is the finish of your gun like on the exterior bottom of the trigger guard?

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January 11, 2013, 10:04 AM
Ours, and others I've seen, is like that and there are comments about this by others on other forums. For whatever reason, it certainly seems to be normal.

January 11, 2013, 10:15 AM
yep, mines the same way!

January 11, 2013, 10:08 PM
Normal. Mine is that way. Well it was. Ruger replaced mine and I get a new one monday!

January 11, 2013, 10:12 PM
another vote for normal.

January 11, 2013, 10:32 PM
Just curious --- What does it matter? It's a carry style pistol not a super nice 1911 or soemthing similar. Ruger isn't really known for great finish on their auto loaders. Not Keltec but not Kimber either.

January 12, 2013, 12:24 PM
Well crude sanding marks on a $500.00 gun does not reflect quality worksmanship to me.

If you want to beat the tar out of your guns or accept poor worksmanship that is up to you. Just curious at what cost do you think a gun deserves a good finish?

January 12, 2013, 12:25 PM

What did they do to the trigger guard finish?

January 12, 2013, 12:46 PM
I"m not sure exactly what your're asking about the finish. What I'm pretty sure you're seeing is a mold seam that was sanded flat.

Unfortunately $500 is getting to be on the lower end of the cost scale on a pistol. Certainly not the rock bottom however. $500 is on the high side for an SR9c unless you are figuring in tax etc. You wont' find an XD, Glock or Smith or even probably a Sig, all known for better fit and finish, new for the price of a Ruger.

I guess it depends on what I'm looking for in a gun. Fit and finish to me is second to functionality. I just want it to work. And certainly don't personally care on a plastic gun. That said on a plastic gun I do care about the slide finish since I don't want it to rust or have corrosion issues. I'm not knocking plastic guns either. All but 2 of mine are in fact plastic. I care more about how it feels in my hand. I do care about fit and finish on a metal gun. That needs to be better to prevent the corrosion/rust issues and typically you are paying more for an all metal pistol.

It's all just my opinion though. I'm not faulting you for not liking the finish of your gun. I wish I had mine in front of me right now. I'd look at it because I think it dulled out eventually and wasn't as noticeable but I'll never see that one again as Ruger replaced it.

January 12, 2013, 12:48 PM
Finish is smooth on my older model SR9c. Must be something new they starting doing in later models.

January 12, 2013, 12:50 PM
BSA -- You don't have a picture of this do you? You may have one that's worse than normal. I did not have "sanding" marks in mine. Just a lighter shade where it had been sanded.

January 12, 2013, 04:01 PM
I suspect it is done to hide mold marks. I am just trying to determine if it was unique to our gun or common manufacturing shortcut to hide shoddy molding. Unfortunately it seems to be the later. :-(

January 12, 2013, 08:48 PM
I paid $350.00 for my SR9c, NIB, six months ago. Most manufacturers leave such seams alone. Ruger evidently sands some smooth.

It's no more shoddy molding than the parting lines on just about EVERY polymer gun. They are all there, plain as day.

If you want fine fit and finish, buy a Wilson or a Baer.

January 12, 2013, 09:49 PM

So what did they do to your SR9C?

I didn't know Wilson and Baer made a polymer striker fired 9mm. Do you have a link for them?

January 13, 2013, 01:11 AM
I have the SR9 OD and it has the same thing and was more obvious because of the color. I was a minimally upset about it. But after a few thousand trouble free rounds through it, I almost forgot about it until this post. After all how often do we really look at the bottom of the trigger guard?

January 13, 2013, 02:25 AM
It's probably where the gate for filling the mold with plastic is located. Every poly frame has one somewhere, some are just disguised better than others.

January 13, 2013, 04:42 AM
I only noticed this on my sr9c after reading about it on other forms. After thousands of flawless rounds I donít lose sleep over such a non-issue. I sure wish they had taken the time to polish that scuff mark better and charged an extra $100 for the pistol. :rolleyes:

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