If you are a fan of Sturm, Ruger & Company’s SR9 series, but want a compact model, then you need to check out the SR9c.

Ruger began producing the SR9C in 2010. The “c” in the name stands for compact, and the 9 indicates its 9mm caliber. Ruger did more than just shrink their popular SR9 in this new pistol. Instead, they’ve updated and fix a few issues that plagued its bigger siblings. This has resulted in an extremely versatile self-defense weapon that is backed by Ruger’s commitment to quality and performance. Its been around for eight years and has a lot to recommend it to any gun owner. Read on to find out more about this awesome little semi-automatic pistol.

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Ruger SR9c Review

Models and Specs

Ruger only makes four models of the SR9c. All four and their specs are listed below.

SR9c                                                   

            Specs

 

                        Caliber: 9mm

                        Capacity: 17+1 AND 10+1

                        Barrel Length: 3.40 in.

                        Overall Length: 6.85 in.

                        Width: 1.27 in.

Height: 4.61 in.

                        Weight (unloaded): 23.4 oz.

           

Designs

           

Model 3313: Comes with 17+1 capacity, black high-performance glass-filled Nylon grip frame, and a stainless-steel slide. MSRP=$569.00

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Model 3314: Comes with 17+1 capacity, black high-performance glass-filled Nylon grip frame, and an alloy steel slide. MSRP=$569.00

 

Model 3316: Comes with 10+1 capacity, black high-performance glass-filled Nylon grip frame, and a stainless-steel slide. MSRP=$569.00

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Model 3317: Comes with 10+1 capacity, black high-performance glass-filled Nylon grip frame, and an alloy steel slide. MSRP=$569.00

 

 

Features

The SR9 series, and SR9c specifically, include a lot of features that make them stand above the other

 

            Grip

Even though the Ruger SR9c is smaller and lighter than the SR9, it still retains the same grip width as the bigger gun—however, to be fair, the SR9 had the thinnest double stack grip of any pistol. The slightly larger width grip for a compact pistol is important in the SR9c because it makes the grip easier to hold. The full-sized grip also means that the SR9c accepts most of the full-sized SR9 accessories and magazines. So, if you are an SR9 owner, you don’t have to purchase completely new accessories or magazines for your new SR9c.

 

Variability is the name of the game with the SR9c’s grip. You can choose between a 10+1 magazine or a larger 17+1. Ruger also has a grip extension for the pistol. All of these options make the SR9c feel and handle less like a compact and more like a full-sized pistol.

 

            Trigger

Ruger has attempted to fix the trigger problems with the full-size SR9 in the SR9c, and some reviewers claim that they were successful.[1] The manufacturer claims that the striker-fired trigger for the SR9c has around a 6 lb. pull, and they have been proven accurate by shooters.[2] As with every trigger, there will be those that dislike the light pull and its reset. However, the lack of take-up in addition to the light pull make this an easy pistol to shoot quickly and accurately, which sets it apart from its compact competition.[3]

 

            Accuracy

All of Ruger’s pistols are accurate firearms. But, keep in mind that the short body of the SR9c means that it is slightly hard to hold and will produce more felt recoil. It may also be harder for people with large hands to hold properly, but there are extended magazines available for purchase.

 

Although the Ruger SR9c may require some practice to shoot well, its three white dot sights are quite good. They are not tritium night sights. But, still, their low profile and visibility work for the shooter instead of against them.[4]

 

            Safeties

The SR9c includes two manual safeties—the same that can be found on the full-sized SR9. The two safeties are on the front of the trigger and the frame. The frame safety is about the same size and in the same position as Ruger’s SR1911.[5]

 

If you are someone that does not enjoy manual safeties, you will likely have a problem with the SR9c. However, the multiple manual safeties on the pistol make it safe for even the most novice shooter to use effectively. People of every skill level will need to train to use these safeties, so that you can disengage them without shot in a defensive situation.

 

Why Buy?

Do you want a semi-automatic pistol that is light, compact, and handles extremely well? Then the SR9c is for you. For an all-day conceal carry weapon you can’t do worse. The SR9c’s low weight will make it comfortable to wear all day, while its thin profile will keep it from printing on your clothing.

 

In all, Ruger’s decision to shrink their popular SR9 has been a fruitful one. These are highly competitive little pistols that will keep you and your family safe. Check out a Ruger SR9c today.

 

[1] Average Joe’s Handgun Reviews. “Ruger SR9c Compact 9mm,” Average Joe’s Handgun Reviews (April 25, 2010), http://averagejoeshandgunreviews.blogspot.com/2010/04/ruger-sr9c-compact-9mm.html (accessed May 11, 2018) AND Robert Farago, “Gun Review: Ruger SR9c,” The Truth About Guns (September 21, 2010), http://www.thetruthaboutguns.com/2010/09/robert-farago/gun-review-ruger-sr9c/ (accessed May 11, 2018).

 

[2] Robert Farago, “Gun Review: Ruger SR9c,” The Truth About Guns (September 21, 2010), http://www.thetruthaboutguns.com/2010/09/robert-farago/gun-review-ruger-sr9c/ (accessed May 11, 2018).

 

[3] Robert Farago, “Gun Review: Ruger SR9c,” The Truth About Guns (September 21, 2010), http://www.thetruthaboutguns.com/2010/09/robert-farago/gun-review-ruger-sr9c/ (accessed May 11, 2018).

[4] “Ruger SR9c,” Guns.com, http://www.guns.com/reviews/ruger-sr9c (accessed May 11, 2018).

 

[5] “Ruger SR9c,” Guns.com, http://www.guns.com/reviews/ruger-sr9c/ (accessed May 11, 2018).

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