I recently purchased a Ruger SR9 for my first center fire pistol. I have put about 225 rounds through it without a hiccup. I wanted something I could use to shoot steel and use for bullseye matches. It is also slim for a full size pistol and can be easily concealed. It has a Glock style trigger and is a striker fired pistol. I compared it to a Glock 17 at my LGS and the Ruger had a lighter trigger and didn't feel so blocky in my hand. When pulling the trigger slowly it does have a gritty feel and has a lot of pretravel. I have added a Ghost Rocket and it helped a little. I also handled a SW MP but decided on the Ruger because it has windage and elevation adjustable sights and it is very ambidextrous. Some may not like the added safety but I don't mind it. I used it in our local clubs bullseye match and have included a photo of my best rapid fire target using cheap Winchester ammo...
Last edited by JDouglas; 06-24-2012 at 09:29 PM.
Hey thanks, I removed the magazine safety the first day I got it. I think you are right about the trigger improving with use. It seems like it is a little smoother than when I first got it.
I'm very satisfied with my SR-9, though I added a Ghost disconnect and the Galloway Precision Smooth-It kit 3. Makes a world of difference. The kit provides a polished steel striker bar (the plastic striker bar along with the striker spring were what I found to be the cause of the gritty pull when new, and also is alot easier to see than the end of the black rod "indicator"), polished steel plunger, and stronger springs.
I also chopped off most of the loaded chamber indicator so it rises less than 1mm when chambered. I don't know why I found it annoying.
I wouldn't trade this for my old Para LDA or Sig 229... Over 700 rounds, malfunction free.
Only complaint is that mags can be annoying to load without the provided speed loader, and I would sacrifice a few rounds in the mag for a shorter grip, but I guess thats just a personal preference. Can't be perfect! At $400 new, you can't go wrong with it, and I ended up getting more than I expected.
Last edited by 0311; 06-29-2012 at 12:09 PM.
I had a SR40C and really liked the gun but it had extraction issues. After the third trip back to Ruger I got rid of it as I had lost faith in it as a CCW. I did like many of the features and will probably try another one later but I could not trust that one. I know there is a replacement trigger bar available and that may be the Ghost that you are talking about. I put over 500 rounds through mine trying to get it reliable. I have seen many others that worked properly.
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I've been happy with my sr9. The fit and finish was a little less than I expected, but it was easily corrected with some lube and hand cycling the slide. Mine is at about 300 rounds and the trigger is starting to feel great!
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Just a minor update on mine. Took it out yesterday with 300 rounds of random amounts of cheap ammo, from NATO surplus, to wal mart winchester/umc crap, as well as a few rounds of Hornady TAP and Rem PDX1 (now I just need to get a hold of some Ranger Ts.)
All 300 rounds fired with no lube, intentionally, as dry as I could get it (stupid or not, I want to know what any firearm I intend to carry can do, minus going as far as dumping dirt into it and such. I am too poor for that.)
All 300 rounds fired flawlessly, without one hiccup. Without getting completely unreasonable, I can't seem to make it malfunction. So far I am well impressed (minus the initial trigger pull.)
Last edited by 0311; 09-08-2012 at 08:03 AM.
Mine is still running flawlessly with another couple hundred rounds through it. I add a hogue handall grip and the accuracy is even better for me.
I had a SR9c til my wife stole it as her ccw pistol, she liked it over the Kahr cw9 that she bought for ccw, oh well, she still let's me shoot it when I want. I've put at least 2000 rounds through it without any hiccups of any kind, and it's dang accurate for a 3.5" barrel. She likes it and I got to trade the Kahr for a 3" sp101 that I wanted anyway, I love all 6 of my Ruger's, great guns!