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SR9C... The most underrated gun in the market

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by wristtwister, Sep 25, 2011.

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  1. wristtwister

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    I sell guns every day at our shop. The majority of people come in asking about "what's a good carry gun"? Then, we have the people who come in and won't have anything but a specific brand, or some "special gun" they've read about in one of the gun rags. They all have a "list" and only want to look at something specific, until I throw in Ruger's SR9C.

    I make no bones about the fact that the full size SR9 was the best gun I ever took out of a box and shot. It performed flawlessly, and I thought Ruger had lost their minds when they announced that they were making a compact version... at least until I looked at what the gun was and what it gave the shooter.

    As a mechanical engineer by training, I like things that work as designed... and feature for feature, the SR9C provides the most "bang for the buck" in the small pistol market. It is a chameleon for your needs, and provides the most features I've found in the carry gun market.

    The loaded chamber indicator is the first thing I show a customer. It's designed so you can pick the gun up in the dark and know if you are "loaded" without having to spill a round onto the floor to make sure. While redundant, the striker indicator gives you a way to look at the end of the gun and see if you're "ready to fire" if you happen to miss the LCI. The 3-dot sight system is excellent, and while some live or die by having "night sights" on their guns, I learned that night sights are only useful if you're shooting in the dark... and usually where you can't see the target... even though you can see the sights...

    That problem is solved by the light rail thats on the gun, so you can attach a streamlight or flashlight/laser combination on the gun. Crimson Trace also makes a "trigger shroud" laser sight that attaches to the pistol and provides a "grip mounted on-button" for a laser... so it's up to you to decide how you want to light and laser your gun.

    The trigger system is excellent. It has a locked system with the "glock trigger" that puts a pin block into the sear and locks both the striker and the sear... so having a round in the chamber isn't the only requirement for making the gun go bang. The "first trigger" has to release the trigger and striker system, but once done, the trigger is excellent.

    The gun comes with ambidextrious safeties and magazine releases, so it's easily handled by both right and left-handed shooters, and functional if you happen to pick up the gun "wrong handed" and need to shoot quickly. You don't have to fumble with getting to the safety or disconnecting a mag to reload in order to get off a shot.

    The real brilliance in this design is in the magazine changes. The compact comes with both a 10 round and 17 round magazine... which provides exactly the same grip on the pistol when shooting with either mag in place.:uhoh: Yes, I said that correctly... the grip on the pistol feels exactly as it should regardless of which magazine is in the gun. I carry my 10-rounder in the gun for concealed carry, and the 17 rounder in my back pocket... so I'm packin' 28 rounds should the need arise.

    As for comfort in shooting, the gun has a reversible "backstrap" adjustment that simply requires you to punch out a pin with a ball point pen, and flip over the rubber "palm swell" to get either the "flat profile" or "palm swell" profile in the grip. Stick the pin back in place, and your grip is changed... no extra parts from somewhere else... just packaged and put in place.

    Yes, there are smaller pistols on the market... even Ruger's own LC9... which has the LCI, 3-dot sights, and left-side safety... for about sixty bucks less... but "dollar for dollar" isn't even in the same ball park. It stops being a feature gun there, and while a 9MM, only packs 7+1.

    The accuracy of the gun is on a parallel with the full size SR9, because the barrel is only about an inch shorter than the full size barrel. While I've had no problems carrying a full-sized SR9 concealed, the options of the SR9C make it such a versatile change-up, that it's really amazing that it hasn't completely overwhelmed the market. It's a "carry gun", it can be a "night-stand gun", a 'range gun"... and probably a lot of other applications that just don't come to mind right now.

    While I like shooting all calibers, the SR9 and SR9C have proved to me that 9MM can be fun and functional... and if I need more "punch", I can pick up my SR40 and SR40C... oh, did I forget to mention that it also comes in .40 S&W... it's just that they're exactly the same size... only carrying 9+1 or 15+1 in .40 S&W.

    My hat's off to Ruger for this project... they've developed something that is not only functional, feature loaded, and fun to shoot, but so versatile that it is hard to imagine a need it can't fill with some thought. Unlike guns that need "trigger jobs" or "sight upgrades", etc. , these guns come from the factory "ready to go", and don't take much if any "break-in". My first 50 rounds out of my SR9C were shot at our state-required 15 yards on "half size" targets, and all 50 were in the body outline in "kill zones". Not bad for an "out of the box gun"... but it was what I expected... it's the same thing I got with the full sized SR9.

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  2. kokapelli

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    I couldn't agree more.
     
  3. Mike1234567

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    Yeah, I've been shopping for new CC and the SR9c is at the top of a very short list. I also like the S&W M&P9c & SA XDM 9c but the Ruger SR9c the just fits me better and has all the features I want.
     
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    We rented it with several other 9's when getting my Fiance's latest. Me personally I liked it but she wanted a little longer sight picture. The sights are/were my only beef. It would be my preferred with a sight swap in 9mm.
     
  5. th1229

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    One of the best out of the box gun's I have ever shot.
     
  6. kokapelli

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    That's why there is an SR9
     
  7. MrWesson

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    The SR9 is a great gun but the trigger is horrible IMO.

    Dry fire one next to a M&P or a glock for good measure.
     
  8. kokapelli

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    I have and it works for me.
     
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    The SR9c trigger works for me too... and I own a M&P45 full size for HD.
     
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    This is not to be a slight against the SR9C or any gun but it always seems that nobody makes a 10+1 9mm or 40 smaller than a glock 26/27.

    The SR9c is bigger in all measurements over the Glock 26 and most companies similar sub compact 9's and 40's are always a tad to several tads bigger in some or all measurements.

    How does Glock pull it off? I know its not huge differences but...

    Sure single stacks are but not the 10+1 versions.


    Glock 26
    WEIGHT
    560 g / 19.75 oz.
    LOADED (~)
    740 g / 26.10 oz.

    LENGTH
    160 mm / 6.29 in.

    HEIGHT
    106 mm / 4.17 in.

    MAG. CAPACITY
    Standard: 10
    OPTIONAL
    12/15/17/19/33

    WIDTH
    30 mm / 1.18 in.

    BARREL HEIGHT
    32 mm / 1.26 in.

    LINE OF SIGHT
    144 mm / 5.67 in.

    BARREL LENGTH
    88 mm / 3.46 in.
     
  11. MrWesson

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    When it comes to guns its the slight differences that matter to me. Its almost like comparing cell phones where you have to split hairs to find a difference.

    To me the main difference between the M&P isn't reliability,design,weight but like I said small differences.

    IMO
    SR9 pros vs the rest
    Price and that's a big pro
    Slim

    M&P
    Trigger
    Capacity(2 more rounds)
    No mag disconnect which could go either way depending on what you want
    Optional thumb safety/not standard.

    IMO the M&P is slightly better but for the price difference you could get more trigger time/ammo for the SR9.

    As far as it being the most underated.. I dont think so I just think the competition is stiff and it has to build a rep in law enforcement. The M&P was ignored a few years ago too.
     
  12. tahunua001

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    very well written... glad to see some positive reinforcement to the guns reputation
     
  13. Redneck with a 40

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    I have an SR9-C and I agree 100%, awesome pistol.
     
  14. Mike J

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    legion3 wrote
    There is someone that makes a 10 + 1 9mm that is smaller than a Glock 26. Kel Tec. Look up the specifications on the Kel Tec P11 (there are actually 12 round magazines available for it). It is smaller & lighter than a Glock 26. Does that make it better? Maybe, maybe not it all depends on what each individual shooter wants in a pistol.

    As far as the SR9c I have to plead ignorance as I have not had the opportunity to shoot one. I find myself wanting the .40 caliber version but now is not the time for me to buy a gun so I just keep watching & waiting.
     
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    Mike J... The K-T P-11 uses S&W Model 59 mags. I have two Mec-Gar 15 round mags that work perfectly in my P-11. Of course, the extended grip is less concealable but one can always carry with a 10 or 12 round mag in the grip and a separate 15 round. I'm big enough that the 15 rounders don't show under a loose shirt.

    The above stated, and again I own and like a P-11, the SR9c would still be my choice. If for no other reason than the added safety. I once dropped my P-11 on the muzzle (no drop or thumb safety) and it discharged. I never want that to happen again...
     
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    I had a P11 and aside from having the worst trigger I have ever shot, it was a little big for my pocket.
     
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    :what:

    Sounds like you may want to switch to the PF9 and give up a few rounds.

    I didn't know that about the P11 and didn't care for them before due to the thickness/trigger but now I really dont like them.

    I just can't see ever carrying a gun that's not drop safe.
     
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    And this is precisely why I'm looking for a new carry gun. The SR9c seems just about perfect for my needs.

    Funny you mentioned the PF9 because I recently purchased a LC9 but the seller is holding it until either my FFL re-opens after his move or until I find another FFL.

    The bottom line is the Rugers are replacing my beloved Kel-Tecs.
     
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    I've said many times I believe it it the best value for the dollar. Mine run like a champ ...... but honest to Betsy I don't understand how every write up about any gun suddenly gets compared to a Glock.


    Kokapelli, you must have gotten the P11 I got rid of.
     
  20. wild cat mccane

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    Underrated used to mean no one knew it was good. The trick with the Ruger fan base is getting them to shut up, and the SR9 may be the place holder for this crowd. :D J/k...kinda.

    Seriously though, it is 200 less than an HK 2000, 100 dollars less than a p99c, 70 bucks less than an M&Pc, Glock 26, XDsc, PX4sc...

    and 60 dollars more than the Taurus Mill Pro, 150 more than a Kel Tek p11 or pf9.

    Not underrated in any function. Every single one of the above has the same or more features.
     
  21. FIVETWOSEVEN

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    Doesn't feel right in my hand, I'll pass.
     
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    I have not shot newer SR9s but I am told they now have the same trigger as the SR9c...and if that is the case, I'd put that trigger up against almost any pistol sub $600. The SR9c's trigger is superb.
     
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    It's not just about features, but rather how the gun feels, how reliable it is, how it shoots, how well it's made and last but not least, how it functions in your hands.
     
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    I'll take the SR9-C over a glock anyday. To me, the Glock's have horrible ergonomics, grip thickness and angle is all wrong for me. When I pick one up, it naturally points down, very irritating. I'd argue the trigger on the Ruger is one of the best around, more than likely better than the glock too.
     
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