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CA357 09-26-2010 10:42 PM

Review & Range Report: Ruger SR9c
Beauty shot:

I got out to the range this morning to test my Ruger SR9c. I brought 300 rounds in different weights, configurations and manufacturers. I wanted to check reliability and accuracy, but above all reliability.

I field stripped the pistol, ran two patches down the barrel and shot it box stock as it came from the factory.

But first, some general observations of the pistol itself. The overall fit and finish is pretty good. No sharp edges, no burrs or machine marks that I could see.

The pistol has a changeable backstrap, flat or rounded. It's simple to change, just push a pin out and slide the backstrap down and out. I prefer how it feels with the flat backstrap.

The pistol feels remarkably slender, especially considering that it holds a double stack magazine.

I had concerns about the trigger and the safety doohickey, but once the pistol is cocked and locked, it felt good. Trigger pull was good. Not 1911 good, but good.

Another feature is that the pistol has a manual thumb safety enabling it to be carried cocked & locked. Since I'm a 1911 guy, I really like that feature.

Since I'm in CA, I had the two 10rd. magazines that came with it from the factory. I'm not happy with the mag followers. They nose down when loading, raising the rear, making it an acrobatic feat to load. That's even after inserting a round, although it gets better after a few rounds are loaded.
The plastic base felt loose on both of them.

The seventeen round mags that are available in the rest of America come with a grip adapter, effectively lengthening the grip. I think that they would be a necessity for larger hands. The grip is okay for me, but I don't have large hands.

BTW, all shooting was done at twelve yards. I left the sights at the factory settings, and the pistol shot quite low at 12 yards. For the last thirty rounds (post #7) I adjusted them and got them much better. It will take a touch more adjustment, but for now they're close.

So, 270 rounds were shot with Kentucky Windage. I cared more about function than accuracy. But, even shooting Kentuckily, it's a pretty decent shooter.

The pistol feels best shooting the 124gr. FMJ Nato and the 147gr. SXT's. That's good, because I think 115 grainers are anemic. In my mind, bigger is better in nine millimeter.

BTW, it ran like a top for all 300 rounds, no malfunctions whatsoever.

I like this pistol.

CA357 09-26-2010 10:45 PM

First 10 rounds. WWB 115gr. FMJ

CA357 09-26-2010 10:46 PM

Second Set, Win. 124gr. NATO FMJ

CA357 09-26-2010 10:47 PM

Third set, WinClean 115gr. Truncated Cone FMJ:

CA357 09-26-2010 10:49 PM

Fourth Set, Win. Ranger 147gr. SXT HP's

CA357 09-26-2010 10:50 PM

Fifth Set, Federal 115gr. Hi-Shok JHP's

CA357 09-26-2010 10:53 PM

I adjusted the rear sight and found the sweet spot.

Sixth Set, American Eagle 124gr. FMJ

mesinge2 09-27-2010 12:02 AM

Great review.

You say cocked and locked.

Since it has no hammer I am assuming that its action is more similar to an XD, which is a full-cocked striker,
and less similar to a Glock, with a semi-cocked striker ?

CA357 09-27-2010 12:11 AM

Thanks. Yes, round in chamber, cocked and ready to fire, but has the safety on.

I really don't get the striker thing very well. I'm pretty old school and prefer a hammer that I can see. ;)

mesinge2 09-27-2010 12:32 AM

With Sooo many good reviews on this gun it is quickly moving up on my list.

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