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Old February 28th, 2020, 05:14 PM   #1
 
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SR9 vs The American

I really like the look of the SR9 pistol only to find out its discontinued. Folks recommend the American. Is one any better than the other?



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Old February 28th, 2020, 06:24 PM   #2
 
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I actually like the feel of the SR9 better than my Ruger American. The American just feels bigger/thicker to me while the SR9 feels just right.
I do like both just the SR9 a little better.
SR series pistols are still out there and available for good prices.

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I've never shot a standard SR, though I own and have shot a 9E. I also own and have shot an American full-size Pro in 9mm. Observations:

1. The 9E is more slender and more ergonomic in my hands, while the American feels fatter all around and heavier.
2. The American feels smoother in operation, whether racking the slide or squeezing the trigger.
3. The 9E looks like the standard Ruger centerfire pistol, inside and out. In other words, tough and functional if a bit rough here and there. The F&F on the American is very high quality and compares favorably to any HK or Sig I've had apart. This isn't necessarily a negative for the SR, as both work fine, it's just that the American looks and feels more refined.

Also: The American is easier to take apart for cleaning or work, with its rotating Sig-like takedown lever. I also prefer the additional metal components in the American (guide rod, trigger/trigger safety lever, and mag release buttons) over their plastic counterparts in the SR. Again, this isn't necessarily a strike against the SR, as plastic components have proven to be quite durable in many modern pistols, but metal is my preference when available.

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I have owned a 9E (almost same gun as SR9, I actually prefer the 9E) and a Amercian, although in .45. I still own the 9E, carry it everyday, have long since traded off the American. The American was a good gun, don't get me wrong, but just a tad too big to pack around. I have shot a American compact 9mm, but not the full size. It seemed bigger to me too, even though it was a compact, in grip area. The 9E actually fits my hand better than any handgun, with the exception of a 1911, that I have ever tried. In short, if you just want a gun to shoot at the range, or for home defense, any of them should do just fine. To CC, you might want something a tad smaller than the American. And welcome to the forum!
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I have owned a 9E (almost same gun as SR9, I actually prefer the 9E)
The biggest improvement with the 9E (imho) was the removal of that godawful LCI.
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I own a 9E and an American in 45 and previously had an SR40. The American is a full sized "duty" pistol where the SR pistols are smaller. It's not quite as big a difference between the full sized Glocks and smaller versions, but its close.

I personally prefer the Security 9 the most now but the 9E is still my second favorite pistol. Both are small enough to potentially conceal if you needed to and very manageable with the 9mm round without needing the weight of the American sized pistols, which IMHO are better suited for larger calibers like 45ACP.
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The biggest improvement with the 9E (imho) was the removal of that godawful LCI.
I couldn't agree more sir.
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The LCI doesn’t bother me. In fact I rather like that feature. To each his own they say.
I’ve bought three SR9 pistols and an SR45 - the first 9mm was 10 years ago (gifted it to one of my sons). Just gifted the .45 to another son for Christmas, so I bought two more SR9s, one for $300, the last for $250. Much better deals than the $430 I paid for the older ones years ago.

Prefer the slender & smaller SR over the “clunky” RAP.
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The LCI doesn’t bother me. In fact I rather like that feature. To each his own they say.
Indeed. I can see how one might appreciate both the increased visual aid the LCI provides and particularly its tactile qualities, especially in low light. I'm not opposed to LCIs, but I wish Ruger had chosen a more subtle design, and I find the 9E's lack of LCI preferable to the one on the rest of the SRs.
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I own an American and have shot a 9E and both are reliable and well built. Neither is better than the other. Go with what feels best in your hands. I wouldn't worry about a pistol being discontinued because both models will outlast you. At some point even the American will be discontinued. And from what I understand the SR9 hasn't really been discontinued yet. They were brought back as a dealer exclusive and are still up on Ruger's website. Also I was at my local Academy Sports last weekend and saw one show up under the gun counter. You can go to Academy's website (Academy.com) and order one new right now if that's something that interests you. The SR's are still being built as of this time.

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The biggest improvement with the 9E (imho) was the removal of that godawful LCI.
I like the LCI. It in no way interferes with sighting, and I like knowing that in a dark room I can tell if a round is chambered just by touching it.

To the OP's question, I have an American compact .45 and two SRs, one compact and one full size. Americans and SRs are both good guns, though I prefer the feel and the appearance of the SRs
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Shot a buddy's American Pro 9mm today, along with a Glock G23 (.40 cal) and my Beretta 92FS.

I love my Beretta, but the RAP is right there with it, I would not hesitate getting one, he got his for $300, one of the online dealers had a sale going last week.

The RAP is a nice looking pistol and fit my hand very well. We both shot our GSG Firesly .22 also, and I commented the RAP feels a lot like the Firefly only a bit larger. I like the weight of the RAP, didn't lay them side by side but I thought the RAP was about 1" shorter than the 92FS.
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Agree with what has been said before.
I own a compact American 9, and have shot a couple of other models; I have shot a variety of SR's in 9, 40, and 45, but own none.

In looking for a mid sized carry pistol that met my needs, I came down to the American compact and the SR9C. It was the closest choice in a firearm I have ever made. In the end, I chose the American for the following 4 reasons:
1. It is a more solid design and build; that also makes it about 4 oz heavier, but that didn't concern me.
2. I liked the 1911ish safety better. In the end, the safety on the SR is probably better for concealed carry because it is easy to disengage the American safety by accident because of its size.
3. The changeable backstraps and easy takedown were nice features that I appreciate (I use the large on the American)
4. The American was about $100 cheaper at the time; not a consideration right now. Don't get me wrong, I don't let price drive my choices, but it is a factor.
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I bought a RAP Compact in 9MM when introduced, Hard fail at 20 rounds, Ruger Fixed it, did not say what was wrong fixed or anything except they fired three magazine of Black Hills ammo through it and for me to use better ammo. (I was using 'crap' ammo) I instantly put another 80 rounds of that same 'crap' ammo thru it and then put it on the shelf ..... loaded. I guess after four or five years I should re-lube it.

Not a RAP fan or 9MM fan anymore.
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I dunno. I think the RAP was Ruger's way of trying to get in on the M&P market. One of the TFB guys did a video on the SR series, and I kind of agree with what he said. It was only a few design features away from being totally awesome.

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