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Old April 29th, 2016, 07:23 AM   #1
 
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Choose between a Ruger American and an SR9

Help me make the choice between these two. How do the triggers compare, accuracy, ergonomics, sights or other? Not looking for a compact version and have considered other brands but Ruger's commitment to customer service makes me want to stay with Ruger!



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I have both. Well, technically I have a SR9E and a RAP in 45acp. The big difference is the size and weight. In both regards the RAP, even in 9mm, is bigger and heavier. So, do you want a big duty sized pistol or something a bit smaller? The bigger size means a wider grip on the RAP as well. Otherwise, I don't think you can go wrong, though I do think the factory grip is better on the SR9E.

I'd recommend seeing if you can shoot both and see which one feel right to you.


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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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SR9 much better.
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I've had both but prefer the RAP however maybe you should get both, after all what better excuse to pick up 2 could there be
This is how it goes if there is a significant other involved,
Honey I had to get both so as to perform a detailed analysis of what may be the better choice for me, etc. etc. etc.
But wait there's more,
When the decision has been made and the waters are cooler then you can trade the loser off on something else and bingo you are still the proud owner of not one but two
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One deal breaker is that it will be used for informal target practice for the wife and I and carry in the truck so her hands might like the SR9 grip better?
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I prefer my 9E. The trigger on the American felt good but I did not like the front strap checkering which in my opinion was far to aggressive. I felt like it would chew my hand up on a high round count range day.
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One deal breaker is that it will be used for informal target practice for the wife and I and carry in the truck so her hands might like the SR9 grip better?
that may just send you to the SR as you suspect and its a bit lighter as i recall,
the RAP does come with three different grip sizes though.
i know everyone has their own opinion and criteria as for me one of my biggest is "if it feels right it is right" so if that means the SR then so be it, which ever you decide it still means tons of fun, make sure and post a pic when you bring whichever home!!
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I have smaller hands and find the RAP fits very well. It has been a long time since I owned an SR9C but the RAP with small grip panel is very comfortable. But best you feel them both in hand for you're and Her selves.
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Help me make the choice between these two. How do the triggers compare, accuracy, ergonomics, sights or other? Not looking for a compact version and have considered other brands but Ruger's commitment to customer service makes me want to stay with Ruger!
Not sure how the two triggers compare, but as I understand it, the American comes with a 3lb8oz short resetting trigger out of the box. That's damned good in my book especially at that price.
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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
Very simple to remove, I did mine!
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Not sure how the two triggers compare, but as I understand it, the American comes with a 3lb8oz short resetting trigger out of the box. That's damned good in my book especially at that price.
I'm not sure about the weight of the trigger, but I have heard exactly the opposite about the reset. I've heard several folks complaining about the reset being way too long.
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IMO the American does have a better trigger. And I do love the trigger on the 9e and SR9c.
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I haven't shot either on but I just got back from a gun show where I was able to handle both. I'm leaning towards the SR 9 due to the grip on the American. It feels like it would hit my knuckle after awhile
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I have smaller hands and find the RAP fits very well. It has been a long time since I owned an SR9C but the RAP with small grip panel is very comfortable. But best you feel them both in hand for you're and Her selves.
Totally agree! This has got to be one of those WHAT FEELS BETTER IN THE HAND moments. If it doesn't fit you must acquit!

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