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Ruger finally entered the striker fired pistols markit with the SR9. I love Ruger products and I have been hoping they would introduce a gun like this for the last year. I am going to wait a year before buying though so they get all the bugs worked out. Anyway here is some info on it:

Caliber: 9mm Parabellum (9mm x 19)
Capacity: 17+1, 10+1
Barrel: 4.125’’ Stainless Steel Weight: 26.5 oz. (w/empty
magazine)
Overall Length: 7.55’’
Overall Height: 5.52’’
Overall Width: 1.27’’ (over safety thumb levers)
Trigger Pull Weight: 6.5 lbs.
Trigger Pull Length: .48’’
Slide Finish: Brushed Stainless
Slide Material: Through-Hardened Stainless Steel
Frame Material: High Performance Glass-Filled Nylon
Comes with black polyethylene, blow-molded case; instruction manual; external locking device; and two magazines.

Ruger Web Page:
http://ruger.com/SR9/#

MICHAEL BANE’s Impressions of the SR9

Ruger provided a very exclusive group of firearms experts with more than 50 of the SR9s on a private range in Arizona. In the course of many thousands of rounds fires that afternoon, I saw only two stoppages â€" both failures of the slide to fully close (solved by a “tap†and both coming late in the afternoon. That is reliability â€" something Ruger has always delivered in spades.

Here are my first impressions of the gun:

• The ergonomics are outstanding. The gun is very slim…something I am a huge proponent of in a gun you’re going to carry. The flat grip configuration especially works well with my girlie-man hands.

• The SR9 “shoots light.†Of course, most striker-fired 9mms shoot light, thanks to an enhanced focus on ergonomics, but the SR9 is exceptional in that arena. This is a gun that made it easy for us to keep running 9mm ball through it all day.

• Two big ole thumbs up for the manual safety! I am a huge fan of manual safties. That’s because twice in my life I have looked at a living human being over a set of gun sights, and I have first-hand knowledge of the physiological changes to the person holding the gun. A real plus is a manual safety that mimics the 1911 safety…John Browning, in fact, knew what he was doing.

• The new SR9 fits an existing Glock holster. Smart…very smart! Even my beagle Alf has a Glock holster.

• The sights are excellent. I heard no complaints about the proprietary Ruger front and rear sights. Good clean sight picture; 3 dots on the rear, which I can either take or leave; a night sight option (of course). If I was going to campaign the gun â€" which I just might â€" my inclination would be to go to Heinie Straight-Eights, which I’m sure will be quickly available for the SR9.

• The trigger pull is exceptional for a striker-fired gun. I tried as many of the test guns as I could, and all of them fell in the what I think of as a “comfortable†range. My current thinking on triggers is that we as alleged experts have put far too much emphasis on the trigger pull weight, which is really not nearly as important as our ability to pull said trigger. Suffice to say competition ace and regular Michael Bane Blog commenter Patrick Sweeney was running some super fast runs with the SR9 on steel after only one magazine of warm-up.

• Disassembly is a cakewalk. Sadly, no one at Ruger has any idea whether the SR9 is dishwasher safe or not, a stunning lack of testing, if you ask me. Also, it doesn’t come in colors.

• The magazine release is too stiff. I was at the factory while the Powers-That-Be at Ruger made the modifications on the production models. I’m looking forward to getting my T&E gun next week, so I’ll make sure the changes have been made.

• It’s an intelligent platform for the next steps. Although Ruger execs declined to comment, of course a compact and additional calibers are in the design pipeline. With the manual safety and the super slim outline, a compact version of the SR9 has the potential to be a true category killer of a carry gun!

• The price structure is “aggressive.†Means the SR9 will be less expensive that its competition.

OVERALL VERDICT â€" The relatively new management team at Ruger has a stone hit on on their hands, and the polymer-frame striker-fired pistol market has been turned on its head. Can’t wait to take this one through GUNSITE!
I need one!!!!!
 

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Oh my, I am a huge Ruger nut as well and I need to add this to my collection ASAP! She's a real sweetie that will fit anyones collection nicely.
 

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Oh my, I am a huge Ruger nut as well and I need to add this to my collection ASAP! She's a real sweetie that will fit anyones collection nicely.
I am a big Ruger nut too, but I would wait until they get the bugs worked out. Remember what happen with the P345 when first released.
 

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Gotta agree with hipoint.nut on the new Ruger. Wait and see how the first one's do for about a year or so, then after all the bug fixes are implemented make the investment. That's what I did with my Taurus PT111 Millennium Pro and extremely happy that i waited.

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Its about time! I love Rugers too. They know how to make a great American Made firearm. Will be keeping an eye on this one...

Thanks for the info.
 

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sounds interesting, certainly worth lkeeping any eye on. I like the idea of waiting till the bugs get worked out. I use that theory for buying technology.
 

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For some things I'm not against waiting, mostly because when something is that new I can't afford it yet anyhow, lol. But in the case of this Ruger I'd not wait. Matter of fact if I had permission and money to buy one I think I could outrun someone in their car driving to get one! Maybe I'm naive but I trust Ruger would take care of something that was a design flaw on a brand new gun. If not, well. I'd still have one of these new honeys. :twisted:
 
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