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Ruger Security 9. Looking for some input/comments

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by triplebike, Aug 25, 2020.

  1. triplebike

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    Hi all, my son is looking for a full sized 9mm. Range gun, home defense and so forth. My LGS has them in stock for $369 NIB. When I checked one out it felt good in my hand, liked the sights & balance felt good. The Ruger customer support is a big plus for me as well. Can any one give me any feedback on likes, dislikes and so forth. Much appreciated.
     
  2. Fiv3r

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    I havent shot one, but they seem like a good budget option. My main concern is that my sweat and Ruger's carbon steel don't mix. They rust pretty easily on my person.

    Other than that, all of the things you have listed make them a good option in my opinion.
     
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  3. Riomouse911

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    Heck, the fact your LGS has them at all is a miracle right now, around where I live they would be sold out at $500 bucks a copy.

    A few folks I know have them, all seem to like them as lower priced but reliable SD/HD guns.

    Stay safe.
     
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  4. FL-NC

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    I shot one, it worked as advertised. Just like everything else Ruger makes. My dad has a Ruger SR9C, which cost about the same, and I personally like better than the security 9.
     
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  5. Dewey 68

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    My brother has one, I've shot it. It was accurate. They are pretty thin if you need to carry it concealed. He hasn't had any problems with his. I'd be okay with one.
     
  6. triplebike

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    I also own a SR9C and if I could fine one I would buy it for him in a minute. I paid $309 for mine brand new less than a year ago. My LGS got a few of the Davidson's Distributor Exclusive versions with the stainless slide and I lucked out. Of course they didn't last very long. I've been on the lookout for a used one but they are few and far between. I consider the SR9C one of the finest midsize 9mm handguns available regardless of price. I will keep it for as long as I'm on this planet and then he'll get it. It is truly an amazing firearm.
     
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  7. Hartkopf

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    I have a Security 9 and it’s a great budget gun. I don’t like safeties but this one is in a good spot and is easy to engage/disengage once you use it some. I have about 400 rounds of WWB and 100 rounds of HSTs through it with zero malfunctions. It’s Glock 19 sized but the grip is a hair smaller so it’s easier to shoot one handed.
     
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  8. Crazy Horse

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    I have one. Early adopter.

    Pros
    The gun is very accurate-once sights are adjusted (I'm left handed, but right eye dominant).
    Reliable - Haven't had a misfire yet (700+ rounds)
    Rear sight is drift adjustable.
    customer support - Its Ruger
    4 inch barrel, Ithink it's the sweet spot between concealability and accuracy.
    2 15 round magazines
    Rail at the bottom for a light


    Cons
    * It is a hammer fired. I have never had an issue with this on any of my other hammer fired guns. With the Security 9, I noticed a slight spring tension increase before the hammer falls.

    *Feels like it sits on top of your hand. To me, it sometimes feels like I'm balancing the slide.

    *Takedown requires a screwdriver. Not a con, but when compared to other firearms, who don't require any tools to take apart it is a bit of a disadvantage.

    The only upgrade I did to it was install a Wolff 12lb recoil spring. It feels nice and tight. It didn't need it, but it was cheap.

    Overall I like the firearm, except for the two cons above. I haven't sold it, because after all it is a Ruger. Aside from the two cons above, the positives outweigh the cons.

    Recommend renting one to see how you like it.

    CH
     
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  9. viking499

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    My daughter has the compact version. She likes it and so do I. Not problems at all so far with about 300 rounds down the pipe.
     
  10. Killer Instinct

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    Absolutely love mine, it's my EDC. The only issue I had with mine when it was out of the box new was the mag spring was pretty stiff. Did not like loading the first round when loaded with 15 rounds. Only loaded 14 for the first couple weeks and worked flawlessly. When not in use I loaded all 15 and just let them sit. Now it has no issues what so ever. Shoots any ammo and grain weights I feed it( do to the current situation I feed it what I can find). Liked it so much bought the wife the compact model and my son also got one and they love them too. For the price and it being a Ruger you definitely cant go wrong.
     
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  11. triplebike

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    Thanks for all the replies! Sounds like another winner from Ruger. I'm going to recommend my son check it out. It's really just what he's looking for, a well made, properly designed fun range gun & reliable for nightstand home defense at a reasonable price. With one of the best, if not the best customer service standing behind it.
     
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    The stepson of a friend of mine bought one a couple of years ago for pretty much the same reasons. He likes it and no problems to report. I tried one out but I like my SR9c better.
     
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  13. JeeperCreeper

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    I love Rugers!

    But, I find I normally trade them up for something else eventually, as they are kinda bland and "generic"... Not a bad thing, just very "Toyota Camry".

    So it's a good starting point, especially in this market. But eventually graduate to something superior like a PPQ or VP9 ;)
     
  14. edwardware

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    It's a Ruger: you can depend on excellent customer service you'll probably never need, and good parts/magazines/holster availability.

    I'd buy it, unless they have an M&P for the same money.
     
  15. armedwalleye

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    Another SR9c owner here, and I like the way with the larger magazine and sleeve it can be a range/nightstand gun and with the short mag it can be a carry gun as well. I find it more versatile than the full size. At this point, you can only buy what you can find. The Security 9 appears to be a more budget friendly model, but if can find an SR9c instead, consider it. You will not be disappointed.
     
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    I have a Security 9 and I'm not overly fond of it. I compare it to my M&P Compact 9 as they are almost the exact same size. Both are 4" barrels and 15+1 capacity double stacks. The Ruger weighs 30.4 oz loaded while the Smith comes in at 33.5 oz loaded. Most of the weight difference is in the front of the guns as the Ruger uses a sculpted barrel that weighs 2 3/8 oz while the Smith barrel without sculpting weighs 3 5/8 oz. Also the Ruger uses a hollow recoil rod that weighs 1/2 oz less than the solid recoil spring rod in the Smith. All these weights are as measured by me on my digital scale.

    The lower weight on the front end of the Ruger IMO caused too much muzzle flip, certainly more than the Smith with the exact same ammo. I bought an aftermarket solid recoil spring rod assembly to add front end weight and that helped.

    Two other areas where I felt the Security fell short in comparison to the M&P were admittedly personal preferences and might not be a problem to others. I had the M&P 2.0 first and was used to and liked the very aggressive stippling on the grip. By comparison the Ruger felt too slippery in my hands. I bought a Hogue grip sleeve that fixed the problem. I also really like the hinged trigger on my S&W and from the first time I shot it I hated the bladed trigger on the Security. It made my finger hurt after a couple mags. I couldn't find a hinged trigger for it but did buy a Senochal trigger that was a bit lighter and that helped but I still can't say I'm entirely happy with it.

    The Security 9 was a fair amount cheaper to buy than the M&P compact 9 when both were new, but after the 3 upgrades I did to it the prices were about the same and again in my opinion the M&P is a much nicer gun.

    I have nothing against Ruger and realize this was a lower end gun. I don't hate it and haven't considered selling it. I'm just trying to give an honest opinion of my experiences with it.
     
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  17. triplebike

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    Hey guys please see post # 6. We think alike.
     
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  18. triplebike

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    I have a Walther PPQ 9mm. He has shot it but it wasn't for him. It's to bad through because the PPQ is a fantastic firearm and I'm dead nuts accurate with it. I love my Ruger SRC9 , but I do shoot tighter groups with the PPQ.
     
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    I think the SR series was very well designed and built. Like everyone involved with it were on the same page and they got it right. Not to say the Security-9 is not the same way only I get the feeling that it was built to a certain price point and that was it. It didn't feel quite as substantial as the SRc but then again that's just my take on it. And then there's no little extra touches like the SRc has with the reversible backstrap insert, the 17 round spare mag with a grip matching sleeve, or even the LCI (which honestly I can take it or leave it).The Security-9 seems more basic, with fewer frills and that's alright with me as long as it's reliable, durable, and accurate; and it's affordable too!
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  20. triplebike

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    I believe that the Ruger SR9C is a firearm that comes along once in a blue moon. Like you said everyone involved were on the same page. I firmly believe it is one of the best designed , best built, best valued 9MM handgun ever made. The fact that I was able to buy one brand new for $309 was like me hitting the lottery. Every time I shoot it I enjoy it more. I have brought and sold many many firearms, I will never let my SR9C go and it will go to my son after I'm gone, BUT NOT BEFORE! He has shot it and I can see the gleam in his eye when he handed it back to me. About a year ago when he started getting really interested in guns and shooting, I took him to the range with every handgun I had at the time, which was 8. I said he could pick any one BUT my SR9C & my PPQ. He didn't like the PPQ but the SR9C did put a big smile on his face.
     
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  21. Average Joe

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    Good guns, buy it !
     
  22. Ernie Bass

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    If possible get the SR9C. A whole lot more gun for the money. Break down both guns and compare. A whole lot of steel in the SR9. Especially if you plan to put a lot of ammo down range.

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  23. shafter

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    Ruger's semiauto handguns have always been overshadowed by their legendary revolvers. It's hard to find anything bad said about them.
     
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