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Old October 8th, 2010, 03:27 PM   #1
 
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My SR9 Update - 800 rounds so far...

Been almost a month (9/15) since I picked up a "v1.2" SR9 (S/N prefix 331-).
So far, 800 rounds through it. No further malfunctions after the first 100 rnds. I should hit 1000 before Halloween.

To summarize:

buy the gun
Cleaning - Field strip and detail strip of slide (to flush out an enormous amount of packing grease out of the slide, striker and slide rail).

1) 1st 100. 6 malfunctions - 3 failure to feed, 3 failure to extract. Remington UMC Value Pack (250 rnd box) 115gr. FMJ.

2) 100 - 500. 0 malfunctions - 2 field strip cleanings, 1 field strip + slide detail strip cleaning. Mix of MagTech and Sellier & Bellot 115gr FMJ.

3) 500 - 800. 0 malfunctions. 0 cleanings (no cleaning planned unless I get a malfunction or hit 1000 on the round count, whichever comes first). Magtech 115gr. FMJ. I have field stripped the gun to look for unusual wear after every outing. I have not noticed any barrel or slide peening issue so far (knocking on wood).

Once I hit 1,000, I will run a couple boxes of Federal Tactical HST 124gr. through it to confirm function with that defense load. Then I will clean it. Then it will become my primary gun.

Aside from the rough first 100 rounds, I cannot complain since I paid $439 for this high value gun. I've been bagged on by friends (LE, military folks and avid shooters) for having a Ruger and a "dubious/garbage/cheap" semi-auto but for what some of them pay for a single polymer gun, I can have both an SR9 and SR9c. And hey, the guns are more accurate than I am at my skill level so there is a lot of room for me to grow on this platform. I'll post a target from my latest outing later tonight.

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Old October 8th, 2010, 04:28 PM   #2
 
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Glad to hear a positive report. I just brought my new one home this evening and am hoping for that good of performance from mine as well. It's a 331- serial number as well and the test fire casing is dated May '10 so it's a fairly recent one out the door.
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I have had a SR9C for about four months. I cleaned it before the first range trip, but started having lite primer strikes after 10 rounds. Took home. cleaned again and removed the mag disconector went back to range and fired 30 rounds and then started having lite strikes again. All from the same box of Winchester ammo. Called Ruger, and the lady service rep said send it in. She e-mailed a shipping lable, and I got the gun back in 10 days. They replaced the striker and striker cover. Since repair, I have fired 450 rounds without a single malfunction. Love the gun now, like all my other Rugers.
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Thanks, Tam. It's good to hear a "warts and all" report on a gun that perhaps is the victim of some prejudice. Taking into consideration the trigger, et al, I think 1000 rounds is the unofficial break-in period for the SR9. I look at it as a good excuse to get out and shoot!
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Here is a target @ 7 yds. (about 1-sec per shot). Not exactly rapid fire but just enough time for me to reacquire sight alignment and picture before sending another.

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I've been bagged on by friends (LE, military folks and avid shooters) for having a Ruger and a "dubious/garbage/cheap" semi-auto but for what some of them pay for a single polymer gun, I can have both an SR9 and SR9c. And hey, the guns are more accurate than I am at my skill level so there is a lot of room for me to grow on this platform. I'll post a target from my latest outing later tonight.
I've been a member at this one pretty busy indoor pistol range since January, and even with 10 ports, have yet to see another Ruger P series pistol. I was shooting my P95 there earlier in the week, and after consistently nailing mass at 10 yards with double/triple taps, turned to the range officer who was standing behind me and said "I love this gun." He said "Ruger makes great pistols." Too bad most new shooters don't know any better.

Glocks rule in this neck of the woods for some reason.
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I think Glocks rule just about everywhere as they are the 800-lb. gorilla in the market. Their large marketshare in LE application across the country probably also contribute to their successes in the civilian handgun market.

Nothing wrong with Glock but the ergonomics of the SR9 just work better. For me. As far as reliability/durability goes, the SR9 got off to a shakey start with the recall and some less than stellar reviews depending on where one looks.

The latest 1.2 version (revised takedown pin, D-shaped mag release, trigger updates from the SR9c) are better but since perception is reality, there is a perception that the SR9 is not up to par compared to the Glocks or other polymer frame pistols like the S&W M&P. To me, the breakages and failures reported, seem like quality control issues rather than inherent flaws with the design. Perhaps they are an offshoot of using materials and manufacturing at a lower price point. Either way, I don't dispute the potential impact on the suitability of this (or any) gun for defensive purposes but as they say, you don't hear much when things are going right, you mainly hear about things when they are going wrong.

The trigger on my SR9 has very little takeup and breaks smartly. The trigger weight is also sufficiently light. But I guess shooting a stock DA revolver regularly kinda spoils you... The only quibble I have is it's a bit "crunchy", especially on the reset. There is the bit about the magazine disconnect and inability to dry-fire with no magazine without risk of damage to the action of the SR... I personally have no issue with this "feature" but some do.

Enough rambling on... Now, I just gotta' get my shooting skills up to the level of this - and just about all other - gun.
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The "crunch" should fade after the 1000 round mark.
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I have 200 rounds through mine with 0 malfunctions, i shot 150 Monarch steel rounds and 50 blazer this past sunday. I bought the gun in aug. 29
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I love my Ruger P94. Will never buy a glock as they are made in some part of the world I could care less about. Give me good ol American Iron/steel. SR9s look cool! I know there plastic, just like almost everything else in this world now, but they look good.
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