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5 years 47 weeks ago, 9:12 PM

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Hello all.
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.

ThumpDawg
5 years 47 weeks ago, 9:47 PM

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glad you like it! I personally still prefer glock, because they have been torture tested and improved for 2 and a half decades. As you know, the SR9 is still young and still has some kinks to work out and adopting more of glock's safety features...

"On April 9, 2008, Ruger recalled the SR9 because under certain conditions, it can fire if dropped with the manual safety off and a round in the chamber. This can occur in pistols manufactured from October 2007 to April 2008. Ruger designed a new trigger group that prevents firing when dropped. Ruger initially announced that starting in mid-May 2008, they would retrofit SR9 pistols with the serial number prefix "330" (330-xxxxx) with the new trigger group and a spare magazine free of charge (approximately 30,000 pistols). The retrofit was continually delayed due to design difficulties and delays from suppliers. Ruger began shipping recall boxes to customers in July 2008."

http://www.ruger.com/SR9Recall/?utm_source=Gunblast&utm_medium=Banner&ut...

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5 years 47 weeks ago, 12:30 PM

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I certainly agree on all your points Reaper, I also know that Glocks are tested and proven, and I would never say the Ruger is a better pistol at this point, it is however an intriguing design. So as I said in my original post, time will tell if the Ruger will make its mark. As for the recall, even Glocks have had recalls due to rail fracturing issues. It happens to the best of em.

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5 years 47 weeks ago, 2:08 PM

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semi wad cutters

ThumpDawg,
I am an unsatisfied Glock owner. When you were test firing the Ruger, you mentioned you rapid fired many rounds, including the cheapest russian crap. Did you try semi wad cutters or wad cutters out of it? My Glock will not cycle the semi wad cutters. I have a mold and I cast my own bullets, needless to say, I have a lot of bullets. My 95 year old Colt 1911 cycles the semi wad cutters as does my HKUSP, and my fathers Kimber compact. I am curious especially with the design similiarities you mentioned if the Ruger will cycle other than ball ammo.

thank you

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5 years 47 weeks ago, 2:37 PM

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your glock is haunted anyways

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5 years 47 weeks ago, 2:39 PM

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5 years 47 weeks ago, 3:12 PM

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good point

I forgot about the haunted Glock, and I would have got away with it if it wasn't for you meddling kids!!

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5 years 47 weeks ago, 11:25 PM

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LOL Haunted Glock, does it go Boo or Das Boo....anyway.
To answer your question Clintiebo, I shot ball and Corbon HP and also Winchester defense HPs. No wad cutters or flat nose, but I will. It had no issues with the HPs but thats no comparison to a fn or SWC.
Gimmie a few weeks and I will let you know. I do know the feed ramp is a straighter line into the chamber on the SR9 than on the Glock

ThumpDawg

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