Last November I reviewed Rugerís
then-new SR9 striker-fired auto pistol. The SR9 was a
new design for Ruger, being a polymer frame striker-fired
pistol, but the slim 9mm pistol was a big hit with handgun
buyers, and the one that I tested shot very well. It fit my
hand, was comfortable to shoot, and functioned perfectly. As can
be seen in the video
that accompanies that earlier review, the muzzle rise is
low, and the pistol is very easy to shoot.
I also commented, at the end of that review,
that the SR9 is backed by Rugerís stellar reputation for
customer service. Being the editor of Gunblast.com, I get
feedback everyday about customer service in the gun industry;
good and bad. I can tell you without even trying to take a poll
that Ruger is at the top of the heap in customer service. Some
firearms companies have the attitude that there cannot possibly
be anything wrong with one of their firearms, and that any
problem found must be the customerís fault. Ruger ainít like
that. Not long after I published that SR9 review, Ruger realized
that there was a problem with a few of the SR9s, and that it
could possibly lead to an accidental discharge if the pistol was
dropped really hard with the safety in the ďfireĒ position.
Ruger immediately stopped production of the pistol, and recalled
every SR9 that had been shipped at that point.
When Ruger discovered that there was a potential
problem, all their new projects came to a screeching halt, and
they put every engineer that they had onto redesigning the
internals of the SR9. Ruger has a couple of very interesting new
firearms in the works, and hopefully, I will be able to report
on those soon. I am chomping at the bit to get my hands on one
of their newest, but it is to Rugerís credit that they put
customer safety and satisfaction before sales of a new firearm.
Anyway, with a couple of internal parts
redesigned, I have one of the SR9 pistols that has went through
the recall process. The most noticeable change to the outside of
the SR9 is the trigger blade. Several internal trigger parts
have been replaced, but SR9 owners will immediately notice the
trigger blade itself. It has a pivoting center blade which looks
just like a Glock trigger. This blade must be depressed
to allow the trigger to be pulled. It also serves as an
overtravel stop. Some of the earliest SR9 pistols had a
different magazine latch than did the latter ones, so they are
being upgraded to the new style if needed, allowing the use of
early or later SR9 magazines with the pistol. Also, the magazine
safety disconnect and striker block have been redesigned, and
are being replaced.
The rebuilt SR9 sent to me was fired with a wide
variety of 9mm ammunition, and as expected, it worked perfectly
will all ammo tested. The only problem encountered with the test
pistol was that it had a sticky magazine catch at first, but
that problem corrected itself after a bit of shooting. The new
trigger seems to be a real improvement. I liked the trigger just
fine on the early version, but the new SR9 trigger feels
smoother, and a bit easier to reach. The trigger pull on the SR9
measured six and three-quarters pounds. The trigger travel is
about three-eighths of an inch, and the reset is only about
one-quarter inch. This short trigger reach, combined with the
excellent grip of the SR9 makes it very easy to shoot well and
The accuracy displayed by the SR9 was pretty
good. Seven yard rapid fire drills kept every shot in the kill
zone of a reduced-sized human silhouette target with ease, and
five-shot twenty-five yard groups from a handheld rested
position measured between two and one-half and three and
one-half inches using high performance combat ammo, depending
upon the load chosen, and did a bit better with my handloads.
The rear sight is elevation adjustable to accommodate various
ammunition, and both front and rear sights are windage
adjustable by drifting in their dovetail cuts in the slide.
I wonít cover every detail of the SR9 again
here, but refer the reader to my
previous review. My purpose here is to highlight only
the changes that Ruger is making to the recalled SR9 pistols,
but I will make a comment that I am still delighted with the
feel and handling qualities of the SR9. The grip is much thinner
than a 1911 auto, yet holds seventeen 9mm cartridges instead of
the 1911 holding seven or eight .45 ACP cartridges. I still love
the good old 1911 design, and carry one often, but an
eighteen-shot 9mm with a thinner grip has a lot to offer as
well. It is like having a built-in reload.
Ruger has already shipped the first batch of
recalled pistols back to their owners. They are trying to
process about one thousand pistols per week, and they are
calling the guns in at different times, so that the gun owner
will be without his pistol no longer than necessary. Ruger pays
shipping both ways, will try to get the guns in and out in a
week, and gives the SR9 owner a free extra magazine for his
trouble and inconvenience. Ruger is spending a lot of money to
do this, but they are obsessed with safety at Ruger, and are
still retrofitting the early Blackhawk,
Bearcat, and Single-Six
revolvers with new lockwork, even though they were all built
decades ago. Ruger seems to be very committed to customer
service. I wish that all gun makers were the same.
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The SR9 is a perfect fit for the author's hand.
Compared to the beloved 1911A1 pistol (left), the
SR9 (right) is slimmer, lighter and holds substantially
Seven-yard rapid-fire group shows the SR9 would is
a handy and capable defensive weapon.
The SR9 is simple and easy to disassemble for
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