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American Handgunner Sep/Oct 2010 - Page 63
1911-style ambi-safety is standard and clicks on and off with authority. Pat Cascio T A BIG HIT For A Little Gun SR9 c during my testing, and that says a lot to my way of thinking. I put several types of 9mm through my sample, including: Winchester’s USA white box FMJ 115-gr generic and the new Winchester 124-gr JHP +P Bonded Personal Protection load to start. And, from Black Hills, their 124-gr JHP and 115-gr JHP blue box (reloaded) stuff. I like the BHA 124-gr JHP standard velocity load because it’s an absolute solid performer in every 9mm pistol I’ve put it through. Given a choice of what to use on the street in any 9mm, I’d be hard-pressed to pick between the Winchester 124-gr JHP +P Bonded Personal Protection load, and the BHA 124-gr JHP load. I don’t think you can go wrong with either choice. The little SR9c has plenty accuracy too. From 25 yds, over a rest, I placed most shots in about 3.5", with all the loads I tested. This little 9mm didn’t seem to have a real preference for one type of ammo or bullet weight over another — it gobbled everything up I fed it, and put the bullets where I aimed ’em. What more can you ask for? The MSRP for the Ruger SR9c is listed by Ruger at $525 but they seem to go for less at retail stores. A solid, small, personal-defense gun with all the features of the big brother, but in a handier platform. RUGER’S aking after its big brother, the new smaller version offers the quality and reliability of the parent model, with some added features. The little Ruger SR9c (“c” for compact) has a 3.50" bbl, and a 1.27" grip width. It also has an accessory rail for lights and lasers. And, like it’s bigger brother, the SR9, it has a loaded chamber indicator, as well as ambidextrous 1911style thumb safeties, and the safety inside the trigger itself. There is also the reversible, albeit abbreviated back strap, that can be easily switched from flat to the curved side. The front serrations on the slide are new, and I like ’em. The little SR9c weighs in at only 23.40 oz making it a light-weight you can pack all day. What sets the SR9c apart from the rest of the field? First off, there’s the fully adjustable rear sight you can adjust for windage and elevation. Most compact pistols have rear sights adjustable for windage only. The SR9c comes with two magazines; one is the 10-rd mag you’ll want to carry in the gun, and the spare is a 17-rd mag, fitted with a sleeve, so it gives you the full-length grip of the full-sized SR9. The 10-rd mag comes with a flat base plate on it. However, Ruger wisely included an extended base plate, with a “pinky catcher” on it, so your pinky doesn’t dangle in the air, or you curve it under the flat base plate. Personally, I think the extended base plate should be standard on the SR9c. In any event, you can configure the 10-rd mag with either base plate to suit your needs. I usually like a flat back strap on my pistols when possible. I left the curved side of the rubber back strap on the SR9C and never looked back, it just felt perfect to me and the students who tested my sample. This little 9mm pistol just seems to fit my hand, well, perfectly. It feels good, and that, my friends, is half the battle. It doesn’t matter how good a pistol might shoot, if it doesn’t fit your hand properly, you’re going into the battle handicapped. Solid Little Shooter It’s a Ruger! Reliability is there, period! There were no malfunctions The SR9c disassembles easily, and without any tools. * SR9c with flat base plate installed — Pat didn’t like this set up much. With the pinky base plate installed, the whole feel of the gun is changed for the better. WWW.AMERICANHANDGUNNER.COM 63