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Old May 5th, 2016, 05:45 PM   #31
 
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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.
Then don't go local! The SR9 can be had for under $400. Google is your friend.



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Went gun shopping today! Handles the Ruger SR9 and American along with the FNH FNS 40 and a couple different Sig 320s. I couldn't pull the trigger on the American, literally! 8 times out of 10 I couldn't depress the trigger safety bar to allow the trigger to be pressed. The guy at the gun shop changed the grip module to the small grip and though it was better still couldn't reliably pull the trigger in many tests of picking the gun up off the counter, without fussing with my grip. It just won't be reliable for my hands and fingers. Didn't like how high the Sigs seemed to be above my hand and seemed there would be excessive muzzle rise as compared to the SR9 that seemed much lower in my hand. The FNS trigger take up seemed gritty to me but was the best value at $389.95 with 3 mags. In all I want the Ruger SR9 but the shop that had it in stock was at $459.95 on it. Guess I'll just wait and find it somewhere at a better price, I'm in no hurry. I liked the seemingly rounded slide and slimmer grip and the trigger was very smooth but a little more take up than the Sig and FNH. I'll just keep watching I guess...
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Went gun shopping today! Handles the Ruger SR9 and American along with the FNH FNS 40 and a couple different Sig 320s. I couldn't pull the trigger on the American, literally! 8 times out of 10 I couldn't depress the trigger safety bar to allow the trigger to be pressed. The guy at the gun shop changed the grip module to the small grip and though it was better still couldn't reliably pull the trigger in many tests of picking the gun up off the counter, without fussing with my grip. It just won't be reliable for my hands and fingers. Didn't like how high the Sigs seemed to be above my hand and seemed there would be excessive muzzle rise as compared to the SR9 that seemed much lower in my hand. The FNS trigger take up seemed gritty to me but was the best value at $389.95 with 3 mags. In all I want the Ruger SR9 but the shop that had it in stock was at $459.95 on it. Guess I'll just wait and find it somewhere at a better price, I'm in no hurry. I liked the seemingly rounded slide and slimmer grip and the trigger was very smooth but a little more take up than the Sig and FNH. I'll just keep watching I guess...
You're doing this right; that is, getting a real feel of all the contenders. Don't make the mistake of buying something because it's less money; buy what feels best in your hands.

You won't be disappointed with the SR9. Several on-line retailers sell it for under $400 (and it comes with two 17-round mags, mag loader, cable lock).

I bought mine at Outdoor Superstore.

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Thanks Tele. I liked the Ruger American's looks but I must put just enough side loading on that trigger safety bar to lock it up so I can't pull the trigger, it was weird. The guy behind the coulter thought so too, I have fat fingers that are a little short I guess. Everything seemed so smooth on the SR9 compared to everything else I looked at today.
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Thanks Tele. I liked the Ruger American's looks but I must put just enough side loading on that trigger safety bar to lock it up so I can't pull the trigger, it was weird. The guy behind the coulter thought so too, I have fat fingers that are a little short I guess. Everything seemed so smooth on the SR9 compared to everything else I looked at today.
SR9 under $400:

Sportsmans Outdoor Superstore
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Better yet, Whittager Guns has the SR9e for $269.99+$12.99 S&H

Some other pistols at very nice pricing also!

Here is a link:
https://shop.whittakerguns.com/product/374

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I really like my SR 9, I have shot the heck out of it since I got it and the only thing I did was put in a new striker spring and cleaned it real good after each range trip.
I have shot every kind of 9mm ammo through it, it keep eating them up. I got this when I traded my XD 9 service in for it, got a straight trade. I traded cause I shot a SR9E at my range & loved the feel of the pistol in hand. I had a SR45 also but sold it, now I wish I didn't I miss that SR45 it was a tack driver and would shoot real well.
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One question is the 9E a "cheaper" gun in the sense that corners have been cut that make it any less accurate?
I watched this video and this guy didn't think it was very accurate at the end of the video.



That said, I've watched many more of his similar videos with different makes and he strikes me as a little less accurate that he could be?
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One of the local gun shops has the 9E for $369.95. It seems that Rugers are hard to get in stock around here as it seems like some models are absent for quite some time before they are stocked again.
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One of the local gun shops has the 9E for $369.95. It seems that Rugers are hard to get in stock around here as it seems like some models are absent for quite some time before they are stocked again.
You can get the SR9 with 2 mags for the $369 price you mention. The 9E only comes with 1 mag, but for $269, it's worth it.
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I've never entertained the thought of buying a pistol on line. How does it work? Is the gun shipped to a local dealer where the back ground check and paper work is done? Do I need to notify the dealer I choose, I'm sure there will be a charge? Do I pay the local dealer or the on line store?

edit,, $359.95 for a black SR9 has me thinking...
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On online purchases you pay the FFL holder the fee when you pick up. Most of the times like through Buds, they will notify you FFL holder that the firearm is on it's way. This will be shipped with a invoice containing your information.
He will then contact you for pick up, give the firearm a complete inspection before accepting the firearm, he will then call it in after you do the paper work.
My FFL charges $25.00
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I recently bought an SR9C, which, from what I understand is basically the same gun as the SR9 -- just a shorter slide and barrel, right? And this past weekend I got to handle a RAP at a local gun shop. Well, I don't have any plans to buy an SR9, but after handling that RAP, I tell you what -- I am sorely tempted to buy another 9mm -- which I don't really need.

I first read about the RAP in the March issue of American Rifleman. It was the issue's cover story. I came away from the review with a favorable opinion of the pistol, but seeing and holding (and shooting) is believing, you know? One of the aspects about it that I'm particularly interested in is Ruger's new patent-pending barrel cam, which is designed to reduce felt recoil by controlling the rearward movement of the slide. This is something that will have to be felt for its value to be ascertained.

I was surprised about the RAP I handled in a couple of areas -- first, I thought it would be heavier than it was, and second, I was really surprised at the price. This shop is selling it for $350. That's about a hundred bucks less than I paid for my SR9C. I know, I know, after checking prices, I realized I could have saved some money on that purchase, but ce la vie, eh?

To me the RAP seems more like a pro-level, do-everything 9mm. I found it to be almost as comfortable to hold as my SR9C. I also found its trigger to be almost as good too. The SR9C's trigger is surprisingly good. It's one of the crispest triggers I've ever used, so even though the RAP's isn't quite as crisp, that still puts it ahead of most of the other offerings out there.
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Cooltouch, I looked at the RAP and handled it. The first thing that happened to me was finding out that I couldn't pull the trigger! The "length of pull" seemingly is too long even with the small grip module in place. My finger must be too wide and places enough loading on the actual trigger before depressing the trigger bar safety and locks the trigger up, preventing it from firing. I agree with your comments about how good that pistol looks but without a manual safety it's out of the running for me.
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I have mixed feelings about the Glock-style safety in the trigger, to be honest. To me, it's partially tactile. I like the feel of a smooth trigger better than that complex, spring-loaded thing. But I'm getting used to the one on my SR9C and it hasn't adversely affected my accuracy, so I guess I can put up with it.

I recall reading about your experiences in an earlier post of yours. That seems odd to me. But then I have largish hands, so I have plenty of finger to wrap around the trigger. The closest I've come to something like what you experience is the double-action pull on my Tanfoglio CZ75 clone. The trigger sits pretty far forward when in DA mode and I actually have to reposition my hand slightly to gain a sufficient grip on the trigger, which has a very heavy DA pull.

You know, apparently the only RAP version being delivered right now is the "Pro" model, which is characterized by the trigger safety and lack of magazine disconnect. Ruger will be producing a "Standard" model, which will have a thumb safety, but it will also have a magazine disconnect. Dunno how you feel about the latter, but with a thumb safety instead of what it has now, this pistol may become a possibility for you. Far as the mag disconnect goes, with the SR series, it's possible to disable this "feature," so it may be possible to do it to the RAP as well.
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