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I purchased a Ruger SR40 a couple of days ago, had it's range debut yesterday. wow! I have a 10/22 from Ruger which is a great little gun, but this is my first handgun. Not just from Ruger, but period.

I shot a rental SR40 prior to buying, so I had an idea what was going on. Not much kick for a .40 in my opinion. Especially compared to 9mm's I have shot. Shoots 100% true out of the box. No jams, feeding issues, very pleased indeed. I'm a big guy (6', 270) so this is an OK size carry gun for me; I also prefer the single-action over double-actions. I was really interested in going the 1911 route (based on looks and reputation) but I have to say I don't like the double action at all, and unless you want to spend a lot of $$, most of the ones I've handled have a "cheap" feel to them. The other reason I ended up with .40 S&W: 15 shots per clip (vs what, 7-8?). Whatever I may be missing in quality on any given day, I'll make up for with volume ;)

SR40 take-down is extremely easy, as is re-assembly. I can do both in less than a minute combined. This is a no-BS gun, which I prefer. I have always been very hands-on in terms of taking apart rifles and shotguns, so I know how they work, can maintain them myself and in a pinch can fix a problem in the field. This is easy as in cleaning a bolt-action rifle or a Remington 870 is "easy". Like I said, big guy, big hands, no problems handling any of the pieces.

I bought this gun based on excellent reviews and test info but the real kicker for me was how well it shot, fits my hand and at $450, a great new gun for the money. I'll check back in after I put few thousand rounds through it
 

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Haven't shot 40 caliber but had heard that 40 caliber has a sharper/harder kick compared to the 9mm. Sounds like you think not...
Any opinions from other guys?
 

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Sr 40's do shoot softly for a 40. If they fit your hand they are a great gun.
 

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Same here, my SR9 is my favorite and most fun to shoot.
You know, of all my carry guns - 380, 38 Special, 9mm - my Ruger LC9 is the most pleasant to shoot - and the most fun.
What is it with Ruger and the 9mm - or maybe Ruger in general??
I like 'em.
And I've got Smiths and Colts...
 

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I have an sr40 and its a nice shooter. It's my first and only 40cal. It's got a bit sharper recoil than my 9's but I was expecting that. I think my friends xd40 shoots softer. Overall I think the sr40 is a great gun for the money.
 

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I have the SR40c and it's a really nice gun. Recoil is very manageable for a compact.
I also have a LCP and picked up the LC9 last week.
 

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You know, of all my carry guns - 380, 38 Special, 9mm - my Ruger LC9 is the most pleasant to shoot - and the most fun.
What is it with Ruger and the 9mm - or maybe Ruger in general??
I like 'em.
And I've got Smiths and Colts...
My first Ruger was their MKIII 22/45 and I got it because of the good things I was told from other owners and also the price, I have not been disappointed with my decision. I have also learned they have great customer service so I haven't found anything yet not to like.
 

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As I've already got an SR9C, I think I've sold myself on the "SR" family. I've already told the banker (wife) that my next 2 weapons are the SR 40 and 45. I'm hoping that I can convince her to move up to a semi-auto. She feels there's not enough strength in her hands for racking the slide, etc. Only pistol I've got is a Super Single Six in 22LR, Just wish I still had the origional version, but hindsite is 20-20. She went with a S&W model 360 J frame for her CCW. Though I didn't agree with it, It's her weapon and feel it should be the shooter's decision on what to carry. Sorry for the rambling, but I think Ruger has got it right with the SR family of weapons.

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I shot a ruger Sr40c at the range a couple weeks ago because I guy I work with bought it for a new carry gun. Its a great gun and feels good while shooting it. I love my Gp100 more than the Sr40 but a ruger is still a ruger. Great purchase.
 

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Ok just some follow up info after 1000 rounds:

- my SR 40 does not like steel or aluminum shell casings- there are occasional failures to extract when gun gets hot. Not the case w brass
- this gun loves Winchester "white box" 180 g jhp
- cleaning after every range trip takes little time
- this handgun shoots great!

I really like the SR platform and likely will pick up a SR9c at some point for my wife (she shoots the 40 very well, may go 40c for her)
 
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