Ruger SR9 - SR40?

Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by tallguy130, Sep 17, 2012.

  1. tallguy130

    tallguy130 New Member

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    I've been looking pretty hard at the Ruger SR9 and SR40 both the full sized and the compact. Anyone have some hands on experience with these? I have .22's for plinking but this will be my first handgun of a "real" caliber. I'm getting it for home defense, more plinking, and maybe my CCW at some point. I ask because they are always priced about $100 under other comparable handguns.

    So, good trigger? Good quality? What's the general consensus?

    Thanks for your thoughts!
     
  2. Jtelli71

    Jtelli71 New Member

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    I have an SR40 and I like it. It's my first and only 40 cal. The only issue I had was when I brought it home from the lgs and went to break it down for its first cleaning, the barrel wouldn't come out. Had to send it to Ruger and they took care of it. They also sent me a free hat for my troubles. Overall I am a satisfied SR40 owner.
     

  3. JTJ

    JTJ Well-Known Member Supporter

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    My wife and I each have SR9c's. Very nice pistols. I bought hers and then traded my G19 for mine. Fits my hand much better than the G19.
     
  4. aandabooks

    aandabooks New Member

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    I have and like the SR9. Good gun, never had a problem and the ammo is cheaper which means you can shoot more. Never fired a .40, so I can't compare.
     
  5. sparky80

    sparky80 New Member

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    I have fired both of the compact models, they are both nice pistols. The recoil on both is quite light.
     
  6. jjfuller1

    jjfuller1 New Member

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    they are the same except caliber. so if you like one you like the other. now, ive only shot the 9mm but i was shocked at how much felt recoil it had compared to my XD 40. it actually made me not want to shoot the sr40. i figur eif the 9mm is that way the 40 has to be snappier but im not positive again i say i have only shot the 9. its very nice though good trigger, pretty accurate.
     
  7. genesis

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    Hi Tall Guy. I've been shooting and competing for over 30 years. I bought the all black SR40C ($419) about 3 weeks ago. It is one SWEET gun. So far, I've put a couple hundred of my hand-loads through it with just one glitch, and that was my fault for shooting it limp wristed. I've been a revolver shooter for 30 years and old habits die hard. Removed the magazine disconnect, a 5 minute job. I also put just a few Hornady Critical Defense rounds through it to function test that ammo. Recoil doesn't bother me at all. But recoil is a very subject and individual thing. I've been shooting my Ruger Redhawk 44 mag, and Ruger GP100 357 mag pretty regularly for 30 years. So the 40 S&W seems like a puppy to me. I'm in Wisconsin so my gun came with a 9 & 15 round mag. The 15 round mag turns the SR40C in to a full size SR40, while the 9 round mag makes it very concealable. While not a target gun, it has a nice trigger, and shoots nice groups at 50 feet. Most guns in this genre have either fixed or minimal sight adjustment. The SR40C has a fully adjustable rear sight, and this was a big deal for me as I experiment with my hand loads. Elevation is a simple screw adjustment, but I have to drift the rear sight for windage and it's kind of a pain, but doable. You'll need a 5/64 hex wrench, which Ruger doesn't include, to adjust windage. The SR series have a 1911 style safety, and a Glock like safety trigger. Some don't even bother with the 1911 style safety. But I like and use it.

    My hand loads are just light plinking loads. I shoot a 175 grain Lee tumble lube bullet ahead of 3.6 grains of Winchester 231 powder for around 750 FPS. This load functions my gun just fine. My 67 year old girl friend says it kicks less than her Ruger LCR 38 Special. I have a shooting range on my property and reclaim all my lead (mostly wheel weights) from my home-made sand trap, and cast my own bullets. Because it's mostly wheel weights, I kinda keep the velocity down. As my only recurring costs are for powder and primers, I can reload any pistol ammo for $2.00 a box. Performance wise, the 9MM, 357 Sig, 40S&W, and 45 ACP all perform about equally well when using modern, state-of-the-art, common self defense ammo. They ALL get the job done with plenty of authority. 9MM practice ammo is much cheaper ($10 a box), then the other calibers, so that may be a consideration for you. Ya gotta practice, practice, practice. I just loaded up 2000 rounds of 40 S&W. I shoot A LOT ! I like the versatility of the 40 S&W. I can load it down, or up. At the high end, it has more raw energy then the 45ACP. But energy isn't all that important. Shot placement is. My SR40C also does double duty as my new woods gun. At 27 ounces, loaded, it's much lighter then either my 55 ounce Redhawk or 45 ounce GP100. For woods chores I'll be loading some hotter stuff for 4 legged critters. Besides concealed carry, and home defense, the SR40C is a really fun range gun ! ! ! Oh, it also has a rail under the barrel for attaching a light or laser.

    I searched long and hard before deciding on the SR40C. I watched tons of gun review videos on youtube and have included some below on the SR40C and SR9C for your perusal (and some others to). Watching gun videos on youtube became pretty addictive for me, and still is. There is such a plethora of extremely fine choices from so many manufacture in today's market. It simply boils down to personal preference. I think I would have been just as happy with any one of a dozen other guns I had my eye on. Before you buy anything, go to youtube and do a search on any gun you're considering. You'll get a real education. I did. I am extremely pleased with my final choice, the Ruger SR40C. But if you don't reload, a 9MM may be a better option for you (assuming you will shoot a 9 more because the ammo is cheaper).

    Having praised my SR40C, I have to say that my girlfriend's Ruger LCR in 38 Special (13 ounces and $399) is also a mighty fine concealed carry gun and also an extremely fun range gun. If you go this route, the 38 Special is better than the 357 (17 ounces and $499) for self defense IMHO. Recoil is pretty fierce with the 357 when using full power loads in such a light gun. My girl friend couldn't handle it, and 38 Special self defense ammo will get the job done just fine. But if it were to do double duty as a woods gun, then I'd go with the 357, and shoot 38 Specials in it. Even though I reload for both of us, we were shooting so much I was having a hard time keeping up. So we got my girl friend another gun, the Ruger LCR 22, for cheap practice. Another extremely fine gun and what a hoot to shoot ! ! ! There's a practical monetary reason for owning 2 LCR's. Watch the video below. (Watch all of them!) My girl friend prefers the stock grips on her LCR's. She's become deadly on pie plates at 21 feet with either gun. She shoots the 22 about 75% of the time and her 38 about 25% of the time. Again, if you don't reload, this is an excellent option. And you end up with 2 really nice guns which you can actually afford to shoot, A LOT !!!!!!!

    Decisions, decisions, decisions. Ain't picking out a new gun FUN!!!!
    Enjoy the journey, happy shooting, and be safe.

    Semper Fi

    Don <><

    SR40C Chapter 1​
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    SR40C Chapter 2​
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    SR40C Close Up​
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    SR9C Chapter 1​
    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zT1q1C_PnIY"]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zT1q1C_PnIY[/ame]

    SR9C Chapter 2​
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    SR9C Close Up​
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    Ruger LCR 38 Special​
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    Ruger LCR 22​
    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=959Gd5GjLlc"]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=959Gd5GjLlc[/ame]
     
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  8. tallguy130

    tallguy130 New Member

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    Thanks everyone for your comments so far, they have all been super helpful! I think I'll be going to the gun store by the end of the week so I'll keep you posted with what I decide.

    Thanks again!
     
  9. Gone_South

    Gone_South New Member

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    I have the SR40 & really like it. No troubles whatsoever so far. I have never fired the SR9 and have no problem with 9mm in general I just prefer a .40.
     
  10. Werminator

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    Sr9 owner here nearly 3 years and 4000 or so rounds later... no failures. None... couldn't be happier. A great choice in my humble opinion...
     
  11. B5Dan

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    I love mine! I don't have many rounds in with mine. Just got it this weekend and only have enough time with it to feel confident (well, pretty confident) with it as my CCW. That said, it is amazingly comfy, shoots great with the .40 (I HATED my Glock 27), and it's an American-Made Ruger. You can't beat it. Also, it comes in at $150 less than the M&Ps on sale. It's not made any less well, it's just not as "sexy". And as every Glock fan knows, people are willing to pay big money extra for "sexy" and a name.
     
  12. Abram

    Abram New Member

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    Just purchased my first handgun Ruger SR9c, can't wait for this weekend to come. The gun was a perfect fit and satisfied by first impressions.
     
  13. redneckdaddy

    redneckdaddy New Member

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    Just got my sr9c about two weeks ago and ran around 250 rounds threw it and no problems yet. It has a sweet trigger and I havnt shot a 40 yet but I too didn't know what one to go with so I chose the one that would be cheaper to practice with to get good with. I will probably give this one to the wife eventually and get me the 40 but I'm lovin this thing to much. I'm using mine as a ccw but either way you go this is a great gun to buy you won't be disappointed that's for sure. It came with a 17 round mag too that makes it into a sr9 and then slap the 10 rounder in for your ccw
     

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  14. mudpupp

    mudpupp New Member

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    Thank You for buying American.
    Regardless of which one you get.
     
  15. bostonscottkelly

    bostonscottkelly New Member

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    I had an sr9c and put a few thousand rounds through it in about 7 mos & never had an issue. However, I really did not like the trigger but thought maybe I would get used to it & never did so I got rid of it. I did read that ruger has updated the triggers on the newer sr's so the issue that I had may be a thing of the past....great weapon for cc ad well
     
  16. genesis

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    From what I've read, the compact models (both 9MM and 40 S&W) seem to have better triggers than the full size models. When they were developing the compact models, they slicked the triggers up a bit. My SR40C has a really nice trigger.

    Don <><
     
  17. B5Dan

    B5Dan New Member

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    The trigger on mine felt HORRIBLE out of the box. 10 pulls later it felt nice, and now it's starting to feel downright sweet
     
  18. Daoust_Nat

    Daoust_Nat Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I have the SR9c and have had it about two years. Close to 4000 rounds through it without any serious problems. It took about 75 rounds to break in, but any FTFs stopped then (I had a few in the first few mags) except for some Winchester White Box that I had a problem with.

    The trigger is nice and crisp, and the felt recoil is not bad. An accurate gun also. I did have to adjust the sights for elevation.

    My daughter liked mine so much she went out and bought her own.

    You will probably like either, so good luck and enjoy.
     
  19. tallguy130

    tallguy130 New Member

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    So on the sound advice I got here I was all set to get my own SR9 today. However when I was talking with a buddy at work about what I was going to get she told me her husband was looking to sell his P95dc to raise funds for a Glock.

    Less then 6 months old, under a 1,000 rounds through it, nothing wrong with it, all for $200. After taking a quick look at it I was sold. Sure its not as pretty as the SR9, but $200!! How do you pass that up? And besides, the money I saved can go toward ammo or the next gun.

    What do you think? Good deal?
     
  20. genesis

    genesis New Member

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    Darn right it's a good deal! And it's a very nice gun. Basically, ya got a new gun (1000 rounds ain't noth'n) for $100 less than the price of a new one. Here are a couple of video reviews on it. Watching these vids should keep ya busy for a few hours. And ya just might learn some stuff about your new gun. Now shoot that puppy and tell us how ya like it.

    Happy Shooting TallGuy

    Semper Fi

    Don <><

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