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Old May 2nd, 2016, 06:21 PM   #16
 
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The biggest difference to me is the SR9 has a manual safety, and a magazine disconnect. The American has neither. I can deal with a manual safety, but the magazine disconnect is a deal breaker. I do have an SR9c, I took it on a trade and its a great shooting pistol, but I wont ever carry it because of the mag disco
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Old May 2nd, 2016, 06:35 PM   #17
 
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I have held the RAP, but haven't gotten to shoot it yet. Just by holding the two I really like my SR 9 much better in the over all feel of the gun in hand.
I have shot the heck out of my SR9 & I did also have the SR45 but sold it, wish I didn't now but maybe I will get another someday.
I wouldn't mind shooting the RAP also sometime but I am not impressed compared to the feel and ease of control of the SR 9 series of pistols. I don't have small hands either, I EDC the Ruger SR 9 gen 1 (has the round mag release) I like the trigger, if one doesn't like the mag disconnect, it is removable.
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Very simple to remove, I did mine!
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Yes it certainly is easy to remove, I've watched all the videos before, but I still wont remove a safety device that was installed from the factory. I simply buy pistols that don't have these devices installed. That's a can of legal worms I choose not to open, thank you.

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Ruger American would be my choice.
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I own an SR9, and handled a 9mm RAP at a local gun show last January.

My observations:

IMHO, the SR9 has more going for it: great feel, full-size grip, well balanced, traditional luger styling - and a proven track record. Plus, while the SR9 IS a full-size 9mm, it's narrow profile makes it a suitable, dual purpose firearm: HD and SD.

The RAP is taller, longer, wider, 4 ounces heavier - and has yet to prove itself. In the best case scenario, the RAP would probably be a great HD weapon, but not so much a SD option.

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A local gun shop has a deal on FNH FNS 40's for $389.95 and I'm now considering it along with the SR9 or 9E. I think the American is out of the running with no safety and the winner will see range, backyard practice and home/truck security duty. These gas stations have some shady customers now a days! I have no experience with the 40 S&W cartridge though.
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A local gun shop has a deal on FNH FNS 40's for $389.95 and I'm now considering it along with the SR9 or 9E. I think the American is out of the running with no safety and the winner will see range, backyard practice and home/truck security duty. These gas stations have some shady customers now a days! I have no experience with the 40 S&W cartridge though.
...so that narrows it to the FNS 40 or the SR9/9E.

IMHO, for the stated purposes, a 9mm makes more sense; that said, my choices would be the SR9, then the 9E. The SR9 is a better value, and can be had for the about the same price, shipped, as the FNS 40.

The SR9 has the safety features you desire (which includes a pop-up, "loaded chamber" indicator), an aggressive grip surface on the slide, a black nitride slide finish option, if you prefer the "all black" look, and a rear sight which is adjustable for drift AND elevation.

The 9E also has the safety features you desire (which includes a peep hole "loaded chamber" indicator); however, it has a less aggressive grip surface on the slide, no slide finish option, and the rear sight is only adjustable for drift.

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Make sure the FNS-40 has the thumb safety. Not all come with them. Mine doesn't have it which is how I wanted it.
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Yes it certainly is easy to remove, I've watched all the videos before, but I still wont remove a safety device that was installed from the factory. I simply buy pistols that don't have these devices installed. That's a can of legal worms I choose not to open, thank you.

Well I really think legally you could fight that, for one it is removable safety feature that doesn't stop the function of the firearm when removed. Also if it wasn't to be removed then why didn't Ruger make it a so it cannot be removed.
Also you could argue the fact that most striker fired pistols don't have that safety in them, if they do most cannot be removed.
This is just my 2 cents on the whole magazine disconnect removal issue!
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Make sure the FNS-40 has the thumb safety. Not all come with them. Mine doesn't have it which is how I wanted it.
Looks like it does and ambidextrous mag release and safety.
Night sights too.


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Choose between a Ruger American and an SR9

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...so that narrows it to the FNS 40 or the SR9/9E.

IMHO, for the stated purposes, a 9mm makes more sense; that said, my choices would be the SR9, then the 9E. The SR9 is a better value, and can be had for the about the same price, shipped, as the FNS 40.

The SR9 has the safety features you desire (which includes a pop-up, "loaded chamber" indicator), an aggressive grip surface on the slide, a black nitride slide finish option, if you prefer the "all black" look, and a rear sight which is adjustable for drift AND elevation.

The 9E also has the safety features you desire (which includes a peep hole "loaded chamber" indicator); however, it has a less aggressive grip surface on the slide, no slide finish option, and the rear sight is only adjustable for drift.

Hope this helps!


I agree with your comparison of the SR9 vs 9E, but a bit confused about your statement that the SR9 gives you an "all black" look as if the 9E doesn't. The 9E has a different finish on the slide but it's still black. I have an SR40 with the better finish and side by side I don't see much of a difference.

Also, the value debate is up to the person and situation, but you will generally pay close to $400 for the FNS and SR9 whereas the 9E runs about $60 to $70 less. Of course, the two mags included vs one can shift that argument quickly, especially if the 9E you get has the ten round mag with it instead of the 17 round.

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The FNS 40 also comes with 3 mags.
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Local pricing an SR9 has it at $459.95, gonna be tough to go Ruger with an FNH FNS 40 with 3 mags and a bright stainless slide at $389.95.
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I agree with your comparison of the SR9 vs 9E, but a bit confused about your statement that the SR9 gives you an "all black" look as if the 9E doesn't. The 9E has a different finish on the slide but it's still black. I have an SR40 with the better finish and side by side I don't see much of a difference.

Also, the value debate is up to the person and situation, but you will generally pay close to $400 for the FNS and SR9 whereas the 9E runs about $60 to $70 less. Of course, the two mags included vs one can shift that argument quickly, especially if the 9E you get has the ten round mag with it instead of the 17 round.
What I meant was that the SR9 is available with black OR stainless slide. It's called an "option" .
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