That’s The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly for the 3 people that didn’t figure out that. This is part three (and the final part) in our review series on the Ruger SR series of rifles and pistols, and it’s fitting that we close the series with the one Ruger I’ve shot the most, the Ruger SR9c. The SR-556 review is here, and the SR40 review is here.
In my opinion, the SR9c is the best gun in the SR pistol series. It’s hard to compare it directly with the rifle, as there are things I like about both platforms, but I’d have to say if I was picking a Ruger firearm for concealed carry, I’d go with an SR9c. Which brings an interesting point about – why the LC9? The SR9c is compact, easy to carry, easy to shoot, and holds a bunch of rounds compared to the LC9. The whole “pocket 9mm” thing is just a fad that I don’t get. But anyway, on to the review.
- Ergonomics: this gun just handles very well. The short barrel clears out of the holster in a hurry, it points well, had a low bore axis, and thanks to the dual captive recoil spring is also very mild in recoil.
- Accuracy: like the SR40, the SR9c is actually quite accurate, especially for a gun so small. I was regularly impressed with the level of accuracy I was able to squeeze out of such a small gun.
- Trigger: specifically, the trigger reset. The reset on this trigger is very positive, and very fast. With some practice, you can squeeze impressively fast splits out of this gun.
- Once again, the sights. At the risk of repeating myself, Ruger should have just put Novak or Heinie sights on the gun, instead of coming up with their own proprietary sight that doesn’t fit anyone else’s sight cut.
- The safety: on the SR40, the safety was ugly. The .40 S&W had sufficient muzzle flip to make the safety a real flesh-reaper, however on the SR9c it’s just mildly annoying.
- Ambi mag release: If you hold the gun with your hands as high as possible, and have even moderately sized hands, it’s actually quite possible to accidentally trip the mag release on the strong hand side of the gun with your firing hand. Combined with the magazine “safety”, this can render your gun dead – there is a round in the chamber, but the trigger’s dead.
- Magazine disconnect safety. I don’t like it. Never have, never will. I think that across the board they’re a bad idea.
What I’d Change
I have the unique perspective of 5k+ rounds through an SR9c, and most of it in competition where speed and accuracy are everything. With that in mind, I’d make the following changes to all of the pistols in the SR lineup:
- Make the thumb safety optional: this part should be something that a user and drop in/drop out at will. I don’t like it, so I’d get rid of it.
- Switch to Novak sights: This way a user could replace the sights with any of the many aftermarket types that fit Novak cuts.
- Delete the magazine disconnect safety entirely.
- Change the mag release from a “true” ambi release to a reversible release.
I really do like the SR9c though. I think that this is probably the best gun in Ruger’s SR pistol line-up, since it’s the easiest to carry, very easy to shoot, and generally an all around good little carry gun. When people ask me for advice on polymer carry guns, my list is always the same: Glock 19, M&P, and Ruger SR9c. I think that between those three guns if you can’t find what you need, you’re in need of more help that we can provide at Gun Nuts.