Sturm, Ruger and Company released a new combat pistol for police work and self-defense: the SR9.
The SR9 is Ruger’s first striker-fired pistol, and it features a glass-filled nylon frame. This handgun looks to chart a new course for the company that has been long favored for its revolvers and rifles. I would not be surprised to see other calibers – such as the SR40 and SR45 – introduced at a later date.
The backstrap on the frame is removable, so the officer may insert different sized and shaped backstraps to best fit his or her hand.
Standard magazines hold 17 rounds, and 10 round magazines are available for jurisdictions that have passed useless laws banning normal capacity magazines for non-police officers.
Trigger pull is a nice 6.5 pounds. The pistol has an ambidextrous 1911-style safety, and an ambidextrous magazine release. The thumb safety is a bit smaller than I would like, but I’m told that Ruger did extensive testing with the guns to ensure there would be no problems.
Ruger included a trigger safety, striker-blocker, and magazine disconnect. A visual and tactile loaded chamber indicator is also built in to this gun.
The SR9 has a standard accessory rail, so police officers wanting to add a tactical light will have no problem.
This pistol is sleek and handsome. I look forward to shooting it, and will let you know how it does.
Editor’s Note: Since the original introduction of this pistol, the company has indeed expanded the line of guns that this one started. There are now pistols chambered for the .40 S&W and .45 ACP cartridges.
Ruger also offers the SR9 with a green frame. This version of the pistol uses an OD green color for the grip and body while keeping a matte black finish on the slide, trigger and safety.
One additional thing the company did is chop the guns down for a compact version. The SR9C offers most of the same features a the main pistols, but in an easier to conceal package.
Special note: if you need a holster for the SR9 C, make sure you check out the list of carry rigs at GunsHolstersAndGear.com. There is a long, comprehensive list of scabbards for these pistols there.