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Old December 14th, 2010, 09:34 AM   #1
 
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Question SR9 or SR40?

FNG here and I was wondering if you guys could help me decide between the SR9 or SR40. This will be my first gun and i've never shot a .40 before. I'll use it for having fun at the range and I also plan on getting my concealed weapons license. Which would be the better gun?

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FNG here and I was wondering if you guys could help me decide between the SR9 or SR40. This will be my first gun and i've never shot a .40 before. I'll use it for having fun at the range and I also plan on getting my concealed weapons license. Which would be the better gun?

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Hey DINSTAAR,

Welcome to the forum! This is a great place, with lots of great info and good folks. The forum search function can be your friend. Read some threads about each pistol.

You pose a good question. The first think that I would suggest is a trip to the range, rent, and shoot the SR9 and the SR40. Try them out, and see which would be the better pistol for you. I own a SR40 and a SR9c, the "compact" version of the SR9. I love and enjoy both of the pistols. I think that the 40 has more punch, but the 9c rounds are cheaper to shoot. Of course, there are more differences than that, I am sure other forum members will comment.

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I'd like to shoot both at the range but my money is buring a hole in my walet and I want the gun waiting for me once I get back state side. Is there a big price dif. between 9mm and .40 ammo?
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I'd like to shoot both at the range but my money is buring a hole in my walet and I want the gun waiting for me once I get back state side. Is there a big price dif. between 9mm and .40 ammo?
I have been target shooting Remington UMC, .40 is running 9 - 10 cents more per round. I am certain that there may be better buys, but that is one example.

I don't think that you could go wrong with either pistol.

Whichever one you choose, be sure to do a thorough field strip/clean/lube, including the striker assembly, prior to initial range trip.

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9mm will always be cheaper to shoot and I think it gets a bad rap for being a "poodle shooter" or whatever else. Stoked with some 125 grain +P hollow point of what ever your favorite flavor will make any 9mm a winner as long as it can safely digest the +P. And from what I am told, the Ruger scoffs at +P. That will allow you more range time on the cheap and still provide more than you need from a defensive hand gun.

Me, I bought a 9mm Glock years ago so I want a SR40, but that is only because I don't have a .40SW anymore. I used to have a Sigma. My mistake. Didn't care for it at all. Some do, but not I. Ick. IMHO.
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As already indicated, the cheapest per round choice would be the 9mm. As you indicate that you'll be getting your carry permit, I think the better choice for you would be the SR9c. Same as the SR9 you like with a smaller footprint so to speak. That makes it a better conceal choice. It is also the least expensive of the SR series, so couple that with to lower ammo costs, and you'll have change left to by more ammo!
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I like my SR9, didn't care for the .40's I tested. At my local gun shop they're the same price. Welcome aboard!
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I fully agree with john16443. since the SR9 is an option and you are going to get your concealed weapons license look at the SR9c. I, like you, am new to guns and just got an SR9c, my first gun, this summer. I have put 1200+ rounds through it, no problems for the last 1000+. i have shot the SR9 as well, and except for the size difference no discernable difference. with the 10 round magazine with the flat bottom this disappears as a carry gun.
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If the price def. tween the two ammo is that small...then I'm not at all worried about it. I like the look of the full size sr9 so the sr9c isn't really what im looking for. Just have to figure out which size will be best since the guns are pretty much the same.

Which caliber is more fun to shoot?

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Which caliber is more fun to shoot?
They're guns, so by definition any caliber is fun to shoot. I still maintain that for putting holes in paper at the range, stick with the 9mm. The 9 and the 40 are essentially the same size, with the primary difference in the slide dimensions. The 40 ammo is still about 35% to 40% higher cost than 9mm (comparing American Eagle FMJ round nose on Midwayusa.com), so that will add up over time. At my rate of 200 rounds a week, that difference adds up quickly.
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I decided to get the SR40...i'll keep ya'll posted on how it shots.
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I decided to get the SR40...i'll keep ya'll posted on how it shots.
Good, at least that decision is behind you and you can now move on to the fun stuff like shooting it. Let us know if your impressions are as good as others have posted here. For your first gun, you've chosen well by staying in the Ruger SR series.
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Good choice. All things being more or less equal, I will always side with the largest caliber available for my CCW. True, the 9mm is cheaper to shoot on the range, but, the .40 has greater stopping power. And, when it comes to defending my life and the lives of my loved ones, I'm choosing bigger over cheaper.

If Ruger ever makes an SR357 Sig or an SR45, I'll be all over that.

People ask why I carry a 45 and I reply "because they don't make a 46".
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I would get the SR9c and the SR40 and skip the SR9.
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That's what I did !!!

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