A few weeks ago, I was looking for a 9mm and came across the new Ruger SR9. I looked at it several times before making the purchase. The place I purchased the SR9 from did not have any to rent for test shooting, but I have always liked Ruger and decided to make the purchase anyway.
I took the SR9 straight from the place of purchase to the shooting range. I couldn’t way to put a few down range from this pistol! It had a fantastic feel and felt like a really good pistol. I loaded up both of the magazines that came with it with Luger 9mm’s and stepped out on the range. This is when the disappointment started for me. Out of 4 magazines I shot that day, the SR9 probably jammed 10 times. The pistol was jamming in 2 places – at the barrel ramp AND in the slide. I thought, “Ok, I’ll take it home, field strip it, clean and polish all the parts and it’ll be fine…..
I did just that, took the SR9 home, clean and polished the parts and took it back to the range again the next day.
This time, instead of jamming 10 times out of 4 magazines, it was jamming every 2nd or 3rd shot!!
Now a Really Bad feeling is setting in – I purchased a lemon of a pistol! I even tried firing other ammo instead of Luger and that didn’t help either. Now the disappointment is really setting in with a good measure of depression to go with it!
I took the pistol to my local gunshop and had them look at it. As soon as they racked the slide back, they found something was really wrong. It was sticking on something under the slide and PLUS, there was wear signs on the back of the frame where the slide moves over it. Something that really should not be there since it’s been fired less that 60 times. A couple more people looked at the pistol before someone told me I MAY have purchased a pre-production model of the SR9 – before all the tolerances and parts have been “honed” in….
Then someone said that Ruger is supposed to have one of the best customer services in the industry… That still didn’t make me feel any better because now, I have to pay to ship my pistol back to Ruger either by FedEX or UPS since you cannot send firearms through USPS… I could see dollar signs racking up in now time doing something like this.
2 days later, I returned the SR9 back to the place I purchased it and “horse-traded” it back to them for a Glock 17.
After getting the Glock, I took it straight to the range also. The Glock 17 shot fantastic! I shot probably a 4-5 inch group straight out of the box – and it DIDN’T jam Any!
It doesn’t stop here. After the range, I took a trip back to the gunshop when I got back into town and had them put a set of Trijicon night sights on the Glock and I also looked at a 9mm I was originally looking at before I decided to buy the Ruger SR9.
The Smith and Wesson M&P 9.
All it took was for me to hold this pistol in my hand one more time. The Smith and Wesson MP 9mm went home with me that evening also.
No matter what pistol manufacturer you trust to make a quality pistol, more than not, there WILL be a few lemons out there.
Will I ever have another Ruger? Yes, of course. I own a Ruger P345 .45 caliber and love it – wouldn’t give it up for anything. While it’s not a striker fire pistol – it’s a hammer fire, I Still love this Ruger.
Will I ever own another Ruger SR9? Probably, but I will most likely not purchase it NIB (New In Box).
Out of the few shots I was able to fire through the Ruger SR9, I was very happy with.