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Ruger S9 Experience?

Discussion in 'Handgun Discussion' started by elsullo, Sep 13, 2009.

  1. elsullo

    elsullo Portland Oregon New Member

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    I'd be grateful for Ruger S9 owner's comments on how they like it. Does the trigger improve over time? How is reliability? All S9 shooter's personal experience is welcome....................elsullo
     
  2. gunjunky

    gunjunky Arlington, WA Active Member

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    I too have been eye-balling this nifty pistol and hope you get some feedback.
     
  3. actionflies

    actionflies Beaverton, Oregon Member

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    Are you talking about the SR9? If so, do a search because there are a lot of reviews about this 9mm. I shot one and the trigger was very heavy (around 15lb.) and releasing the slide with the slide stop lever was near impossible. I'm sure the gun was defective.
     
  4. blindfaith

    blindfaith salem Member

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    I have a SR9 and like most didn't like to trigger pull at all when I bought it, in fact I tried to sell it off. After a good cleaning I put 200 rounds through the gun and it has been flawless. The trigger pull after about 50 rounds was noticeably better and seems to get better the more I shoot. My groups are good but a little high to the right. After a sight adjustment, I should be good to go. I'm thoroughly impressed with it so far.
     
  5. WAYNO

    WAYNO Oregon City Gold Supporter Gold Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Here's some impressions I've posted on another forum...



    Okay...Since I posted this, I went out and shot this gun. It was not a bright day, and the gap at the sides of the rear sight was not an issue.

    Here's my impressions of shooting this gun. First of all, it does NOT like 115 grainers. A full 25% of a magazine would stove-pipe. Many of the empties that did not jam, just kind of crawled out of the receiver, and laid on top of my hand. Not at all positive ejection.

    147 grainers, on the other hand, worked like a charm, without any malfunctions of any kind. Still, somewhat soft ejection, as the empties came straight back, in slow motion, and tried going down my shirt. Either way, I expect as the gun loosens up a little bit, the slide will work a little faster.

    I would have tried 124 grainers, but with the mass exodus of ammo in this area, there were no 124 grainers to be had, at any store.

    The trigger? In dry firing this gun, I found the trigger-arc to be pretty short, for any double action only gun. In actual firing, it felt more like I was shooting a single-action auto, as it did not require much pressure on the trigger, and I didn't even sense the trigger moving, and it'd go bang.

    Recoil? Not that a 9mm has much recoil, but some guns transmit recoil more than others. I think the felt recoil with this gun is less than on any 9mm semi auto I've ever shot. It's extremely easy to shoot.

    Last thing? The magazine loader. I'm glad they provide one, as these magazines would be VERY difficult to load, without one. Didn't matter if it was the 1st round, or the 17th round, I found I did need to use the loader.

    In a nutshell, assuming a break-in period cures the "problems", I'll say I'm pleased with this gun. I look forward to doing some more serious range work with it, and see what it will be capable of. If anybody was interested in one of these, and asked my opinion, I'd tell them to buy one.

    WAYNO.

    Well, I finally had a chance to take this SR9 out for another road-test.

    To re-cap my previous experience...This gun worked perfectly with 147 grain loads, but didn't work so well with 115-grainers. I was also concerned with the anemic ejection.

    Today, I fired a full magazine of 147 grainers. They worked perfectly. Then, I tried a bunch of 124 grainers. Again, perfect!

    Okay, now it was time to try the 115's. First magazine, one stove-pipe, (the 10th round in the magazine). Then I tried a bunch more 115's, and no more malfunctions.

    I suspected this gun was tight, and the slide wasn't recoiling fast enough. Now that I've got a bunch more rounds thru the gun, and its getting a little more broken in, and it's no longer jamming with any loads, this reinforces what I suspected.

    And, the ejected empties? They're no longer hitting my arm or chest. Still a little sluggish, but at least they're ejecting to the right, about two feet.



    Another thing I mentioned earlier, was the trigger pull. It's extremely light, and with the short arc, it feels not much different than shooting a single-action semi auto. This is a gun that if carried chambered, it would be very wise to engage the safety. It's not at all like the trigger on traditional double actions.

    Oh. One more thing. Originally, I commented that in loading the magazine, the loader was absolutely necessary, as the magazine spring was very stiff. Another poster said that after time, the spring would soften up, and the loader would not be needed. He was right. I had no problems loading a lot of magazines today, and never once used the loader.

    WAYNO.
     
  6. eriknemily

    eriknemily Tillamook County (Cheese!) Member

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    I owned an SR9 for about six months. I don't have the luxury of affording multiple handguns at this point in life so I sold the SR9 for a compact M&P. With that being said I really liked the SR9. When I had it up for sale I wrote this review to another member:

    I hope that's helpful. And I still highly recommend the MTAC holster
     
  7. elsullo

    elsullo Portland Oregon New Member

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    Thankyou all for your response! Let's hope Ruger is working on a compact model!........................elsullo ;)
     
  8. eriknemily

    eriknemily Tillamook County (Cheese!) Member

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    +1:thumbup:
     
  9. BryanO

    BryanO W.WA Member

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    Great gun! Felt great in my hand, especially considering the capacity. Very thin, in my opinion. We have one at an indoor range, and it is a popular rental. No complaints that I've heard! My opinion is that it is a great gun for the price.