Ruger Introduces New Carry Pistols – The MAX-9

Matthew Moss
by Matthew Moss
Ruger MAX-9 (Ruger)

Ruger have introduced a new micro-compact carry pistol – the Ruger MAX-9. with a 3.2in barrel, a weight of 18.4 ounces and a standard capacity of the 12+1 it is firmly aimed at the EDC market to compete with pistols like SIG Sauer’s P365 series and Springfield Armory’s Hellcat.

The MAX-9 comes with a standard Tritium Fiber Optic front sight and an optic ready cut slide for red dots as standard and the new pistols have a manual frame-mounted, low profile safety while the Pro model can be purchased without. All models of the pistol have an MSRP of $499.

Ruger MAX-9 & MAX-9 Pro (Ruger)

Here’s what Ruger have to say about the MAX-9:

Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE: RGR) is excited to introduce the MAX-9™ – a pistol with all the features of a full-sized handgun in a size that is comfortable for everyday carry. Chambered in 9mm Luger, the Ruger® MAX-9 has an impressive 12+1 capacity. It measures just 6″ long, has a slide width of less than 1″, weighs 18.4 ounces, and is equipped with a 3.2″ barrel. This micro-sized pistol fits comfortably in an inside the waistband holster or pocket holster, or conveniently in a concealed carry purse.

The MAX-9 features a tritium fiber optic day/night front sight that adapts to a variety of light conditions, and comes optic ready for direct mounting of co-witnessed JPoint™ and Shield-pattern micro red dot sights. The 10-round magazines fit into a comfortably sized, medium-textured grip and 12-round magazines not only provide additional capacity, but also increase the surface area of the grip. Standard models are available with an ergonomic and intuitive thumb safety that operates similarly to those found on 1911-style pistols, and Pro models are available without the external manual safety lever. All models feature an integrated trigger safety and a loaded chamber viewport that provides visual indication of a cartridge in the chamber.

“The Ruger MAX-9 is a game changer,” said Ruger President and CEO Chris Killoy. “With industry-leading features at a highly competitive price, this American-made handgun will provide a versatile option for consumers looking for a superior offering in the popular micro-compact market.”

Like many Ruger pistols, this striker-fired pistol is built on a precision-machined, rigid aluminum fire control chassis and fitted with a durable, through-hardened steel slide and accurate hammer-forged barrel. The MAX-9 ships with two E-Nickel Teflon® coated magazines: either one 12- and one 10-round, or two 10-round magazines.

Ruger MAX-9 (Ruger)

Ruger MAX-9 Specs:

  • Capacity: 12+1
  • Slide Material: Through-Hardened Alloy Steel
  • Slide Finish: Black Oxide
  • Slide Width: 0.95″
  • Safety Option: Standard Model – With External Manual Safety Lever
  • Grip Frame: : High-Performance, Glass-Filled Nylon
  • Feature: Optic Ready
  • Barrel Material: Alloy Steel
  • Barrel Finish: Black Oxide
  • Barrel Length: 3.20″
  • Front Sight: Tritium Fiber Optic
  • Rear Sight: Drift Adjustable
  • Magazines Included: One 12-Round and One 10-Round
  • Overall Length: 6″
  • Weight: 18.4 oz.
  • Height: 4.52″
  • Grooves: 6
  • Twist: 1:10″ RH
Ruger MAX-9 (Ruger)

Check out Ruger’s website for more information and a video giving the rundown on the new pistol here.

In the market for a new small but potent carry pistol could the MAX-9 be the handy EDC for you? Let us know in the comments.

Matthew Moss
Matthew Moss

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  • Ozzallos . Ozzallos . on Mar 17, 2021

    Not to rain on your parade, but you'll never see that price point in the current political environment.

  • Aim right Idaho Aim right Idaho on Mar 19, 2021

    I like Ruger. I like micros. I'll be giving this a good look. I already carry a LC9S most of the time anyway, so this interests me. I don't think it's pretty. Sigs have them all beat on that. But you don't shoot pretty, so that's secondary to me.