I just recently purchased a Ruger SR9 due to its ergonomics and Rugers rep. I had heard all the hype and negativity surrounding the initial release of the pistol but as I have always been a fan of Ruger I thought I would give it a try, besides it is a bargain at $399.00
Well at first glance, the Ruger is a nice looking pistol, its fit and finish is awesome, very smooth lines and clean edges. Now the ergonomics are fantastic, I have been shooting Glocks for 18 years and I love them, but as far as ergonomics go, its the Ruger hands down purely based on the low bore axis, it sets very low in the hand and the result is very low muzzle flip. The grip is thin, very thin, I don't have small hands but the grip is perfect for me. I only draw comparisons between the SR9 and the Glock because everywhere I go people are saying its a cheap copy that's years to late. I absolutely disagree, as I said I am a tried and true Glock fan, but the Ruger caught my eye and let me say this, though I know I will prolly get flamed for this, but Ruger took an awesome design in the Glock and improved upon it. The pistol ate every ammo I threw at it including the nastiest, cruddiest Russian ammo I could find. Not one issue after 1000 rds in 90 minutes, no aiming, just shooting it as fast as I could load it. It helps to have a friend loading the mags.
Anyway, as far as accuracy goes, equal to the Glock aqnd most I have fired right out of the box.
So as far as function goes, I place it neck and neck with Gastons gun. Of course time will tell if Ruger has built a tested winner.
After returning home I decided to break her down. There are no manuals I have found that cover detailed dis assembly of the SR9, but that has never stopped me before, so I got out my trusty Glock breakdown tool and went at it. Here is where the similarities between the Glock and the SR9 become apparent, under the slide is almost all Glock. The trigger, block and trigger bar assembly come out as a unit, a modular design. Its really an ingenious design. All parts fit tightly into the frame which is very sturdy and refined. If I get enough interest I will be glad to develop a step by step set of instruction for dis assembly, there are a few things that must be approached with caution when removing certain parts. While it is very easy to take down, the Glock is still much easier, but the internals of the SR9 are beefier and seem sturdier than the Glock parts. The trigger bar that allows you to change the draw weight on the Glock is almost identical in the SR9 to the point that at first glance you would think they were interchangeable, but they aren't, I tried. The design is pure Glock, with a few added items like the 1911 style slide safety which I happen to like a lot, it works well and is another ingenious detail. The block at the frony of the assembly is much beefier than the Glock and provides for greater rail surface for the slide to ride on.
Well I wont go any deeper, except to say that the SR9 lends itself well to polishing the internals in much the same way that the Glock does and greatly benefits from doing so.The SR9 trigger has been a major gripe for a lot of folks but after polishing a few contact points the trigger is great, positive stop and crisp break, also it has a very short reset allowing for fast follow up shots.
So as I said I love Glocks but now I am going to wring out this Ruger. Also, let me know if any of you might be interested in a Step by Step on the SR9.