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Old January 5th, 2019, 01:26 PM   #46
 
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The PX4 in 9mm isn't that expensive; I paid under $500 for my full size Inox Storm in 9mm. It may be a bit more than the full size American, but ergonomics-wise, has it beat in spades. And yes, I've tried all backstrap sizes in the American.

Besides the point though - there's something amiss with the American's grip design that just doesn't feel right to me. Not to say it isn't a good gun and my observations are subjective, but out of the box, there are many other pistols that just feel and point better than Ruger's offering.

In fact, I dare say the American had the worst feeling grip out of all of my semi-auto pistols, and I own quite a few.

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About five years ago, I was in the market for a .45 ACP pistol. The last .45 I owned was way back, around 1991. But I still had all of the handloading stuff for it, and have always liked the cartridge. The SR45 was a serious consideration, along with the Springfield XD or some type of 1911 style pistol. I ended up getting a new Auto Ordnance 1911A1, to go with my M1 rifle.

Go back even further, to around 1985. I was very interested in the debut of of the Ruger P85 pistol. After all the delays and actually being able to handle one (and a P89), I was very turned-off by the pistols. I very much enjoy the Ruger revolvers, rifles, and Mark series pistols, though.

To sum it up, it seems like Ruger "almost makes it" in designing their semi-auto centerfire pistols, but ends up falling short in one or more aspects. I am glad that I didn't go for the SR45.
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The PX4 in 9mm isn't that expensive; I paid under $500 for my full size Inox Storm in 9mm. It may be a bit more than the full size American, but ergonomics-wise, has it beat in spades. And yes, I've tried all backstrap sizes in the American.

Besides the point though - there's something amiss with the American's grip design that just doesn't feel right to me. Not to say it isn't a good gun and my observations are subjective, but out of the box, there are many other pistols that just feel and point better than Ruger's offering.

In fact, I dare say the American had the worst feeling grip out of all of my semi-auto pistols, and I own quite a few.

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If I were going to buy a compact today, Yes, I would get the PX4. However, even $450.00 when I have the SR9C would not be worth the cost. Especially with the number of mags that I have. The trade off would not justify the price. That was the point I was trying to make.

And as far as the grip design on the American. The grip design may not be to your particualy liking or hand, but all grips are subjective. That is why there are so many different designs.

One pistol that I am very interesting in the the Grand Power. A truly nice built pistol in all areas.

Now that Ruger has discontinued, the Sr9, other than the American, I have absoutly no interest in a current pistol Ruger Pistol product.

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I find it interesting how Ruger "announces" they are discontinuing a specific gun or product line. They just disappear from the company web site. No other explanations or comments.
When I was looking into purchasing my first handgun, I was initially looking at the SR9c. My LGS owner said it was a good choice, but probably not the best to buy at that time, as they were going to be discontinued within 6 months, so if I bought one then, and needed parts down the road, it might be hard to find them. He had the information in August, so apparently it was announced somewhere that the line would be discontinued...
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When I was looking into purchasing my first handgun, I was initially looking at the SR9c. My LGS owner said it was a good choice, but probably not the best to buy at that time, as they were going to be discontinued within 6 months, so if I bought one then, and needed parts down the road, it might be hard to find them. He had the information in August, so apparently it was announced somewhere that the line would be discontinued...
I would have really questioned that from the LGS. Parts will be available for decades. And there is very few parts that need to be replaced.
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I would have really questioned that from the LGS. Parts will be available for decades. And there is very few parts that need to be replaced.
That is my question actually - people say parts will be hard to come by, but what parts are typically needed besides the guide rail assembly (the assembly includes new springs)? Thanks!
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Ruger already has a compact version of the American. I had one not too long ago in 9mm but sold it.

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Just my thoughts, but the RAP Compact (9mm) isnít exactly compact. It is about 1/3 shorter in length and height than a Glock 30 (45ACP). It is virtually identical in overall width (though slide width is better on the RAP), and about 2.5oz heavier than the Glock.

The entire RAP (9mm) line is on the chunky side, and not something I would CC.


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One of our LGS is having a Sunday sale on the SR9c and Service SR9 for $319.00 today. Looks like they are clearing inventory. Interesting price for a great firearm but only selling 9mm/I see no 45's! IMHO one of the good offers from Ruger is the SR series.
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I can't talk about the other SR's the only SR I own is the SR1911. It is one of my favorite guns to shoot. Sad to see a good line of weapons go away.
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Just my thoughts, but the RAP Compact (9mm) isnít exactly compact. It is about 1/3 shorter in length and height than a Glock 30 (45ACP). It is virtually identical in overall width (though slide width is better on the RAP), and about 2.5oz heavier than the Glock.



The entire RAP (9mm) line is on the chunky side, and not something I would CC.





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This is true. I personally don't mind though. I used to conceal a full size 1911 regularly, so large framed guns don't really bother me too much. In the summer when I tend to wear less clothing, I'll sometimes carry a Springfield XD-E, which is the smallest pistol I own. More often than not however, I carry a duty size gun because I don't like tiny grips where my pinky ends up free floating.



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...Sad to see a good line of weapons go away.
Yeah: the SR45 was so good, Ruger only offered it for about six years....

Ruger seems to do so well with its revolvers and most of its rifles in terms of developing a good design and offering it for decades. The GP100 is a good example. Introduced by Ruger just over 30 years ago, the GP is still going strong, with any changes over the years being minimal. Same with the Blackhawk. The Glock is similar: 36 years of the basic design (Gen 1-4).
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Yeah: the SR45 was so good, Ruger only offered it for about six years....

Ruger seems to do so well with its revolvers and most of its rifles in terms of developing a good design and offering it for decades. The GP100 is a good example. Introduced by Ruger just over 30 years ago, the GP is still going strong, with any changes over the years being minimal. Same with the Blackhawk. The Glock is similar: 36 years of the basic design (Gen 1-4).
They have been changing the design of the revolvers as well. And Glocks are changing all the time. The basic design of all these guns no matter what the manufactuer are pretty much the same design as previous years. Just different models. Heck, I can't even keep up with the new designs of the Glocks. The 43, now the 43X? Come on, give me a break.
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They have been changing the design of the revolvers as well. And Glocks are changing all the time. The basic design of all these guns no matter what the manufactuer are pretty much the same design as previous years. Just different models. Heck, I can't even keep up with the new designs of the Glocks. The 43, now the 43X? Come on, give me a break.


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Probably a SR9 gen2 or Sr9 ll. Take away all the steel, change to cheap aluminum, redesign the grips, make it look like a big fat LCP ll, then tell the consumer it is designed after the LCPll. Then let the gun rag writers off their leash to slam the world with the brand new SR9 ll as the greatest thing Ruger has done to date.
They will sell millions.
Ruger marketing has become very proficient at selling the sizzle and not the steak.

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I never cared much for the ergonomics or asthetics of the P series.

The SR series had great ergonomics to say the least. Kinda ugly IMO but pretty much every plastic pistol is. Things I disliked: the slide was unduly hard to rack for women, kids and anyone even remotely arthritic. And the teensy little safety was kinda pointless; give me a big ol’ safety or none at all.

The “Shot” show is coming up so it’s the logical time to pull the retired series quietly off the website. Look for a big “reveal” of a new series on January 22nd in Vegas. Let’s hope they get it right.
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