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Old September 22nd, 2015, 11:25 AM   #31
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Trucker - "Rog" on your points. Still not sure why Ruger doesn't ship the SR9c's with two 10-RD mags. Glock ships the G19/G23 etc with compact magazines - I assume because they think the compact pistols will be carried concealed.

I don't see any reason for someone carrying an SR9c with a 17-RD magazine since the butt of the pistol is harder to conceal than the slide. But, to each their own.

As far as removing the magazine disconnect - not a good idea if someone plans to use a pistol for self defense. From what I have read on the Google that isn't a good idea. I am also not sure if the mag disconnect had anything to do with the problem - but the mag disconnect was just one more thing keeping the mags from going far enough into the mag well to lock. I assume, but don't know, that the mag catch was slightly off in it's location/geometry...

Everbody has their own tastes and preferences. I used the SR9c proceeds to buy a Gen3 G19 from an elderly neighbor. I have had zero issues or problems with it. As much as I like Rugers - IMHO - too many people make excuses for Ruger's very frequent quality control issues. The line is something like this ... "well, you can just send it back because Ruger has a great service department...".

I went to the range today and then handled a 9mm Shield at a nearby shop. Both magazines locked into it ... I think I'll start saving my nickels and dimes ...



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Trucker - "Rog" on your points. Still not sure why Ruger doesn't ship the SR9c's with two 10-RD mags. Glock ships the G19/G23 etc with compact magazines - I assume because they think the compact pistols will be carried concealed.

I don't see any reason for someone carrying an SR9c with a 17-RD magazine since the butt of the pistol is harder to conceal than the slide. But, to each their own.

As far as removing the magazine disconnect - not a good idea if someone plans to use a pistol for self defense. From what I have read on the Google that isn't a good idea. I am also not sure if the mag disconnect had anything to do with the problem - but the mag disconnect was just one more thing keeping the mags from going far enough into the mag well to lock. I assume, but don't know, that the mag catch was slightly off in it's location/geometry...

Everbody has their own tastes and preferences. I used the SR9c proceeds to buy a Gen3 G19 from an elderly neighbor. I have had zero issues or problems with it. As much as I like Rugers - IMHO - too many people make excuses for Ruger's very frequent quality control issues. The line is something like this ... "well, you can just send it back because Ruger has a great service department...".

I went to the range today and then handled a 9mm Shield at a nearby shop. Both magazines locked into it ... I think I'll start saving my nickels and dimes ...
I really don't think you can blame Ruger for you getting the 17 round mags.

Ruger does ship the SR9c with 2 10 round magazines. (Model number 3316 in stainless and 3317 in blk.) They sell those versions because many states do not allow mags with capacity over 10 rounds.

Evidently your local laws allow the higher capacity and the place where you bought your Ruger ordered the models with the 10 and a 17 round mags.
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Sorry – I did not explain myself clearly - my complaint about quality control was related only to the fact that the magazines would not lock correctly into the frame. I did not know that the SR9c's normally with ship two 10-rd magazines. That configuration makes it a lot better sense to me. Unfortunately – the last two Ruger's I have bought needed quite a bit of work from the factory - but that's at least partially my fault for buying them online and not being able to check them out at a LGS. I have to say Ruger did a fabulous job when I sent back my .357/9mm Flattop in August.
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I really don't think you can blame Ruger for you getting the 17 round mags.

Ruger does ship the SR9c with 2 10 round magazines. (Model number 3316 in stainless and 3317 in blk.) They sell those versions because many states do not allow mags with capacity over 10 rounds.

Evidently your local laws allow the higher capacity and the place where you bought your Ruger ordered the models with the 10 and a 17 round mags.
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Sorry I did not explain myself clearly - my complaint about quality control was related only to the fact that the magazines would not lock correctly into the frame. I did not know that the SR9c's normally with ship two 10-rd magazines. That configuration makes it a lot better sense to me. Unfortunately the last two Ruger's I have bought needed quite a bit of work from the factory - but that's at least partially my fault for buying them online and not being able to check them out at a LGS. I have to say Ruger did a fabulous job when I sent back my .357/9mm Flattop in August.
For me, getting a 10rd and a 17rd mag with my 9c made all the sense in the world ... I carry it with the 10rd in the gun and the 17rd in my pocket/backpack/briefcase and when it comes off my belt and goes into the nightstand the 17rd mag goes in
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My rear site moved twice, I took it off, cleaned the glue off, reinstalled and reset the set screw. Never had a problem since. The only time I had an issue was brand new out of the box, it was very dry inside, third round jammed. Lesson I learned was to disassemble any new firearm and check the lube. But I love my SR9c - really accurate, very reliable, feels great in the hand. Nice balance and grouping.
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100% reliable for me over 2 years of almost daily carry and >2000 rounds through it. Shoots great, feels good, carries well in my IWB holster.

Granted, I clean my SR9c after every range trip and every 2 months if I don't make it to the range.

Very good gun, especially for the price.
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I have a SR9c & SR40c thus far both are 100% utterly reliable. I bought them both when they first came out and have never had a problem with either. Removed the magazine disconnect, was easy to do. Purchased a CT Laser-guard for them. SR's are every bit as good as any Glock. As a matter of fact I don't own any Glocks and I'm Ok with that.

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I did not know that the SR9c's normally with ship two 10-rd magazines.
The "normal" contents include EITHER a ten round and and 17 round magazine where the laws permit OR two 10 round mags where the laws do not allow the 17 round capacity magazine.

Many, my self included, much prefer the 10 and 17 round option. Concealment [10 round] and fire power [17 round] issues both accommodated in one package, for one reason.
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I'm looking at one of these pistols for LE plain clothes use. I have a Glock 19 however I like the safety on the Ruger. I'm not new to the business...25 yrs on the job. Any thoughts would be great!
Retired from 27 years plain clothes and did carry a Glock 19 for years. My only problem was the lack of safety when not in a holster. Now use a SR9 because of the thumb safety when not in a holster. Some reliability issues when new but Ruger took care of it with new gun. Stay away from Winchester ammo, seems to be a problem with the SR9. Loves Federal HP ammo.
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Stay away from Winchester ammo, seems to be a problem with the SR9. Loves Federal HP ammo.
Hmm...Winchester is the only brand we've used with our SR9c since we bought it last year. Probably 600-700 rounds through it and the only problem thus far happens sometimes when my wife tries to chamber a round. She apparently doesn't always pull the slide back far enough or something.

I clean it after each trip to the range, where we take a box of 100 FMJ Winchester with us.
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I teach conceal carry classes and use my SR9c in the class. My pistol has been shot by over two hundred students who wanted to shoot it and never has had a problem.
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My SR9c is a very reliable pistol to "shoot". As for magazine changes, mine is a fickle little thing in certain situations. Loading with the slide locked back is no issue at all. Switching mags with one in the chamber can be an issue sometimes. I mean I really gotta slam it into place to make sure the mag lock catches it, and the spur on the mags can be a literal pain in the hand most times.

Being that I don't EDC the SR9c anymore, I really don't mind it. But my wife and I have to remember to be cognizant of it should we need it in a home defense scenario, which is the capacity in which it serves now with the shotty.

I'm not sure if the OP factors mag changing into their reliability requirements. This is just my experience with my SR9c.
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Mine was 100% reliable for the first 1000 rounds then started having trigger reset issues. Just go it back from Ruger service a couple weeks ago. Here's what they did:

Items replaced:
- mag disconnect
- ejector
- slide stop assembly
- trigger bar reset
- striker assembly
- trigger bar lift spring
- striker blocker
- trigger assembly

Item repaired:
- barrel

They function fired 50 rounds w no issue.

They basically rebuilt the whole thing. Haven't been to the range since I got it back.

How many rounds w/out incident would make this 100% trustworthy again for Carry? Currently using my Taurus PT 111G2 for EDC.
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My SR9c is a very reliable pistol to "shoot". As for magazine changes, mine is a fickle little thing in certain situations. Loading with the slide locked back is no issue at all. Switching mags with one in the chamber can be an issue sometimes. I mean I really gotta slam it into place to make sure the mag lock catches it, and the spur on the mags can be a literal pain in the hand most times.

Being that I don't EDC the SR9c anymore, I really don't mind it. But my wife and I have to remember to be cognizant of it should we need it in a home defense scenario, which is the capacity in which it serves now with the shotty.

I'm not sure if the OP factors mag changing into their reliability requirements. This is just my experience with my SR9c.

My experience is very different.

I have 4 Ruger semi pistols. An LCP and an SR9c, both more than 5 years old... the SR9c has more than 5200 trouble free rounds thru it (other than light strikes when the striker channel needs cleaning).

I also have a SR22 (5000+) rounds and a 6 month old LC9s with 1600 rounds thru it.

I must be extremely lucky. None of my Ruger firearms require that I slam a full magazine in place (even with the slide closed). In all cases, I've always been able to insert a mag and use my hand strength to lock the mag in(thumb on the baseplate and little finger on the slide.)

I just had my wife try a full 17 rounder with my SR9c. She is not strong at all. (I'm constantly opening jars for her that I think a child could open.)

She had no problems locking the mag in with her fingers.

I've fired dozens of other auto loader pistols and can't remember one that had to be slammed. I guess my experiences are just different than others.

BTW. I'm not sure why having one in the chamber would be any different than just having the slide closed when it comes to the force needed to lock in a new, loaded mag.)

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My experience is very different.

I have 4 Ruger semi pistols. An LCP and an SR9c, both more than 5 years old... the SR9c has more than 5200 trouble free rounds thru it (other than light strikes when the striker channel needs cleaning).

I also have a SR22 (5000+) rounds and a 6 month old LC9s with 1600 rounds thru it.

I must be extremely lucky. None of my Ruger firearms require that I slam a full magazine in place (even with the slide closed). In all cases, I've always been able to insert a mag and use my hand strength to lock the mag in(thumb on the baseplate and little finger on the slide.)

I just had my wife try a full 17 rounder with my SR9c. She is not strong at all. (I'm constantly opening jars for her that I think a child could open.)

She had no problems locking the mag in with her fingers.

I've fired dozens of other auto loader pistols and can't remember one that had to be slammed. I guess my experiences are just different than others.

BTW. I'm not sure why having one in the chamber would be any different than just having the slide closed when it comes to the force needed to lock in a new, loaded mag.)
Maybe "slammed" is a bit too strong of a word to use? All I meant was that I need to give it a good pat on the bottom sometimes. In reference to having one in the chamber, all I meant was if I was doing a simulated tactical reload at the range. I realize a closed slide is a closed slide whether there is a round chambered or not.

Again, this is just my experience with my particular pistol. My reliability shooting has been 100%.
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