Ruger SR9: New polymer-framed 9mm

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Ruger has just announced their new polymer-framed 9mm pisol the SR9 and SR9-10

It features:

  • Polymer Frame
  • Slim Profile
  • Striker-fired
  • 1911-position manual safety
  • Fits in Glock holster (UPDATE: See holster list below)

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Read a review here.

Watch a video of it here.

UPDATE:

More info at Ruger.com:

Models: SR9 (17+1 capacity) SR9-10 (10+1 capacity)
Price: US$525 for both models

Features:

  • Weighs 26.5 oz., in a package of just 5.52″ H x 7.55″ L x 1.27″ W
  • Reliable, striker-fired ignition
  • Easy, “Semi-Double Action” trigger-pull – 6.5 pounds.
  • 17+1 Capacity. (Note: 17-round magazines are not available in all states and locales; 10-round magazines are available where required to meet state and local regulations limiting magazine capacity.)
  • Chambered in 9mm Parabellum (9mm x 19).
  • Short trigger reach.
  • Unique reversible backstrap (flat or arched) to accommodate grip preferences.
  • Slim, ergonomic grip features a 17-degree grip angle and three, 22 lpi checkered panels that provide a sure grip without being abrasive.
  • Patented Ruger camblock helps absorb recoil.
  • High-visibility 3-dot sight system is click adjustable for elevation and drift adjustable for windage.
  • Picatinny rail accepts modern sighting devices (lights, lasers, etc.).
  • Ultra-slim stainless steel slide.
  • Ambidextrous magazine release.
  • Ambidextrous 1911-style manual safety.
  • Internal trigger bar interlock and striker blocker, trigger safety, and magazine disconnect.
  • Visual and tactile loaded chamber indicator.
  • Suggested retail price of just $525, including hard case, extra magazine, magazine loader, padlock, and instruction manual.

SR9 Specs:

Caliber: 9mm Parabellum (9mm x 19)
Capacity: 17+1
Finish: Stainless
Grip: Glass-Filled Nylon
Barrel Length: 4 1/8″
Groove: 6
Twist: 1:10″ RH
Overall Length: 7.55″
Weight: 26.5 oz.
California Approved: No
Massachusetts Approved: No
Front Sight(s): Drift Adjustable
Rear Sight(s): Adjustable
Other Features: Ambidextrous Manual Safety and Magazine Release, Reversible Backstrap and Magazine Disconnect
Suggested Retail Price: $ 525.00
Miscellaneous: Ruger’s First Striker-Fired Pistol

SR9-10 Specs:

Caliber: 9mm Parabellum (9mm x 19)
Capacity: 10+1
Finish: Stainless
Grip: Glass-Filled Nylon
Barrel Length: 4 1/8″
Groove: 6
Twist: 1:10″ RH
Overall Length: 7.55″
Weight: 26.25 oz.
California Approved: No
Massachusetts Approved: No
Front Sight(s): Drift Adjustable
Rear Sight(s): Adjustable
Other Features: Ambidextrous Manual Safety and Magazine Release, Reversible Backstrap and Magazine Disconnect
Suggested Retail Price: $ 525.00
Miscellaneous: Ruger’s First Striker-Fired Pistol

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More here.

UPDATE:

Ruger has posted a list of compatible holsters:

Hunter Leather:
5029 Belt Slide
5229 Open Top
5129 Shoulder Holster
1300 #13 Inside the Pant 1300

Galco:
CT5224B Cop 3 Slot
84122 Fletch Holster
84155 Classic

Bianchi:
7001 Thumpsnap – Holster-Size 13
7115 Thumpsnap Duty – Holster-Size 13
105 Minimalist-Size 13/15

Uncle Mike’s:
Nylon All Size 15
9521 Pro-3 RH and LH
9821 Dual Retention
9921 Tactical Thigh

Safariland:
4062-23-21 Inside the Pant
527-836 Belt Slide
070-383-161 SS111 Duty Holster

The list is here.

UPDATE: Some more photos:

The safety on and off:

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The back of the striker is visible when the action is semi-cocked. Nice.

62.Pdf (43 Pages)

Loaded chamber indicator:

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Stripped:

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The manual can be downloaded here (I have mirrored it on this site because the ruger site is *very* slow at the moment).

UDPATE:

The Unforgiving Minute has a less than positive review:

CAUTION: Dry firing your RUGER SR9 with the magazine removed may result in damage or unnecessary wear to the striker blocking mechanism.

Didn’t we just go through this with the P345? Guys, if you just HAVE to include a mag safety, at least go to the trouble of engineering it so the damn thing won’t break like that.

More here.

UPDATE:

Some videos about the SR9.

Ruger SR9 History

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Ruger VP Bob Stutler explains the 20-year journey Ruger has taken in the evolution of their handguns to the new SR9 starting with the Ruger P85 centerfire autoloading pistol.

Watch it here.

Ruger SR9 Features
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Ruger VP Bob Stutler points out the various features of the new Ruger SR9 including the reversible backstrap, low-profile sights, ambidextrous safety, and high capacity 17-round magazine.

Watch it here.

UPDATE

GunBlast have done a comprehensive review:

While on the subject of the SR9 trigger, I have heard early reports from those who have handled, but not necessarily fired, the SR9 that the trigger pull is somewhat gritty. Mostly this is due to dry-firing the weapon without a magazine in place. Ruger warns SR9 owners to not dry-fire the pistol without the magazine in the gun. The SR9 has a magazine safety, which is located in the slide… The trigger pull on my sample gun exhibited these same traits when dry-firing the pistol without a magazine in place. However, while actually firing the pistol, it has a pretty decent trigger pull… After shooting the SR9 extensively, the trigger pull has also improved somewhat. It compares favorably with the trigger pull on other pistols of its type.

The sights on the SR9 are a very good design. The front is drift adjustable for windage, and the rear is adjustable for windage and elevation. They are much better sights than those that are supplied with most competitive pistols.

I like many features of the SR9. It is very user-friendly to left-handed shooters like me. It is slim. It is reliable, rugged, and backed by the famous Ruger reputation for customer service. I like the thumb safety. I like the large trigger guard that can easily accommodate a gloved finger. I like the steel magazines. I love the slim grip! I also like the fact that it is American made.

More here.

UPDATE

Ruger are now offering a version of the SR9 with a blackened stainless slide

The recently launched Ruger SR9™ pistol, the first striker-fired pistol from Ruger, is now available with a blackened stainless slide. The multi-step blackening process improves both the durability and corrosion resistance of the stainless steel slide by creating a surface hardness of 68Rc. The extra hard finish also reduces scratching and holster wear.

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Looks nice, but I think the stainless slide looks better.

UPDATE

I came across a video of an SR9 in action

UPDATE

A very nice photo taken by ScaredOnce and posted at PAFOA

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UPDATE

A OD green frame model is now available. Looks nice.

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UPDATE:

Jason took some great photos and has licensed them under a Creative Commons Lisence. I have uploaded one of them to the wikipedia Ruger SR9 page. Thanks Jason :)

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Steve Johnson

Founder and Dictator-In-Chief of TFB. A passionate gun owner, a shooting enthusiast and totally tacti-uncool. Favorite first date location: any gun range. Steve can be contacted here.


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  • Randy K.

    I have had mine since Oct 19. and have put about 300 rounds through it sa far. The more I shoot it the more I like it. For me the SR9 is much easier to handle and shoot than the Glock.

  • http://www.thefirearmblog.com Steve

    Hi Randy, thanks for the comment.

  • Rob G

    I really like the SR9. I bought mine on the first day of availability in spite of overzealous negativity about the trigger pull from bloggers, websites and…ah…professionals who never fired a round from it. After a thousand rounds down range, personally, I love it. I also bought it because it was a Ruger, an American weapon, catching up perhaps on features other manufacturer’s have employed for quite some time, but second to none of them. The weight, the balance, the slim profile were a perfect fit. I had some front sight issues, which I had rectified at the factory in as long as it took to replace the slide.

    To those who criticize, fire the weapon before you shoot off your mouth.

  • http://www.thefirearmblog.com Steve

    I have not had the opportunity to handle an RS9 yet but I must say I really like the look of the slim profile.

  • FRED

    I recently purchased an SR9 and so far have had only one problem. Loading the magazine is really hard at this time. Ruger told me to load the magazine with the full 17 rounds and leave it for awhile or use it several times and the spring would loosen up. Another tip was to keep the ammo level ,by pushing down on both ends while loading(this seems to work rather well)
    I do like the external safety(maybe I’m a little old fashion) and overall feel of the pistol. As far as the pistol not firing with the magazine removed does not in any way affect me.
    My holsters that I purchased for my Glocks fit the SR9 like they were made for it. I did purchased a holster for inside the pants CCW and you hardly notice this pistol with a plain shirt on. With a coat or jacket it is concealed. So far I think this was a very good purchase.

  • Kiah

    I think I am in love, I just bought this gun and have put about 300 rounds through it and am still in love. I have carried a Glock 9mm for years and my only complaint was the size well, the guys at Ruger finally got it right and so far I am very pleased.

    My soon to be wife just purchased a Ruger P85 amd is trying to steal my SR9

    Enjoy and fire safely.

    Kiah

  • http://www.thefirearmblog.com Steve

    Fred and Kiah, I am pleased you both are enjoying your SR9s

  • Seth

    Hey,
    Can’t wait to get the SR9 for my newly acquired CCL. So excited. Thank you for all the info.
    Remember to defend our right to carry!!

    Later, Seth

  • http://www.thefirearmblog.com Steve

    Hi Seth, let us know what you think of your SR9 when you get it!

  • Eric

    Couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn with my new SR9. After about 15 rounds the front sight fell off!

    Ruger is sending me a new sight. I just hope the problem isn’t with the slide.

  • http://www.thefirearmblog.com Steve

    Not good! Hopefully it will not be the slide.

  • JAMES R HOUGHTON

    I have reviewed written data, photos and factory “hype” on the RUGER SR9 and SIG P250 (hammer fired / multiple frame modules to find that perfect fit and a WHOE list of other “revolutionary ideas – or so says SIG). I mention this ONLY becasue each gun is a new design for each manufacturer. One reasonably priced/marketed. The other, traditional “We be better than anyone else, marketing”!

    I fired BOTH weapons — and mysteriously EACH ONE “went bang” and sent round after round towards the target. The RUGER (in spite of SIGS 6 different combos of frame/triggers) actually felt BETTER “out of the proverbial box) than the SIG.

    The Ruger sells for $399.00 in my area (Albuquerque, New Mexico) – with three-dot ADJUSTABLE SIGHTS (non-Night Sights) and TWO magazines). Add Night Sights and you’re at $500.00. About $100.00 less than an equally equipped SIG.

    The SIG P250 WITH Night Sights, ONE magazine and ONE modular frame (comes in small, medium and large IF YOU CAN FIND A DEALER WHO HAS ALL YOU CAN TRY) sells for between $575.00 & $600.00.

    Want a gun that so-far appears to be reliable and well made — RUGER may not sound as fancy as a SIG – however, when performance is reviewed “bang for the buck” seems to fall with the AMERICAN MADE RUGER!

    SIG had their out of the box JUNK 1911 version and my RUGER P97 HAD (as in now resolved) it’s, “toss the slide lock across the room WHILE THE GUN WAS BEING FIRED” problem. RUGER corrected the issue in a fairly short time-frame (REPLACED MY 97 with a NEW PRODUCTION run weapon).

    SIG just neglected to admit that the god-awful fit, finish and function existed; however, they mysteriously changed suppliers and outsourced components and SOME of the issues disappeared. To this day they still claim their 1911 look-alike is the best thing next to packaged bread.

    REALLY IMPORTANT: ANY of my Rugers which have had issues, even the serious P97 early-release series – have been made to function with reliability of a degree that allows me to trust them to protect me and my family. SADLY — when SIG supposedly resolved issues – I put the gun up for sale, told the potential buyer WHY I was selling it and WHAT issues it had experienced. I could NOT recover my former level of trust in the “SIGARMS” (versus the REAL Sig Sauer) line of weapons.

    **** Excuse typos etc —- I may have made an “oops” or a DOZEN !

  • http://www.thefirearmblog.com Steve

    Hi James, thanks for the very informative review! Much appreciated.

  • http://www.fooddevil.com Brian Ax

    Bought a SR9 today and fired about a 100 rounds through it – so far I love it. My brother has a Glock that I absolutely hated. This gun fits my hands great and it fires wonderfully.

    Paid a grand total of $394.00 for it – an awesome deal imo.

  • http://www.thefirearmblog.com Steve

    Hi Brian, I am pleased it is working out for you!

  • Jeremy

    I have had my sr9 for a week and have put 100 rounds through it. Out of the box it was a tack driver. I love this gun. I have small hands and it fits like a dream, wouldn’t ask for anything more from it. Maybe a little big for the ccw but what a fun gun to shoot.

  • http://www.thefirearmblog.com Steve

    Hi Jeremy, thanks for the comment. I am pleased you are enjoying it.

  • http://www.buddhasalad.com Commander Crusty

    I’ve been carrying my SR9 concealed for more than two weeks now. The Ruger is a lot lighter and easier to carry than a Government or Commander Model .45. Recoil is also much less and capacity is much greater. Of course, the trigger pull feels more like a traditional double action than a crisp single action 1911. The trigger RESET on the Ruger SR9 is much shorter than you might find on, say, the XD-9 or the Para LDA and that gives me confidence in rapid fire strings.

    A recent range test had me shooting the gun with 100% reliability right out of the box. Double taps were very easy and fast. Accuracy was good. Recoil was mild and felt more like a gentle Beretta M9 than a snappy Glock 19. I found I liked the recoil-pulse best with subsonic 147 grain ammunition and the Ruger fed these rounds perfectly for me. However, my retired mom and 13 year old son both had some problems getting the slide to lock forward. This happened for these new shooters with both heavy and light bullets. I believe these malfunctions were caused by not using a locked wrist. I did not have to grip the gun hard to prevent these problems, but did have to keep the gun lined up with the bones of my forearm.

    As for the magazines, the pistol comes with a loading tool–use it! Loading is fast and easy with the supplied loader. After keeping the magazines loaded for 2 weeks, I found I was able to load even the last round by hand. The trick is to get the back of the top round started down with the weak hand thumb, then push the nose down with the round you are loading; slide the top cartridge under the feed lips and push back. No worries.

    If you are looking for a thin, comfortable, easy to shoot, easy to carry 9mm with low recoil and a low price, you definitely need to check out the Ruger SR9. I love mine and will be ordering a Milt Sparks holster soon.

  • http://www.thefirearmblog.com Steve

    Hi Commander Carry, thanks for the review!

  • Brad

    I get my RS9 on Friday, can’t wait to send some rounds down range. This gun stomps the glock

  • http://www.thefirearmblog.com Steve

    Brad, let us know how it goes!

  • Nebraska_Marine

    I’ve had my SR9 for a couple of weeks now and have had the opportunity to put a few hundred rounds through ‘er. Overall, I’m exceedingly pleased with the sidearm. As stated above, it truly is a tack driver.

    I have had several occasions when the slide hasn’t locked after a shot (every other magazine or so), though. I’m wondering if it’s something that I’m doing wrong, or if it’s the fault of the weapon. It’s possible that my grip is the culprit, I realize.

    Another thing that I’ve noticed is that there is a little bit of wear showing on the barrell right about the 9mm stamp (visable when assembled / slide closed). Is this normal? It doesn’t really bother me, I just want to make sure the firearm’s within product spec’s.

  • dale

    The only thing I can add that hasn’t been mentioned several times is that the magazine release button on mine was hanging up and the new magazine would not latch (this after about 500 rounds). After cleaning and oiling and repeatedly working the button the problem has almost gone away – about one in 20 times. Dale

  • Drew

    Fantastic. I’ve only put a few magazines worth through, but what a great shooter. Something that really stands out is the length of pull on the trigger. Very balanced. Not too short, yet not so long that you’re waiting on the round to fire. Controlled recoil. Great feel in the hands, and more accurate than I am. Takedown? One-handed with no tools. I field strip this firearm just for fun. Can’t say that about the 1911s! Ruger has put a lot of effort into this and it shows. Doubt I’ll ever trade this, but might add the larger calibers to the collection.

  • http://www.thefirearmblog.com Steve

    Hi drew, thanks for letting up know your thoughts!

  • Chris Dalzell

    Can anyone tell me where they are finding this gun for 399.
    I live in South carolina, but I am hoping I can buy it online and ship it to my local shop.

    Thanks

  • Andrew

    I finally broke down and got myself the SR9 for my own Christmas gift and after over 500 rounds I can not say one negative thing about the pistol. I saw a couple people mention earlier that the slide is not locking forward after shots…this is due to a limp wrist and not a slide or feeding defect. The lightest recoil of any 9mm I’ve shot so obviously very easily controlled under rapid fire situations. The gun is extremely accurate even out to 30+ yards. Plus, target acquisition is excellent with the standard sights from Ruger. If you can’t tell, I just love the gun and you can’t go wrong with Ruger. Buy it!

  • http://www.thefirearmblog.com Steve

    Thanks Andrew.

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  • David

    I’ve had my SR-9 for a month now. Since purchase I’ve fired exactly 565 rounds through it (500 ball 65HP) with no malfuntions.

    I have, well had, only one issue with the weapon. That pesky magazine safety. After a call to ruger and some more in depth takedown I was able to safely remove the magazine safety so now I have 0 complaints.

    The weapon is outstanding, it is everything ruger says and more.

    The magazine safety may not be a factor for everyone. I am in law enforcement and I originaly purchased the SR-9 for an off duty gun, but after qualifying with it and resolving my issue with the mag safety I decided it would serve me better as a primary sidearm (duty weapon 24/7) than my issued Glock mod 22.

    No offense to Glock fans I just don’t care for the grip and the performance very much after firing the ruger. But what do I know? I’m just a cop/rangemaster/10 year law enforcement veteran……….

    Go buy this new ruger, it’s worth more than what they’re selling it for.

  • http://www.thefirearmblog.com Steve

    thanks David!

  • Larry

    I got a great deal on a new SR9 last month. As a huge Ruger revolver fan, I never really cared for the semi-auto centerfire pistols, but I love the way this one feels. I have 3 Glocks, and 2 Springfield XD’s, but I shoot more accurately with the SR9 for some reason. The wife likes it too…so I picked up a second one yesterday! We both prefer the reversible backstrap installed curved side out. Triggers are noticably smoother after 300+ rounds thru the first gun, no problems at all so far with WWB and Rem JHP.

  • http://www.thefirearmblog.com Steve

    thanks Larry!

  • http://www.myspace.com/doug9283 Doug

    A couple of weeks ago, I bought the SR9. My girlfriend and I went out yesterday and fired the weapon.
    I’ve got real stubby hands, (please hold the jokes, I’ve heard ‘em all), she’s got long fingers. Because of her hands and grip, I reversed the back strap. We’re, now, both happy with the grip.
    Magazines: I could get 3 rounds in them without using the loader, (17 round mag.). I left one loaded for about a week, now I can load 14 rounds in it without the loader.
    Magazine Release: Extremely stiff when I got the weapon. I can say that issue lessons with use.
    Take-Down: I read a thread somewhere where a guy said he could perform a take-down with one hand, I don’t see how that’s possible however, the take-down is simple though. My girlfriend can do it too.

    Having gone through all of that…on to the firing of the weapon. We met up with a friend who also brought his Browning and Daewoo 9mm.
    The target was set at 25 yards and was for rifles. Initially, we fired 147gr American Eagle from the SR9. We fired 115gr from the Browning and Daewoo and two magazines of the same from the SR9.
    The Browning, a little weighty, felt really good in the hands with a very nice trigger pull. Accuracy wasn’t an issue, for her at least (she put one dead on the cross hairs of the bull). Me? I didn’t do too badly. The Browning however, had some serious issues with jamming due to limp wristing.
    The Daewoo was light in the trigger in the trigger but a little wide in the grip. It was a little more forgiving with regard to limp wristing and I was pretty satisfied with the accuracy.
    The SR9, out of the box and no adjustments, fired wide left, about 4”, and about 2” low (for all three of us). She really liked the 115gr rounds and, I have to admit, so did I. I bought the 147gr primarily for the “knock down” aspect however, knock down doesn’t mean much if you have an issue putting rounds on target.
    We did have a couple of issues with the slide not going forward completely. We’ve come to the conclusion that it was due the grip you have on the weapon. Although not near what we experienced with the Browning, “Limp Wristing” can be an issue.
    The bottom line? I love it! She loves it! We put about 150 rounds down range through the SR9 (stainless model) and I can’t wait until Sportsman’s Warehouse has the black in stock.
    Our price was $429.00.
    I should also mention that my long time friend, the one with the Browning and Daewoo, also seemed to enjoy shooting the SR9. I judge this response by the look on his face because he’d never admit such a thing!
    At this juncture, I think it’s important to note that most of us guys, that pay too much for something, have a real hard time admitting that we could have gotten what we were looking for at a lesser price. We have a tendency to go with name. (i.e. Glock)
    As far as longevity/long term reliability, only time will tell.
    I, for one, just don’t see how you can go wrong with Ruger’s SR9!

  • http://www.thefirearmblog.com Steve

    Hi Doug, thanks for that detailed report. I am pleased you and your girlfriend are enjoying it.

  • John

    I bought mine at a gun show after reading your article.

    We’re not exactly pro-guns here in our household but had a bunch of Katrina folks imported back a couple of years ago into an apartment complex near our neighborhood and the crime rate has more than slightly increased. We went from virtually no crime to 30 break-ins in a 10 day period a few months ago. We went from not locking our doors for more than 20 years to thinking about forting up.

    I walked in with my new SR-9 and handed it to my wife. She said it was the first pistol/firearm/revolver/etc. that she’d ever held that felt like something she could (or would) shoot.

    We’re tickled with our purchase. Thanks for your article. We’ve since added a tac-Rem-870 20gauge to our limited arsenal. Looking forward to any new articles.

  • http://www.thefirearmblog.com Steve

    Hi John. I am very pleased you enjoy this blog and your new firearms.

    Remember that learning how to use your guns is very important. I highly recommend you and your wife taking a course on defensive handgun and/or shotgun use. And also practice regularly!

  • eli

    i bought mine about 1 month ago. i paid $439 plus tax, not bad considering i couldnt find one for less than $550 plus tax in my area. about the gun, what can i say? i absolutely love it. i’ve put 1000 rounds through it with not a sign of any problems. the more you shoot this pistol the better the trigger seems to get. when i first got it the trigger did feel a slight bit gritty, but not to the point where it bothered me…after about 150 or 200 rounds the trigger felt great. the only issue that i had with my gun, was that the rear sights were a bit off. i dont belive that this was a manufacturing problem, i think it was more the gun shop where i bought it maybe moving them. in case anyone is wondering what type of ammo ive fired through it, ive only used 115gr fmj’s…overall this is a great gun, and i definetly trust it enough for it to be my concealed carry gun. i just hope ruger desides to make larger caliber versions of it…maybe an sr45 :)

  • http://www.thefirearmblog.com Steve

    Hi eli, thanks for your comment.

  • Leo Rioja

    Since my last comment, I have put 500 rounds through my SR9. Like Eli states, the feel of the gun and its components just get better over the first couple-hundred rounds. No malfunctions. Very balanced in my small-size hand. After adjusting the rear sight down a little, my groups were tight and predictable. I am back on target after every shot and have been very happy with some rapid fire drills. Cleaning and lubing was a piece of cake. Very easy to diassemble and put back together. Great design in this respect. So far, it is the best 9mm Autoloading pistol I’ve shot and/or owned. My other fave is the CZ 75 9mm compact. I highly recommend the SR9. I believe that it is by far the choice for quality and price.

  • Larry

    I’ll update my comments as well, still 100% reliable, but I have removed the magazine safety in both of my SR9s. I repeatedly forgot about the no dry firing without the mag in, and none of my other semi-autos have this feature, so out they came. Some had stated that this improved the trigger in one way or another, but I haven’t felt any difference.

  • One Tuza

    I am nearing the purchase of a 9mm. I am having a terrible time trying to decide on the Luger sr9 vs the Beretta PX4 Storm
    Any suggestions?

  • John

    I posted several days ago that the SR9 was our first purchased pistol. My school teacher, city raised wife has now taken it away from me and wants to get certified to carry it. I can’t tell any of you how big of a swing this is in our household. She said the SR9 fits her and suits her. We’re heading to the range this weekend. Will keep all of you posted.

    John
    somewhere in TX

  • http://yahoo Lauren

    I have just found another holster from Galco that works really well with the SR9. Concealable Belt Holster – Righ Handed – Havana – CON458H. I only had one small problem with it. When the SR9 is in the holster the right side mag release comes in contact with the leather and might cause it to eject the mag. I shaved a bit of leather off the inside and the button now clears with no problem.

    L. P. Eastwood

  • Jeff

    well lets just say the gun fires like a dream after you adjust the sights i have had mine for nine days and loved it till it started jamming every 5-10 rounds the bullet was stove piping in the barrel and the trigger wasint springing into the ready to fire position. sent the pistol back to ruger still waiting for the darn thing back >< went out the next week and bought a you guessed it not verry happy with ruger imo.

  • dakota

    my dad just bought the SR9 and we both love it ,the mag release is a little stiff though

  • http://www.thefirearmblog.com Steve

    Leo, Larry, Tuza, John, Lauren, Jeff, Dakota thanks for your comments.

  • http://[email protected] Lauren

    David,

    Question as the type of ammo to use when carrying the Ruger SR9 as a concealed carry weapon. Have been told to alternate between the full metal jacket and jacketed hallow pointed in the mag when carrying it or just carry jacketed hallow pointed. What would you suggest full metal jacket or jacketed hallow point?

    Lauren

  • http://thefirearmblog Wendell Chenault

    I have been looking at 9mm guns for a couple of months now. I was cosidering a Glock model 17 or 19 but really was not happy with the so-called safety. Also the gun is made mainly for a right handed shooter with the mag release on the left side only. Also I did not like the way the grip felt in my hand. Next came the Ruger KP 95. Two of my friends bought one and I love shooting it but I could not make myself go buy one. I like the safety and mag release being on both sides, but I must admit I did not like the hammer. It has a long, hard first pull, but is easy after that. I thought I’d just have to live with it. I had heard of the SR 9 alot and today I have done alot of web searching and found out that the SR 9 is just exactly what I am looking for in a gun. I have called only one place and they are out currently because the gun is much in demand and the price is 469.00 plus tax. I called my friend who has the “new” (only 100 rounds shot) Kp 95 and told him about it and he already wants to sell his 95 and get the SR 9. I am now excited about buying a gun and can’t wait to shoot a couple hundred rounds in it this weekend. Thanks for all the info this site has provided and I will let you know how things go after I get it.

    Wendell Chenault
    Monroe, La.

  • Mark

    I’ve owned my SR9 for about a month now. I had a couple of problems with the gun during the 1st trip to the range – shot 100 rounds and had 1 stovepipe ejection and 4 misfires. I was using Winchester 115gr FMJ ammo. A few days later (did not clean the gun in between times), I ran another 200 rounds through it, same ammo, and no problems. Not sure what to make of that but hopefully the earlier difficulties are behind. The trigger IS gritty out of the box – there’s no question about that. With a total of 300 rounds through the gun, it is starting to smooth out but it has a ways to go for it to be where I’d like it. I don’t like the large initial travel of the trigger before it pulls up tight – it’s not consistent between rounds from the feel I get. Am working on my technique to minimize this “distortion” and I feel like I’ll be able to make the necessary adjustment so it will end up being a non-issue. Upon first disassembly and cleaning, I noticed that there was a fair amount of grease and debris not related to shooting inside the gun. I would highly recommend that you disassemble and clean/lube it before you ever take it to the range based on my findings. A few good blasts of Gun Scrubber got rid of the mess and it cleaned up very nicely. A few well placed drops of gun oil before re-assembly and everything is functioning like it should.

    The gun is pretty accurate right out of the box and I haven’t felt the need to adjust the sights at all. Your experience may vary.

  • John

    I finally took an opportunity to shoot my new SR9. I posted on 11 Feb about the purchase. My wife and I fired over 100 rounds during the first shooting. We were also shooting a recently purchased Ruger GP100 4″ and a Remington 870 20 gauge.

    We shot Ultramax 158 gr. semi wadcutters. I had a couple of misfires. I’m not an expert and am not sure what caused the misfires. They happened on the first shot of a clip with a round already in the chamber. The pop-up metal piece which shows a round is in the chamber was down both times. I could be wrong about what happened but a round was in the chamber on both occasions and both misfires happened during the firing of the first three mags.

    I did adjust the sight after three mags and thereafter did get some reasonable shot groups.

    I’ve purchased a couple of extra mags and am looking forward to a price drop before purchasing any more.

    I am happy with the purchase but don’t have anything else to compare it to. I’ve never really fired a semi, only an occasional revolver.

    I’d disassembled and cleaned the pistol several times prior to taking it to the range.

  • http://thefirearmblog Wendell Chenault

    I bought the SR 9 yesterday and have shot about 75 rounds in it so far. I’ve had 1 misfire and 1 stovepipe. The trigger is a touch gritty but getting better. Loading the mags were hard but I worked on them today and they are loosening up also. I haven’t cleaned the gun yet but from what I hear maybe I should. My sights were way off (about 7-8 in low at 20 yards) and today I raised the sights all the way up to get them on. So far overall I love the gun and can’t wait till the weekend to fireoff another 200 or so rounds.

  • eli

    john,
    the fact that the loaded chamber indictor was down when you had ronds chambered both times could mean that the slide on the pistol was not all the way forward. ive noticed that if you plan to load a full clip plus one in the chamber (17+1) your best bet is to just drop the slide by using the slide release. ive noticed that if “I” release the slide by pulling back on it i tend to ease it forward unintentionally causeing it not to be fully forward. however i know that if the slide isnt forward all the way the trigger will be fully forward but will not be performing its duties. the trigger will just be really soft. as for ammunition problems, mark stated that his misfires occured with Winchester rounds. i personally dont like winchester rounds, ive had many misfires with their ammunition with other pistols. ive been shooting Remington 115gr Fmj’s out of my sr9 and have not had any problems with stovepiping or misfires, and this has been with over 1000 rounds.

  • John

    Thanks, eli

    I have a lot to learn about all of this. Y’all don’t be afraid to school me. I appreciate all comments.

  • don

    I shot about 200 rounds today.first time shooting this gun. It stove piped for me over and over some times 5 out of 17 rounds. My friend had no problems. After about 5 magazines I put more oil in it and it worked fine. I cleaned it before shooting it. Maybe I didn’t lub it?

  • don

    Maybe I didn’t lube it enough is what I mean. Typo

  • http://thefirearmblog Wendell Chenault

    Yea sounds like you didn’t lube it after you cleaned it Don. I cleaned mine and it had alot of grease in it and some metal filings. I haven’t fired it since I cleaned it to see if it made a difference. One thing that is bothering me is the mag eject button is very sticky and hard to push it to eject the mag. Any ideas on how to fix this??

  • http://thefirearmblog Wendell Chenault

    Yea Don sounds like you did not lube it. I cleaned mine and it had alot of dirty grease in it but I havenot fired it since to see if that helped or not. My problem now is the mag release button on mine. It is hard to push in and sticks. I have lubed it and no fix. Any other ideas on what to do???

  • Sam

    Just bought my SR9 put 200 rounds of winchester white box through it and 5 rounds of +p+ federal HP just to see. Paid 445$ after all was said and done.

    This gun is awesome. I always loved Ruger but could never conceal them properly. This gun is the answer. I think the trigger is perfect but then again I haven’t been “ruined” by ever shooting a glock or any other striker fired pistol so I can’t compare. Works just fine for me though. One thing I noticed is adjusting the rear sight for windage is a bit tough and DO NOT UNSCREW THE REAR SIGHT HEX SCREW TOO MUCH. All you have to do is loosen it. Adjustment is a pain even with the screw loose.

    Don as far as stove piping your probably limp wristing it. Especially if your friend had no problem with it.

    As far as things sticking or being kind of rough to press I’d say put 1000 rounds through it then see if you still have the same problem. Break it in.

    Looking forward to Rugers LCP in mid march.

    All in all I would have to say well done Ruger. Good idea to let all of the others work out the kinks then come along and make the result better for a reasonable price. If I were glock, s&w, kahr or anyone else I’d be shaking in my boots. You just can’t beat Rugers quality and right price.

  • don

    I am very new to firearms. This is my first gun infact. With that said thank you all for your help. Samon, what is limp wristing? How do I corect this “bad habit”? Thanks again

  • eli

    JUST OUT OF CURIOUSITY, HAS ANYONE HEARD ANYTHING ABOUT SOME NIGHT SIGHTS FOR THE SR9? I’VE BEEN LOOKING FOR SOME HARD, BUT SO FAR NOTHING…MAYBE IN A FEW MONTHS.

  • don

    Never mind I looked it up thx

  • Leo

    Well, I’d like to report now that after a cleaning and an additional 300 rounds, I stove-piped once. this due to limpwristing. The event followed a rapid fire drill with whole body motion. Once I slowed down, I relaxed my grip and the third shot stovepiped. Cleared it and went on about my business. Otherwise, I am just liking this SR9 more each day. The trigger has become much smoother. tactical drills and accuracy is better. The magazine issue mentioned earlier bothered me as well a little in the past, but I have not thought much of it after getting to know the gun. I am not a Glock fan, so I have to agree that this gun is about the best value and quality you can find now. My CZ75 9mm Compact gets along with the SR9 just fine. My wife, who is recoil-shy (and likes her Bersa Thunder 380), shot it and instantly became cocky and wouldn’t give it back. A quick call to Mommy resolved that issue. Right, we were like kids at the range. She still prefers her little thunder, but was impressed with the sr9.

  • http://thefirearmblog Wendell Chenault

    Eli are you interested in lazer sights?? I am looking at the Compact Weaver Lazer sight. Costs about 122.95. That is what I am looking at for mine, which by the way I love my SR9. Gets better every day.

  • eli

    Wendell Chenault,
    i was looking at those laser sights you mentioned, is it the one made by Laserlyte? i looked on cheaperthandirt .com ..they actually seem to have very bad reviews. i like the concept (the low profile design) but i think i want to do more research on them. LaserMax makes something similar to that, but i couldnt find any reviews on them..if they make an internal guide rod laser soon ill definetly get that. but other than that i just want some night sights for my SR9, maybe some that dont rise as high as the originals.

  • http://thefirearmblog Wendell Chenault

    Eli, I was looking at a Kp 95 before the SR 9 and I googled ruger kp 95 and on the first site it had product search for the kp 95. There you will see the Weaver lazer sight for $122.95. It is about the size of a quarter and fits on the front rail of the sr 9. Look at athat and tell me what you think.

  • Darin

    I just bought a SR 9 last Sat. Went to the range and fired it about 7 magazines though it and it started fireing two at a time and jaming. I had the factory grease blown out of it and continued to shoot it. It continued to double fire and jam intermitantly. Then it started fireing 3 at a time. When it did 4 at once I quit shooting and started asking questions. Was I doing something wrong or was it the gun. A couple of others shot it and it didn’t do in so I suspected it was me.
    Just to make sure I went back to the range yesterday and let 3 others shoot it. The first person shot 2 mags and didn’t have any problems. The second person on mag three had some jaming and on mag 4 also. The third person on mag 5 had a 3 round burst 15-17. Somethings not right, I don’t think its the shooters.
    I also found out that another SR 9 did some doubles at that range also. I believe they won’t let anymore SR 9s in there to shoot anymore.

  • eli

    Wendell,
    yeah thats the one i saw on cheaperthandirt…like i said, it looks good and all but people seem to be complaining about it easily falling off the gun with the recoil. im going to look into it more on other sites to see if i can find different opinions.

  • Jeff

    Hello again guys, and gals,

    i originaly posted on Feb 24 about the problems i have been having with my SR9. I have sience got my pistol back from ruger. The report from ther gun smith sayes that they replaced the “Guide rod/Recoil spring assembly” and the “Trigger Bar Reset”…… was happy as a clam thinking it wasnt a major problem…… took it to the range ran 200 winchester WB 115 FMJ through it… jamed 2-3 times per mag STILL.. took home cleaned oiled etc and was setting it up for carry, loading my hidra shock 135G into it chamberd a round by releasing the slide lock and boom trigger didnt reset, tryed several more times 5 out of 17 didnt reset trigger. which leads me to belive its not ammo problems or limp wristing. Have to send it back AGAIN im not happy :( any ideas are greatly apreatiated… sorry for the run on paragraph and spelling… PS the Glock 22 i bought the day after sending sr9 to ruger is still going strong NADA problems

  • http://thefirearmblog Wendell Chenault

    Eli, Thanks for that info. Let me know what else you find. I thought that sight would have a set screw or something on it. I hear Crimson Trace has good lazer sights. I want something that won’t hinder me putting the gun in a holster. When I was looking at the Glock, a gun dealer was telling me of one that replaced the spring and pin. The sight was in the pin. I hear it cost alot and it was expensive to have batteries replaced.

    Other than that I love my SR9. It gets better with each shoot. My only other problem is ammo is going up. I have been getting Remmingtons 250 pack at Academy Spots for $44.95. Sunday they will go up 25% and they will stay there for awhile and go up another 25%. They say its because of the war and 9/11. I think its the government getting us ready for their type of gun control. Can’t afford the ammo, won’t get the gun.

    Jeff sorry to hear about your gun. Mine had alot of grease and crap in it until I washed it out. Made alot of difference. I’d make Ruger get it right!

  • http://thefirearmblog Wendell Chenault

    Hey found something cool and unique. Go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D99NHb6BO3s Flashlight / gun

  • Steve C

    Hey guys, thanks for all the posts. I’m a Ruger P95 DC owner and was thinking about going Glock for CCW, but now that I’ve read so many good things about the SR9 I’ve changed my mind. I’m old school too, I like the idea of a real safety. I’ll try to pick mine up the end of this month and let you know what I think.

    BTW, the New Ruger LCP looks exactly like the Kel-tec P11 9mm I have. Nice little CCW piece if you ask me.

    Have a good one.

    Steve C

  • biologicole

    Hi Guys,

    I just bought a new SR9 stainless last week for $430 and ran 200 rounds through it this last weekend — 100 rounds Rem.UMC and 100 rounds Winchester, both 115 gr. FMJ. I had one stovepipe on the 2nd or 3rd magazine (probably limp wrist) and other than that it ran flawlessly. I experienced the same gritty trigger, heavy safety on/off and magazine release and stiff loading spring that others have described. I worked the safety several hundred times before taking it to the range and it lightened up. I also cleaned and lubricated the gun before taking it to the range. I highly recommend cleaning and lubricating any gun prior to first use. I lubricated the magazine release mechanism/latch inside the handle and greatly reduced the stiffness of the release. Toward the end of the session, the trigger, mag release and loading really loosened up and even the accuracy improved. I haven’t decided whether or not I will disconnect the magazine safety. I probably will, though, in order to prevent accidental damage to the trigger from dry firing without the magazine.

    Overall, it is a great shooting and very accurate gun. I am pleased with my purchase and anticipate the gun will continue to improve with use.

  • http://thefirearmblog Wendell Chenault

    Hey Steve,

    You won’t regret buying the SR 9. I have put about 150 rounds through mine so far and it just gets better and better. All the “problems” you have read about are minor in most cases. True my trigger was gritty, cleaned out and oiled, problem fixed. True the mag was hard to load, put in a drop of oil, loaded it full and left it, loading much easier now. True the mag release button was hard to work and it was sticky, again put in a drop of oil and sat down and kept on working it. Getting easier by the day. This gun just needs to have someone enjoy it and shoot it so it can get broke in. Hope you enjoy your new SR 9. I’m gone to the lease to shoot!

    Have a good day!
    Wendell

  • Steve C

    I’m sure it’s durable if it’s anything like my P95, I’ve fired well over 15k through that and it’s never seen any maintance other than good cleanings. But has anyone heard what the life expectancy of an SR9 might be?

  • http://thefirearmblog Wendell Chenault

    Steve C.

    I’m sure the life expectancy is that of any other Ruger gun. I almost bought a KP 95 until I heard about the SR 9. A friend of mine did and now wants to sell it so he can get the SR 9. He is asking $350.00 for it and has shot about 100 rounds in it. He paid over 400 for it. Know anyone interested in it, if so I can put you in touch with him.

  • David

    Lauren

    My recomendation for any concealed carry sidearm would be to load it with good factory jacketed hollow points. Jacketed HPs are less prone to “over penetration” than full metal jackets and also provide better stopping power.

    Let me explain my opinion on stopping power while on the subject. In law enforcement we consider balistic performance and shot placement to be the key factors when discussing stopping power.

    Since the human body is not entirely made of balistic gelatin the only factor that we have any real control over is shot placement. If you can fire your weapon and make small groups on paper right where you intended them to go, you are a true force to be reckoned with.

    Some will agrue that if you have a big enough bullet shot placement isn’t so important. This is simply not true when discussing hand guns. I know of instances where people have been shot with magnum calibers and are still here to tell us the story, but that’s only because they were not struck in a vital area. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not talking about taking a shot to an extremity like the arm or leg. There a several cases where people where hit in the upper body even some directly at “center mass”(the little x in the target) where they not only survived but went on to hurt or kill other people right after being shot. No, when I say “vital area” I’m talking about the brain, spine, lower abdomen/groin, heart, and lungs. Yes I’ve listed those in order of effectiveness. So having a big gun is great, but if you can’t shoot it accurately it’s not so good.

    When it comes down to it you can rate your “stopping power” by answering two questions. 1) can I hit the vital area? 2) do I have enough gun?

    Pracitice alot and you can answer question 1 confidently. Carry a gun that you can shoot acurately and you’ve got question 2.

    Remember that I recomend atleast a 9mm cartridge for my theory.

  • http://yahoo Dave

    Dave,

    Thank you for the advice. I’ll use the jacketed hallow points for self defence and the full metal jacketed rounds for target practive. And I intend to do as much parctice as I can.

    Lauren

  • eli

    david,
    i completely agree with what you said. i have argued with people untill i turned blue that shot placement is the key to taking down any target, from deer or other big game to people. also the 9mm cartridge in my opinion is very underestimated. i think the 9mm is good because its a strong enough round and with the light recoil that it has you can get back on target quickly which is also a factor in any shooting situation. but thats just my humble opinion..just thought i’d share it.

  • http://thefirearmblog Wendell Chenault

    David,

    At what ranges do you suggest people practice at? I usually shoot at 15 yards and some at 25 yards. Thanks, Wendell

  • David

    Eli,

    That’s exactly right. You should never assume that one shot is all that you’ll need. The ability to make fast and accurate follow up shots untill your threat is “stopped” is extremely imortant when shooting for self defense.

  • Warren E.

    Hi all,

    I’m in reasearch of a 9mm. I’ve come down to two weapons. The SR9 and the springfield XD9. I’ve read alot about both (another reason I’m reading this blog) and want some opinions from the field. Thanks in advance.

    Warren

  • http://thefirearmblog Wendell Chenault

    Warren, I don’t know alot about the xd9 but I looked at some pics on it and read some reviews. Personally I liike having the mag release button, safety and slide release buttons on both sides in case you have to shoot left or right handed. Springfields seem to cost more 500 plus and I paid 487.00 tax and all for my SR 9. I’ve shot 2-250 rds in mine so far and I love it more and more each shoot. Reading all these entries should give you some insight on the sr 9. Happy shooting!

  • Warren E.

    Thanks Wendell,

    That is one point on why I’m leaning toward the SR9 because I’m left handed. But since this is a right handed world, I’ve also grown accostomed to using right handed firearms. I already own a ruger P90 and have had no problems with it what so ever (8 years +) and have been used to RH firearms. The SR9 would be a nice change except have hot shells hit my face. BTW, I live in Arizona, do you happen to know if the weapon has the 17+1 or the 10+1 mag?

    Warren

  • http://thefirearmblog Wendell Chenault

    Warren,

    Some states I have been told are not allowed to sell the 17 rd mag, so you will have to check your states laws. I am here in Louisana and I had the choice of the 10 or 17 rd, of course I got the 17. The 10 rd mag is the same size as the 17, it just has a blocker in the bottom so you cannot get the extra 7 rds in. The cost is the same and weighs only 7 rds more. If you cannot get the 17 rd mag new you can purchase a 17 rd. The 17 gets hard to load espeecially when it is new, so what I did is oil it some, then I loaded and unloaded it many times to help it get broke in. Also I have loaded mine and just left it and it is much easier to use now. I can now load it without the speed loader but the last 2 are still kinda hard. As you have probably read, this gun is stiff new and you may not like it but the more it is used the more you will like it and better it will be.

    Wendell

  • biologicole

    Warren,

    I have had my SR9 stainless for about 3 weeks now and have put 450 rounds total through the gun in three separate shoots. I paid $430 for mine. Dealers around here are only being allotted 1 or 2 each and are selling out quickly. My SR9 was very accurate out of the box with Winchester and Remington-UMC 115 FMJ, and functions better each time I take it out. Yesterday I handled a SR9 that was first run production and had been shot several thousand times. It was in great working condition and functioned flawlessly. I am glad I bought the Ruger instead of the Glock I was considering.

  • http://yahoo Anybody

    I put about 106 rounds of full metal jacketed ammo (115 GR. Winchester) through my SR9 yesterday at a local range. During take-down and cleaning of my SR9 I have noticed some unusual wear marks on the inside of the barrel. Has anyone else noticed any unusual wear on the inside of the barrel just forward of the cartridge fit where the bullet fits into the chamber? I noticed some wear that looks like the turrent of a castle along the rifeling lines inside the barrel.

    Lauren

  • Leonard

    Does anybody know why in California cant get this gun? i try to buy it, but its for law enforcement only.

  • http://yahoo Leonard

    Leonard,

    If you look at the beginning of this blog it says that the SR9, either the 17 magazine capacity or the 10 magazine capacty is not approved for sale in California or Massachusetts. Your state legeslature and or state senate and the police have outlawed them for sale in your state.

    Lauren

  • JD Dodge

    I was lucky to fire 200 rounds through a SR9 at a local indoor range and knew I NEEDED one of my own.
    So I ordered one and I am now Three weeks and 400 rounds into the KBSR9 and completely happy EXCEPT!!!
    The advertisement states “Picatinny Rail” BUT……………………….
    I guess it must be a Weaver, because the E.T.G Red Lazer/Light combo that I have won’t fit and my Green Lazer wouldn’t fit either (even though it said Picatinny/Weaver Style Base). It wouldn’t fit because the removable crosspin was too large in diameter. The width of the “Cross Groove” on the SR9 is very narrow in comparison to MILSTANDARD on every other gun “With a Rail” that I have owned/seen..
    I was able to file the Removable Crosspin (envision the side view of a wine glass)and now have the Green Lazer Mounted and Zeroed!
    SWEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEET!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Excellent Handgun!
    -JD

  • JD Dodge

    Forgot to mention…………$417.00 for the KBSR9 (All Black).

  • Leo

    Update on my SR9 experience: I put another 200 rounds through it a few days ago. Not a single malfunction. Got my sights adjusted a little, and it is behaving like a champ. I did a few tactical shooting drills at 15ft from target with bursts of rapid fire and side-stepping. Very reliable function. As it has been mentioned before, the mag. release is still a little sticky, but being aware of this, the quick release and reload was not a problem when you get to know your gun, as I have. I’ll keep reporting any changes and progress.

    For all of you thinking of buying one: This is the best value for quality, features, and price. It is not a highly concealable pistol as some out the on the market, but then again, you can have 18 rounds at your disposal.

    The Uncle Mike’s Inside-the-Pants “Sidekick” Size 15 holster works good for me for most situations. Otherwise, I usually tug it along in a fanny or lumbar pack.

  • Andrew

    I originally posted on Feb. 1 and, at the time, had no problems with my SR9. A couple hundred rounds later I’ve started having issues that some others have mentioned. First, rust spots have started to appear on nearly every side of the “stainless” slide. Hopefully it was one in a bad bactch and nobody else is having this problem. Also, I’ve had a problem with the trigger not resetting after shots. The fired round will eject and the next round will chamber but the trigger will not reset. I’ve tried different ammo and nothing seems to work. Finally, during rapid fire, the upper and lower camblock pins work loose. I have contacted Ruger and I sent it in last week. They are suppose to fix the problems and mail it back soon. I’ll keep you posted

  • Robert

    I just shot my SR9 for the first time today. I ran about 100 rounds of Winchester white box through it. The gun worked flawlessly for the first 4 magazines, then it started having issues where it would eject the brass, but then not fully chamber the next round. It was like 97% chambered, but was not chambered enough to fire the next round. I small push with my thumb on the back of the slide was enough to get it ready for the next shot. Is this something that will get better as I put more rounds through it? Did I over or under lubricate the gun? I did clean the factory lube out of it when I got it. Any help appreciated.

  • http://thefirearmblog Wendell Chenault

    Robert I have put about 300 rounds in mine so far and have not had some of the problems others have had. You answered my first question about the dirty factory grease, but maybe you did not lube the gun around the slide good or around where the round is fed into the chamber. I have shot 3 brands in mine so far but not Winchester. My minor problems all left when I cleaned the gun the first time. I would shoot it some more or maybe call Ruger for some help. Don’t let this put a bad taste in your mouth about the gun….I love mine.

  • http://thefirearmblog Wendell Chenault

    Robert, just thought of something. Check your mag release button. Mine stuck real bad at first and if the mag is not in the gun good the next round shot will not chamber correctly. I did have that happen once on mine. Lube the button and sit and work that thing back and forth many many times. It will loosen up. Mine did. Let me know if that works.

  • biologicole

    Hi guys,

    I have had my SR9 about 3 weeks now and have shot about 600 rounds through it. I had a stovepipe in the 2nd or 3rd magazine, but no operating problems since. My mag release was real difficult, but like Wendell says, work it a lot and it will loosen up. Mine is still a bit stiff but it is getting better. I have probably worked my release 1000 times. I contacted Ruger when after I first bought it and they sent me a whole new mag release mechanism. I haven’t installed it yet but probably will give it a try if mine doesn’t loosen up some more. Enjoy your SR9, my son and and I have had a great time shooting ours. Been shooting Winchester and Remington-UMC 115 gr. FMJ.

    Biologicole

  • http://thefirearmblog Wendell Chenault

    Hey biologicole, My release is still alittle stiff but like I said it is getting better. When you install your new release let me know if it gets better or not. I also shoot Remington UMC 115 mainly. I have shot some of the Monarks with the green casing but they did not shoot very clean. I tried the next grade up and they shot just like the Remingtons.

  • Robert

    Well, my SR9 has been returned. I have some pictures of what happened to it at the range yesterday. I wish I had noticed it sooner, but I did not.

    http://i197.photobucket.com/albums/aa161/bertozs/SideView.jpg

    http://i197.photobucket.com/albums/aa161/bertozs/TopView.jpg

  • http://thefirearmblog Wendell Chenault

    Robert, OOOOOOOH I want to know what caused that!!!!!!! Keep us posted.

  • Leo

    Oh Man, Robert, I wonder what happened there. Please let us know. It is worrisome. Hopefully that is not an endemic problem with the gun. I haven’t had any of these problems, but will keep an eye on it. I’d be curious of Ruger’s response and resolution. They have historically been very receptive and responsible to me. I have 5 of their products and will probably add a 6th with the LCP. Did you only use one type of ammo? no reloads? Were the mags extraordinarily tough to eject or insert? Thanks for the report and images.

  • Robert

    Shooting Winchester white box. No reloads or anything weird (unless you consider wwb weird). The gun is out of my hands now, it was returned to the store as I had only had it a few days and I guess they are going to pursue getting a repair or replacement with Ruger. I most likely will not be able to find out what happened for you guys. Just watch your barrel and look for odd wear. If the slide does not close all the way after a shot, check for the problem. I really think either the slide or the barrel was not finished completely on my sample causing them to bind on each shot, but I am only a novice.

  • http://thefirearmblog Wendell Chenault

    I went by a local gun dealer today and he had not heard of any problems like what Robert has had. I checked my gun and it does hit the front of the slide slightly (very slightly) but no marks are being left. I hate it for Robert but I hope this is a one time case. I have 2 Rugers and have had no problems and am waiting for the LCP also. This will be interesting.

  • Sam

    The problem Robert experienced is called barrel block peening. Its caused by tolerances not being correct between the barrel block and the slide causing the slide to slam the block when the weapon is fired which creates what Robert shows in his pictures.

  • Sam

    Adding from what I understand this is only a problem in first production run models.

  • http://thefirearmblog.com Rick

    HI ROBERT,
    Any word on your SR9 from Ruger yet? I was wonder what state your Ruger was bought? Also what the last section of numbers is for your Serial number so we might narrow the barrel blcok peening Serial number down?

  • john

    I’ve posted here before. I’m new to all things semi-auto. the SR9 was my first semi-auto purchase. To date, I’ve put over five hundred rounds through it. I’ve been away from firearms for a few decades and my wife and I are taking gun safety and shooting classes at one of the better ranges in the Houston area.

    We’ve had no problems with the pistol since the first day jitters and getting all of the buttons and the slide loose enough to perform. Also, we had to learn (thanks in no small part to very much welcome comments to me from this list) little things that helped us get on our way to becoming safe and proficient pistol owners.

    We have had a couple of minor hitches and I’m looking for some feedback. First, the safety lever is small and stiff. It can be an unnecessary complication when having to retrieve, sight and fire the SR-9 under pressure. Our instructor has suggested to us that the relatively small and stiff safety as a reason we should perhaps consider another type of semi-auto.

    Another hindrance for both of us is the stiff and difficult (again for us) slide release lever. Keep in mind we are in our late 50s. I used to be fairly strong but not any more. I have a motor neuron disease that has sapped much of my hand and arm strength. That being said, I can still with some effort handle all of the necessary mechanical functions of the SR-9. It is just not easy for either of us.

    I’ve got to say that shooting the SR-9 has been a joy (if that is the right term) for both of us. We are both really comfortable with the fill and performance of the pistol. I qualified the other day for my CHL right next to two shooters using a Springfield XD and a compact Glock, respectively. Even though my hands shake (from the motor neuron disease) and I was the least experienced of the three, I was very happy with my pistol and performance compared to theirs.

    Has anyone modified or know how to modify or loosen the actions of both the safety and the slide release? Again, any and all suggestions and comments by this board are greatly appreciated.

  • http://www.thefirearmblog.com Steve
  • biologicole

    Hello Everybody,

    I have just been catching up on the comments about the SR9. I shot another 100 rounds today and have had no problems with my SR9. I have owned mine for about 6 weeks and have shot about 900 rounds through it. Mostly Winchester 119 gr. FMJ. I clean my gun after every shoot and have not noticed any peening or excessive wear. I use Outer’s Nitro solvent and Break-Free lube. My mag release is still stiff. I received a new release from Ruger, upon request, but have not installed it yet. I’m trying to give the original a chance before I start to perform surgery. Other than the mag release I have been real impressed with the gun. I have adjusted the rear sight for about 1″ left, but other than that the gun has proven to be very accurate. Sorry to hear some of you have problems. I really like my SR9 and have recommended it to my friends based on my experience with it. I hope everyone keeps posting with their experiences so that we can continue to share the wealth of knowledge.

    Biologicole

  • Ruben

    Hey guys! my girlfriend just bought a ruger SR9! its all black and we love the way it handled, low recoil, slim body (her hands fit youth XS Gloves), and the accuracy. The only problems we had which weren’t major were that since her fingers are so small they don’t reach as far and she tends to not let off the trigger after she has shot a round causing the gun to jam. The sights were of but we lined up the bore laser with a rail mounted laser max uni-g green and it was on point. then i got home and was browsing the internet and sadly…. there it was… in big black letters…. on the same day she got her gun ruger issued a recall for all SR9’s with the serial 330-xxxxx and what do you know… our starts with those same dreadful numbers. so i guess we have to send ours back now. They say that it is a trigger malfunction in those guns and that any slight tap or bump WITH the SAFTEY OFF and a bullet in the chamber might go off…. here is the original link http://www.ruger.com/SR9Recall/

  • eli

    well i just got a call from my gun shop..seems the sr9 i purchased a few months ago is now being recalled..i personally have not had even a slight problem with my piston. however, im going to call ruger and find out what all of this is about. has anyone else heard anything about it? ill post back when i get more info in the issue.

  • http://yahoo eli

    Eli,

    Yes there is a recall involving serial numbers “330” (330-xxxxx). Go to http://www.ruger.com/SR9Recall and it will tell you all about why.

    Lauren

  • wendell

    Hey all! I called Ruger today about the recall and this is what they told me. First there was nobody hurt by accident with the SR9. Let’s make that clear! Ruger was doing some in house testing on the gun and found out that if the gun was dropped and it hit at a certain angle it could go off if a round was in the chamber. Only a couple of guns went off, not all. I do not know how high the guns were dropped or what the angle was, but that was enough for Ruger to issue the recall. I thank Ruger for seeing a problem and admitting to it and doing something about it promptly. I was also told that in mid May they will be sending out post paid boxes for you to send your guns back. They will replace the trigger piece inside the gun to fix the problem and it will be sent back to the owner. Turn around is expected to be about 1 week. Also they told me that they will be sending each owner a extra mag. when they return your gun. If you bought one with a 10 round mag that is what you will get. Mine was a 17 so that is what I will get. The box that will be sent to you needs to have the gun only. Do not sent a mag. papers, or anything else with the gun. I called Ruger instead of doing the web site thing and I already have a conformation note here in my e-mails. I can’t remember the number but it is in the front of the book and on page 32 of the manual, so look there.

    As for my gun, I love it more each time I shoot it. I shot another 100 rounds in it today before dark with no problems. My mag release has really soften up and it works like a charm. Just be patient with your new guns and it will get better and better. I’m taking mine tomorrow to a CWP class so I get to shoot some more.

  • John

    As for me, I have a 330… and am tickled to get the extra mag.

  • eli

    yeah, ive got the same exact feeling as john..glad to get the extra mag, i was just thinking about going out to buy another one.. :)

  • JD Dodge

    IF………………Anyone is thinking about getting something else because of these (Teething) Problems………………….
    FORGET ABOUT IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Just think of the “Smallblock” Chevy V8 Engine and the initial problems it had VS where that engine brought us to!!!
    I have over a dozen guns (Long & Hand) and my SR9 is one of the few I will keep forever. My Broomhandle Mauser is also a keeper – just to let you know for level of comparison!
    -JD

  • eli

    ok, im just frustrated now! so my sr9 is going to be out for a while sometime in mid may like previously stated by Wendell…but now, so will my para ordnance! one gun being out is no problem, but two?! everyone seems to be trying to keep me happy by giving me magazines..not that i mind the extra magazines, but still…sorry, i just needed to vent.

  • Leo

    eli, you’re in the right place to vent. I also have one affected by the recall. I usually do not carry or keep the firearm loaded and with the safety off, so I’ll keep using it at the range for now.
    I did experience a scary moment last week when the gun failed to eject effectively and stovepiped numerous times. I cleaned the gun and purchased new different ammo. I had no failures at all with the new Blazer alluminums. I then tried the old Blazer Brass that I had purchased for a very low price…..and lo and behold began to have trouble again predictably. I have resolved that the ammo was probably old, stored in different environments, and/or defective in some way. When I went back to Alum Blazers….no problems. The cleaning was quite necessary, but the ammo was the primary problem. This was an educational experience to clean the gun a little more often. I don’t want any malfunctions in a life-or-death situation.
    Bummer for the recall. One more mag…I can shoot an entire box without reloading. Keep blogging, everyone. This is a great forum. Still love the feel of my SR9.

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  • David

    Hello all,

    I have to admit I was dissapointed when I found out about the recall. Mostly because my department will not authorize its use until the pistol has been “repaired.” However I have not experienced any problems with my sr9 and I absolutely love it. I can say that the recall does not affect the way I feel about my ruger.

    I remember the problems we had with Glock in the mid ninties. The model 21 in 45 ACP was a real peice of &*^$, it was common for parts of the weapon to just fall off durring use and occasionaly there’d be a “slam fire” incident where the weapon would fire when the slide was cycled. In the incidents that I have seen personally, Glock repaired or completely rebuilt the weapons involved no questions asked. At first glance this would seem like great customer service, however as I understand it, there was a so called “silent recall” of all of the Glock weapons durring that time. This means that Glock was aware of the problems and elected to repair the problem on a case by case basis only if it was reported to Glock. This ulitmately saved the company an obsurd amount of money. Plus let face it cops are namebrand kinda people and the idea of a polymer gun was still new, if Glock had issued a recall at that time it might’ve lost in its law enforcement endevours.

    I am glad to see that the folks at Ruger have both the integrity and the stones to recall the sr9 before someone was injured. I look forward to getting mine back into service where it belongs.

  • eli

    david, i too have not changed my opinion on how i feel about my sr9. i have not had any problems with it at all…none at all. i think its a great gun and it continues to be a pleasure to shoot.

  • Tom

    Ya Andrew, my new SR9 is having a problem with the Lower Camblock Pin falling out when the Slide is in the rear position. I contacted Ruger and they want to fix this problem when I send it in for the recall. Ruger suggested I try checking the Pins to make sure they are located correctly and that the Retainer Spring is not broken , both were OK. I would love to shoot my pistol (only fired about 50 rounds is far) but if the Lower Pin falls out, not sure of the results. Was your problem corrected OK?

  • http://none Josh Gibson

    I have one I just got a couple weeks ago and sure enough it’s a 330. I have put a couple hundred rounds through it and it preforms like a champ. Ruger is one of the finest firearms manufacturer in the country and I have several that are work every penny including the SR9. I highly reccomend the SR9 to anyone thinking about going striker fired.

  • Dave

    I picked up the SR9 about two weeks ago. I put about 350 rounds through it in two days. I love the way it shoots. The only problem is the front site came off after the second day! I had my shop send it in for repair, since it’s a 330 I was going to have it sent in anyway.
    No complaints at all except for the site falling off. Shoots great, no misfires, ejection failures, etc.

  • Leo

    After my last posting, where I had numerous failures involving stovepiping. Cleaned the gun, went out to shoot and had less problems by far. But, I am experiencing these ejection malfunctions a bit more often than before (possibly 2-4 per 50 box of ammo). This did not happen at all untill I had shot about 500 rounds. This was with primarily brass casing ammo. Blazer brass and magtech. I am a little concerned that this may be due to a gun problem now. I will be returning my gun to Ruger for the recall and will notify them of the other issue so they can check it. Anyone else having similar progression of malfunctions? Also, it appears that my magazine does not seem to fit as flush to the grip when inserted. This may have been the case before, and I didn’t notice it. In any case it seems that I notice it more now. Any feedback on that? I’ll be cleaning again and doing a little more testing with different types of ammo. Will report back soon. Comments, suggestions, questions, and wise-cracks welcome.

  • http://thefirearmblog Wendell Chenault

    Dave, my front sight is just a tad off and I hope mine does not fall off when I try to reset it. I will do it before I send my back just in case.

    Leo, I have not had the problems you have had but I took my CWP class a week ago and my teacher said that gun oil will evaporate either by just setting around or by alot of firing. He really stressed alot of cleaning and lubing. He said to oil the gun even between cleanings and a clean oiled gun is a happy gun. I am only shooting 150-200 rounds between cleanings, and oiling pretty much after each shoot. Its quick to do and so far (knock on wood) I have had no problems. Mine just gets better with each outing. Hope this helps you some.

  • http://thefirearmblog Wendell Chenault

    Leo I forgot to tell you that I looked at my mag and it is almost flush with the end tip of the end of the grip.

  • Leo

    Thanks, Wendell. I think this is definitely the most likely source of my malfunctions. I’ll keep myself to a strict clean/lube interval, and maybe try to do the same with my other guns as well as my wife’s. In any case, I’ll mention the magazine issue to Ruger before returning it for retrofitting. I must agree about the gun’s feel. It has a great feel upon making shots. I’ve had two others try it and the comments are, “easy to hold”, “dreamy recoil” (i don’t know about the last one. I have strange friends.), “very balanced in your hands”, and “damn, the grip is slim…you sure it holds 17 rounds?”

  • Damon

    The SR9 is the only pistol in existence with its combination of features. It is exciting for people who want these features in one gun.

  • http://thefirearmblog Wendell Chenault

    Has anybody else had their gun suffer from block peening like Roberts did? My gun is shooting fine but I noticed a very small bur on the slide today after I shot it. I have put around 750 round in it so far. Also has anyone got their boxes yet to send the guns back to Ruger for the recall?

  • eli

    wendell, not the slightest sign of it in mine..over 1500 rounds through it..also no, i have not gotten anything from ruger yet. ill give it about 2 more weeks..by the way, my sr9 is still operating perfectly..not a single problem with it since i got it. however im still waiting for someone to make some night sights for it :(

  • http://thefirearmblog Wendell Chenault

    Like I said mine is starting to peen ever so slightly, but it is shooting with no problems so far. I will leave a note with the gun when I send it in to have it checked. I guess I am alittle early on the box thing because they did say mid May so yea I need to wait a couple more weeks. I did hear that crimson trace did have a new lazer sight for the SR 9 but I haven’t seen it yet. I really do want one. I worked on my sights some more yesterday because it is shooting a tad to the left, I just hate to hit the sight very hard to move it. I’ve just been tapping it with a wooden block and hammer….any other comments anyone? Thanks!

  • eli

    wendell, are you loosening the windage screw at the top of the rear sight? mine were’t that hard to adjust…im going to look into that crimson trace lazer sight, ill let you know what i come up with ;)

  • eli

    well, that was quick..thats going to be a big negative on the lazer sights by crimson trace. i just got off of the phone with them and they said there is nothing in the works for them at the moment. the woman told me that she will put in a vote for it though..i guess so the company gets an idea on the products people are requesting. so i guess if you want some lazer sights, put in a request at crimson trace’s number (800) 442-2406.

  • JD Dodge

    The BEST Laser that I have found is the LASERLYTE FSL-0650-140.
    It is very small and does not look like a motorcycle battery hanging under the barrel like some do.
    The thing to watch out for is the spacing on the mount.
    I bought two different kinds, THAT WOULD NOT FIT, before I found this one.
    Check it out on their website.
    http://www.laserlyte.com/gun_sights/FSL-0650-140/index.html
    You will be impressed.

  • http://thefirearmblog Wendell Chenault

    Eli, Thanks for the info. Its sad that they don’t have a laser sight yet. I would be a buyer if they did. As far as the iron sights on my SR 9 I have the screw backed way off and it still doesn’t move. Do I need to just about take it out?? Like I said it is about 1-1 1/2 inches off to the left. How about your elevation?? I have mine set up pretty high but it is on in that aspect. Is it my shooting style or what? I think I’m going to go look at the sights JD was speaking of then go take that screw out and see what happens. In any case I LOVE my SR 9 and I have really enjoyed talking with all you folks on this site. You have been a great help to me in many ways. Thanks!

  • http://thefirearmblog Wendell Chenault

    JD, You actually have this laser sight on your SR 9? I like this type but I hear it, or one like it will not stay on the rail during recoil. What keeps it on and in place and how much have you shot with it? Thanks, wc

  • JD Dodge

    The mount has a “DoveTail” groove (front to rear) that holds the Laser to the gun. There is a pin that goes through the mount and into the rail slot (side to side) and locks the Laser in place so it cannot move fore or aft.
    It CANNOT move, no matter how many rounds you put through it.

  • eli

    Wendell, no you dont need to take the screw out or nearly out..just loosen it. i mean the sights are wedged in there tightly, so there is going to be some friction between them and the gun. not that much though..the screw is just there to help ensure that they wont fall out of alightment easily. as for the height on mine, i have my sights set at 6 o’clock position. basically meaning i aim at the lower rim on the bullseye in order for my shot to go dead center..it just really depends on your style or how you feel most comfortable shooting..many people like to have the top of the blade aimed dead center and have the shot go there..the only reason i like the 6 o’clock is because i have a clear picture of what im shooting at. (no sights blocking the picture of my intended hit) as for the rail mount laser, my only concern with it is holstering even though it seems to be pretty low profile.. i imagine it might not let the pistol slide in and out as easy because of the added mass on the front end.

  • CJ

    I bought the E.T.G laser /light combo as well for my SR9 and have the same issue. I read in the manual that the rail is picatinny, but didn’t know what a weaver was like. The laser ad said picatinny, but the cross pin or recoil slide stop is too wide on the laser for the cross groove on the SR9. I too thought of shaving down the cross pin on the laser, but I want to look and see if I can find the company who makes the laser on line. Maybe they make a more narrow cross pin. It removes from the laser with one screw. Anyone know what the E.T.G stands for or how to contact them? …my e-mail [email protected]

  • JD Dodge

    I never found the E.T.G. site either.
    I figured it must stand for “EVERYONE-TO-GUESS”…………………….
    One day I’ll come across someone with a Glock or?? that it will fit.
    I even talked to RUGER about the “VAGUE” information given about the rail configuration and I suggested they put out an insert in the Manual about it. They told me there was a company they dealt with and they got the version that is shown in advertising and it fit perfectly.
    I didn’t catch the Company or Model. I understand its a big buck item for those of you with deep pockets.
    But of the three I have bought………the E.T.G. XP-6 (Light/Red Laser) (Would NOT work, at all) and the NcSTAR APRLSG (Green Laser) (Which I modified the bracket to work) STILL don’t impress me like the LASERLYTE Red Laser FSL-0650-140!!!
    BTW, IMHO…………the Green Laser is too bright at night!! It WILL affect your night vision. It’s the XXIT in the daytime though!!!!!!

    I don’t carry the SR9 (CC is a S&W 442CT) so I’m not concerned with holster problems with most add-ons BUT the LASERLYTE mounted on the SR9 fits in most holsters due to its size anyway!

  • http://thefirearmblog Wendell Chenault

    Anybody got their return box yet from Ruger???????

  • Tom

    Called Ruger 5/20/08 about box shipment. I was told the boxes will not be shipped until late May to early June now.

  • eli

    hmmm..i was just wondering what was happening with that too..thanks tom!

  • eli

    well fellas, i called ruger today(5-29-08) and now they told me the boxes will not be shipped untill late june…so…yeah…

  • Leo

    Thanks, Eli. I was hoping to get this done and over with soon.

  • eli

    yeah leo, we’re on the same boat..have you sorted out those ejection issues with your pistol? i’ve purposly been shooting my pistol over 500 rounds without cleaning. i have just been lubeing as need and have not had any problems with it…just a little something i figured i would try for my own personal reference, just to see how the gun would run dirty..and like i suspected not a single jam or any other type of problem.

  • Leo

    eli, i have not been shooting it as much, but have been keeping it lubed and I have had no issues. Thanks for the tip. I’ll be doing some more shooting in the next week or so. I’ll report any problems.

  • Wendell

    Guess I’ll go shoot mine some more since Ruger seems to be draggin their feet with the boxes. I cleaned mine real good to send it back but I am ready to shoot it again. Mine was starting to peen some and I want that fixed also when I send it back. Whoever gets their box first be sure to come on here and report it.

  • Keith

    Hi guy’s, Well I too have a sr-9 and love it , cause I have a nerve problem with my left leg . I use to carry a all metal firearm but because of the weight pulling on my left hip I had to switch to a lighter firearm. I have not had any problems with it YET, That is cause I have not shot it a lot .My problem is that I am trying to find a level -2 retention holster for it . I have great faith in them . Can any one help me it this seach. Thank you a fellow SR-9 bro.

  • eli

    keith, this is really the only company that i have found that CLAIMS they make holsters specifically for the sr9… http://www.desantisholster.com/gun-models-ruger-sr9.html
    they have a bunch of options on holsters and other goodies…however they dont have any pictures directly showing an sr9 in a holster or more specifically an sr9 holster…they just show a bunch of glocks and sigs :(
    other than these guys which i have no experience with, as i do not own or have seen any of their holsters, its just uncle mikes (size 15?? i dont recall) and other universal holsters….if by any chance you find anything else, please give me a holler! good luck and welcome aboard!

  • Keith

    eli, thank you for the info. I did find a holster that does fit the SR-9,It’s made by Blackhawk it’s the one for glock 17-22& 31 , it’s a little tight but it does fit . I look forward to talking to all who have aSR-9, I personily live in minnisota (rochester) if any of you live here maybe we can get together and go shooting. Again thank you , talk to you guy’s soon.

  • Keith

    Hi guy’s it’s the newbe, need to know if anyone has a laser on there sr-9, if so witch one . What was the cost , is it red or green?? does it fit on the rail or is it the type that replace’s the guide rod assembly. That the type I’m really looking for .
    thank you for any info……

  • Leo

    I cleaned mine as well with the expectation of getting a box. Well, I’ve shot it since and will keep on doing it until I receive the fabled box. I believe I am also getting a little barrel peening and would like them to take care of that. Looks like we’re on the same boat there.
    As far as Keith’s question: I have only used an inside-the-pants holster for my SR9 since it has been for hiking and walking the dog in trails. I have used the sidekick from Uncle Mike’s. Size 15. I believe the size 15 for most holsters from this maker fits the SR9 well.

  • Sal

    I’ve read several posts about the SR9’s front sight falling off (as did mine, Ruger is sending me a new one) and am wondering if anyone’s found a way of keeping it on permanently.

  • Keith

    Maybe a dot of superglue lol lol

  • Wendell

    Hey guys, I see everyone is still waiting for their box. I was hoping that this would be over with by now. Maybe we should get together and mass call Ruger and put a fire under their butts. I watched “How It’s Made” on tv when they made boxes…..its not that hard to get. lol

    My front sight is still on but is to the right some and it needs to go some more. I can’t get the rear sight to adjust with the windage. My gun shoots about 1/2″ -1′ to the left. I thought it was me but my instructor said when I was getting my CWP that it was the gun sights. My elevation on the rear is way up and I may have lost a spring under there ( if there was one). If the rear sight is down low in the stock setting, it shoots way low….6-8 inches. Anyone else have this problem?

    As for the holster, I am using a Gunmate. Not sure on the number, but it works real well. I am looking at getting a ankle holster for it soon.

    Keith, Welcome to the website. We have shared some good info here. Just read all the posts and you will find all the info you can think of from lasers on down. A laser is on my Christmas list for this year.

    Let out a shout if anyone get a return box.

  • http://www.ruger.com Commander Crusty

    The front site on my Ruger came loose after about 1,000 rounds. I didn’t notice at first and started loosening and adjusting the rear site. Being plastic, the rear sight is now a bit torn up. I will ask my local gunsmith to make a replacement rear sight out of steel and include a wider rear notch. When I send my SR9 for the drop safety warranty replacement, I’ll ask Ruger to fix the front site too. I love the gun, it’s as thin as a 1911 with way less recoil and twice as many shots. I’m just having a few growing pains.

  • Dave

    Crusty,
    I had the same problem after a few hundred rounds. I sent the gun in on April 23rd(around there) to have the site fixed and have the safety recall taken care of. I still haven’t gotten it back so be prepared to wait a while!
    I agree with you 100% on the gun, it is great, except for the site issue I have no problems at all with it. I just want it back!

  • micro

    guys,just want some information how to dis-assemble the firing pin of ruger P85..
    hope to hear from you guys..
    thanks..

  • eli

    p85? sorry i have never even touched one..

  • David

    Well guys, I called Ruger. I was informed that the triger/safety mechanism has been redesigned and that Ruger is waiting for the materials to arrive so that they can begin retrofitting pistols. As for the famous shipping box…..I wouldn’t hold my breath. I was told that I should see the box toward the end of this June, well it’s officially July so hurry and wait everybody!!!

  • Tom

    Thanks for the update David.

  • Wendell

    Well, guess I’ll go back to shooting the thing and see what else I can tear up……………..since it looks like it will be Christmas before we get a box.

  • Tom

    Just received an email from Ruger that the boxes are being shipped. They plan to service 1000 SR9′ per week. They are sending out boxes in the order we registered with Ruger.

  • Sal

    Not even worried about getting a box, if it comes, it comes, still shooting my SR9 and enjoying it. Probably won’t send it in right away anyways, if at all, don’t want to wait weeks or months to get it back. (It took 2 weeks just to get a front sight replacement).

  • Wendell

    Good idea Sal. I want both of my sights looked at and the peening problem that is starting. Wonder how any guns there are????

  • Wendell

    Just thought, I bet they don’t send out more boxes than guns they can handle. May get them back quicker then…………..

  • Leo

    I received the same email from Ruger. I would hope that at 1000 guns a week being retrofitted, the turnaround time wouldn’t be too long. Wishing. I have a peening problem starting as well that I’ll have them look at. No problems with my sights….yet. Went out and shot 100 rounds today. It had been a month, and honestly, I am just loving this gun more and more. I have two family members who want to take it away from me already. I’m keeping an eye on them.

  • David

    I haven’t seen the box for my pistol yet. I was wondering if anyone here has. Also I saw some of the changes that ruger is making to the pistols via pdf at ruger’s site. Seems like a reel upgade however I’m don’t think I like the idea of the new glock style trigger safety and I’m a bit confused about the new magazine catch. The pdf said that the mag catch has been modified so the SR 9 can function better with the variations of magazines. What variation of magazines? Are there new and improved versions? Aftermarket? Does any know?

  • eli

    hey david,
    would you mind posting a link..i couldn’t find it on the web site and you definitely caught my attention with that…thanks!

  • http://www.thefirearmblog.com Steve
  • http://www.thefirearmblog.com Steve

    Hi everyone

    when you get your upgraded pistol from ruger can you please take some photos and email them to me (email address is top of the left sidebar of this page). I will then post them for everyone to see.

    Thanks,

    Steve Johnson

  • eli

    thanks steve! wow, so it looks like they are changing out quite a few number of parts. sounds good so far…i just hope the trigger has a nice feel to it, as i have become acustomed to the curent one. i have the same question as david about the mags..i thought they were all the same. well i’m happy as long as it funtions as it has been or better. unlike david i am all for the trigger safety though! what that means for me, is no more thumb safety use..although i know some will critisize, i think that the current trigger pull in addition to the trigger safety will be enough for me. i noticed that they have noted reduced overtravel in the trigger with the new design..the trigger overtravel that the pistol has now is now is the one thing that i wasn’t too thrilled about. so hopefully the gun is really going to please me in entirely every aspect now! ……now i just wish someone would man up and start making some night sights for it!! :)

  • Andrew

    I just recieved my sr9 back from recall work, ruger had it over 3 months,
    I callled over 9 times wanting it back, mine was one that failed and failed hard. I have to say 3 months was making me disaponited that i didn’t wait for the new redesigned xd, but I have to say i took out the redesigned sr9 and the trigger pull is improved and it shots like a dream, also mag release is sweet. first 200 no misfires and great hold on target as always . Next step is to get xs 24/7 to make sights for us

  • Keith

    Andrew , did it have a sliding piece in the middle of the trigger, like a glock???? I would like to know.. thank you keith.

  • http://www.thefirearmblog.com Steve

    Andrew emailed me photos of his “upgraded” pistol and I have posted them here:

    http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2008/07/26/ruger-sr9-version-11-post-recall-edition/

  • Tom

    Andrew, when you fired your pistol was the problem with the Camblock pins corrected? Still waiting for my box to arrive. Thanks – Tom

  • Calv Scout

    I just bought my SR9 about a week ago and I love it. I have ran about 50 rounds through it and no problems. I recommend this pistol to anyone that wants a new gun. Its great for the unexperienced or for the gun junkies like myself. Lightweight , accurate, and looks F’n great in your hand. How can you go wrong? Pray for me while i’m in Iraq. Laters my Ruger friends… Enjoy

  • http://www.thefirearmblog.com Steve

    Hi Calv scout. All the best for Iraq. Thank you for your service.

  • andrew

    camblock pins seem to be corrected mine “broke” for lack of a bettor word
    gun was un shootable when I sent it in. My gun smith said send it in nothing you could do . Sounds like each time I talked with Ruger big delays as the went and ony fixed issued but redesigned .
    300 rounds out of the new gun no issues. Gettign use to the shorter trigger pull. I am looking for a holster that will hold my laser and light to remain attached and still allow easy draw, I have a chep one and its tight and sometimes laser max gets set off

  • Dave

    Got my SR9 back on Friday after 3 1/2 months.
    I put about 600 rounds through it from friday until yesterday and it shoots like a dream.
    Front site was put back on as well and no issues there.
    I am happy to have it back and in working order! Cant wait for the springs to soften a bit in the clip, my fingers are killing me from loading, even with the tool!! lol

  • wendell chenault

    I still haven’t got my box yet but glad others are finally getting the guns back. Dave, was your sights way off. My front is off, the gun is shooting just to the left some and real low. I have the rear sight adjusted so high that the screw comes out sometimes. Was yours like that??

  • Dave

    Wendell,
    It was off a bit at first, shooting to the left, after the first 2 days of shooting it just fell of completely!
    I sent it in for repair and the recall, it is shooting right on now.
    The biggest issue I have now is keeping ammo around :-)

  • Keith

    Andrew, what kind of laser do you have on your sr-9? I’m tring to find one for mine..?? Any pictures of it on the piece???

  • Andy

    Hello everydody:

    Like you I’m a Ruger fan and yes I also own a SR9. Been reading your blog since the biginning, but chose not to get involved. Is good to know that most of you remain loyal to Ruger. I believe always buy American first. Never did have a problem with my SR9 not even out of the box. Today I received my pistol back 8-6-08, got the box a week ago to send to Ruger. I must say, the turn around time was really good especially since I use my Ruger as a duty weapon like Dave. I hope that everydody’s issues got resolved.
    As for the type of ammo I, use well……… I use Golden saber bonded 124+p, SXT, and gold dot. U can’t go wrong with this for duty ammo as well as for self-defense. Corbon is not bad at all. My pistol came with some of the goodies sent by ruger to me including a 17 rd mag!, yes 17 rounds, that alone saved me about $30.00!

    P.S. Mag is inside the gun.
    Now I have to fight with the wife for the gun!lol

    Andy

  • wendell chenault

    I GOT IT, I GOT IT! I finally got my box today. Of course whoever dropped it off put it where we normally don’t go, but thanks to your guys I went and looked and there it was. Now let’s see how long it takes to get it back. Sounds like good reports from all of you. Well here goes……………

  • Andy

    Hi Wendell:

    Andy here. Glad you got your box mine was sent through UPS, and UPS will deliver back to you. You will need to be there at home because the driver will not leave it at that spot you where talking about, you will have to sign off on it to get possesion of the packge otherwise he will take with him and make an attemp the following day. I know it happened to me.

    Like I said the turn around time was really good hope you have the same luck.

  • wendell chenault

    I made my call to Ruger and since nobody is home during the day, I had it set up for it to be picked up and delivered to my place of work. They said that would be ok. The office girls have permission to sign for it if I am not there. That will help me alot. I can’t wait to get it back so I can go shoot again.

  • Rick

    HI Everyone,

    I just recieved my SR-9 back!! It only took Nine days including weekends. I love it, just like before. Thee trigger action is smoother and shorter. Also with the upgraded pins or whatever they did to the magazine release, it is much smoother to release a magazine and install one. I recieved two SR9 hats and a new magazine. I also received the new illustrated parts break down. Ruger cleaned and lubed it too.
    Ok so it took awhile for Ruger to ship me a box, but not long at all for them to retrofit it with the new parts and get it back to me.
    Happy shooting everyone!!

  • Leo

    I just handed off my box to the UPS guy en route to Ruger. I included a not explaining barrel peening signs I was seeing, so hopefully everything comes back in a couple of weeks in tip top shape. What I’m hearing from some of you is encouraging. Can’t wait to get it back.

  • Andy

    Helo everyone:

    Glad that everyone is being taken care of by Ruger. I wish that all these blogs would be posted somewhere where those who c**p on Ruger could see the diference between good quality and good service. VS looking the other way like some of the other gun manufacturers.
    Anyways, glad you all are happy. As for me, back to business as usual with my SR9 on duty and proud. Happy shooting.

    Andy.

  • wendell chenault

    You guys have got me chomping at the bits to get my gun back!! I like Leo asked them to check the peening signs I was having and to check the sights, so it may be a couple of days more before I get it back. I hope I get a new SR9 hat too, I have seen them and I think they look good.

    Andy I am like you, from what Ruger told me only a couple of guns malfunctioned during their in-house testing. They didn’t have to do the recall but I think they showed some class by doing it. They are making things right before it gets to be a problem IF it ever did become one.

  • Hey Everyone

    My SR-9 was picked up the 6th of August and only a week it has been returned. Talk about fast turn around time. Also in the package was a SR-9 Hat and Ruger decal. It will be a few weeks before I get a chance to fire it as I’m in the process of moving. Will let you all know how it performs when I take it to the range.

    Lauren

  • wendell chenault

    Did you get a new 17 round mag with the return of your gun?

  • Hey Everyone

    Yes I did get a new 17 round mag, it was in the weapon.

  • wendell chenault

    Whew! I was hoping that they had not already run out of them and I possibly would not get one. Thanks for the quick reply.

  • Hey Everyone

    Don’t worry Wendell, they have one with your name on it….LOL And I’ll keep you all posted as to how mine works when I get it to the range again mext month.

  • wendell chenault

    Has anyone tried transfering their gun from state to state via airways? I am going to Boston, Mass the 20th of Sept for a week. I am leaving from Jackson, Miss with one lay over in Washington. Just wondering how much trouble it would be. My CWP is from Monroe, La.

  • Andy

    Wendell:

    Andy here, you need to contact your airline, they will tell you that you need a hard case to carry your pistol. They will also tell you that as soon as you get to the ticket counter you need to declare your pistol. A TSA officer will be called to inspect your weapon to make sure is not loaded and that mags are in a seperate location or container. Pistol will ride with your luggage in the belly of the plain. And there will be some paperwork involved as well.. make sure you have all your IDs as well as your CCP it will be very important that you carry that with you. As per where you are going there are only very few states that do not allow weapons nor will endorse your lisence, but there are only 2 or 3 states that won’t accepted Mass being one of them, I don’t remember the other ones, but go online they are listed, and good luck. I myself will fly to Florida at the end of the month so I already made some inquiries about it. Good luck and I hope this information is helpful.

    Andy

  • Andy

    Andy again here is a link to the info you need:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Concealed_carry

  • wendell chenault

    Thanks Andy, This will be my first time to carry by airline so I wanted to make sure I dotted all i’s and crossed all t’s.

  • andrew

    now have 500 rounds through my redesigned trigger and gun
    only issue I have is
    i have hit the mag release a couple of time in quick draw target practice
    which you can image what happens
    I am concerned I might have the same issue when I need the gun the most.
    I am working on adjusting my grip but did not have the issue before

  • wendell chenault

    I hate to hear that Ruger changed that part of the gun. Yes mine was very stiff at first, but after cleaning and oiling the gun and working the release button hundreds of times while watching TV, mine worked very well. I wonder if they changed that part because of complaints from when the gun was new or if it had to be changed because of the new trigger design? Like I and others said many times on here the more you shot the gun the better it got. It just need to be broke in.

    My gun has been gone one week this past Friday, I am expecting it to be in this next week so I will see how mine operates then let you folks know.

  • JD Dodge

    Got the box, got it packed, made the call and it gets picked tomorrow.
    Now it will be my turn to wait.

  • Leo

    Well, guys: As I read these blog entries, I have a few thoughts. I have great respect for Ruger as a company, and I am proud of the quality American-Made products they manufacture and engineer. I’ll watch for the magazine release issue mentioned by Andrew. I hope they get it right this time, and we’re through with any recalls, because I am having a lot of trouble getting a hold of an SP-101 chambered for the new Federal 327 cartridge and I know they’ve been concentrating their efforts on this recall instead of the other new products (incl. the LCP). Will post as soon as I receive mine back, and once I have a chance of shooting it at the range.

  • eli

    i just got my pistol back from ruger today. it took exactly one week to get it back..so i was happy about that. i took it out and ran 34 rounds through it. i love it, the trigger is def on the money now..it has a shorter pull and it makes a world of difference. the trigger makes it a lot easier for any rapid fire drills because the reset is a lot shorter. as for the magazine catch, it feels a bit stiff much like when the gun was new..but no big deal in my opinion, should be something that will work itself in. all in all ruger did a great job..and yes they shipped the magazine and a hat :)
    happy shooting!!

  • Keith

    Hi guy’s sorry I have not been around, saw a picture of a sr-9 striker on the down ranger web site, the guy said he was dry fireing the pistol and the striker broke by the sear set looks like the striker was made of cheap metal , that’s what it looks like to me … looks like I will be looking for another pistol for a carry piece. sure ruger is a good price but i want a WELL MADE PISTOL I CAN COUNT ON ALL THE TIME saw 3 sr-9’s at a gun show and i do not like the trigger.(PLASTIC) i wonder how many times it will fire before the trigger it self breaks?????????????????????

  • eli

    Keith,
    it’ll probley take about as many times as it takes for a Glock, Springfeild XD, Smith and Wesson MP, Sig, Browning Pro, HK, FNH, (insert any other polymer pistol here) to break anything. the trigger lever itself is plastic the mechanisim is steel…there should be no reason for anything to be different than on any of your favorite guns. if the issue is that you’re just agianst polymer pistols, many of the alloy or stainless 1911 style pistols have the plastic trigger also with the steel mechanisim..Glocks are made almost completely out of polymer, including the mags and they have been test proven for years..by no means am i a Glock fan. i actually don’t care for those guns at all, but they are a good example that polymers are just as durable as steel..i’ve had my sr9 since mid to late jan sometime, i have not had a single issue with it at all whatsoever. the pistol sees plenty of action just about every week, and beliveve me when i tell you it will go BANG everytime. good luck with your gun shopping!!

  • wendell chenault

    Got my SR9 back today after 17 days. I had them check the sights and check the slide because of a mild peening problem that I was seeing, although I had no problems with it. Like everyone else I did get a new hat and a new mag. Like Eli, the mag release is a touch stiffer than what the old one was but I will bet it will loosen up with use. My old one worked fine after a good cleaning and oiling and sitting at the tv working it back and forth many times. This one seems to be ready to go right now. The gun was also clean and freshly oiled. Thanks Ruger!

    I hate to hear of the guy who had the broken striker that Keith spoke of BUT they say NOT TO DRY FIRE THE SR9 for a reason. DUH! Some folks just do things to try and break them so that they can whine about it. I say he had it coming to him. I believe you can take any gun made, misuse it and cause a malfunction. As for the plastic trigger, I bet it will last as long as any other gun. If there is a problem with that also, Ruger would probably recall the gun for that issue also. I also have a LCP which I love and a 22/45 which I have shot thousands of rounds through with no problems whatsoever. I have family and friends who have Ruger pistols and rifles and they have never had a problem with them either so I guess that is why I have confidence in Ruger products.

    With all the rain we are getting here in Louisana, it may be Sat before I can go shoot my gun but I will give you a report on how it does when I return.

    Have a great day and happy-safe shooting!

  • JD Dodge

    There is a very simple solution for anyone that MUST dryfire……………
    It’s called a “Snap-Cap” and there are different styles and looks for, I guess every caliber.

    If you want to dry fire and not hurt your weapon because there is a benefit to dry firing………..Then buy a pack and “Fire” away!!!!!!!

    I even have them for my shotgun and rifles……….I use them to release the compressed firing pin springs when they are put back in the safe.

  • Leo

    Well guys, I received my gun back yesterday. Thrilled to have it back. I’ll be shooting tonight and will report tomorrow on my thoughts. Like Wendell, I had them check the mild peening problem. It seems to have a slightly different sound when operating the slide. There may have been some adjustments made at the factory. The only thing I would’ve liked to receive is an individualized report on what was done on the particular gun. That may be too much to ask for and would probably increase the turn-around time, but it would be nice. The mag release is a little stiff, but I happen to like that in a gun. My front site looks replaced, and the gun cameback cleaned and oiled. Good to have the extra mag ( a whole box of ammo at my service. Regarding the prior comments on the unhappy camper: I have confidence in Ruger products and have not had issues in the past. Dry firing is not a recommended practice with any weapon. Take care on one’s gun, and it will give you good service. You wouldn’t customarily get on and off the sidewalk in your car to see how much punishment your shock absorbers can take. I respect his opinion and hope he finds a pistol he is happy and comfortable with. I like XDs myself, but prefer my SR9 and CZ in design and function.

  • JD Dodge

    I received mine back today and got the same goodies.
    A 17 round magazine, a SR9 Cap, two decals and update pages for my manual. And yes it’s nice and clean.
    Put a few “Snap-Caps” in a magazine and squeezed off a few “dry fire” shots but IMHO, I liked the earlier version trigger much better. It was much smoother to marry with my finger…………but must get a “Glock Finger” calibrated to the SR9 now.
    Mounted my laser back on and am going to try for the range before the week is over so I can check the zero on everything.
    Now to get my Judge back from the East Coast and I’ll be happy.

  • JD Dodge

    I also got a brochure on the LCP.

  • Keith

    JD what kind of laser do you have on your sr-9 ? any pictures? talked to ruger last week they said I won’t get a box till sept. some time. I really hope I like it when i get it back. i had a p-89 9mm. made by ruger it shot great..!!! if by chance any of you like finger grooves they make a slip on for a glock 17 that will fit the sr-9. I have much more control of it when i’m shooting .(better groups too) I looked at lasermax laser for the sr-9 but it won’t fit it the holster, plus i didn’t like the way the on & off switch was on the laser. I wish they would make a laser like the grip kind but that won’t happen with the sr-9.well thats it for now talk to all later .

  • JD Dodge

    Keith-
    They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so…………..

    http://www.laserlyte.com/Laser_First_Generation/Sub_Compact/FSL-0650-140/index.html

  • Leo

    A little late writing about my range experience with my newly returned retrofitted SR9. I was having way to much fun. The gun performed flawlessly. I needed to adjust my rear sight slightly, and the groups came together beautifully. The trigger took one magazine to get used to, since I was not used to the style. I like the trigger feel better now during drills on accuracy and short rapid fire. As mentioned before, the mag release is a little stiff, but preferable in my opinion in a large capacity double stack mag. Overall, the gun has the great feel it had before, with an improved trigger pull. Had no problems at all during my 150 round party. Will keep reporting if I have any other positive or negative experience.

  • Keith

    JD thanks for thesite on the laser, now let me ask you this, what kind of holster do you carry your sr-9 in?????? I have a level 2 by blackhawk so i know it won’t fit in that. tryed laser max did not like the switch and it would not fit in the blackhawk. Thank you for all your info .!!!!!

  • JD Dodge

    I dont carry the SR9, it’s my “Home Defense” gun, so there is no holster I have even looked for.
    I also have a Judge that is my “CAR” gun and again no holster.
    I do carry a S&W 442CT in two different holsters depending on the situations.

  • wendell chenault

    Went to the range today for about 3 hours sighting in a 7 mag, 30-30 and of coarse my SR 9. Shot 100 rds.and loved the trigger pull, I had no problems adjusting to it. Everything worked perfectly with no problems. I had Ruger check the sights and it shot real low at first but I had to keep raising the rear sight. Does everyone else have to raise the rear sight high like I do. Currently mine is 5.5 mm from the top of the slide to the bottom of the adjusted sight and it needs to go up a touch more. If anyone can give me a measurement on their gun I can tell if it is me or the gun. My mag release button worked well, kinda like it did before I sent it in. My next thing is to find a good set of lazer sights of which I have a good idea on what to look for from reading what you folks have put on this site. Oh by the way I have a Gunmate holester which has worked very good on my SR 9.

  • David

    Keith,

    Fobus has found fits for the Ruger SR-9 and the Ruger LCP. Go to the home page and you’ll see the new fits posted. I recomend the belt slide holster, the paddle version is a little flimsy in my opinion.

    http://www.fobusholster.com/catalog/

  • David

    Wendell,

    Your sight picture, grip and stance will affect your point of impact vs point of aim.

    Nearly everyone I run into outside of law enforcement uses a modified weaver type of stance or fires their weapon without locking both elbows out for added stability.

    Depending on the individuals shooting style and training, the sight adjustments will vary from shooter to shooter. So comparing your sights with those of someone elses is never a good idea. Don’t let the unusual sight picture you have give you any ideas about the quality of your weapon. I’m sure that its just your individual sight picture and the more you shoot and practice even that may change.

    Remember that the key to adusting elevation is in the way you stand. square up to your target and bend your knees slightly, lean forward at the hip and lock your elbows out. Remember to keep your feet wide apart but not so wide that its uncomfortable. This should give you a good solid shooting base. That should help you to better adjust for elevation, remember to be aware of your position durring fireing alot of peaple tend to gradualy lean back as they empty the mag, don’t lean back! Keep your torso forward to compensate for the recoil of the weapon. All this may be too complicated to explain when not shoen in person. Anyway give it a try, we’ll talk about grip later (windage).

  • Keith

    Hi guys, well ruger got my sr-9 this week I’m waiting for ups to deliver it as i write this . god i hope i like it . i hope that the trigger pull is better but like i said before i like the travel in a trigger it help’s me out when firing. well I’ll write more when I see it today. hope i can get to the range today, if not tomorrow.

  • Keith

    Hi guys, Well got to the range today, fired 75rds . I must admit I was not sure at first, but after the first 25rds, I’m a beliver , I found the sr-9 to fire smoother and for some unknowed reason more on target, then before. I think ruger did a great job on the recall. I’ll be proud to own and use this firearm. I’m going to look at the p-345 next, if I like what I see and feel I’ll problely buy one of those as well ….

  • Leo

    Good stuff I’m hearing. I agree with the fact the gun is performing excellent. I’ve had no problems whatsoever. Now I’m just looking for a couple of holsters.

  • eli

    just out of curiosity, what are you guys using to clean your SR9’s?? the reason i ask is because im sketchy about using gun cleaner (ie:break free, hoppe’s, ect) on the plastic parts, because i’ve seen gun cleaners melt down plastic and rubber..its a tedious task, but i’ve been stripping my pistol down and cleaning it with WD40 and some scrubbing. not as easy as with some cleaner of course..thanks in advance for any info!! happy shooting!

  • Keith

    Eli, first off i clean my lower receiver last . All i use on it is a q-tip , and or a small nylon brush plus a dry clothe. I use hoppe’s no-9 on all metal parts, then wipe down really good, then a light coat of oil on all metal parts.I do my best to not get any thing on the nylon receiver.I’ve used hoppe’s for yrs, with great results.What ever you use make sure it made for copper & or brass removeal, and make sure you get it all wipe down REALLY good.. good luck with finding what you want. P.S. when using a q-tip roll it in your fingers first to tighen up the fibers so they do not get pulled or ripped off by something…

  • eli

    thanks Keith, on the reciever and and the lower parts like i said, ive just been using wd40 and a small plasic brush…cleans out nicely, just not as quick..for the barrel, slide, and spring i do use break free and one of those steel brushes to clean out the inside of the barrel. i guess i might just be a getting a bit lazy..but gun cleaners do the job so well and efortlessly, thats why i figured i’d ask.. i guess a nice thing about using wd40 is that it leaves the surfaces oily

  • wendell chenault

    David, Thanks for the info on shooting stance. I’ve been gone to Boston, Mass. this past week so I am slow to reply. I have a friend who is a police officer and my CW teacher was a retired state officer. Both said it was not my stance but the sites on the gun. My stance is what you described and when I shoot my other guns I am dead on. What info can you give me on grip?? I’ll take all I can…I just want to be a better shooter with my SR-9.

    As for cleaning I have used varsal on my guns with great success. Works quickly and easily and does not leave a oily residue.

  • Keith

    wendel, try a slip grip made for a glock 17. they slide on and conform great ,oh they come with finger groove’s . helps me a great deal with my grip & handleing of recoil.

  • Keith

    Eli, why are you using a STEEL brush???? brass is a little more forgiving & will not scratch the inside of the barrel….. It will with a clothe patch wrap around it do the job well. Plus you can see all the crap your getting out of the barrel. do it till it turns gray then patch it out with oil till clean. oil will pick up a lot of small stuff. good luck!!!

  • eli

    Keith, sorry..im not quite sure what i was thinking or wasn’t thinking when i wrote that..i did in fact mean to say brass brush..sorry im kind of here but not here these past days, if you know what i mean..lol thanks for the input guys!

  • Clif

    I got my SR9 back from ruger last week and when I went to fire it this week end it was totally f#@$*! up! it now fires a few rounds upon pulling the trigger and then stops and the last round will be chambered but the striker is not reset. Has anyone else had any similar problems?? Anyway I got off the phone with the SR9 recal hotline and they seemed surprised and sent me a label to mail it back to them immediately. Hopefully they will solve the problem and fast. I would like to be shoooting my mandatory 250-500 rounds a week through it in no time.

  • Keith

    Leo, what kind of holster are you looking for????? Soft or hard.?????

  • Leo Rioja

    Right now I’m using a soft Inside-the-Pants Uncle Mike Size 15, which is adequate for some purposes. I am looking for a leather or hard holster for use on my right side or small of the back.

  • Keith

    Leo , Blackhawk makes one for a glock-17 , It’s a level-2 holster but it does fit the sr-9 alittle tight at first but it does loosen up after a bit of use. Mine came with a paddle and a belt loop set up. I myself don’t like leather cause it freys on the inside with use then the fibers get in the barrel of the firearm. ( my 2 cents) good luck finding one you like,,,,..

  • Leo Rioja

    Thanks, Keith. I lke Blackhwak products and I agree with you on the leather. I’ll look for it and try it out.

  • http://firearmblog terryt

    My sr9 was produced in sept of 08, purchased 2 weeks ago and no regrets with over 200 rounds down range. No ftf or any problems of any kind the gun is extremely accurate with rem 115gr hp not so great with fiocchi, I know go figure. Both grouped within 2 inches but the rem grouped in the bullseye. The fiocchi grouped 3 to 4 inches below the bullseye. Trigger seems to be just fine with good double tap accuracy. The more you use this weapon the more you will get used to it and then you will realize that this is a great gun compared to the rest. My experience with other gun of this type is limited to glock, springfield xd, smith m&p, beretta 92, beretta px4. My favorite of all the guns I have shot though is the cz 75-p01. The Ruger is coming on strong though. would suggest the new Ruger to anyone. wait about a year from now and see how many police use this.

  • Robert

    Does anybody know where i can find a good and inexpensive light and laser sight for the SR9?

  • http://thefirearmblog Dave I

    I have read all of your comments about the SR9 with much interest. I should be getting mine in a couple of days. I can hardly wait. I feel like a kid at Christmas.
    Since mine will be the redesigned model, hopefully I will not have any of the problems some of you have had. I have great faith in Ruger, as this will be my fifth. I already own a Super Single six, a Mark lll, a Mini 14, and a Model 77( a fantastic rifle by the way. .22 Hornet) I have 100% confidence in every one, and each has served me well thru the years. I paid $385 + $20 S/H for mine. I highly recommend a site called gunsamerica.com Look for a dealer called The Exchange. Nothing but good things to say about these folks. This is my 3rd purchase from them. and have been very sastified every time. Good shooting and remember USA 1.

    Democracy is 2 wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well armed lamb contesting the vote.

  • Dave I

    Well today was the day. I just picked up my SR9 this afternoon. While I haven’t had a chance to shoot it yet, I did do a few dry fires( mag in). What a huge dissapointment the trigger is. HORRIBLE! I was so dissapointed that I sent Ruger an email complaining about it. I even ask them how they sleep at night sending something like that out. I also found a very slight bit of rust on the barrel. Overall I think I will like this weapon, and I know you guys have said it gets better, but seriously. On the plus side: what a well balanced gun this is. Put the backstraps in flat and it fits like a glove. My magazine release doesn’t seem to be as stiff as others have said, and I am able to easily move the thumb safety to fire one handed. All in all I think I will keep her, but I can’t help but wonder if I shouldn’t have spent a few more bucks and went with the Springfeild XD.

    Ta for now. Happy and safe shooting. USA 1

  • Brian

    Holster??? says Glock holster(how many models does glock have?).

  • Keith

    Brain , look for a glock 17 holster that will fit a sr-9 mine is a blackhawk level 2 retention. a littel tight at first but loosens up well , plus you have the choice of belt or paddle..

  • Keith

    Dave , mine was the same, but after shooting 50rds or so it got nice and smooth. give it time .. It needs to be broken in so give it a try .. good luck…I think you bought a great firearm, but give it time….

  • John

    Well, now I’ve done it. In my infinite curiosity, I assembled my Springfield XD1 WITHOUT the barrel or the spring, and now, of course, the slide won’t come off. It retracts and slides forward to a point, but that’s it. Any suggestions?

    Thanks…

    the idiot.

  • Davena

    I don’t know how many carry IWB. But I would like to tell you my experience. I am 5’9 under 130 pound female. Work in an office all day sitting. Since I am in LOVE with my SR9-I carry it. Have a Grand Raptor II- too big and heavy for me to CC and a SA TRP 1911 also too big. Also a model 638 S&W- not enough rounds ;-). To carry the SR-9 I bought a supertuck crossbreed holster. Wow it this thing a dream! Keep in mind I wear a long tank under it because with red hair and freckles I have the sensitive skin thing. I wear mine from 6:30am til bed. The gun just wraps around your body with the supertuck from crossbreed. If you are an NRA member you get 10% off.

  • Dennis

    Dave1…I’m a 1st timer here at this site looking to purchase a new SR9 Ruger. I live in Louisiana, and I haven’t bought any kind of gun since 1979 when I bought a New Ruger 44 mag Super Black Hawk. I read your info on the GunsAmerica site and the seller The Exchange. My question is How do I go about purchasing a gun from this or any other seller at GunsAmerica? Please remember I’m just a newbee in the sense of any recent New gun purchases, but very experienced in shooting and caring for them. The stainless 357 Smith revolver and the 44 Super blackhawk that I own are just too big to be carrying around for personal protection. Any help with how to begin the paper work needed to start this rolling would be greatly appreciated..Thanks in advance….Dennis

  • Larry “Overkill” Miller

    does anyone know if anyone makes and /or where I can get some night sights for the SR9, my wife loves the gun.
    she what something like the sights on my Sig P220, Trijicon self-luminous night sights.
    I don’t think them or Novak make sights for the SR9 yet.

    I only paid $399.99 for the SR9, same day I bought my S&W M&P 9mm.( piad $469.99 for it.)

    if anyone has any info on night sights please reply.

    Thanks,
    Overkill

  • SRLuis9

    WOW… is all i can say about this side-arm…Never fired it, but I just bought it today..I just got my ccl and bought an SA 9mm..I shot 19 rounds through it, and it jammed on me 7x’s..I came online and read about it and took it back the second day I had it (nothing good to say about that firearm)..This gun compared to that gun is AMAZING..I cant wait to see it in action and hope it shots as well as I hear about it..I also, bought mine for $400 and im pleased with it so far..I was supposed to go for a glock but honestly I think im glad I didn’t, but we’ll see when I take it shooting..(wish me luck and I will tell my tale with my experience)..

    Hope she’s the 1
    Have had nothing but bad luck with buying firearms..

  • Dave I

    Hey Dennis. Basically log on to gunsamerica.com(I’ll call it GA) and create an account. Pretty much the same deal as you did here. In the search engine type in what you are looking for. You can even type in “the exchange” and their inventory will pop up. Pick out what you want and order it. You will have to have it shipped to an federal firearms license holder.The GA site has a “find an FFL dealer” search engine. Find a dealer near you and contact them to give their FFL info to the dealer you buy from. Usually fax or email will do. Most FFL holders will charge you $20-$25
    to do the transfer. Then you have to factor in S/H charges and most dealers charge an extra 3% for credit. So basically if you can find one at a dealer near you, you might be ahead to just go to your local gun shop and compare prices. (Plus you can finger one that way) I will say I have dealt with the Exchange several times and they always have competitive prices and great service. You can go directly to their site at: onlinegundeals.com. I have dealt with a gal named Jamie there and she is great. She will guide you thru the process. Hope this has Helped. Keep me posted. Dave

  • Dave I

    SrLuis9.
    Just curious what model Sprinfeild you bought. I also picked up an XD9 subcompact recently, and I love mine. I work part time evenings in a liquor store and I carry mine there. I haven’t shot it a whole lot(about a box) but mine fed perfectly straight out of the box. Not one jam or misfire yet. It is also fairly accurate for what it is. I can’t think of anything I would trade it for. A note on the SR9. From what I’ve read, be prepared for some “growing pains” if you do get one. While I haven’t even fired my yet, I have dry fired it several times and the trigger is horrible. Very hard gritty pull. I have been reading that it gets better the more you fire it, but I’ll tell you this: out of the box it stinks. You may have read my earlier post and I stand by that. Well balanced, fits the hand well, and lets face it a darn good looking peice. I just do not see myself being able to shoot it very accurately untill the trigger smooths out. Just my $.02 worth. Best of luck> Dave

  • Keith

    Davena, could you please give me any info on the type of holster you use for your sr-9. thank you very much, keith. I have a blackhawk level 2 . but would like to find another so i can switch from time to time ….

  • JL

    Thanks to all that have contributed to this blog.

    I am a newbie and have been researching the SR9 for about 2 weeks now in anticipation of buying my first pistol. Despite having Glock pushed by all the instructers I have talked to I decided I didn’t like the way a Glock felt in my hand.

    I have read both good and bad about the SR9 and was thinking maybe I should buy something that has been around a bit longer. Most of my local dealers were not real positive about the SR9 recall, Ruger political issues, trigger, mag safety, slide safety, dry fire issue just to name a few. What I also found out is that most of these guys had never actually fired the SR9.

    To me the SR9 just feels good in my hand, looks great, and is made in the USA! Everything I have read about Ruger’s business practices has been great! Sure maybe they rushed to get this pistol out and maybe the could of avoided the whole recall but it sounds like to me that they are handling the situation with great grace.

    With all that said I placed an order today for a KBSR9! It was hard to find and I may pay a bit more but I had to have the all black. It will be a few weeks before I’ll get to take it to the range but I will be sure to report back after I do.

  • Dennis

    Dave I, Thanks for all the good info! I will defintely follow up on it.. Since my 1st one (a 44 mag Super BlackHawk bought new is 78) I’ve always loved Ruger, and I really think that the SR9 will be what I’m looking for in a CW..But I couldn’t find one readily available in my area, and since my wife carries a Glock 23 (.40 cal) and gets to practice with the 19, both are compact versions of the 17, and hence, I’ve been having the opportunity to practice with both and have become pretty familiar with the Glocks. My wife suggested that since I’m already proficient with Glock and the SR9 wasn’t readily available, why didn’t I just get the Glock now, and then the SR9 after I had a chance to investigate it out some more? That’s why I married Her, she’s one smart cookie..and I couldn’t very well disagree with such sound advice, so…Pardon the Pun I “Bit The Bullet!” and got me a Glock 17. I like the feel of this full size Glock compared to the 19 and the 23…, but I’m still going to do some more looking into the SR9 as a CW. Thanks again Dave for all your help, and I’ll keep you posted….

  • SRLuis9

    DAVE I.
    I bought an SR9 with the 17 mag cap. I still havn’t fired mine yet due to mother nature. I live in Pennsylvania and still havn’t found a shooting range yet but when I bought my SA9mm(standard arms of nevada) a while back I took it to a corn field and shot there. I went yesterday to the same corn field and it was all mud. So, I didn’t get to go back all the way to were it was safe to shoot so im still waiting on firing it. I carry EVERYWHERE I go and its a lil bigger then the sa9mm and havn’t found a well concealed holster for it. Also, being kind of new to carying, im still looking for the best way to carry without a bulg and it being comfortable for me. I like to carry it on the side (like a cop) but theres to much of a bulg and when jumping in and out of the car its alil uncomfortable when it hits my center glove box. Where I bought the gun the owner showed me to carry it under my belt with the handle of the gun pointing right (being right handed). A little more comfortable but its hard to unsnap the gun with the snaps being against my back and hard to get to my 2nd clip if needed. Im just seeking as much info about cc as possible. So if anyone has comments or suggestions PLEASE feel free to share. Looking for a better holster to conceal alil better against my 240lb body. lol. as well as finding the best way and best point to carry. I know the answer to these questions already but have to ask for myself…..
    1. Is it legal to carry with the gun loaded (1 in chamber)?
    2. IS it legal for me to shoot in that corn field or do i have to shoot in a range?
    3. Whats the best and cheapest holster for my sr9?
    4. What are some other ways to carry a gun better concealed.
    5. If Im passing through a drug and gun free school zone and im carrying and get pulled over would I get in trouble or should I drive the longer way home?

    sorry for the story guys but trying to straigten somethings out for myself. I cant ask a cop cause they will only give there personal opinion and not the truth and i dont know anyone with a ccl.

  • Jason

    I bought my Ruger SR9 yesterday…tax free by the way. Its the first firearm I have ever purchased. I have shot different firearms before but this is the first one that is actually mine.

    I did a lot of research before this and narrowed it down to three choices….Ruger SR9, Glock 19, and Springfield XD. I chose the Ruger based on the way it felt in my hands, the price point compared to the other was fantastic and because I have small children in my home, I like the safety features of the gun. One of the features I really like about the firearm is the reversable backstrap. I switched it to the flat side today and what a difference from the rounded. The gun almost has a 1911 feel to it now & its fantastic. A lot of people kept pushing Glock but it just does not have the feel the SR9 has.

    I had to adjust the sights a little bit out of the box and after adjusting, its accurate. I would like to add a laser sight to it since it does have a Picatinney rail so there should be lots of options. If this model comes out in .45 ACP, that is going to be incredible. I think Ruger has done a great job with this weapon.

  • Dave I

    Jason

    Glad to hear you like your new gun! I think you made a good choice, although the Springfeild XD is also an excellent choice. I am glad you did not let them push the Glock on you. I never have like the Glocks. In fact I bought into the “hype” when I bought my first handgun, and I never was happy with it. I just traded it for the XD subcompact.(Love it btw). I also found that reversing the backstrap was a better fit for me. I have fairly small hands and it just feels better to me this way. As far as accuracy goes I really haven’t had much of a chance to shoot mine. I did run 25 thru her when I brought it home just to check it out. But my trigger is so stiff right now, I couldn’t really get a sense of the accuracy yet. From what I have read though, that should get better the more I shoot it. Just curious as to what you paid for yours? I bought mine off the ‘net and paid
    $ 410 with S/H, and I thought that was a pretty good deal. Keep me posted and Good shooting.

    USA 1 ! Dave

  • Dave I

    SRLuis

    Sorry it took awhile to get back to you. Working 2 jobs, and busy as hell at both. I really can’t speak to your carry laws up there in the great state of PA. In fact I need to do some research on Indiana’s laws myself. I would suggest that you can probably go on PA official web site and maybe find some of these things out. Try the Attorney General’s Page. Concerning concealed carry, it’s kind of tough to stay concealed wearing your gun on the hip. Maybe you should think about a shoulder rig, or an in the waistband holster. I know neither is as conveinent to acces your shooter, but deffinately easier to conceal. Try http://www.cheaperthandirt.com
    or http://www.sportsmansguide.com. Both have a really good selection and decent prices.(Sportsmans Guide is usually a little cheaper) Also if you go on Rugers site I think they have a list of comppatible holsters. Being a newer model I don’t think there are a whole lot speciffically designed for the SR9, but I really haven’t spent much time looking either. Hope this helps. Good luck and good shooting!

    USA 1 Dave

  • Jason

    Dave I,

    My old man has the Springfield XD .45 ACP. Shot that on Thanksgiving day and man that was some kind of smooth and easy for a 45.

    I paid $460 for mine…apparently, since Nov. 4th, shops are realizing people will pay higher prices to get their guns!!

    As far as my trigger goes, when I shot it on Friday, I did not feel like the pull was stiff or anything…now that may be a function of me not shooting in awhile & forgetting what a nice & easy trigger feels like. But for me, it did the job. Plus, if someone is breaking into my home & threatening my family, I won’t be having any problems pulling the trigger or be thinking “gosh, this thing is stiff.”

    What I am interested in getting for the SR9 is a green laser for it…I wish Crimson Trace would make a laser grip for it. LaserMax makes a green laser but their’s is $399 and its not on the grip. I don’t want to have to flip it on..I want to push a button and pull the trigger with the same hand just like the Crimson’s do now.

    Any idea if Crimson has anything in the works for this? I went onto their website and voted/suggested they make something for the SR9.

  • wendell chenault

    Hey everyone! It’s been a long time since I have been on here but it seems we have some new SR9 owners. Welcome aboard.

    First, Dave I. If you have not read all the posts on here, do so. I have had my gun for about 10 months now and would not part with it. I have shot so 2k rounds in my gun and as stated before it gets better and better. My trigger was also stiff and the mag release was very stiff almost requiring 2 hands to work. I cleaned the gun well and was suprised to see grease and metal filings in the gun. After a good cleaning and oiling it worked much better. Then after the recall the trigger and mag release was almost perfect for me. So keep working with it, I bet it gets better. Plus I would not recommend dry firing the SR9. You could damage it plus I bet it feels different when actually fired.

    As for a holster I use a Gunmate. It fits well on the SR9. I also have a shoulder rig I think is made by Gunmate which hides my gun well under my shirt. Like SRLuis9 I weigh 235lbs and sometimes CC is hard to do. I do use my hip holster with a untucked shirt or sweatshirt, carry in the small of my back and the shoulder rig. I am interested in the super tuck crossbreed that Davena spoke of so I will have to study that more. CC is easier right now it being cold, summer time is harder. Luis the Gunmate is cheap and works well for me. As for the questions you had on CC, I don’t know about your state. I do know that if you have a permit and get pulled over, you are to tell the officer first that you have a permit and are carring on your person. Most will not ask for your permit if you are honest. As for the school zones, I do not take my gun in the school but I do pick up my kids in the parking lot and I do not get out of the car. I wouldn’t drive around the zone, just don’t get out of the car and go in, permit or not.

    Hope some of this helps you………..

  • wendell chenault

    I looked at the Supertuck Crossbreed holsters…….nice. May get one for my SR9 and LCP 380.

  • Jason

    I took my SR9 to the range today and put 200 rounds through it and did not have one single hiccup with it. Since the Friday after Thanksgiving, that’s about 300-350 rounds through it and there hasn’t been the slightest problem. Today was the first day I shot since I flipped over the reversable backstrap and it feels like a different gun.

    Now, on to look at those Gunmate holsters….

  • GaryG

    I purchased my SR-9 in ealy October 2008. It was the retrofitted trigger unit.
    I have owned a Ruger police special SS revolver .357 for 20 years and have always been happy with it. However, it is not conducive to CCW.

    I’ve put well over 1000 rounds through it and have had only one problem, a casing didn’t eject completely. Others that have fired the gun have also had no issues. Out of the factory box it was extremely accurate. (I routinely manage 2-3″ patterns at 7 meters. I did have to adjust the rear sight elevation due to physical limitations(car accident 1969)…but can actually blow the bull out of a 5″ target. The weapon is smooth, fits my slim hands wonderfully and is quite forgiving of the limited use I have of my fingers. The slim lines and adjustable back strap are a wonderful thing. I do agree with many of the forum comments on loading a 17 rnd mag. They included loader is ok but look into a HKS mag speed loader! (about $12-14.00). Haven’t yet found the right CCW holster for it and any suggestions would be welcome. (I prefer appendix carry).
    My personal summary… A weapon well worth owning.
    At the range I use 115gr. Winchester white box or the even cheaper Blazing Brass FMJ. For CCW it’s Remington 147gr. hollow point.
    I was the only person in a class of 18 to use the SR-9 and did better than most of the class (197 out of a possible 200 score).
    As far as night sights you may want to check out a products called Nitesiters at nitesiters.com. These are tiny self-adhesive dots that fit most combat style sites. They offer up to 30-45 minutes of light. Cost is prox. $12.00 +shipping. They are no substitute for tritium or a rail mount laser system such as the TLR1 or 2 but also don’t require a gunsmith to install. Considering a TLR-2 sells in the $300.00 and up range a $13.00 investment won’t break the bank.

  • GaryG

    As I read through this entire blog I noticed a number of requests regarding magazines for the SR-9 a company called The Blue Press (website: www. bluepress.com offers 3rd party mags for many pistols at reasonable prices.
    It might be worth the time to take a look!? Have not done business with them so cannot comment on that aspect.

  • Jason

    Can anyone provide any information on a fiber optic front sight for the SR9??

  • Bobby

    Hello All,

    I got my SR-9 about a week a go and have put around 350 rounds through it. I love the way it shoots and feels in my hand but I hate the accuracy of the sights. It shoot few inches low and I have raised the rear sight as high as I possibly can. The front sight is sitting a bit on the right and not top center of the barrel.
    Is anyone else having the mentioned issues?
    Also if I understand correctly the front sight can be adjusted for windage, how can I move it? Just hit it with a hammer?

    Any advise is appreciated.

    Thanks
    Bobby

  • eli

    bobby,
    lightly tap it, the sights should move with no problem. if you dont want to scuff the pistol try using a thin copper rod to help move the sight. place it on the edge of the sight nearest to the slide and again, just lightly tap it and that should do the trick. copper is a softer metal so it shouldn’t scratch your stainless slide at all. good luck.

  • wendell chenault

    Bobby I have had the same problem. My rear sight is very high and I am looking at finding another rear sigh that is built up and fixed. I have to put the center dot below the intended target when aming. My front sight was off also which I used a piece of wood and a hammer or you can use a plastic hammer to adjust it. Its kinda a hit and miss thing with how hard you have to hit it. I saw several on here that knocked theirs completely off. Make sure you hit the base of the sight and not the top as to bend it. You may also just want to take it to a gunsmith and have him try to adjust it. Otherwise I love my SR 9.

  • Bobby

    Thanks for the reply guys. I was able to successfully move the front sight without damaging it by covering it with some tape, putting a flat head screw driver on the edge and tapping it.
    I’m looking forward to taking it to the range and trying it out now, but it sure does get expensive with the range fees and cost of ammo.
    Wendell, I will try your trick on placing the center dot… but man I just hate to having to remember this every time, especially since I’ve been shooting rifles since childhood with dead on accuracy and never had to compensate for what the gun couldn’t do.
    If you do find another set of after market sights for it let me know, if not I might end up trimming the front sight myself.
    But other than that this pistol is definitely a keeper.

  • wendell chenault

    Bobby, I feel your pain man. lol I am like you, acustomed to aiming dead on like with a scope. When I went to get my CWP they tell you to line up the side dots in the area you want to shoot and the center dot just under your target. This is so you can see the target if small and if it was to move. I still like being dead on with my sights though. I also had to adjust because mine shot so low. When I tried to adjust the height of the rear sight it come loose and would flop. After I sent the gun back to be refited they checked the sights and it is better but not quite like I want. A state trooper friend of mine has a Glock and I saw a parts book and they have rear fixed sights that are in like 6.0, 6.5 and 7.0mm heights. You just have to know what height you need ahead of time. I’m not sure you can do that with the Ruger but who knows. I didn’t think of trimming the front sight……good idea but you would have to be careful doing it. Adjusting the windage on the front sight was very hard on mine, guess that is how some knock theirs off. My Ruger 22/45 I can aim dead on so I am like you there too, guess I need to mess with my 9mm more in that area.

    As for ammo, I use 115 gr Remington and Monarch 115 gr full metal jacket bullets. At Acedemy Sport the Rems run about 53.00 per 250 ct box and the Monarchs are about 9.00 per 50 ct box. In the Monarch get the green box, the blue box is 7.00 per box but shoot and sound like dud firecrackers and shoot very dirty. The green box and the Rems. are the same to me and I have had no problems with shooting them in the SR9. Anyway for target practice they have been good for me. Hope this helps you some. Let me know what else you do about your sights. Thanks!

  • wendell chenault

    Just thought of something else about your aim and hitting area. Take note of your trigger finger and how you pull on the trigger. If you use the inner part of the finger, towards the first joint, you may be pulling the gun to one side as you pull the trigger, depending on how much trigger pull you have. If you use the outter edge of your finger you may not be as apt to pull the front of the gun around as you pull the trigger. That make sense???????????

  • JL

    Hello all!

    It has been 3 weeks but my SR9 has arrived. As many suggested the first thing I did was clean it. I noticed some of the things I expected like a stiff mag release and difficulty loading all 17 rounds into the mag. As i said, expected and I’m sure after a few trips to the range they will loosen up.

    So off I went with 100 rounds of Winchester 115gr FMJ and 25 rounds of Hornady 124gr JHP/XTP. I loaded up, took aim, pulled the trigger and………bang/stove pipe. I couldn’t belive it! During the first mag I had a total of 3 stove pipes. I took a deep breath, let my blood pressure come down and started all over. I’m happy to say I went through the next 100+ rounds with no problem. I concluded that my problems during the first mag were shooter induced (probably limp wristing). I will say it is going to take another trip or two to the range in order to gain my complete confidence but I am pretty comfortably blamming the issues on myself as I am still pretty new to all of this. As for the accuracy I’m not really the one to ask but I shot it fairly well. I think with a bit more practice I will be able to shoot the SR9 dead on.

    The first place I ordered from said they had the all black version available but after 2 weeks without the gun shipping I cancled my order and called Buds. It only took a week to arrive and I paid $480 after shipping and transfer fees. As I stated in my first post I couldn’t find the all black version in my area. In addition, local prices for the ss version are $425-$525.

    Thanks to all for sharing their experinces. I will continue to read and post.
    Happy Shooting!

  • GaryG

    JL, I can’t comment on the “stove piping” issue but would suspect the ammo. As far as the limp wristing you are quite likely correct. After I took my SR9 to the range the first time it was flawless mechanically but my patterns more resembled a 12 gauge shotgun at 100 meters than a handgun at 25 feet. sure enough, with a shooting buddy watching me, it was immediately evident that I was not using a correct or strong enough grip on the weapon. A quick trip to Wal-Mart and the purchase of dumbells from 2lbs up to 10 lbs, and nightly workouts, a better grip and stance, and the problem was gone. Consistent 17 round sessions have me in a 3-4″ pattern regularly. However, after about 100-150 rounds my accuracy fades very quickly. Also the Ruger does “loosen up after a few hundred rounds. You may want to look into one of the many mag loaders available. Double stack mags can be a real challenge to load even after they have been broken in.
    Best Regards,
    Gizmo

  • Bobby

    Well I finally ended up shaving the front sight down to right under the dot. That did the trick and now I don’t have to raise the back sight all the way up. The front side is much smaller and rear sight is not sticking all the way out. I’m missing the white dot in the front now but I don’t really care.

  • wendell chenault

    Bobby how did you grind your sight off? With a electric grinder or by hand and did you do alittle at a time or just get rid of it all at once? I was just thinking that if you have a real small drill bit you could make a indention into the sight and add some paint or scuff it and add paint so it will stay and be seen.

  • Bobby

    Wendell,
    First I disassembled the gun, that way I was able to put the top slide on the kitchen table to work on it.
    Then I used a $30 Rotary hand tool with the grinder piece similar to link below to grind off the sight, at the end I repainted the sight black using car touch up paint, came out really nice.

    http://cdn.overstock.com/images/products/L10362646.jpg

    Pocking a dent with tip of a small drill bit and then a drop of white paint would give me back the missing dot, but I think I kinda like it right now with out the middle white dot for some strange reason.

    PS: While I had the grinder on I got distracted by the TV for a sec and tip of the grinder put a good scratch on the slide body. Make sure you don’t do that as it shows scratches pretty good….

  • wendell chenault

    Thanks for the info Bobby. I continue to learn things here on this site from folks like you. I am going to do some researech and see if I might can find a new fiber optic front sight to add on that has a lower profile. That way no matter what the background I will be able to see the front sight.

    Man, hate to hear about the boo-boo on the top slide. Needless to say I would be extremely ticked off if I did that!

  • Bobby

    Yeah I was pretty ticked off at first about the scratch but again guns are meant to have a few scratches unless it’s only for the show :)
    I agree with you about the Internet and learning things on this forum and other forums. As a web designer myself I honestly can say that share of information between ordinary people was the best thing that came of the net.

  • SRLuis9

    HEY ALL,

    Still havn’t fired my sr9 yet. Im starting to think its for show lol..Everytime i try to go shoot, mother nature or other elements seem to come into play.. Yea it hurts to keep reading this blog and all of your experiences.. I keep telling myself one day ill get to shoot it.. Oh and man that hurts me to hear you shaving down your sr9 front sight.. I would not be able to do that (even if i knew what i was doing).. lol but hey you have to do what you have to do in order to get those rounds were you want em.. Yea and sorry bout that boo boo lol that had to hurt you more then the gun lol.. Ne ways ive finally seen some film on what an sr9 looks like in action and man i cant wait.. Im looking for places to go and shoot so one of these days i will find a spot.. I cant find a range anywhere near me besides 2 hours away..soon enough…………..i will have my fun….

    god bless
    n
    have fun shootin

  • JL

    Gizmo thanks for the input. I’m going to work on the grip and I have bought a variety of brands of ammo to see what works best for me.

    What grain ammo is everyone shooting? I tried 115 & 124. I read some where 147gr ammo shouldn’t be used in a polymer simi-autos. Is this true?

    Also, anyone own a Desantis Pro Stealth N87 holster? I was thinking of buying one.

  • wendell chenault

    JL look at my Dec 16 th post and you’ll see what I use. (115 grain) I take my SR 9 deer hunting with me just in case I need to finish a deer off and sure enough I had to about a month ago. Shot the deer in the neck at 20 yards and needless to say they did the trick. No problems here with my ammo.

    SRLuis9 we went from 30 degree weather to 77 today here in NE Louisana. High tomorrow 72, back in the 40’s Sunday. Come on down here and I’ll take you to a place to shoot. As I stated above I take my SR9 deer hunting with me. Well I have a place to where the deer come out under this tree that I can put a tree climbing stand in. I have killed 3 and to make it more interesting I want to hunt with just my 9mm. Longest shot will be about 30 yards….I’ll let ya’ll know if I have any luck.

  • Blaine N.

    Bought my SR9 finally (actually mother bought it, I’m only 20). I had about $600 to spend on a gun. I was thinking about getting the Beretta PX4 and really had my sights set on it. After going to my local gun shop (Gator Guns in Sulphur, La.) I decided to get the SR9 because they did not have any PX4 9mm. In 4 days I have put 150 rounds through it. My first 50 I was upset with the accuracy but had no problems other than that. Granted, this was my first pistol to shoot ever, so much of it was my fault, but it was shooting slightly low. Today I shot and adjusted the sights and I was hitting beer bottles (lol) pretty consistantly at about 15 yards. I was impressed. I love the feel of this gun in my hand. I work at Academy Sports and Outdoors and I handle handguns all day long. I have to say this SR9 is by far in the top 3 as far as feel in my hand. I was worried that I wouldn’t have enough experience with guns to dissassemble them, but I had absolutely no problem field stripping it or putting it back together. It is extremely light weight, high capacity magazine, nice sights. There’s nothing about this gun that I don’t like. I like the manual thumb safety. That was a top deciding factor in what I bought. I picked this gun up for 399.99 before tax (323.something) after taxes. They also gave me three clips with the gun. (It was sent back when it was recalled.)
    I’m glad I got this. Everything I’ve read about it has been positive. Ruger, from what I’ve read, has great customer service. Hopefully I never have to deal with them, but if I do I believe I’m in good hands. You won’t be dissappointed with this gun.
    ALSO!!!! Wendell Chenault, you said you used the 9mm Monarch in the Blue Box…..DON’T USE THEM!!!!!!!! Those are 9mm Markarvich (sp?) They are some russian 9mm that is very different from a 9mmX19 bullet.
    Trust me, I sell them lol. And have to explain to people everyday that its not a regular 9mm bullet.
    Thanks,
    Blaine N.
    Sulphur, Louisiana

  • Bobby

    Blaine,

    I think you made the right choice on buying the SR-9. I have shot this gun over 500 rounds including rapid fire and not a single jam yet.
    I went for my Texas Handgun License class yesterday and everyone in the class just loved the way it felt and looked.
    Like i stated in the earlier post, I did end up trimming the front sight but all perfect for me now.
    Here is picture of what my gun looks like after shaving down the front sight.
    http://i363.photobucket.com/albums/oo77/techclan/SR9-Sight-Shaved.jpg

  • Bobby

    Forgot to tell you guys I did end up adding my own white line to the tip. It makes it easier to aim at night. I used some white auto weather proof touch up paint.
    http://i363.photobucket.com/albums/oo77/techclan/SR9-Sight-Shaved.jpg

  • Brian

    Has anyone bought the Mitch Rosen holster from the Ruger website? I’ve been looking at it since before I actually picked up my SR9…I work around water and am constantly getting wet so the SR9 is replacing the Springfield LW champion for the carry at work pistol. I understand that leather isn’t the best chioce for wet wear,but I have a fobus HK-1 for work.

  • Chris H

    Hey Guys,

    I just wanted to say that i enjoyed all the information i have gotten off of this about the SR9. I picked mine up a week ago and just got back from firing it for the first time today.

    I have to say that I absolutely love the pistol. I had 1 jam on the very first shot and after that had 2 misfeeds. Both about 50 or so shots apart. I put just at 200 shots off while at the range and am completely in love with my SR9. I am a new shooter, so i enjoyed the accuracy the pistol has and the trigger was comfortable. I was shooting Winchester WB 115 grain FMJ.

    But then just around shot 200 I had something happen that I am very Unhappy about and was hoping I could get some information from someone about it being that Ruger and the shop i bought it from are closed today….THE GUN LOCKED UP ON ME. I fired, and then the trigger never reset and upon looking at the pin on the rear of the gun that indicates it being cocked it is stuck in the cocked position.

    I can load a round into the chamber but can not fire the pistol. Does anyone know what caused this? Was it me or a defect in the gun? Like i said it was the first use and had about 200 great rounds go through. I really hope it is an easy fix because i am EXTREMELY happy with what i shot. But i do not want to take it apart yet as i am brand new to pistol ownership and want to make sure i am not the cause of unneccessary damage. Please give me some feedback if you know what this issue is about.

    Chris

  • Bobby

    Chris,

    It’s normal for a new pistol to jam or misfeed the first few rounds when it’s new and have to break it in.
    As far as your problem with the gun locking up after 200 rounds, I would strongly suggest disassembling it and cleaning it and taking a look inside before anything else. It’s very simple and comes apart nicely with only a few main parts.
    How to Disassemble:
    1) lock slide to rear.
    2) remove take down pin
    3) push ejector down
    4) release slide stop
    5) pull slide off front of gun.

  • wendell chenault

    Blaine, believe me I will not shot any more of that ammo. 1 50ct box is all I needed to see that they were not any good. Thanks for the info.

    Chris H, have you dry fired the gun any?? They say not to because it can damage the gun. Break it down and check all parts and make sure there is not any grit in any vital parts that may be hanging it up.

    VERY IMPORTANT TO NEW OWNERS—- Go check out the entry made by Robert on March 27th and 28th of this year. He has some pics of what happened to his gun and also mine after about 300 rounds. What was happening was the gun was peening causing it not to chamber all the way, making the pin in the back look like it was getting ready to shoot. My gun was fixed when it was recalled and maybe you newer owners will not have the same problem since the trigger problem has been solved but be on the lookout for the peening to appear.

    If you “newbies” have not done so and you have the time, go back to the very begining of this site and read all the posts on this gun. I promise you will learn something and have a better understanding for the SR9. From me, many many “Thanks” for all the posts that has been made by all you good folks.

  • wendell chenault

    Bobby, Great job on the sites!! Want to do mine?????? lol My dots on the rear are way above the outter part of the site. Were yours that high??? Like I said Good job! Looks down right professional.

  • Bobby

    Thank Wendell. Sure I’ll do your sight but cant garantee accidental booboos….haha
    Yes mine was also very high and it was shooting low, that’s the only thing I didnt like about the SR-9. If they ever come out with smaller back sight or I’ll figure out a way to make the back sight smaller that would be my next project.

  • Chris H

    Hey thanks for the feedback on the issue i have had. I am going to strip it tomorow and see if i can find the cause.

    Wendell – as far as dry firing i have to admit that yes it had been dry fired a few times, definetly less than 10 times. Never without the magazine as i was aware of that warning.

    I will re-post once i strip it down and clean it. I am praying that it is just a simple fix as I will be highly dissapointed if i have to go a long period of time without it.

    Thanks again1

  • SRLuis9

    HEY All,
    I retract my statment about shaving the front sights on the sr9..I saw the pictures and it does indeed look as if it were stock..I just look at the scratch and say ouch..lol..I still havn’t shot my sr9 yet and these storms are making it harder for me to do so..I did find out though that there is a range being built next to my home and we cant fire there just yet but until then im still looking for some nice woods i can take my car back to and shoot ( i dont have a truck and that makes it hard too)..Im still looking for a spot i can shoot at..IF ANYONE lives near Wilkes-barre P.a or even Scranton Pennsylvania and knows were there is a nice place to shoot let me know..As far as ammo goes I used American Eagle 9mm luger FMJ’s 124 grain out of my last gun and thought they were pretty good and clean..I dont know cause i was a first time shooter using those and everyone has their opinions..But i have a box of winshesters 9mm luger 115 grain FMJ and there a little longer then the american eagles by about 2-3 mm’s.. Also, is it the more grain the bigger explosion and more feet per second?. Is that how it goes?. I just assumed that the more grain the better..Although i havnt fired my sr9 yet is it ok to clean from dust on a every 3 day basis or i shouldnt do that..All i do is a wipe down with a lint free cloth and and check the barrel for dust..should i stop..Im sorry for all the questions but im a very curious person with O.C.D and i think education, and cleanliness is key for everything..

    Thanx for the info everyday i read this page I learn something new..

  • Bobby

    SRLuis9,

    For range and practice shooting I use Blazer 115Grain FMJ from Walmart for $8.99 for 50 Rounds pack. They work really well and haven’t failed me yet after many many rounds.
    As far as cleaning, I would suggest cleaning your gun after every time you go shooting but whipping the dust off once every 3 days is not gonna help or hurt the gun if you’re not using it, however it is recommended to keep your gun free of moisture by cleaning it once every 4-6 months if not being used.
    As far as the grain goes, The 115 gr. will have a very slight increase in velocity due to lighter weight. If you are just plinking, I would get the cheapest available. Lighter grain bullet should travel just a little faster. Both are okay to use so go with least expensive.
    The wight of the two rounds, a mere 9 grains. The lighter bullet will net a little more velocity. The heavier bullet, of course, will be a little slower, but their increased mass results in a little more energy transfer, meaning they hit a little harder. Not true for ALL bullets but it does apply to most of them out there.

  • SRLuis9

    WOW……………
    ALOT MORE QUESTIONS i need to be answered and dont know where to get the answers..I go to the pa homepage and reading from there is like trying to put a puzzle together..I just read that if i were to be traveling with my gun in the car at anytime I have to have my (empty)gun in the trunk and bullets in glove box??????wtf is that?????Is this true? I thought just having my CCL was good enough to drive to the store with my gun on me…Now im thinkin i have to put it in the trunk and when i get to the store go to my trunk and have to load it in the store lot????? If not lets say i was going to a different county in my state do i have to do this? Man ive been driving around illegal if this is true..Also i just read if i get pulled over in a gun free zone im screwed??? what if i pass through to go home and i just happened to get stopped there do i get in trouble for that … Man so many questions and answers i cant find and technacalities and junk wtf can someone help or anyone from the are help me look up these “laws” ….?

    Man im bout to retire my gun and start carrying a pocket full of rocks and say F*** it…………

  • wendell chenault

    SRLuis9, Go to opencarry.org. It has a area called video channel and look down at your state. This may help you with some of your questions and will let you know what is going on in your state as far as what is happening with other gun owners. Yes this does concern open carry but is your right and I think you have to have a CWP. (concealed weapons permit) I got my CWP just to take any guess work out of what ever trouble I may get into which I pray is none. I have several friends in law enforcement from local to state and they told me that if you have a permit and you get into a situtation that requires that you draw your weapon, you will go thru alot less “paperwork” and question just because you have taken a class and have the permit. Look at this site and the news videos and google gun laws or handgun carry in the state if PA. You should find your answers there. In Louisana we have the LSP (Louisana State Police) Concealed Handgun Permit Unit site. There is a section called Laws and Rules Booklet with all rules and regulations. Bet P.A. has the same thing. It will tell you what areas you can and cannot carry into. I don’t think a cop will ticket you for driving through a school zone in your car with your gun. Now you go into that school and you’ll have more SR9’s and Glocks looking at you than you ‘ll care to think about. lol If you do get stopped and you do have your gun and permit, the FIRST THING you do is inform the officer that you have a permit and you DO have a gun on your body. This is for his and your protection. My friends tell me that if someone tells them that they are carrying up front that 95% of the time they do not ask for the permit or ask for you to remove the gun. (I’d give them the permit with my DL anyway) Their thinking is if someone is honest enough to let them know about the gun, that are not up to no good. This is another good reason to keep up with what our government is doing with the handgun laws. Down here most folks support handguns where in the north alot of the people want them done away with. The way I see it is they take ours, the crooks will still have them. I will defend my family/property but not start trouble. They will not take away our guns yet but if you have noticed ammo is again starting to rise in price. Parts and accessories will also go up so be prepared. Enough on that!

    On another note, I sent Ruger a note last night asking them about a lower profile or fiber optic sights for the SR9. Of coarse no repy as of yet but I will let you know if and when I get a reply. Bobby did do a fine job on his didn’t he. I’m chicken to do that to mine right now…well see.

    My fingers are tired….be safe, stay warm, (26 deg here) and happy shooting!

  • Bobby

    SRLuis9,
    Don’t mean to pour salt on your wound but even the rock in your pocket could be considered a deadly weapon.
    I just finished all my paper work and class for the Texas Concealed Handgun License and the reason I got mine was so if I ever have to use it it would count for my benefit and lets the cops know that I have done my best to follow the law.
    Every state has different laws and you need to learn them so you don’t get yourself in trouble. In Texas it doesn’t matter if the gun is loaded or not and according to the new laws you can carry it in your car with or without a license but I still don’t have the guts to do that without my license. I just leave mine unloaded in the trunk when going to and from the range. Once I get my CHL then I’ll decide if I really want to carry or not. I do like to stop by the local bars sometimes after a hard day at work and have a beer or two which means as CHL holder I better not have a gun any place near me including the car or it’ll be a felony so lots to think about, but just like Wendell said I also do recommend getting your license if want to own a gun, it will help with unnecessary headache from the law.

  • SRLuis9

    SO BOBBY you had to take classes to get your License huh?… Well in P.A all you have to do is fill out a backround check and if you pass it you get your License..I filled one out and 2 weeks later they called me to take my picture..The only thing is that trying to find out info on carrying is so hard because people are idiots out here..There are no sites that give you concrete answers..See you have sites that tell you right from wrong and laws, out here you have to figure out right from wrong and make sure your common sense is at 100%..You cant ask cops out here anything cause all they do is give personal opinions and its the total oposite of the truth or laws so it makes their job easier..So thats why i ask so many questions..Gun laws are so unsure out here and reading other state laws make you ask questions about your state and you have nooooo refrence points to answer your questions..See and people i know that shoot rifles say its ok to shoot in the woods but then some people say no and then they say there are limits to how many bullets in a clip you can shoot but i know a guy that went to the woods and shot his AK off..SO which way do you turn? take your chances and go shoot or stay on the safe side and dont shoot your new gun until you figure it out on your own(this would be me) and out here your aloud to carry into a bar..

  • Bobby

    Looks like PA has open carry law, we don’t have that in Texas so the pistol has to be concealed (hidden or not visible).

    You may want to look here for some PA laws:
    http://paopencarry.org/pa-open-carry-information

  • Chris H

    hey guys,

    just wanted to give you an update on my SR9. It had the problem of being “locked up” which randomly occured while at the range.

    On Sunday I went ahead and broke it down for cleaning. I honestly thought that i was going to find a piece of something jammed somewhere which was causing my issue but i did not. So i went ahead and cleaned it up really well and put it back together. And i was pretty bummed because it seemed that I had not fixed the issue.

    But as i finished re-assembly and hit the slide release, i noticed that the trigger had reset ( it had not previously when the jam occured ) and the pin in the back that indicates that the gun is ready to fire had moved back in to its normal position. ( it had previously been stuck extended alittle further out than normal). So I went ahead and locked the slide back again and released it using the slide release and it totally reset everything. Now the gun seems to be working the way it should. i have not had the chance to fire it yet since solving the issue, but am optimistic that it was a one time issue (hopefully!) Anyways, i will post again once I shoot and let you know how that goes.

    Chris

  • wendell chenault

    We take a class here in Louisana also. 8 hours plus you must qualify with your gun. Then you have to get a photo done, fingerprints, then send off the paperwork. About $250.00 total cost for a 4 year lic. Turn around was 60-90 days. We have open carry which I try to avoid to cut down on possible problems. My permit is honored in PA and Texas.

    SRLuis9 go to LSP Conceal Handgun Permit Unit. Go to the bottom of the page to the US map and you can see what states honor our permit. In the column with the states listed click on your state which has a phone number on it. That will take you to a page with the name of Tom Corbit on it. Just under that is in blue a section called Carrying Firearms in PA. Frequently Asked Questions. That section should answer many of your questions. I did not go much futher when I saw that. I wanted to send this last night but something went wrong with the site and I had to wait till this morning so I hope I did not leave nothing out.

    Hope you get to shoot your gun soon. Make sure that there is not a huntinting season going on in your area when you shoot in the woods. Many gun stores here have indoor shooting ranges so check there also.

    Merry Christmas and happy safe SR 9 shooting.

  • wendell chenault

    Hey Bobby what part of Texas are you in?? We may have to get together for a shoot sometime.

  • wendell chenault

    Got a reply today from Ruger on my SR 9 shooting high. This is what they said. I could raise the rear sight or lower the front sight, or use a lighter bullet. (lighter than a 115) I could send the gun back for repair but it would be sighted in by a shooting tech and his prefrence and not mine. Since the gun is so new, no fiber optics are being offered at this time. I did talk to one of my gun shop owners yesterday and he did find a front fiber sight for the SR 9 but it was a long sight like you would put on a shotgun and the height was about the same as stock so I think I will wait for now or maybe shave the front down when I have more time. At this point I really like the way Bobby reworked his sight. Again, good job Bobby!

    Chris, Glad you maybe found the problem and maybe it won’t happen again!

    MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY SR9 SHOOTING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Bobby

    Wendell,
    I’ll say go for it and shave it down. It’s easier than it seems, just go over it with the rotary tool a little at a time until you get it as low as you want. Worse case scenario you order another stock front sight from Ruger and put it back on.

    Merry Christmas

  • wendell chenault

    That’s what the gun shop said also Bobby. Costs about $15.00 to replace. How does that thing stay on anyway????

  • Jason

    I have now put apprx 600 rounds through my SR9 since the day after Thanksgiving. Not one single hang up with this gun.

    However, I must admit that the one I don’t like about this gun are the sights. No matter what I do, I cannot get them to a suitable liking. I have emailed Heinie & the Straight 8’s are not available for the SR9, in fact, according to the lady who emailed me back, NONE of their products fit the SR9.

    I absolutely love this gun but like with anything else, I like to put my own personal touches on it. The lesson I have learned in this process since this is the first firearm I have actually owned is that buying a new model has its good & bad points. Bad being that aftermarket items are not readily available. On the flip side though, nothing came close to feeling better in my hand than the SR9 and feeling comfortable with the weapon in my hand was a big thing for me. I would not get rid of this for anything, I just need some patience in waiting for the aftermarket items to make their way into the market.

    Merry Christmas everyone!!

  • Bobby

    Wendell,
    I have never taken the sight completely off but from the diagram below it looks like it just slides off and on.
    http://i363.photobucket.com/albums/oo77/techclan/SR9-BreakDown.gif

    Jason,
    The SR-9 has way more pros than cons and that is what makes it great gun, every SR-9 owner I’ve talked to loves the gun but at the same time do not like the sights and I truly don’t understand why Ruger failed in that area.
    As you probably already saw in the previous posts I ended up shaving mine and they look, feel and shoot perfect now.
    I think Ruger should just put out some lower profile sights for SR-9 so people can change them if they want.

    The first company that comes out with some aftermarket sights for SR-9 will be making some good profit.

  • wendell chenault

    Ok Bobby ……getting the nerve to shave off that front sight. When you did it, did you lower the rear first then shave off some, then shoot it? Or did you just grind off the entire dot, lower the rear and then shoot it? I don’t want to take off too much too soon. And personally I like my front dot to be on my intended target. Is that how you shoot?? My Ruger 22/45 is perfect for me, put that front dot on the target and pull the trigger. My daughter even shoots it well. How did you do it oh great one???? lol

    I’m like Jason, I will be glad when the aftermarkets come out. Wonder how long that will take???? The gun is almost a year old.

    Going to bed now…MERRY CHRISTMAS ALL!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Bobby

    Wendell,
    I just took the gun apart, put the slide on the kitchen table and went over it one layer at a time until I completely removed the dot.
    Keep in mind the sight is made out of metal so it will be shiny metal finish as you shave it down and you will end up having to paint it.
    Also I aim 6 O’Clock (the sight right below the area of impact).

    Good luck bud.

  • jason

    I just got an sr9 two weeks ago and fired 250 rounds through it. It was accurate, felt good in hand, low recoil, no jams. I have heard that certain ammo jams Rugers, so maybe check into that. Easy to break down and clean, nice looks, cant complain.

  • Bobby

    Jason,

    So your gun was hitting bull’s eye right out of the box? If so I like to know how you were aiming and brand ammo you were using. I’ve yet to find anyone that was 100% happy with sight right out of the box.

    **I reached a 1000 round on my SR-9 yesterday with 0 jams or misfire**

  • jason

    Bobby, I wouldn’t say everything was a bullseye and the sights are not perfect but it seems to do as well as my Sig 225 p6. I shot 5-15 yards, used winchester 115 grain fmj, no issues, PMC however i hear can cause problems? The gun probably only gets better, my only gripe was loading the mags, stiff, Sig loads easily, but that might only be because the Ruger is new.

  • Russ

    I need to know what size glock holster the SR9 fits. I want a OWB type or similar that comfortable for carry.

  • SRLuis9

    AMAZING………………..

    Thats all i have to say about this gun…….I FINALLY got to shoot my gun….I had to go to Allentown P.a to pick up my sister yesterday and looked up an indoor shooting range there…Finally with some luck I found one..So before I went to get her I thought even if i dont shoot check it out and see about prices..When I walked in I was a little confused cause you walk into a gym then I hurd the bang, looked ahead and saw a gun store/ indoor range through the gym????? The fireline I think it was called over in whitehall..I do have to say there were alot of rules and ways to be fined..Only an idiot would get fined there though..Common sense try not to hit anything else besides your own target and try not to hit the target clips..Nice place really..NE WAY back to shooting..I bought 2 targets at $ .40 each and it was $9.00 for a half hour or $12.00 for an hour..I only wanted to shoot 2 clips (34 rounds) worth even though I had a box of 100 rounds..1 clip per target sheet..I was so excited and could not wait I pretty much ran in that room pulled out my gun sat it on the table checked everything that needed to be checked and shot..OMG the recoil was nice, the grip was good everything was perfect until I pulled the gun down to see were the first shot went.. LOW LEFT??? I didnt have the flat screw driver to move the back sites so I just made due and moved the gun to the right and a lil higher and started hitting bulls eyes with them..Sights werent off by that much at 25 feet I say half inch(if that) stray from point of fire..Anyways before I talk you peoples ears off I said I would share when I finally shot it and here you are..I love this gun and it will stay on my hip for a lonnnng time.. Dont know why but im thinkin about getting a .22 and was wondering if anyone had any suggestions on a .22..I was thinking about a snub nose rev. for a B>U>G but I wanna look at some options..Also I dont know if I would like a revolver, and wanted to see about getting a .22 with at least a 3 1/2 or 4 inch barrel..

    happy shooting and have a BLAST

  • Russ

    I also took the SR9 to an indoor shooting range today and I was very pleased with the results for a first time shoot. I bought 2 targets and shot around 84 rounds of ammo and had a consistent low and left pattern to my shooting. I did not adjust the sights because I was told at the range don’t adjust until you’ve shot at least 200 rounds through her.
    Brought her back home, field stripped and cleaned up. Very easy to take apart and clean, and using Winchester ammo I had very little residue and fouling of the barrel and parts.
    Can’t wait to go again and try and improve my pattern. My spread was not real good maybe 8 or 9 inches for most rounds, but hopefully that will improve with practice.

  • Matt

    First of all WTH expects the sights on a firearm to be dead on out of the box? This isn’t the movies where some dude opens a crate of weapons, pulls one out and slings it to use without zeroing it. Please people look at the instruction manual when you get a gun, break it down, get familiar with it like a favorite car. Then if you aren’t confident with operating it get professional help. You don’t just jump on a crane and start operating it without instruction right? A firearm is not and electric drill. Your drill won’t kill you or anyone else if you make a mistake. Please for your safety and all gun owners/shooters be safe and educated. We don’t need any more firepower for moron anti gun freaks to use against us. My circular saw is not responsible for bad cuts, and my guns aren’t responsible for people dying.

  • wendell chenault

    SRLuis9, I also have a Ruger model 22/45 (.22 cal) with a 4.5 in barrel. It holds 10 and 1 longs, and I have never had one single problem with it. I can use my SR9 holster with it, it is slim in the handle like the SR9 (has pretty much the same feel in my hand) and my sights have been dead on since I got it. My 13 yr old daughter shoots with me and even she is a dang good shot with it. Put it to you this way, I put a 5 in target up at 75 yards and hit it on my 3rd shot. I practice with it the most but can easily relate to the SR9 because of the gun’s feel. The holsters I use on both guns is made Gunmate.

    I plan on sending Ruger a note about this website so they can see what folks are saying about the SR9. Looks like most everyone is having problems with their guns shooting low and to the left. I think they need to lower the front sight to keep from us having to raise the rear sight so much or at least offer a lower profile front sight. We’ll see what happens. Until then I plan on doing what Bobby did and shave off the front sight to the bottom of the white dot.

  • wendell chenault

    SRLuis9,

    Looked up my gun, Mark lll (Standard) model KMK lll4. Mine has black grip, SS slide and barrel. Nice gun.

  • Bobby

    For those of you who are looking for aftermarket front sight for the SR-9 here it is:
    http://www.hivizsights.com/SR2009-HIVIZ-Ruger-SR9-Pistol-Sight-P134.aspx

  • wendell chenault

    Thanks again Bobby! You are the info man! lol I sent Ruger a note last night telling them about this site and maybe they needed to read it to learn more about their gun and the problems folks are having. I suggested a optional lower profile front sight for the SR9. Reply should be within 3 days.

    I also just looked at the fiber optic sights you told us about and I sent them a note asking for sight heights and what it was made of. I have fiber optics that attatch by magnets for my shotgun and I looked at how I could attatch them to the SR9. If they are made of plastic which they probably are, they will not take much abuse because the plastic will bend and break. Wouldn’t it be great if the fibers were made of metal? Oh they did have the sight height for the Glock, no info on the Ruger. I hope they do soon.

  • Bobby

    Wendell,
    I think that’s a great idea if you find someone at Ruger who cares enough to read though the posts. If you find someone’s email who is higher up and not just a customer service rep then we might actually get somewhere and they might release some low profile sights or make the necessary corrections.

    PS: What’s weird is that mine has always hit low and right instead of low and left and I know it’s not my grip and I’m not left handed.

  • Bobby

    Matt,

    I think everyone understands that the pistol is not gonna be dead on right out of the box but when you have tons and tons of people having the same issue with a new model then you know there is room for improvement and try to find ways around it until hopefully the manufacturer recognizes the issue and corrects it.
    But I think more people are amazed with the overall of this gun right out of the box ( how this gun feels, recoils, trigger, etc..)

  • wendell chenault

    Bobby,

    Think I made a mistake on a earlier post, my gun also shots low, right not left. My bad.

    Just replied to Rick Moore, VP Engineering/Manufacturing at HiViz Shooting Systems. The HiViz sights are made from CNC machine steel (durable) and are of the same height as the stock Ruger front sight. He said that they try to match OEM standards to work with the rear sight on the SR9. I invited him to this site to read what folks are writing about the SR9 sights and maybe they could maybe come up with some more aftermarket products for the SR9 to make it even better. I told him of your (Bobby’s) idea of shaving off the front sight to help the gun shoot lower and lower the rear sight also. I really like the idea of fiber optic sights and suggested that they produce a adjustable fiber rear and lower profile front sight. Maybe he will look at Bobby’s pics and come up with some more ideas. The gun is still “new” and in time and with sites like this one, maybe we can get some aftermaket products made so we can really personalize our guns.

    Its been 2 days since I wrote Ruger with no reply. Last time it took 3 days (which they state 3 days) so maybe we’ll hear from them soon now that the holidays are over. I will let you know of any replies I may get.

    HAPPY NEW YEAR ALL AND HAPPY SAFE SR9 SHOOTING!! (When we get these sights fixed! lol)

    Wendell

  • Bobby

    Wendell,
    That’s awsome. Thanks for taking the time to write to them. Keep us posted on the replies.
    Also I’ve been meaning to ask if any of you guys use your SR-9 as a carry pistol? If so how does it feel to carry?
    I should be recieving my CHL card sometime in Feburary as it usually takes 60 days in Texas and not sure if I should start looking for a smaller 9mm for carry or not…

  • http://www.thefirearmblog.com Steve

    Hi Y’all,

    Happy New Year.

    I am looking for a photo of the SR9 for Wikipedia, which is sadly lacking an SR9 photo.

    Could someone here take a photo of their SR9 and email it to me (my email address is at the top of the sidebar of this blog). I would also need the following text:

    “I [your name] hereby license the [attached/linked] photo(s), which are my own work, under the CC Attribution-Share Alike 3.0.”

    You will still retain the copyright and ownership of the image but you will be allowing people to use the image if they attribute it to you.

    Use an alias or just your first name if you do not want your name published.

    The photo must be taken by you or owned by you. Photos found on the internet are not acceptable.

    Thanks,

    Steve

  • Bobby

    Steve,

    I would take a pic for you but my SR-9 front sight is modified as you can see:
    http://i363.photobucket.com/albums/oo77/techclan/SR9-Sight-Shaved.jpg

    • http://www.thefirearmblog.com Steve

      Bobby, thanks. Probably best for an unmodified version. If no one else can help out I will email you.

  • wendell chenault

    Bobby,

    I have a Ruger LCP 380 that I carry in the summer mostly or just to the store. Since it is winter I carry my 9 much more. I have a vest with a inner pocket and some coats. Since I like warm up tops I carry mine in the small of my back. It really don’t bother me. I have been trying a shoulder holster under some shirts and that works ok also. It just depends on where I am going to be and what I will be wearing. We had some mishaps going on around here like other cities during Christmas, but I took my SR9 with me everwhere I went shopping with no problems.

    It is alittle heavy to carry sometimes and harder to conceal with some clothes but that is why I got the LCP 380. Light, small and has just a little less knock down power than a 9mm, but it will do the job.

  • Bobby

    Thanks for the info Wendell. LCP would be the perfect size but I think I would like to stay with 9mm caliber. I’ve been looking at Kel-Tec PF-9 & Springfield XD-9 Sub-Compact.

  • wendell chenault

    I wanted to stay with a 9mm also but that LCP really caught my eye. A 9mm bullet is alittle longer than a 380 shell. I carry my 380 in my front blue jeans pocket and nobody ever sees it.

    I’ve got my stuff together to go to the range tomorrow. Its supposed to be raining and I’m burned out on deer hunting so why not. I’m taking my .22 rifle, pistol, 380, and 9mm. I have my grinder so I can make that adjustment to my front sight on the Sr9. I’ll let you know what happens. Hopefully no boo-boos.

    Still no word from Ruger or HiViz. Kinda surprised that I have not got a reply. They may be behind from being off for the New Year. We’ll give them a couple more days.

    Happy Safe SR9 Shooting!

  • Steve P.

    I just put the HiViz fiber optic sight on my SR9 and I love it! It makes it so much easier to find the front sight, especially on second and later shots. I’m nearing 2000 rounds in my SR9,with 1 FTE, and that was the 5th shot I ever put through it. Since then it has been flawless. I’ve used it in IDPA matches as my #1 gun, but it’s now the #2 behind a little more accurate M&P9 Pro. But the FO sight may close that gap.

  • Bobby

    Steve,
    Can you post a picture of your SR9 with the Hiviz. I like to see what it looks like on it. Thanks

  • sal

    READ ABOUT THE SR9 AND HAD TO GO N BUY ONE TOOK IT TO THE RANGE RIGHT OUT OF THE BOX N LOVE HOW IT HANDLE.

  • wendell chenault

    Well I did it….I shaved off the front sight to my SR9 like Bobby did. I have not been able to shoot it yet to fine tune the sights for my needs and likes. My next thing is to paint the front sight and paint in the white dot. I was not able to use the type grinder that Bobby used but instead a hand grinder with a sander pad attatched. I covered the gun to protect against Boo-Boo’s and put it in a padded vice to hold it in place while I sanded off the sight. It took about 3 minutes to do to my liking. I got right down there to the same height as the gun to assure that my sanding was smooth and flat. MAKE SURE YOU WEAR PROTECTIVE EYE GLASSES!

    Got a reply from Ruger today about the SR9 shooting low. It did not come from the VP of anything like HiViz but this is what they said. They have had a few complaints about the gun shooting low but not that many. ( Who knows how many MANY is ) The testers of the gun on their shooting range have not had any problems with accuracy or shooting low. They assured me that they would look at this site and see if there was a problem that needed to be addressed and if so they would take care of it. They thanked me for writing them and encouraged me to do so in the future if needed. So, if anyone is having a problem as described, make a post on this site and write Ruger a note to let them know.

    HAPPY AND SAFE SR9 SHOOTING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    PS. I would like to see the HiViz sights on the gun also!

  • Bobby

    Glad you finally went for it Wendell, be really careful when you paint it also, I recommend none glossy black auto touch up paint.
    FYI, after shaving the sight I also ended up moving it a good amount to the right to correct the shooting to the right problem.
    Maybe I’ll drop Ruger a note also to let them know that there are more than just one person who feels that way about the sights…

    Yeah Steve we are still waiting to see the HiViz on your gun.

  • wendell chenault

    I’m looking at a heat resistant non-glossy black paint and a glossy white for the front line, although looking down at the top of the sight, the way I did it, it kinda blended with the SS slide. Don’t look too bad, but I liked yours also.

    I measured the front and rear sights with a metal ruler that measures in inches and milimeters and from the back of the gun on the front it was 2mm on each side, rear .5mm on the left, 1mm on the right. Just a tad off to one side, but I want to shoot it first then decide what else to do. Sure would like to have some nice laser sights AND fiber optics. Think I want too much???? lol

    I hope others that are having the same problem (shooting low) would write Ruger and suggest some lower profle sights. We might would get them.

  • Bobby

    I know what you mean about being blended with the slide, I almost left mine unpainted but don’t want to take the chance of it rusting or tarnishing…

  • Jason

    Steve,

    I cannot find your email address on here. I took some good shots of my SR9 the other night and will email one to you.

    Jason

    • http://www.thefirearmblog.com Steve

      Jason, thanks Jason. I will take a look at it and post it on the blog after I get home. I am catching a plane tonight.

  • Bobby

    Steve,
    You can email it to bobby@ at gunmodel dot com and I’ll post it in a link so everyone can see it.

    Thanks
    Bobby

  • wendell chenault

    Just put it on here for all to see…………………

  • Benjy

    Finally, took me a while to read thru this who blog and man am i glad i did. Thanks to all of you who put great info on here.im actually gonna buy it tomm, too bad the cheapest i can find it at a dealer is for $550.One question, should i clean and lube it before breaking it in for the first time?

  • wendell chenault

    Benjy, Welcome aboard and congrads on the soon to be purchase of your SR9. Hind sight is 20/20 and by saying that, Yes I would clean and lube the gun before I shot it. Mine had a stovepipe and a couple of jams the first time I shot it and after I broke it down and saw the junk in it I understood why it did so. Yours may not be that way but mine was. I think too many people got bad first impressions with the gun when really all it may have needed was first was a good cleaning. Remember……it will be alittle stiff at first but it will get better with time and useage.

    Happy/ Safe SR9 Shooting !!!

  • Andy

    Hi Guys,
    Its been a while since I wrote a comment, but I’ve been receiving all the blogs to my e-mail. I’m glad that you all chose the Ruger SR9. The only thing that worries me is that some of you are having problems with your pistol especially your sights. The only problem that I had with mine was when I received the recall notice and even that was not a problem since it was going to improve the gun and that was it. The gun worked perfect out o the box, it was stripped and cleaned well, did not use anything special to clean it. In fact, I used some of the stuff sold in walmart. My sight works fine and there is no shooting low here or there it’s fine. I use it as a duty weapon five days a week and also as a ccw on the weekends while riding my motorcycle. I hate to say this but there is a chance that there was a quality control problem at ruger and you all got a bad badge of pistols. Orrrrrr, they need to fire the guy who is installing the sights as well as the sight engineer. I just hate to see that you guys are voiding your warranty in your pistol by doing all this surgery on your guns.

    Note: My wife even fights with me to shoot it on the range! Till this day, she claims that it is her gun!

  • Jason

    It appears from reading on here that someone installed a HiViz sight on their SR9.

    Can you please post some photos of this? It would be greatly appreciated!!

    I emailed Steve my pictures so hopefully he should be posting them on Wiki and here shortly. I had to put the new Nikon SLR to the test on some close ups.

  • Bobby

    I made it to the Range today and put the SR9 to test

  • http://www.thefirearmblog.com Steve

    The Ruger SR9 Wikipedia page finally has a photo! A big thanks to Jason for taking the photos and also to Bobby who volunteered photos (which I turned down because of aftermarket sights).

    I have updated this blog post with the photos. One of the photos can be seen on Wikipedia:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruger_SR9

  • Bobby

    Very nice Steve. When do we get to see the images with the HiViz sight?

  • http://www.thefirearmblog.com Steve

    Ah, sorry Bobby, I do not have a HiViz SR9.

    If anyone here does please email me a photo and I will post it here.

  • Bobby

    Wendell,
    I was just going through my posts to see where I posted my pics and it looks like I missed one of your questions/posts and never replied. My apologies. I’m actually from the Dallas/Fortworth area, let me know if you end up in my neck of the woods one of these days and we’ll go shoot a few rounds…

  • wendell chenault

    Wow alot of posts on here since I went to bed. I love it! I enjoy reading everyone’s posts.

    I don’t know what it is about the sights. Most everyone who has shot my gun was hitting low, even my CWP instructor. Go figure. Maybe its our style of shooting???? The next chance I get I will be going to the range. This weekend is the last of deer season here so I will be hunting……..with my SR9 on my side.

    Thanks for the invite Bobby. I live in Monroe, La. right on I-20 so the same to you. If you come this way (don’t know why you would want to come here! lol) lets get together, I have a couple of places to go.

    Have a great day folks!

  • GaryG

    I have followed with considerable interest the various comments on sighting and the various problems SR9 owners (mostly new owners) have had with the sights on this weapon. My first time at the range my shots tended to be high and Right or low and Left. Since I am left eye dominant and a right hand shooter(cross-dominant) it took a bit of adjusting to get things right. Since physical disability also played a part in my accuracy I eventually added 1 single click on my rear sight and found my SR9 to hit exactly where it was aimed. When my targets were examined after an afternoon at the range two things stood out. As I tired my accuracy got worse. The second was that the fatigue caused “limp- wristing as the session wore on. A solution, suggessted by a friend that had spent time in an eleite military unit was that I needed to strengthen my wrists, and to develop a grasp on my weapon that was very firm. I did as he suggested and now can run 200-300 rounds in a single session without discomfort or degradation in acuracy. More importantly, the up-right and low-left hits are virtually gone. A pistol relies on a “platform” (in this case your body and grip to provide it with the ability to stabilize itself after each round fired. If it doesn’t have that support the round cannot possibly hit it’s intended mark as there is no stability available to control the recoil. The SR9, to me, is a wonderful bit of engineering. It is slim, comfortable, offers concealed carry quite well even with an 17 round double-wide magazine, is light enough to not cause discomfort and is as ambidextrous as any firearm I have ever owned. My sights are stock from the factory with a single click on the rear sight and my targets are consistently(from 15′ to 30′) in a 2.5″ to 3″ grouping. (competitive/stress shooting work is a different story at the moment.)

    Please folks, closely look at your grip, stance, and trigger pull techniques. Then if you are still having difficulties ask your range officer for assistance.

    A revolver doesn’t care about recoil…it mechanically feeds the next cartridge. Pistols need the operator of the weapon to provide recoil support to properly feed the next round! If you provide a solid platform by means of a correct, strong grip,the reward is accuracy, up to 3 or more times the ammunition before a reload is needed and a lighter and easier to conceal carry weapon. It is worth the time and money (hand weights at a cost of less than 100 rounds of Winchester white box 9mm Luger FMJ) and a quick search on your computer for proper exercises that take, perhaps 15 minutes a night while watching TV, will yield results in just a couple weeks. When I began shooting the SR9 I was pretty much done after 100 rounds. Now I go to the range and leave 250-300 empty casings behind without any fatigue or pain.
    Send me a note if your would like details on the exercise regime I use. To the best of my ability and without suggesting it is good or bad for your circumstances I will respond.
    Sincere Regards, and happy accuracy,
    Gary Greeler

  • wendell chenault

    Mr Garry, Thanks for the helpful info that you gave. I had wondered about my trigger pull but my instructor watched me and said that was not the case, especially when he did the same thing. My rear sight was so high to get it “on” that it actually came loose just before it was sent back on the recall. I too am one of those weird fuddy duddy persons that shoots a rifle off my left shoulder, bats left handed, golf left or right handed but only shoots a pistol right handed. I can do it either way but left is the preferred way. My grip is secure. I am 45 yrs old, could be in better shape but have raced motocross for the past 18 years, rode for the past 37 so my grip in my hands or forearms, I don’t think, is a problem. I can’t wait to get to the range and try out the gun and fine tune it since I worked on the front sights. What you mentioned though is very good advice and I can guarantee you I will be looking at my technique much closer. I am interested in your workout tips.

    Bobby I ride a 03 Honda CRF 450 and my street bike is a 03 Copper Suzuki SV 1000S. What do you ride? Maybe one day we can go for a ride and shoot SR9’s and see what our problem is with the shooting. lol Now that would be a good day!

    Happy SR9 shooting ya’ll!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jason

    Good evening all….Steve, thanks for putting my pics up on Wiki and here on this blog. Kind of weird seeing something on there that’s….well, mine. Strange feeling.

    Hey, I wanted to bring to everyone’s attention a promotion that Viridian lasers has going on for the SR9. If you buy a Ruger SR9 between Dec. 1, 2008 and June 30, 2009, you can buy the green laser for $149 and get a free Blackhawk nylon holster. The laser is regularly $299.99 so it appears to be a decent deal.

    Details are at http://www.viridiangreenlaser.com if anyone is interested in checking it out. And no I don’t work for the company, just thought my fellow SR9 shooters might be interested in this.

  • Bobby

    Gary,
    I agree with you a 100% regarding the proper grip and making sure you have the wrist strength to shoot the pistol properly but just like Wendell that’s not the case for me. Thankfully I probably have more than a enough wrist and upper body strength needed to shoot a 9mm. Also I have been shooting guns since I was a child and few decades later I have had my share of enough practice that’s why I took the extreme measures of shaving down the front sight and now it shoots perfect.
    It’s great that you are happy with the stock sights what I’m curious to know is if your gun serial number is lower or higher than 330-29999. The lower ones are the recalls and the higher ones were the after recall production. Mine is the pre-recall version.

    Wendell, man it sounds like you have all sorts of big boy toys :) I had a Honda Interceptor 1000 that I ended up selling since I couldn’t afford anymore tickets but I’m tempted to get another bike one of these days…

  • wendell chenault

    A little FYI Bobby. My gun is 330-21**** series. Had you heard something about them changing the sights??? My other Rugers shoot fine for me. My 22/45 has always been pretty much dead on. Still with the small offset of the sights, I have just loved my SR9. Carry it on my bike also in my jacket, LCP in my pant pocket. With the economy like it is there is more and more daylight robbings and shootings than ever. I don’t take any chances anymore.

    Yeah Bobby, At my age my outlook has changed on some things and I have gotten burned out on the MX after 18 years. Got my SV 8 months ago and put 9,446 miles on it by 12-31-08. Haven’t got a ticket yet, hope I’m not jinksing myself. You need to get another bike and I’ll meet you somewhere to ride. Got several friends that I ride with that shoot also. Just bring your SR9 so we can shoot also. lol Send me regular mail if you like at [email protected]

  • GaryG

    Wendell and Bobby, Thanks for the compliments. While both of you indicate that your wrist strength is adequate my question would be, are you using it to control your SR9’s? Mine wasn’t up to par so I proceeded with the exercise routines. My SR9 Sn is 330-27xxx and was delivered post recall so was a factory retrofitted weapon when I purchased it. It could be I got lucky and my sights were “on the mark” when it was shipped. My adjustment was to compensate for my inability to hold my head up enough.(Perhaps my neurosurgeon ran our of wire? ;-) Having the strength to hold the weapon may not be as important as finding a grip that controls the recoil. I have watched very strong men and men and women of small stature on the range that could control their SR9’s simply by using a proper grip to ensure results. ( my dr.’s marvel at the strength I have despite my disability(s)…That doesn’t mean much if your gun grip method doesn’t control the movement(s) of the weapons recoil.

    As far as exercise methods; I started with a 2lb weight, went to 5lbs, then to 8 lbs, and am starting on 10lbs. I grasp the barbell palm down at full arms length and rotate it left to right and then right to left for as many reps as I can. I then hold the weight horizontally and lift up and down using only my wrist muscles. Next I run standard curls from the elbow, again pushing only until it becomes difficult to continue. Repeat the procedure with the other arm. Then I take a short break and use a hand grip strengthener (Looks like a pair of pliers with a coil spring) check a web site using “hand grip strengtheners” as your search string. They are inexpensive and come in various resistance models. Choose one that you can use while watching the TV or driving or whatever. A model that allows you to do 50 or so complete compressions is probably ideal. Again, use it with both hands. Tim, at USCCA regularly warns of the problems you might encounter if your primary shooting hand/arm is disabled. The routine you use is entirely up to you. I work 2-3 days and then take a day off and repeat. I had positive results in about 2 weeks and continue to increase the weights I use. My routine is based on my frame and build…. (57 yrs old, 136lbs, 5′ 11″). The entire idea is to build a solid foundation for your pistol recoil. Build your gun “platform” much like you would build the foundation for your home. My bet is that your groupings will be just as solid and consistent.
    Regards,
    Gizmo

  • wendell chenault

    Ok folks to change gears here….I heard of something very disturbing to me today. Has anyone heard of the Ammunition Accountability Act? There are 18 states that has legislation in the making to ban anyone from selling ammo after June 30th 2009 that has not been encoded. Privately owned ammo must be destroyed by July 1st, 2011. Also there will be a .05cent “tax” on ammo sold that is encoded. What I mean by encoded is that each round will have a number so that it can be traced to the store that will sell it and to who it is sold to. Sounds good but, I think this is another step the government is making to take away our right to have guns. They may not take the guns but make it hard or impossible to get ammo or parts for the guns. From what I heard on the radio this morning it would include ammo for handguns, rifles, and shotguns…everything. All would have to be destroyed. I googled “government ammo restrictions” and read the first entry. It was oregon concealed carry .com. Several posts down there is a site called ammunition accountability .org/Legislation.htm. Please go read some of this and tell me what you think and see if your state is currently being affected. I’m telling you guys……..I don’t like this at all. Most everthing the government puts its hand in is screwed up and I for one won’t play it down. But like I said go read and lets see what is going on.

    Gismo, Thanks for sharing your exercise tips. Want to add some weight to your frame????? I’m 6’2″ 235lbs. I’ll give you some!!! lol Need to get back on the MX bike

  • Bobby

    If that ever happens the cost of ammo would sky rocket. Just the thought of what it would cost for the manufacturer to put a serial number on each bullet and keep up with that information in databases and the resources involved to do all that extra work would be crazy…..

  • wendell chenault

    Precisely……………..I have alot of ammo right now for my guns. 1 box of Rems 250ct 9mm was 32-$33.00 when I bought my SR9 in Feb of last year. That same box at Acedemy is $56.99. Are you going to destroy all your ammo then go rebuy it all???? Not me! And yes they (the government) wants the manufactures to foot the bill to do the encoding. This may never take place but we had better keep an eye on it and be prepared to fight it if it does. There are enough crazy persons around to make a go of it. Checking everyone for uncoded ammo would be hard if not close to impossible but since some of us have permits that means that we had better not get caught with uncoded ammo or it could mean prison time. But then again how could they put everyone is jail???? They couldn’t…….so they would just fine the crap out of you, take your gun, permit, and ammo. Then what???!!!!! Scarry huh……………………

  • Jason

    The Ammunition Accountability Act died in SC sub committee April of 2007 so its dead on arrival here. Thank God I live in a conservative state.

  • Jason

    It appears Ruger is announcing 2 new guns tomorrow….should be interesting. Maybe that S9C you guys are talking about.

  • Blaine

    So far all I’ve seen on Ruger’s website is a KSR9. I have no idea what the difference is. Its a 9mm, looks just like the regular SR9.
    No luck on Google either. Anyone seen the other gun and/or know the difference?

  • Jason

    Good afternoon fellas. Just to let you know you can see the new Ruger revolver on their homepage today, pretty sweet looking.

    I also wanted to post some information for those of you that may still be shopping for a holster for the SR9. Check out:

    http://www.brigadegunleather.com

    There are some nice looking holsters there and I think that’s where I am going to get mine at.

    Jason

  • Jason

    Blaine…go to http://www.ruger.com and click on new products. its the LCR, Lightweight Compact Revolver.

  • Jason

    Just a quick note for anyone who may be trying to decide on an OWB holster that won’t break the bank. I went to my local GS and went over some of the Kydex holsters they had.

    The one I settled on was the Fobus PX4RP for the Beretta PX4 Storm. This holster fits the gun perfectly after adjusting the tension screw a bit. It fits it better than the one specifically designed for the SR9. The cant on this holster can be adjusted as well which I thought was a nice feature.

    Have a good day everyone.

  • http://firearmblog terryt

    Another holster for knockabout carry hiking ect. there is a holster a wal-mart in the air rifle (bb) section for $. 5.95 crossman . Holster made of heavy nylon and fits the sr9 like it was made for it. You would sware it was a forty dollar holster if it had a different name attached. Go by and check one out.

  • jason

    Can we please get a photo of the person who had the Hi Viz fiber optic sight put on their SR9?

    I’m officially begging now…….

  • bobby

    Where do you guys usually conceal your SR-9?
    Texas does not have open carry so the gun has to be completely hidden with no signs of pistol or holster showing. I’m currently waiting on my Carry License so have not had a chance to try anything out yet. But think the SR-9 might be a bit too big to conceal unless you’re wearing baggy clothes or a heavy to medium jacket?

  • SRLuis9

    HELLLLLLLLLLO
    Wow long time no talk peoples.I changed my internet set up from aol to my phone company and couldnt find this page. They kept sending me to a post recall blog page.

    TERRYT….
    You are deff right about that holster.I have been to embarresed to tell yous that i carry my $400 gun in a $6 holster.But honestly when i bought my gun i was about to buy the same holster for $35 But said i rather not becuase i saw that same holster at walmart.So right after i bought my gun i went to walmart thought that if this holster dosnt work its only 6 bucks and ill go back and buy that holster from the gun shop.HMMMMMM funny thing is that this holster is exactly the same and to me was AMAZINGLY more comfortable then the 35$ one. NO JOKE… I use this holster on a daily basis. I was carrying my gun with 17 rounds and my 2nd clip with another 17 rounds in it and this holster held the weight and was more then comfortable. I changed my set up by eliminating the second clip. Do you think this is a good idea because i realized 17 rounds should be sufficient enough. I used to carry as many rounds as possible (34) becuase i thought i rather have to much then not have enough ecspecially when its needed. I think 17 should be enough but i could be wrong give me some personal opinions on this matter. i still feel weiry of carrying only one clip full. I do have to say its ALOT more comfortable but i rather be prepared rather then semi comfortable. EVERYONE try that holster out its only 6 bucks try and see what i mean no joke and if you dont like it return it and get your money back but for 6 bucks you cant go wrong. ( if you want your money back keep the plastic it came in) i work at walmart and they will return with the plastic it came in try not to bite through the thing and try to make a clean cut.

    happy shooting
    and seriously try out that holster.

    p.s- if you rlooking for a cheap but accurate laser for the sr9. i bought a BSA laser sight from walmart for 25$ it dosnt say it fits picatiny but i bought it for other airsoft and pistols i have and tried it on the sr9 and it seems VERY accurate to me. Im going to allentown p.a on monday for some shooting and renting of some guns and maybe buy a glock. cant wait to try my laser sights on my sr9.

  • SRLuis9

    BOBBY
    I dont leave the house without my gun unless i know where im going is gun free. I carry my sr9 on the right side of my back(5 oclockish) inside my belt with the handle of the gun facing outward.So when i need to unholster my gun i quickly throw up the back of my shirt,using my thumb and pointer finger to unsnap the strap grab my gun and pull out. might sound like alot to do but honestly with practice this can be like a 1 sec gun draw.I hurd of people saying it should take you no more then 2 sec but i think the faster the better. It also depends where YOU rather carry. Wherever you think that gun sits comfortable on your body practice on your draw.Took me forever.. I took the clip out the gun and practiced 20-30 min a day on where i think the gun feels more comfortable on me and then worried about my draw. then practiced my draw and sure enough i can pull out in about a sec. Out here in pa there are no laws on open carry, cops just dont like it….. Also if a cop or a judge can prove your being a distubance to the peace (flashing your gun or starting problems)i guess they try to take your license away from you maybe even your gun. Thats out here though. But personally if i were walkin and they saw a bulg or the barrel of my gun for some reason let them stop you and question you or whatever they want to do but know your rights and say it was an accident you are licensed and you will try to conceal it alil better. thats what i would do. Be as honest as possible dont hesitate to show identification or your license/permit. If they insist on being rude ask to talk to someone higher in rank then them thats my opinion.

    REMEBER……….
    WE HAVE RIGHTS

  • wendell chenault

    My holster is made of nylon also. It is a gunmate and cost 10-15 bucks. Fits the SR9 well and is comfortable. Bobby if I don’t have my winter carhart vest on, I carry my gun tucked into my pants on my back under a t shirt. I’m 6’2″ 235lbs and I sometimes forget its there. You get used to it being there. I borrowed a nylon shoulder holster that works well under a sweat shirt. SRLuis9, don’t worry about what it costs…if it works for you then go for it. I carry a variety of ways, sometimes with 10 rounds, other times with 17. We went out last night and I had my 9mm tucked in the back of my pants and my LCP in my front pocket. Why did I do that??? Just a feeling I guess. Lose one got another for back up. The LCP is a good gun for that. That LCR looks good also but I won’t be getting one. The LCP is all I need.

  • SRLuis9

    Hey Wendel
    Thanks for your personal opinion..Yea i saw some clips of the LCR looks nice but i dont know if i would get one for me..Im not the type for a revolver..The J type body looks a lil old fashion for me even though it has modern looks and all…Also only being able to carry 5 rounds i rather my sr9 for a primary side arm and im thinkin of going with the LCP for a B>U>G (back up gun) or even on some ocassions having it as my primary on my ankle for deep conceal..My fiances family knows i carry all the time and im talked about every time i go to their homes..I Dont give a $hit cause one day i might save their lives so i pay no mind but there are some days i rather not deal with their mouths and still be protected so i might get something small for my ankle.. i was thinkin a 22 snub nose but read they were no where near accurate. If you dont have the accuracy whats the sense of having it to defend you or your family..Im still new to the whole gun and carry scene but im read ALOT to educate myself. Still earning and still willing to learn. I learn alot from this page alone and thank all of you for the educational point of view of the topics we speak about.. HEY WENDELL how is that LCP??? I was looking at a Taurus PT709 but if you look close the LCP and taurus look similar but i rather stick with what i know and what works RUGERRRRRRRR!!!! lol LOVEM
    heres that pick of the PT709 if interested yall
    http://www.handgunsmag.com/featured_handguns/hg_taurusdown_200809/

  • wendell chenault

    SRLuis9, Sounds like you have gotten yourself more educated on the laws in your state and been practicing. Good job! I’m like you I carry all the time. With the way the economy is more and more “bad” folks are running around trying to make some type of livin, which includes robbery.

    Question????? How long do you leave your mag loaded? I usually carry my LCP to work fully loaded and at night I unload to take the pressure off the spring to help it last longer. My 9mm I load when I get home then if I don’t carry it with me, and it stays loaded till morning when I get ready for work. Just wondering what everyone else does. I have 3 mags for each gun and I try to to rotate them a month at a time.

  • bobby

    Thanks for the info folks, wow you guys are ready for combat… SRLuis9 can pull his pistol out in a second and Wendell carries two at a time :) So must live in a dangerous area.

    SRLuis9, I’ll check out walmart today and see if they have the $6 holster, guess if I decide not to carry the SR then it’s only a $6 loss.

    Wendell, I love the size of LCP, it’s perfect to carry in pocket or any place but I need to go shoot one to see if it’s as affective or not. I’m about 5, 9″ and on the lean side between 175-185 pounds depending on the season so in the Texas heat I don’t get to wear much thick clothing, usually just some jeans and a Tshirt so it might be bit harder to conceal the piece for me.

  • Marcus

    Have you guys used any Blazer ammo with your SR9? I used 115 gr. Blazer ammo the other day, and I had 5 jams going through two of the hi-cap mags!

  • wendell chenault

    Sorry I haven’t Marcus. Is gun clean and oiled? If so, may be the ammo.

  • bobby

    Marcus, I actually use Blazer FMJs all the time and never had any trouble. Make sure to clean your gun real good.

  • wendell chenault

    Another possibility…………limp wrist. ??????????

  • SRLuis9

    HEY
    I hurd alot of bad reviews of the blazer ammo….I dont know much about them..Never used them and dont intend to..you get what you pay for thats my theory thats why i never go for THE cheapest i go one step up..I use winchester 115gr fmj’s it ran about $20 for 100 at walmart and i dont think thats bad at all and anything cheaper is one big ? mark. I did hear that there are 2 different types of blazers in 2 different colors boxes i hurd 1 box is better then the other..Im not sure of which one…….But deff. clean and oil that gun..even when i dont shoot i dissasemble and check my barrel for dust or anything else in there..Plus check the lub of the gun..I mean its so easy to take the gun apart why not check it once ina blue..
    WENDELL
    yea i know i shouldnt but i do anyway…..I KEEP my clip fully loaded all the time..YEA YEA YEA lol i know but thats another reason i went down to carrying one clip.I figure if one dulls down i have another and when i use that one i will get a new one.. they are only about $40 around here but im trying to break that habbit but i feel my gun should be loaded all the time even at home..you might say leave like 5 rounds in right but there were a string of home invasions out here with people running in with ak’s.. 5 rounds dosnt comfort me lol.. so i leave it full all the time and switching back and forth one clip to another makes me think im wearing both clips in… so i rather wear one at a time and when i feel its alil loose then switch it up..As a matter of fact talking about it encouraged me to change clips…I love this page because it so educating i think and i rather read experience rather then “guides” Im waiting to afford my second gun so i can carry 2 at a time. a BUG is the best thing for a conceal carry. really if you think about it its a counter move towards your own gun.If someone makes of your gun and goes for it and gets it for some reason you can counter that….also for some reason if you dropped your gun you have a BUG a back up gun so you can unholster a diff weapon when needed cause we all know picking that dropped gun up can mean alot of bad things..

    hey happy shooting i dont want to talk you peoples ears off cause i could lol
    If they made this into a chat it would be more beneficial and quicker to get advice.

  • wendell chenault

    SRLuis9, Yes this site is very helpful. I check e-mails about 3-4 times a day and have gotten to the point that I look on here to see what is going on at the same time.

    I like to get thoughts from others on what to do about my guns and I make my own opinion. My instructor said that you can leave a gun completely loaded for about 1 month then unload it and use another clip/mag for another month. He keeps a box of mags for each gun he has so that he will always have a good one. So I rotate mine once a month but try to let them rest some in between. Yes I keep a loaded gun around at all times also. Oh got to go…we are heading to church. Have a good day all!

  • wendell chenault

    Ok I’m back. As I was saying I like to unload my guns when I can to let the spring rest and hopefully last longer. Like the Ammo Act that is up in 18 states, I think parts for guns will go up like the price of ammo. I have at least 3 mags for each gun that I currently own. SRLuis9 I think I would keep my guns loaded too if punks with ak’s are running around breaking into homes. I went riding on my street bike last night at 8pm and had 2 fully loaded guns on me “just in case.” Oh I like your term “bug,” never heard it that way before.

    I think it would be nice to meet some of you folks but being spread out all over the country would make it hard. Maybe I can talk Bobby into a bike ride and shoot sometime since we do live just a few hours apart. Otherwise I do like talking to all of you and sharing ideas.

    Be safe all!

  • GaryG

    I have noticed a number of posts regarding ammo recently. The primary subject is/was the Blazing Brass brand. My SR9 has gone through well over 1000 rounds (it is a retrofitted version). I do all my range work with Blazer Brass and occasionally WWB. Both are 115 grain, FMJ. I have no problems with either. I also shoot Hydro shock at 135 grain, Remington Personal protection at both 115 and 145 grain, and Corban 115+P.

    Generally I don’t waste my $’s on the PP ammo at the range. Instead I load plastic jugs with Jello (any flavor is fine ;-) and shoot on a friends private property. Lots of fun, and very educational when you examine what a high powered jacketed hollow point round does from entry point to what is left of the exit point. Any sort of melon is also a great target but is harder to determine the effects of the shot(s) as there isn’t much left to look at. (The local critters, of course have a great feast later in the evening!)
    I have had only a couple ejection issues, never had a misfire, or squib. That also goes for my Kel-Tec PF9. I have noticed slight variations in the size of the Blazer boxes, but never the ammo.My shooting buddies have Beretta’s, Taurus’s, and Glock’s,as well as assorted other hand guns which they also load with Blazer Brass. Not a single one, (except for one Taurus that the mfg. replaced) has had a single problem! On behalf of the 4 gentlemen I shoot with regularly we vote 100% confidence in the ammo.
    Side Note: All of the instructors I have worked with have emphatically stated that your ammo should stay in the carton with the lot number until it is used. If a problem arises the lot number will be invaluable to the mfg. and you if a bad lot somehow slips past their quality control!

    Regarding magazines I have from 3 to 5 for each of my pistols. Each remains fully loaded with the ammunition I want with me when carrying.
    The spring pressure doesn’t concern me. I restore and collect antique British sports cars and when storing them for the winter always use jack stands under each wheel to maintain the pressure on the suspension springs. I believe that keeping them “under load” is better than allowing them to relax and potentially fail to do their job when springtime rolls around! At least in the automotive world a relaxed spring is more prone to failure than one that maintains the weight of the vehicle it is designed to support. Besides, any reputable gun manufacturer will sell, if not simply give your a new magazine spring, and replacing a mag spring is a 10 minute job at best! If you are truly committed to protecting yourself, family, and innocents you don’t have the luxury of loading a magazine.. What you have is a couple of seconds to get your weapon out of it’s holster, acquire your target(s) and fire (Assuming that is the only alternative you have). The bad guy(s) aren’t going to allow you to load a mag, get a round in the chamber and then let you shoot their “***”! If you are carrying a pistol with a double stack mag you have 10-18 chances to live. An empty mag, it would seem, reduces the odds of survival considerably. NO BULLET, NO BANG! I agree with SRLuis9, a $10.00 spring is not worth your life. I agree with Wendell and Bobby..Make sure your weapon is clean and oiled!
    I am not sure if this is proper on this forum but would suggest you investigate 2 products. One is Break Free CLP (about $6.00) and the other is Hoppe’s “Bore Snake” (around $16.00). The first will remove virtually any residue with a couple passes with a clean 2X2″ cleaning patch. The first will allow you to clean your pistol’s barrel in 60-90 seconds. It is set up to remove any metal residue and then clean and oil (you need to add a few drops of oil to the back end of the snake) all in a single pass. I disassembled my SR-9 “snaked” it, oiled it, and reassembled it in the time it took my shooting partner to get his cleaning kit open and begin the process!
    Regards,
    Gizmo

  • bobby

    Wendell,
    I think that’s a great idea. It’s always nice to meet people with the same interest. Maybe we can all start our own SR-9 club :)
    As soon as I get my new bike we can defiantly meet to ride & shoot.

  • wendell chenault

    Another good tip learned on here. Thanks for the insight Gizmo. Something else I heard earlier today from a shooting friend. We have bought “several” boxes of ammo for our 9mm’s, 380’s and so forth. I heard that unless your bullet is made of lead that your shelf life is only about 2 years. Changes in humidity, which is bad here in the south, can destroy your ammo. Anybody got any other tips or info about shelf life of ammo and storage of it. Bobby I’m done for the night here, putting on new chain and sprokets on the SV. Get that new bike soon.

  • SRLuis9

    HELLOOOOOOO ALL…
    Everyone has their own opinion on how to maintain,carry and clean their guns…..As long you try to do all three heavily or even lightly your gun should always function properly…Im no gun expert and the sr9 is my 2nd gun ive owned so i dont know much about cleaning, ammo and all that other good stuff but i use common sense to get the job done..I only shot my sr9 once and have cleaned it once but cleared the barrel from dust about 3 times…I use hoppes to clean my gun…
    I agree…..
    $10 cant compare to your life or your childrens life. Im not a rich guy or anything but i can say $40 for a new clip isnt bad either..I dont know how to swap out springs but i would try if needed…
    I never used blazer because of all the roomers ive read…But now it has me curious enough to buy a box and run through them to see for myself..my next step is to buy some hollow points for everyday carry rather then using target bullets.I should be getting my taxes back today and i intend on driving the hour to the range and run through alot of rounds..there are alot of things i would like to try at the range that i didnt do last time because of being nervous… now that i know the rules of the indoor range im going to push it to the limit.. hey where does everyone live??next time you write include you city and state in your post

    WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON PENNSYLVANIA…
    maybe we could go shooting or riding some day…
    happy shooting……

    do you think the safety is needed anymore since they fixed the trigger issue?
    alot of people say no its not needed and when you have one chambered leave it on fire so you shave a couple milla sec off you reaction time..What do you fellow sr9ers think and feel about this???and would you do it????

  • wendell chenault

    Yes use the safety! A smooth slid of thumb will turn it off. I’ll take my chances with the milisecond saved, better than shooting yourself in the foot or leg by accident.

    I have a boat which I put jacks under it to take pressure off the springs during the winter. That come from the manufactor and boat shop. Kinda like bed springs, as time goes by it starts to sag from pressure from your body. Good to flip and spin to allow equal use.

    Wendell Chenault, Monroe, La
    318-343-8248

  • GaryG

    Wendell, Find a military surplus store and look for 50Cal surplus ammo boxes! You must check them carefully. No dents around the top, make sure the rubber seal is intact and not dried out. I can get them for from $5-7.00 ea here in Columbus, Ohio.

    I clean the seal (light gauge brass brush works great!), apply a silicon spray to the seal, and then fill the box about 1/2 way full of water. Then I latch the box, put down a few layers of newspaper and place them seal side down on the paper. I haven’t had a single drop of water escape from any that have been carefully selected even after 6 hours in the inverted position! Pour the water out, and let them thoroughly dry(a hair dryer will help if you’re in a hurry). That ensures that no moisture will get in to degrade the firing cap or powder. If your want to be absolutely sure the contents stay dry put a desiccant container in the box (I find them at my range for $7.00 ea. Each case will hold 20 boxes of Blazing Brass or maybe 30-40 boxes of WWW 9mm. I have heard of people that actually bury the boxes in the ground and when opened the contents are perfect. Other size ammo boxes are available but I find the 50cal’s to be perfect and not too heavy when full. I also store my spare holsters, gun cleaning equipment, etc. in them. Again, the condition of the box is critical. A bit of sandpaper or even an SOS pad and you can prep the outside of the box and paint them to color-code them for fast identification.

    For SRLuis9, after shooting paper at the range for months I decided to come up with a target set-up to hone my skills at target acquisition.
    Got a bunch of full upper-body targets and then placed Bird-splat or splat-dot targets on them. I each on the head, left shoulder and right shoulder, and one each on the hand/wrist area + a groin marking.
    My partner and I each load a 17 rnd. mag with 1 or 2 dummies/practice rounds without any particular sequence to spacing and gives it to the shooter. The shooter then stands low ready or center ready and waits for the command to shoot x number of rounds at whichever section the partner calls out. Example; 2 left shoulder, 1 head, 1 right hand, etc. after each command the shooter returns to the ready stance. If/when the shooter encounters a dummy load it is his responsibility to clear and finish the command. (It takes a bit of extra effort to keep track of the commands but at the end of the mag you can examine the target and determine how well you can acquire and hit the specified area. Most ranges will not allow you to practice “draw and fire” but that isn’t the point of the exercise. It forces the shooter to react in a quasi-real world encounter rather than simply putting a bunch of holes into a Bulls-eye. The concept is to force the shooter to find the target, fire, and then prepare to locate a different point to hit, as well as practice on clearing a misfire. I don’t have a good method to send a picture of one of the targets but you can figure that out. (A shot timer would be an extra luxury) but a simple stopwatch would also work if you are trying for speed. My interest is hand-eye co-ordination and making sure “Limp-wristing isn’t an issue.
    Gizmo

  • bobby

    Well guys I’m still searching for the perfect Compact Carry Pistol. I wish Ruger would put out a 9mm Compact but until then I’ve narrowed down my options to TAURUS MILLENNIUM PRO 111. Any opinions on that gun?
    I was leaning toward Kel-Tec PF-9 but man it’s just too ugly of a pistol. Kahr makes some good compacts but they’re a bit pricey.
    I think the semi-automatic industry and weapon making technology has evolved enough for manufactures to be able to make some really good guns without the need of charging an arm and a leg for them, for instance look the SR-9 but some of these companies just aren’t willing to lower their prices….

    Bobby
    Location: The Big D, Dallas Texas
    Profession: Web Designer, Systems and IT Technologies
    Toys & Hobbies: Weight Lifting, Range Shooting, Fast Rides, Drinking Beer

  • wendell chenault

    You guys are great! If nobody learns something from this site then they must be more stupid than dirt. Gary G, Thanks for the ammo box info. I have 5 currently and they are getting hard to find here. One of our army surpulus stores just got some more and I plan on getting a couple more. Our price at one place is $4.99 another is $9.95 and theirs is not in the best of condition. I like your seal test…..Old dog learned something! lol

    We are not allowed to quick draw here either,but I do have a deer lease that I go to shoot at where I can. I do also like your idea on calling out a place to shoot to a partner. That will make it more fun. I’ll try that one next time I go to the range.

    Bobby, I love my LCP. Have you looked at it? My brother in law just bought one and the clip that fits the Kel-Tek (like a knife clip) also fits the LCP. He says it just looks like he has a knife in his pocket. The gun handle is not visable. I will get one and try it out soon. The new LCR is a nice looking gun but I’m not for sure what the price will be. The LCP’s are going for 269-329 here. Good luck shopping!

    Keep the ideas flowin guys……This is good stuff!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • wendell chenault

    Oh Bobby the LCP has a Crimson Trace lazer sight that is currently being sold. A little FYI.

  • Bobby

    Wendell,
    LCP was one of my very first choices, you just cant beat the size and it’s made by Ruger but I was trying to stick with 9mm if I could just for the extra fire power and also making it a bit easier to stick with one type of ammo but you never know I might just get me a LCP anyway.
    Have you had a chance to shoot your gun after shaving down the sight?

  • wendell chenault

    No not yet. The weekend it was supposed to rain and I was going to the range, well it was pretty and I rode my bike. Just got new chain and sprokets on and I have to change the oil tomorrow. Maybe this weekend I can go shoot it. I looked for a small 9mm also but then ended up with the SR9. Then I went and got the LCP.

  • wendell chenault

    No not yet. I was supposed to one weekend when it was to rain but it was pretty instead and I rode my bike. Maybe this weekend. I too wanted a smaller 9 but ended up with the SR9. Then I went and got the LCP.

  • wendell chenault

    Well that looks real good…………lol The page was messing up so I did it again…sorry guys.

  • SRLuis9

    HELLO FELLOW SR9’ERZ
    I just got that free magazine from ruger.com(rugersportswear and accessories). Its pretty cool and has alot of things in it..(duhhh right) lol but i didnt think it would have a lot of things for the ruger sr9 bu ti has some new cool things..For those looking for a laser for the sr9 theres one in here i think is inexpensive comapared to other lasers i saw that fit it… There is a viridian green laser made for the ruger sr9 that is $199.95. Im getting one. =) There is even a new laser made for the LCP for the same price but that one produces a red laser.actually looking at the laser for the LCP it slides on the under rail and follows the trigger guard all the way to the grip of the gun and they put a lasergrip rather then flicking an on off switch. I wish they did that for the sr9 too.I would like to find a holster that can hold the gun with the laser attached to it..soooo if anyone knows of a holster that can do this please let me know..i would like to conceal carry with my laser attached..There is a 3slot leather cop holster im looking at getting but i think they are very expensive.$65. I wish there was more to do to an sr9 or even more toys for the sr9..who knows they are prolly making new things as im typing..

  • SRLuis9

    Hey all.

    I wanted to know what all do I have to do to get the black slide for my sr9…..Ive been eaning to ask if anyone knew…If anyone has gotten the black slide for the sr9 let me know and dont forget to inculde a price…Ive been looking at the black slide and like the way it looks but i also love the nickel plate…. so i figure get both….

    Every time i post something i will ask questions that can help me or others….

    If your standing somewhere and someone approaches you aggresively, drunk, or just looking for trouble what would you do? If you know there going to try and swing at you do you swing back or dont even bother and unholster your gun?

  • GaryG

    SRLuis9, If such a scenario unfolds, the first thing you should try to do is get the Heck away! Run, get into a place where there are lots of other people, anything to avoid unholstering your gun! By showing it you have indicated your intent, and could be forced to act on that intent. My prayer is that I never have to fire at a living thing and then have to live with the consequences of such an action for the rest of my life.

    I don’t know about where you live but in Ohio the law is that a CCW holder is “presumed guilty until proven innocent!” (Yep, you are right! The law is backwards!) Simply showing the weapon could lead to charges against you. (Much like screaming “Fire” in a crowded theater). If you cannot avoid a confrontation do your very best to #1. maintain as much distance as possible, #2. make your body as small a target as possible, #3. try to see as much as possible regarding any other potential threats, and finally #4. do not hesitate for even a second to stop your assailant in what ever way you must. The description of your potential assailant indicates that he/she/they is intent on causing harm.

    Then call 911, hang up and call your lawyer..then your banker as it will cost you a ton to defend yourself (Long live litigatious lawyers!) You can bet that you will be in court defending your actions.
    Gizmo

  • eli

    Marcus,
    in response to your blazzer ammo question; i’ve fired about a good 400-500 rounds of it through my sr9 with no issues at all. most of my shooting is done with winchester or remington, also with no problems at all…and those i’ve shot too many to count.

  • wendell chenault

    SRLuis9, The law here in La. is pretty much the same although my cop friends say I will go through much less “red tape” with the law since I have a permit, but as Gary G said, you don’t pull that thing unless you plan to use it! Pulling your gun will most likely cause you more problems, but when your space has been violated and bodily harm or death is certain, by all means draw your gun. Before you do be sure of your surroundings and who is behind the intended target. You will have to answer to the law and maybe a unknown family if you miss.

    May all of you be safe and never have to draw your gun……………

  • Bobby

    SRLuis9,
    If you have no choice and must pull the trigger you better make sure that the bullet does not come out of the other end and hit someone behind that person. If that happens then you will be charged even though it was an unfortunate accident. Always use JHP ammunition for your self defense weapon.

  • SRLuis9

    Thank-you ALL for your advice

    We can all understand not to unholster your gun unless you feel as if your life was in danger….Including family……What i think of the whole unholster situation is think like a police officer…..Police officers are not allowed to pull their gun out or on someone unless they feel their life is threatened as well as the lives of others……Also, if you ever had to unholster your gun my theory is know your surrounding……If your anywhere near a building and know there is a camera make sure the even takes place right in front of this camera……A Camera dosnt lie or strech what realy happened…..The camera can tell 100% truth rather then cops asking “witnesses” of what happened when they were under stress or had their head (eyes) covered the whole time……If you had to shoot someone because you felt your life was in danger, cops would most likely favor with you due to the fact you are permited to carry and the agressor would have some kind of a record…..Yes it would be further looked into but honestly If your record is clean enough to get the permit then they beleive you had no other option and you made the right decissions…Usually the people (criminal) has a back round of some sort and shows he/she/they have broken the law before and see no reason for them not to do it again making them guilty”ish” just by back round……Someone with a clean record isnt going to have teh balls to try and rob someone or rob a store unless they are under the influence and or have hit rock bottom and it will show…..So usually the person (attacker) is going to have a record of some sort and will harm their case…..

    BOBBY……..
    What are JHP ammo????

    QUESTION of the day…………

    You cant unholster your gun unless you know you are in harms ways……What if the person trying or going to harm you was a family member and you shot them in the leg to defuse the situation to stop them?? Would you do it if needed and do you think you would be in the wrong when the police arrived???

  • Blaine

    JHP is jacketed hollow point bullets. Look them up on google for an explanation of what they do. But they are made for personal defense situation. Specially shaped bullets designed for special purpose.

  • Bobby

    It’s the acronym used for hollow point bullet. Stands for Jacketed hollow point.

  • Marcus

    I think any number of factors could have lead to the jamming. One of the most prominent factors that seems to be the real cause is the ejector. The gun was never fired before. It was in brand new condition, but it did have the pre-retrofitted trigger groupings. It was serial 330-14XXX. This could have been a factor. It could also definitely be that I didn’t clean it before firing.

    I actually went back to the pawn shop and had a friendly conversation (no sarcasm seriously) with the owner who sold me the pistol. He actually took it back and is going to send it into Ruger to have it retrofitted and determine the problem. I traded it for a SAM 1911A1 G.I. model because I already have another RIA 1911 .45, and I want to standardize my ammo. He sold me the .45 for the same price as the SR9 which was definitely more than a fair deal.

    I’m glad everyone else had luck with their SR9. lol :)

  • Bobby

    Marcus,
    If you have no problem paying twice as much for the ammo and loading half as much in the cartridge then 45 is for you.
    I personally like a gun that’s more accurate, holds 15 rounds or more and doest cost much to shoot and practice that’s why 9mm is my favorite.

  • lawrence

    i just bought my ruger sr9 10 rd, here in CA, and couldn’t wait to shoot it at the range. i went yesterday, and found out that it misfeed a couple of times, and the casing wasn’t ejected properly once during my first 50 rounds. the ammo i used is blazer brass 115 gr luger fmj. i am not sure it is the ammo type cause it is the cheapest i picked up at the dealer. it is a new gun, i will shoot my another box next time and try a different ammo brand to see if is the ammo causing it or is just something this new gun behaves. anybody tells me why, i am a new shooter. thanks!

  • Dutch

    Hey fellas..hope all is well – I have been following this blog for a few months as an SR9 owner….first time I have ever posted a message.

    Lawrence –

    I also experienced similar problems with my weapon – purchased in San Diego, it it matters. I went to the range was having a bad problem with stove piping and misfeeds, thankfully I remembered previous training about limp wristing I received in the military while paracticing on a Berretta M9…after correcting my technique, I did not experience anymore stove piping…….My preferred grip method for shooting the SR9 is to firmly push forward on the grip with my trigger hand while exerting similar counter pressure with the stabilizing hand by pulling towards the body – in my case I put forwad pressure with my right hand while pulling to the rear with my left hand…..this method is best for maintaining a firm grip on the pistol and allowing the recoil/ejector to do it’s job and spit the brass.

    About misfeeds – I had one misfeed on my second trip to the range after meticulously cleaning all of the factory grease and debris from the weapon. I used Break-Free CLP as my lubricant and went beyond the recommended lubrication areas…..basically, I lubed it if it was a moving part. Be careful of “lube creep” – when the lube seeps out of the gun. After a good lube job, check your weapon the next day and wipe off any excess, repeat the cleaning, lube again – repeat this pattern 2-3 times before your next trip to the range.

    I hope my input is valuable to you.

  • wendell chenault

    Welcome Lawrence! When you have the time, go back and read all the posts on here. Yes its long but I bet you will learn something. Since it is a brand new gun, my advice is this, Clean and oil the gun, then have someone watch you shoot. You may have limp wrist. Your problem will probably be one or both of these things.

  • SRLuis9

    Hello to all,
    I havnt hurd of much fails on this gun and usually if the sr9 acts in a way unexpected i can bet that its due to the shooter….Im new to shooting as well and only had 1 problem 1 time which was the bullet that was being chambered didnt chamber all the way…..The slide wasnt in the most forward postion leaving it slithy cocked and i saw it before firing……I then realized it could be “limp wrist” because i didnt think i was holding the gun firm enough…but instead of pushing the slide the rest of the way i remembered seeing and reading about a situation like this….Never try refiring a bullet that you had a problem with….When you have a situation in teh chamber try “tap-rack-bang” this is were you hit the bottom of the gun to insure your clip is in all the way…this can cause misfeeds……rack the gun and eject that bad round and chamber a new one…ANDDDDD BANG WE ALL KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH THAT ROUND……send it screamin down range….When i had my other gun i made that mistake by ejecting it and reloading the same round i had problems with and try to fire it..then kept asking myself why am i having so many jams with this gun…..if i knew about tap rack bang i prolly would of had a better time with the gun despite the amazing bad reviews…but i was new to the whole scene and it was my first gun…….

    LAWRENCE
    i have to agree with everyone else it does sound like limp wrist…but it can be a bunch of things….the sr9 is pretty heavy for a first time gun….Also it could be that you need to clean and lube the gun before firing….. it can also be ammo…i say it again you get for what you paid..if you dont know how to take the gun apart and are scared to try to do it with the manual there is a guy on you tube who tested the gun and did a table top review of the gun and compared it to the glock 17……When he get to the simplicity of the gun he shows you how to field strip it….On youtube its called nutnfancy type that in and all his different reviews pop up look for ruger but if you cant find it for some reason type in ruger sr9 and you should see him shooting the gun or the table top review………

    HEY YOUS HAVE FUN

    Try that tap rack bang next time you mave a misfeed and never try to reshoot a dud…………..

  • SRLuis9

    Hello all

    I finally went to the gun store and bought myself some hollow points….They were expensive…..18$ for only 20….They are FEDERAL 124grain mushroomed hydra-shok jhp’s…..Does anyone know if these are a good self defense bullet????

    ALSO……………
    I went to several gun stores to maybe find me a new gun lol……WOW is the lcp small……I was going to get it until i asked to hold it and wow that is small…..I think maybe too small for my gorilla hands lol…..Wendell i dont know how you do it but you do it huh….I was going to get it just to get it and have and maybe throw in my pocket when im rushing out or dont feel like throwing on my rig…..Im going to a different gun store today to see if they have a nice selection adn maybe get a new toy……I just have no idea what to get…I was lookin at a bersa but im not realy that familia with the brand and didnt want to take the chance…im going shopping tomarrow so we will see what i get if i get anything at all….Also i was looking for a better holster and couldnt find one…I wanted to get something ambidextrous with a thumb snap that has the metal belt clip….and ideas please right so i can have an idea or clue on maybe what to check out……

  • wendell chenault

    SRLuis9, Yes the LCP is small but that is one thing I love about it. You can just put it in your pocket and go without having to use a holster although you can get a pocket holster that takes away the outline of the gun if wearing slacks. I also have a inside the waist holster for it. For the larger handed people Ruger has a mag that has a finger extender added to it so you can get all fingers on it for better control. You can order these from Ruger one for $8.00, two for $10.00. Now that is for just the extender that you add to your mag. I have had zero problems with my LCP. I carry it more than I do the SR9 because of its size and it has good knock down power. It is also pretty accurate for such a short gun. Crimson Trace already has a lazer sight for this gun that hardly adds any weight or bulk to the gun. It attaches to the front of the finger guard and the price online is about $209.00. My instructor will sell me one for about $175.00. Everyone that has shot mine has loved it and ended up buying one. Prices here are $269-329.

    Well gotta go….Heading to a gun show to look for goodies then heading to my Mom’s to work in her yard. Ya’ll have a safe SR9 shootin day!!!

  • SRLuis9

    hello all

    I went to the store and finally got a new carry rig….I went with a shoulder holster that i think might be nice…..I tried on the holster and tried to tune it in to my likings…..While being home it feels ok but the real test is when i go out today and see if i like how it feels and how i feel in it….Hey i think i found a new gun but im not sure about it…The name brand im familia with but as far as this gun i know nothing about…..A SIG SAUER MOSQUITO its a 22lr handgun maybe a lil smaller then the sr and lighter i beleive anyone know anything about this gun????if so write back and let me know how it is…..

  • capebob

    got mine the other day. Put about 100 rounds through. About 2 jams per clip (HAVE 10 ROUND CLIPS). Ammo jam, faulty ejects. Not very impressed with gun. i’m going to try another 100 rounds and then decide if I will keep the gun or not.

  • SRLuis9

    capebob…………

    Honestly your the only person that has problems with the sr9……all of us dont have any problems with our pistols….Are you a new shooter???? It could be the gun isnt feeding right…..tap rack it and make sure your clip is seated properly…they say alot of jams and stove pipes are causd by the mag….make sure its seated properly and make sure your spring isnt loosing tension…..Im not to familia with the 10 round mag but i dont see why there would be a difference in the performance of the gun….. they are all factory made and made for this gun……strip the gun and check if it is clean and lubed well……. but other then that maybe there is a one in a million chance ruger slipped a bad one out…you never know…but i highly doubt it…..But by all means spark another 100 through it and let us know how it reacts…….Make sure you have a firm grip on it and it isnt limp wrist….. GOOD LUCK and let us know….

  • wendell chenault

    Hate to see capebob get rid of his gun so quickly. (Bet he has limp wrist) I cleaned and polished mine yesterday. All deer seasons are over here now so maybe momma nature will work with me so I can go to the lease and try out the new shaved sight.

  • J10

    I just got a brand new SR9 a couple weeks ago and finally got out to shoot it today. After putting four rounds through it, a small piece of the frame chipped off (right by the takedown pin). I stopped shooting it after the four rounds. Unfortunately, the shop I purchased it from is closed for the rest of the weekend, so I won’t know until Monday what is going to be done about it. Did I just get a defective gun? Anybody have any clue what my chances are of just having it switched out for a good one?

  • wendell chenault

    J10, Chances are pretty dang good………..matter of fact I would demand it, I mean 4 rounds then a problem.? With anything made by man you have defective ones, sounds like you got one. They will either replace it or send it back to Ruger. You never dropped it right? No other marks or chips on the frame right?

  • Dutch

    J10,

    Your chances of getting a a replacement are EXCELLENT. If you go throught the dealer, he might have another one in stoack and just switch the pistols – this is the quickest way to go.

    If you choose to deal with Ruger yourself, their customer service will be above and beyond. The only thing about dealing with Ruger is the time – it will not be as quick exchanging through the dealer. The plus side is you will be registered in Ruger’s customer data base, the weapon will be registered through them, and you will more than likely get a freebie or two (extra magazine, etc). Also, by dealing with Ruger and being added to their database you will be assigned a case number which allows for even better customer service in the future.

    I hope this helps.

  • J10

    Thanks for the info. I shot Ruger a quick email through their website but haven’t heard back. I think I’ll call the dealer in the morning and see what they suggest. And no, the gun was never dropped…never even set down on a hard surface outside of the case it came in. It looks like I just got the one lemon out of the whole lot.
    Thanks again.

  • wendell chenault

    In my dealings with Ruger, they have responded quickly and fairly. You should hear something by this afternoon or tomorrow. Good luck and keep in touch.

  • wendell chenault

    J10 Any word yet on your SR9? Inquiring minds want to know…………

  • wendell chenault

    J10 Still waiting on word about your gun……………if any………

    Is everyone having problems getting 9mm ammo like I am here in NE La.?

  • eli

    wendell,
    east Texas seems to be going through some kind of ammo drought too. its a pain to find rounds for my 9mm and my 45…its making me kind of nervous that the shelves are empty at many of these stores. anybody have any idea what this is about??

  • wendell chenault

    A salesman at Academy told me he was not expecting to get much ammo until March or maybe April. Not for sure why….wonder if it has anything to do with the Ammo Accountability Act that is up in 18 states or maybe because of Obama. I hate to go shoot now because I cannot replace what I have shot……well I could but the dealers that have ammo has got it marked way up. I don’t know the time frame but Academy also said their sales on guns was up some 62%. We did have 6 months to get our CWPs sent in before the class time expired but since La. had so many come in they extended it out to 1 year. Who knows what is next.

  • James

    Buying the Ruger Sr9 next week at the Florida gun show. Can’t wait. Its my first firearm. Thanks for all the great info everyone!

  • tommy t

    the sr9 is a great weapon….fired 2000+ rounds and love it…wife loves it….great value…sleek and very conceilable

  • Mike2009

    What is the recommended ammo for the SR9

  • Dutch

    Wendell,

    I buy my ammo in bulk at Cabela’s (www.cabelas.com) – they are usually back ordered and it takes about 2-3 weeks to get it, but I have never had any problems with delivery reliability or ammo quality. I am not sure how much ammo cost in your part of the States, but for me – here in San Diego – the cost of the ammo and shipping from Cabela’s is just a little less than it costs in stores out here.

    Dutch

  • Dutch

    Mike2009 –

    The recommended load is 9mm Parabellum (9 x 19). Per the SR9 manual:

    “No 9mm Parabellum ammunition manufactured in accordance with NATO, U.S., SAAMI, or CIP standards is known to be beyond the design limits or known not to function in these pistols.”

    Dutch

  • wendell chenault

    Dutch, I”ll have to check on that at Cabelas. Example of our prices. I bought some Monarch Brass FMJ 115 grains yesterday at Academy to try. 50ct box $10.49 a box. Remingtons 250ct box 56.99, same bullet. This box was 33.99 less than a year ago but I cannot get it now. Academy is one of the cheaper cost places. The gun stores are much more. Example .22 shells 550 ct box at WalMart, 14.97. 500 ct box at another gun shop, (their cheapest) $22.00. About the best price for a 9mm is about .20 cents per bullet. The Monarch and Remingtons and Winchesters have shot well in my SR9.

    Welcome James! Read all these posts, it may take awhile but I can promise you will learn alot about the gun.

  • Dutch

    Remington UMC 250ct was “on sale” at a local sporting goods store for $63.99 a couple of weeks ago. We have a few Wal-Marts here in San Diego, the only one that sells ammo that I know of is about 35 mins down the interstate – if ammo is confirmed to be in stock, it is worth going out there for it. The problem is getting confirmation of stock – at least twice I have been told over the phone that ammo is in stock – only to discover otherwise when I get there, the customer service at Wally World is not like other parts of the country. I pretty much do most of my shopping online nowdays…I go to a store identify stuff I like, then shop the net.

    What other pistols do you have? I have a S&W M&P .40 compact and a Kimber .45 ACP Stainless Custom II 1911. Love all of my guns – although I will admit it took awhile to get used to the SR9 because of recoil action, I was used to heavier weapons that created enough of their own inertia to eject properly. I use my SR9 primarily for plinking, the .40 for home defense, and the .45 for pure pleasure and show. :)

  • wendell chenault

    Dutch, Wal Mart had some Winchester 100ct 115 gram today so I bought a box. Got it for $20.97, a 50ct box was $11.97. These were the first in a while that I have been able to get. For the 100ct that is the same price per bullet as the Monarch at Academy.

    I have 2 other pistols other that my SR9, a LCP 380 which I carry in my pocket alot and a Ruger 22/45 that I practice with. My SR9 I carry in the truck/car and some concealed carry, mainly in the winter and also keep in the house. Ammo for a 40 or 45 is even harder to get around here.

  • Ted Sherman

    To all: for ammo try ammatogo.com – available inventory and great prices. These guys are located in Brenham, TX.

  • Ted Sherman

    Correction: the site is ammotogo.com

  • JL

    What’s up guys? It’s been a couple of months since my last post but wanted to give an update. I went to the range tonight and shoot a few different kinds of ammo. I first but 50 Blazer Brass 115gr. FMJ’s with no issues. Next, 50 rounds of Remington Express +P 115gr. JHP, again no issues. Last, I ran 50 rounds of Remington UMC 115gr with 1 stovepipe. I am pretty sure my one malfunction was shooter induced so I am feeling pretty good about the performance of my SR9.

    It is time to start adjusting the sights. I am right handed and left eye dominante and consistantly shooting left. Any suggestions? Also anyone shooting 147gr. through their SR9?

    I would also like some opinions on gun storage. I have notice some rust on my SR9. I keep in in the case it came in but open, inside a closed safe. The safe is opened a few times a day and I handle the gun ussually once a day or every other day. I live in FL but it is winter and not very humid these days. I oiled the outside of the gun and the rust came right off. Any ideas other than keeping more oil on the outside of the gun? I don’t like it being to oily when I handle it.

    Thanks again to all that contribute here, this blog as been very informative for me.

  • wendell chenault

    Welcome back JL! First if a pistol is the same as a rifle, you can’t sight your gun with one weight bullet and then shoot another with the same results. Up close maybe but the futher back you are from your target the more a heavier bullet will drop and faster. I would just stick to one grain but you do what you want. Also a lighter bullet will move faster also.

    As for shooting to the left, you can adjust the front sight by tapping on it at the base with a piece of wood and small hammer or use a brass hammer so it won’t damage the finish of the gun. Uh I think you need to move it to the right some to make you move the front of the gun more to that side. (Am I right here guys????)

    As for the rust, I handle mine every day and wipe it down with a lightly oiled rag maybe once a week and we have humidity here in Louisana also but I haven’t had that problem with mine. Mine stays in my nylon holster in my closet or is in a coat at this time of year or tucked in the small of my back. Make sure your rag is clean and there is no exposure to the salt water in your area. Just a thought, hope it helps.

  • Dutch

    JL & Wendell,

    Hi – Wendell you are correct about the sight adjustment. An acronym that I used to help me remeber the rules for sight adjustment is “FORS”. It stands for “Front Opposite”, “Rear Same”; meaning, you should move the front sight int he opposite direction of the way you are shooting and the move the rear sight in the same direction you are shooting. Using this method should balance things out for you.

    I have no issues with rust, but becasue i have experience with rust on other weaposn……I was agressive with rust abatement on the SR9. The method I use on all current and past weapons that I own(ed) is to wipe it down with a silicone impregnated cloth (available for real anywhere that you can buy ammo, maybe 5 bucks), and then store it in an athletic sock in my safe. I hope you find this information helpful.

    Dutch

  • wendell chenault

    URGENT FOR ALL TO READ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Not getting into a political thing here but I was just woke up by a friend of mine who also owns hand guns and rifles and in our so-called stimulus plan that our government is working on there is a bill called the “Blair Holt Firearm Licensing and Record Sale Act of 2009.” (or H.R. 45) I just read a little of the info but go google “Blair Holt Bill”. To be short and there is much more involved, but it says that you “cannot buy a gun without a lic. aimed towards that gun, and the same for any semi automatic firearm that can accept any detatchable ammunication feeding device.” It later states that if you do not follow all the rules of this bill or law that you will be put in jail. My question is what in the he#* has a gun bill got to do with jump starting the economy? This is another sorry way to take away our 2nd amendment right to own guns. Our country and current government is heading towards socialism and we had better wake up and stand up for OUR rights. Please go read this info and inform as many as possible to fight this bill and all like it. Make sure you call your congressmen to voice your displeasure in this. Thanks!

  • JT10

    Just a little update for you guys. I called Ruger, and even after reading here and other places how good their customer service is, was surprised at how great they were. The woman I talked to emailed me a shipping label to have the pistol overnighted to the Prescott facility. Everything is covered, and I won’t have to pay a dime to have it fixed. She didn’t say whether they would try to repair it or just send me a new one. It didn’t look like anything they could just fix, so I’m expecting either a new frame or a whole new gun. Anyway, I shipped it 10 days ago but haven’t heard anything back…I just know they signed for it the next day. Any ideas on how long I’ll be waiting?
    Thanks again.

  • wendell chenault

    JT10, Normally it wouldn’t be long , BUT I know they are also working with the recall on the LCP 380 and my friend’s LCP took alittle longer than mine did due to the overflow of guns or so they said. I would about bet that you will get your gun one day this week, if you don’t I’d be calling them again.

    My boss gave me a box of old China Sports ammo the other day. ( I never heard of them) They are he thought about 10 years old and wasn’t sure they would even shoot. So I FINALLY got to go shoot my SR9 since I shaved the front sight and other than some windage adjustment I love my sights now. Dutch I used “FORS” when doing this….Thanks for that info!! SR Luis9, Thank you again for the info on shaving the front sight. By th way did you end up getting the LCP?? Anyway the ole Chinas did shoot with zero problems but I only shot about 25 of them because of the dark. Saved the rest for another day of shooting, hopefully this week sometime.

    Happy SR9 shooting, be safe and fight for your right to own a gun!

  • Dutch

    Wendell,

    Glad to hear that the sighting method worked for you. I scanned soem fo the old posts on this board looking for the reason why some folks chose to shave their front sight – I remember reading it a few months ago, but forgot why some people did it…..I must have scanned over it this afternoon when looking for it again because I can’t find it. What issue were you having that was corrected by shaving your sight?

    Dutch

  • Joel

    Does anybodys sr9 have scratches or buff marks underneath their trigger guard? I just saw it today and i dont know if it came like that or what

  • wendell chenault

    Dutch, Look at maybe the end of Nov and Dec of 08, then the first of Jan of this year. My gun and Bobby’s was shooting real low. I had the rear sight moved up so far that at one point it came loose and flopped. I shaved off almost all of the white dot on the front which allowed me to lower the rear sight. Now it shoots much better and the sight does not stick way up. My windage adjustment is what is so hard to adjust on mine now.

    Joel, I checked my guard and I have no marks what so ever.

    Bobby, are you still on here??? Where are you at man?? I messed up earlier, it was you who gave me the info on shaving the front sight. Sorry!

  • jgon281

    just got mine … I like the weight and the grip . It shoots very nice.The olive drab looks good w/ black stainless slide too… I think the most important is the way it feels when I grip it . Fits like a glove and that is more than I can say for the glock and others .The good feel makes for a better shot IMHO.

  • jgon281

    I have the same scuff marks on my trigger gaurd as you joel …It came like that . I was kinda concerned but what can I do now ? I didn’t see them when I purchased it and they do look somewhat bad

  • Joel

    jgon21

    yea i didnt notice it when i bought mine eithier but i tried to get it off but nothin works, its kinda weird cause its like perfectly scuffed up, meanig the scuffs end perfectly even i dont know what its from tho

  • Jason Wilbourough

    I really love the SR9’s design, and want to purchase one soon. My only question to those of you who already own one, is what are the flaws if any?

  • Dutch

    Jason,

    As you may have deducted by reading all of the previous posts in this forum, the SR9 is a very “light in the hand” weapon – unlike other Ruger models or more traditional 1911 types of pistols. The light weight of the pistol takes a bit of getting used to during the breaking in period (usually the first 100+ rounds) – specifically, the lightweight does not allow for enough recoil pressure if the weapon is held with a weak grip thereby increasing the probability of a “stovepipe” type jam.

    It is true that limp wristing other makes and models of pistols will cause stovepies; but, my stovepiping experience was of greater frequency with the SR9 during the break in period than I expected. In closing, the biggest drawback for me was getting used to the lightweight of the weapon. If it matters, the SR9 is my second favorite pistol to shoot – behind my Smith and Wesson M&P .40 compact. I hope you find this post helpful.

    Dutch

  • wendell chenault

    Not saying anything bad about women but I wish we had more women post on here to tell of their experiences with the SR9 because I think for the most part, most womens wrists may be weaker than a mans. My wife has not shot much in her life and does not like to do so but she has shot my gun and had no stovepipes at all. Other than her unorthadox stance (sshh-don’t tell her I said that) she hit pretty darn good. Maybe some of the guys on here can tell of their wives shooting or we can get some more women on here. What you say girls???????????????

  • Joel

    Does anyone know if it matters if you store your sr9 with it cocked back or with it not cocked back and i dont mean with the chamber back all the time i mean dry firing it and keeping it like that, and also does it hurt the gun to dry fire it with the clip in?

  • wendell chenault

    Personally I don’t do it. I have heard that you can with the clip in, but I have also heard that if you do you can damage the firing pin. I say why risk it and don’t do it. It seems to me that if you leave it cocked back you would be putting the spring under uneeded pressure. I don’t see the advantage of doing that either so I personally don’t do that either.

  • wendell chenault

    TO THOSE OF YOU IN THE STATE OF TENN

    Your right to bear arms, and your right to privacy concerning you CCP’s are being threatened as well as other parts of the nation. Please contact your states rep., let them know you have the right and will not give up that right to own a gun. If you don’t, one day it may be gone.

  • jgon281

    Can any of you tell me what type of concealed holster is best suited for the sr9? I wear lose fitting geans with ample room in the waist . I am also considering a shoulder type holster . let me know the types you have so I can research the best option

  • SRLuis9

    hey all havnt been on here for a while…….toooooo busy playing my new ps3 lol………. but……..

    jgon281………

    i carry my sr9 everyday everywhere and i were my gun about 5 sometimes 6 ocolock on my back and i think its sooooo comfortable and as far as a harnest we had already discussed there is on at walmart for around 7 bucks and works and feels pretty good…thats the set up i use…..there over in the bb gun area of the store and its made by crossman and if you look at that cheap one compared to a expensive one at around 40 bucks its about the same as that cheap one….but i also bougt a shoulder rig to see if i liked it….and the verdict is that its nice to wear over a button up or anything with a coular otherwise its comfprtable and is very nice cause its easier for a person to get to their gun faster that way….I usually only were that one at night when i go out cause its fast to get to if needed…..but this is just one of the harnests that are availble out there and they also make them in different materials so its better fit for the buyer…..MAKE SURE if you go for the shoulder harnest though you try on each one and dont buy it blind…..make sure it fits and works well for you…..also the size holster you need for this gun is a size 15….got with a universale waist holster if you want to go for the more expensive ones first becuase you can adjust it ANY way you find comfortable……i go waist during day and shoulder at night …..plus its easier to hide peek-a-boo straps when you have the cover of dark but during day time if they pop out theyll know ooohhhh yes they willllllll know….but thats what i do but honestly it took me forever to get used to how i want to carry but everyone has their own ways of carry and all you need to do is try things out and find a fit……………..GOOD LUCK and let us know how things work out and what type of rig you picked….. piece

    be safe and save the world if you have to

  • wendell chenault

    Hey SRLuis9, haven’t heard from you in a while………

    jgon281, go back to around Nov 22nd of 08. That is when we were talking about holsters. The supertuck cross bread looks good, been looking there myself the past couple of days. Also I don’t remember the name but there was one that fit like a rib brace and the gun tucked into it. That way you could carry across the front, on your shooting side or small of the back. I’ll let you know if I find it again.

    Defend your right to defend yourself!
    Get Involved!

  • jgon281

    thanks for the info guys

  • Joel

    Does anyone strongly believe that the government would ever take the second amendment right away from us considering all the other problems America faces. In my opinion the second amendment is secure, and if anything the only thing they would touch is the automatic weapon thing, which is kind of reasonable.

  • wendell chenault

    YES I DO THINK THEY WOULD! I respect your opinion but taking it for granted is just what they want you to do. Taking away the “automatic weapon” also includes your SR9 handgun, did you know that?? Obama- Palowsi and crew knew just what they wanted to do before Obama was elected. Did you know that just because you own a gun could cause you to be subject to more high taxes? To start off they want to have info on all guns you own whether it was your grandfathers gun that was given to you or one you just bought. If you don’t, you are a crimminal. To make a long story short, they may not just come and take them away, but they will place so many taxes on your gun and make it so hard to get ammo or parts to fix one that most people will not be able to afford one. That is why gun and ammo sales have been so high in the past year. People are afraid of what is going to happen. Go read about the ammo accountability act or the Blair Holt Act (or HR 45) You can google alot of this stuff and get plenty of info. All I know is many men and women have died for our right to own firearms and basically our current government is spitting in their faces and saying we don’t care that you fought for these rights, we want to take them away. My Dad who fought in WWII would turn over in his grave if he knew I turned in my guns or we did not fight for our rights to keep them. I won’t give mine up….. period !

    I’ll keep my freedoms, my money, and my guns….
    Obama can keep his change!!!!!

  • Joel

    Well I just think when it comes to dealing with problems in America the gun laws they say they are going to enforce during election time are just to get more votes from people who want stricter gun laws. How many promises actually get done by the Presidents we elect. And Obama of course is for stricter gun laws and taxings but he has a shit load on his plate at the moment and I think guns are not at the top of the list.

  • Harry

    I’ve had the updated version of the SR9 for a month now, and it has approximately 500 rounds of WWB and another 500 rounds of mixed hollow points, including +p and the Federal +P+ 9pble or whatever it’s called. It has been flawless, accurate, and extremely easy to shoot. The trigger has smoothed out and I’ll make no bones about the fact that this pistol is the most comfortable polymer framed gun I have ever shot. It points better then a Glock, feels better than an XD, and is as accurate and thus far as reliable as either. It’s thinner than both of them too.

    It is a BARGAIN at it’s price, it is made in the United States of America, and it’s a shooter.

    Buy it. You’ll love it.

  • wendell chenault

    Harry Glad you are loving the SR9. I love mine also and wouldn’t trade it for anything.

    Joel, No it may not be at the top of the list but it is closer than one might think. I don’t know how big you are into guns or how long you have shot but I have shot all my life, hunting etc and I have really been following this for a couple of years now pretty steady. Please go to these sites that I have told you about, read them and make your own decision about what is going on, don’t take my word for it. Honestly… I hope I along with many others are dead wrong and the gov’t isn’t going to do a single thing but I would rather keep an eye on it and raise some cane if need be than one day wake up and my rights be gone…… Also go look at open carry.org and click on your state if listed and see what the state gov’t is doing about gun laws. Louisana is not on the list but I googled La open carry and got basically the same thing. Watch this on TV….we just had a shooting in Alabama where alot of people were killed. He was using a gun with 2 30 round mags taped together so he could change over quickly. Also overseas there was a shooting by a 17 yr old who killed 15 people at a school. Now the press and government will use this as a reason to ban guns or put more laws on them. They are using the problems in Mexico as a excuse to ban some guns here in the US now as we speak! Washington D.C. has a total gun ban (but is trying to get it back) and they have one of the highest crime rates in the country,…..why?, because the law obiding people like you and I are not allowed to have a gun, but the crooks still do and they know the others cannot defend themselves. Sorry but this subject and others really strike a nerve in me along with their so-called “Fairness Act” which would put the first nail in the 1st Amendment or “Freedom of Speech” Like I said, look up these things, read and study them, and keep an open eye on what is going on.

    “DEFEND YOUR RIGHT TO DEFEND YOURSELF”

  • Chris Pike

    I had purchased the Ruger SR9 and I love it I have put it through about 900+ rounds and it is terific. From when I purchased it I took it to the range and the SR9 was sighted perfect. The SR9 was a great investment for me and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. It is nice sleek look feel and great weight distrabution for a handgun. I love that it is still MADE IN USA that is one of the bigest selling points for me when I bought the SR9 3 mounths ago. Thanks Ruger for the great design of the SR9 MADE IN USA

  • wendell chenault

    I know there have been several not happy with their SR9’s on here. I am interested in buying another one from an individual if they want to sell it. I love mine!

  • wendell chenault

    Joel, another development in what you think your government may do. As of this past Sunday, March 15th, 2009 the government will no longer sell spent or used brass to civilian companies to be reloaded and sold to the public. Instead the bass will be shreaded to the liking of the government and sold in bulk and as mentioned in the article I read, to China. The first ones affected will be the .223 used for the AR-15 which is selling like hot cakes here in NE Louisana. .223 shells are hard toi find and will only be harder to find soon. Go to guntalk.com and read the official letter sent to the buying companies. This issue came out in force today in my area and many are trying to get the word out as to what the government is trying to do. Something else I found out today is you know many servicemen do not live at the bases. The government has ordered the soldiers to bring all their personal firearms to the base to be kept. They are no longer allowed to have firearms at their own homes. Now what does this sound like to you??? Again go to guntalk.com or oathkeepers.net and read for yourself. I hope all of this is a false alarm but what if it isn’t?? Folks we better get our heads out of the sand and make a stand NOW for our rights before it’s to late. As far as I’m concerned Obama, Biden, Palosi and all the rest need to go before they ruin our country.

    “Defend your right to defend yourself!”

  • Joel

    Wendell,

    Alright I have read all of the info on all the websites you have informed me of and it sucks real bad but I really dont agree with you sayin Obama and Biden and who else has to go because we are talking about the President of our Nation who let me remind you the Nation voted for with out no bogus recounts cough cough. He is our President and we all must respect him voted for or not. Everyone has different opinions on everything when it comes to our nation and if we have to deal with four to eight years of a President trying to do away with assault rifles and taxing ammo and guns then we deal with it, just like how for the past eight years anti gun people had to deal with a President who was all about them. Its America and its the different opinons and views that we can express publicly that make America so great. So if it is the President i voted for or not i still support because its the American way

    • http://www.thefirearmblog.com Steve

      Joel, thats the end of the political discussion. This blog is about “firearms *not* politics”.

  • Joel

    I wasnt the one who brought up gettin rid of the President

  • wendell chenault

    Joel, Your right about who the people voted for and yes even though we don’t see completely eye to eye on this matter, I do respect your opinion, but I have many other concerns on what this adminstration is doing. Honestly I hope I am all wrong and if so I will be the first to admit it. Good luck to you.

    Steve, Sorry, I am the one who started this…..Joel and I were just discussing the matter. My intentions were not to start something but rather inform other SR9 shooters on possible concerns that we as gun owners could face.

    Back to SR9 matters….I’m still looking for a used SR9 if anyone knows of one that may be for sale. Just missed one on a local website and will probably be going to look at a Glock model 19 this afternoon. Hope to hear from someone.

  • Joel

    Yea I was off topic as well, but I also want to know if anyone has the viridian green laser on their SR9 because when I bought my SR9 they had a special where I recieve 50% off the Viridian green laser so it would only cost me 150 bucks, but i dont really like the look of the laser on the gun but i also feel like it is a deal i cannot pass up.

  • wendell chenault

    I looked at the Viridian laser and like the concept with the green light but why so bulky?! Maybe someone can tell me why laser trace don’t make a recoil pin laser for the SR9 like the glock. That way you can use the same holster and CC is much easier. I would already have a laser on mine but don’t like the bulk of most plus there don’t seem to be alot of choices out there for the Ruger. In this area it seems like SR9 is in last place. Joel how does your activate? Have you got your holster yet? I bought mine a year ago so I can’t get the deal. I didn’t get the Glock 19 yesterday. They wanted more than new price and it had only one mag plus I could not get a laser for it….no slide on the front for add ons. They wouldn’t come off the price any.

  • Joel

    Wendell,
    Yea i got a holster already a blackhawk inside the pants so I wear it inside my pants behind the back and it is real comfortable. But also with the laser deal they give you a holster as well. And i do not know what you mean by how does it activate? I also do not like how bulky the laser is but for 50% plus a holster i feel like ima get it i have until september to recieve the deal.

  • wendell chenault

    Joel, What I meant was how do you turn the laser on? Is there a button on the laser itself or something on the grip,…what? Yeah it sounds like a good deal for the price with the holster. I have been looking at a crossbreed supertuck but I’m not sure they make it for a SR9. I tried to send a e-mail to them but it did not work. I called the number they gave and a lady couldn’t answer my question and said for me to e-mail the maker named Mark but he hasn’t answered. Guess I’ll keep trying. That holster is supposed to be comfortable it also tucks inside the waist band and you can tuck in your shirt on top of that. They have a 2 week period that you can test it out, if you dislike it you can get your money back. Figured it was worth a try. Cost is about $65.00.

  • Joel

    Wendell, yea there is a button on the laser where you can have it solid or blink.

  • jgon281

    hey guys right now Veridian lazer sites has a deal goin’ on that if you purchase an SR9 betweeen a certain date , you qualify for a deep dicount on a green laser for your gun. I just purchased mine and waiting for it to arrive . You must show proof of purchase . The total cost is 157.00 . I wanted you guys to check it out before the deal is over . I hope you guys qualify

  • jgon281

    Never mind guys … I see your allready hip to it =]

  • jgon281

    Hey guys is anyone on here having to wait 6 months to get the CHL ?

  • wendell chenault

    Here in La. we had 6 months from the time you take your class to apply for the permit, then it was about another 45 days to receive it. There have been so many apply that you now have 1 year from the time of your class to apply. Waiting time is still 45-60 days for the permit. All the instructors have full classes every weekend from what I am told.

    I’ve been looking at lasers also and has anyone seen a laser for the SR9 that that replaces the recoil pin like on the Glock so that it is not so bulky and will still fit into a holster?

  • Jordan

    Hey all. I’m in the market for a polymer 9mm and the SR9 is very appealing to me. I’ve read all kinds of threads/blogs on other websites with mixed reviews. This thread, however, has been the most informative (and with primarily positive opinions). Thanks to all of you for spending the time to list all of these issues, good or bad, with this firearm. I’m going to go to the store again and check one out. The ones they carry now are the newer models, so hopefully most of the issues with the early productions are resolved. Thanks!

  • kumba

    HELLO DOES ANYONE KNOW WHO MAKES A DUTY HOLSTER W/LASER FOR A RUGER SR9 I HAVE A DIFFICULT TIME TRYING TO FIND ONE…

  • wendell chenault

    Kumba, I think Joel made a post a couple of weeks ago about Viridian laser sights. The deal was if you bought a SR9 during a certain time frame you could get a laser sight and holster for around 150 bucks. Not bad I don’t guess, I just didn’t like the size of the laser. I CC mine and that was just too big. I wish they would make a laser that replaced the recoil pin/spring like they do for the Glock and in green. That would be the best I think if you want to CC. Look back up to around March 19th of this years posts. Also maybe Joel will chime back in and say whether he got one or not.

  • Joel

    Kumba, I did mention like Wendell said that you do get a holster that fits the sr9 with their viridian laser on it. But if you already have a laser that is not a viridian it still might fit. The holster that viridian is giving is a Blackhawk nylon holster that is all they say about it. So I would probably just give viridian a call and get the specific holster name and what not.

  • wendell chenault

    Joel, did you end up getting the Viridian sights? I wonder if we all contacted Crimson Trace about a SR9 laser sight like what is on the Glock, would they try to develope one? I’m willing to try..anybody with me?

  • Joel

    Wendell, I have not got the laser yet I am simply a broke college student good thing the deal is good until september haha, but I am willing to take donations from anyone I simply need $150 HAHA. And I am definitly willing to go along with you to do whatever it takes to get a crimson trace laser grip

  • wendell chenault

    Steve something is wrong here. This is my 7th time to reply to this subject and it is not posting. HELP!!

    Joel I sent Crimson Trace a e-mail last night and ordered a catalog with new products. I also called today and talked to girl about the SR9. Before I go on let me see if this gets posted then I will add the rest that I found out about.

    • http://www.thefirearmblog.com Steve

      wendell, sorry, what is wrong? If you are still having problems email me.

  • Dutch

    Wendell,

    I would seriously consider using a laser sight as part of the recoil spring retention rod – it is a good idea…my question would be about durability, what is the lifespan on something like that because it part of the gun that is exposed to high energy forces.

    Dutch

  • Dave I

    Lasermax makes a green laser that fits the Springfeild XD. Not sure if it will fit the SR9, but is a lot smaller than the Viridian.(Guessing about a third the size?) Got mine at Optics planet .com for around $300. Haven’t really been able to put thru the paces yet, but seems o.k what little I’ve been able to shoot it. They have a 30 day return policy so might be worth checking into. Good luck and good shooting. P.S. Finally got to play w/ my SR9 more extensively. I am really starting to like this gun. At first I had my doubts(trigger and couple instances when the action didn’t cycle fully) but the more I shoot the more I like. And after a thorough cleaning, so for no more misfires. What a well balanced and accurate gun this is. This gun fits in my smaller hands better than any other gun I’ve ever held. I still don’t have the confidence to make it my carry peice, but it trully is a joy to shoot. May you never have to pull your weapon in anger. Peace

  • Joel

    I checked out that lasermax and it is much smaller than the viridian

  • wendell chenault

    I have called and e-mailed crimson trace. When this thing straightens out I will tell of results. Sorry guys.

    Steve, site very slow, my computer working everywhere else. Only getting in at times.

    Anybody can e-mail me wcn2mx [ AT ] yahoo . com

    [ Steve: I just emailed you, the site is working fine for me ]

  • kumba

    HEY JOEL AND WENDELL CHENAULT THANKS FOR GETTING BACK TO MY COMMENT, HEY CHECK THIS I BOUGHT THE LASER AND THAT “FREE” HOLSTER THAT IT COMES WITH AND IT SUCKS I WOULDN’T RECOMMEND ANYONE TO BUY IT THEIR CUSTOMER SERVICE SUCK AND THE PRODUCT SUCKS AS WELL THAT HOLSTER IS A BELT HOLSTER NOT A DUTY HOLSTER THE HOLSTER RIPPED FROM THE BELT LOOP AND IT DON’T WORK FOR S$^T THAT’S WHY I WAS ASKING IF ANYONE KNEW A COMPANY THAT MADE DUTY HOLSTER WITH LASER… BUT DON’T GET ME WRONG THE DEAL IS STILL GOOD BUT THE HOLSTER JUST SUCKS PLAIN AND SIMPLE….MAYBE WE SHOULD ALL TEAM UP AND CALL LASER MAX AND BUG THEM SO THEY CAN COME OUT WITH A LASER WHERE THE RECOIL RETENTION SPRING ROD GOES THAT WOULD BE NICE….

    • http://www.thefirearmblog.com Steve

      [ I am posting this comment on behalf of Wendell ]

      Ok folks, Steve and I are trying this via e-mail so here goes.

      I have contacted crimson trace by e-mail and phone and this is what they said.

      No development has been started on a Crimson Trace laser for the SR9 as of yet, but they have had many e-mails and calls from people like us who wish to have one of their lasers. The lady I spoke to today said the more people that called or wrote would help get the ball rolling sooner. Even if they started today it would take AT LEAST one year of research, development and testing before it was put on the market since it is a new gun. I mentioned the LCP being even newer and it had one and she said it was because that laser was made from the Keltek 380, so all they had to do was modify it to fit the LCP.

      Here are the ways to contact Crimson Trace
      http://crimsontrace.com/Home/Support/RequestNewModels/tabid/170/Default.aspx
      this is simply a form on what gun you wish to see a laser built for

      e-mail [email protected] This is to request a new model and tell of how you think a laser should be built for your gun. Example I suggested a laser like the LCP for the SR9. It adds little weight no bulk and you could use your current holster. Activation would be the same as on the LCP. Next was to replace the recoil/spring guide rod like on the Glock. Again clean, sleek, no weight, current holster could be used, activation could be put in the new trigger on the SR9 when it is pulled in some.

      phone 1-800-442-2406 This is a support of the e-mail except you speak to a person, who was very helpful to me. She took notes and said that they like to hear of how the general public uses the gun and thinks it would be most effective. She said they have gotten good ideas in the past from the public. I also suggested that the laser could be green instead of red because green is seen better by the human eye from what I hear.

      Again the more they hear from us the sooner a laser for the SR9 could be built so give CT a call and send a e-mail. I looked at Lasermax and saw they have a internal laser also so maybe we could contact them also. Any other thoughts??? Hope this info is useful.

      Again Thanks to Steve for helping me with this. Steve this is one of my favorite sites for the past year and I love looking every day to see what everyone else is doing with their SR9’s. Keep up the good work.

  • wendell chenault

    lasermax and crimson trace seems to be the way to go. Joel, looks like you can save that $150.00 for some other laser. Thanks for the info Kumba

  • Bobby

    Hello Folks, good to see everyone is still on here for the most part… I tried getting on the forum a few times and it kept timing out on me so thought maybe it’s gone offline. Tonight has been the first time after a long time that I finally stated receiving forum updates in my email again….what you guys got going on there Steve, server problems?
    I’m glad to say I finally received my Texas Carry License after 4 months of long wait….other than that waiting for the economy to get better…

    • http://www.thefirearmblog.com Steve

      Bobby, yea, sorry, server problems. Email was down.

  • wendell chenault

    Well lets see what this thing does today…. If anyone gets the Lasermax, let me know. I really want a laser on mine and really don’t want to wait 1 plus years on Crimson Trace.

  • cesar “kumba”

    Wendell Chenault no problem Wanted to put the word out there, i also received an email from M,BANE from crimson trace and this is what they said….No development has been started on a Crimson Trace laser for the SR9 as of yet, but they have had many e-mails and calls from people like us who wish to have one of their lasers. the guy said that the more we call and bug them the faster the line of production will get started but it would take 6months to a year for the product to come out but expect to pay a lot more *money* because they are expediting the the proses so…that’s pretty much it….

  • Joel

    Where can I buy 500 or 1000 rounds for my sr9 for a decent price?

  • wendell chenault

    Joel I’ve been getting my ammo at WalMart and Acedemy IF it is in stock. The dealers are quite a bit higher here. Be careful how much you order and here is why. A friend of mine knows a guy who bought a AR15 about 3 weeks ago. He couldn’t find ammo here and he found some at a decent price online somewhere. I don’t know who from or if he did it online or on the phone but he got 5000 rounds. (Yeah right) In under 2 hours Homeland Security was knocking at his door asking questions why he was getting so much ammo. It shocked me that happening here in Monroe, La. but they are watching I guess. They have changed the place and way you can buy ammo at WalMart and I pay cash only now. No debit card or Credit card for me.

    Kumba, Thanks for calling CT about the laser sight. Maybe we can get something going. I know the sight that fits inside the gun where the rod is will most definately cost more. 150-200 more I hear.

  • wendell chenault

    Oh Bobby, Glad to see your back. I was wondering where you were at.
    Congradulations on the carry permit. We are having more and more shootings here in Monroe. Listening to the news now and they have just reported 3. 2 robberies and 1 nonsense shooting. I’m afraid it will only get worse out there if this economy doesn’t get better. I had my gun with me when I went to Wal Mart tonight. Ya’ll be careful out there…………….

  • cesar “kumba”

    Hey Wendell any time, we,ll just have to wait and see how much they put it out for, And Fellas you all take care now, all those ROBBERIES going on in Monroe is crazy just remember to stay safe and shoot fast..

  • Bobby

    Thanks Wendell, glad to see the server problem has been resolved with the site, sounds like there has been some good discussions going on here in the past few weeks….
    Yeah this economy problem is not helping with crimes and etc…all you hear on TV is bad news.
    Where can I get some good prices on hallow point 9mm ammo now a days? I don’t think walmart sales hallow point.

  • cesar”kumba”

    Hey Bobby check this out there is this web site called amptic.com they have some 9mm Luger by Federal Hi-Shok, Jacketed Hollow Point, for a pretty decent price not to bad may be you should check it out i dont know how much you want to spend. you should check it out also there is a few more web site that i know i just need to find them in my pile of papers that i have, as soon as i get them ill put them up for you guys to check them out..

  • wendell chenault

    Bobby got my HP ammo at Academy. Only come in at times but I got these for 10.49 for a 50ct box. (Monarchs) They were even surprised at the price.

  • wendell chenault

    Got a e-mail from Lasermax. They do not plan on making a internal laser for the SR9. They sugested the Unimax green or red for the SR9. The red dot has a cost of $189.00 and the green dot is $399.00. I liked the green dot but a $200.00 difference…….please!

  • wendell chenault

    I found another website that has the Lasermax Unimax laser. Go to http://www.opticsplanet.com. Red dot is $174.95 add $140.00 for the green dot. Free ground shipping.

  • cesar”kumba”

    WHATS UP FELLAS BY ANY CHANCE DO ANY OF YOU GUYS KNOW WERE I CAN FIND A DUTY HOLSTER FOR THE RUGER SR9 I BOUGHT A BIANCHI 7115 MODEL AS IT SHOWS ON THIS BLOG THAT IT WOULD FIT IT BUT IT DID NOT FIT DOES ANY ONE KNOW…..QQ

  • Joel

    Just put 200 rds through my sr9, jam free shot great i even got a possum. This gun is the best

  • wendell chenault

    Sorry Kumba! I couldn’t find anything either. The one you got fits the “P” series Rugers.They didn’t even mention the SR9.

    Got another e-mail from Crimson Trace. The said that they submit new guns for laser development once a quarter. Also said to keep looking on the site at new products. Sounded like they have gotten alot of requests for the SR9. Keep your fingers crossed.

  • wendell chenault

    Joel, Did you get a laser sight? If so which one and how did it work?

  • Cesar”kumba”

    Hey Wendell yeah well I’m surprised that it mentions that Bianchi holster in this blog that’s the main reason why i bought it but it didn’t fit that is whats sucks about it not only this blog site but also the ruger web site says that it fits the sr9 but it doesn’t unless you need to stretch the dumb strap in order to fit it so will see i might just wait and see..also fellas i received an email from Gould & Goodrich,inc and they said that they will come out with new product of holsters in August 2009 that will include duty w/ laser, duty w/light/laser and some nice looking ones with triple retention so stay tune for that month… its good this companies are hearing us bugging them and it worked so good job lets keep it going….stay safe and shoot fast…..

  • Joel

    wendell, i did not get a laser I will probably do so next month and im still not sure on which one i want to get

  • Klings

    Hi,

    I purchased my SR9 a month ago and have been following this site ever since. I’m new to handguns and have learned a ton from here. I’ve put about 50 rounds through it with no problems. I decided to clean my gun since I’ve read how dirty it could come from the factory. Here’s my problem: Using the instruction manual, I stripped it down and cleaned it. Everything went well until I tried to fire it (with a snap cap). It fired, but the trigger wouldn’t reset (go back to the fully forward position). I haven’t fired it with a real bullet yet, but my snap caps fire just fine, but the trigger will not reset without me pulling it back into place. Anyone know what is going on with it?

  • Cesar”kumba”

    Hey Klings check this out run the serial Number on the ruger website, that happen to me as well no need to panic, I call ruger after entering my serial numbers on the web site and they are going to tell you whats wrong with the pistol tell them that you where shooting your pistol and the trigger wont reset this is one of the problems that ruger is having with this pistol….

  • wendell chenault

    Klings, Man I don’t know…. I would take it back down and try it again first. Then I would either go ask the dealer from which you bought it from, or call Ruger and ask them. I would NOT fire a live bullet in it yet. I’m wondering if since the cap did not fire like real ammo if that had something to do with it. When you figure it out let us know…..I am interested in seeing what the problem and solution is.

  • Sam

    Klilngs. Fire the snap cap then manually cycle the slide, if the trigger still doesn’t reset call Ruger. The trigger is reset by the action of the slide after a round is fired.

  • Jim

    Hi everyone,

    I’ve been following this thread for a few months off and on. I got an SR9 about 2 months ago. It’s my first handgun. After an initial thorough cleaning it has performed flawless with at least 5 types of ammo. I also took them up on the laser sight deal and got the laser and holster about 2 weeks ago. I love the laser. One thing though, when you remove the laser from the gun you will have to use a holster made for the gun w/o the laser attached. There is too much room in the blackhawk holster without the laser attached. I shot my first IDPA match with it today (I’ve been borrowing a friend’s glock 19) and did well with the SR9.

    Thanks for all of the information that has gone into this thread regarding the SR9.

  • Mike Russell

    Jim
    Glad to hear you liked the Veridian Green Laser, I am waiting on mine and after reading what some of the dudes on here have been saying, I’m glad to hear a dissenting viewpoint. I’ll post after I’ve shot with it.
    I have put about 35 thru my green/black SR9 ironsights, and I friggin’ love this gun. My short stubby fingers wrap around it nicely!
    Mike

  • Klings

    Update on my SR9: I called Ruger late last week (just after my initial blog) and left a message – no return call. I called again and left a message earlier this week – no return call. Finally today, I called and politely vented my frustration which resulted in an immediate return call.

    The tech walked me through stripping down the gun again and checking many of the components (springs, ejector, etc.). After walking me through putting it back together and answering multiple questions (that a new handgun owner would ask), he had me test fire it, and it worked flawlessly. He didn’t explain what the problem was, but it sounded like something was stuck in a wrong position after my cleaning. I am still very satisfied with my SR9 and can’t wait to get back out to the range to test it with live rounds.

    Sam, you are correct that the trigger is reset by the action of the slide after a round is fired (something the tech explained to me), but my trigger was not resetting which prompted my call to Ruger as you suggested. Thanks everyone for your help. It is greatly appreciated.

  • Joel

    Does anyone have a shoulder holster for their sr9? And if so is it comfortable

  • wendell chenault

    Klings, Sorry you had to vent some on the Ruger people. I got a call pretty quick when I called, maybe just super busy right now??????

    Joel, I have a nylon shoulder holster that a friend has let me borrow. It is a right handed cross draw and it is fairly comfortable. I used it this past winter under a coat or sweat shirt. I am heading to Shreveport tomorrow and just got it out to see how it will work under a regular shirt. One set back is if you have it on and go somewhere and you must, lets just say “go”, you have to take your belt almost completely off to drop your pants, because the lower end of the holster is secured to your belt. Also to retrieve your gun you must raise your shirt about 1/2 way up to get your gun from under the lower arm pit area. I haven’t done it yet but I plan on ordering a crossbreed supertuck deluxe holster for my gun. That way I can either tuck or leave my shirt untucked for CC. As you know it fits inside the waist band. Hope this info helps you.

  • GaryG

    Joel, I purchased an Uncle Mike’s shoulder holster (Size 15). After a bit of modification it is has been quite comfortable. I suggest you forgo the magazine case option as it is stiff and quite bulky. My mods were to add a piece of oval soft leather where the holster assembly crosses on my back and then riveting it in place to maintain the position of the straps. It conceals well and stays in place with the locked rear cross member. Hope this helps.
    Gizmo51

  • Joel

    Wendell thanks for the info it helped

    GaryG, So if I buy an uncle miks shoulder holster the size is 15? because i thought it would be a 4 or 5

  • GaryG

    Joel, Uncle Mike’s has an odd sizing system. I would go to the home site and confirm the size. The offer a chart and there is, I believe a toll-free number to call. It seemed odd to me too and the holster is about an injch deeper than the end of the barrel. I got mine at the same gun shop where I purchased my SR-9 and the guy knows his stuff!
    Good Luch,
    Gizmo51

  • wendell chenault

    I sent another note to laser max about the recoil rod type laser for the SR9. They said not enough requests had been made to justify research and development. Maybe if we keep sending in requests we can get something done. Lets keep their mail full with requests.

  • Nick

    The Fobus HK-1 paddle holster is a good concealed holster for the SR-9 if you don’t use a laser sight.

  • SRLuis9

    WHATS GOOOOIINNNNNGGGGG ON ALLLLLLL,

    LOL,
    I havnt been on for a while but i check once in a while now instead of coming on everyday but im bout to change that cause there is alot to read when i come back on…I guess more people are digging the sr9 huh lol…(cant blaime them) Awsome gun lol. ok I have a couple answers to some of you people questions….. As far as lasers go for the sr9 glock lasers and lights fit the sr9 as if it were made for it so if your having trouble finding a laser for the sr9 then you might want to look at some of the glock lights or lasers…Do not buy without checking the fit first….
    Carrying with a shoulder holster has its pros and cons…..this is what i think about it….Yea its nice because you can access your pistol ALOT quicker compared to belt carry.plus you dont have to keep on thinking about if your gun is showing cause your shirt rose up from getting in and out the car…BUTTTTTTTTTT carrying in a shoulder holster can get annoying….With summer around the corner carrying your gun in this fashion makes you feel as if you have a book bag on lol…..also you can realy put your arm all the way downward against your body making it look like you have somoene in a head lock under your shirt and because the weight isnt balanced with your lets say 4lb gun on the one side and the spare clip (if your carry one ) about 1lb on the right of you, youll find your self adjusting yourself alil more then usuall…i usually carry with shoulder holster on cooler nights at night for comfort reasons and to make sure the night covers my flaws…but during the day i do find myself carrying under a button up shirt on nice days and i LOVE IT….. i bought the same uncle mikes holster and the size is 15 anything smaller or bigger willllllll not fit already tried…..As far as holsters go because of the ruger sr9 being so close to the glock (17) you will find that alot of glocks parts and accessories fit the ruger….but like i said before make sure you like the fit before you buy it……you may also find out glock might be alil more expensive but with some luck you might find one at a cheaper price….shop around theres an endless supply of these things dont rush into something that you might not like or wont fit your gun…..
    I hit the the link and asked crimson for the laser….(count me in) I like the idea of having a spring guided laser on the ruger…i saw some one the glock and i love that idea because its nicer for cc…Im actually going to buy a glock soon im think of a glock19 but i think i want to step up in caliber and go with a glock30….i dont know about ya but out here in pa ammo is sooooo scarce ive been looking for reg target ammo for about 3 weeks now and finally found it and bout it at $30 for 100 winchester 115grain….im real interested in that ammo you bought for about 11 for 50bullets and they were hollow points? thats a great deal i bout 20bullets for about 19-20$…..OO yea and for an update i shot about 150rounds through my ruger and nothing..amazing everytime but the only thing that concerened me was that after teh clip was empty the slide stays back….BUT when i was shooting and i shot the last round out the round the slide slid forward as if there was still rounds inside and i had to check the chamber after every clip…this happened maybe 3-4 times after shooting about 10-15 clips only loaded with 6 rounds (thanks to game comminsioners)lol so im realy not concerned just yet but im going to the range pretty soon to put another 50 through it and i will see if it does it again…but if anyone knows what this caused from please write and let me know…..i think its shooter related so thats y im not jumping just yet….

    happy shooting and i will check daily now since there is alot more going on this page….

    piece and happy shooting
    make people respect you for who you are and not what you have on you…dont let the gun change who you are or how you act…if you do the wrong things with your rights, what you think is right becomes wrong….

    GOD BLESS US ALL……..

  • Cesar

    Whats up fellas does anyone know where i can find some 9mm ammo. i been searching like CRAZY everywhere and i am unable to fined any. I dont know how it is in different states but here in cali its a hole different ball game i guess it went into some 9mm ammo drought its amazing i tried looking but no luck.. Can anyone help me out here…

  • GaryG

    Ceasar, You might want to check http://www.cheaperthandirt.com They have lots of ammo of all types offered. That is no promise that they have it in stock and their shipping costs tend to be a bit high but… you will find something.

    Good Luck,
    Gizm51

  • SRLuis9

    You can check yellow pages online to find out how many and where the gun shops are in your area..When you find them just call them before you take a 20-30 min drive anywhere even if its down the road…It will save you time and the gun shop time as well. they would and should know whether o rnot they have that ammo in stock or when they should get some in….ONLINE buying is another way people are looking to get there hands on ammo but with everyone doing the samething IF (big if) it were to get lost you would go through hell tracking and finding your order….best bet is to find it local and pick up in person to avoid the BS if you know what i mean ive called every gun store in my area and compared prices and went for the best bargain in my area….try it..if its not that easy for you and your last result is to buy offline go for it but good luck….

  • wendell chenault

    SRLouis9 Welcome back!!! You did have alot to say but it was all good. Thanks!

    Hey which laser off the Glock did you try? the rail mount or what? I really want the recoil rod type. Those are nice. I too have thought about getting a Glock 19, mainly because I can get the recoil rod laser for it. That one I would CC and use the SR9 for home.

    As for shoulder holsters, that one is ok but I am opting for the Deluxe Supertuck instead. Would have already got one but really not dead set on which gun I will CC. Glock or SR9…….prefer SR9.

    Cesar, we went through a dry spell also and still am to an extent. 380’s are non existant along with .45’s and .40’s. Heck .22’s are hard to come by also. We are seeing more 9mm’s at Academy than anywhere else. Word here is that more is on the way BUT with a much higher price. Folks here in Monroe have been buying 1911 Judges but now 410 shotgun shells are getting hard to find. You can find some at the dealers but they are pricey and have been for some time. I have some 1600 rds of 9’s and plan to sit on them. Therefore I shoot my 9 only on occasion. (boo hoo) Oh be careful when buying online. One guy here bought a good many shells and Homeland Security was AT his house in under 2 hours asking why.

    Happy shooting and be safe out there folks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • wendell chenault

    Hey for those who just may be interested…we have a web-site here called eldoark.com out of EL Dorado, Arkansas. They have some S&W 40’s, Glocks and AR-15’s and other guns that you may be interested in. Go take a look under the hunting section.

  • Mike Russell

    Hey Guys
    With all this question about when another laser sight might be available, we should demand something better, maybe from the source “Ruger” would cause some action?!
    I must say the iron sights sren’t bad on this gun.
    Mike

  • http://www.agctr.lsu.edu Jim

    Hey SRLuis9,

    I have developed the same symptoms regarding the slide not staying back after firing the last round from a mag. At first I thought it was a cleaning issue because the SR9 comes with alot of grease on it new. I cleaned the slide real good and it worked fine for a few mags and then it started doing it again. I cleaned it again and got the same results (works fine for awhile and then starts doing it again). I watched a youtube video of a guy firing an SR9 at a target and after the last shot he looks down funny at the gun. He commented that the slide hadn’t stayed back. I didn’t think much of it then.

    One thing I suspect is early reviews of the SR9 all comment on how hard/impossible it is to load the last 1-3 rounds into the 17-round clip but mine loads like a dream all the way up to 17. I wonder if Ruger scaled back the spring tension to address that problem at the expense of enough tension to hold up the slide release enough.

    What say you?

    I still love the gun by the way. For home protection purposes I don’t really care if the slide stays back after the (god forbid) 17th round but shooting IDPA the safety officers notice things like that and point them out.

    Jim

  • http://yahoo Andrew Meyers

    Long time no blog

    look at cabelas they have had SR mags in the bargin caves (picked up 4 at two locations)

    I’m one of the guys that had an original SR9, then got one of the first 100 back from the upgrade and I’ve shot alot of rounds with little issue now that the gun is fixed, but there seems to be alot of talk on last cases catching 2 things to think about , wrist and ammo

    withover 2k rounds fired I can say if you shot cheap ammo blaser , PMC , etc

    last case will catch put 1 to 2 nice rounds at the bottom of the mag and no issues also the gun requires a stiff wrist if a newbie shooter needsto fire the gun or you want it as self defense pratice and remember solid wrist and solid proformance

    still waiting for XS 24/7 sights for the SR9 call them and tell them we need them

    ps don’t like the new mag release to light in fast draw

  • Sam

    Quote Nick “The Fobus HK-1 paddle holster is a good concealed holster for the SR-9 if you don’t use a laser sight.” +1

    Also you can adjust the retention with a hair dryer if its too much for you. Doesn’t conceal very well but can be easily removed and is decent comfortable. Nice utility holster.

    Quote Jim “I have developed the same symptoms regarding the slide not staying back after firing the last round from a mag.”

    Jim try sticking the empty mags, preferably dirty after a range session, in the gun and just pulling back on the slide. It should stick back if not would give you a good indicator of why it doesn’t.

  • RickM46

    Disappointing start but great ending.
    I am a newbie and just started target shooting.
    Up until 5 weeks ago, I have never owned or fired a firearm.
    Well, during that time, I purchased a Ruger MKIII and a
    Rugar GP100 – both execllent right out of the box –
    smooth and no problems – I’m no marksman yet.

    Then based on their quality, last week I bought the
    SR9 – manufactured circa March, 2009 (anyway, that’s
    what the envelope was dated that contained the test
    fired casing). 17 round mags.

    First Use – disappointing.
    Out of the box, I swabbed the bore to remove execess oil
    and went to the range to practice. Used MagTech ammo.
    Shot 60 rounds; got 4 stovepipes; got 3 fail to feeds; slide failed to stay
    open thrice on last rounds. Disappointed.

    Second Use today – one week later – Excellent!!
    Read many websites on the SR9 and did the following:
    Disassembled SR9; lubed every part that moved; lubed
    grooves in slide; lubed metal slide mount; lubed mag ejector;
    lubed magazines themselves; lubed magazine eject buttons;
    loaded mags full and let them set for 2 days; disassembled
    and reassembled SR9 every night (7 nights) and lubed parts
    I had missed. Put 50 rounds of PMC and 50 rounds of American
    Eagle though it today – 10 rounds per mag. Used firm
    grip but not a death grip; trigger pull smooth; trigger re-
    index short and predictable; rapid shoot easy; not one
    problem!!! My target accuracy – not so much yet.

    Definitely like this gun and would recommend!

  • SRLuis9

    Everyone has the same gun but different experiences…Some better then others but if you read this blog there realy hasnt been a manufacturing problem yet (i dont beleive) …..And to say that about a new gun realy says something in my book….I mean even the “legendary” glock has been doubted and as old as the glock name stands there are still rumors and ups and downs about the gun…

    Just like people say not to judge a book by its cover i beleive you shouldnt judge a gun right out the box…I love my ruger….The only thing that made me worry is the slide not staying back after the last round ejects….but honestly if it fires all 17 shots and i have to rack it before i fire my next mag then so be it…..but i will still figure out as of why it does that but funny thing issssssssss that when i went shooting and it started to do this i had a buddy with me and it didnt do it for him but only me…He would shoot 2 mags of 6 rounds and then i would and nothing for him but maybe once out of 2 mags….so i beleive i was at fault and the thing about criticking a gun is to know when YOUR at fault and not blaime it on the gun….Alot of people have too much pride to think or even put the blame on themselves….That is why this blog helps me so much and i want to say thanx to everyone sharing there experiences….Its helps me (newbie shooter) to understand why things happen when they arent supposed to and not think i sound stupid asking questions a gun handler should know…..SO thank you all for the info
    and remeber some of you people out there shooting it could be your fault but you can change it and make it better
    Thank for that empty mag tip to see why the slide wont stay back thanx ima try it and see if i can find something

  • Bobby

    Unfortunately guys I live in Dallas and hot weather and lack of heavy clothing makes it hard to conceal the SR-9 unless I wear baggy clothes, so after weeks of going back and forth I finally decided and purchased my carry pistol. I had this narrowed down to Ruger LCT, Kahr PM9 and Keltec PF9 and winner was the Keltec PF9. I loved the size of the LCT and the fact that it’s made by Ruger but I needed more kick than just a 380. Kahr PM9 is a solid gun but too pricey so I ended up buying the Keltec PF9. I went to the range this weekend and I have to say this little guy is worth every penny at $275 and 14.5 oz.

  • Jason

    Bobby,

    I would be interested to know exactly how the first session at the range went witht the PF9. I have heard the Kel Tec’s jam up until you get a few hundred rounds through them but after that, they tend to work pretty smooth. I am over in the Carolina’s and I have been able to conceal my SR9 with some cargo shorts and a Galco IWB holster for a Glock 17 and then my shirt hides it well. If I had one issue with the SR9 and its ability to be concealed, its the length of the grip. If I don’t get it set just right on my side, the grip will sometimes print. If only Ruger would get with the program and develop a sub-compact SR9. I am borrowing a friends Glock 26 with a Glock 19 mag in it to see how that works vs. the SR9. Trying to get a sub-compact set up without sacrificing much in the way of capacity/firepower.

  • Bobby

    Jason,

    I have also heard that it takes a couple hundred rounds to break the PF9 but mine didn’t have a single jam right out of the box and I was shooting some crapy Monarch ammo but it did shoot more accurately after the first box of 50 rounds. (not sure if it was me getting used to it or the gun..)
    SR-9 is an awesome pistol no doubts about it but not designed for conceal cary.
    If ruger would make a compact SR-9 I would stand in line to buy one…

  • jose perez

    Some gangsters tried to move into to my neighborhood with there 2 kids. well the first thing i did was go out and buy the ruger sr9. so the next day i went over to there house and signed them up for lessons on how to fire and maintain a gun and we go shoot every thrusday and i learned a valuable lesson that even people from kansas can be trusted.

  • GaryG

    Jason, I just happen to own a Ruger SR9 and a Keltec PF9. The keltec will jam easily unless you can get a very good “Meat on Steel” grip. I and my shooting buddies have all had the gun jam. If we go back and rearrange our grip the problem goes away. One thing that will help immensely is to purchase the pinkie extension for your magazine(s). If I manage to get a proper grip on the Keltec it is flawless. If I don’t I wind up clearing jams.

    Gizmo51

  • wendell chenault

    I love my SR9 and have been looking at a Supertuck Deluxe IWB holster but I really want a good laser to add to it. I don’t want to get the holster then have a laser come out and not be able to use the holster. Since none of these companies are listening to us about wanting a laser for the SR9 I have been considering buying a Glock model 19. I can get my laser and have the correct Supertuck holster for CC. I would rather have the SR9 though, ……it just feels better to me. Are any companies reading this and listening????????????? Any other ideas guys????????

  • Jason

    Wendell,

    Okay, I am going to play devil’s advocate here. First, there is a laser available for the SR9. Its made by Viridian and its green, which from what I have been reading is a little bit better than red when it comes to daylight use. There is a picture of it mounted on one at Ruger’s site.

    So I guess the questions I would have for you would be 1) The SR9 is a little big for concealed carry, it can be done but its not an LCP or Khar PM9 so why would you want to add the add’l weight of a laser for carry? 2) Why would the Viridian not be suitable to you if its available? 3) We all know that when a brand spanking new model comes out accessories can be a little hard to come by so it really should not surprise you that something is not available right??

    On the flip side, I would totally dig having one on my SR9 that is kept in my home for defense or a laser/tac light combo in case something happened in the middle of the night. I never see myself putting a laser on my SR9 for carry. At home, different story and the Viridian should suffice just fine.

    In all honesty, I don’t believe its a matter of companies not listening because they are. Example, look at the Ruger LCR. Crimson Trace was in on that design from day one and has a laser grip for it right out of the hole. I think this is a great example of a manufacturer/accessory producer working together to give the people what they want. I think that is becoming more prevalent as the concealed carry market grows with what’s his name in office.

    I have been in the market for something smaller to carry than the SR9 and have deceided that I want something smaller where Crimson Trace is available because those grips are certainly lighter than a laser. So today, I bought an LCP and will get a crimson trace laser for it and it will still fit in my pocket and have no added bulkiness and absolute minimal weight addition to it.

    As far as Glock, I view the Glocks as a “system”. All 9mm mags will fit whatever 9mm model you have, etc. Example, the 33 round mag will fit the baby Glock 26 or the mag for the 17 will fit the 26, etc. Plus, you have to give Glock credit for making an ultra reliable product and it has been around awhile therefore, all your available accessories!! The G19 is a nice firearm for sure and would not be a bad choice.

    Jason

  • wendell chenault

    Your ok Jason in saying what you did. Here are some answers. I know that they are I hope listening but I was just venting some. The SR9 has been out about 1 1/2 yrs with alot of success and no laser…….to speak of. I looked at the Viridian, way too bulky, but I do like the green color. At my size 6’2″, 235 I may can CC easier than a smaller person. I carry it quite often, usually in the small of my back with no problems. I would just like to have a Crimson Trace for the SR9 in a grip or my favorite the replaced recoil rod that other guns have. Yes the other adds way too much weight and bulk for me

    As for the LCP, I have one of those too and love it! Zero problems whatso ever. As a matter of fact I am looking at the laser for the LCP also. Found one for 158.95. That laser needed little mods because it is so close to the Keltec 380, so that is why it came out so fast.

    As for the Glock 19, yes a fine gun. Wish it had the feel and features of my SR9. THAT would be the ultimate gun. At this point, not knowing when more lasers will come out for the SR9, I may go Glock for CC simply because of the aftermarket products I can get with it.

  • Jason

    Wendell,

    I definitely agree a Crimson Trace would be much better than a rail mounted laser if you are going to use it for carry. My friend who I work with has the Glock 19 with the rod laser….he’s not real crazy about it and neither am I after using it. His is the Lasermax and I am not impressed with it. For the SR9 to be used in a home defense situation, I would prefer a rail mounted light/laser combo.

    Wendell, did you say earlier somewhere you have a crossbreed supertuck for you SR9? I having been looking at that online. My question for you is this-how does that holster protect/guard the grip of the SR9 against the body? Meaning, is there leather between the body & grip of the gun or is it cut out? It appears from Crossbreed’s site you can get it either way but I am curious what your is and how it performs.

    Jason

  • wendell chenault

    Jason what is the down fall of the rod laser that your friend has experienced? I know they cost alot more and I was leaning more towards a grip laser. Mine would be used at home and for CC.

    As for the holster, they are updating the pics as we speak. They did have several ways of attaching it to your belt/pants but they have moved to what seems to be the most popular and best way only. Go to the site and they will explain more what they are doing. No I haven’t got mine yet because I am thinking about getting the Glock 19 of which I would use it for CC and the SR9 for home. I am looking at the horsehide model because I am in Louisana, which is very humid in the summer and I am hot natured. The horsehide sheds moisture better than the cowhide. As for the cut, your right they do offer 2 different ways. One is standard which offers more protection and comfort from the guns grip but it MAY slow your ease of the draw some with the thumb. The other is what I think they called the combat cut which has the grip of the gun exposed more. This makes the gun easier to draw but allows more moisture to get to the gun and is not as comfortable. Since I have some….. shall we say…..love handles, I am opting for the regular cut plus it can be worn longer and be more comfortable. The horsehide is I think $15.00 more than the cowhide. I just have to make up my mind on what I am going to do about the Glock, then I’ll order the holster for the right gun. I read today that Glock is having trouble keeping up with the demand. G19’s are hard to find here right now.

    Thanks for your input. Let me know if you get the holster for your SR9.

  • Jason

    Wendell-the rod laser would start operating sporadically due to the slide after each shot. It worked, but was not consistent during firing. I think you would be better off with the CT grip laser.

    Thanks for the feedback on the Crossbreed, it really has my interest. I would love to see a pic of the SR9 in that holster. I am in SC which is humid as well, probably not as much as you but we get our share!

  • wendell chenault

    Jason, Went to Shreveport, La. yesterday to the Bass Pro Shop. Another gun that has really caught my eye and feels like a SR9 is the Springfield XD9. This gun already has the rod and grip laser with plenty of holsters to fit it. I was really impressed with the feel of this gun compared to the SR9. They said there was a toture test done on the Glock and XD 9’s of which both did well but the XD faired better. I still need to look that up to verify. I am leaning towards this gun now….lol It has several safeties and you can get it in chrome on black or black on black.

  • Dave I

    Wendell
    I actually own two of the Springfeilds(an xd 9 subcompact and a xdm .40 s/w) I love them both. Very well made, dependable,and accurate.
    I actually traded a Glock 22 for one of them. I would take the Springfeild over the Glock anyday. Plus they come with 2 mags, a holster, and a carrying case. Very nice. They are a little thick, but I use my s/c as my everyday carry gun and love it. Buy one and you’ll love it also. Let us know what you decide. I check this site almost everyday, although I seldom comment. Best of luck. Dave

  • wendell chenault

    Thanks for the info Dave! That is what I’m wanting to hear. Talked to cop friend of mine and he had high comments on the XD also. Don’t get me wrong I love the SR9 but who knows when we’ll be able to get some of the other goodies that I can get for the XD now, plus I just want another gun to have around. If I could get the other stuff for the SR9 I’d get another one of those, but I WANT IT NOW!!! lol When I get this I can wait easier for the SR9 stuff. I know the Glock is good but just can’t committ 100% to it because of the feel it has. I got ahold of the XD and was like … a Gluck, a Duck, a what??? Completely forgot about the Glock at that point.

  • Jason

    Wendell–+1000 on the XD. I did not want to bring it up because we are on a forum for the SR9 but I will say my old man has the Springfield XD in .45 and its awesome.

    As far as a Glock torture test, I have the link at my office computer and will post the link for everyone to see but I have yet to ever see a Glock torture test like this one. It was unreal is all I have to say. As far as one over the other….the only knock I have on the Glock is their stupid grip. I narrowed my choices to the Glock 19 and SR9 and went with the SR9 because I felt I had a superior control of the gun due to the grip. I don’t what it is with Glock grips but they just don’t fit me right. Not knocking the gun because they are a completely reliable and proven weapon. But then again, so is Ruger.

    If I can find that link online tonight, I will post it, if not, I will get it in the morning and post it then. Good night all.

    Jason

  • Jason

    Here is your torture test Wendell…actually found it on The Firearm Blog.

    http://theprepared.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=90&Itemid=40

    This is sick what this gun went through and still works…he even uses it for competition!!

  • wendell chenault

    Jason Again thanks for the info ya’ll are providing. I got to look at some of Glocks test but not all. Once again I am like you, I just don’t like the grip on the Glock. Went to another gun store today and 2 people I spoke with had sold their Glocks and got the XD. Others have asked if I will sell my SR9 since I am looking at the XD. Heck no! I love my SR9. As far as I know there’s not a law YET saying I can’t have more than one gun and from a different manufactor.

  • SRLuis9

    WELL HELLO ALL
    Wendell its funnnnnny that your talking about getting a glock 19 lol i put my name on the waiting list for it last weak and today i got the call to see if i wanted the stock glock or the glock with tridian sights with an ex mag for 60$ more but i went with all stock and will improve it with time and money when i get extra $$$$……lol thats so funny…i went and held a glock with the same size frame as a g19 and omg…..It fits sooooo much better with the grooves in the grip…..it feels soo nice and its smaller and better for cc….. dont get me wrong i love my ruger but it was like heaven touching that glock……(sounds alil funny) lol but i want one for the mods you can do to a glock……the first thing is going to be the guide rod laser….. and i think ima keep my ruger at home for home and the glock for outdoor use……DONT get mad at me yall but i was thinking about trading my ruger for the glock becuase i know once i get the glock i would be set and wouldnt need ne more pistols…..But i figured to keep it and have something to fall back on just incase…..Im trying to get my hands on an AR but i cant even find one to price out here….i know some run at 8-9 hundred but out here gun prices are cheaper then some places i know else where…..even ammo out here is “still” fairly priced i think(but for how long is my concern)……Well hopefully they will have my glock by next week hopefully and i will keep yall posted cause the same day i get it im at the range alllllllll day……

    think right and shoot straight

  • wendell chenault

    SRLouis9, Man we are thinking the same thing. First on the Glock but as I said I am not 100% sold on the grip. Our hands must be of different size. I do really like the XD 9 though and it is solid. Jason mentioned earlier that his friend had a Glock with a rod laser and it did not work right when fired. Maybe he can elaborate more on that. I spoke with a gun seller today who has one and he said that they are supposed to blink and not stay on all the time or his does and always has. They cost a bit more also.

    I’ve been looking at AR ‘s also! LOL Most here at on the 999.99 to around 1200.00. ( of course you can spend even more ) I shoot off my left shoulder and turned down a lefty about 2 weeks ago for 1100.00. Today I found a DI M15, no visable difference and uses the same parts as the AR for $798.99. Cheapest price I have found yet BUT eeven though i have always wanted one I just can’t seem to let go of the money with the economy the way it is. I know I could maybe make money on it later if need be but ….. The only thing it needs is a carry top which you can get for about 30 bucks. I already have some ammo but if I GOT ONE MY WIFE MAY SHOOT ME WITH IT!!!! Right now I could get the XD and the AR for about 13-14 hundred and pay it out with no interest for a year. WHAT TO DO?? Still will keep the SR9 though.

  • Jason

    What a sad day today is. Its officially the end of the road for my SR9. Bought the Glock 23 in OD today. I know this has gone against EVERYTHING I have felt about the Glock but hey, there is a first time for everything. I will be selling my SR9 so if anyone is interested, please let me know. You can see the pics of mine on this site at the top of this page and on the Wikipedia page as well.

    After carrying the SR9 for a couple of weeks, here is what drove me crazy about it. Don’t get me wrong, I like the pistol, after all, it was the very first that I actually owned. However, when carrying the SR9, the length of the grip would print whenever I got the pistol in a comfortable position on my hip. The 17 + 1 capacity is just awesome but it makes the height/length of the grip an issue for me when carrying and I want something on me with some power as I carry the LCP as a backup.

    Some of my final thoughts about the SR9 is this: I honestly think Ruger has a real hit on their hands with this gun. I just think it needs a few tweaks here and there and the aftermarket products need to do some catching up. As far as reliability goes, I have not had issue #1 with my SR9. Some of the tweaks in my opinion would be to put fixed sights on this thing instead of adjustable, shorten the length of the grip and lighten up the trigger pull and smooth out the slide. Rack the slide on a Glock and then rack the SR9 and there is a world of a difference in my own opinion but we all know what those are like since everyone has one!!

    As far as my previous opinions on the SR9 grip vs the Glock grip, I have found what makes a WORLD of a difference. My buddy put a Hogue slip on grip on his 19. This pushed me over the edge. The feel of the Hogue in conjuntion with the shortened grip of the G23 vs. the SR9, I feel I now have a good primary carry weapon.

  • wendell chenault

    Jason I’ve heard several complain about the grip length of the SR9 and many wish they (Ruger) would come up with a new more compact version. Less ammo cap. therefore shorter grip but with the same length barrel. Who knows.

  • Jason

    You know Wendell, I don’t know what Ruger is going to do. But here is what will happen, I will sell my SR9, have just bought the G23 and then they will come out with a compact SR9. However, from their point of view, what sense would that make if they already have the P series which are a little smaller than the SR9 and why spend the money on R&D for a compact SR9 and the LCP is still selling like hot cakes??!!

  • wendell chenault

    You have a point there Jason. My boss has been trying to get a LCP for several months now and if you don’t buy it when it gets to the store, it is gone! The SR9’s are still selling well here, some places havce a waiting list. I’m like you with the luck….if I sold mine all kinds of goodies would come out in a couple of months. I wish I could committ 100% and go ahead and get my crossbreed supertuck holster for the SR9. I went to the store tonight with my 9 in my back under my tucked shirt and my LCP in my pocket. That holster sure would come in handy. I am going to Iowa in late June and wanted it for the trip. Guess I should order it and test it on the trip huh?! Come on help me out here!!!!!!

  • Beth

    I’ve been on a long search for a gun of my own. Waiting on my CCW license to arrive. I was getting frustrated and confused. Today I stumbled on to this website and looked at the picture of this gun. Very attractive. Then I read the info and reviews.

    Sounds like a gun I need to try! It just may be “the ONE”! Sure hope so. I’m getting impatient!

  • wendell chenault

    Welcome Beth! Alot of good folk on here from all over the country. Most of us have been on here about a yr and a half and have grown together with our SR9’s. I think its Jason who has his for sale. Just read all these posts and you learn all you need to about the SR9. It is a good gun. Don’t be impatient and choose the gun that fits your needs and applications. We hope to hear more from you. Good luck in your search.

  • wendell chenault

    Is anyone on here from Iowa? I am traveling there next month and was wondering about their gun carry laws. They do not reject the Louisana CC permit nor do they accept it. (Go figure) I was wondering about in car carry laws and CC. I have looked on a couple of sites and sent a message to one in particular but have not heard back from them. Just looking for some regular talk on the gun laws. Thanks!

  • jason

    Wendell–

    Go to http://www.USACarry.com. They have 50 state forum on there and you will find your answer!! As a side note, its an excellent website and a plethora of information regarding concealed carry.

    Jason

  • wendell chenault

    Jason, What is going on with the Glock 23? I’ve been pulling info on the Glock 19-17 and the Springfield XD9 trying to decide on my 2nd 9mm. Keeping my SR9 though.

  • Jason

    Wendell,

    The Glock 23 is doing just fine. It has been a much better carry weapon than the SR9. Although I have to admit if I had the SR9 in the 10 round option, that may be different if the grip is shorter on the SR9 10 round’r. In fact, I am carrying the G23 IWB today at work and it fits perfect and no printing. Also, the G23 I got is in Olive Drab color….pretty sweet looking. The SR9 grip, other than length, is better than the Glock.

    I don’t know what it is but I have discovered I am much more accurate with the 23 than the SR9. I would have to imagine the sights have something to do with this? I know in some of my earlier posts, I mentioned the sights on the SR9 were not real great in my opinion…but hey, we all know what opinions are like right?

    At my local range, a box of 9mm is $12 for 50 and the 40 S&W is $15.50. I did put the rubber grip cover on it and that gives a nice, stable feel in my hand. However, the flip side of that is the rubber does not feel real well rubbing up against the skin so I take it off when I carry IWB

    If Ruger comes out with a sub compact SR9, I would consider that. My LCP…..I have just fallen in love with that little gun, that is pocket carry perfection for me. However, this G23 ain’t too far behind!

    Jason

  • wendell chenault

    Jason, I love my LCP also. It is my pocket pal that stays with me where ever I go. As I said I am looking for a second 9mm and I am split between the G17 and the Springfield XD. I compare both to my SR9 in the feel and there the nod goes to the XD. The grip and angle is the main reason.
    Finish of gun- goes to the Glock. The finish should not go to looking bad after a couple years in a Crossbreed Supertuck Holster.
    Weight- 2oz edge to the Glock, 5oz over the SR9..
    reliability- toss up both are good, maybe a edge to the Glock
    safeties- I love the backstrap safety on the XD along with the trigger.
    accessories- You can get anything for the Glock, there is also alot for the XD also. If the GLock had the SR grip and XD backstrap safety that would be the perfect gun. I wish I could shoot both before I make my final decision, although the Glock is getting the nod despite the grip feel. What do you think?

  • SRLuis9

    HELLO ALL,
    HERE I AM COMING TO SAVE THE DAY BY ANSWERING SOME OF YOUR QUESTIONS GUYS AND GALS…..WE MUST ALLLLLL THINK ALIKE BECAUSE I DO ALOT OF RESEARCH AS WENDEL WOULD KNOW LOL………

    I FINALLY DECIDED TO BUY MY GLOCK 19 PEOPLE…….I HAVE TO SAY OMG THIS IS A GREAT GUN AS WELL……YES WE ALL LOVE RUGER BUT FOR CC WE ALL MUST HAVE THE SAME PROBLEM WITH PRINTING….I KNOW I DO AND I WEAR BAGGY CLOTHES…..SO I DECIDED TO BUY THE GLOCK 19….I BOUGHT IT FOR $560 WITH 3 CLIPS AND TRIJICON GLOW NIGHT SIGHTS…..FEELS SO MUCH BETTER ON MY BACK…ITS LIGHTER SMALLER, AND FEELS REAL GOOD CARRYING….I ALSO FELT THE GUN OUT IN THE STORE BUT WITH THE HOGUE GRIP AND NOW I HAVE TO GET IT…..ITS FITS SO AMAZING IN YOUR HAND….(SO MUCH BETTER THEN SR9) SORRY I HAVE TO SAY IT GUYS ONLY BECUASE IT HAS THE FINGER GROOVES IN THE HANDLE OF THE GUN AND MAKES FOR A BETTER FIT….
    WENDEL I KNOW HOW U WANT A 9 WITH A LASER GUIDE ROD…..BUT DONT DO IT……. EVEN FOR THE GLOCK IVE READ AND HAVE ASKED MY FRIENDS WHO OWN THE GUN SHOP I BUY FROM THAT HE GETS ALOT FO RETURNS ON THOSE AND HE HAS NEVER SOLD ONE FO RGLOCK AND IT NOT BE RETURNED…..THERE IS JUST TO MUCH GOING ON THE THE ROD FOR THAT LASER TO FUNCTION PROPERLY AND TEH BATTERIES ARE EXPENSIVE AND THEY HAVE SUCH A SHORT LIFE….IF ANYONE OWNS A GLOCK THE BEST THING FOR IT WOULD BE THE CRIMSON TRACE GRIPS FOR IT PLUS WITH THE RODS YOU CAN ADJUST THEM BUT WITH THE GRIP LASER YOU CAN…MIGHT I ADD THE GRIP LASER IS HALF THE PRICE OF THE ROD…..PLUS YOUR MOST LIKLEY GOING TO HAVE ISSUES WITH THE ROD SO DONT DO IT PEOPLE……..ALSO WENDEL YOUR LOOKING AT THE G17…..FOR THAT YOU MIGHT AS WELL STAY WITH YOUR RUGER BECAUSE THEY ARE SO MUCH ALIKE ITS LIKE OWNING 2 OF THE SAME GUNS MADE BY DIFFERENT PEOPLE…THATS Y I WENT WITH THE 19 ITS ALILLLLLLL SMALLER AND BETTER FOR CARRY……I WENT TO FIND A NEW GUN RANGE AND DIDNT BRING MY THINGS TO SHOOT BUT I HAD MY GLOCK ON ME AND WITH 2 CARRY CLIPS….ONE FULLY LOADED WITH HOLLOW TIPS AND THE OTHER WITH 3 HOLLOW TIPS AND TEH REST FMJ’S TO TAKE UP THE SPACE TILL I GET MORE HOLLOWS AND WHEN I FOUND IT I HAD 10 MINS TO SHOOT AND ONLY 12 FMJ’S WITCH WORKED OUT PERFECT SINCE IT WAS GAME LAND AND THE MAX IN A CLIP IS 6 I PUT 2 CLIPS OF 6 IN A CLEAN TARGET FROM 25 FEET AWAY WITH NO PROBLEM AND HIT AND HAD A NICE GROUPING….THIS BABY SHOOTS NICE AND HITS WHAT ITS LOOKIN AT….. LIKE THAT OTHER GUY SAID I THINK RUGERS SIGHTS WERE OFF ALIL BUT THESE WERE ON POINT..I DO HAVE TO SAY THE GLOCK KICKS ALIL HARDER BUT NOT MUCH AND STILLLLLL FEELS AMAZING IN YOUR HAND…..HEY I WROTE TOO MUCH BUT I TRY AND ANSWER QUESTIONS THAT I LOOK UP AND YOU GUYS ASK ONLY SO YOUS DONT HAVE TO GO CRAZY LOOKING FOR THE ANSWERS….GOOD LUCK TO ALL AND HAVE FUN SHOOTING SUMMERS HERE GO EMPTY A BOX OF ROUNDS…………………

  • Jason

    Well SRLuis, I would hope you would not have any problems with at G19 at 8 yards or apprx 25 ft.

    I totally disagree about the grip on the Glock vs the SR9. The SR9 has more of a 1911 feel which I think is the best. The problem with it isn’t feel or texture of the grip or any of that, its the length. However, I agree with your point about having the G17 and SR9, not much difference in the length of the grips. I can sacrifice some comfort of the grip in order to have a little bit better concealed package in the G23. The Glock 19 and Glock 23 are the exact same size, just a different caliber.

    Wendell-the Springfield is a great gun no doubt about it. I think in reliability the Glock has the edge. Accessories, the Glock has it hands down. I think the Glock Tenifer finish is the best there is. Super hard and durable. My Glock 23 is Olive Drab color and it looks sweet. However, the other day in the shop I saw an SR9 that had the blackend stainless slide and what a bad a$$ looking gun that was. It looked very sinister and mean, it was just awesome looking. As far as carrying my Glock Wendell, it carries perfect IWB and I sit at my desk with it and barely know its there. If only Ruger would shorten the grip on that SR9…….

    As I mentioned to you, I sacrificed a little on the grip going to the Glock over the SR9 and I don’t think you will have any issues. Especially if you put the Hogue slip on grip as I mentioned several days ago. The only issue with the Hogue grip if you carry IWB is that rubber does not feel real well against the skin, at least it doesn’t in my case. I take mine off for carry but put it on while at the range and it feels nice and helps in handling recoil.

    I will say again, don’t get the Glock 17, get the 19 or the 23. What would really be cool for you is the Glock 26, the “baby” Glock. The 26 is the 9mm and you can put ANY of the 9mm mags Glock makes into it. So, you could have the sub compact 26 with a 15 rd mag from the G19 and then get one of the covers to cover the space on the mag. Or if you wanted to do something really cool, take the 26 to the range and put Glock’s 33 round 9mm mag in it and shoot it. The 26 offers a lot as far as flexibility and gives you small carry size but lots of options when it comes to magazine capacity in a sub compact.

  • wendell chenault

    Thanks SR Louis9. Your right the rod laser is alot more expensive and I have heard of some issues with the rod laser. My nieces husband has a G23 and just got CT laser grips for his the other day and he really likes it. My other decision was to get the G17 or G19. I like the size of the 17 with the 1/2 inch longer barrel and the longer grip but you have the printing issue then. I hear the 17 is alittle better on aiming than the 19. Distance between sights on the 17 is 6.49, the 19 is 5.98. About 1/2 inch. Again you make a vald point that if you get the 17 you have the same gun as the SR9 size wise. I wish I could get the 4in. barrel with the shorter grip. This gun will be used for CC and the SR9 will be a at home gun unless its winter and I can carry it under a sweatshirt. The G19 will be strickly a CC gun on my body. As for the grips, will the Hogue grip make the G19 feel more like a SR9 because I love my grip on the SR9. The Glock is fatter around than the SR9 and I have a small to med sized hand. Also can you get a duel side mag release for the G19? I look forward to your reply because I am ready to get another gun. Oh FYI when I get the gun I plan on getting the Crossbreed Supertuck holster and trying it out.

    Hope all of you are enjoying this holiday. We would be if it would quit raining. Be safe and don’t forget to Thank a vet today.

  • wendell chenault

    Jason, Thanks to you and Louis, I am leaning more to the G19. ( I’ve only changer my mind 4-5 times) Yes the Springfield is a great gun but I have the SR9 which it is alot like. As for the Baby G I have the LCP as a back up that is with me almost 24/7. Its nice because I can get it out of my pocket faster than I can out of a holster. Tomorrow will be a light day at work so I think I will go price some some of the G19’s and see what I come up with. The G19 with a CT grip laser and a IWB Crossbreed Supertuck holster and I will be set. Sounds good huh?!

    Jason what IWB holster do you use? The Crossbreed has 2 cuts, one that covers the grip and one that does not. I vote for the one that does.

  • Jason

    Wendell,

    Good move with the Glock 19 for your carry option and keeping the SR9 for a home defense weapon. I do like the setup with the G19, the CT grip laser and crossbreed.

    Right now, I am just using a Galco leather IWB holster. I actually bought it for the SR9 but the holster is really for the Glock 17. It fits the G23 perfect. The leather is a little long but that’s only a function of the barrel being longer in the 17. Same size width, etc. It works excellent, I have used it with the Glock almost a week now.

    As far as my final decision on the IWB carry, I have narrowed it down the Crossbreed or a Comp Tac Minatour with forward cant. If I go with the crossbreed, I will go with the combat cut they have. I will still be able to grip accordingly but the gun slide will be be protected by the holster and not touching my skin. With the one that covers the grip, I can see my thumb hitting the leather as I go to draw and screwing it all up.

    Wendell…no pun intended but its time to pull the trigger and make the decision!! Here is what will push you over the edge. Take your SR9 with you to the gun shop. Find an IWB holster for the glock 17 or 19. Put on the holster with the Ruger in it & then put it on with the G19. The difference in feel due to the shorter grip will amaze you and you will not have the printing issue either. Its time to go man!

    Jason

  • wendell chenault

    LOL LOL Jason you are absolutely correct. The time is here and as I said I will be making some calls and pricing some guns tomorrow. My friends here do just as you did but as you can tell I do my homework and explore all options before I make a purchase then afterwards I am not regreting what I have done. Before I bought the SR9 I was looking at the Ruger P series (95) and 2 other guys were buying because I was and they wanted what I got. Well they got theirs before I did mine and then I found the SR9. They wanted to shoot me! They don’t even shoot their guns or carry for that matter like I do. I told them to buy for their needs and not because of what I do. We are all going through the same thing right now again because I started looking for a AR-15. Well they bought and I haven’t yet mainly because the handgun issue is more important to me currently than the AR because I CC and they don’t. After I get this gun I’ll save my pennies for the AR-15. Anyway I have explored and considered all options and I agree the G19 is the way to go. Again thanks to you and SRLouis9 for your input…it really helped me look at things through a different set of eyes. As soon as I find a G19, which they are scarce here right now, I will let you know.

  • wendell chenault

    LOL Jason don’t shoot me man but…..I’m still getting the G19 but I’m trying to find it in the 4th generation that has the new grip style. The new 17 is out and I have a gun shop looking at if and when they can get the G19. Then I will have to get with CT to see if and when the new laser will come out. I don’t think the change in the grip will make that much of a difference. That new grip is really nice. Is your 23 a 3rd or 4th generation?

  • SRLuis9

    well i went to the store today and bought the plug for the gap by the mag as well as the hogue grip….I do have to say that the gun feels 10 times better for my hand….
    wendell, any time you can get more space beween front and rear sights, accuracy goes up ALOT….. But you also have a bigger framed gun usually……So when you go smaller you do give up things but you have to choose on what you want and what your willing to give up for concealing…….i also just found out that printing in P.a is not a problem out here due to having open carry laws….I also found out that in p.a your aloud to carry in state parks now…….Wendell if you want a longer barrel you can get the glock 19 and order this barrel from wolf something and it extends it i think to a 5 inch barrel i think….if your intrested i will get the facts for you its on youtube for “glock 19 modifications”……it look prettttttttttttttty mean…i like it but i think i would only do it for contests and stuff but i mean you can look at it and check if youlike or not and its not expensive either…….i just like glock because if you rnot happy with the glock you have there are sooooooo many mods out there that can change the feel of the whole gun for a cheapppppp price…. for instance i loved the feel of the glock but with the hogue grip for 10$ i mean it feels like a total different but custom gun made just for my hand I LOVE IT……….
    JASON,
    yea at 25ft there shouldnt be a problem, buttttttt i ever shot a glock before and didnt know what to expect and with this being the 3rd gun i own im not all that experienced……also it straight out the box wasnt sure what to expect as far as acurracy…..also i carry in the pants with my g19 and i have a pointer……if you love the hogue grip as much as i do and want to carry it, what i did was went to walmart and got some tank tops from fruit of the looms lol in that value pack and got them in the long variety and i tuck my tank top then and slide the gun between my tank top and pants and it reduces the rub alot….lol i cant beleive you take it off and put it on when you go to the range OMFG it was a female dog to get on lol and to take off and on must me a bigger female dog roflmao……i love my glock and i officially made it my primary and keep my sr9 at home for home defense until i get my AR (some day) lol probably income tax time providing the laws then and if the wife allows me roflmao…..lol well g2g but keep the questions rolling i like problem solving…….i try the things people have problems with and try to fix them my self to see if i like it and try and help with their problems…. i love this blog
    see ya have fun shooting

  • wendell chenault

    SRLuis9, In comparrison in sight distance between the SR9 and G19, they are about the same. Barrel length is G19 is 4.02, SR9 4.125. So that is pretty close. Difference is in length, almost 3/4″, 1/2″ in height, and 4 oz. in weight. I have a t-shirt on now with my SR9 under it and you can just see the end of the grip and about an inch of the bottom of my holster while sitting. Although most do not do it here we also have a open carry law. I try to not expose my gun as much as possible as not to cause trouble. The G19 with the Crossbreed holster should help conceal better. I did call Glock today and the only Generation 4 guns made so far are the 22 and the 17. Both standard size guns, differenc cal. They said it would be 2-3 more months before thay start making the 4th gen. 19 so that means CHRISTmas or after before it comes out, if then. So I guess for now I will get the 3rd gen G19.

    Stupid question SRLuis9——–you said “if the wife allows me roflamao” What does that mean???? I may suffer the same thing!!!! LOL

  • Jason

    Wendell,

    That’s Rolling On The Floor Laughing My A$$ Off (roflmao)

    My Glock 23 is a 3rd Gen. Wendell, before going with the Crossbreed, look at the Comp-Tac website. The Minatour MTAC holster is an interesting concept.

    Like the Crossbreed, it is Kydex joined with leather and has leather backing that goes against the body. Here is the kicker. Comp Tac sells seperate the Kydex bodies that attach to the leather so instead of buying an entirely new holster, you buy just the Kydex body and attach to the existing leather. I think that’s a great concept for you. You can have 1 holster for the G19 and one for the SR9 and all you do is switch out the Kydex portion if you want to carry the other firearm. Its an IWB holster just like the Crossbreed. Copy & paste this link and check it out.

    http://www.comp-tac.com/product_info.php?products_id=95

    Jason

  • wendell chenault

    Jason, AAHHHHH ok. Yep I fall into that catagory, but mine is ditffwsm. (Dead in the floor from wife wife shooting me) That’s what will happen when she finds out I am getting another gun. NLOL (No lots of laughs) I like that idea about the Comp Tac holster. Thank you very much! I was thinking that I would not get to carry the SR like I do the Glock without buying another Crossbreed holster. I’m gone to look at it now.

    I’m like SRLuis9…Dang I love this site!

  • SRLuis9

    lol wendell lol
    yea she dont mind me having guns lol but its just i wanted the sr9 i told her i dont need another one and then wanted a glock and got it and now i want an AR and we know whats going to happen lol but thats 3 strikes for me hahahahahhaa…..Hey i went to the gun store today to buy a REAL holster lol not from walmart lol …….and i went to buy a in the pants holster and got a leather belt holster and a nylon holster from black hawk(prices were tooooo good) but i thought the belt holster was the in the pants but i was wrong but i kept it anyway……the nylon i took back and the owner came out and helped me try to find a nice in the pants holster but for some reason he loves to promote the leather holster over any other fabric…..And so he convinced me to put up the black hawk holster and 10 more buck and get the don hume leather in the pants holster which is a nice bright red….funny thing is i was against leather and bright leathers but i got it and i love it its so comfortable and i think the cherry red look is sexy hugging the glock…..so i was alil disapointed but after coming home in a hurry and taking off my button up and tried both holsters i love them both and im so glad that this mistake turned out right…
    BUTTTTTTTT the funniest thing is i grabbed my sr9 just to check if they fit and BOTH fit amazingly like it was made for it……So no wi have to niceeeeee holsters for both of my guns and they are amazing….all for 55$ in total for 2 leather holsters that are sexy as hell and feel sooooooo much more comfortable….only thing now i have to find a matching extra mag holster…but as nice as this glock hit i dont think im even need all 15 rounds as i hit center mass EVERYTIME in about a 5-6inch grouping at 25ft i think thats pretty good for someone with my experience…..now i carry on my 4-5 oclock and its so easy to unholster and so comfortable and the sr9 looks NICEEEEEEEEE in em…..so if you s are looking for a holster and cant find one try glock 19 holster for the sr9…..they fit PERFECTLY and feel amazing…..ok well ima go cause i think i might go shooting tomarrow dont know just yet…..need to clear my head and nothing clears your head like the quite bangs of a gun through ear protection on a beautiful day.. ok keep writting people

  • wendell chenault

    SRLuis9 and Jason,

    You guys are killing me! lol Jason we better keep an eye on SrLuis9, he is going to be walking the model runway in a thong sporting all the new holsters here before long! lol Just kidding man!! Glad you are enjoying your guns and new holsters. I looked at the Comp Tac holster and I like it but the Crossbreed may be alittle more secure with the 2 hooks instead of one. Also a shirt may be easier to tuck on the Crossbreed than the Comp Tac. Crossbreed has a lifetime guarantee, haven’t seen that on the Comp Tac yet.

    I thought one gun would be enough for me also. I got the SR9 then about a month later the LCP. I would love to have the G19 and yes of coarse like everyone else a AR15. Found a DTI M15 the other day for 789.95. I think it is a new gun with not many reviews. Some say it will jam over time. Ruger has a new AR15 that is piston driven instead of gas……only $1995.00. In the meantime I am looking at a new Browning Safe to put all the goodies in along with important papers and photos. The safe alone here for a 34 gun is about $1200.00. Told my wife that could be my birthday and CHRISTmas. We’ll see how that goes. lol

    Keep em coming guys!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jason

    Wendell,

    FYI, the Comp Tac MTAC does have 2 clips.

    Jason

  • PAUL

    i hope all us gun lovers are members of the N.R.A because they a going to need all the nembers support they can get,

  • wendell chenault

    Thanks Jason I went back and saw that. Still leaning towards the Crossbreed but if it is not what I expected I can send it back in 2 weeks and then I may go with the Comptac. I also plan on looking at the Tucker Answer.

    Paul, I agree strongly with you. My friends and I ARE members.

  • JimmyB

    You guys are awesome! This is a great Thread! I am purchasing my first gun. I have been 100’s of websites looking for advice. You guys have had the best information. Everybody is so “Glock minded”. I just wanted to hear different opinions. I have narrowed it down to the SR9 and of course the Glock 19. I have a place near my house that has the LE Editions for $398 if you pay $35 to join the GSSF so it would be $461 out the door. They have the SR9 for $429.00 . That is a good price for that Glock. I am making my decision probably Monday, June 8th. Any suggestions would help. I go to sleep thinking about and when I wake up it is the first thing on my mind. Glock or SR9??? Want to keep the Glock and the SR9 up front because if I begin to look at other I will never get any sleep! That XD compact was pretty sweet though. Thanks again ladies and gentlemen! You comments have been awesome!

  • wendell chenault

    Well JimmyB I’m glad that I could help confuse you on what gun you need to have. Before you purchase a gun ask yourself what do you plan to do with the gun 90% of the time. Example will it be a home defense gun, concealed carry, car gun, back up or what. Also how comfortable are you with a gun and will small kids be around. Here is where I stand currently. I have my CC permit, and when I go somewhere nice or just to the store in shorts lets say, I carry my Ruger LCP 380. Small enough to carry in a pocket, even shorts, does not need a holster. I can put it in some nice slacks and it doesn’t leave a print in my pocket. Now for CC I have my SR9. Thumb safety, nice gun BUT a touch large for CC. I carry mine in the small of my back alot because I don’t curently have a IWB (inside the waistband) holster and I don’t always like having my shirt untucked to cover the holster and gun. In the winter a sweat shirt covers it nicely. The grip of the SR9 tends to print some under a shirt even if untucked but maybe a little snug. So I have been looking at the Glock 19. Same size barrel and distance between the sights but it is a 1/2 inch smaller in height and 1/2 inch shorter in the grip length which makes it alittle easier to CC. My problem with the G19 is the grip makeup. The trigger guard rubs the top of my birdy finger at the middle joint but I saw a G19 this week that a guy had sanded it down and rounded the edge some to fit his hand. This helped alot. That gun is a 3rd generation. Glock is coming out with a 4th generation but they only have the G22 and G17. A Glock rep told me this week also that rumor has it that they will make a G19 in the 4th generation in about 3-4 months so it should be out by the first of the year. The 4th gen G19 will have a new grip like the 17 and it feels real nice to me….feels more like my SR9 to me. Now, the G19 really only has one external safety on the trigger and not a thumb safety like on the SR9. If you put your finger on the trigger and pull, it will fire. The SR9 you have to release the thumb safety also. This is where kids or your personal confidence comes to mind. In CC, if you have to draw quickly to protect yourself, I say the G19 would be best because you don’t have the extra setp of working the safety. Home defense, both are great guns. Reliability, same, both great guns, Glock maybe alittle better. As for the XD, another super gun, can’t go wrong with it either. Same size as the SR9, very close feel as the SR9 and has a backstap safety on it as well as a thumb and trigger safety. You can currently get more accessories for the XD and the Glock (laser sights, grips and holsters) than you can the SR9 so you may want to consider that also. For the best in home protection and maybe to kill snakes with on your deer lease like we do here in Louisana, get a Judge 1911. Shoots a 45 cal. bullet or a 410 shotgun shell. Snakes don’t have a chance with this one. lol I shoot a .22 Ruger, I give the snakes a little bit of a chance. lol

    Anyway, consider what you will use the gun for and considere who will use it and be around it before you buy. If you read this site from the top you will learn a ton about the SR9. Everyone has great job on informing others on problems and cures of the SR9.

    Good luck and happy safe shooting!! Hope to hear more from you!

  • JimmyB

    Thanks Wendell! Great information. Before I read your response, I went out and put a hold on a used Glock 17. They had it for $449 it was is in “Like New” condition . They sell them new for $499.00 I actually like the 17 better when I am shooting at the range. I plan on using this one for home protection and shooting events. For carry I want something like the Glock 26 or 27. I also looked at the Taurus Compacts and they look pretty nice. I forgot about the safety features that are not on the Glock. Thanks for reminding me. I have a 6 year old and a 4 year old. Even though I am going to purchase some kind of safe, I would feel better if I have more safety options. I am back to the SR9 and the XD pistols. I will probably switch my hold to one of those guns. I like both of those alot. I really love the $439.00 for the SR9. The black XD is $489.99 The Bi tone is $539.00, but it REALLY looks good. Decisions , Decisions!

  • Matt

    I have had my SR9 for about 6 months. I’ve lost track of how many rounds I’ve put through it. I’ve put Remnington UMC FMJ, Federal FMJ, and CCI FMJ target fodder through this gun without a single failure so it can be shot on the cheap if you’re a frequent plinker like me. Winchester prefrag hp’s have an aestheticly pleasing look sitting in the SR9’s mag. I also have an Uncle Mike’s Sidekick size 2 inside the belt holster that compliments the SR9 rather well. I find the SR9 much more comfortable to carry than my bulky EAA Witness .40. Even though I prefer the trigger pull and ergonomics of my Witness, I feel the SR9 is the better carry gun. It takes a deliberate trigger pull, and the other 17 rounds waiting in the mag as backup don’t hurt the SR9 much when it comes to having a peice of equipment you can rely on. My only downside for the SR9 is it doesn’t fill out my hand like my .40, but most of the population shouldn’t see this as a problem since I’m always the first to know its raining. Keep shooting, keep it safe, share your sport and defend your freedom. Thank you for your time.

  • JimmyB

    Thanks again for the information guys. I went back to the store and switch my gun to the SR9. This time the owner was there and he said the Ruger is a very good gun and that most people are just so focused on Glock and it’s great features. I asked what do I plan to use it for. I told him home protection. He said it pretty much wouldn’t matter which gun I purchased as long as the gun had bullets, but if I were needing it to shoot under water or want it to dependable in extreme conditions (heat, sand, or any other tactical situation) they Glock might be my best bet because of its durability. He also added that there is nothing to say that this gun will not be just as dependable. He was absolutely correct! The gun will be either in my safe or with me at the range. For carry I am looking at the XD Subcompact or the Glock 26. Their was an older couple at the range shooting one next to me and the were all over the place. The target that is.
    Looks like a Sweet gun. The shop also has a G27 for $419. That might be my next one.

  • wendell chenault

    JimmyB, sounds like you have it figured out. On the Glock just make sure the gun fits your hand well. That is why I am waiting for the 4th generation to come out because it fits my hand better. Good luck with your purchases.

    Shoot safe and shoot straight!

  • Rick

    You guys can have that one, I just dont like the idea of a plastic gun, polimer, rubber, for concealed carry Id rather pack a compact 1911.

  • Jason

    JimmyB—if you can find a G27 for $419, can you please tell me where its at so that I may call them and have it shipped to my FFL here in SC? Thank you.

    Jason

  • wendell chenault

    Jason, Here are 2 of the cheapest places close to me where my friends and I have been doing business. Maybe this will help if you are interested. Example when I was looking at at G19’s Mikes Gun was 499.95, others were 575-600 for the same gun. We have bought 3 guns at these 2 places in the past 2 weeks.

    Spotted Dog, Columbia, La. 318-649-7004
    Mikes Gun Wimmsboro, La. 318-435-7176

  • Jimmyb

    Jason, I am going back there today. That one that was $419 was used and in Like New condition. It was in Mint condition. I will see if they still have it today. They have some great deals on the .40 & 357 they are $20 cheaper than the 9mm. Seems that everybody wants 9mm. Thanks for the information Wendall.I will keep those numbers too.

  • Oose

    Hey all. I bought my SR9 about a month ago and love it. Feels great shoots great. I would definately recommend this gun. Although, I did have one problem. I’ve put probably 800-1k rounds through it and the upper camblock pin started coming out after shooting around 10 rounds consecutively. I had to keep pushing it back in. Called Ruger last Tuesday and they said to send it in. They sent me a next day air shipping label (which I loved b/c I work for UPS) almost instantly via email and I sent it out on Wednesday. They recieved it Thursday morning. They seem to have great customer service just from talking to them on the phone and reading everyones comments. Any idea how long they take, on average, with their repairs? I guess it’s only been not even a week since they’ve had it in their possesion, but as I’m sure some of you can relate, I’m starting to miss it haha

  • RickM46

    Oose,
    Had the same problem with my SR9 after putting 200 rounds through it.
    Both upper and lower cam block pins were loose with the LOWER one coming out.

    Called Ruger and sent the gun back to them.
    Very, very polite and good customer service.
    Sent gun back via UPS on May 18; got gun back June 2 – 2 weeks and 2 days. They replaced both pins and camblock pin retainer spring. Have put 80 rounds thru it and pins are in place; will be putting another 200 thru it this week.

    RickM46

  • Oose

    Thanx for the info RickM46. I appreciate it. I read as many posts as I had time for on here, but didn’t find anyone else having the same problem. By chance did they let you know before they sent it back to you or did it they just send it back?

    -Oose

  • wendell chenault

    I have 1k plus on my SR9 and have not had that problem even when I shoot multi rounds quickly in it. Hope I don’t. As far as the customer service, since I guess the recall is over they should get it back to you pretty quick. 2 weeks +/- a day or two I say.

  • Oose

    Thanks Wendell. I’m guessing it was probably just a faulty pin, deformed or whatnot…to small to big, etc. I haven’t heard of anyone else besides RickM46 and I having that issue. I was just hoping to have it back before going to camp this weekend. Nice to have it when stumbling upon snakes.

  • RickM46

    Oose,
    I have read about 1 other person on SR9 forums and know of 1 other person who had the same problem. Both sent them back and have reported no more incidents. One of them has put 1K rounds thru the gun since the fix to the pins and no problems.

    No, they did not notify me; package just showed up 2 weeks + 2 days after sending it to them. Gun was in perfect shape, no repair marks or scratches.
    The lower pin protrudes from the right side about 1/32″, the upper is recessed from the right side about 1/32″. Neither budge when pressed with your finger.

    RickM46

  • wendell chenault

    Hey, I need some help from someone who lives in Iowa or Illinois or for sure knows the laws in those 2 states. I have a CC permit here in Louisana and will be traveling to several states, 2 which are Iowa and Illinois. Iowa does not recongnize our permit and Illinois “denies the right” according to uscarry.com. It seems most of the stuff I have found is about as clear as mud. I just want to know, if I have my gun unloaded in the trunk and locked, am I still breaking the law, in case I get searched for speeding or something.? I was going to take my SR9 but because of those 2 states I figured I’d leave it at home and take my LCP. Anyway on uscarry.com the people on that site talks about everything and every state BUT the 2 I need. Any help would be great. I leave next Tuesday.

    Oose and RickM46, Glad ya’ll got your guns fixed. Where are you from??? Oose you sound southern…shooting snakes at the camp. lol

    Be safe all!!!!

  • RickM46

    Wendell,
    I am from Indiana. I just retired from my job in Ohio and moved to Indiana. Up until March, I have never fired or owned a gun. Bored stiff with winter, I took up the hobby of target shooting. I bought an SR9 while in Ohio and like it; no problems with 400+ rounds thru it.

    Regarding the pin problem with the SR9; it was actually my son in law’s SR9. He got it for his birthday in May. He got 200 rounds thru it when its pins got loose and the lower moved outward. Ruger fixed it and he just put another 200+ rounds thru it with no problems.

    I was rudely awakened by the gun laws in Indiana as compared to Ohio.
    In Ohio, you can buy guns the same day and do not need to register them; to transport, you have to have the guns and ammo separated in the vehicle and the guns locked and unloaded. Your magazines have to be empty.

    In Indiana, you can buy the guns the same day and do not need to register them; however, to transport, you need to have a Handgun Permit and to get that you have to be fingerprinted and fill out an application at the local sheriffs office. It takes 16 weeks to process your application for the permit. Bummer. If you get caught transporting without the permit or target shooting at designated state ranges without the permit, your gun is confiscated and you are charged with a misdemeanor.

    Well, I am retired and will endure the wait.

    RickM46

  • wendell chenault

    RickM46, Thanks for the info reguarding the gun laws. I may just leave my gun at home. I did find another site later for Illinois that said to transport the gun has to be unloaded and in a locked case and lets say in the trunk away from your person. Iowa is unclear as they put it. Funny…….the crooks have guns ready but we law abiding people have to follow these laws. Excuse me Mr. Crook…..Can you wait to shoot me until I get my gun out of my trunk??? Ok……..Oh I have to unlock it….now where is that key……..ahhhhh, oh now I have to load it………. Ok ok now I’m ready….. Yeah right………….

    I checked my pins on my SR9 after I saw your post. I have not had that kind of problem and don’t know of anyone who has other than you. Maybe you were one of the few……..things happen you know.

  • RickM46

    Hi Wendell,
    Ya, so far I know of 4 with the pin problem – my son in law, a friend of my son in law, Oose, and yet another person at some other website that mentioned the problem. I think it is just a matter of the groove in the pins not being deep enough or the retainer spring not fitting enough into the grooves – anyway, Ruger is quite good on the customer service end.
    RickM46

  • Jason

    The SR9 is a beautiful gun. After tons of research and anticipation to handle it in person, I was very let down. The only problem with this gun is a big problem. The trigger pull was rediculous. I have never pulled a trigger that was so stubborn in my life. I handled a new one and also a used one, both with the trigger recall performed. The used one was only slightly less stiff. Not only was it very stiff, but also very gritty. The trigger feel just did not match the gun’s nice and smooth appearance and is the reason I skipped on it. I’m not weak handed either. I could imagine after a hundred or so rounds when fatigue starts to set in that the force it takes to pull the trigger would cause your hand to shake very slightly and throw off accuracy. Some might say the stiffness is due to it being a striker fired pistol. Maybe, but of the other striker fired pistols I have shot, this was the worst.. To the point where I almost had to check to see if the safety was still on! Too bad… I REALLY wanted this gun. Now I’m looking at the P95. Not as pretty, but heavily proven, light trigger, and $100+ cheaper.

  • wendell chenault

    Wow Jason, sorry it didn’t work out with the SR9 and you. My trigger pull was also gritty at first but after I cleaned it the first time and saw all the grease and metal filings in it, I could understand why. After that mine was ok for me. My Ruger 22/45 has a nice pull to it also somewhat liike the SR9 and my LCP has a very long pull but it has no safety so maybe that is why. For my next gun the only reason why I am looking at a Glock 19 is because it is alittle smaller that a SR9 and I can get all kinds of aftermarket goodies for it now, unlike the Ruger. Hint Hint CT Lasers and others. Compared to others I have shot i like my SR9 trigger. Well see when I get the 4th generation G19 and have another good gun to compare it to.

  • Jason

    Jason,

    You could have easily removed the magazine disconnect from the gun. When I had mine, that made a big difference in the feel of the trigger pull.

    Jason

  • wendell chenault

    Hope everyone has a safe fun happy 4th!!!!!!!!!

  • wendell chenault

    Hope everyone is ok. This is the longest amount of time nobody has written anything that I have seen.

  • wendell chenault

    Happy Blog Birthday to Steve and this SR9 blog site. Thanks Steve for 2 years of giving SR9 owners a place to go to get good straight forward information on their SR9’s. Hope you have many more to come.

  • kurt

    ruger sr9. is anyone having a problem with the button that allows the slide to move forward being really stiff.im not that small of a guy and i cant chamber a round with one hand.after i pull the slide back i need to use 2 hands to chamber a round .please help me out.

  • Kevin

    I will stick with my HK USP and P30 thank you. Plus NO RECALL

  • cesar

    HEY WHAT UP FELLAS, I KNOW YOU PROBABLY HEARD THIS ALREADY BUT DOES ANYONE KNOW WHY THE DAM MAG RELEASE IS SO DAM HARD. I HAVE ABOUT 8MONTHS NOW AND ILL SAY ABOUT 500 ROUNDS. JUST THE OTHER DAY I WHENT SHOOTING AND THE MAG RELEASE BUTTON JAMED ON ME I HAVE TO USE TWO FREAKING HANDS IN ORDER TO REMOVE THE MAG CAN ANYONE TELL ME WHY

  • Erik

    Kurt- not sure what the issue is with your slide release as mine is just right. Is it ‘broken-in’? Here is a review I found that may apply: “Reviewed By: Joshua W on 03/16/2009 Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!]
    Great gun, stiff slide release though but i found out the more you use it the better it gets, well balanced i’m going to start using it for carry…”

    Kevin- I have no intention of giving up my USP (.40 variant 1) either, but you should consider the SR9. I just fired again yesterday and it is an excellent weapon that- subjectively- feels great. They had a few glitches out of the gate but appears Ruger made good on them. I shoot it better then my Glock 23 and it has gobbled up everything I’ve fed it (450 rnds so far) including crappy wolf military classic, with no failures of any kind.

    I removed the mag d/c too, haven’t noticed improved trigger but don’t have to worry about it breaking.

  • wendell chenault

    Kurt and Cesar go back to the beginning of this blog and read. You will learn alot about your SR9, but here are a few quick answers as to what went on with mine.

    Kurt, I have to use 2 hands too to chamber. Right hand on the grip, right thumb pushing up on the slide button. Left hand over the top of the slide pulling back. Now once that is done, remember that slide is under tension from the spring pushing it back to the closed position so it will be hard to work. My gun is broken in now so I can use my right thumb only to push the slide rerlease down and close the slide. Once yours is broken in you should be able to also. Until then put the left hand over the slide, right hand on the grip and with the thumb on the release button. Push the slide back slightly to release the pressure and push the button down with the right thumb. It don’t take much strength and you can then release the slide and it will chamber a round. Kep your left hand clear of the slide as not to get it pinched.

    Cesar, My mag release was VERY hard to work also. You didn’t say anything about cleaning your gun so………break it down and clean well and then lube it. Mine had alot of grease and metal filings in it which affected the trigger and mag release. I then sat watching TV working my mag release back and forth. It will loosen up. I can now shoot my last round, hit the button with my thumb and have another mag in in a blink of an eye.

    Clean em, work with em, and you will have a great gun.

  • wendell chenault

    Hey folks, something else to look at. I just found out about a new laser sight that is currently made just for Glocks. It is made by Laserlyte and replaces the rear sight on the slide. It is turned on by a button on the right side and the laser comes from the right side and is mounted where the rear sight goes. Go to laserlyte.com new products area and read the article. More models will be coming out, hopefully for the SR9 and the cost is 199.95. I like the concept but it will be taking alot of shock punishment on that slide. Any thoughts???????

  • Jason

    Wendell…definitely don’t like the rear sight mounted laser. Give me Crimson Trace every day of the week & twice on Sunday. According to the picture, the fixed rear sight for Glock is still there. I just put Trijicon night sites on my 23.

    As far as the mag release and the slide release button, I never had problem 1 with mine. Sure at first it was a little tough to push down but after a short bit, it loosened up just fine. My Glock 23, its as easy as could be. Plus, the mag release extension is just awesome which I don’t think they have that for the SR9 yet do they?

    Erik, when I removed the mag disconnect, I noticed an ever so slight improvement in trigger pull on my SR9 when I had it.

  • cesar

    HEY WENDELL YUP I DID FORGET TO MENTION ABOUT CLEANING THE GUN, I CLEAN MY SR9 EVERY TIME I SHOOT IT, AND TRUST ME WHEN I CLEAN MY BABY I CLEAN IT REAL GOOD GETING ALL THOSE SO CALLED TUFF PARTS.. I JUST HAVE A REAL HARD TIME RELEASING THE MAG… BUT THE ONLY THING THAT I DONT DO IS SIT DOWN IN FRONT OF THE T.V AND PLAY WITH IT. LIKE YOU SAID LOADING THE MAG AND RELEASING IT SO ILL TRY THAT.. THANKS FOR THAT TIP,,IF ANY ONE ELSE HAS A BETTER SOLUTION THAT MAY WORK FASTER SHOOT IT AND ILL LISTEN…THNX

  • wendell chenault

    Cesar, let me clearify something. No I didn’t sit in front of the tv with THE MAG IN. No no I had the mag out, gun UNLOADED, and all I worked was the mag release button to both sides. READ CAREFULLY “WORKING MY MAG RELEASE BACK AND FORTH.” Hope you didn’t think I was sitting there with a loaded gun “playing.” Never playing when it comes to guns. Whew! You a teenager who needs everything detailed out to the max?? Just kidding man!! lol Anyway good luck and BE SAFE!!!

  • RickM46

    Folks,
    I have owned my SR9 since April, 2009.
    I have had 0 problems with it:
    Mag release stiff but OK,
    Slide release OK if you pull the slide back to release tension on the slide release button and then let it spring forward,
    Trigger pull has stayed the same – crisp and predictable,
    Cam block pins still in place after 400 rounds.
    When I first got it, I cleaned and lubed it extensively and then while watching television, exercised its mechanics nightly for a few weeks along with firing it at a range on a weekly basis.

    However, I will mention that I got an SR9 for my son in law which did have an issue: the cam block pins loosened and 1 migrated outward after 180 rounds. Ruger repaired it and after 300 rounds, the pins have stayed in place.

    RickM46

  • Dave Irons

    Rick. I have heard other people have also had that problem. I am not quite sure what you are talking about. Anyway you can post a pic or describe for a simpleton like me where to look? I have not put very many rounds thru mine, but want to keep an eye on this. Thanks.

  • RickM46

    Hi Dave,
    I think I can describe where to look on your SR9 for the cam block pins:
    Look at the right side of your SR9.
    On the slide you will see the Ruger Logo, the name ‘RUGER’, then below that ‘PRESCOTT, AZ USA’.
    Now look at the frame just below all the above.
    You will see the large end of the take down pin.
    Rear of that, you will see the ends of 2 smaller pins – these are the cam block pins. The end of the upper pin is slightly recessed inward in the frame; the end of the lower pin protrudes slightly outward in the frame. We are talking maybe a millimeter here. Anyway, the latter is how the pins are positioned in my SR9 and my son in laws repaired SR9. Both of these came loose on my son in laws SR9 and the lower one began moving outward.
    When you take down your gun for cleaning and push out the large take down pin, you can see the left ends of these pins on the left side of the frame.

    Let me know if this helps.
    RickM46

  • Dave Irons

    Thanks Rick. That explained it perfectly. I just got done giving mine a close inspection and it appears to be o.k. My lower pin does protrude very slightly, but is more felt than seen by running my finger across it. I will keep a close eye on it and hope that I don’t have the same problem. I would hate to be without my “baby” for any amount of time. I have really fallen for this gun. I own a half dozen other handguns, and the SR9 is my favorite by far. My hands are a little on the small side, and this gun fits me perfectly. I’ve probably put about 250 rounds thru her with only 2 problems early on. 1 stove pipe and once the slide did not fully return to battery. After a thorough cleaning not a single issue since. People can say what they want, but I think Ruger hit a home run with the SR9. Of course I maybe a little partial to Ruger since I own 5 others. Anyhow, thanks again. Dave

  • wendell chenault

    Dave, What guns do you have? A Glock 19 by chance? I am looking at the Glock as a second gun, it is a touch smaller for CC than the SR9. I have been confronted about buying another SR9 from a friend who lost his job and needs the money. I wanted to talk to someone who has both and can give me a comparrison.

  • Jason

    Wendell,

    Okay…no disrespect meant here but its time to get past the comparisons of the 19 vs. the SR9. As I stated back probably 2 months or so ago, I sold my SR9 for the G23.

    The G23 is the EXACT same size as the 19. IMO, here is the breakdown in simple terms. The only real difference in the 2 is the caliber. 19 is 9mm & 23 is 40 S&W. Some people say there isn’t a big difference. I beg to differ. Stand a 9mm bullet next to a 40 and see what you think. As far as size of gun goes, 19 & 23 are the EXACT same size. You can also reference Glock’s website for the specs.

    The SR9 wins in grip comfort in my opinion and that’s about it…for me personally. Some others may be different

    The 19 & 23 win in concealability, reliability, although the SR9 is not far behind and there is no comparison when it comes to readily available accessories. The grip on the SR9 is long (single stack 17 round capacity and prints as you know).

    Some may like the manual safety on the SR9. Me, after I got comfortable with a firearm, my gun not having a safety doesn’t bother me anymore. Personal preference.

    So with that, I would say to you its time to make your decision and enough with the comparison questions!! Or as us guys know it, take a dump or get off the pot!

  • wendell chenault

    LOL Your right Jason! I did GET OFF but I sat right back down when I found out about the new grip on the Glock 17 and 22. I could of already had a 19 and modified the trigger guard but I really love the new grip so I’ve been waiting around for the 19 to come out which according to Glock it will probably be sometime early next year before it comes out.

    As for the caliber a cop friend of mine wants me to get the .40 also. I have lets say plenty of 9mm ammo along with everything else I have and I really don’t want to get any more different sizes than what I already have. I know, cheap excuse but………

    The safety issue is not as big to me anymore….like you I carry enough and alot with my LCP so it don’t bother me as much anymore. I would for sure have another SR9 IF I could get more accessories for it. With Glock there is no problem. My idea is that the SR9 will be my home gun and the 19 will be my CC gun with the LCP as a backup. I was just wondering who had both and what some of their thoughts were. We”l see if i break and go ahead and get the current 19 or wait for the new griped 19. I must admit that the no buy now barrier has some cracks in it. Buy now and when the new 19 comes out buy it and sell the old………what you think?????????

  • Dave Irons

    Sorry Wendell. No glocks. 2 Springfeilds XD’s, a Colt 1911, another Colt and 2 other Rugers. I traded a Glock model 22 for one of my Springfeilds and haven’t looked back. The SR9 out shoots all of them though. I’m not the best shot in the world, but the other day I was knocking the center of the bull out from 40 ft. with her. I was kinda impressed. As I said earlier I really haven’t shot it that much, but the more I do the more I like.Good luck and best wishes. Dave

  • wendell chenault

    Jason, I got my Glock 19, 3rd generation. Finally did it. Haven’t shot it yet but here is what I have learned so far in comparrison to the SR9. Out of the box, the Glock is much smoother loading in the chamber. The mag is much easier to fill to the max than the SR9. The quick loader is cheaply made from Glock, thin plastic. But as for the feel of the grip in MY hand, the SR9 is much better. We’ll see when it comes to shooting which I prefer. CC seems to be better for the Glock but when pulling gun from the small of my back the SR9 is better to me because of the longer grip. That longer grip does seem to print and hang more than on the Glock. Let ya’ll know more as I figure this thing out.

    Happy Safe Shooting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • cesar

    Hey Wendell i know its been a while that i posted something on here, but since you are the person that know’s allot let’s see if you can help me out here. I dont know if you recall the topic of the LASER for the sr9..I been trying fined one you think you can help me out here…QQ i dont know what fits what…thxs..

  • wendell chenault

    Cesar, I looked back on past posts and found around May 7th, 2008, a post made by JD Dodge. He had a Laserlyte FSL-0650-140. It is a rail mount which I don’t like because you have to have a special holster or not one at all. On May 17th 2008 CJ mentioned a ETG lazer/light combo if that is the way your looking. A couple of posts down someone said they couldn’t find the site so……. I have contacted Crimson Trace and Laserlyte by phone and e-mail and they said that they had so many guns out there that they had no intentions to make a laser for the SR9 as of that time. I have not seen anything either. Look around these post dates and maybe you can find something else. That is why I got a Glock 19….I can get several lasers for it whether it be a rail mount, replaced spring rod type, grip or what ever. CT and LL are missing out on the SR9 in my book. SR9 still feels better in my hand than the Glock. Good luck!

  • Veronicad1

    I’m a disabled woman buying my first hand gun on the advice of the local police. Really. I’ve a lot of guys showing up at my door trying to break in, had an attempted sexual assault and I live in the country! A friend told me to get a Ruger P97DC that the kick on it wasn’t that bad and it was a good grip for a woman, that I could have a couple of clips with different types of shot in them, etc. I do have some rather large snakes too and I’m not as fast with a machete as I used to be.

    The point being after this morning’s latest crazy showed up on my door verbally assaulting me in my own home for G*d only knows what reason he imagined I needed it for and I set of the alarm, it took police 45 minutes to get here. So had my bluff not worked I wouldn’t be typing this right now. The officer (who is originally from Miami) told me to get a gun, shotgun, hand gun – what ever. That’s the second local police officer to tell me to get a gun in a week. The alarm only does so much. I’m crying as I type this because I can’t feel safe in my own home. Yet I’m not that good with a hard kick and all that is damaged in my body. IE – a hard kick being fired from a wheel chair – unless I take the extra 2 seconds to lock my brakes which could mean my life firing from a wheel chair could be comical but deadly for me. A 22 would just piss them off. I need something to defend my life with (and I hate saying that too). I live alone, I have no one here to help me save my old Doberman. I need something that is ‘lady friendly’ (Forgive me ladies who can handle a hogleg). Is this a good gun for that and is it just the continuation of the P97DC?

  • David Scott

    Question, How many rounds need to go down the tube, before the trigger pull eases up? I shoot with the finger tip and it feels like I am pulling a truck That is one heavy 6 lbs! I am shooting high and Right, to the ‘intended’ it would be a heart stopper. (If the other note went through – I mentioned HIGH AND LEFT – my mistake) I do not know if an earlier note had gone through – had a ‘little’ interruption and the square was blank. Would want comment(s).

    PS If the first note went through, please disregard this one.

  • wendell chenault

    David, Go back to the beginning of this thread and read. You will learn so very much about the SR9 and most of the comments are direct and to the point and without alot of bull in between. With that being said I will still tell you this. I take it you just bought this gun brand new,……..if like mine was, clean it first and get all the grease and metal filings out of it, that may help. Personally I use not the tip of my finger, but in more towards the first joint. If you are having to pull that hard and using the tip you could be unknowningly pulling the gun to make it shoot high and left. Just a thought… Otherwise with the mag release, safety and trigger, the more I shot mine the better it got, BUT mine NEVER felt like I was pulling a truck with my trigger finger. Seriously though, much can be learned about this gun if you take a few minutes and read. You may learn something about it before it happens IF it was to happen with your gun. Then you can pin point a problem quicker if need be. I have had mine about 1 1/2 yrs and I love my SR9. Just wish there were more accessories to go with it. Good Luck!!!

  • Scooter

    I was very happy with this Ruger pistol, right up to the point when the front sight popped off, WTF!!! I’ve only put approx. 400 rounds through it. What really sucked, was that we were so far in the scrub brush that I couldn’t find the sight. Hopefully, Ruger won’t give me a run around on this and they take care of it quickly, time will tell.

  • wendell chenault

    I bet they will it being new and all. From what I have heard and experienced Ruger takes care of their customers.

  • Eric L Miller

    Two things I can tell everyone about the SR9. Most peoples problem with misfires and stovepiping comes from not working the slide like you should. Snap it back and let the spring do the work of loading the round, you won’t break the gun it can take it. Second I’ve seen some comments on here about grease and debris buildup straight out of the box. Mine was like this, took it apart, cleaned and oiled it right away and I’ve shot around 1500 rounds without a hiccup. In my opinion one of the best handguns on the market.

    Eric

  • wendell chenault

    Thanks Eric for those words. I have seen too many people complain about the SR9 when all it probably needed in alot of cases was a good cleaning. Mine was dirty out of the box also and as I have said many times before the more you shoot it the better it gets.

  • RickM46

    Folks,
    I have had my SR9 since April, 2009 and have 500 rounds through it.
    I had feed problems with it out of the box for the first shoot BUT after I cleaned it and lubed it (including the mags), I have had 0 problems. Also, I think it is important to break in the mags by loading them up and letting them sit for a night or two and then exercising them by manually loading and unloading them. After each shooting session with it, I cleaned it and lubed it. This gun just gets better as you use it. Yes, the trigger pull is a little stiff and is noticeable when dry firing it; however, when live firing it, I don’t notice that stiffness at all. Lastly, my cam block pins have not budged and my son-in-laws have not budged after Ruger repaired his SR9s pins. Actually, we were impressed at how well Ruger handled that repair situation – not a mark on the gun when it was returned and it was clean.
    My 2 cents,
    RickM46

  • Pastor Ted

    hello wendell and others,

    thank you for this very helpful blog. i can’t believe i read through the whole thing.

    partly because of this blog, i bought my first firearm, a ruger sr9. i should receive it this friday if i pass my background check.

    best regards,
    ted

  • wendell chenault

    Bro. Ted, Glad we could help. I have really enjoyed this blog over the past 1 1/2 – 2 yrs. Alot of people have come together to make this blog I think one of the most informative blogs around. How long did it take you to read it all?? There is a lot of information to take in here! lol Anyway if we can now just get Crimson Trace to make a laser guard or some other laser sight for the SR9 I would be happy.

  • Dave I

    Anyone out there seen the “Dark Knight”? The one with Heath Ledger as the “Joker”? I swear in the scene where he is burning the money(about 3/4 of the way thru) he is holding an SR 9. Anyone?

  • Pastor Ted

    hello wendell and other sr9 enthusiasts,

    i came across this wonderful blog on 9/28 (when i passed the hsc), and have been reading it in my spare time for the past week. yes, there’ a LOT of info here, very helpful. almost an instant community.

    couple of questions:
    1. for my purposes (and budget), i’m more interested in a good, compact flashlight attachment than i am a laser. any recommendations?

    2. that and ammo. inexpensive, decent ammo is hard to find. was supposed to get a shipment from basspro mid october, but it was just delayed to early december. looking at bvac-ammo.com now. any online recommendations?

    3. for home defense, should i use frangible bullets? does that make me more susceptible to a lawsuit? i’m concerned about our kids across the hallway if i ever have to fire my gun. not sure if it matters, but i live in the state of kalifornia.

    should be receiving a cleaning kit today, and my sr9 on friday.

    thank you!
    ted

  • Pastor Ted

    dave i,

    that was a decent movie, tho a little long. next time i watch it i’ll be sure to pause it and check if the joker uses an sr9.

    ted

  • wendell chenault

    Dave, Haven’t seen that movie but I will look if I do.

    Bro Ted, instead of trying to tell you of all the sites to go to, google tactical lights/laser for a handgun or for a SR9. Then take your pick. Crimson Trace, Lasermax, Laserlite are a couple to look at to start with.

    Will you carry your gun or just home defense?? You said something about being afraid of where a bullet may go if shot in the house so along with a light get one that has a laser so you can pin point where the shot is placed. There are alot of rail mount ones out there and they can be removed with ease in case you CC away from your home. Personally I have a real good small flashlight that I put in my left hand while putting my right wrist over the left and shinning on the target. There was a place somewhere on here where we talked about a combo set….I’ll have to look and see if i can find it.

    As for ammo, I have alot of Monarchs and Winchesters FMJ. Both have shot well in my SR9 and I get them at Academy. Current price here in Monroe, Louisana is $14.99 for a 50ct box. About a year ago they were 7-8 bucks a box…go figure. The gun stores here are real high so that is why I look at WalMart and Academy most of the time. Get the brass NOT the steel Monarchs, they shoot dirty and not very good. Not good for your gun. Fix up a mag of hollow points for home defense and the other cheap ones for play, then that way when you go to the range, you don’t think bang- 1 dollar……bang–2 dollars etc. lol As for the laws there I would google that also. Oh on the online ordering…we had a guy here that ordered $500.00 worth online……in less than 2 hours he had the cops at his door asking him why he ordered so much ammo. We had a couple of stores that required you to buy from a certain register and they kept record of it by your credit/debit card. Since then I pay with cash so my name is not on anything. Be careful.

  • wendell chenault

    Ted look at March 4thand 5th, 2008 about 1/8th of the way down from the top about the lasers and lights.

    Yeah, this blog is sometime like an instant community. Good folks on here.

  • Pastor Ted

    thank you wendell, i re-read that and remember it. i was hoping in the year and a half after that post, something newer and better would be available.

  • wendell chenault

    Ha – not really! That is one reason why I bought a G 19 a month ago. The SR9 is a popular gun here but non of the companies are making a bid on new accessories. We even called and sent emails to CT there at one point and they said that they had no intentions of doing something at this time. They said too many new guns were on the market.

  • wendell chenault

    Ted for laws in your state ( or any other) go to opencarry.org

  • Pastor Ted

    hello wendell,

    thanks for all your good advice. much appreciated. strange, didn’t see your 10/7, 2:29 post until now. here’s my reply:

    instead of buying a good rail mount light, i’m going to spend time practicing at a range and register for a self defense firearms class. i think my prep and training is more important at this point than gadgets.

    i won’t carry, it think it’s too difficult in l.a. county.

    for ammo, thinking about practicing with remington fmj’s ($55 for 250rds, backordered at basspro). crazy how it was so cheap just last year.

    i also bought some fiocchi frangibles ($23 for 50rds, dsgarms), keeping those next to my bed.

    looking at jhp rounds through bvac-ammo.com. good prices. worth it to pay extra for fresh, or okay to buy reloaded?

    thanks for the heads up about the internet police. scary. no privacy anymore. paying by cash is a good idea.

    and thanks for the opencarry site. good reading.

    blessings,
    ted

  • Pastor Ted

    wendell,

    i asked crimson trace to consider producing a laser light for the sr9. below is their response. if we all go to their website and request, hopefully they’ll listen to us.

    regards,
    ted
    __________

    Dear Ted

    Thank you for your inquiry.

    At this time Crimson Trace does not produce a Lasergrip to fit the Ruger SR9. However we do get periodic requests for this model, and we are continually adding new Lasergrip models to our product line based on customer demand.

    We do record “Future Model Requests” and submit our findings to our design team quarterly for review. We encourage you to add your vote to what you would like to see Crimson Trace develop in the future, please use our “Future Model Request” form located here: http://www.crimsontrace.com/Home/Support/RequestNewModels/tabid/170/Default.aspx

    You can bookmark our website http://www.crimsontrace.com and check in periodically for updates on our latest product releases. If you would like to have a copy of our latest product catalog sent to you with a copy of our “5 Things Every Handgun Owner Should Know” report, please use our Brochure Request Form found here: http://www.crimsontrace.com/Home/GetACatalog/tabid/265/Default.aspx

    If we can be of any further assistance please do not hesitate to let us know!

    Best regards,

    Ashley Dyrdahl
    Crimson Trace Corporation
    9780 SW Freeman Dr
    Wilsonville, OR 97070
    800-442-2406

  • http://aol Ted

    i bought my Ruger SR9 330-66xxx series with a glock looking trigger, i shot 200 rounds thru it so far not one problem, it is very accurate at 10 yards, i like it better then my old carry pistol my Taurus PT92C. my SR9 is my everyday carry gun i love it , its better then most handguns i have fired!

  • Pastor Ted

    hey ted, nice name. congrats on your sr9.

    schwarzenegger just signed AB 962 into law this morning in kalifornia, requiring id and a thumb print to buy ammunition.

    let the hoarding and price gouging begin. :(

  • wendell chenault

    That is a bunch of stuff!!!! Was that bill fought??? Don’t stop fighting it over there. That is just another way of gun control. We are just now beginning to get a supply of ammo here. Rifle, handgun and shotgun shells have been short and the price has gone way up. The hoarding went on for a while here but has since slowed down….we’ll see for how long. I hope the NRA is on this.

    Ted #2, glad you like your SR9. I use mine now at home mostly and just bought a G 19 about 6 weeks ago and got my Crossbread supertuck deluxe holster yesterday. Kinda stiff right now and I am trying it in different positions to see what is best for me. I may get one later for my SR9. In case CT or Ruger is reading this, I bought the Glock because of the lack of accessories I can get to the Ruger. Can we get some help here Crimson Trace?????

  • Pastor Ted

    “a bunch of stuff”? ha ha.

    yes, that bill was fought. i called several times to voice my displeasure, the phone lines were often busy. i wonder if this is challengeable in the courts?

    bvac-ammo has decent 9mm prices ($209 for 1,000rds, $236 with s/h). they originally had an 8 week backorder, but they called me the next day saying they have inventory.

  • wendell chenault

    I went to NRA.com (of which I am a member and you should be too) and read the article. It does not go into effect into Feb 1st 2010 or 2011. (can’t remember off hand) Anyway, bill will be appealed so………. Your Governor says it is to save lives. My finger print on a receipt or what ever won’t save a single life. (Sorry Steve….I’m getting off politics)

    On the ammo, watch how much you order because we had a guy here in Monroe order online and he got visited at his home in under 2 hours. Do ya’ll have Academy there?? That has been my best place to find ammo. The cheaper stuff for practice such as the Monarch has shot well in my SR9. Actually your price is better than mine…. .23 comapred to my .26 after tax. Plan on taking it and my new G19 to the range tomorrow morning if all goes well.

  • Pastor Ted

    hey wendell,

    re joining the nra, i’ll look into it. been spending too much money on my new toy.

    fired 150rds this afternoon, sr9 shot like a charm. no fte’s, it was fun shooting. debating whether to get an annual membership at the range.

    you’re right about ab962. i hope it gets repealed before 2/2011.

    thanks about the online ordering tip, i’ll watch my six. nope, no academy here afaik.

    be safe, accurate, and have fun tomorrow with your g19!

  • Pastor Ted

    hello,

    just joined the nra, found a $10 off discount at:

    ends up being $25 instead of $35.

    ted

    • http://www.thefirearmblog.com Steve

      Pastor, well done!

  • Pastor Ted

    thanks steve!

    hrm, not sure why the link didn’t show up. wanted to share the $10 off discount. is there a specific way i’m supposed to post the link?

    p. ted

    • http://www.thefirearmblog.com Steve

      Pastor, lol, I wondered where the link was. Try again. Links are not stripped so it should have shown up (except maybe very dangerous links).

  • Pastor Ted

    let me try again:

    https://membership.nrahq.org/forms/signup.asp?CampaignID=XP022115

    if that doesn’t work, copy the text below, past it in your browser’s url field, then delete the extra space after “https: ”

    https: //membership.nrahq.org/forms/signup.asp?CampaignID=XP022115

    not only will you save $10, you’ll be helping second amendment’s march to dc.

    p. ted

  • wendell chenault

    I got 10% off my Crossbread Holster when I ordered it because of the NRA. We must help them so they can help us.

  • Pastor Ted

    question: does anyone polish the stainless steel part their gun? any suggestions what to use? thanks in advance.

    went shooting again wednesday. when cleaning the gun, i noticed that the frontmost corner of the polymer (next to the muzzle) was chipped. :(

    also the barrel looks like it has early signs of peening. i’ve only shot 300rds through it so far. i’m bummed.

  • wendell chenault

    Ted Call Ruger and tell them what you said here. They will send you a box and take care of everything. I give their customer servive an A+. Your return time should be quick since their are no recent recalls that I know of.

  • Pastor Ted

    will do, and will keep you updated.

  • wendell chenault

    Pastor Ted. What’s up with the SR 9? I also wanted to tell you that the more I use my new Crossbreed Supertuck holster, the more I like it. You just have to break in that new leather and find out which settings are good for you.

  • Pastor Ted

    hello brother wendell,

    good timing, i was just typing this up when i saw your question. i’ve read good things about the crossbreed supertuck holster.

    i wanted to wait until after halloween before sending the sr9 for repairs.

    i called ruger this morning, they sent me an overnight ups label right after i finished the phone conversation. dropped off the package at ups. they’re paying for shipping both ways. that’s amazing service.

    i’ve shot 600 rds (100 rds each time at the range), and after session, my trigger finger is numb.

    my wife doesn’t like it. she can make it go bang, but her aim is so off on account of the trigger pull weight.

    thinking about getting her a kahr pm9. u.s. made, 9mm, smoother trigger, small package. my wife can shoot this, she doesn’t like the sr9.

    best regards,
    p. ted

  • Dave

    Hey all,
    I receive all the responses, etc via email and I have to say, its very informative and the info is greatly appreciated.
    I posted once before regarding my sr9 and a loose front site after 200 rds(first weekend I had it! lol), I sent in into ruger, they fixed it right away as well the 3xx recall, so service has been great..

    I have approx 2000 rounds through the gun at this point, and its performed great. I was wondering if there were any recomendations for upgrading the sites and/or the trigger..

    Thanks for your response!

    Dave

  • Eric G.

    Hi guys,
    I finally got my SR9 last August, I had ordered it in January of 2009.
    I live in Canada so that explains everything.
    After 400rds I started to notice peening on the barrel block.
    This SR9 is a post recall..
    I called someone at the Arizona plant, sent them pictures by email right away. They came back to me the same day, saying that they will replace the barrel and slide.
    Since I live in Canada I can’t send it directly to the USA so Ruger has a 3rd party repair shop in Canada. The parts were sent to them It took about 5 weeks to get there. I sent my firearms last week. I should get it this week.
    I wonder if I’ll get an extra mag or t-shirt. I did sent a letter to Ruger voicing my disappointment.
    I’ll let you guys updated on this.

    Eric

  • Dave

    Hey Eric. How about posting those pics on here if you still have them? I want to check mine but not exactly sure what you are talking about.
    Thanks.

  • Eric G.

    I’d like to but how do I proceed on posting the pics.

    • http://www.thefirearmblog.com Steve

      Eric, email them to me and I will sort it out. My email is on the contact page.

  • wendell chenault

    Dave, Look back to this time last year or the first of this year and I think someone had some pics of their gun peening. Peening is when the chrome part of the gun on top, (barrel block) where the spent caseings comes out, has too close of a tolerance. When the gun reloads itself after being shot, the front part hits the front part of the slide causing the edge to bend upward. When it does this the gun will usually not close completely and will not shoot. Its kinda like getting a hammer and hitting a square piece of brass on the edge. I think most everyones gun has done this…… Ruger just made the tolerances too close or too tight. They porbably will put in another slide and barrel in for you. My new Glock 19 is tapered in this area and my SR9 has more of a gap now I think, than it did new, but I have had no problems with it since.

  • Pastor Ted

    hey eric g. and dave,

    welcome to the forum. wow, i thought living in california was bad. i can’t believe you waited 7 months before receiving your pistol. hope you do get a free mag for your trouble.

    i sent in my ruger last tuesday, they only sent me a ups label, no box. it was overnight shipping, so they received it wednesday. i hope i get it back soon.

    ordered a kahr pm9 for my wife. that should arrive wednesday, plus the 10 day dros.

    dave, how long have you had your sr9?

    ted

  • wendell chenault

    Dave, Found the pics of peening. Look at the top of the site made by Robert starting on March 27, 2008. Pics are on March 28th, 2008 made by Robert. Mine did the exact same thing. You will see how it will not chamber all the way.

  • Dave

    Wendell. Found the pics you were talking about. Thanks. You guys get to go to the front of the class! I guess mine is still what you’d call a newbie as I probably only have 250-300 rds. thru her, but haven’t seen anything like that. How common of a problem is this? Mine is a pre recall that has been retrofit, so this concerns me a little. Anybody Know if the pre recalls are more prone to this problem? Will definately be keeping an eye on it. Thanks to both you and Robert . Dave

  • Eric G.

    Steve should be posting the my pics anytime now.
    Mine are not as bad as Robert’s pics.. but still I got peening at around 400 rds..and it got worse. So I didn’t take any chances. Called Ruger at the Arizona plant to get tech support.

    here’s what she wrote me after sent her the pics.

    “Mr. Gagnon,

    Your photos were examined and it was determined your pistol requires
    replacement of the slide and barrel. Please contact Location Snap Shots
    at XXX/XXX-XXXX and they will advise how to return the pistol to them
    for the repair.

    Thank you.

    Susan Maxwell”

    If I had lived in the US I would send it directly to them, but since I’m in Canada, I sent it to the shop they mentioned.

    Eric

  • Dave

    Pastor Ted. Thanks for the warm welcome. I just now realized you were talking to me. I’ve actually been on this site for a while, I just don’t post that often. I’ve had my SR9 for about a year. Really haven’t shot it a whole lot due to trouble finding and paying for ammo, but really performs well. Love my SR9. Only 2 problems early on, and after a good cleaning flawless ever since. FIts my smallish hands better than any other handgun I have ever held. Much better than some of the Glocks or especially the Sigs. High cap mag is great as well. I know some people have complained about the small size of the thumb safety, but it’s really not an issue for me. I am a little concerned about some of the problems people have had though.
    But from what I understand, Ruger’s customer service is second to none. Hope I never need to find out. Good night and God bless.

  • Pastor Ted

    hello dave,

    ah, i see. if you’re looking for ammo, bvac-ammo.com usually has it available. only drawback is you have to buy in bulk (1,000rds). if you’re in the military or a leo, it’s $188 + s/h. otherwise it’s $209 + s/h (~$235, depending on where you live). great prices.

    i agree with you about the fit, it fits me the best too, and i’ve tried the major makes. wish we could have high cap mags in kalifornia. i hope the macdonald. v. chicago case goes well for us.

    God bless you too, dave.
    p. ted

  • wendell chenault

    Dave, I had hoped that Ruger would have this problem fixed with the newer guns but guess not. I have slowed down on my shooting alot but I have had no problems since I sent it back in. Others have had problems with the pins coming out but (knock on wood) I haven’t. Like the others said, as far as fit in the hand, can’t beat it. I like my new Glock 19 but the Ruger SR9 still has it beat as far as feel.

  • http://www.thefirearmblog.com Steve
  • wendell chenault

    Eric, Yea, yours was just getting started good. Was it hanging up any? Ruger will take care of that.

    Thanks Steve for the pics………….

  • Jason

    David Scott–

    Go to google and search how to remove the magazine safety on the SR9. When I had my SR9 (don’t have it anymore but I still keep up with this blog) that made a nice little difference for me on the trigger pull. Don’t know if it will for you, but it did me.

    Wendell-glad to read you finally got your Glock 19 after talking about it so much in the past!! I sold my G23 and LCP and am going XD 40 subcompact for everyday carry.

    One other item to note. Winter time is just around the corner. One of the issues discussed in regards to the SR9 and its concealability was the length of its grip on the 17+1 model. I would HIGHLY recommend the Galco Miami Classic shoulder holster system for conceal carry on this gun in winter time. COMFORTABLE is the only way to describe this. The length of the grip causing printing issues was one of the primary reasons I went away from my SR9 but this shoulder holster would be perfect. I don’t know if anyone else has had issues with printing while carrying IWB but this shoulder holster would be a GREAT alternative for winter time.

  • Eric G.

    Yes, it was hanging once in a while. It stopped about 1/8″ before fully sliding in. I had read this blog while waiting for my SR9 to come in and check all over the internet to see what people were experiencing.
    I still purchased the gun because I’m a small guy (small hand).
    I knew this could happen. I notice it around 250rds by the time I reached 400-500rds I decided I should call Ruger for safety reasons.

    In Canada we can’t use handguns for self defense. It’s just for target shooting at the range, competition (IPSC), collecting. Or you can always purchase handguns to keep them in your house in case you want to fondle them in the bowels of the night.

    Eric

  • Pastor Ted

    in regards to removing the magazine disconnect, here’s a video that shows how (ignore the opening joke):

    the same video was removed from youtube, probably because of lawyers.

    here’s another site that shows how by pictures and text. not as easy to follow:

    eric, really? wow, that’s even worse than kalifornia.

    best regards,
    p. ted

  • Pastor Ted

    weird, links were removed again.

    video: http://www.vidoemo.com/yvideo.php?i=eHZTLUxocWuRpS0x3MlE&shout-out-s-and-how-to-remove-the-magazine-disconnect-from-the-ruger-sr-9

    pix: http://www.rugerforum.com/phpBB/viewtopic.php?t=52057

    first time around i surrounded the links with “”. i think that’s why it stripped it.

    p. ted

  • Jason

    Pastor Ted,

    It was not a youtube video that I used. It was from http://www.rugerforum.com and its a sticky on the page discussing the Ruger Semi Autos. Another good site for addtional info on the SR9 if you are interested.

    Jason

  • wendell chenault

    Jason!! My web friend, What’s up! Yes finally got that G19 for all day carry with the Crossbreed Supertuck Deluxe holster that will accept a CT griplaser sight. It is a touch loose but still works well and with no printing from the G19. I wear it in the 3:30 position and even with my shirt tucked in I can reach my gun easily. I have a shoulder holster but had 2 issues #1 if going to the restroom you have to take it off your belt and #2 I had a long reach around to my weak side to draw my gun. One issue with the Crossbreed, #1 is when going to the restroom, when you undo your belt the weight of the gun will pull your pants on down and the gun could be exposed for someone to see. Otherwise very comfy after it is broke in. I may get one for my SR9 later we’ll have to see. A cop friend of mine said that unless you know what to look for most folks would never know I am carrying. If you carry in the small of the back, the SR9 is the best because of the longer grip. With that being said, consider your size, weather and clothes and carry that gun. i am good right now on my guns…..I love my LCP for a backup pocket pistol.

    Eric G and Pastor Ted, In case your guns haven’t done this watch out for multi fire. Mine shot in 2 and 3 shot bursts. I was doing rapid fires and found a sweet spot in the trigger which caused my gun to shoot mostly 2 times sometimes 3 times in a row very quickly like a full auto. Oh and for the record it did not jam. Keep this in mind for safety sake next time you shoot.

    I watched that video and that guy was weird. I didn’t like him saying “humans as targets” and I hope I never have to aim at a human, but I will be prepared if I have to.

    Be safe all!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Dave

    Pastor Ted. Thanks for posting the link to the mag safety removal. I was on the fence for a while, but finally figured none of my other guns have it why would I need it on this one? Took me maybe 5 mins and believe me gunsmithing is not my thing. Wendell thanks for the heads up on the rapid fire issue. Will watch out for that as well. While removing mag safety I got my reading glasses out and took a close look at the barrell block. I’m not sure but I think I may be seeing the very earliest stage of peening. One corner appears to be rolling up just a tiny tiny bit. Will keep an eyeball on it and report back although might be awhile for I do any significant shooting. I know you said you haven’t had any trouble since you sent yours back, has anyone else had any more trouble with theirs? Hope not.
    Thanks to everyone for all the informative and interesting comments. I really feel like I know some of you guys, and I am sure if we were ever to meet in person we would all be friends. (SR9 owners are good people!) Be safe and keep those comments coming! Dave

    P.S. From a grateful nation thanks to all veterans for their service. Especially those who made the ultimate sacriface. If you love your freedom thank a vet!

  • Pastor Ted

    you’re welcome, dave.

    i agree, there’s no reason for a magazine disconnect, except to make the lawyers happy and richer. if my magazine falls out in a stressed situation, i want my gun to still go bang.

    jason, i think my second link is the same rugerforum link you’re referring to, right? the video is a lot clearer. and wendell, i agree with you about humans4targets. but his tutorial on removing the mag dc is helpful.

    wendell, thanks for the heads up. i’ll watch out for that.

    and yes, Happy Veterans Day to all who have served our nation! we owe our freedom to you.

    p. ted

  • Eric G.

    Hi Guys,

    I got my SR9 back from the repair shop today. They replaced the barrel and the slide assembly. They also fired 10 shots with it. That’s all it’s says on the report. I’ll will go to the range this weekend if it’s not snowing.. After all it’s November and I’m in Canada so winter is really close.

    I’ll let you know how went.

    kind regards,

    Eric

  • Pastor Ted

    hey eric,

    when it rains, it pours. today i received my sr9 back (gone for 15 days), my kahr pm9, and 2k rds of 9mm from bvac-ammo (19¢/rd).

    on the sr9, they replaced the barrel. the barrel’s “ramp” is polished to a mirror shine, very different from the original which was dull.

    the trigger still seems super heavy. will go to the range tomorrow, will let you know how it shoots.

    p. ted

  • wendell chenault

    Eric, That was pretty quick. Now since you are in Canada did you send it back to Ruger or have a shop do it there for them. If sent to Ruger did you get a SR9 hat? Man your laws there are tough. I hope (and I will fight for our second amendment right) that our country never comes to that.

    Stay warm this winter my friend……

  • wendell chenault

    Hey Pastor Ted, Is your trigger heavy when actually shooting it or during dry fire? I have heard that the SR9 has a harder pull when it is dry fired. I have only done that a couple od times. Otherwise my pull is always steady and consistant.

    Still haven’t shot my G19 yet and its been awhile since I shot the SR9. I’m ready to go to the range myself and burn a couple hundred rounds. Too bad we don’t live closer together so we could meet and go shoot.

  • Pastor Ted

    hi wendell,

    my sr9 trigger’s always been heavy and gritty. i think it’s slightly better than before, but i can’t be sure.

    hmm, i just noticed that on my packing slip it says that the trigger bar was replaced.

    haven’t you had your g19 for a few months now?

    yes, it’s too bad we don’t live closer. i have an annual membership at a local range. my wife shoots with me (not at me) occasionally. :)

    regards,
    p. ted

  • Eric G.

    Hey Wendell,

    I sent it to a repair shop in Canada.. That’s why it’s was quick.
    Didn’t get anything from Ruger.. (no spare mag, cap or t-shirt). I will complain to Ruger for that.
    One thing I was really happy about is that my trigger is better. Seems to be a bit lighter. I would say maybe 1/2lbs lighter.

    Eric

  • wendell chenault

    Ted and Eric,

    I wish my wife would shot some. My 14 yr old girl loves to and would shoot up my supply of ammo if I would let her. As for the trigger, mine was gritty until I totally broke it down and got the grease and metal filings out of it. Much smoother now.

    I would contact Ruger also, just may get yourself a cap or something out of it for your troubles.

    Oh Pastor Ted, where did you get the .19 cent ammo at???

    Have a good day folks, got to go to work……………..

  • Pastor Ted

    hi wendell,

    i’ve been teaching my kids (oldest 13 yrs) about gun safety, and they’ve been to the range to watch. maybe i should let my oldest shoot too. :)

    http://www.bvac-ammo.com. if you are military or leo, it turns out to be $388 per 1k. just make sure that the day you order, you send in a cashier’s or bank check right away. otherwise you’ll need to order by cc and get charged another $11.

    blessings,
    ted

  • Pastor Ted

    woops, i ordered 2k for $388.

  • wendell chenault

    My 14 yr old has shot 9mms, 380’s, .22’s, 20 gages, bb’s guns and a AR 15 which she loved! She’s a pretty good shot. My 12 yr old has shot but not as much but more than my wife. She has shot enough to be comfortable with the guns in case she needed to use them, which I hope she never has to. I guess because my kids have been around guns most all their lives and have been taught safety, I have never had to be real worried about them messing with my guns, which by the way they are not just lying around. It takes the wonder out of it I guess.

    Oh yes I have had my G19 for a couple of months now which I carry most all the time if not my LCP, but no I haven’t shot it yet. Range time is coming soon with winter coming on.

  • Pastor Ted

    hi wendell,

    once i receive my kahr pm9, i’ll bring my kids to the range. i hear that the trigger is butter smooth, and the recoil is comparable, even less than a .380 lcp.

    i think my 13 yr. old can handle it, not sure about the younger two. i’m glad my wife approves of this, and is even willing to join me taking a ccw course for utah and florida. too bad california is a may issue, not shall issue, state.

    blessings,
    p. ted

  • Pastor Ted

    hello sr9 friends,

    went to the range yesterday, shot 100 rds. the trigger is slightly less heavy.

    does anyone know of a youtube video that shows a deep strip of the sr9? specifically i’d like to clean the trigger, the way wendell described.

    the step by step picture one on rugerforums is hard to follow.

    thanks!
    p. ted

  • Eric G.

    Hi Pastor Ted,

    Here’s a video of how to completely disassemble a SR9 to remove the magazine disconnect. I would strongly advise NOT TO DO THAT.. But the video still shows how to take the gun apart.

    http://www.vidoemo.com/yvideo.php?i=eHZTLUxocWuRpS0x3MlE&shout-out-s-and-how-to-remove-the-magazine-disconnect-from-the-ruger-sr-9

    Hope that helps.

    Eric

  • Pastor Ted

    hello eric,

    do you have specific reasons for not removing the mag disconnect? the gun fires much more smoothly without it, and i can practice dry firing with the mdc removed.

    in an emergency situation, if the magazine fell out, i would want the gun to fire with a round in the chamber.

    thanks for posting that link. it’s the same video i posted on 11/11. it’s not a complete disassembly.

    i’m actually looking for a video of a full disassembly of the gun. the rugerforum step by step explanation is helpful with pictures, but there are somethings best shown by video.

    happy thanksgiving, everyone!
    p. ted

  • Bob

    some years ago I bought a Ruger P 95 DC and have been very happy with this gun. About 6 months ago I purchased a new SR 9 and truly love this gun. So far I have fired over 600 rounds and not one problem. The trigger was kind of stiff at 1st but after firing a few hundred rounds the trigger is smooth and the pull is as good as the P 95.
    I have since purchased the Ruger LCR and the LCP Both of these guns are also well built and fire very well. The LCP 380 is very easy to carry concealed, belt, pocket etc. Before the end of the year I hope to pick up another SR-9.

    Ruger, you done good!

    Bob

  • wendell chenault

    I hope everyone had a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving. Took my guns with me to maybe go shoot but did not get the time to do so. Maybe I will soon.

  • Pastor Ted

    went shooting yesterday with my sr9 (bought in aug ’09) and kahr pm9 (just received).

    the sr9 has had 800 rds shot through it. i’ve sent it back to ruger (peening), and the sr9 trigger is finally beginning to be less stiff and painful. it shoots fairly accurate.

    the kahr pm9 is amazing, though i’m not as accurate with it yet. it definitely needs a hogue jr. grip, after 200 rds the checkering hurt my palm.

    both built in the u.s.a., happy to buy american.

    happy thanksgiving!

  • wendell chenault

    Hope everyone has a MERRY CHRISTMAS and A BLESSED NEW YEAR!

    Stay Safe and Shoot Straight Everyone
    Wendell Chenault and family

  • Pastor Ted

    merry Christmas!

  • bill

    i just got my SR9 for x-mas. i love this gun.. i got this gun for free at a gun show my dad has 45mm Taurus and my brother haves a 40mm Taurus, and them guns are really nice guns but this 9mm Ruger sr9 easy to handle and shoot this gun. and i would love shoot this gun more then i do.. but do have the time.

    but ill talk to you later guys have a good new years.. don’t drink and shoot haha

  • wendell chenault

    HAPPY SAFE & BLESSED NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!!!!!

  • Dave I

    I see the new SR 9C is scheduled to come out on Jan 15. Looking forward to checking one out. I really like the thickness (or lack of I should say) of my SR 9. I think this might be the perfect cc weapon for me, although I would like to see it in .40 SW. If anybody gets a look at one, please share your thoughts with the brotherhood. (Price too!) :)

  • Dave I

    All right you guys. You have been asking for a laser for the SR 9 check this one out. Go to laserlyte.com. Click on new products. Then click on rear sight SR. This could be the coolest thing I’ve ever seen. A laser built right into the rear sight. One drawback I can see is bat. life. It has two modes, constant and pulse. I think they said in constant mode you get a 1/2 hour and in pulse you get an hour. But for $199 you can buy a lot of batts. with what you save on a CT( if they even made one for the SR 9).
    Check it out, it’s pretty cool. Dave

  • Dave I

    Check that. 1 hour in constant mode 2 in pulse

  • Pastor Ted

    hey dave,

    thank you for the heads up on the new laserlyte! looks good, especially since it fits most holsters.

    ted

  • wendell chenault

    I have seen those before and it is about time someone made one for the SR9 and SR9C. I don’t like the way it is turned on. I am getting a CT for my Glock 19 that when you grip the gun the laser is turned on by a button on the grip. No reaching up with the other hand or trying to turn it on with the thumb. The Glock version you draw, grip, aim and pull the trigger. SR9 you draw, grip, release thumb safety, then turn on the laser, aim and fire. Too much to do if in a bind and need to fire quickly. That is why I leave my SR9 at home and carry my G19 or LCP. It may be just fine for you but that is just my feelings.

  • wendell chenault

    The CT laser for the Glock 19 is a LG 436. It would be nice if CT would make one like that for the SR9 and SR9C. Hint hint Crimson Trace…………..

  • jason stanley

    i have had my SR9 since June of 09 and have put around two thousand rounds thru it. i don’t really like the mag safety but with kids in the house it was one of the reason i bought it.the sights were off a little out of the box but no big deal.before buying this gun i spent at least 4 months looking and holding different types.(buy the way my second choice was the S&W M&P 9mm my buddy has one what a great gun to shoot and feels great in my hand but i didn’t want to spend that much, around here that goes for about 535.00). when i picked up the SR9 i almost bought it right then because of the it felt but went home and did some research and in 4 hours i was at the range putting a bunch of lead down range.My wife love it because of the slim design and low recoil.I hope Rugar decides to make a high capacity .40 cal. and call it SR40 because i can almost bet ill be the first to buy it.Well in short very dependable,easy to conceal,17+1 mag,very well designed,and very accurate, AND MADE IN THE U.S.A GREAT JOB RUGAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Chris

    Hey guys anyone here having problems with the front sight on their sr9. I shot mine for the first time and was missing everything to the right. I got home to clean the gun and noticed my front sight is off a little to the left. I was wondering if anyone else has this problem and if so can i fix this on my own somehow or should i take it to a gunsmith. thanks in advance for any help.

  • wendell chenault

    Welcome Chris to the SR9 family. I’ll tell you like I have everyone else, take some time , start at the top of this forum and read it thur. You will learn about everything there is to learn about this firearm. Alot of us on here have been on here since the SR9 came out, so there is some good info in here.

    As for your front sights, I’m guessing you measured each side to make sure it was off. If you do need the front sight moved, you can do it if you have the right tools, but personally I would take it back to who I bought it from and ask them if they will do it for you. They have the tools and you don’t have to worry about your new gun getting messed up. I had to do that with mine and the dealer didn’t even charge me, so maybe they will do that for you also. Also check your technique when pulling the trigger. If you place the trigger in the first bend of your finger, you may be pulling the gun to one side when you pull the trigger, so watch that also. Anyway good luck and stay safe.

  • Pastor Ted

    jason and chris,

    i agree with wendell, welcome to the sr9 family!

    ruger has excellent customer service. my striker cover was damaged, and i just called to buy a replacement. the ruger representative was very friendly and helpful, and she’s sending it to me free!

    chris, my sights came perfect.

    i hear the sr9c has a much improved trigger, and that all sr9’s made from now on has the improved trigger. it’s too bad that the new trigger cannot be retrofitted onto my old sr9. http://www.americanrifleman.org/BlogEntry.aspx?cid=25&id=2066

    nowadays i shoot 20 rounds a week from my sr9, 20 rounds from my kahr pm9, and 100+ rounds on my ruger 10/22 and mark iii. apart from my kahr, i suppose you could call me a ruger fan. yes, all made in the u.s.a. :)

    happy and safe shooting,
    p. ted

  • wendell chenault

    Man I wish I shot that much. Other than shooting my Ruger .22 out on the deer lease I haven’t shot my SR9 in probably 6-8 months. I bought a G19 about 3-4 months ago but haven’t shot a round through it yet BUT deer season is over here and the weather is getting rainny here again and you cannot do much outside so my intentions are to head to the indoor range. I have a couple hundred rds set back just for that reason.

    Hope you all have a blessed day, be safe
    Wendell

  • Pastor Ted

    hey wendell,

    my friends who have owned guns for some time say ammunition today costs twice as much as it did just a year or two ago.

    with a year left before schwarzenneger’s ammunition registration kicks in, i’m stocking up on ammunition whenever i see a good deal.

    for 9mm, i’ve found bvac-ammo.com/ the cheapest and best (19¢ per round). for .22lr, i buy remington’s or federal from cabela’s or basspro when they have $20 off a $100 purchase (≤4¢ per round).

    btw, i’ve made a few printable targets in pdf form (coyote, squirrel, rabbit, etc.). if anyone wants them just let me know (with or without a target in them).

    hope you get to practice with your g19 and sr9 more often.

    blessings to you,
    p. ted

  • wendell chenault

    Your friends are correct Bro Ted, it has doubled and trippled in price in the past couple of years. I have a pretty good stock of ammo with the exception of .380’s. It is better now but it got hard to get here for a while. Demand has slowed somewhat but it is still hard to get some calibers. I had hoped when I got my SR9 that shooting would be a good hobby and something different to do but soon after I got it is when the government started talking bans and stuff and the prices hit the roof. On some of my ammo I shoot and think “bang” …. .50cent…….”bang” …. .50 cent. That takes the fun out of it. Anyway I do need to go shoot some just to stay in touch with the feel of my guns. Thanks for the info on the good prices….keep us posted.

    Stay safe………….. wc

  • jon

    I just purchased an SR9 in od green. I really like the grip and feel of the gun in my hand. Overall I think the sr9 is a great gun. Few things I feel could be approved are the magazine release and the slide. The mag release is a little stiff when releasing the mag sometimes having to use my off hand to release, hopefully with more use it will loosen up. The slide is nice just feels off to me. It is new but compared to my smith and wesson the slide could be smoother. Overall the sr9 is well worth taking the time to shoot and for the price is affordable to purchase.

  • wendell chenault

    Welcome Jon, When you get time go to the top of this site and read, you will learn a ton about this gun. If you haven’t, tear your gun down and clean it and use a good lube. A clean well oiled gun is a happy gun. Mine was full of a thick almost grease that had metal filings in it. Mine did the same as yours as far as being stiff. I unloaded my gun and while watching TV I would work the mag release back and forth. It now works better than my Glock 19. Give it some time to break in and with a good cleaning it will work smooth as glass…mine did.

  • wendell chenault

    Hey Pastor, If things go right tomorrow I want to go pop off a few rounds……..ya wanna go?????

  • Pastor Ted

    hi jon and wendell,

    i removed the magazine disconnect so that i may practice dry firing. that and keeping the gun clean and lubed as wendell says has smoothed out the original stiffness of the springs. my sr9 trigger is much smoother now compared to when i first bought it.

    wendell, i’d love to, but i thought you didn’t live in california? you serious? where and when?

    regardless, hope you have a safe, fun, and accurate time.
    p. ted

  • wendell chenault

    Ahhh just funnin some preacher! lol I live in Monroe, La. It’s cold and rainny here so later I’m going to try and get by the indoor range. I do have a hunting buddy here who is a preacher and he may go with me if he can. If he can’t I have another friend who is our Sunday school teacher and decon that says he would like to go. Wish you could join us, we could shoot and have church at the same time. lol Maybe one day. Hey tell you what. I’m getting rid of my dirt bike and street bike and buying another Goldwing and I have never been to California. Maybe I can make a trip that direction and come pop off a few rounds with you. That would be fun.

    How hard was it to remove the mag disconnect? I may have to do that to mine also.

    Hope everyone has a safe, warm and sunny day.
    Wendell

  • Pastor Ted

    ha ha ha, you’re funny wendell. shoot and church, that’s a great idea. :)

    if you come to southern california, i’ll treat you to dinner and range time.

    removing the mag disconnect took some patience. the hard part was moving the striker cover. just make sure you push the spring down far enough and the striker cover will come out easier. video (please ignore the language): http://www.vidoemo.com/yvideo.php?i=eHZTLUxocWuRpS0×3MlE&shout-out-s-and-how-to-remove-the-magazine-disconnect-from-the-ruger-sr-9

    picture tutorial: http://www.rugerforum.com/phpBB/viewtopic.php?t=52057

    enjoy your range time!
    ted

  • wendell chenault

    Pastor Ted, I just got in from a day shooting and walking a possible new deer lease when I saw your reply.

    1st I’ll take you up on that dinner and range time. Come to NE La and the same goes for you. We can shoot and have church here also. lol

    Today was my first time to shoot my Glock 19 and compare it to my SR9. Here is what I come up with. This is just the way I feel with my guns and you may be different. I shot about 150 rounds between the 2, more on the Glock since it was new. My SR9 has had about 2000 rounds shot in it so it is broke in.

    Grip- This goes to the SR9. It just fits my hand better. The G19 feels better when shooting than just holding it.

    Recoil- Again SR9 but the G19 is closer here. The difference may be because the barrel is a tad longer on the SR9 than the G19.

    Trigger- A toss up. I had no trouble switching from one gun to the other. Now for some culture shock, shoot these and then shoot a Ruger .22 with a feather trigger then shoot a LCP that has a very long, harder pull. MAN!

    Mag Release- Some of you may be surprised. SR9. All I have to do is and not with alot of effort is push the button and the mag comes out. The G19 you have to push much harder and futher to get the mag out. The G19 is smoother new than what the SR9 was new.

    Sights- Of course I hit good groups with the SR9 consistently right off the bat. The G19 I hit 2 out of the first 10 in the circle of the target at 25 ft. The sights are adjustable both ways on the SR9 only side to side on the G19 so I had to adjust. At 25 yards I hit my paper man target every time in the chest. Missed a few times with the G19. Once I did shoot the Golck more I did hit the center of the bulls eye twice where I didn’t at all with the SR9.

    Ease to load- Glock. The spring is not as stiff as the SR9 but it has softened up some over time.

    Slide- Toss up. New to new Glock advantage. It is just smoother new than the SR9. Break in the SR9 and it will be super.

    Accessories- Glock. Still can’t get what I want for the SR9. HINT HINT manufactors. That is why I bought the Glock.

    Ease to clean-Don’t know-haven’t cleaned the Glock yet.

    Ease to conceal- Depends on how you carry. Small of the back SR9 because of the longer grip you can draw faster, but it will print. I have a Crossbread holster IWB-Glock because it is smaller than the SR9

    Safeties-Glock I personally like being able to draw and fire and not worry about the thumb safety on the SR9.

    I shot Monarch, reloads and some very old China Sports in both guns with zero problems. A buddy of mine has a Tarus of which shot maybe 8 times before it jammed a used hull halfway back into the chamber and would not come out, so he shot both of my guns. When he shot the SR9 a couple of times he turned with a grin and said “Sweet!” He liked both guns but leaned more towards the SR9 because of the grip and he said it was smoother.

    I know this was long but maybe it will help someone or maybe you enjoyed reading it anyway. If you have any questions about the two just ask me and I’ll try to answer.

    Preacher, I’m ready to go shoot somemore!!! Lets go!!!!!

  • wendell chenault

    Just cleaned my Glock and SR9. Both were easy to clean. Maybe the Glock was alittle easier to first break down.

  • Pastor Ted

    final verdict: 6-4-2, sr9 beats the glock 19!

    thanks for the detailed comparison, wendell. you should do a video and be the next nutnfancy. ;p

    i’m picking up a ruger mark iii this tuesday, and going to http://www.angelesranges.com this saturday with some friends. ammo’s nice and cheap for plinking. if you get your goldwing by then, drop on by! ;p

  • Pastor Ted

    btw, wendell, thanks for reciprocating the invite! i don’t frequent louisiana as often as i would like, last time was in ’94. beautiful country, and the people are so friendly. if and when i’m in your neighborhood, i’ll be sure to let you know ahead of time.

  • Wendell Chenault

    WOW that is a nice place Pastor Ted. I would love to come. I may have 1 bike sold and I have 1 more to get rid of before I get my wing. That would be a great trrip to make. I have always wanted to come that way. There are some folks in Texas and around that I have met on here that may could come also. Now wouldn’t that be neat!

  • Jason

    Okay…I have to play devil’s advocate here and I’m not going to get into a you know what match b/c we could do this all day & night. I had an SR9, in fact, at the top of this blog at the pics I sent to the creator of this site and he put them here as well as Wikipedia. So I’m familiar with the SR9.

    Wendell, I agree with most of your review. Especially the trigger part. These 2 guns are tough to tell the difference as far as trigger pull weight. The SR9 grip BY FAR out paces the SR9, in fact, I would go so far to say the SR9 grip out paces a crap load of guns out there. Its fantastic.

    However, I would not conclude that the Ruger SR9 is a better gun than the G19. How many years does Glock have on the SR9 for proven reliability in the street? The one issue I hate about BOTH of these guns is the factory sights. They both suck. Glock & their stupid U shaped rear sights and Rugers adjustable sights. I could never get comfortable with Ruger’s sights. I traded my Ruger SR9 for a G23, exact same size & everything except in 40 S&W. The tenifer finish on the Glock slide is rock solid and the best in the industry IMO but we all know what those are like right? In addition to that, how many torture tests have we seen done to the Glock? Where is one for the SR9?? The length of the grip on the G19 is one big advantage over the SR9. I got rid of my SR9 bc I could not carry it on my side without major printing of the grip. The G23 (again which is the exact same size as the 19) fit perfect. I would rate the 19 over the SR9 due to its proven reliability over many years and it conceals much better. With that said, I went even smaller, traded my G23 for a Springfield XD 40 subcompact. If you want .45 in a concealed carry package, go check out the new KHAR 45. Its a 45 and slimmer than my XD Subcompact, only problem is, its 5 + 1 and my sub is 9+1. The one thing I LOVED about the SR9 is that 17 round capacity. The grip length though screwed it up due to printing. And Wendell is right, Glock is impossible to beat when it comes to accessories.

  • Pastor Ted

    angeles range is very nice, much better than my regular range, http://www.ocindoorrange.com where i have membership. at least oc indoor range is close for me, and i can shoot my rifle there.

    yes, that would be neat. swing by to shoot and church, wendell! :)

  • Pastor Ted

    hi jason,

    thanks for the quality pictures! :) just curious, which grip did you mean outpaces the other? you wrote sr9 twice.

    i have leo and military friends, a significant number of them who told me of glock’s lawsuits against people and websites who wrote honest, but unfavorable reviews of their pistols. as a result, these individuals deleted their posts, and many anti-glock sites have been shut down, unable to afford a lawyer against a deep pocket corporation.

    of special note are glock’s problems (not widespread, but documented nonetheless) with .40’s and .45’s kb’ing using major brand, factory new ammo. glock’s 9mm are excellent.

    these friends of mine whom i highly respect do not trust their lives to glocks and prefer other manufacturers (h&k, sigi, beretta). but they can afford it. :)

    i stay away from glocks because of they are against free speech and because they are not built in the u.s.

    jason, i agree with you about kahr’s pistols. i own a pm9 and am extremely with it. i carry extra mags. i’m happy with my sr9 because no other pistol of that small width and quality compares with it in that price range.

    happy shooting!
    ted

  • Wendell Chenault

    Het Jason! Haven’t heard from you in a while. I agree with what you said about the finish which I did not mention. Ruger looks good but Glock will hold up better. Abuse, Yeah probably more so than not Glock, but who is going to shoot 1000 plus rounds at one time to see if it melts. The grip, for ME as stated if carrying in the small of the back, now I’m 6’2″ 240lbs, I carry the SR9 better and can draw it faster than I can the Glock because of the longer grip. CC on the side or in a pocket of a jacket, yes the Glock. Got mine in a pocket now. The sights yes I have had my problems with the SR9 but finally got them where I want them. The Glock, I’ve only been out with it once but adjusted pretty good but I am thinking about getting some more rear sights for it. Relaible, Glock here too because it has been here a long time. Time will tell for the SR9.

    You have been here a long time also Jason. Thank you for your input. This has been a very interesting site to read over the past couple of years due to people like you.

    Have a good day everyone, I’m off to work. wc

  • Jason

    I will say that I am strictly compaing the G19 to the SR9 and none of the 40’s or 45’s. Although I will say that the G23 that I had….that gun was crazy smooth and accurate and with the 1,000 rounds I put through it in 3 months, never did I have any failures or stovepipes. That was using Winchester White Box and Atlanta Arms reloaded crap at my local indoor range. The Speer Gold Dots that I ran though it were flawlesss as well. However, I am only comparing the 19 to the SR9. I only mentioned the G23 because size is exactly the same as the 19.

    I do think Ruger is trying to make its mark AGAIN in the concealed carry market with the SR9C. They sent the market in a tailspin with the LCP which is an excellent choice for pocket carry. I have not seen an SR9C in person yet but I am anxious to do so.

    I wish Ruger would have done with the SR9 what they did with the LCR revolver. They brought in aftermarket manufacturers in from the beginning so that things were readily available when the product came to market. Prime example, from the second the LCR was introduced, Crimson Trace was available. There is no Crimson Trace for the Sr9. Viridian is available and I like the fact its green but its not Crimson Trace. Holster selection last I remember was not even that great for the SR9 but that may have changed. I’ll tell you what would be excellent for the SR9 and that’s a shoulder holster system, then the length of the grip is not an issue. I bought a Galco shoulder system but I took my Blackhawk Serpa and switched it out because I did not like the thumb break. Having a Serpa for a shoulder holster is nothing but sweetness. So much quicker than a thumb break.

  • Wendell Chenault

    I wish some of these aftermarket prople would listen to folks about what they want. They really need to rethink accessories for the SR9 and your right about the LCP and LCR. Accessories almost from day one. Missing the mark on the SR9. I really want to see a SR9C also. I bet its sweet but again no accessories that I have heard of. My only set back on the LCP is the length of the trigger pull. My trigger finger felt like it was going to touch the back of my hand with that long pull. Anyone know of any updates I could do on it to shorten the pull length?

  • johnnyk814

    hey all im new here, first time actually. So i figured i would start out by saying i love my sr9.had to send it back to ruger for a few small issuses but nothing major. like most i hate my trigger and patiently waiting on ghost. I was wondering if its just me or does “aftermarket” not apply to this gun. anyways just blurting for now i like the forum keep up the good work

  • Wendell Chenault

    Welcome Johnny814. No I don’t think the aftermarket people listen to us on here even after many calls and e-mails. What were your issues with the gun? Go to the top and read and learn what to expect out of the SR9. As for the trigger, clean, oil, shoot and it will get better.

  • Pastor Ted

    welcome to this forum, johnny!

    i’m waiting for the ghost trigger too. they seem to be taking their sweet time, trying to make sure they get it right.

    $20 is a minimal price to pay to get a trigger to squeeze like butter.

    p.ted

  • Wendell Chenault

    Ok now educate me what do you mean by ghost trigger?

  • Pastor Ted

    hello wendell,

    you can read more about it at http://www.ghostblock.com/ and http://www.rugerforum.com/phpBB/viewtopic.php?t=57373&sid=36b272eff4c78a10d43414d9b9d5711c.

    originally they thought it would be out by july 15th last year. now there’s no projected date.

    have a great weekend.
    p. ted

  • Wendell Chenault

    Ok so get this trigger and it will make your SR9 trigger easier to pull by about 2 lbs. Personally FOR ME I haven’t nor do I understand what the big fuss is about the trigger on the SR9. Mine was a touch gritty when it was new until I cleaned it but it isn’t hard to pull. After I shoot it then grab my .22 Ruger it seems like I just breath on the trigger and it shoots. TO ME since I CC I don’t want a gun going off too easy especially since like on the G19 it does not have a thumb safety. Now on the other hand after shooting my LCP last weekend I wish my trigger pull was not as long or hard. Honestly I hated it. If you can make a LCP go off in your pocket due to trigger pull, then you have done something! I didn’t look but I wonder if you can get one of those ghost triggers for the LCP? Maybe someone can explain more on the trigger pull thing………

  • Pastor Ted

    wendell,

    a ghost trigger may reduce your pull by 2 pounds, but it would reduce mine by –6.5– pounds. mine was at 12 pounds and gritty when i first got it.

    i sent my sr9 back to ruger, and they said that anything under 12 pounds was within specs. after i stripped it, dremeled a few of components, and lubed it well, it came down to 10 pounds.

    shot a friend’s p95 at the range this morning. his trigger was so much smoother and lighter than mine.

    sounds like you got a good trigger on yours. too bad i didn’t.

    p. ted

  • Wendell Chenault

    Man that’s alot Ted. Mine is just not that hard to pull. Got to go look and see if it will work on my LCP. Its late good night all.

  • johnnyk814

    whats up guys. oh my where to beging lol im kidding its not that much of a horror story. i was shooting a few months back and out of the corner of my eye i saw something fly back at me.. well here it was the striker indicator so i call up ruger and no problem there they said they would send me a shipping label and fix it.meanwhile i couldnt resist shooting it before i sent it back so i did. well now the trigger wont reset itself it would cycle a round just not reset. needless to say i sent it back they installed a new indicator and trigger arm now ive got a working gun again. i hate the trigger on it though i removed the dc and it seemed to help its just not enough lol..when ghost gets on the ball my life will be complete and in my opinion glock will no longer stand a chance.

    have a good rest of the weekend guys.

  • johnnyk814

    Ted im sorry if I offend you by asking but I have to. Are you actually a pastor?

  • Pastor Ted

    hey johnny,

    wow, the striker indicator popped off? was it just the top piece that broke off? glad you got it back and working again.

    no, i’m not offended. yes, i’m a full-time ordained pastor, been so for the past 19 years. was in the southern baptist denomination for 7 years, returned to an independent church my father founded 30 years earlier.

    enjoy your 2nd amendment rights (while you still can),
    p. ted

  • Wendell Chenault

    Johnnyk814, Well that is a first. Haven’t heard of the striker coming off. Hope you had on eye protection. I wonder if that is a one time happening thing? We’ll see I guess.

    Some folks don’t think a preacher should have guns. Personally I don’t see anything wrong with it. (Not saying you did) One of my good hunting buddies is an A/G preacher and I have alot of preacher friends all of which hunt, and own handguns for what ever reason. Unfourtunately with the society we live in and the things that has happened in churches everywhere in our nation, many have uniformed and plain clothed policemen within the church for protection. We do at ours….we have been robbed (not during church lol) and have had some bad people come in during the day wanting stuff, money etc. Bro Ted being out there in California may be in an area where he needs protection within his church I don’t know. Anyway, I think its cool and he is right when saying to enjoy your rights while you can,….there ARE jerks out there wanting to take them away from you.

  • Rick Magalotti

    Folks,
    I have been a happy owner of an SR9 since March of 2009. I have 604 rounds through it and no problems yet. Other than 6 stovepipes with it on the day that I bought it (I didn’t clean and lube the gun out of the box – ya, I know), there have been 0 other problems.

    Anyway, per Wendell’s and Pastor Ted’s last comments, we do have to guard our 2nd Ammendment rights. I don’t know if the following is politically correct for this website, but after joining the NRA, I have been getting excellent newsletters from them regarding the passage of legislation by those who are for and against our 2nd Ammendment rights. Per that information, I have frequently emailed my congressmen expressing my views. Those newsletters even tell you how to find out the email addresses of our legislators. It’s an easy way to get involved.
    My 2 cents,
    RickM46

  • Wendell Chenault

    Rick thank you for getting involved and taking action. That is what it takes.

  • Wendell Chenault

    I can’t talk much about this but look up N. Carolina Senator RC Soles, 74 yrs old, a life long anti gun advocate shooting a robber at his own home last August of 09. They don’t even believe the laws they are trying to pass. You won’t see this on the news.

    Wonder if he was using a SR9???

  • John Rigolini

    Just fired 100 rounds of Winchester 115 Gr though my new SR9 with no problems. I did clean the gun completely befor I went to the range for the first time. The SR9 has a nice feel to it, not as heavy as other 9mm I’ve shot. I have big hands and the SR9’s grips were very comfortable. The SR9 did shoot a little low at first but an adjustment of the rear sight should fix that. Very happy so far.

  • Keith

    I am concidering on buying the SR9, I live in California and would like to know are the SR9 and SR9-10 the same gun just different mags? I am asking because Ca has the low capacity law and I will be moving to Nevada in the next 2 yrs which has the larger capacity mags. Just wondering if the SR9-10 will take the 17 round mags or should I just wait to buy the gun till I move? Thanks

  • http://MSN C.Cook

    An old timer gunsmith told me to always grease a ss mechanisn to prevent galling. Dont oil it , grease it. He used lubriplate.

  • Pastor Ted

    rick, i agree with you. if any of you are residents of california, please print out, sign, and mail this letter to the california rifle and pistol association. emails are good, but printed letters are even better.

    wendell, i read about senator soles. it’s hypocrisy to be so vehemently anti-second amendment, then use a firearm to defend oneself.

    john, welcome to the sr9 community. glad you’re enjoying yours. i’m guessing it has the new trigger. how does it feel?

    i’m celebrating valentine’s day by bringing my wife to the range. :D

  • Pastor Ted

    hi keith,

    yes, the sr9 will take the 17 rd mag. the sr9-10 is the same gun with a california/new york/mass. limited mag.

    let us know if you decide to buy one, and which one too (sr9c). it’s a great gun.

    p. ted

  • Keith

    Thanks Paster for the info on this. I will be buying the SR9, to comply with the laws of Ca. the “SR9-10″. I will be using it for general shooting.
    The SR9C would be a great gun for concealment and personal protection, but I’m looking for a general all around gun and I think the SR9-10 will be great!
    Then I will buy the “not so cheap” extra 17 round mags for it when I move if those will work in it.
    I will be going shopping for it next weekend Feb. 20-21st at the gun show in Reno, Nv. so I will have one shortly after that! I can’t wait!
    I love the feel and looks of this gun. Just not sure if I’ll get the brushed stainless or the blackened stainless. I like them both. I like the feel of it cause I have small hands. I have a pre-69 Browning 9mm Hi-Power that fits my hand well and the SR9 feels great too!
    I’m a new user to this site and I love the info you guys give. I have bookmarked and will be returning often! I better get busy reloading my rounds!
    Thanks again for the info! Keith

  • Rick Magalotti

    Hey Keith,
    I went with the stainless SR9 because it is soooo cool looking and didn’t cost that much more.
    RickM46

  • Keith

    Hi Rick, I just went and looked at these today. Both were $479.00. My son liked the blackened stainless and since I have a brushed stainless S&W 1911 I think we’ll go with the black. The brushed stainless does look sweet though! Happy shooting! Keith

  • fred

    keith yes the sr9-17 round mag will fit in to the sr9c with a 8.00$ grip adapter just to answer your question i have the sr9c with came with the 10round and 17 round mag i have not had any problem with mine and is a great gun to conceal carry the only problem is to find a good holster for it, i hope this helps

  • Keith

    Well I did it! On my way home from work yesterday I stopped at the Sportsman’s Warehouse and bought it. I had a really hard time choosing which one to buy. I really like the blackened stainless and that was the one I was going to get at first, but I bought the brushed stainless. I’ll have this sweet thing in my hand in 10 days from yestereday! I can’t wait! It was $518 out the door with all the fees, taxes, etc.
    I’ll be back to update after I receive it.
    Thanks for all your input and info on this pistol.
    Happy Shooting, Keith

  • Wendell Chenault

    Congrads…hope you enjoy it!!!!

    Happy shooting and be safe! Wendell

  • Ken

    I read reviews and liked what I read so I purchased a SR9 for $425.I liked
    the pistol very reliable I like the way it feels in my hand maybe a little to
    narrow I like a little wider grip.How ever if you have a round that did not
    go off you need to pull the slide back I did not like this at all. I am used to
    pulling the hamer back and most times the round will go off. So you end up pulling the slide back and its not as easy as it seems especially when under stress.
    Most of us don’t have that kind of training. The pistol is accurate at about
    15 feet and after that its anyones guess where they go? I can shoot my
    Bersa out to 50 yards and hit the target.I guess the Ruger would be good at
    close quarters. Don’t get me wrong I love my Ruger Mark 11 pistol I can
    hit just about any thing out to 100 yards.The SR9 triger is gritty I hear that
    can be fixed.Well this saturday I will take out my SR9 and practice some
    more but if I can’t get gun to shoot better I am going to sell it and get
    another Bersa or a revolver maybe a SW model 60.Well happy shooting.

  • wendell chenault

    Ken Most of your encounters will be up closer than 50 yards, (I hope you never have any) I had to work with my sights when i first got it but the more you shoot the better it will get. Right now, even at 25 yards if I were to shoot at you, you would go down. I have got that comfortable with my SR9. My G19 has different sights and I am working on making it better for ME. Anyway hope you get it worked out and really start enjoying your new gun. Keep us posted on what you do.

  • Ken

    Well I hope every one had a good day. Went to the gun range to day surprise The Hunter Ed Class was there. I guess I for got to read my Club Letter. So back home we live on 40 acres so I put up a target and took out my Ruger SR9 and Bersa 380. They are about the same as far as accuracy goes. I still don’t like the gritty trigger so if decide to keep the SR9 I’ll need to find some one to do a trigger job. But then I still want a pistol with a hammer just my preference. I must have had a bad day the last time I took the SR9 to the range because this time it did shoot well. I did black out the front white dot it was easier for me to see more, contrast. I think for the price it’s a good pistol well time to clean them up load them and put them away. Praise God for the wonderful day happy shooting and keep safe.

  • David

    I just bought my SR9 last week and I love it! It lives up to the reputation of the SR company. Great gun!

  • Pastor Ted

    welcome to the sr9 family, david.

    i’m happy you love it. :) it is a great gun.

    ken, hope your sr9 is going well by you. i found that i had to put about 1,000 rds through it before the trigger loosened up. still not as smooth as some others, but i just checked ghostmaker, and:

    THE SR9 ROCKET TRIGGER IS SHIPPING!

    i just ordered mine. $45.95, including shipping.

    http://www.ghostinc.com/category/rocket_for_ruger_sr/

  • wendell chenault

    Hey Pastor Ted, Remember that trip I told you about. I’m going to Iowa to get my Wing this weekend and I plan on heading to Colorado and over by the Grand Canyon in late June. How close is that to you?? Maybe a time to go shoot????

  • Pastor Ted

    hi wendell,

    i’d love to go shooting with you, but it’s a shade under 500 miles from grand canyon to my neck of the woods.

    if you can spare that time and travel, i’ll treat you to the range and a meal.

    hope you enjoy your new wheels. :)
    ted

  • Jeff

    Hello there,

    I just put a cash for a SR9 on March 2nd. Since I’m living in Canada, eh! I have to get through tons of paperwork before I can get it.

    Up North, Government think that all citizens are potentials killers and, as such, we have to build a “record” about our very self. You have to provide the firearm controller with the name of two references names (and they call them both…) Then, when they assume you’re not such a “dangerous potential killer”, they provide you with a first permit (acquisition) Then, you have to fill a new form in order to transport the gun from the shop to your home and from your home to the shooting range. If, by any mean, you’re stopped and your car searched by police officer (they have a specific mention on the police info. system) and you’re not on your way to the shooting range, you can be charged for illegal transportation of a firearm(criminal offense)… Oh, and btw, if your name doesn’t appear on your shooting club register for a year, you’ll receive a phone call from the local police station asking you why you’re having a gun while not using it for shooting for a whole year…..Yep, yep, yep

    In order to obtain all those permits, authorizations and club dues, you’re gonna have to pay approx. CAN$450…Before to shoot one single bullet…LOLOL And, obviously I had to pay for the gun itself… CAN$733(with taxes)…

    I’m an attorney for a Gov’t agency. I proudly served my country (discharged with honor) and dealing with a potentially dangerous “defendants” on the cases I try. However, they almost asked me for a semen sample. Shhhhame!!! No 2nd amendment on our constitution, as you can see….

    You guys should be very proud to be considered as adults by your government.

    All that to say that, considering the amount of paper and taxes standing in between me and my SR9, I’m really happy to read that I’ve made the right choice !!! (Sorry for my bad english but I’m a french spoken canadian)

    Thanks for your good comments on the SR9 !!

    Jeff

  • Pastor Ted

    jeff,

    welcome to the sr9 family. i hope you enjoy your new sr9 soon and as much as we all do.

    even though we u.s. citizens supposedly have a 2nd amendment right, it has eroded significantly. i suppose we should be grateful for what we do have.

    again, welcome to the sr9 family, jeff.
    p. ted

  • Jeff

    Thanks P. Ted,

    I expect to be able to get my SR9 by the end of May. I will then make my comments.

    Regards,

    Jeff the canadian, Eh !!

  • wendell chenault

    Canadian Jeff, Welcome! Since it will be a while until you get your gun, take the time to read this entire blog…alot of good info on here from some good folks.

    Sorry to hear about your problems with the government there, if we as Americans don’t stand up for our rights as gun owners, we may end up worse than what you are there now. Anyway, don’t give up the fight and don’t give up your guns!

    Your southern friend,
    Wendell Chenault, Monroe, La.

  • SARM

    Hi all

    I just purchased the SR9c and I have a few questions that Im still trying to find answers to.
    1. What is the best self defense amo for this firearm? and can it use +P or +P+?
    2. I would like a nice set of tritium/fiber optic night sites, but no luck thus far. Any suggestions would be great.
    3. What concealed carry holsters fit this gun the best on the hip? I know this is personal preference, but I would appreciate your experienced suggestions.
    4. I don’t know what the trigger pull is on the SR9c? Dose getting a trigger kit make noticeable improvements in weight and reset distance?
    5. Is Winchester white box @ Walmart OK for plinking? I have heard that its bad amo?

    Thanks for any responses. I’ll keep reading the blog to see if any of my questions have already been asked and answered.

  • Jason

    WWB ammo will work just fine. I fed several hundred rounds of it through mine when I used to have it. Holster selection is ok, not the best. Rugers website should have a list of holsters that are compatible. I thBink Hi Viz makes a fiber optic front sight for the sr9. I can’t say anything about a trigger job but IMO for what the avg joe uses the gun for, is it worth it.? The best self defense ammo is always debated unless someone on here has used actually had to use their gun to save their life. I used what my local le uses and that’s speer gold dot. +P ammo should not be a problem for the gun.

  • wendell chenault

    Can’t help you much with the SR9C but can tell you that if things are like with the SR9 you still can’t get accessories for it so good luck. On the ammo I have used Monarchs with zero problems and they are cheap. On the holster check Cross Bread Supertuck. I am pretty sure they have one for the SR9 so you may cam get it for the C. I use one for my Glock 19 which is about the same size and I really like it. Sorry but that is all I can suggest for the C version.

  • wendell chenault

    OK I’m going to ask a stupid question. Everything is shortened these days, law enforcement officer, (leo) so on and so forth. Jason what does or what is +P ammo?? Is that a name or what???

    signed, Wendell, not so bright sometimes, Chenault

  • Jason

    +P ammo is just a higher rated pressure round than a standard loading. It usually produces a higher velocity which is supposed to equal better stopping power. Always make sure your gun is rated to handle +p or +p+. I have never shot +p+, only +p. It doesn’t really stand for anything, just means a higher pressure rating.

  • wendell chenault

    I’ve seen that before……..taught an ole dog a new trick. I just learned something new for today……Thank You Jason!

  • Pastor Ted

    strange, i replied to sarm’s and wendell’s questions, but i don’t see it.

  • Pastor Ted

    hello sarm,

    1. ruger: “sr9 pistols are compatible with all factory ammunition of the correct caliber loaded to u.s. industry standards”.

    +p is not worth it. want more power? buy a .45. more important is accuracy, multiplicity, practice. 3-4 rounds in center mass before a bg reaches you is better than 0-1 round in center mass using higher recoil, harder to aim, less accurate ammo. you really gonna practice with a round that costs 5x more?

    2. google: meprolight tru-dot night sights

    3. crossbreed supertuck or minituck. sr9’s have plenty of holsters available.

    4. sr9c’s have an improved trigger. mine was 11 lbs., now 3.5 and no trigger travel after it fires, thanks to ghost rocket.

    5. dunno.

    regards,
    p. ted

  • sarm

    Wow
    Thanks every one. I feel more informed already. You guys have been a great help.

    resperctfully
    sarm

  • Jason

    I would agree with Pastor Ted that its a waste of money to practice with +P ammo. One brand of ammo that I shot out of my SR9 and carried it in the gun was the Pow’r Ball. In 9mm, according to the box, this bullet traveled at over 1475 fps and hits with at 483 ft lbs….according to the box. Here’s the amazing part…..this is a 100 grain bullet that is +p rated. Stop & think about a 100 grain bullet delivering that sort of power. I have a friend who I work with, former LE, has multiple 9mm and that’s all he carries in ALL of his 9mm’s. The recoil of this particular +p 9mm ammo is not really any different from a 125 grain 9mm bullet.

    In addition to the Crossbreed holster, I would recommend the Galco Summer Comfort if they make it for the SR9. I carry my Springfield Subcompact 40 in a Summer Comfort and love it. Another friend who I work with bought the Crossbreed for his Glock 19 & 27 and doesn’t like it. He uses a holster called “Kholster”. Sort of a knock off of the Crossbreed but he likes it much better. I have never worn the Crossbreed but I know there are thousands of people who love it, just though I would throw the Kholster out there as another option to try…and its less expensive than the Crossbreed.

    If you are looking for some deals on Crossbreed’s, Google “XD Forum”….the guy who owns Crossbreed owns that forum and if you do some hunting around in the forums, he has an entire spot dedicated to Crossbreed and usually will post some deals! Hope that helps some of you on here!

    Pastor Ted I can’t believe your SR9c had an 11lb trigger pull. That’s ridiculous! When I had my Glock 23, I thought about getting a Ghost trigger job done but at such a light pull, and having kids in my car, it just made me a little nervous so I didn’t do it. The Glock armorer here at Traders Gun Shop in Greenville carries a Glock and his is set at 2.5lbs. Craziness for me!

  • Pastor Ted

    hello jason, wendell and sarm,

    sarm, if you’re an nra member, crossbreed gives you a discount.

    jason, thanks for the galco and kholster suggestions. i remember reading you recommending other galco holsters, and that holsters made for the glock 17 fit sr9’s.

    i’m thinking of buying a kholster, wow, that’s a very reasonable price. do you have a rebate code? i’d be happy to give you the referral fee.

    jason, i sent my sr9 (not c) back to ruger. they told me the trigger was at 11.5 lbs, within specs, and sent it back to me. the new 3.5 is not feather light, and it’s a sure welcome relief.

    hey wendell, how’s your new set of wheels? :)

    best regards,
    p. ted

  • wendell chenault

    I’ve had the black beauty one week last Sat and as of yesterday I have put over 750 miles on it. I go get the kids (one at a time) at school and run errands on it. My longest trip so far was to my Mom’s up in Arkansas to check on her. She is 85 and fell last week….bruised herself up pretty good but no broken bones. But anyway I rode over 200 miles that day. Man that thing is comfy. I just got to figure out where I can carry my guns if i don’t have them in a pocket or on my side, but rest assured they are with me. I don’t know if I will make it to the Grand Canyon in June because of miles I have figured on the trip and time. I’m having to cut some miles off, last count was 4,510. TOO FAR! I may have to make a trip that way just so we can go shoot and have some lunch. We’ll see. Thanks for asking.

  • Pastor Ted

    congratulations, wendell! i like what you named her.

    wow, you’re certainly putting her to good use.

    sad to hear about your mom falling, but relieved she is not more than bruised.

    if you do head out this way, please let me know the dates as soon as you find out. we’re planning our vacations and mission trips, don’t want to miss you.

    blessings,
    p. ted

  • Dave I

    P. Ted. See where you installed a Ghost trigger on yours. How do you like? Was it an easy install or did you have a “smith” do yours. I love my SR9, but but I think it by far has the worst trigger of any of my 7 other handguns. Glad to hear Ruger listened to the people and gave the “C” a better trigger. Happy and safe shooting. Dave

  • wendell chenault

    Right now I am planning for the last week – week and a half of June. I’m having to cut back on places to go because of time and miles. Sure would like to meet and go have a good ole shoot and a meal.

  • Pastor Ted

    hello dave, hello wendell,

    dave, i like it very much, though if i had to redo it again, i’d get the ghost ultimate which needs no smithing. yes, i had to smith mine, and it was a tedious process. i think i sanded down a piece, installed it, tested it, and removed it >6 times. yes, i wish i had waited for a later model of the sr9 or sr9c with the improved trigger.

    wendell, last week and a half of june might just work. :) please let me know when you finalize the date.

    happy and safe shooting, everyone!
    p. ted

  • Socalgal

    Found alot of useful information on this blog and am very grateful for the insights. I just purchased the SR9 – my first gun ever. As a small statured female, I tried alot of different handguns. Either they were too small a caliber to do any good or they were so heavy I would never use them in an emergency. Have to say the SR9 is the most comfortable of the handguns I have tried over the past 6 months.

    I would definitely recommend this for a woman to use. One interesting thing to note – if you have a wife, girlfriend, etc… that keeps wanting a smaller handgrip, the opposite might actually be what she needs. The grip on the SR9 is larger than alot of other guns I tried, but because I need to shoot 2 handed, this one allows my steadying hand to get a good grip while still being small enough to let me easily reach the trigger.

    It is also has minimal recoil which lets me get resighted on the target quickly.

  • wendell chenault

    Welcome Socalgal, We don’t get many women on here so we hope you stay to add to this site from a different prospective. Shoot often, be safe and we hope to hear from you again real soon.

  • Socalgal

    Thank you Wendell.

    I am new to shooting. Was very afraid of handguns for a long time. Am currently shooting about once every 2 weeks to improve accuracy, comfort level, and of course to try different guns to see which one fits me best.

    I am curious about how difficult it is to diassemble the SR9 for cleaning. I hope it will be fairly straightforward.

  • wendell chenault

    You get to shoot alot more than me. I’m trying to get that number up though.

    Due to my time limits on here I cannot go through the steps but get your owners manual and work through it. It is easy and after doing it a few times you will be able to do it with your eyes closed.

  • Dave I

    Socalgal. So simple a caveman could do it! Sorry I just couldn’t stop myself.

  • wendell chenault

    Ruger SR9: New Polymer framed 9mm-The Firearm Blog is not responsible nor can be held responsible for comments made by Dave I. Maybe he was suffering from a slight case of SR9 shell shock and not fully aware of what he was saying in the above comment. Therefore Socalgal we hope you are not offended in any way and stay on here for a long time to add your experiences with the SR9 to this blog. (As you can see this author can also be full of it at times) lol

  • Nebrets

    I am a small stature woman (108lb) trying to find a way to carry the sr9 concealed. Shoulder holsters are comfortable, but even super compact guns are visible. I like the idea of the crossbreed supertuck, but I did not know if other small stature females had tried the crossbreed and found it to work for them (or not).

  • Pastor Ted

    dear socalgal and nebrets,

    welcome to the sr9 family. did you both get the regular sr9 or the sr9c?

    socalgal, where do you go shooting? i usually go to ocindoorrange.com, and once in a while go to angelesranges.com when i have the time to drive.

    nebrets, sorry, can’t help you with your question. i carry a kahr pm9 concealed at home.

    shoot straight and safe!
    p. ted

  • wendell chenault

    Welcome Nebrets, Here is where the women need to help this site. I have a Crossbread Supertuck for my Glock. I had to get the Glock 19 because they did not have a SR9C at that time but the SR9 prints in the grip area about any way you carry it. I did have nore success carrying in the Small of the back and there are holsters that help you with that. As for the Crossbread you will need a 2 in larger pant in the waist to use it. Still then mine will ride around to the 3:30 position. Yesterday I just stuck my gun in the inside of my waist at the 3 o’clock position with no holster. Gave me more room and seemed to work fine. Wish I could help more.

  • Jason

    As previously mentioned, you will find that the SR9 is a VERY difficult gun to conceal hence Ruger making the SR9C. Even though the SR9 grip is just awesome, its length makes it difficult to conceal without printing. I would think that the SR9C in a Crossbreed would be a VERY nice package. However, on the flip side, as Pastor Ted noted, the Khar PM9 cannot be beat for ultimate concealment in the pocket. That is truly a pocket rocket or as my CWP instructor calls it, a handful of hell.

    Its just a crying shame that Ruger did not appraoch the manufacturing/design aspect alongside aftermarket manufacturers like they did with the LCR, Crimson Trace & several holsters available from the very start. It almost makes one wonder if they did not have the SR9 in mind as a true concealed carry weapon. I think if they would have started with the SR9C first and took the steps they did with the LCR, I think sales would have been off the chart. Then follow the SR9C up with a full size version like the SR9. I don’t know…that’s just me yappin and giving my .02 worth which doesn’t mean squat. Anyway, ya’ll have a good day!

  • Dave I

    Wendell. There is a new thing out called humor. Try it sometime. Socalgal:
    Apparently Wendell feels I slighted you in some way by my stupid little Geico reference. I don’t understand why unless you are a caveman. However if I in any way I offended, you I am truly sorry and sincerely apologize. In no way did I mean to infer you are stupid, or based on your gender that you could not understand the basics of firearm maintenance. It was merely a joke. In fact I wish more women would show an interest in our sport. We need as much help defending our 2nd amendment rights as possible. If you look back at the few times I have posted here, you’ll see I have only been respectful and courteous to all. Maybe some people should stop and think before they bellitle others on a public forum.

  • wendell chenault

    Well said Jason and I agree with you…..

  • wendell chenault

    Socalgal and Nebrets, I found a site that the two of you may be interested in. It is called USCCA or United States Conceal Carry Association. They were trying to get me to join and I remember in one e-mail I got they were talking about women and conceal carry/ways to CC. Anyway try USCCA.com and see if it helps you.

  • wendell chenault

    Time Out! Dave, Guess I owe you an big ole “I’m sorry.” I was just playing along with you and what you said. I don’t think Socalgal was offeneded at all. As I stated above “this author, (meaning me) can also be full of it sometimes too. lol (meaning lots of laughs) You have been respectful and given good advice here and I hope you continue to do so. Again sorry if I belittled you….didn’t mean to…….just playing along.

  • Nebrets

    Thank you wendel and jason. I liked holding and shooting the sr9 and have considered getting one to carry all the time if I could conceal it. However I am going to shoot the sr9c this weekend and see if it is as comfortable as the sr9, and more concealable.

  • Dave I

    Thanks Wendell. I guess maybe I’m the one who should try some humor huh?

  • Pastor Ted

    @jason: i totally agree with you about ruger needing to work with holster and accessory manufacturers.

    @wendell and dave: i appreciate your humility and civility. 2nd amendment people i’ve found are usually nicer people for some reason.

    @nebrets: so you have an sr9? the sr9c is definitely more concealable, with a shorter barrel. however, if you want to cc regularly, i’d advise getting an even smaller firearm.

  • wendell chenault

    Nebrets, Please come back and give a report on the SR9C. I haven’t had a chance to even hold one let alone shoot one so I am excited about hearing what you have to say. I couldn’t get a C model at the time and I have a Glock 19 which I think is the same size as the SR9C and it conceals much better than the SR9. I carry it all the time along with my Ruger LCP and the SR9 stays at home next to the bed. Now I will carry it more in the winter since I have on more clothing and it can cover the printing of the grip. My bet and according to how it shoots, you will like the C better for CC. I can CC the SR9 if I carry it in the small of my back and it is easier to draw than my G19 since it does have the longer grip. But only you can tell what will fit you and your style. I look forward to your reply.

    Dave, don’t sweat it man….no harm no foul. You and I are ok as far as I am concerned. I love to joke and laugh…you keep it up….I’ll laugh right with you, even if it is about me. lol

    Pastor Ted, Still working on dates and how far I will travel on my Wing in June. So far with time and miles “The Four Corners” may be the futherest west I go. May not make it to the Grand Canyon. Looking at leaving the 18th or 19th and come home on the 9th day. (27th)

    Hope all of you have a super safe weekend!

  • Pastor Ted

    hi wendell, no worries. if you do happen to be in the area, let me know. offer to go shoot at a range and a dinner doesn’t expire. :)

  • Dave I

    Thanks Wendell. I guess I was having a bad day. After following this blog for so long, and reading all of your posts I should have known better. Man some people (me) can be so stupid! Peace

  • wendell chenault

    Thanks P Ted and Dave, Anybody need to send me a PM can do so at [email protected]. (Don’t want Steve to get us for facebook like entries! lol) If for some wild reason any of you come to NE Louisana or in this area, fell free to contact me and maybe we can shoot and eat some crawfish. They are really good! Now my 9mm and I must go to the store. Have a safe day!

    Socalgal…..Where are you???????

  • http://www.hughespi.com Robert

    Been looking at the SR9… Injoy reading all the post, went down today and bought the black SR9 YEAH! can’t wait to pick it up. The only bad thing is,,, I live in this other country called California, only 10 rounds for us. what a bummer!
    Thanks all… Happy hunting!

  • Pastor Ted

    @wendell: mmm, crayfish sounds good!

    @robert: welcome to the sr9 family! i know what you mean, i live in kalifornia too. you ever go to arizona or nevada?

  • wendell chenault

    Can you but a 17 b rd mag somewhere and lets say have them? They fit just like a 10 rd. Who would know unless they or someone checked you. I couldn’t bring mine over towards you then could I P Ted?

  • Pastor Ted

    hey wendell,

    according to kalifornia law, “12020. (a) Any person in this state who does any of the following is punishable by imprisonment in a county jail not exceeding one year or in the state prison:

    (2) Commencing January 1, 2000, manufactures or causes to be manufactured, imports into the state, keeps for sale, or offers or exposes for sale, or who gives, or lends, any large-capacity magazine.”

    this does not apply to leos.

    so it appears that it’s illegal, but i’m not a lawyer. i’ve read that pre-ban (pre 2001) mags over 10 rds are legal to possess in kalifornia.

  • wendell chenault

    Amazing, that would rule me out on my G19 and SR9. Only thing would be my LCP or Ruger .22. Glad I don’t live there…no offense………..

  • Pastor Ted

    that’s why they sell 10 rd mags in california.
    i’m happy to live in california because of my relatives, the weather, etc., but one of the huge drawbacks is how anti-2nd amendment this state is.

    one day when i retire…

  • wendell chenault

    I need to check if they allow the Louisana CC permit there and but me a 10 rd mag for my SR9 just in case. You do have good weather there and I understand about the relatives. The ONLY thing that keeps me in La is our jobs we have, otherwise off I would go. People love their guns here and they would have a hard time making us give them up. Just went to a gun owners town hall meeting last week…good turnout. Met with one of our Congressmen and a rep from the NRA.

  • Pastor Ted

    hi wendell,

    ca unfortunately does not accept any other state’s cc permit. if you want to travel with your firearm in kali, you’ll need to have it locked and unloaded, and not within arm’s reach.

    talk about giving bad people an advantage…

  • Pastor Ted

    btw, i don’t know if you need to buy a 10 rd mag to shoot in ca. i’ve been to indoor shooting ranges where friends brought and shot 15 rd, 25 rd, and 30 rd magazines.

  • wendell chenault

    Yeah that gives them the advantage for sure. Maybe if you ask real nice “Hey could you wait till I get my gun out before you shoot at me?” I saw on opencarry.org about Cal. law. I was under the impression that even having a mag larger than 10 would get you in trouble. If I brought my SR9 there it could get me 9 or more. lol Sad huh………..

  • http://www.hughespi.com Robert

    I have had enough of California and I am now working on plans to leave the State… heading for Texas, been here in CA all my life. It’s not an easy thing to do moving my family, but we look forward to the freedoms Texans enjoy. Example I have seven more days to wait until I can pick up my 10 round SR9… and soon we will only be able to buy no more than 50 rounds of ammo per month with you’re thumb print. California! What a joke.

  • Pastor Ted

    @robert: i don’t blame you. tx is a wonderful state, people are very friendly. is there a waiting period to buy firearms there?

    february 2011…this is why i’m buying as much ammo as i reasonably can. though i did not hear about the 50 rd limit. i have several thousand rounds of .22 and 9mm in dry storage. yes, it is a joke. what a blatant disregard for the bill of rights.

    @wendell: my daughter laughed when she read your comment over my shoulder (“hey could you wait till I get my gun out…”). really, 9 years or more? scary.

  • wendell chenault

    Pastor Ted , No waiting period here in Louisana unless they arer all sold out which is what happened here last year.

    You going to retire in 2011? You sure???? I have a pretty good “stash” also. Not giving it up either. If anything it is a bad joke, total rejection of the 2nd amendment.

    Not sure you would get 9 Ted, I was joking but who knows????

    Anybody heard from Nebrets? She was supposed to go shoot the SR9C last weekend.

  • Pastor Ted

    hi wendell,

    wow, what a blessing to enjoy the freedom of a no wait period. is there a background check in louisiana for firearm purchases?

    i wish i could retire in 2011, feb 2011 refers to when the kalifornia ammunition law goes into effect. we won’t be able to buy ammunition over the internet, and ammunition sales in-state will be registered with a thumbprint.

    haven’t heard from nebrets.

  • wendell chenault

    It takes me 20-30 mins to wait on a background check. That’s all.

    I’ll be buying more ammo fast if they decide to do that here in La. Next we’ll have a device on the SR9 that won’t allow it to shoot unless it scans or thumbs first. This is outrageous!! I hope ya’ll are fighting it there.

  • Pastor Ted

    20-30 minutes?!?! cherish your freedoms while you still enjoy them. we have to wait 10 days.

    we’re fighting anti-2nd amendment laws and legislators here, i’m a card carrying member of the nra, but there are too many ignorant people believing the lies of liberals.

    please say a prayer for this sad state.

  • wendell chenault

    Consider it done but keep fighting or our SR9’s will be useless pieces of metal. I also am a member of the NRA and you must continue to educate these people.

  • http://www.hughespi.com Robert

    Please… if you havent already, join the NRA today, as there is power in numbers and the NRA is the only ones fighting for our 2nd amendment rights… If not we may all be muzzle loading very soon. Also,Picken up my SR9 Monday! CAN’T WAIT Happy Hunting!

  • Pastor Ted

    @wendell: amen.
    @robert: amen too. congratulations on your new sr9!

    nra is the largest pro 2nd amendment organization, but not the only one. others include:
    crpa.org (ca rifle and pistol assoc.),
    gunowners.org (goa),
    saf.org (second amendment foundation),
    and a whole host of others.

  • wendell chenault

    Alright Robert! You get the regular or the C? I haven’t even seen a C here yet so I have to go by what you folks say. I would love to shoot one and compare it to my G19.

    Your right about the NRA but if the government has their way we won’t even be muzzle hunting……..

  • http://www.hughespi.com Robert

    Hey Wendell, I bought the regular all black SR9… I would have considered the C… I looked but couldn’t find one.

  • Socalgal

    Hi nebrets, wendell, dave, and Pastor Ted –

    Sorry I have been off for a bit – waiting for that interminable California waiting period – finally picked up my SR9 tonight. I went with the standard SR9 and of course it only has the 10 round magazine ’cause it’s California.

    Have not tried carrying it as a concealed weapon nebrets – though given the latest issue with the unbalanced employee I have to work with, perhaps that will be a permit I will be pursuing. I am also a small statured female and, personally, I just don’t envision myself trying to carry it in a shoulder holster. I just don’t have enough of an upper body to pull it off – I would probably list to one side – ha ha ha

    No, I am not offended by Dave’s humor. And I have already heard all of the short jokes. Tomorrow I will be disassembling so I will be able to tell you if it is so easy a cavewoman can do it!

    I will say that I am disappointed at the cheesy case the Ruger came in – not even any foam padding. My boyfriend just bought a Glock 17 and his came in a nice padded case. What is up with that?

    Pastor Dave – I shoot at Iron Sights in O’side – it’s like 5 min. from my house. And the place down in San Diego is apparently overpriced and overcrowded most of the time.

    Happy shooting everyone!

  • Pastor Ted

    dear socalgirl,

    welcome to the sr9 family! don’t worry about the case, i never use mine. my sr9 is either in the vault or when i’m home, in my holster. what matters more is the sr9 grip fits much better and is 100% made in the usa.

    i hear that orange county and other counties have an easier time with the ccw than l.a. county. i’m jealous.

    for field stripping, have you seen any youtube videos?

    happy and safe shooting!
    p. ted

  • wendell chenault

    Welcome back Socalgal! I didn’t think about the waiting period over there, but I’m glad you finally got your SR9.

    You being as small as you are you may could go with a Crossbreed Supertuck Holster. Now you may have to go up 2 inches in the waist of your pants to hold the holster, but you can loosely tuck a shirt down around the weapon, or I can. You’ll have to experiment some and see what will work for you.

    Please keep in touch and let us know from a woman point of view how you like the SR9. Sounds like you and Ted may could get together for a shoot sometime. Wish I could join ya’ll!

  • http://www.hughespi.com Robert

    P. Ted what CA county do you in? here in Sacramento County CCW was not too difficult. SR9 pick up in 24hrs… indoor range in 25hrs :)…

  • Rick Magalotti

    Hi Socalgirl,
    Yep, my Ruger SR9 and my 2 other Rugers came in a plastic case with no padding. I have other handguns where some were in a padded case and some not. However, all are excellent guns. What I did was buy padded cases from http://www.mtmcase-gard.com to store, lock, and transport my guns.

    You will like your SR9. Before your first shoot, I would clean and lube it. I didn’t and had 6 fail to ejects out of the first 40 rounds. After cleaning and lubing, I have had 0 problems with it.

  • Pastor Ted

    @wendell: maybe one day! :)

    @robert: i’m envious of you! i live in l.a. county. no ccw, except for the rich and powerful.

    @rick: ooh, nice cases. i agree re cleaning and lubing first.

  • Socalgal

    Thank you for the tip Rick. I am planning to disassemble and oil it. I also want to work the slide a bit to get it worked in. I do like how it fits my hand, but might try reversing the backstrap – just to see if there is a noticeable difference.

    Have not yet looked for a Youtube video but that is a great idea! Thanks for the suggestion.

    Question – have any of you determind if there is a better ammo for the SR9? I just bought a couple of boxes of Remington, and my BF bought me a box of Federal as a ‘gun warming’ gift. We are big on Buy AMerica – it was one of the reasons why I went with Ruger. Would like to stick with American made ammo as well.

    We are planning to stock up on ammo prior to Jan 1 when the state starts tracking your purchases in California and limiting how much you can buy at one time.

    Am really enjoying the blog and learning alot. THanks to everyone for sharing your wisdom and insights.

  • Rick Magalotti

    Hi Socalgal,
    There is something else I do to my new guns before I use them for the first time. I lube and exercise the mags before using them. That is, I load them full and then manually eject the rounds several times. Then, lastly, I load them full and let them sit over night. I saw this tip somewhere on this forum. I have since never had a problem with feeds.

    I have been using many different manufacturers 9mm ammo and also get whatever Walmart has since Walmart is the cheapest I’ve found: $9.87 for a box of 50 – usually Winchester or Federal. I’ve used Remington, Winchester, Federal, Blazer, Fiocchi, American Eagle, Magtech with no problems. I’ve never used reloads.

  • Jason

    Don’t know if any of you caught it the other night but HANDGUNS TV with Aaron Roberts did a section on the SR9C. He seemed to like it and gave it a pretty good review and also did a good overview of the features of the gun. What I find a little on the funny side is the loaded chamber indicator on the new SR9C…..in big letter on top of it, it reads: LOADED WHEN UP. The cool thing the C model kept with the regular SR9 is the reversable backstrap for a better grip. I was glad to see Ruger integrate good features of the SR9 into the C model.

    @Socalgirl–don’t know what you mean by “better” ammo but your typical, well known brands of Ammo should work just fine in the SR9. Speer is good, I personally like the Pow’r Ball ammo myself and its ballistics but we all know what an opinion on ammo is like right?? We all got one…….the thing I like about the Pow’r Ball is the polymer ball and the way it helps feed…that ball just let’s the bullet slide right up the ramp and I never had a FTF or FTE with the Pow’r Ball I shot. A 100 grain bullet moving just shy of 1500 fps is quite powerful. You are talking speeds of some .357 bullets at that stage.

    Being in South Carolina, getting your CWP is pretty easy. You take your class, do the written test, a 100 round qualifying shoot, fingerprints/application paperwork and wait 90 days for the permit. I love being a “shall issue” state.

  • Nebrets

    I borrowed a friend’s SR9c and it shot wonderfully, and it fits in my hand with the ten round mag and no pinky grip. The trigger was a bit smoother, just pull, feel the the stop, pull and boom, and reacquisition was easy. Because it was smaller and the cardboard model I made indicated that I should not be difficult to conceal, I got the SR9c instead of the SR9 (not that the full size SR9 is any less cool). (This was last weekend, sorry I did not give this report earlier, but life was busy).
    Bad news, right out of the box my gun would only shoot one bullet at a time, fail to eject the casing and jam a new bullet in so that one could not just tap, rack and shoot to clear the gun. The fist bullet fired, but the casing would not clear out the ejector. The few times the casing did clear, the trigger did not reset, and had to be pushed forward. This happened to me and several friends no matter how firmly the gun was held, or what type of 9mm luger ammo was used. I am rather disappointed but I am calling Ruger to see what can be done (probably the recoil spring or the ejector needs fixing). Oh well at least the working version of the gun I shot was nice, not if only mine would be too.

  • wendell chenault

    Socalgal, I have used Feds and Winns. but mostly use Monarchs. I get mine at Academy for 9.99 for a 50ct box. DO NOT USE THE STEEL!!! They shoot like crap and shoot very dirty plus is not good for the gun I hear. I have shot some reloads from my CC Instructor and they shot ok for practice.

    Better start buying now because we here in La had a long time shortage on ammo about a yr or so ago plus our prices went up. Another hint I heard from someone……pay cash when buying and don’t use a debit card…..can’t trace it back to you. Better cover your tails folks!

  • Socalgal

    Jason, you make me jealous with the So Carolina way of thinking.

    I am paying cash for ammo when I can – sometimes if it’s available and I don’t have the $$ on me I will use my debit card. California tracks everything these days – I even had to produce my Driver’s license to get some OTC allergy medicine, if you can believe that! I’m not too worried – I’m already in some many gov. files one more won’t make a difference.

    nebrets, sorry to hear your new gun is malfunctioning. What did Ruger say when you called them?

    Rick – I have loaded 8 rounds into the magazine and am letting them sit in there – will be ejecting them tonight. Was told not to fully load the mag because that puts too much strain on the spring inside, but you can leave a partial load for a longer period of time without harm (so I’ve been told).

    All this preparation when all I really want to do is get to the range and start using it! But I guess patience is a virtue if it means getting the gun properly prepped so it will work at its best.

    Hope everyone has a great week.

    Oh, I do have to tell you I bought the hot pink hearing protection and the matching ammo. bag. My BF about had a stroke, but it’s my gun, and my style. Wait ’til I get some cool pink eye protection to match! :)

  • Dave I

    Jason. Indiana is even better. Fill out you paperwork, send them $125 and 8 weeks later you have a LIFETIME CCW. It’s pretty awesome actually.
    Socal. I’m like Rick and Wendell. I shoot whatever brass ammo I can get a hold of. Usually WWB from Walmart.(When they have it). I can’t speak about ballistics or anything, but haven’t had any ftf or fte since I gave it a thorough cleaning. I agree very dirty out of the box. I was actually surprised and a little disappointed by that, but all is well now. As for leaving the mag loaded being hard on the spring, I never really bought into that theory. I’ve got a 30 yo Colt that stays loaded constantly, and I would bet my life on that gun tonight. It might be a little early to say that about the SR9 though. My 2 cents.
    P.S Are you going to leave your mag disconnect in? P. Ted had a link to a youtube site that made it really easy to remove. Took 5 mins. IDK is that even legal in “The Peoples Republic” ? Have fun at the range!

  • wendell chenault

    Nebrets, If you haven’t already clean and lube the gun well. Mine was full of what looked like grease and metal filings. Also if you have limp wrist the gun will not eject properly. If there is no problem with these issues then yep I would call Ruger.

    Socalgal, I have 3 mags for each gun I own. I use one for one month then I change to another mag for a month. My LCP I unload each night except for one in the mag and one in the chamber. Yes to help with the springs and to make them last as long as possible. My SR9 and G19 I keep 10 – 12 rds in each gun at all times for a month then change mags. As for your colors …..honey what ever floats your boat I say go for it!! I hope you never have to draw on someone but maybe you can get the first pull on them because they are laughing at your accessories so hard. lol Go for it girl!

  • Rick Magalotti

    Socalgal,
    Not a bad idea to only put 8 rounds in your mags to get them broken in; I normally don’t stress any mechanical devices to the max. However, I haven’t had any issues with my mags fully loaded. In addition to the 2 mags that came with my SR9, I bought 2 extra SR9 factory mags. That way, when I go to the range, I load up all 4 at one time and then have fun. I lubed and broke in the extra mags the same way.

  • Pastor Ted

    lots of fun comments!

    for whatever reason, the ghostinc sr9 rocket i bought allows me to shoot the first round, then it doesn’t reset. :( still waiting for them to reply.

    @socalgal: pink? wow! pictures please. :)

    video: http://www.vidoemo.com/yvideo.php?i=eHZTLUxocWuRpS0×3MlE&shout-out-s-and-how-to-remove-the-magazine-disconnect-from-the-ruger-sr-9

    pix: http://www.rugerforum.com/phpBB/viewtopic.php?t=52057

    remington’s ok, with an occasional ftf. i’ve never had problems with federal, independence, aguilar, fiocchi, bvac reloads, all u.s. made.

    i think the deadline is 1/31/11, it begins in february.

    @jason and dave i.: how about arizona? no permit required for concealed carry. i wanna move there.

    @wendell: i keep all my mags fully loaded and ready.

  • Jason

    P Ted I think that is really cool about AZ while at the same time scary as you know what. I’m a firm believer in being introduced properly to handguns and beng trained properly how to handle/grip one. It scares me that someone who has never handled a gun before can just get a permit to carry. I think a permit should be available to all law abiding citizens bit there should be some sort of introduction/ proficiency/education requirement with it.

  • Pastor Ted

    hi jason,

    yes, i agree with you. :) although i would rather err on arizona’s side than on california’s side anyday.

    ted

  • Socalgal

    I agree with you completely Jason. I thought the 3 hr class was a bit of a waste, but I took some private lessons from a qualified instructor to give me a good grounding in safety and proper handling, and shooting techniques. The idea of some people with more anger than sense getting permits too easily is kinda scary.

    I got the pink stuff as a bit of a joke, but it is fully functional. Plus, I like dispelling some of the stereotypes men have at the range when they see me. Lots of young marines at the range I go to and I have seen more than one look at me like I couldn’t possibly shoot ’cause I’m little and I’m a girl. Cracks me up when some of them shuffle over behind me and then look at each other when I’m hitting the center of the target repeatedly. My BF thinks it’s fun to watch too!

    I disasembled, cleaned and reassembled the SR9 this evening. Yes, Dave, it is so simple even a caveman can do it! However, the slide release still seems really sticky. Guess I just need to keep working on it.

  • Socalgal

    Am hoping the blog is still active. Have not seen any updates for a few days.

    Shot my SR9 for the first time today. It failed to eject the shell multiple times, but I think it was due to my lack of adequate oiling. The trigger was very sticky but after about 50 rounds it got better. On the plus side, it did shoot accurately.

    One thing I noticed was how sticky the double trigger was – has anyone else had this problem?

    As for ammo. I did notice a distict difference between the Remington and Winchester – the Winchester seemed to feed through the gun much better with fewer misfires.

  • Ken

    Just to let every one know I am not happy with my Ruger SR9. Compared
    two my Bersa .The Bersa it’s does not pinch my triger finger. The Ruger
    has a gritty triger pull. Over all the Bersa shoots better and feels better
    in my hand and more reliable. I am not bashing Ruger it’s just that particular gun. I love my Ruger Mark II it’s the most fun gun ever. That said I put the Ruger SR9 on consignnent at the gun shop.And am looking for a new Bersa 9MM. Also looking for a S&W Model 28 357 cal. the ones I have shot are very accurate.Maybe Ruger needs to refine there new pistols
    before putting them out for every one to work out the bugs? My own opinion is all semi-auto should be fixed barrel. I think that there would be less problems with accuracy and over all function. What ever gun we shoot be safe and have fun. Ken

  • Rick Magalotti

    Hi Socalgal,
    At my first shoot with the SR9 before I had cleaned and lubed it, it failed to feed/eject about 6 times. Then, after that, I cleaned and lubed it, it has never failed since. I think I over lubed it at that time, especially the trigger and where the barrel mounts to the frame. Hope this helps.

  • wendell chenault

    Ken, Don’t feel bad. Different strokes for different folks I say. You must have larger hands/fingers I’m guessing because I have never had that feeling or got my finger pinched. A love the way mine feels and I have med sized hands. And yes the Mark II is a great fun gun to shoot.

    I had some problems with ejection at first but some was due to limp wrist and cleaning. As I have said many many times before clean lube shoot. The more you shoot it the better it gets or mine has. That goes for the trigger, slide, mag and all.

    I went to Bass Pro in Shreveport La. yesterday and and looked at many different guns. There are others that felt better mechanics wise than the SR9 but for me I love the feel of that gun in my hand. Got to look at the SR9C also. Nice gun but I think I did better getting my Glock 19 over the C. The grip of the C I like better except for the length. Prefer the G19 in that area plus in out of the box condition.

  • Pastor Ted

    @socalgirl: good job with the disassemble and lube! don’t worry, this forum comes and goes in waves.

    @ken: how many rds have you fired through it so far? gotta give it a little warm up before the trigger loosens up. i’m sad your trigger didn’t work well for you. yes, mark ii is a great gun. i have the mark iii, 22/45 barrel bull. it’s great that the ammo is still so cheap, <4¢ a rd.

    @wendell: went to the bass pro in vegas, it was humungous. 4 acres. but i was disappointed at their firearms section, not much selection.

  • wendell chenault

    I kinda was too Ted. Last time I was there they had maybe 4 counters full. This time about 2. Got my hands on about ever name they had which was fun.

    Newbies–Read the posts on here from the past…….the more you shoot the SR9 the better it gets…………..

    Be safe all…………

  • Eli

    Hi everyone. I bought my sr9 about january of 08. Ive been watching this website since about summer of 08. My first time posting here. I do a lot of idpa shooting with my sr9. My sr9 and my ar are 2 peas in a pod. i have never had a problem with it, and it eats any kind of ammo i feed it, is my primary cc weapon, goes on hunting trips shoots in the rain, range, and on sunny days too. its fired at least 3000 rounds. one complaint. its hard to see the front dot in low light conditions. but thats common with all my pistols. ill start posting more often here. its nice to see other sr9 enthusiast. a safe full of guns but the sr9 and my ar are the only ones i ever shoot. well ill be here more often. nice meeting everyone.

  • wendell chenault

    Hey Eli! Welcome! Thought you had been on here before. I talked to a friend today about going for a shoot. I have probably 2k + shots through my gun. I lost count. May be more for all I know, but it still shoots good.

  • Pastor Ted

    hi eli, i see you posted here on 2/21, 3/2, 3/4 of 2008. welcome back! :)

    wow, idpa shooting, that’s serious. what state are you in?

    i’ve only owned mine over half a year, shot >1k rds. i go to a local range about once a week, but now i shoot less 9mm, and more .22lr’s since they are so cheap.

    p. ted

  • Eli

    Im in the state of texas were castle laws and guns are still legal. Ill be going to a 3 gun match tomorrow. of course ill be taking my sr9, ive seen people with all kinds of 1911s, they screw with them so much they are very unreliable. I always remind them to buy a reliable firearm. They just dont listen. Well im going to shoot a lot and shoot safe this weekend. You do the same. i just read my prior posts, i still dont have night sights but i do have a laser light combo. and yes im selling my remington 22 to buy a 22 conversion for my ar.

  • Eli

    well big mistake. i showed up to the match and its not till June 6. i got a little excited there.

  • Jeff

    Hello everybody,

    I finally took possession of my SR9 (blackened stainless) on Monday after two months of canadian paperworks…LOL Needless to say how happy I was !!!

    I went, yesterday, to the shooting range with my shooting partner who own his SR9 (stainless) for a month and a half now. Before I received my gun, we shot around 1000 rounds of reload ammo, with his gun, without a single problem.

    Yesterday, I shot 140 rounds on mine without any problem. The trigger was pretty stiff but I think it’s normal. I have made a good score on my second mag !!!! Kewl !!!

    All in all, I’m extremely satisfied of my choice. SR9 is an excellent choice for a first handgun. Affordable, lightweight, easy to use and field strip. And it’s made in America!!!! +1 for Sturm Ruger model 9 !!!

    Jeff

  • wendell chenault

    Jeff, Glad your enjoying the SR9. It was my first larger cal. gun also and I loved it for the same reasons you mentioned. I hope you have many happy safe rounds shot with your new purchase.

  • Jay Zawerschnik

    I am looking at purchasing the SR9 soon. I have done comparisons with XD9 and Glock. I will be a 1st time 9mm shooter so want to keep the $ down. I get mixed answers on the coating used on the black/SS version. Will that coating hold up to abuse since its bonded to S/S. I will be using it for target shooting so holster wear is not a problem. Is there a different coating used on the OD version?

  • Eli

    Good purchase Jeff. You wont regret it. Im going to a pistol match tonight. and as awlays, ill be shooting the sr9:-) ive yet to see a 1911 not malfunction. Not necesarily the same one, but one of the 1911s will fail. enjoy your sr9.

  • wendell chenault

    Jay Welcome! You are looking at the exact same gun I looked at. All 3 are good great guns, so this is what I run up on in my selections.

    I too was a first time 9mm buyer. I wanted something safe, easy to use, nice looking, not too expensive, but reliable. I’ll try to keep this short.

    Ruger- nice looking ss/black gun. Fair price. Safeties/mag release on both sides for left or right hand. Felt great in my hand. I use a crossbread supertuck holster for CC. It will wear on the finish on the SR9 on the barrel. Limited accessories for the SR9. Grip will print if trying to CC if you ever plan on doing that. (My first buy)

    Springfield XD9- Love this gun! Felt great in my hand. I like the safeties this gun offers. Good price in my area. Not hard to break down and clean. Will print if CCing due to length of the grip. Accessories more available for this gun than the SR9. I am told that this finish will wear with the plastic holsters. (still may get one one day)

    My gun- Glock 19 not 17. I use this gun for CC in Crossbread holster and use it often. Grip is not as comfy as the XD9 or SR9 in my book. Easy to break down. Trigger safety only (external) mag release only on one side but this can be changed. Many accessories to be found, tough as nails and the finish will not wear, or mine hasn’t in the plastic holster. IF you CC later, this will probably be your gun. Good price.

    As for the coating on the OD color, my bet is it will wear in time if used in a holster like the Crossbread. If you want to CC later you may consider the SR9C. More the same size of the Golck 19.

    Hope this helps you and I haven’t confused you more. Good luck.

  • Eli

    Hi Jay and welcome. My opinion The sr9 and the glock are far superior to the xd9. I have 2 friends who own the xd. after firing and handling it. No i would not even look at a magazine add for them. I have never liked glock. Corvette Viper both very good cars but people will love one and hate the other. I would (and do, my primary ccw) bet my life on it. It eats anything i feed it and is easy to conceal. Far better than the glock. my 2 cents.
    now as for the finish. my sr9, lcp, and my ar-15, are constant companions. My sr9 and lcp see daily use. the lcp has signs of the bluing thining on all edges and a shiny spot where my in the waist holster rubs on the finish. the top of the chamber needs constant cleaning to keep rust away. due to moisture and oil from my hands and fingers. My sr9 is stainless steel. but yet you can see also were the holsters rub. i use galco sky ops in the waist and a galco belt with the cant cant remember what its calles. both pistols look as old as my p95 bought in 96. my ar is the same way. constant use, and abuse. my p95 is mainly a range gun. i dont use it anymore since i got my sr9.
    All this being said these 3 guns are my workhorse guns. Ruger makes a fine quality pistol. when you buy your sr9 youll see if you only use it at the range and clean it when fired and do prevenative maintenace when not in use, youll have a fine finish the life of the gun. If you use it as a working mule clean it and do prevenative maintenance as well youll see you still have an excellent finish with a working look. All firearms do this. even stainless steel will show blemishes in the skin with time. like women. young nice soft smooth clear skin, senior years a wrinkly with age spots.
    to answer your question (sorry so long winded) the finish will hold up. to normal wear and tear. just dont drag it behind your vehicle.

    hey wendell, more 2 cents. i have a 30 inch waist and i am able to coneal the sr9 no problem. Are you part of the hawaiin shirt mafia? I wear wrangler carpenter jeans waist 32. itw galco sky ops holster, tshirt to keep the gun off my oily sweaty skin, and button up shirts medium im 5,8 160 pounds with cars, sailboats, the hawaiin look stuff. I keep the bottom 2 or three buttons undone. the pistol is worn not directly on the lateral side of my hip but just laterally and to the rear. with the cant the safety and the loaded indicator make a staight line up and down and line up laterally to my hip. the pistol grip just pushes right above the illiac crest to the rear. only when i have to bend way over to pick up my kids does it imprint. if i use a belt holster galco with a cant as well do i use a photographer type vest. i try to stay away from the vest. it screams im carrying (only us and street wise crimimals would know), its 95 plus here in south texas. People just dont go to walmart and check out peoples waist and ankles to see if your packin heat. hell i dont go to the stores and check out peoples waists and ankles.
    when in shorts i use dark t shirts Prefeably black, size large. again with a bigger waist line. im 30 and buy 32. i have many more clothing matches dependeng on how im dressed. I have a collection of hoslters and clothing that just dont work. now i have become an artist at concealment. i am still learning. it is an art that is never mastered. i usually carry the sr9 and lcp. SKY OPS FOR THE GLOCK 19 AND THE COMMANDER FOR THE GLOCK 19 BOTH BY GALCO. these are the primary holsters that i use.

    well thats a mouthfull. I was never in Mega Force, im not a ninja, and im not a magazine whose articles are always on guns and equipment poor people like me can never buy. I compete with people that have 1000 dollar guns with trigger jobs and the whole nine yards, i use my sr9 and still come in top 5. usually 5th. Im not a range commando either. I use affordable quality stuff out of the box. i have no money for custom jobs or acogs(my bushnell has worked fine in the 3 years ive had it). I struggle to get gas bullets and entry fees together. i dont piss my money away i shoot it away. if i had a magazine you wouldnt find a kimber or acog within any of the pages. well i hope ive been more usefull to everyone and not come off an asshole.

    well enjoy your sr9 jay. the finish will be fine. its a ruger. hope i had helpful tips for you wendell.

    Im off to shoot.
    shoot lots and shoot often.

  • wendell chenault

    Eli, Liked your .02 cent reply. I have never shot the XD9, but love the way it feels and have had many folks tell me I need one because of its reliability. You seem to be more of an expert on that than I.

    We are alike in alot of ways, I shoot when I can and don’t have alot of money to just blow off……not with two teenaged girls. lol I am in one way opposite than you, I am 6’2″ 240 lbs and wear a 36 pant. Pants I carry with are 38s for inside the waist carry and no I can’t do a vest either. “Hey everybody, I’m a bad guy, don’t mess with me I have a gun!” Nah that’s not me either. I too have a LCP with wear in the same places as what you mentioned and I can carry my SR9 in the small of my back better than the Glock 19 because of the grip length. Now with my Crossbread in the 3:30 position the G 19 is not to be seen where the SR9 ON ME leaves a grip print. I do like to wear my shirts tucked but not tight and do also wear them untucked also. My SR9 is more for my home use and my LCP is with me always usually with the G19 in tow also. Even when riding my street bike I have one but mostly 2 guns with me. When I go to Colorado next month I will have two with me, just in case. i’m going to look at the holsters that you mentioned for the G19. Always need more than one. As for that G19, the only thing I would change on it is the grip. I got used to it but still like the SR9 grip better.

    Shoot alot and safely and don’t let the government EVER have your guns.

  • Jason

    “The sr9 and Glock are superior to the xd9″. Eli, what are you, some sort of certified expert on the xd?? I have a subcompact xd 40 caliber. I have owned the g23 and the sr9. With all due respect, your statement is beyond ridiculous. Each of these guns has its own merit and I believe they all excel in some areas and fail in others. You really diminish your credibility when you come on here and make such an idiotic statement like that.

    Glock? Proven reliability and accessories. Ruger? An excellent design in the grip and incorporating some 1911 features into the gun and 17+1 ain’t bad either. Springfield? Concealability and some 1911 features built in such as the beaver tail safety. Obviuosly you have not ben watching handguns on tv and seen the torture tests of a springfield. I do like the tenifer finish on the glock better than the xd and ruger.

    Drawbacks? Sr9 grip length and printing. Ruger has also had 2 major recalls on the sr9 and lcp. Nevermind the gritty as hell trigger pull on the sr9. Compare that trigerer pull with glock and springfield and you tell me what gun is superior. Glock? If someone wanted to, they could knock glock for a lack of an external safety (although that never bothered me) and they could knock it for its grip feel. Springfield, weight and some people could say the beaver tail safety may be overboard with the trigger safety in place.

    Next time why dont you stop and think about what you are writing before you throw away your credibility in one sentence. Geez.

  • Eli

    Jason, opinions are like assholes everybodys got one. Now the Corvette, Viper, Porche, mustang and camaro are all good cars. Many plusses and minuses. Many features and of course huge price differences. Ever see a moserati below 80,000? Guns are the same way. One could buy a LLama or buy a taurus, smith, dpms, keltec, kahr, astra, ruger, fnh, remington, walther, kimber, savage, new england, howa, norinco, and browning. I have my likes and dislikes and so does nancy down the street from me. I gave my reasons not just “because”.
    I also started by stating my opinion and ended with my 2 cents worth. Im lucky to get many oportunities to fire and handle many types of firearms as well so i get to test drive many. Even today i always learn something new. be wary of range commandos those who desire power, and those who say they know it all.
    with all of that said, ill take your two cents and your opinion and do with it what all people will do with it.

    Untill then came in third in my idpa shoot thursday. using of course my sr9. 3 gun shoot coming up first sunday in june. im saving my pennies for that one allready. Once again my sr9 will be on my side.

    im off to shoot (lots of 22 lately)
    shoot lots and shoot often

  • Jason

    Sorry Eli but based on your original post “I fired and handled it” to me is “because”. What did you do, fire 100 rounds and then come to some conclusion? Seriously, until you have carried one or felt how it rides and spent some serious time w the gun, your reasoning for dissing the gun is “just because”. I will tell you that out of 3 guns I mentioned, the g23 rode the best but had the worst grip. Opinions are exactly what you said they are, but unfounded ones are the worst.

  • Bob

    I like hearing different opinions on firearms and the reasons one likes or dislikes a certain pistol.
    I really don’t care for the personal attacks. Reply to the writer but don’t attack the person. That indicates you have no valid response so the only thing left is to call the person names. That needs to stop!

  • Rick Magalotti

    Regarding the statements of Eli and Jason, I appreciate the comments and opinions of the folks that frequent this website. It is the exchange of ideas and thoughts here that make this website a great forum on the SR9 and any other brand. If I want info on the SR9 and experiences with other brands, I come here.

    However, when I read a thread on this site, I do realize that each author endeavors to communicate factually and, also, at the same time are allowed to express their subjective views. One person’s likes and dislikes may differ from mine, but, I respect their thoughts and appreciate their comments. My final evaluation of anyone’s ideas rest within my own head. Even if an author does not preface an opinion as an opinion, I know one when I see one.

    As for me, I am quite satisfied with my SR9, Beretta 92FS, and Springfield XDm; each has its pluses and minuses; but, each is fun to shoot.

    • http://www.thefirearmblog.com Steve

      I am keeping an eye on this comment thread. Any personal attacks will be deleted.

  • Jason

    I will be the first to apologize for coming off a harsh, my fault. However, what burns me up more than anything is someone coming on a forum like this and purporting a myth that one of the 3 firearms discussed is superior to another. And no, its not because I own a Springfield, I have owned all 3 guns that Eli discussed and have enjoyed all 3 of them. As I have said, I believe that each gun has it own merits & its own drawbacks/downsides. I am hardly a firearm expert but nothing burns me up more than when I hear a line like I heard.

    I think what makes me laugh about this whole thing is this series of statements:

    1–“The sr9 and the glock are far superior to the xd9″

    and then I read this:

    2–“be wary of…..and those who say they know it all.”

    And as far as calling someone names, I have not called anyone a single name. Have I questioned their credibility based on an unfounded statement? Yes I have. If someone gives an opinion comparing likes/dislikes of features of a gun, I appreciate that because it gives me a perspective that I may not have seen with my own 2 eyes. But I can’t stand blanket statements like what was said with absolutely no reasoning or factual basis behind it.

    So with that said, I apologize to the forum and those here for coming across as harsh. Please accept this apology and let’s move on.

    Jason

  • Eli

    I dont need to park a ford mustang in my drive way and drive 10,000 miles to know i dont like mustangs. Same goes for the Raven (do they still make those?). If a buyer of a handgun is not comfortable with it on the show room floor, they are defineatly not going to be comfortable with it in conceal carry. That is not the handgun for them. I dont need to carry a Ruger P95 to know this is not the conceal carry gun for me. That is a just because reason. I just dont like the feel.
    Now the SR9, from the moment i saw it picked it up and handled it i knew that was the gun for me. I had never even shot with one and i purchased the first one i saw and held. I loved the gun and never fired a single round. 3000+ rounds later, and a box full of holsters (Wendell i went through a lot of holsters and asked a lot of people before finding what worked for me. Im jealous your going to colorado. thats where i was raised.) i wouldnt trade the sr9 for anything else. unless its the od green one.

    im off to shoot (22 again)
    shoot lots and shoot often

  • Jason

    Bob,

    For the record, I never called anyone a name. In fact, I have not even used profanity in any of my responses as Eli has. And I’m not personally attacking anyone. Just because I challenge a statement that someone made on here and hold their feet to the fire, does not mean I am personally attacking them. I am simply challenging them to back up their claim that the SR-9 and Glock is superior to the Springfield. If they are superior, explain it to us and tell us why you think that. I mean everyone on here has said they are here to gather information and learn from other users right? I mean, if the Springfield is so inferior to the Glock & SR-9, then let’s hear it so you can save other potential buyers of the Springfield the headache and agony of buying an inferior piece of equipment. No one is going to mind your reasons, just don’t put such an outrageous statement out there like that and then proceed to give no reason why you feel that way. I think most people would agree that opinions are fine but if you say something like “The Sr-9 and Glock is far superior to the Springfield” what led you to that conclusion? I mean something must have happened for you to form that opinion right? Well, let’s hear what happened and why you feel that way. Not just a blanket statement.

    I harbor no hard feelings toward anyone, we are talking about guns and it should be a fun experience but please, don’t regard my challenge as a personal attack and I would like to be advised where I specifically called Eli a name. Please point that out to me so that I won’t do it again. I apologize to the forum for coming across as a little brash but please don’t punish me for holding someone’s feet to the fire to back up their claim.

    Jason

  • Jason

    I guess I’m confused here.

    I don’t understand “it doesn’t feel good” = an inferior handgun. Does that mean that any gun that doesn’t “feel” good in my hand is therefore a piece of crap against something that does feel good in my hand??

  • Jay Zawerschnik

    Gang,

    Thanks for all the insight on the Ruger SR9. My Blk/SS version is going to be in on Tuesday. I would like to dry fire and do a final check of the trigger action. I have spent weeks on all the forums trying to decide on a first 9mm pistol. For a first gun I feel the SR9 fits most of my needs. Yes a Glock might be better for some but not for me. Have been a Ruger fan for years. I but want to support USA products!

    Jay

  • wendell chenault

    Jay, Congrads on the coming of your new SR9. I liked the blk/ss version also. Nice looking gun. As a mental note I THINK the gun may shoot alittle different during a dry fire than the real thing, but still you should get the idea of it all. Remember, most folks on here from the beginning said their guns jammed or something at first until it was shot a few times and cleaned/lubed. So with that being said don’t get a bad impression at first if it does that. Oh I can’t remember if you said you have shot much so again if it stovepipes (Shell don’t fully eject) you could have a limp wrist meaning you are allowing the recoil of the gun to kick up the front of gun and it helps cause the shell not to discharge. I’m sure you’ll get the hang of it in no time.

    The SR9 was perfect for me also as a first gun and with the extra safeties I used it to teach my wife and daughters how to shoot. I never thought I’d get a Glock because of the grip which I wish they would change to more like the 17 grip, but FOR ME, and since I CC a split second missing the safety could be bad news. I was afraid of it at first but I am comfortable with it now and can change from the G19 to my SR9 and still hit in a good group. Just takes some getting used to and knowing your guns.

    Well get that new toy Jay, go shoot a couple hundred rounds in it safely and get back on here and let us know what you think!!

    Shoot safe and often, even if it is a .22! wc

    PS Pastor Ted…..Colorado is getting some snow even now, ya think you could hold some of the bad weather back your way between June 19th and the 27th?? lol I may melt, I’m so sweet and my guns may not like the rain water or snow………. lol

  • Eli

    lol

    Well Jay congratulations! When you dry fire ensure that the magazine is in. If you dont the striker drags on the magazine release safety. It makes a big difference in trigger pull. You will see what i mean once you look at the botton of the slide. change the backstrap and see which grip feels best for you. it also makes a big difference. You got a sleek looking pistol too. Ive always wanted to buy the od green one but ive become attached to mine.

    Im sure youve read a mouthfull here. Ill continue to let you know how my sr9 performs, and keep an ear out for any new products for it. Id still like to get tritium sights for it. I use a laser light combo for it on the bedstand. Enjoy your new sr9.

    shoot lots and shoot often

  • Jay Zawerschnik

    Wendell and Eli,

    Thanks for all the information. I purchased my SR9 this AM. There sure is lots of grease in the action. I had them do a comparison with the XD9 and the spring looks stronger on the XD. Being a Ruger guy I went with the SR9. Your brain can go crazy with all the internet comments of good and bad. I just want to feel good with the purchase. Got it for $435 in WI. I would rather support USA than Croatia!

    Jay

  • Pastor Ted

    @jay: welcome to the sr9 family, jay! you got a great price on yours. i removed my magazine safety, allowing me to dry fire at will. the trigger is smoother with it removed.

    @wendell: i’m in ca, not co. regardless, i have no control over Management’s authority over the weather. ;p

  • Jason

    Jay,

    Congrats on the SR-9! Not a bad choice in WI since you guys can’t conceal carry there. The SR-9 is a great home defense gun but good luck finding accessories for it. Enjoy it man!

    Jason

  • Rick Magalotti

    Congrats Jay!
    You will like the SR9.
    Before you shoot, just clean and lube the gun and its mags.
    I didn’t clean and lube the first time I shot the gun and it did fail to eject about 6 times with its first 4 mags. However, after a clean and lube, no problems since.

  • Eli

    WOW JAY! Good price thats what i paid for mine in december 07!!!! I found my reciept doing spring cleaning. got my ar for 775 january 06. after the ban went away. the m4 style w/o 3 round burst of course. wow good price jay.
    defineatly clean all that grease in it. Have fun shooting :-D

    shoot lots and shoot often (even 22)

  • wendell chenault

    All right Jay!! Got that gun finally. Yeah, mine had tons of grease in it with tiny metal filings which now I understand why it felt the way it did. Sounds like you got a good price on it too. Your right, with all the info there is on the web, it can be confusing on which gun to get, but remember everyone is wired different and has different likes and dislikes, along with different physical makeups, so always get what feels good to YOU. Now stock up on your ammo while you can, shoot as often as you can and enjoy ypur purchase. Look forward to hearing about you first shoot.

    Wendell

  • Pastor Ted

    hey jay,

    if you need holster suggestions, there are lots of good ones available, iwb, owb, shoulder…and the picatinny rail accepts every standard accessory.

    certainly the non-u.s. made glock has more accessories, but the sr9 has plenty to choose from.

    thanks for buying u.s.!
    ted

  • wendell chenault

    Hey Bro Ted, lol I know your in Californiee but I wanted you to keep the bad weather there and not let it get to Colorado. Some folks are concerned about me, the ole “flatlander” riding to Colorado by myself on a motorcycle and dealing with the wind and stuff. I’ve been riding for almost 40 years and this isn’t my first rodeo. Cautious but not overly concerned about the wind or being by myself out on the road. I’ll have 3 friends with me, God, Mr Glock and Miss Ruger LCP. lol Prayers are welcome anytime though…… Oh, Brother SR9 will be at home guarding my family.

  • Pastor Ted

    ah, i see.
    praying for your ride to be safe and swift.

  • Eli

    wendell have fun in colorado. i grew up in fort collins. have a fun safe trip. looks like you have good company too.
    i wont be doing the idpa matches this week or next. i need to save money for the 3 gun match. its 100 total each trip, so the gas becomes an expense as well. so no shots fired with the sr9 for a while.
    jay let us know how you like the sr9.

    shoot lots shoot often
    eli

  • wendell chenault

    Pastor Ted, Pray for safe but not too swift, I want this trip to last as long as possible. Remember keep the rain over your way for a few days. Thanks!

    Eli, Thank you also for the well wishes. Mr Glock, Miss LCP and I will be just fine. I had forgotten a customer of mine shoots at those meets and he said he would invite me to one. Haven’t been yet. Like you I would probably shoot my SR9 because I have shot it more and right now I am more accurate with it than the Glock but it is close. Too bad ammo is so high along with everything else, can’t just go shoot all the time. I usually shoot my Ruger .22 the most.

    Have a great day folks!

  • Jay Zawerschnik

    SR9 Gang,

    Picked up the Blk/SS SR9 today. Added the Hogue grip and it fits real nice. I noticed a new “D’ shaped magazine release. My gun was tested on 5/4 so it must be a new style. Cleaned the gun but never was successful at getting the stricker fire pin assembly out. My gun never would stay locked as the Ruger video suggests. Any info would be appreciated.

    Jay

  • Pastor Ted

    @wendell: will do.

    @jay: detailed videos posted here:

    http://www.rugerforum.com/phpBB/viewtopic.php?t=52057

  • Eli

    Jay, good videos from pastor ted. check them out. I saw all of them and they are very informative. Yea the “D” shaped magazine release is something new. How do you like it? I purchased mine in 07 so i went through the recall and everything. A debate that will never be settled, i like the magazine disconect. Lots of people at the matches hate them. Good luck with the videos. have fun with you new SR9:-)

    Wendell Ive been shooting lots of 22 lately. I sold my remington 597 and got a conversion for my ar. You better clean really well after shooting 22 through the ar and fire 2 rounds of 556/223 to ensure you get the lead out of the gas tube. its fun as can be but the lead wow, it gets everywhere. im using 32gr hp copper plated winchester. i tried 8 different brands and it worked the best for me. Unfortuneatly i only get to shoot with my sr9 at the pistol matches. we all feel the ammo prices. Im better off wishing for transporter beams but it would be nice to see a 22 conversion for the sr9. Wendell is that a Ruger 22 rfle or pistol?
    I didnt go the match last night and i wont be going to the pistol match next thursday as well because of ammo prices. i have to save up for the 3 gun match. i need rifle shotgun and pistol ammo. about 50 rounds each. so ive got to save the pennies for now. and i wont dip into my surplus.

    have a good weekend to all
    shoot lots shoot often (maybe shoot when you can afford it?)
    Eli

  • Jay Zawerschnik

    Did some homework on the take down of the gun. I have cleaned everything and now ready for the range on Saturday. The SR9 is a breeze compared to my new Ruger MKIII Hunter. Bought some Federal 115 Grain FMJ RN to test at the range. For under $10 you can’t go wrong. I was at Cabela’s today looking at ammo and it’s a United Nations on who makes some of this stuff. Want the stuff made in Anoka, MN!

  • Pastor Ted

    eli, i hear you about the cost of ammunition.

    for .22lr, i shoot federal from http://www.cabelas.com. they sell it in bulk, 2100 rds for $79.99 (on sale, usually $84.99). last week they had a $5 shipping coupon too. comes to less than 4¢ a rd.

    i have a ruger 22/45 bull barrel, it’s a wonderful firearm.

    for 9mm, i buy from bvac.com using a military discount. 1000 rds for $197, including s/h, each round 20¢.

  • Jay Zawerschnik

    Eli,

    The “D” shape release has a nice feel to it. Don’t think its a show stopper. As for .22 I have been purchasing 1000 rounds per month. For awhile in WI is was hard to find. To the point at my local Walmart that the local police dept cleared the shelves to practice with. Now they have dropped the limit of ammo purchases.

  • Pastor Ted

    woops, that should have been http://www.bvac-ammo.com

  • wendell chenault

    Good morning all! Eli, I have a rifle and pistol. The pistol is a Ruger, now talking about a accurate little gun! Some of my friend s of mine and I usually go snake hunting on my Ranger about this time of year on the deer lease. If you can hold a bead on a snake then you’ll hit him with that gun. I tried snake hunting with my SR9 a couple of time and did ok but every time you shoot you think ka-ching$, ka-ching$. I need to “gather” some more ammo. I currently have my “stach” of several different sizes of ammo for my rifles, pistols and shot guns. Some folks refer to their stach as their Obama Stach, kinda like people thinking he has a stach of his own money that he is giving to everyone in these so called bail outs……….yeah right… Well that is another blog… lol

    Have a good day!

  • Jay Zawerschnik

    SR9 Gang,

    Did my first range test on Saturday. The gun was right on out of the box. Shot only 50 rounds but did finally get the feel for the trigger. I have the bug for 9mm so looking into reloading equipment as I like the bang from the 9mm more than the .22. Have the cleaning all figured out thanks to the video site. Thanks Paster Ted!

  • Pastor Ted

    @eli: i hear you about the cost. i shoot .22lr’s way more now too.

    @wendell: got my stash too, especially if ca doesn’t repeal that unconstitutional law. it takes effect in february of next year, i’ve been buying ammo like crazy.

    @jay: you’re welcome! i only wish those videos were available when i first bought my sr9. ;p

  • Socalgal

    Hi Everyone!!!

    Hope you are all well and enjoying your SR9s. I hadn’t been able to get to the range lately – life gets in the way sometimes. But I can happily report that after a second cleaning/oiling, my SR9 worked great at the range Sat. night. I used Remington ammo, but still seem to prefer the Federal – as long as it’s American made.

    My BF bought me a holster – It’s a blackhawk. Seems to work pretty well for an inexpensive holster.

  • wendell chenault

    That’s great! You have learned quicker than some on here that a clean, lubed gun is a happy gun.

  • Eli

    hi socagal,
    happy to see your enjoying your sr9. im intrigued to see your sr9 prefers ammo. mine eats anything i give it. i only shoot as far as 7 to 10 meters though. i havent benched it beyond that. i do a lot of idpa and a lot of ammo acts the same at such close distances for me. youve got a lucky bf to have buying holsters for you. id like to have a gf to buy holsters for.

    for everyone else i think youll like this report for your sr9. caught in a downpour today with my uncle out in the boondocks. i was with a 22 conversion kit with my ar and had the sr9 as backup (as always). well the rain went to the crack of our asses. (we where wet!!). well the ar conversion worked really well, and so did the sr9. i used winchester bulk from the 100 pack at walmart to shoot. took out the federal hydrashock. and it worked great!! put the hydra shhock in a dry place and fired the winchester in the best part of the storm. couldnt see our tree stump with the rain but the sr9 fired flawlessly! the ar conversion kit gummed up but the sr9 was perfect!!! i think the ar would have done really well if it was shooting its 556 rounds. did not shoot the hydra shock in the rain. its personal defense ammo and expensive. fired 56 wallyworld rounds with no malfunctions!

    im at home now ive cleaned the sr9 and have to watch for rust in the lower reciever area. id like to take it apart and clean it but with all the springs am not so confident. ive just sprayed it down really well with remington oil. ill let you all know how it goes. ive got lots of qtips. an unintentional rain test.
    have fun with the sr9 socagal. ill be back to let you all know how the rust does or doesnt form.

    shoot lots and shoot often(i shoot lots of 22 lately)
    eli

  • Pastor Ted

    hello sr9 friends,

    been shooting .22lr’s by the 100’s ($4/hundred), and only one mag of 9mm out of my sr9 and kahr pm9 each time i go to the range.

    @socalgal: strange, my sr9 shoots anything too, like eli (federal, independence, winchester, remington, bvac, fiocchi, etc.). you’re blessed to have that bf. :)

    @eli: nice to know that the sr9 shoots well in rain.

    uphold 2nd amendment rights in your state. they’re eroding in california.

    p. ted

  • Jay Zawerschnik

    SR9 Gang,

    Been shooting the new SR9 on a weekly basis. The gun is working out just fine. I have started to look at reloading 9mm and stopped at Lee the other day to look at presses. Lee is built in WI and offers a Turret model. Any of you do any reloading?

    Jay

  • Eli

    sr9 fans,
    watch the inside of the magazine wall if wet. the springs held up pretty well no rust. i think because i cleaned everything as soon as i came home. rain at 5 home by 9. im still watching the lower receiver area. im paranoid of rust. but the sr9 is doing good so far. a test i never would have done wiilingly with my own gun.

    Jay i did reloading in the 90s. with an inexpensive 100$ lee press. it was single stage. always had to change out parts for different stages and the powder was dumped by volume not weight. it worked great for bulk shooting. regreteably i sold it. my friend has a rcbs but it has all the bells and whistles so i cant compare the 2 here.

    sorry to here about california pastor ted. im in texas and with the proper paper work, supressors can be purchased. i imagine 85 percent of what i have is illeagal in california. come to texas!

    im off to shoot with the 22 conversion for the ar. shoot 3 556 rounds thruough it when done with the 22. takes out all the lead.

    shoot lots and shoot often(22 still keeps up basic skills)
    eli

  • Socalgal

    Hi Eli and Pastor Ted and everyone else.

    I can’t explain the ammo thing, but both my bf and I have noticed some differences in ammo when shooting. He has a Glock 17, Ruger Mark II and a .45 cal (not sure which make). But in all cases we’ve seen more instances of failure to eject when using some of the foreign ammo – like the stuff made in Bulgaria, etc…

    It was good to get out shooting again but unfortunately it will be my last opportunity for a while = I’m getting sent to Louisiana for the oil spill for a couple of weeks.

    Yes, a clean, well oiled gun is next to godliness LOL At least that is what has been drummed into me by both my bf and my shooting instructor.

  • Pastor Ted

    hi socalgal,

    the brands i mentioned, afaik, are all u.s. made (even fiocchi). i don’t shoot the foreign made brands. i tried wolf one time, it shot well, but it was incredibly dirty.

    thanks for serving our nation. is this through work, or nat’l guard?

    blessings to you,
    p. ted

  • Eli

    well
    had the 3 gun match today. the sr9 shot really well with the steel plates. i was even congratulated for it as a matter of fact. 115 gr. blazer brass.
    well now if you ever dont want me to hit a target give me a shotgun:-(
    i was competitive with rifle. so that was good.
    what was even better is that i was able to put 50 rounds in only 3 magazines!!
    the sr9 and ar came in zero malfunctions. so far so good. now i need shotgun classes.

    shoot lots shoot often
    eli

  • Socalgal

    Hi pastor ted –

    My deployment is through work – I work for US Fish and Wildlife Service. Lots of oiled wildlife. I’m a Public Affairs Officer so I will be coordinating media coverage, groundtruthing facts and figures, etc… 15 hour days but some of my coworkers are doing some really unpleasant stuff and working their hearts out. A little inconvenience but in the grand scheme not a drop in the bucket. feel awful for the people of the Gulf Coast. What a nightmare for them.

    The local shooting range here won’t even let Wolf ammo be shot in their facility. I might try some other US brands but it’s actually pretty tough to find ammo sometimes out here in California. you get what they have in stock and sometimes there are only 1 or 2 choices for American made ammo.

    glad to hear the SR9 can take a little rain Eli. But I’ll try and save myself the real life test. LOL

  • Jim Romeo

    Hi all. I’m new here. Been reading some of what you have written. And, yes, I bought an SR9 in green/black. Haven’t fired it as yet…been raining quite a bit here near Portland. I have quite a few 9mms, even a Ruger P89. I really like this pistol though. I may be selling a few of my other guns and settling on this one. A friend had a Glock 19 he let me shoot, but I just didn’t care for it. I didn’t even like my 1911. My first Ruger was a 4″ Security Six .357. Tough gun! But, I liked the S&W 686 better and have it under my bed.
    Nice to meet all of you, and I’ll let you know how my first time with the SR9 goes. I may even make it my carry weapon, as I have a holster for it.

  • Rick Magalotti

    Hi Jim,
    Welcome to the forum.
    You may have already noticed, but it is a good idea to clean and lube your new SR9 and the mags before your first shoot. I didn’t and had about 6 stovepipes/fail to ejects in the first 40 rounds. After cleaning and lubing, I have had 0 failures.

  • Eli

    Hello Jim,
    Congratulations on your purchase! Its good to see more people enjoy the sr9. Nice choice of colors too. You have a good sampling in firearms and the sr9 may become your new favorite. My next investment is a surefire laser light combo with holster for the sr9. The sr9 is my primary ccw and i have several holsters depending on how im dressed.
    Congrats on your purchase and have fun with it.

    shoot lots shoot often
    eli

  • Eli

    hello all,
    i hope jim and socalgal that you are enjoying your new sr9s. i havent done any shooting since the 3 gun match. so ive got nothing new for the sr9 performance. i wish my lcp could hold up as well. the sweat from conceal cary is wreaking havoc on the bluing. constant battle with rust. the sr9 still holding strong. ive done a lot of 22 shooting with the ar. just shoot 2 or 3 rounds of ar ammo when done. youve got to get the lead out. a little extra money and ill be back out at the idpa matches with the sr9 again. ill let you know. enjoy the summer. im keeping an eye on amy. im the very souther tip of texas.

    shoot lots shoot often
    eli

  • wendell chenault

    Eli,
    You and I are having the same problems. My SR9 is doing well so no I don’t have anything else to report there either….wish I could report a new CT laser sight but oh well. I just got back yesterday from my trip to Colorado on my Goldwing (3968 miles) and I did carry my LCP but not the SR9. I cleaned and oiled the LCP before I left but after riding 900 miles in 14 hours in 102 degree heat of which I did sweat, I too experienced some rust on the very end of the gun. It came off easily when cleaned and oiled thank goodness. My question is to everyone has anyone experienced any rust on their SR9 while carrying in the summer heat? I haven’t I guess because I don’t carry it much in the summer. I did have my G19 in a Crossbread Supertuck holster and it is doing just fine. If you did get rust on the SR9 what kind of holster where you using or where you carrying it in the small of your back against your skin? What holster seems to do good in the souths heat and humidity and what do most of you do to prevent this from happening?

    Pastor Ted, You did a fine job on holding back the rain in Kalifornie because I only had a few drops hit me early this past Sat morning as I left Durango, Colorado. They do need some rain now because there were fires everywhere when I was there.

    While in Colorado at some families house my cousins did say that they had friends who had SR9’s and had had the same problem that we have all had so I guess it IS pretty typical with this gun although everyone like us have worked out the