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Old July 18th, 2015, 03:33 PM   #1
 
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Ruger SR9c How reliable ?

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!




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Old July 18th, 2015, 04:23 PM   #2
 
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Reliability seems to be variable. Some great, some not so much.

Ruger won't compete with Glock in reliability. If that's your main concern stay with the Glock. Almost identical size anyway. Trigger control is your primary safety, though I carry in a Smart Carry holster and do like the SR9c's extra safety in that application.
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I've never had a failure. I have hit the mag release by accident once or twice.
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Mine goes bang whenever I pull the trigger....
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love mine. more reliable than my Glocks and easier to shoot accurately. I don't know what possible issues others may have had but mine is top shelf. gets carried in hot weather, the 40c gets carried in cold weather.
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No issues with the SR9C. I love mine.
The trigger is smooth and crisp feeling.
Very accurate, fits my hand better than I ever expected.

I actually wanted a safety and don't mind the LCI or mag disconnect.

Ruger Customer Service is great too.
All of my 10 rd and 17 rd mags slide in and drop easily.

I would recommend giving it a good cleaning. Especially the striker channel, some are packed with factory grease which can contribute to light strikes.

Btw I cleaned mine when I first got it, loaded the mags fully and let them sit about 4-5 days to break in the springs. No FTF's, FTE's with over 1500 assorted rounds. Winchester (WB, SXZ HP), Fed AE, Hornady (Critical Duty, Critical Defense, Zombie max), PMC, Hertzers, Freedom Ammo reloads, Tula BrassMax.
The only ammo I stay away from is +P+.
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can not say enough good things about my sr9c. never ever had a problem with mine, but I did hate my glock. accuracy was poor, light strikes, fte a lot, with all kids of ammo. my ruger will eat any ammo, never a miss fire or fte, in my opinion, if your life was depending on it, I say go with the ruger sr9c.
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Any thoughts would be great!
Mine has been absolutely flawless. A thorough cleaning, including the striker channel, before use is highly recommended.

I'm with you on the preference for a manual safety! The magazine disconnect safety is just extra baggage as far as I'm concerned, but I do understand Ruger's logic in designing it into the gun. The magazine disconnect is easily removed if one so prefers and does not affect the dependability or any other aspect of the SR9C operation in any way. Just don't reinstall after thoroughly cleaning! Or, if the mag disconnect is your preference, leave it in. Either way, the SR9C is one sweet pistol for EDC.
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Had a couple of hiccups with the first box of ammo, but since then it's been flawless. I have about 200 rds. through it and I love it. Especially love the way it fits my hand. As was stated before, cleaning the striker channel is the key.
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Personally never own a Glock, but my SR9c is my daily carry weapon and I never had an issue with mine, including my hand loads, it spits them out with no problems. I just received 2 additional magazines for mine. Looking forward to carry it more now in my NRA Denim coat this fall.
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Mine has been 100% reliable since I got it 2.5 years ago. I have run about 1500 rounds through it.
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Just about anything you want to know about a Ruger you will get here I have the bigger brother of the 9C. I have the 9E in the SR series! I did have a few FTE but after a few cleanings and a few rounds it smoothed right out! I was using my 9E as a CCW but added a S&W 9mm Shield for warm weather carry just because it is thinner ! I like the Ruger and S & W models better then the Glocks just in the looks dept! I also think you can not go wrong with a Glock either! I would go to a local range and rent a few to see what fits you better!
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I love my SR9c, not a single issue except that it makes me shoot too much ammo(as if that's a real problem) because I love shooting it so much.
It will be my carry weapon when I get my permit.
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See.. We browbeated* BlueMountain into the SR9C and he loves it! (it didn't take much browbeating)

The SR9C was my 1st handgun. I love that little gun and it's still my #1 "I think I'll just head to the range and play a little" gun. It is much more accurate than I am. No issues of any kind at all - 100%.

The one thing about it though, it comes from the factory with an absolute bear of a spring on it. I was using it in my 1st steps class and the instructor thought there was something wrong with me until he tried it. It was a little monster to rack. But after about 2 weeks it loosened up and is now like any other. About equal to my 1911s.


*I don't know if browbeated is a word but I'm making it one.
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I've only had mine a week or so, but I've already put 250 rounds of various ammo thru it without one single hiccup. Great shooting pistol. Mine did require a thorough cleaning when I got it, as it was caked with grease inside. I plan to put at least another 500 flawless rounds thru it prior to carrying it for SD, but I don't anticipate any problems.
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