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Why no love for the SR9?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by marb4, Sep 21, 2012.

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  1. mhuxtable

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    My first and only 9mm is the SR9. I rented the Glock 17, Springfield XDM and SR9 and shot lots of rounds thru each. The SR9 won out and I couldn't be happier.
     
  2. kokapelli

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    That's fine, I like Glocks too but they just don't feel as good in my hand.
     
  3. meanmrmustard

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    I'll give you that...unless we are talking G19. Feels oh so good...

    I wish I had a 9mm that handled like my SR22. Wishful thinking. But, the SR series is great in the hand, but, I've seen better.
     
  4. JR47

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    That puts it ahead of the Glock in my hands. To me, somebody made a plastic brick, then put a plastic 2x4 on it for a handle.

    Owning BOTH an SR9 and an SR9c, and an XDm to compare side by side, I like the Ruger better. Fact is, even for that "little more $$" I haven't found anything "better".

    Weight? SR9 is 26.4 oz., Glock 17 is 22.4 oz. SR9c is 23.4 oz. and Glock Model 19 is 20.99 oz. These are empty weights.

    None of the guns are particularly heavy. You aren't comparing them to a 1911A1. :)
     
  5. Kiln

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    JR47: I prefer the XDM but honestly after holding an M&P in a shop I've always wanted to fire one. They just feel like an extremely comfortable gun.
     
  6. meanmrmustard

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    You're talking a 1/4 lb of extra heft over a fullsized Glock or nearly 1/2lb over a compact Glock. That is QUITE substantial in a carry pistol, or an extended shooting session.

    How could a Glock be a plastic brick with a plastic 2x4 for a handle? You do realize the slide is steel, right? I wasn't, with that statement, saying Glock had a better grip, but good for me. I was more referring to the SR series vs say an XD or M&P (which, to me, the M&P would win that comp).


    Kiln: M&Ps are awesome. After shooting an M&P .45 Fullsize over a year ago, it was the softest shooting gun in that caliber I've had the pleasure of pulling the trigger on.
     
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  7. Jeff H

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    Soooo many posts on this thread from people who have never owned one. Amazing. :banghead:

    I've had a SR9 for about 4 years now and I can honestly say that I have no complaints. Thousands of rounds down the pipe and it still goes bang every time and is plenty accurate. I have the 2nd gen trigger (right after the original recall) and after about 500 rounds it wore in very nicely and feels good and breaks clean.

    I don't compete primarily because I don't have time (weekends are spent as the kids chauffeur) but I do bring it to the club steel matches as often as I can get the time and I always score pretty respectably.

    The most important thing for me in a typical 9mm pistol is reliability. It had better go bang every time whether it is a gun game or a SD shooting; if I pull the trigger and it doesn't work every time, I'm getting rid of it. So far, the SR9 has never let me down.
     
  8. mhuxtable

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    Every longstanding manufacturer makes great guns....I don't get the Glock hate or the Springfield hate. I chose to buy a Ruger because it works best for ME, but a Sig, Glock, etc make work better for someone else. Nothing wrong with that. Different strokes.
     
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    Those figures are not entirely accurate Ruger chooses to weigh they're guns with a magazine Glock's weight is without a mag. throw a mag in them and it's much closer.
     
  10. TarDevil

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    The weight of the SR9c was another selling point for me. It is the perfect balance between light enough for carry and heavy enough for accurate, rapid follow up shots. It's easier on my arthritic hand, allowing me to practice frequently and without discomfort.
     
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    I owned one for a time. Just didnt fit my hands good. Traded it for an sr9c. Which suprisingly is more comfortable to shoot. Good reliable handgun though.
     
  12. meanmrmustard

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    Once again; as per Rugers sight, the full size SR9 weighs in at 26.5 oz...sans magazine. That is, once again, 1/4 lb more than the Glock 17. That is substantial.
     
  13. David White

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    Don't forget adding ammo to a mag. I have the SR40 and depending on the ammo I chose, there is a bit of difference in the weight.
    The SR40 is heavier than the 9mm but not too heavy to carry on a day to day basis.
     
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    Unloaded.
     
  15. David White

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    Rodger that sir!
     
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    The SR9 was my first handgun, but I shot a P95, and a Beretta 92 before holding the SR9 and deciding this was the one. It fills my hand just right, very accurate, great trigger, great trigger reset too. I removed the mag disconnect in 2 minutes. I like the small safety and the loaded chamber indicator does not bother me.

    I have over 600 rounds of various brands through it, and not one failure of any type. I have found mine to be reliable and plan to carry it when my permit comes in. If I find it to be too large for CCW, then I'm going to buy the SR9c in its place.

    Yes I like it that much.
     
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    The Ruger "site" does not specify "sans magazine". But if you look at the 10 round model it's 1/4 oz lighter, be kinda hard to do that if they weigh them "sans magazine"
     
  18. checkmyswag

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    Because people like to hate on Ruger for various reasons.
     
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    I've had my SR9c for about 4 months now and have well over 1000 rounds through it, no issues ever and it is way more accurate than a gun this size needs to be. I carry a SIG 229 DAK for a duty gun and it is a nice piece, I normally carry a custom Springer Loaded Stainless during jacket weather but the SR9C just melts into my belt line and conceals so well in shorts and a T-Shirt that I find myself reaching for it more and more. In short I love the gun and for the price will probably buy another just in case.
     
  20. JR47

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    Did you take "New Math" in school? While the SR9 is 4 0z. heavier, the SR9c is 2.41 ounces heavier than it's counterpart.

    I always thought that 8 ounces was a half-pound. Even IF it were that heavy, it would be like a 1911A1, and I routinely carry one CCW, and shoot several hundreds of rounds in practice. Physical fitness goes a LONG way towards easing such problems.

    Glocks, in my hand, always balance like a 2x4 with a handle. Your opinion may be different, but that isn't anything BUT our opinions, sir.

    The S&W M&P is a nice gun, but I don't find it any easier to shoot than the Ruger.
     
  21. David White

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    Don't k ow why. I love my p95 and SR40!
     
  22. Ehtereon11B

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    I guess weight is not a big selling point for my carry pistols. When your duty gun is 41oz loaded, everything else seems really light by comparison. Even my .380 backup is 18oz which is considered "heavy" by modern standards. So a 28.8oz SR9c loaded weight isn't all that much.
     
  23. JR47

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    Exactly. I have no idea where the idea that every CCW gun must be a fly-weight, other than Internet Commandos.

    The idea that shooting several hundreds of rounds through an SR9c will tire you out is pretty funny, actually. WE, my wife and I, routinely work our way through over 500 rounds of center-fire, usually 9x19 and .45 ACP, and 500 rounds of rim-fire when we shoot. My wife has RA in her hands, but can shoot hundreds of .45 ACP from her 5" Model 625-3 revolver without discomfort. The 9x19 is shot through a bunch of duty size platforms, like the Taurus PT92, the Beretta M9, the Ruger SR9, the S&W Model 39-2, a Star Super B, a Star BM, and others. NONE of these are fly-weights, most having high capacities.

    I also shoot a 3" Model 625-3, a Stainless Series 80 Government Model, a Stainless Springfield Defender, and an assortment of other 1911A1 platforms.

    The rim-fires are shot through an assortment of Browning, Ruger, and High Standard pistols. None of them polymer guns, save a single Ruger 22/45, 5.5" bull-barrel.

    Perhaps 1000 rounds, minimum, doesn't suggest an extended range event to some, but we try to do this bi-weekly, simply because of cost. Fixed incomes, and all that.
     
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    I had an early model that I bought after I handled it in a gun shop and loved the ergonomics—it fits my hands really well and points naturally for me. I brought it home, pulled the (stupid) mag disconnect, and realized that the trigger sucked.

    I dry fired it tons to try to work it in, bought the Ghost trigger kit when it came out, and while it marginally improved it the trigger still sucked. It might have gotten close to a Glock's, but since in my opinion Glock triggers suck that was not a good thing.

    It was also mediocre at best in terms of accuracy, which may have been partly due to disliking/fighting the trigger.

    I own 7 other Rugers and love them, and I was really excited about the SR-9's feature set and look and feel, but I sold it because of the trigger and indifferent accuracy.
     
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    I just Googled various other manufacturers models with the phrase "light strikes" and all had either the same number of responses or vastly more than the SR9. Guns I included were Glock G17, Xd9, P226. So I guess we should all avoid these guns in the future.
     
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