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Old December 11th, 2010, 01:50 PM   #1
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Ruger SR9 Reliability?

I made this video for my own edification, but I figure the SR9 community would appreciate the spirit of why I dropped a perfectly good Ruger SR9 into the mud and then shot it.

This idea came about from reading some bad press about the Ruger SR9 in the forums and some websites. There was a video or two about the Ruger SR9 not being able to function properly in the real world, and would malfunction. The videos I watched were not cut and dry and showed a lot of operator error, which was probably the cause of every malfunction. To that end, I decided that I'd find a nice raining day in which to drop my SR9 in the mud and fire it without so much as wiping it off. This video shows a Ruger SR9 with the slide locked open, dropped into a mud puddle with a magazine (loaded with 10 rounds) dropped in right after. As you can see in the video, the only thing I did to the gun after I picked it up was shake it off a bit before loading the filthy magazine in and firing all the catridges without a single hiccup. Think a little dust can stop a SR9? Try mud!

Oh yeah, the woman screaming at me was my wife, who was none too happy about me dropping my gun into the mud like that. If you listen closely, you can hear her say, "If you have to spend a dollar to make that thing work again, you're sleeping outside."

Looks like I'm sleeping inside tonight.





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Old December 11th, 2010, 02:07 PM   #2
 
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Great video, keep them coming. I'll watch everyone of them.
Congrats on being allowed to sleep in your own bed.
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Old December 11th, 2010, 03:31 PM   #3
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Thanks Tony. I put an update to this video with still pictures, so I'll post them here as well. The pics, however, don't do the amount of crap in the weapon justice. It is loaded with Sh...stuff.

After dropping the Ruger SR9 in the mud, and then firing it for the camera, the group I was shooting with continued to fire the weapon over the course of the morning. I did not do anything to clean the gun after dropping it. I wanted to get it home and crack it open for the still camera.

When I got the weapon apart, the real story began to be told. From the video, it looked as though the gun just landed in some muddy water and that was it. What the video camera didn't pick up was the mud, grit, and plant debris that found their way into the guts of the weapon.

In the pic below, it doesn't really look like the gun is all that dirty. However, remember from the video that we were shooting in the rain. A lot of the mud and dirt either got blown off or washed off naturally (on the outside).



The inside tells and different story.



However, the worst of the debris and mud buildup was not in the slide itself, but in the SR9 fire control mechanism, located in the frame.







Yes, that is organic plant material, mud, and a lot of grit buildup. If the SR9 was going to malfunction, it was being very stubborn. The gun continued through another 100 rounds of 124gr 9mm FMJ without a single hiccup. That's not bad for a gun that was taken right out of it's case and dropped into the mud and fired.

I'd trust my life with it.
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Thanks Raminator; I'm leaning more toward buying the SR-series. I think Ruger is finally threw with the teething problems with the SR-series.
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Old December 11th, 2010, 08:45 PM   #5
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While I was detail stripping the gun tonight, I found a bunch of plant stuff and crud in between the trigger bar reset and the fire control housing body. Gun shouldn't have been able to operate with that much buildup in all the moving parts, but it did. There was crap in every single nook and cranny of that gun. Took me 1 1/2 hours just to strip it down and get all the crap out.
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Thanks for the video and pics, Raminator. The drop you did is the sort of thing you would actually see in the "real world". A good test and well documented, too.

Also, your wife doesn't mince words, does she?
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Old December 13th, 2010, 09:43 AM   #7
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No, she certainly doesn't. She was genuinely pissed off that I did that. Luckily, the gun worked, so her anger passed quickly, which was a good thing because I handed her my Ruger SP101 to try out afterward.
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Great video. Keep em coming.
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Awesome, haha, PRetty ballsy to do that, but its good to know how reliable these are.

If i'm ever in the market for a plastic semi-auto, i know what I'm looking at first.
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Very good indeed!
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Awesome

Now that's as real as it gets. Thank you for posting this.
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Excellent video. Enjoyed it thoroughly.
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