Originally Posted by WDB
Drum gave some solid advice for a lefty. I carry a S&W M&P45 and before that a FNP40. Not in the price range your looking at all the same if you didn't like the Sigma these are good choices for the next step up. haven't owned an SR9 but have heard good things about the pistol.
This will be my 30th 9mm and I still own several including a Glock 19, beretta95f, three p38s ww2 Nazi era, two P08s, a Taurus 709, S&W5906 and 6906 and I may have missed one.
I wanted the Sigma for a cheap carry car gun and it was a good gun. I just did not love the long trigger pull. I took out the pig tail spring and replaced the sear spring with a lighter spring and polished the sear. Made it about 80% better but I had a chance to sell the sigma and get almost all my money back. I paid 325 got 50 in a rebate and Smith sent me an extra mag because I complained about the trigger. So all in I had about 250 and I got back about 275. If you throw in the tax I paid 25 to shoot it and own it for 3 months and put 500 rounds through it. For people that need a gun on a budget its a great choice and I am totally against all the hype denouncing it. But I like the left handed mag release and the slim design of the Ruger. I played with the gun at a local pawn shop and the trigger was not bad on the Ruger.
Short and much more crisp than the Sigma with its long pull. Put in the left hand friendly features and I decided with a bit of reluctance as the Sigma fits my hand like a custom made glove to sell it. I will have to throw in an extra 140 for the Ruger but in the end the Ruger will hold its resale value. Smith right now with its price reduction and the 50 rebate is making it hard to sell a Sigma used. This was another reason I sold. They are harder to sell on the used market as every pawn shop and internet gun auction has several. I played with the XD9 and found it for me not to be worth the extra 100 and I did not like its bulk. The grip was OK and better than my say hello to my 2x4 Glock. Don’t get me wrong I love the Glock But its a 600 dollar gun and I do not want to carry it in my cars glove box. I like or should I say love my Smiths, they are the gold standard along with the Beretta of quality. But they are a bit bulky and heavy for ccw or car carry. My Taurus is a nice CCW gun but for a car only had 7 rounds.
The Ruger with 17 gives a level of security that I am not going to have to usse it as a toss across when the 7 song stops in 7 rounds. Any way this is the reason I wanted the Ruger that and I am OCD on guns.