The Ruger SR9c is the compact version of the previously reviewed full sized SR9. The SR9c has been on the market for a couple years now, but like its big brother, doesn’t get the attention I think it deserves.
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SR9 Compact Features
The Ruger SR9c has virtually all of the features of the full-sized SR9, even the features I don’t like (loaded chamber indicator, magazine disconnect). As such, instead of reiterating the features of the SR9, I will instead focus on the features that are different on the SR9c.
Front Slide Serrations
The SR9c has front slide serrations, making it easier to both manipulate the slide and to press check the chamber. I like the front serrations, as they provide a better front slide grip for press checks over the full-sized SR9.
[framed_box]The addition of these serrations on the SR9c sort of validates my assertion that loaded chamber indicators should be ignored, and that press checks should be performed instead.[/framed_box]
Two Guns in One
The SR9c comes with two magazines – a 10 round magazine, and, if you live in a more free state, an extended 17 round magazine. The setup on the extended magazine is very nice. Essentially, the 17 round magazine is a full-sized SR9 magazine, and comes fitted with a removable grip adapter. When you have the 17 round magazine inserted with the grip adapter, you have virtually the same grip as the full-sized SR9.
I really like this feature, and it in a way makes the SR9c “two guns in one”. I carry the gun with the 10 round magazine, and carry the 17 round magazine as a spare. That’s 28 rounds of 9mm (10+1, 17 on the reload), which should do just fine in most social situations.
I carried the Ruger SR9c for several months in a Crossbreed SuperTuck Deluxe, which is an excellent holster and is very comfortable. The SR9c isn’t super lightweight, but it’s also not super heavy either. It is a fairly slim and compact gun considering it holds 10+1 rounds of 9mm in a flush fitting magazine.
I didn’t have any trouble carrying the SR9c, and I really liked having the option of the 17 round magazine.
In my opinion, even though the SR9c is a smaller gun, it shoots just as well as the full-sized SR9. The trigger on my SR9c is actually a little lighter and breaks just a little more cleanly than the trigger on my full-sized SR9, though I have to shoot them both in the same range session to notice. The gun isn’t super lightweight, and as such, recoil is pretty mild.
My gun has been 100% reliable with all types of ammunition except Winchester White Box (WWB). With WWB, I have had pretty consistent light strikes of the primer (I’d ballpark it at 10% failure rate). A light strike is where the striker hits the primer, but not hard enough to ignite the powder. From my extensive
research googling, this is a fairly common problem with the combination of Winchester White Box ammunition and the Ruger SR9c.
Update 8/1/2012: I recently tried WWB ammunition again in my SR9c, and it went bang as expected. I’m hopeful that Winchester has the hard primer issue sorted out, but will continue to keep my eye on it.
I really like the Ruger SR9c. I think it’s an excellent gun and is highly underrated (and even ignored) by a lot of people. If I could get an SR9c without an external safety, loaded chamber indicator and magazine disconnect, then I think it would be well on its way to being the perfect compact concealed carry handgun.