Ruger SR9c Luger Compact Pistol
I'm fairly new to shooting but the sr9c has got me hooked! Its a great value. I've read several negative reviews about lemons or issues with first runs. mine has not given me any trouble but i did follow online advice and took the striker out and cleaned it real well along w the rest of the gun before shooting it much. The grips are comfortable, the sights are really nice. nicer than a friends meprolights on his m&p. I really like the magazine extension but one extra magazine and a grip extension is fairly high. Really appreciate the ease of use and breakdown. ive fired close to 500 rounds in the past 2 months. its a really fun to shoot.
August 20, 2012
Pros and Cons
Overall, a great little gun. Love the adjustable sights. Elevation is a simple indexed turn of a screw. Windage is a little trickier. After going through the motions of sighting in, I am grouping 1" at 25' and 2.5" at 50' consistently.
I have put over 2000 rounds threw this gun (shoot about 200 a week) and I have to say I haven't had a single issue with ammo feeds and I have used ever type of load with the exception of the 145 grain rounds. I've been shooting whatever is on sale and this gun could care less. Be sure to clean your gun before using it the first time. Misfires are a common complaint but seems to be due to the heavy grease applied at Ruger. Cleaning it first will prevent this problem. I have had a total of 3 misfires and they were all from the same box of ammo.
Reviews I read before my purchase said they loved the trigger on the SR9c but I am less of a fan. Feels a bit gritty to me, has a long draw which I don't mind. I would say it is a fair trigger, not the best. There is a $20 mod available that others say lightens the pull to 3.5 lbs and smooths out the pull.
Over all, very reliable, easy field strip, shoots any type of ammo, adjustable sights, adjustable grip, 10 round and 17 round mag in a compact that shoots 1" groups for half the money of a Glock.
January 10, 2013
crisp, tight, no problems 1st 200 rds
Bought with my wife a 5 days ago. Got it home and cleaned and lightly lubed the gun and magazines before shooting. I've seen a few reviews complain about taking it straight to the range and having problems. There were no metal filings, no thick grease, no unforeseen issues, just a bit of excess clean lube that might have trapped some grit.
Today took it out with a couple novices and a former-military expert shooter. We put two hundred rounds through it without a fail to feed, fail to fire or fail to eject.
I am not an expert on firearms, I have a few firearms, but not a large collection. I can't hit anything from ten feet with my wife's LCP, it is just too small for me to hold. I do OK with a 22 pistol, rifle and 20 ga. I have also fired a couple friend's 380's, 9's 40's and 45's. I have limp wristed some of my friend's guns resulting in some stovepipes. (it is not a skill thing, it is a birth defect thing) This was not a problem with me or the novices with the SR9c.
On a cold windy day I was hitting good groups at 12 yards with a firing rate of up to four shots in five seconds. I was able to easily hit an eight inch, high-vis target at 20 yards, even with half a mag of rapid fire. The military guy was almost doing connect-the-dots at 20 yards. All this with cheap ammo.
I like this pistol.
The recoil is well absorbed within the pistol making follow up shots easy, maybe too easy, this could get expensive. The grip is big enough to comfortably hold. The trigger is fairly light and crisp. Per Ruger instructions, if there is a magazine in you may dry fire without any issue. The last shot hold open is in my opinion a good thing. Field stripping this is a breeze. The magazines totally disassemble for cleaning.
The magazines, nice doublestack, a bit stiff to load, but I think that is a good thing, the springs should last a while.
The sights are large white dot front, smaller white dots back. OK in well lit, not sure about low light. It does have a rail under the barrel and I may spring for a laser.
Not sure if this is really a concealable weapon. The doublestack magazine adds some girth.
This thing is so easy to shoot we are already discussing getting reloading equipment.
I have to give this full five stars.
December 25, 2014
Great Concealed Carry
I have owned the SR9c for a year and a half and use it as an everyday concealed carry gun. I love it. At the time I was shopping for a carry gun I found myself confronted with two issues in which to consider. The smaller .380 caliber semi auto guns which were lighter in weight but they did not present a high capacity magazine over 7 or 8 rounds. The 1911 style guns were big, bulky and heavy but they retained a 15 to 17 round capacity magazines. It was weight versus fire power capacity. Seven or eight rounds goes by fast on a shooting range and slamming a new magazine every few seconds could present a problem in a real life situation. The SR9c bridged that gap. It weighs 23 ounces unloaded compared to 10.2 ounces of the smaller .380 caliber gun. Even though you can feel the additional weight when you are carrying it isn’t that big of a problem. I did not realize it at the time of purchase but the additional weight improves the guns accuracy. The recoil seems less and it allows you to refocus on the target quicker between shots. I found you could squeeze off more rounds in a tighter pattern in less time. The gun comes with a 10 round and 17 round magazine. The 17 round magazine has an extension which actually makes the grip into the size of a 1911 style gun. It has a smart style and a lot of safety features including an indicator to alerts you that there is a cartridge in the chamber. Its safety is well placed and the three dot sites can turn a novice shooter into a marksman.
December 2, 2014