That's the question I asked myself about the Ruger SR9. Luckily, I had the opportunity to shoot one before I bought one and I really liked it. Now with the SR9c available, I was torn between the two. After critical review, and input from my wife, we went with the full-sized SR9. I initially bought the pistol for IDPA and target shooting with little intent in carrying. Now that I've put it though the ringer, I kind of wish I had bought the SR9c. I'd like to carry this puppy. Kind of. Plus, with the extended magazine, it can "act" as a full-sized shooter from time-to-time, even though the SR9c has a slightly shorter barrel.
Now that the gun has over 500 rounds though it I feel like I can write a solid review on the product To put it simply, the Ruger SR9 is a solid performer. Watch the embedded YouTube video and you'll see my buddy Doug shoot an amazing group from 15-feet...the first time he picked it up!
Let's start with the trigger. When you pick up an SR9 at the store, the first thing that will make you furrow your brow is the trigger. Unlike most pistols, but like the Glock, the trigger doesn't rebound after you pull it unless the slide is activated. Once the slide is activated, the trigger pops forward. When dry-firing the gun, you'll notice this instantly. It's odd as hell. But in practice, the slide blows back, resetting the trigger, so you don't notice.
Another thing you'll notice is how crisp the trigger breaks. It's amazing. It's obvious that Ruger reverse engineered the Glock trigger but made enough changes to keep the patent police away. The one thing that isn't Glock-like is the trigger weight. It's definitely heavier. So, to remedy that, I installed a Ghost Ultimate 3.5 lb. trigger bar reset on mine. Even for me (no smithing experience), the trigger job was really easy and I highly recommend this set. I searched for a YouTube video that showed how and followed the instructions. It was easy. After installation, I dropped in a snap cap and dry-fired it a few times, initially disappointed in the change. But after 200 rounds at the range, it's definitely 4.5 lbs or less. Notice in the YouTube video, the light trigger catches Doug off guard at one point and results in an inadvertent follow-up shot and a one o'clock flier in his otherwise fantastic standing, freehand group at 15 feet.
The next modification I made was to remove the magazine disconnect. The magazine disconnect renders gun unusable when the magazine is removed. I don't like that feature, so I disabled the disabling. That too was super easy. I followed a simple, and well done, YouTube video (Click here to see it). Just bear out the guy's initial crude comment, geez.
Another modification that can be done is removing the loaded chamber indicator. Galloway Precision makes a kit that allows you to remove the indicator and replace it with a black or silver blank. Even though the LCI looks like a shark fin when a round is in the chamber, I'm not removing mine. I like that added level of awareness and since I removed the magazine disconnect, it seems logical for me to know when a live round is in the chamber. If this were an SR9c and I was carrying it? I'd have made the modification.
As for shooting? Sweet. The SR9 is very accurate, reliable and shoots like a dream. It's easy to quickly get the gun on target and keep it there through 18-rounds of fire. The gun is ergonomically sound, the sights are easy to acquire and with the Ghost Ultimate installed, the trigger is a dream.
The fourth time to the range, my friend Brian was shooting it and got a failure to feed. I wasn't watching him shoot so I don't know if it was a limp wrist issue, bad ammo or the gun itself. But it happened once in the first 500 rounds. I think that's acceptable at this point. If it keeps happening, I'll be worried. But for now, I'm not concerned.
Since this isn't a concealed carry gun, I added a Hogue Handall grip sleeve to it and it makes it even better. Without the grip sleeve, the gun is comfortable and easy to control, the grip sleeve just makes it all the better without being too thick.
But overall, I'm really glad I bought it and I can tell you, that this gun will get shot on a regular basis. I have a feeling it will push my S&W M&P 9mm to the back of the safe.
I plan on taking it to a practical pistol event soon and I'll let you know how it goes. As you know from reading this blog, I'm not an expert marksman so I need every advantage I can get when the clock is ticking and points are being scored.
Like I do with lots of my reviews, I'll post updates are more rounds are fired.
I've been reading and viewing material about cutting 1.5 coils off of the firing pin spring. I've been a little afraid to try it but figured, what the heck, and did it. The Ghost Trigger Bar Reset gave me about 4.5 lbs on a digital trigger pull device and after cutting the spring, the trigger feels even lighter. I have not measured the pull with a measuring device but it's lighter for sure. The next question was, will the mod prevent the gun from firing. Answer: No, it works perfectly. I've gone from liking my Ruger SR9 to absolutely loving it.
From RUGER FORUM:
Here's an easy way to lower the trigger pull on the SR9 if you want to (i learned this trick off of another forum and thought i'd share it, 'cause it works!). it's easy, i'm no gunsmith, but the effect is dramatic... mine went from around a 7+lb pull to around a 4.5lb now, it's clicking sweet, and after hundreds of rounds since, just as reliable as stock out of the box.
(1) take out the striker assembly like you would to remove the magazine disconnect safety.
(2) you'll notice the striker spring... that's what you're after.
(3) either take out the little cross pin to free the striker spring, or as in my case, you can leave the spring on and take apart nothing else (as long as you have a skinny nose, sharp as hell, pair of wire clippers like I had handy...).
(4) clip off only 1 or just a half of a coil off of the striker spring, then reassemble the pistol and try it out with some dry-firing to feel where you're at. after clipping 1 whole coil i recommend clipping more if needed in only half coil increments, reassembling each time to feel the effects... i think i took off maybe 2 and half coils and my trigger pull is at about 4.5-5lbs...
...seems the striker spring in the SR9 is more robust then it needs to be in order to have enough punch to effectively and reliably strike and ignite the primer on a chambered round (compared to a glock or m&p, etc. for comparison), so what you are doing is removing some of the "stacking" weight, while preserving enough spring for the gun to function reliably...
as i said earlier, the effect is dramatic, if you do it right you'll be psyched!
when i get a "just in case" replacement spring from ruger, i'm going to explore the limits of how light i can drop the pull weight without affecting reliable function... for now, it's awesome, and way way better than stock.
Video How To here: