Ruger Security 9 Review: Can a $300 Full Size 9mm be Any Good?

James Reeves
by James Reeves

In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves reviews the new Ruger Security-9 pistol, a $300 (street price) handgun designed for those shooters who want a fullsize 9mm…for $300. Is this a budget 9 worth owning or just a bust? James tells you in today’s episode.

The Firearm Blog’s managing editor, Pete, reported the following release on December 27, 2017:

“Shooters looking for a capable, feature-rich polymer pistol with a value price point could be in luck. Ruger just announced the release of the Security-9 – an internal hammer-fired pistol with a manual safety and a fire control system with roots back to the LCP line of pistols. But, with only a cursory glance available to us at the moment, the most striking feature appears to be the price. With an MSRP of $379, we have a realistic chance at seeing the Security-9 break the $300 mark when it finally lands on local store shelves.

Besides the below spec sheets, real-world details on the Security-9 are still a bit slim. Even though there are two new models in the line, the only difference appears to be a 15+1 magazine configuration vs a 10+1 setup for restricted states.

Of course, Ruger’s new offering is only available in the king (and current reigning champion) of the caliber wars: 9mm.”


-Compact for easy concealment, the mid-sized Security-9® is designed to fit a variety of available holsters and concealed carry options.
-Rugged construction with blued, through-hardened alloy steel slide and barrel and high-performance, glass-filled nylon grip frame.
-Precision machined, hard coated aluminum chassis with full-length guide rails.
-The Secure-Action used in the LCP® II and Security-9® is derived from the reliable and proven hammer-fired LCP® fire control system. The Secure-Action combines the smooth trigger pull of the LCP® with the short, crisp feel and positive reset of a single action.
-Textured grip frame provides a secure and comfortable grip.
Dovetailed, high-visibility sight system with drift adjustable rear sight and fixed front sight. Sights can be easily changed out for different color options (available separately).
-Internal, Secure-Action hammer provides strong ignition force yet allows for easier slide racking when compared with many striker-fired pistols. Front cocking serrations enable positive slide manipulation.
-Safety features include bladed trigger safety; neutrally balanced sear with significant engagement and strong spring tension; and hammer catch to help prevent the hammer from contacting the firing pin unless the trigger is pulled.
-Safe, easy takedown with no special tools or trigger pull.
Also includes: two alloy steel magazines

MSRP: $379

– Ruger Security-9


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James Reeves
James Reeves

Owner, Neutral Ground Gun Co. NRA/Louisiana State Police certified concealed weapons instructor, 2012-present Maxim Magazine's MAXIMum Warrior, 2011 TFBTV Executive Producer Champion, Key West Cinco De Mayo Taco Eating Competition Lawyer Instagram: gunshorts Twitter: @jjreeves

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  • Curtis_15 Curtis_15 on Apr 17, 2018

    Looks like it would be a good replacement for my P89. If I can ever wear it out that is. But the ambidextrous features of my P89 really appeal to me since I was born a lefty but learned to live in a right world. I was taught to shoot right handed. But I still practice shooting lefty.
    No telling how many boxes of rounds that old Ruger has gone through since 1978.
    I do carry an LC9 when I need a pocket pistol, so having an upscale version wouldn't be a negative. And I do have a few polymers, but none are for leftys. Unless you count the no safety polymers left hand capable.

  • American Patriot American Patriot on Apr 17, 2018

    Is there a reason you didn't fill the mags to capacity?