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Ruger SR9 or Springfield XD9 Compact?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Corner Pocket, Jan 2, 2008.

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  1. Corner Pocket

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    For a good while, I have been content with my .357 wheel gun and my P345 semiauto. These two guns have served me well, have performed flawlessly, and I love to shoot them both. I've recently bought a Browning Buck Mark 22LR pistol so that I could shoot lots of rounds at minimum cost. Indeed it is great fun to shoot a brick or so on a typical trek to the range. But lately I've "developed a hankering" for a 9mm of some sort. Seems like we usually end up at some point realizing that we're just one gun away from being happy, don't we? :D

    Between the two that I'm wondering about, I've not shot either, though I have shot an XD-45 which I did very well with. I've had the opportunity to handle both of these 9's at gun shows and I think I would be delighted to have either one of them. The SR9 has a very similar grip and feel as my P345, which is very comfortable in my hand. Whatever I get will likely join the first two previously mentioned guns as a piece that I'll carry concealed. I'd appreciate and welcome any thoughts/warnings/insights that you'd care to pass along that might be of help to me in making this decision. Thanks!

    Happy New Year, and happy shooting! :p

    CP
     
  2. tblt

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    Which gun

    I have been considering these two guns also along with the G19 and the CZ P01.I't looks as if the ruger is bigger that the rest but you get adjustable sights with the ruger and it's cheaper by about 80 to 100 bucks.My only concern is being rugers ginie pig testing a new pistol on the market.I'm not sure how long there warrenty is and if they would cover shipping if you did have a problem.I own a ruger rifle and 2 revolvers with no problems.
     
  3. Camjr

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    I've got an XD40 (same frame and grip size as the XD9), but haven't handled the SR9. I've heard and read that the SR9 has a narrower grip than the XD and therefore might be better for someone with smallish hands. Was that your experience when you handled them at the show?
     
  4. firemanjohn

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    I love my XD45. I am new to guns so I don't have much to go on, I have fired a sig and a ruger as well, but really like the XD. While my local cops give me :cuss: about buying the "other" polymer pistol, I like it, and its mostly just ribbing, a couple of them have fired one and like them as well, they just don't admit to it readily.
     
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  5. possum

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    well i will suggest the xd over about 99% of anything that it is put up against everytime. the sr9 has some good thigs going for it, like the maual safety, for some that is important and a maual safety on a striker pistol is rare, do you need or want a manual safety? the sr9 is thinner, but the xd fits my hand perfect the way that it is. i own a ruger p345 and a 22/45 and have owned one other ruger in the past and i have always been happy and/or impressed. but with that said i own 2 xds and i will own more, and i own a sa 1911, i am a sa patron an i am particular to the xd line.
     
  6. Breakdaddy

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    Love my XDs and wouldnt trade any of em for anything else. On the other hand, I handled an SR9 recently at the local gunshop and it felt awesome in my hands.
     
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    You've picked two great guns and asked us to recommend one over the other! :)

    Either one should function reliably, so I guess it comes down to three major factors. Which one fits your hand better? Which sights do you prefer? How's your budget?
     
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    American Ruger , Croation XD.....hmmmmmmmm, I wonder about service
     
  9. huff

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    Looked at both and will be picking up the Ruger next wk. wanted a safety and the grip was better in smallish hand.
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  10. kokapelli

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    I have both, the Ruger SR9 and an XD9.

    I've had the XD for a couple of years and it's proven it's self to be an excellent pistol in every respect.

    The SR9 is new, but so far has been flawless and feels better in my small hands than the XD.

    This is JMO, but I feel that the SR9's trigger will be better than the XD's, once it has more rounds through it.

    Get which ever one feels better to you and you won't go wrong with either.
     
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    though the xd is made in croatia the customer service of sa is excellent and ever bit as good as ruger, if not better!
     
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    I had an issue with a Failure to Load on my fullsize XD. Springfield took it back, fixed it, and paid for all the costs. I was so impressed that I bought my subcompact (which ive never had a problem with). I recommend the XD9 although admittedly ive never even held the Ruger.
     
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    I would do an XD9 in 5" and I would raise you Glock 17/19. What are your thoughts?
    -bix
     
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    I just got back from the range and I couldn't be happier about my SR9 than I am.

    With 400 rounds through it now and the sights adjusted, this pistol is as good or better than any of my other pistols.

    Trigger has smoothed out nicely, magazines have become easier to load, racking what was a very stiff slide has become easier, accuracy is excellent for a self defense gun and I have not had even a hint of a bobble.
     
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    Have you considered the CZ 2075 Rami P in 9MM ?
     
  16. Corner Pocket

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    I appreciate all the replies. I've continued to look at several brands and models of guns in my quest for a 9mm that I just can't live without. This morning I went to a couple of nearby gun stores and handled several guns. I've definitely narrowed my search down between the SR9 and the XD9 Compact.

    In less than a month, the SHOT show will take place in Las Vegas. I'm told that this is typically the place where major announcements by gun manufacturers are made. I think I'm going to just "sit tight" and see what takes place. If Ruger were to announce a compact version of the SR9, that baby will be mine! :D

    Corner Pocket
     
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    And you'll love it too!
     
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    I've got 3 XDs, like them all. Handled the Ruger at the gunshop, seemed thinner. A guy i know who works there bought one, but didn't keep it. Of course, he goes thru a gun a week. The Ruger might be fine, but I'm happy with what I have.
     
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    Try shooting an SR9 that hasn't had the trigger screwed up, wait, don't, because you might change your mind!
     
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    The more I find out about the SR9 the more I want one.
     
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    I am thrilled with my SR9. Ive put 500 rounds down range using various ammo and not one hiccup. It shoots as straight as you do, and feels very comfortable in my girly man hands. Oh yeah, and shes beautiful.
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  22. Lucky Strike

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    I've got (and carry) an XD9 subcompact and absolutely love the thing.

    Never had an issue with it and it fits my hand great. Sending her off to SA for some XS nightsights next month.


    I'd say get the XD you won't be sorry although this is from someone who's never handled or shot an SR9. I do own a ruger revolver and it's great. Probably good to go with either one.
     
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    Nice picture!
     
  24. Corner Pocket

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    Thanks again to all who contributed insight to my query. I just now got home from a gun show where I was able to do lots of feeling and fondling of the guns that I'm interested in. I've now definitely decided to get an SR9. I would have liked to buy one today, but Ruger has recently announced that they are now offering a "blackened stainless" version of the SR9. I'm partial to that darker color, so will have to wait a bit until the blackened version is out there on the shelves... It's gonna be fun! :D

    http://www.ruger-firearms.com/SR9/

    Corner Pocket
    'ramping up for some range enjoyment!'
     
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    What was the deciding factor?
     
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