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Old May 21st, 2016, 02:54 PM   #61
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Nice grouping, I haven't tried those rounds yet. Seem to work fairly well.

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Old June 2nd, 2016, 04:51 PM   #62
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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
Takes 2 minutes to take out mag disconnect. No Issue
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Old November 25th, 2016, 06:51 AM   #63
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Originally Posted by moakes58 View Post
Very simple to remove, I did mine!
I removed my block also. Very easy and it shoots with mag removed. Ruger will put it back in if you send it in for service. I would put it back when sending it back though.
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Old February 28th, 2017, 03:12 AM   #64
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I like the SR9 much better & the SR9c even more - just MHO
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Old February 28th, 2017, 02:01 PM   #65
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You can't make a bad choice between these two. I have compacts of each and have shot the full sizes of both a lot as well. Both are perfectly reliable. As far as comparisons:

-The mag disconnect in the SR's was brought up earlier. I do not like this feature but it is easily removable.

-The grip texture was also brought up earlier. The American has is just right IMO. The SR's are not slick per se but I do have a Talon rubber grip on my SR9c (great addition btw).

-I read earlier that the American does not come with a Manual trigger but that is false, it can be had with or without and it is ambi. I do not care for the placement or size, personally.

-Trigger is the biggest difference for me here. Trigger pull is SUPER subjective and these both work for me.
The SR has much less take up but a much longer, spongier pull. It is very much a "pull-trough" trigger with no perceptible wall. I have worked mine over quite a bit including some aftermarket internals that have defined the break a little bit.
The American trigger is extremely smooth for a striker gun with no "plastic-y" feel through the movement. There is some takeup and a soft wall with very little overtravel. To me, it has the perfect amount of sponginess before the break which makes it less abrupt.
The reset lengths are very close but the SR starts its pull from this spot. The SR reset is much more audible and tactile. Neither bothers me.
I shoot both accurately but am faster with the American.

-Sights on the American are way better. They are larger, very square, bright dots but are not adjustable like the SR's. I prefer fixed sights on a pistol for durability and have had the SR rear sight pop up and jettison the spring before. I replaced them with Truglo TFX Pros and will likely get some for the RAPc as well.

-Packaging and dimensions- The RAP is a bigger package. Overall dimensions, are very similar and the American is marginally wider than the very slim SR. The American is heavier by 4 ounces but is not very noticeable when loaded. It carries that weight in areas where the SR is profiled and melted.

-Ergos will depend on your hands. Both fit me perfectly with the biggest difference being the flat sided palm swell on the SR and, of course, the additional inserts of the American. These inserts are most helpful if you need to adjust the distance to the trigger.
The trigger guard and takedown lever are big plusses for me on the American. The lever makes a good weak hand thumb rest and the flatter trigger guard makes a good index finger grip. This will obviously depend upon your grip.

-Controls- The American is ambi which may or may on matter. I like the option of releasing the mag with my middle finger. The controls on the American are larger and, though they are located in almost identical locations, are a bit easier for me to reach.

-Looks- the SR's are sleek, gorgeous and dare I say classy. The Americans are brutish and futuristic. Both look great.

I have replaced my SR9c with the RAPc for carry but whatever works best for you is what you should get. Borrow/rent them, shoot them, pick a winner.
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Magazine disconnect can be removed in 5 min during first cleaning

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