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Economical pistol poll Ruger security 9 / SW SD9VE

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by tercel89, Dec 30, 2019.

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Which pistol for an economy trunk gun/emergency hideaway gun ?

  1. Ruger Security 9

    40 vote(s)
    57.1%
  2. S&W SD9VE

    30 vote(s)
    42.9%
  1. tercel89

    tercel89 Member

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    Which pistol for an economy and trunk gun ? The type of gun you would toss in a hunting bag or fishing box or just for any outdoors type thing. And why do you pick them one you chose ?
     
  2. MedWheeler

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    No experience with either. Haven't even held one. So, were someone to offer me either, sight unseen, I'd ask for the Ruger simply based on reputation of ruggedness, and Ruger's CS reputation as well. There, that's a "no knowledge" vote. ;)
     
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  3. sabbfan

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    I’ve never owned the Ruger but did own a Smith Sigma. The trigger was horrible, but I never had a malfunction with it. It went bang every time. The design has been around for a long time now, they’re reliable pistols. I wasn’t sad to see mine go down the road but if I was looking for something cheap to keep stashed away I would look at the newer version you have in your poll.
     
  4. possumbelly220

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    I'm a dedicated Ruger fan, I would take a Ruger over a Smith anytime! But that's just me.
     
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  5. Buzznrose

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    I went with a Ruger but honestly don’t own nor plan to buy either and could easily go either way.
     
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  6. Hartkopf

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    I’ve got 500 rounds through a Security 9 and it seems solid and well built. Zero hiccups so far and I’d buy another if I needed another cheap gun. No experience with the S&W.
     
  7. ApacheCoTodd

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    I had the Smith and sorta regret selling it.

    Without question, the absolutely finest ergonomics (for me) of any semi I have owned including my favored High Power and CZ75.

    The trigger was quite awful and in searching for an upgrade kit, I found a fella on utoob giving instruction on tweaking the factory set-up. Worked quite well. If it weren't for having to mag-up on a whole new platform, I'da likely kept it and maybe should have in any case.

    Fed anything, very accurate and an all 'round pleasure to shoot once the trigger-system was sorted.

    Todd.
     
  8. 94045

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    LGS Prices:
    Security 9 - $265
    SD9VE - $280
    SR9C - $280
    SR45 - $280
    Canik TP9 SF - $280

    Of the two I would go with the Security 9 but given local prices it wouldn't be my first choice.
     
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    Out of those two I don’t know which I would choose really. But for $250 the Ruger SR9 is an excellent price at Sportsman’s Warehouse currently.
     
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  10. js8588

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    Taurus G2C or G3.
     
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  11. Mike .45

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    Of those 2 options I would take the Security 9. I try not to be a real trigger snob the trigger in that SW9VE is awful.

    I'd rather have the SR9 over the Security 9 though. I think I only paid like $320 for my daughter's SR9 a few years back.
     
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  12. 1 Cor 2:9

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    I have the security 9 and cannot get used to the trigger, even put a Galloway trigger in it which helped, but without a breaking point in the trigger I cannot shoot it accurately. Very reliable I have put 600 or so rounds through it and it always goes bang. Put it in the safe and bought a SR9 and they are actually less expensive.
    JW
     
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  13. Tallball

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    Canik TP9 or Taurus G2C would be my first two choices.

    I guess I would go for the Ruger third?

    The S&W would be last.

    I own the Canik and Taurus. I used to own the S&W. I haven't shot the Ruger.

    I still have the Canik and Taurus. The Canik is a good service pistol. The Taurus is a medium/small pistol with an odd trigger. The S&W that I had was a service pistol with a dreadful trigger. All of them are/were reliable and as accurate as their trigger and sights allow(ed).

    I haven't shot or owned the Ruger, but I am a Ruger fan in general.

    For $200 or less OTD, this is hard to beat:
     
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  14. bannockburn

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    I would go with the Ruger Security 9 over the S&W just because I have had great experiences with all of my Ruger guns so far and I never cared for the S&W SD9VE.
     
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  15. Jeb Stuart

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    Of the two, I would go with the Ruger simply because I am very familiar with their great customer service. As far as quality between the two? I could not tell you. What I would not hesitate to do would be to buy a SR9C or SR9. Quality of that pistol is leaps and bounds above the Security 9. Get one while you still can.
     
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    Another vote nor neither!

    With all the inexpensive new guns available and the price of pistols in the used market there are much better examples to chose from.
     
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  17. 460Shooter

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    I like the trigger on the Security 9 better. That makes all the difference to me.
     
  18. 1 Cor 2:9

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    Of course I forgot to say for truck guns my choice is G2c one in my wife's truck and one in mine, mine has several thousand rounds thru it and continues to function fine.
    JW
     
  19. ThomasT

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    I have no experience with the Ruger but have owned the SW9VE for many years and it is my truck gun. Yes the trigger was a little scratchy but after I took it apart and saw where the scratchyness came from I repaired that. Now its just a long spongy feel. I have no problems with it. The one thing I don't like about the trigger and you never see mentioned is it has a longer reset. At least longer than on my model 39-2 and 915 and both of those reset in about a quarter of an inch.

    But to its credit it has never failed to function in any way shape or form. The accuracy is decent. Good enough for its intended purpose.
     
  20. 5-SHOTS

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    I have no experience with either but the SD9 has the sturdier design in my opinion. I also prefere the stainless slide.
     
  21. TarDevil

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    I'm sold on Ruger's customer service.

    S&W might very well be on par. I'd certainly look at SD9VE if I needed another full size 9mm.
     
  22. 94045

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    Make sure you try the triggers on both.
    One has a somewhat DA Revolver like trigger.
    The other has no real defined break.
    I know people who can't deal with either.

    Of the list of sub-$300 pistols I listed earlier the Canik TP9 SF has the nicest trigger in my opinion. The Canik is NATO certified so should be reasonably reliable. They.are $280 at Academy. That doesn't mean it's the right pistol for you. That is different for everyone.
     
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  23. rdnktrkr

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    I have 2 SD40VE and have never had a problem, I replaced the springs and polished the trigger on one and just polished the trigger on the second, you can tell the difference. Mags for them are usually around $30ea. A store in north GA sells them for $200 regularly making it a good deal. If you want to upgrade the sights M&P sights fit.
     
  24. armedwalleye

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    i have no experience with either, but also would recommend an SR9 or SR9c instead.
     
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  25. 94045

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    Don't get me wrong I have a SW9VE which has an even heavier trigger and have never felt the need to modify it. Any roughness was smoothed out thousands of trigger cycles ago. It has a positive reset and no over travel.

    I'm just hesitant to recommend one to someone with no experience with a da style trigger pull.
     
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