Simple Review SR9C -

Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by jps37033, Feb 28, 2010.

  1. jps37033

    jps37033 New Member

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    Ok, Let me start by saying that I have had in the last year:
    Glock 23 - Loved the gun, hated the grip bulkiness-
    Bersa .380 - Loved the gun and reliability, hated the ammo cost
    Glock 39 - Loved the gun, hated the grip bulkiness
    Ruger p95 - Love Ruger, but this one jammed too much (bad mags I think)
    Kel Tec p32 - Hated gun, slide bite, and everything else
    Kimber Pro TLE w/rail - Hated the single action, PERIOD!
    Taurus Millenium pt111 - Great Grip, couldnt hit broad side of the Continent!

    I loved the feel of the first Ruger SR9 I handled. I thought to myself, if they copy this to a compact, I am all in!

    Well, my local shop got a few in. I went and handled it. Hearts were floating, glances were exchanged, I was in love! The gun comes with a peirce type extension for the 10 rounder, and a 17 rounder that feels like the full size. Comes with the same sights that are windage and elevation adjustable!. Same reversable backstrap that fits my smaller hands perfect.

    I opted for the blackened stainless model. I walked out the door with the gun and 100 rounds for $440 with tax (not typical pricing, but they sell to me at cost plus $10).

    I will say that unless you have superpowers, you cannot release the slide! It takes two hands, thumbs, and an act of miracle to depress the slide release. And, it wasnt just me, everyone tried it. And we also tried all 5 they had in stock. The catch is in need of polishing. Regardless, fit, finish, and overall quality was awesome.

    I took it home, grabbed 200 rounds of WWB FMJ, and 40 rounds of Federal 124gr Hydra Shok.

    The gun comes saturated in some awful smelling gunk. So, I think a good test is to shoot it without cleaning to let it gum up and see how it acts.

    240 rounds went through without a hickup! I will say this gun had less recoil than ANY handgun above a .22 caliber I had ever fired!

    I had to adjust the sights up and right, and the gun was WAY more accurate than I was. At 10 yards, I could hold a wimpy grip, get on bullseye, and squeeze one off. - BULLSEYE. It is capable of better groups than I am.

    I take it home, clean it real good. Take another 120 rounds out ( and now I am going to ultra test it!) I stagger my mags in all my carry guns with a hollow point followed by a FMJ for better penetration on heavy clothing, etc.

    SO, a 17 rounder and a 10 rounder both staggered with 4 types of various ammo; Federal Hydro's, WWB, Remington FMJ's, and corbons.....

    Not a single hiccup.

    This is a gun that will be on my side!

    And the best part (after hours of looking in the wrong places) - Ruger sells an awesome set of Night Sights for $119 for the SR9 series. Its a dot the "I" tritium set.

    I highly recommend this pistol! This one wont be sold, and another will be added to the safe for zombie day!
     
  2. Shihan

    Shihan Active Member Lifetime Supporter

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    What No Pron?:D

    Very Glad you like it. Sounds like you are satisfied. Thanks for the info.
     

  3. jps37033

    jps37033 New Member

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    I apologize for the lack or Gun porn. Digi camera is at work. Will get some skin pics tomorrow morning and indulge the metal lovers!
     
  4. jbd

    jbd New Member

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    ive been considering this gun, one of a about 4 handguns that i have interest in. im glad to see ur happy with it that will help me when the time comes for me to pick it up. happy shooting!
     
  5. jps37033

    jps37033 New Member

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    Adding the Porn :eek: - Gun now has 450 flawless through it. 200 more this coming weekend - If I get any more attached and it continues to keep its act together, I will be adding a few more of these to the safe:
    Also, found night sights for it on the ruger store website!

    [​IMG]
     
  6. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    Thanks for the report and the pics. :cool:
     
  7. Gojubrian

    Gojubrian New Member

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    Very nice? How is the trigger? How is it compared to your xd? :)

    That sure looks easy to carry.
     
  8. jps37033

    jps37033 New Member

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    It is very easy to carry. I can compare it to:
    Taurus pt111 - Its thinner, a smidgit longer
    Bersa .380 - Same size
    XD 3inch - Thinner, shorter, lighter

    The trigger is gritty with an easy fix... Take the striker out of the channel, run a few q-tips thru it with the last one VERY lightly oiled, result is a fine, smooth, 6lb pull. Also, the best I can describe it is at first it has a "Stage" trigger... It comes back, and you feel a pause, pull it some more, and another stage/pause, then it breaks. 400 rounds and that is gone. Its smooth all the way thru.

    I dont get kickbacks from ruger, but have always loved their P series (P94 and P95). I know they are bricks/tanks. You cant beat them for reliability, but they are HUGE.

    Ruger broke the mold with the SR9c. I have been looking for the perfect gun. Home and carry. The SR9c is it - =

    Barrel Length - Good for home, Great for carry
    Weight - Doesnt get any better
    Grip - Thin, not bulky, adjustable backstrap
    Capacity - 10+1 or 17+1.... What else is there
    Reliability - mine has 400 rounds without the thought of a hiccup
    Looks (not so important, but SWEET! )
    Extras - pinky extension included, 2 mags, etc
    Sights - Windage and Elevation adjustable... Come on!
    Night sights available through meprolight (on opticsplanet.com and Rugers web store)

    ACCURACY - I am on the verge of a beginner shooter (somewhat bad with lousy grip but getting better. At 7 yards, if I somewhat try and aim at the bullseye, its dead on. This gun will forever be far more accurate than I am. I had a buddy lay down, and sandbag rest it at 15 yards. He ate the bullseye (3" diameter ring) out of the target 2 times, once with 10+1 and then with the 17+1.

    And..... Ruger Customer Service, American Made, what else can I say...... Im stocking my safe with SR9's and SR9c's......

    Im selling my XD and newest glock (39) and buying two more SR9's.

    Just my 2 cents tho. Please do fondle one for yourself.....

    Told a guy at work today, If I could fit a garter belt on it, I'd marry the gun! :)
     
    Last edited: Mar 5, 2010
  9. Westy

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    Didn't know they were making a compact! An SR9 is my normal carry piece. Guess I'll have to check one of these out!
     
  10. jps37033

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    I beleive they announced the subcompact in December. It was scheduled for Mid February. I got mine end of February.

    It is the SR9, minus a half inch on barrel, 1.6 on grip, and same price.

    Noe it comes with a 10 round mag with a flat and a perice grip type extension and a full grip length mag.

    So you can carry same capacity minus .7 inches of barrel, or carry with .7 minus inches of barrel and 1.1 inches of grip.

    Absolutely awesome.
     
  11. Shihan

    Shihan Active Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Very Nice, Looks if you have a very nice carry weapon there. Congrats.
     
  12. gorknoids

    gorknoids New Member

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    Still looking for your reason for hating S/A's. That said, and having shot several Ruger semi's, your write-up could get a fella to sell his sister's virginity to a couple of truckers from Pittsburgh, PA to work up the cash for that honey!
     
  13. Shihan

    Shihan Active Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Yeah, That write up needs to go into the Firearm Review section.
     
  14. N.D.

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    RE: Reveiw

    Yeah ! "What Gorknoids said"
    but I would've liked to see some pics of the gun & targets, plz add them when you can,
    I'm glad you did the review as I'm always lookin for a good CC pistol that shoots as good as a 1911 (almost) yet is L-DA, at a better price than either an XD or a Grock new; I wonder how much those will go for used? . . . can't wait to see! :D

    N.D.
     
  15. jps37033

    jps37033 New Member

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    Well, I appreciate the compliments, it is my first review. I am going to sling some lead today at my homemade range. I will post shooting, target, and gun pics.
     
  16. pzlehr

    pzlehr New Member

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    ruger

    Hi,
    My first post on this site. I've read a few posts and threads and everyone seems decent :)

    That was a good review of the SR9c! I have several Glocks of various calibers and I love the simplicity and ruggedness but I can't shoot them worth a tinkers darn! I bought a SR9 and right out of the box(after cleaning) I took it out with a box of WWB and at 15yds I was getting 2-3" groups with half the shots in a ragged hole! I am no pistolero, this gun made me look good! For fun I want to go out to 25yd and see what she'll do. I was told to practice more with the Glock and that may be true, but I am not rich enough to buy enough ammo to practice with ALL of them...not when I can pick up the Ruger, my CZ's and right off the bat get good groups. I found a fellow locally who will trade his new SR9c for my Glock 19!!

    Thanks,
    Chuck
     
  17. coyotex

    coyotex New Member

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    I recently purchased a SR9C = been looking at them for a while. Pistol feels great in my hand and has a great sight picture but it jammed on me 3 times during the first 80 rounds I ran through it. Its probably a magazine issue or maybe needs a break-in period but I kinda wish Id spent another $100 for a baby Glock. I am a Ruger man to the bone and own revolvers and rifles made by Ruger but I wont be buying anymore pistols. Just 1 mans opinion.
     
  18. pzlehr

    pzlehr New Member

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    I bet the problem is minor. I have an sr9 and sr9c and neither have given me any problems after many hundred rounds. I have read of people having to deal with Ruger customer support and they all rave about it...should you need to send it to them. One fellow had his whole barrel replaced on his GP-100 free of charge and they sent along with it a test target to show how it was shooting...this in 3 days time!!
     
  19. JTJ

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    You realize this thread is 1 year old. That said I bought my wife an SR9c and she loves it. After she let me shoot hers, I traded my G19 on one for myself. No malfunctions on either one. The slide lock is not a slide release. I called Ruger about that. The G19 grip is a little too fat for my hands.
     
  20. HOSSFLY

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    Wifes had hers over a year now-
    She must have bought it about the time this thread waz started-----:rolleyes:
    She barely lets me shoot it :mad::p