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Took the plunge: Ruger SR9!

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by nwilliams, Dec 1, 2007.

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  1. nwilliams

    nwilliams Member

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    Well I couldn't resist and today at the Crossroads gunshow in Phoenix I picked up a Ruger SR9.

    I took two guns with me to the show to sell and sold them both within a half hour and so I went hunting for something to bring back home with me. I walked through all the buildings several times and couldn't find anything that really peaked my interest. Then I stumbled upon a table where I found this little beauty priced at $389 brand new. So I decided what the heck I'm bound to buy one eventually anyway.

    I'll shoot it tomorrow and see how she performs. I'm hoping the trigger will smooth out a little over time like my M&P one did. Still I love the way the gun feels in the hand and I love the look of it. Anyway here are some pics, I'll add a range report to this thread when I get the chance.

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  2. mekender

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    for sure, let us know how it shoots... im looking at this one myself as well
     
  3. 19-3Ben

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    Good buy!! that seems to be the cheapest I've heard of so far.

    I too like the look of the gun, and love it on paper.
     
  4. The Lone Haranguer

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    Congrats. You might have bumped into me. :) I spent the afternoon there.

    Awaiting the range report. ;)
     
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  5. JP from Phoenix

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    wow thats a nice deal, wheres that gun show at? i saw an ad on tv but didnt catch the location maybe i can hit it up tomorrow and find myself a new piece. Props on the SR-9 i think its a very sweet gun based offa looks and feel alone, cant wait to hear the range report
     
  6. fletcher

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    Can't wait to hear your report, I'm highly interested in how these perform.
     
  7. nwilliams

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    Its at the State Fairgrounds, its worth going to if you get the chance. There's actually quite a few good deals there if look hard enough. Make sure you get there early its a very large show I got there at 11 and browsed until 4, hundreds of tables spread across four buildings and a large tent area.

    Just so you know its very expensive to get into it, at least I thought it was, $7 for parking and $15 admission fee.
     
  8. The Lone Haranguer

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    Yes, Crossroads of the West (the gun show promoter) and the state saw us coming. ;)

    I got a little wristband that will let me back in tomorrow, but that doesn't take care of the parking. :rolleyes:
     
  9. JP from Phoenix

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    well IDK if i wanna go cuz i'll end up buying something and saying sorry family christmas came early for me and yall aint getting no presants, haha. I've been on the hunt for my first 1911 for a few months now

    nice deal on the SR-9 though cheapest i seen them in a shop was like 460 bucks which i thought wasnt that bad
     
  10. nwilliams

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    If it wasn't a three hour round trip for me I'd go back tomorrow but with gas prices the way they are its not worth it, plus I don't have any more guns I want to sell and that was really my main reason for going in the first place, coming home with this SR9 was just a bonus:D
     
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    Good price. I hope it works out well for you.
     
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    It's a good-looking pistol. What caught my eye was the 17-round magazine. It makes me ponder who is at the wheel at Ruger. Bill was purported to have believed that people didn't need more than 10 rounds. I am glad to see that corner turned.
     
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    Would love to go, 100 mile round trip at $3.06 a gallon of gas. Really want to see an SR9 up close sometime.
     
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    Holy crap that's expensive. Around here it's $7, and that's enough to convince me not to go usually.
     
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    I handled one at a gun show a couple of months ago. Very impressed by the the extremely slim grip frame, within the context of having a 17 round magazine. The only downside with the design that I could see, was in the thumb safety. For me, it was too small and a little too far rearward on the frame to be able to engage/disengage it properly. Let us know how the ergonomics are to you, and of course, how the range session goes.
     
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    Two weeks ago I was sighting in my hunting rifle, and the guy at the table next to me was cursing his SR9. I asked him about it, 'cause I'd really liked the feel of the one I'd handled in the gun store. Very slim, 17 round capacity, I like Ruger's revolvers, and I was hoping they'd finally gotten the hang of semi-autos. Nope. He let me put a mag through it. The trigger is significantly worse than a Glock, and accuracy is vague at best. Seems reliable enough, but then Ruger's problem has never been reliability. Another friend of mine recently purchased a S&W M&P, and it was plenty accurate, so Ruger really has no excuse. Even if you don't like Glocks - and I do - there are better options.
     
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    The SR9's are going for $350 around here. It seems like they are having problems selling them.
     
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    Well I promised you all a report so let me give you one! Pics will be attached to a following post.

    Today I took a defensive pistol class with my favorite firearms training outfit and I decided to use the untested SR9 and bring another gun as a backup just in case the SR9 didn't work out. Well I didn't have to switch out pistols and I had no desire to at any point!

    Now let me clear one thing up for the record, the SR9 does not have as bad a trigger as everyone says it does, at least not in my opinion;). Actually after my first hundred rounds through it I found that I really liked the trigger in fact. My instructor Matt Seibert also gave the gun a try and his response was "that trigger isn't bad at all, I could get used to that real fast!" Anyone who is familiar with Matt Seibert knows that if he says the trigger isn't bad you take his word for it. I think I was out lead into a false sense of believing that this gun had a bad trigger. Even dry firing it now I don't think its as bad as I initially though it was, its certainly not the best thing out there but its not horrible. If you don't believe me then shoot one first and decide for yourself. Once I got the feel of the tigger I was putting just about every shot where I wanted it and was making one hole groups at various distances.

    The safety is also not that bad either, I was drawing from the holster and as the gun came up had no problem pushing down the safety switch with the side of my right thumb (I'm right handed). However I did find it difficult to put the safety back up when I went to re-holster. Still I found an easy solution to this, I used my right thumb to take the safety off and my left thumb to put it back on. As long as you're maintaining a two handed grip while engaging or disengaging the safety its pretty easy to manipulate.

    One thing I really love about this gun is the ambi mag release! It makes it so much easier to do an administrative reload from the holster. Some guns and holsters just don't allow you to release the mag easily when holstered because the mag release is on the left side. Being able to release the mag from either side of the gun is wonderful option to have.

    As for the sights I really had no issues with them, the rear sight is adjustable but mine didn't require any adjustment. My only complaint is that I wish it had night sights. (see pic 1)

    Some of the other features I really liked was the loaded chamber indicator that actually sticks up quite a bit on the top of the gun (see pic 2) which allows you to not only see clearly that the gun is loaded but also touch it and feel that it is without having to look. A nice feature to have if you're in public and want to double check if the gun is chambered without exposing the gun to look at it. I also liked the reversible back-strap on the gun, the gun came with the flat side facing out, but I have big hands so I flipped it around and put it curved side out (see pic 3). Both ways are pretty comfortable and I do want to shoot it with flat side exposed at some point just to make sure I wouldn't like it batter that way. You can see on the first pics I posted above the backstrap is turned to the flat side so you can see the difference.

    The final thing I am very impressed with about this gun is how slim it is, for a gun that holds 17rds its pretty amazing. Its comparable in width to my BHP but shorter, its also shorter than my fullsize M&P and 1911. In my opinion this gun is a great size for concealed carry, especially for a fullsize gun.(see pic 4)

    It is true that its just another striker fire plastic frame gun and of course any newcomer to the market is going to have work hard to compete with the popularity of Glocks and XD's. In my mind what attracts me to this gun over a lot of the other guns like it out there, including my M&P is several facts. One, its a Ruger so you know you're getting a solid, reliable gun from a company that truly stands behind whatever they manufacture. Second, even though it looks like just another poly gun it really feels different than of the others I've handled or owned. Thirdly, Having owned Ruger pistols in the past I've always been impressed with the quality and ruggedness of their pistols. I think the SR9 shares those same characteristics, it feels very solid far more so than my M&P. Finally, I think the price will set it apart from many of the other options, for under $400 you're getting a solid, attractive, striker fire pistol made by Ruger, I can't really complain about that! My prediction is that this gun will become more popular over time, its still pretty new to the market, give it time I think it will catch on.

    My advice.....buy one or at least try and shoot one I think you may be pleasantly surprised!:D
     
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    Pic 4 - In case it isn't obvious...from left to right: BHP, SR9, M&P40, Colt 1911
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    PLEASE tell me where this is...give me a name...a store...a shop...please!

    Only one I've seen around here is over $575.

    Q
     
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    Van Wagenen Finance in Orem, Utah. I saw two at that price last week.
     
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    Looks like a S&W M&P shagged a Taurus 24/7.
     
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    nwilliams, thanks for that comparison pic between the four pistols, very useful.

    jm
     
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    Thank you for the thorough report. I'm still a little concerned about the safety, as I have rather small hands, and it actually required me to shift my grip to reach it. I think I would still like to see a redesigned safety, at least offered as an option. Other than that, nice field report.
     
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    $350, heck even $389 are fantastic prices for this gun NIB~! :cool:
     
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