Ruger has recently been on fire, coming out with interesting and even compelling new firearms in quick succession. At a time when so many manufacturers are missing the boat, it’s good to see an American gun manufacturer doing some good things.
One of the new releases from Ruger is a compact 9mm pistol, the Security-9. It’s a double-stack, mid-sized pistol that very closely follows the dimensions of the Glock 19, but in a hammer-fired configuration that doesn’t show the hammer (it’s internal). The exterior and interior of the Security-9 make it seem very much like a larger version of the LCP II. But since it so closely mimics the Glock 19, it would seem to be a direct challenger…for nearly half the price!
Why Consider the Ruger Security-9?
Price and size vs. capacity would seem to be the strongest reasons to consider the Security-9. Its height, width, and length are almost identical to the G19 and it has the same 15+1 capacity. However, instead of a $500-$600 price tag, the Ruger comes in at $289-$380 (I’ve seen $289 already).
Its size and capacity make it a good choice for concealed carry, but it has other features that may appeal to some people. Being hammer fired, the slide is a bit easier to rack than that of a striker-fired gun. So people who have trouble with stiff recoil springs will better enjoy the Security-9. Also, the grip has a smaller circumference than that of many pistols, so those with smaller hands may like this pistol for that feature.
Ruger Security-9 Specs:
- Caliber: 9mm
- Length: 7.24″
- Height: 5”
- Width: 1.02”
- Barrel: 4” blued, alloy steel
- Sights: Drift-adjustable U-notch
- Safety: Left-side thumb lever
- Weight: 23.7 oz. w/empty magazine
- Slide: Blued, Through-Hardened alloy steel
- Frame: Glass-filled nylon
- Capacity: 15+1 or 10+1 (2 magazines)
- MSRP: $379
First Impressions from Shooting the Security-9
I found nothing remarkably good or bad about shooting the Security-9. It feels and shoots pretty much like any other polymer gun. The rear sight is a U-notch, just like that on a stock Glock pistol. There’s nothing necessarily wrong with that, but I did find it a bit difficult to pick up the front sight in the U-notch—specifically because my near vision is not the greatest—like most men my age I use reading glasses. 3-dot sights are no problem for me, but the Security-9 sights were not as clear for me and I had to work harder than normal to get proper sight alignment. Therefore, those who need reading glasses would do well to replace the dovetailed rear sight.
The sight discomfort aside, I found the Security-9 to be an accurate pistol. I did some bench-rest shots and my hits were right on at 15 yards. Unlike a Glock 19, I felt no discomfort under the trigger guard. I did notice a bit more felt recoil with this pistol than with my Glock, I guess owing to the lighter recoil spring weight, but this was negligible.
Comfort, Controllability, & Capacity
The capacity is what one would expect from a pistol of this size, but which few deliver: 15 rounds in the magazine. Most guns with 15-round capacity have a taller grip than a G19, but this Ruger manages to match that height.
The Security-9 felt good in my medium-sized hands and allows for easy reach to the trigger. The controls seem well placed and I got no raw spots on my hands from abrasion or controls rubbing me while firing. It’s a comfortable gun.
My only gripe about shooting this pistol was the lack of any structure or texture on the forward frame for my support-hand thumb (this is a common complaint of mine) so I was unable to enlist the help of my thumb to mitigate muzzle flip. It’s likely that a bit of stippling there would help (if it’s possible to stipple a glass-filled-nylon frame). Muzzle flip wasn’t bad, after all the pistol has quite the low bore axis, but I’d prefer a landing for my thumb.
Components and Features
The slide is nicely contoured and has curved serrations front and rear. I found them to be easily grippable for slide racking. The hammer is concealed inside the slide so this looks and seems to work like a striker-fired pistol. The glass-filled nylon frame grip has texture identical to that on the LCP II, so it’s grippy, but mild. I still say it’ll require stippling for daily carry.
The trigger is almost exactly like that of the LCP II. It is very smooth and almost without a wall. It does not bind up before the break, but has more of a hammer-fired characteristic (since it is a hammer-fired gun). There is absolutely no overtravel, due to the built-in stop on the bottom of the trigger guard. The reset is a bit long for my taste. I short stroked the reset a time or two when shooting. That said, the trigger is really quite nice and I would not balk at this trigger on any of my guns.
The sights are drift adjustable and are, I believe, metal of some sort, though I cannot find information on just what material they’re made from. There is a thumb safety lever on the left side of the frame. It is small and unobtrusive, but I found it very difficult to operate. I could not use my strong-hand thumb to engage the safety, but managed to thumb it “off”. I had to use my support hand to engage the safety. Really stiff.
Some components that immediately got my attention were the aluminum (!) slide rails and the thin, contoured barrel. The slide rails are the full length of the internal components, but they’re made of aluminum. I don’t know how common aluminum slide rails are among firearms, but I cannot imagine this is a good choice, as the steel of the slide will surely wear down the rails in time. The barrel is quite thin as compared to other 9mm pistol barrels, and it has that LCP contour toward the mouth of the barrel, rendering it paper thin at that point. Again, I’d prefer a thicker construction and have to believe this is a potential point of failure with much use.
Comparing the Security 9 with the Glock 19
Since the Security-9 is almost identical in dimension and weight to the Glock 19, one assumes it is meant to be a commercial challenger. So here is a side-by-side comparison of specs:
|Model:||Ruger Security-9||Glock 19|
|Barrel:||4″ cold hammer forged||4.02″|
|Trigger:||~5 lb.||~5.5-6 lb.|
|Sights:||Drift-adjustable w/U-marked rear||Polymer w/U-marked rear|
|Weight:||23.7 oz.||23.65 oz.|
|Slide:||Blued||Black Melonite +nDLC|
This is a 15+1 pistol that is light and almost exactly the size of a G19 for about 60% of the price! This makes it an inexpensive way for responsible folks to carry an adequately sized gun. It is comfortable, easy to rack the slide, and is good for folks with smaller hands. The trigger is quite nice and it’s an accurate pistol for defensive ranges. The sights are drift adjustable.
The slide rails are made of aluminum. The barrel is of less than optimal construction and thickness. The sights will likely need to be replaced.
So for rating the Ruger Security-9 SECURITY-9…
It’s no Sphinx, but the grip is comfortable and most of the controls are well placed, but for the thumb safety.
Definitely an easy-to-shoot pistol, but the frame construction doesn’t allow you to use your support hand to mitigate muzzle flip.
I found it accurate out to 15 yards (likely more, but I didn’t test at longer ranges).
The Security-9 is slightly thinner than a Glock 19, making it eminently concealable for many folks.
For the price, the Ruger Security-9 appears to be a very good value.
This is an interesting pistol. It would seem to embody some important trade-offs. It’s a pistol almost identical in dimension and size to a Glock 19, but the construction and components are not on par with Glock quality. However, you get an otherwise nice pistol for around 60% of the cost of the Glock! It’s a hammer-fired gun, but you don’t see the hammer. You get a nice trigger, but the components may not last for as many rounds as would a more expensive gun.
My conclusion here is that if you’re looking for a mid-capacity, concealable, well-functioning, easy-to-shoot pistol but have a tight budget, this would be a good one to pick up. For the price, the Ruger Security-9 would seem to offer an excellent value.
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Spoken like someone with a lack of metallurgy. This gun has a one piece high grade aluminum chassis with full length guide rails, not MIM parts. You talk like it’s made from melted soda cans when there are AL alloys that are tougher than some steels. You complain about the barrel, but acknowledge that it is an accurate gun. The sights seem to be a personal issue, most people will probably find them very serviceable. Modern technology and manufacturing methods give us far superior products compared to the old ways.
I bow to your metallurgical prowess, but I’ll wait for you to show that this aluminum alloy is tougher than the alloy steel slide; I have no idea, as I specifically said in the review. As for the barrel, I acknowledge what you’re referencing here, but said “I believe it could be a potential point of failure.” That has nothing to do with today’s accuracy with a new gun. Please present your well-worn data or maybe write less from your emotions. Thanks.
Keep the thing lubed right an it will last. Not a war weapon. Not a range trainer. Definitely a personal protection piece. I’ve put 500 rounds thru 2 of them without even a single malfunction.
As requested, well worn data:
92fs Beretta, Sig P226 both have aluminum frame rails with steel slides. So many more examples available.
Wondering, did you contact Ruger and voice your thin barrel concerns? Might be interesting to speak with an engineer type and get their input.
Yep, nobody disses the venerable p226, and it has aluminum rails.
The Ruger is an excellent gun the safety maybe drift at first but it is fine right after I would rather a safety be like that and easyier to disingage when you go to fire. I have never heard of anyone having an issue with thumbs before must be the way you place your hands slide rails are tougher than what you made them seem and the barrel I like other Ruger barrels which seem to be fine in the long run.I think you wanted to find some fault in the security 9 and have issue that are not valid .
This is a typical barrel for Ruger and has no down size to it it just makes it easier to get the barrel out when cleaning
I think the aluminum rails will hold up with proper lube. Plus what are planes made off not steel. Plus if the barrel fails send it back to Ruger
I think you’re probably right Rick, that keeping it well lubed will make it last; as Eric stated, it’s not a range trainer or war weapon. But it is for personal defense & failed barrel in that situation is unacceptable as the result may be that you’re no longer around to send it back to Ruger. Also, as one who builds planes; that comparison is apples & oranges. Airplanes are not designed to, nor will they tolerate rubbing back & forth on something. An excellent example of a plane rubbing on something would be, well……a crash.
Don’t take the heat Andy… Anyone can see that Dave M is a fart smeller, er, a… I mean a smart feller !! He’s just so superior what with all his degrees in metallurgy that it’s hard for him to be civil to a mere Professional Gun’riter spouting off his carefully researched knowledge on a particular Roscoe … I mean, how dare you?
A guy named Average Shooter has a Security-9 with around 6500 rounds through it, says he has never lubed of cleaned it and has had zero failures.
He’s on YouTube, btw.
I just bought a Ruger Security 9. However, it is a Army drab in color, has reflective sights ( probably the wrong terminology).
2/15 round clips.
I have a small hand and it fits better than any I have with the exception of my 380 EZ slide.it has the aluminum alloy barrell.
I do not know where all the Rugers are manufactured , but this one was in Prescott, Az.
After reading the comments, I can not wait to go to the range.
However, I also have a 9m Plus P.
As we know it can shoot a hotter round.
I would like for you to confirm my thinking. I DO NOT want to shoot one of these rounds in my Ruger 9.
Thanks in advance.
From the user manual:
“The RUGER® SECURITY-9® pistol is compatible with standard factory ammunition loaded to U.S. Industry Standards, including hollow-point loads loaded in brass or aluminum cases. No 9mm ammunition manufactured in
accordance with NATO, U.S., SAAMI, or CIP standards is known to be beyond the design limits or known not to function in this pistol.
“Note on the SECURITY-9® pistol: Do not use “+P+” ammunition.”
I read this to mean the gun WILL accept +P ammo.
Thank you for the honest review I own a security 9 and its a good little pistol just as you said . My wife took it over as her carry weapon and I trust it will do the job it was intended for . Take care and God Bess
You were trying to find flaws in this gun why?
Enjoy what today’s technology brings us.
The high grade aluminum rails are built strong and you will see over time that they will hold up awesome. Muzzle flip issues? I shoot other 9 mm and fill I am finding more recoil then I felt before firing my compact security 9 . I am thrilled with the shoot ability of this gun and love the internal hammer fire . Every modern Ruger I have seen has this same barrel which has shown to be a better designed barrel and you will see other gun maker start using this design . I would like to see a steel guide rod come stock instead of what they do have or a short stroke trigger upgrade for $36 . Although it already has a sweet trigger stock. Right out of the box is a gun many find they would rather have than a glock but glock lovers always are bothered by today’s nice advance in pistols enjoy it and be glad there are so many great gun
I have been shooting Ruger lc9 lcp, lcpll, sr9 and sr40c for several years, no fuss, or failure.
I (hopefully free of emotion) feel you struggle to give credit where credit is due. I have just acquired a security 9 and it appears to be made of the same materials as my failure free sr9 and sr40. To short change the ruger for ASSUMED weaknesses is like me saying glocks have no safety and have been known to shoot there owners so maybe glocks are bad and guns with safeties are good. That is as biased as your review. Glocks are very good guns, Rugers are very good guns for a lot less money.
The Security 9 is nothing more than a Large LCP and after owing four of those, I can tell you right now that they are NOT guns that go the distance with a lot of rounds down range. They are cheap throw away guns. I suspect the Ruger Security 9 will be the same. Cheap aluminum, crack grips, split rails etc. I am a Ruger Fan, but there are exceptions. This gun also feels like it is built from the same material as the SR22. I would spend the difference and buy a Glock. (And I am no Glock Fan)
3000 rounds through my LCP without issue.
Pocketgunner, maybe you should come out of your pocket! This gun has reportedly shot 6k rounds + and had no issues!!!
One thing I found could be addressed is the take down pin. I’m not a fan of having to use a flat tip to remove the it. If they simply had the pin come out the right side a bit, you could push it out.
Nailed it man I was like are you talking about the same gun because I love everything about mine. All my friends always trying to buy it from me.. Go get your own is what i say. Love mine…
Andy I just bought one and i am excited to go to the range. We cannot carry here in Jersey but i think it will make a welcome addition to the family. Thanks!
It doesn’t have MIM parts?
Aluminum Alloy frame rails are durable because of heat treatment and will last longer than ploy rails and comparable to steel alloy rails, thin barrels? heat treatment of barrels makes them much harder than you think, modern heat treatment for firearms is extensive, perhaps simple testing will prove one way other the other which is better a thin wall barrel or thick walled barrel? Another word about those rails made of Aluminum their durability will be affected the most by close tolerances or loss tolerances fitting with the slide and recoil spring and guide rod
My p89 used a stainless slide with alum rails. Great gun. Known for durability.
I just purchased the American made Ruger Security 9 after looking at the dozens of entries in the midsize 9mm catagory
Two things determined my choice
Past experience with Ruger products
Nice balanced article. I think I will check one of these out today. Not a big fan of the safety (looks a bit small) but I can ignore it. Thanks for the write up.
I agree with Pocketgunner that this may be nothing more then a large LCP. However it remains to be seen what the durability of this pistol will be like. Probably not going to go the “To Hell and Back” million rounds of a Sig Sauer or the “Glock Perfection” route, but who knows for sure? Only a crucial, critical, brutal, tons of rounds in various conditions will tell for sure. Actually the test of time will tell for sure. If the Security 9 turns out to be nothing more then a pistol that you shoot a few times to ensure reliability and accuracy, keep clean, lubed and maintained, and just carry edc, then it may well have served it’s God given purpose. Back in the day, (with limited choices of course,) I carried the tiny Smith and Wesson Model 36/60 revolvers edc for self defense personal protection only. They never were meant to be or used as a range gun but they served their purpose well. Also the Ruger Security 9 may make a very good inexpensive truck gun, just to always have secured in the vehicle. God forbid it is ever stolen, at least you’re not losing a 1911. Just a thought.
I would not be concerned so much about the construction of it as Ruger has an unequalled lifetime warranty on their products. If it fails I am sure they will make it right. Already used their warranty program on an LC9s and no complaints here.
Self defense pistol of reasonable quality and design; adequate caliber given improved 9mm ballistics; shoots and handles as good as who is carrying it; if it is used for stated purpose and ends up in evidence room a replacement is easily available and cost effective.
“If it is used for stated purpose and ends up in evidence room a replacement is easily available and cost effective.” Exactly my thoughts, that why I bought several of them… Not like having one of my Kimbers tied up for a while. I have over 2,000 rounds through one and NO ISSUES AT ALL !!! I shoot it as well as my Walther PPQ M2 9mm, but not quite as good as my Kimbers. My family members like them and shoot them well, at this price point – you cannot go wrong !!! Mike – US Army Pistol Team 1974 – 1977
Thanks Mike, your review was what sold me. Was able to buy my Ruger Security-9 at a crazy price using employment discount, don’t want to brag but helps to work at retail Gun store. There are many Guns available to me to buy, however I review each purchase carefully and listen to P&M reviews ….. so to add to above review. If you are looking for a good Every Day Carry and don’t want to have to pay over $350 BUY This One!!!!
Nice Job RUGER .
Just a thought for your consideration. Those two 15 round magazines that come with this pistol also work in the new Ruger PC carbine. Double use for no extra cost.
With a double stack magazine how thick is the pistol?
What kind of lubricant would you recommend for
the aluminum rails?
I purchased a Ruger LC9 and it had a horrible trigger
pull with a long drag . The pistol was too light for a
9 mm and if you didn’t have a tight grip on the
pistol when it fired it would jump out of your hand.
It amazes me that people bitch about the triggers on the first batches of LCP’s & LC9’s, but put up with far worse triggers on many S&W, Remington, Beretta, Taurus and other makes. The LC9S is one of many Rugers that I own (the redesigned LC9 with striker fire) and it is no way too light for 9mm. If you read the review, the grip is stated as a comfortable grip, better than a lot of others. Keep in mind that the Security 9 is designed to appeal to a vast array of ‘normal’ people and making the gun too wide would not have worked. Lube it with any quality gun lube; aluminum rails have been around for a long time and really hold up. Aluminum that is alloyed with various other metals and heat treated is quite durable. Modern materials and manufacturing give us much more durable products with a reduction in weight. Big difference than guns cast from pot metal.
Slip 2000 on my rails and zero wear.
A great shooter. Very accurate, right out of the box. Just the right size for edc. Like the 15+1. It has replaced my 12+1Taurus. In my estimation, little felt recoil or muzzle flip. Like the weight and way it feels in my medium-sized hand. Found it at gun show for $287 and immediately got it. In more than 200 rounds, not one hiccup. At roughly half the cost of a Glock, it’s a steal under $300.
That is exactly what I am planning to do. It is on sale for $279.
Great gun! Remember we are talking $300.00 or less! I own most affordable brands fro Kimbers , Colts, S&Ws, Rugers, Berettas, Sigs,and Walthers! For the price the Security 9 can’t be matched! All the critiques mentioned issues which are tuning issues not issues with a great as is out of the box gun!
Let’s all just rejoice that the Politicians haven’t tried to ban all guns already! Let’s be one force again the Politician machine that is fighting to take our rights. They want us to fight against each other.
Lots of people back on forth about rails and durability. Most rails I’ve seen in the polymer wonder pistols are not even a inch long. So to have a metal ones that are almost the whole length of the polymer frame. I would say your probably good. but if your shooting that much in that gun you can probably afford to buy something a bit more expensive and better quality. (like a light alloy framed 1911) But let’s not forget the rails are on a independent frame and can get replaced if needed. So as far as the review, he has a point, Everything wears out. However. at what cost and time in relation to the money spent in the firearm. I think it’s a great price for a G19 alternative. I would just buy it and have fun. Too much controversy over a gun. 8)
“Long live the republic”.
You have to judge a product based on the intent of its use. We all expect a gun to fire safely, operate without failure and be reasonably accurate. After that, it depends on the right tool for the right job for the right person.
In regards to this gun, Based on the marketing and price point, is a value priced self defense gun that will do the job reasonably well. It seems to hit the mark. Not everyone needs a duty quality pistol like the military or army. But for the once a month shooter who is on a budget, wants some protection, it is good enough. I think all the discussion about slide durability, barrel thickness and how many rounds it will take are academic and miss the point.
It will go bang, hit the target, carry well, wont blow up in my face and is affordable. For a $300 gun that is made in the USA, Bravo! A+. If you want or need a glock or 1911, move on.
The safety pivots from the front like the Ruger .22 pistols that have been around forever. To put on safe, push up at the rear. Easy Peasy!
This is a great firearm!
I take it completely apart when i am finished shooting at the range.
It is built so strong, that when I am done, it is as good as when it was new.
Great look and feel in your hand.
Can’t go wrong with this firearm.
Long Live The Republic
Had my security 9 for a year or so handles well dislike how the hammer port is open to dust and dirt but with regular cleaning it’s a non issue happy to carry it everyday and like many have said for the price what more could you ask for!
Thanks everyone!! I am ready for my security 9.
I’ve read that the average hand gun in the USA has about 500 rounds put through it and spends most of its life at the bottom of the sock drawer . I’m sure the Security 9 can handle more then that. Most gun owners don’t get much range time. They just want to have a firearm handy in case of emergency. Don’t need a high dollar pistol for that.
I’m not “the average gun owner” I guess. I shoot about 400-500 rounds a month…..sometimes more. I’ve found the Security 9 to be very soft-shooting, as opposed to several Sigs I’ve owned. Ate everything I fed it, and nary a hiccup. It shoots better than most owners will. I own two. Wouldn’t bother me a bit to EDC.
Got to shoot a Security 9 in the spring ( lent him my .357 sp101 to shoot) he loved mine I loved his, we each showed up next shoot having purchased like pistols. I have since put over 1500 rounds through the Security 9 with no FTF or feed issues, used Hornady, Underwood, Blazer, Ft Scott munitions, Speer and Federal. Replaced the guide rod and spring with a 17 lb steel Galloway Precision and HiViz front and rear sights this made a good gun great. Total cost > $60.
All I read, about the Security 9, is 110 % positive…and with the Ruger back-up reputation, plus the price point, this Security 9 is a winner!….any way you look at it.
Thanks, as a first time gun buyer, I have researched and found a lot of very good ratings on this weapon. And it is ideal for a skinny man like me to conceal carry due to its size. The Security 9 will have a 99% chance of me purchasing it tomorrow…at $278.26!!! Thanks for the great discussion and review!
From a female’s perspective, I don’t like the grip of the boxy Glocks. Plus the Gen 5 Glock’s aggressive texture on their grips is very harsh on my hands. I have the same problem with Springfield’s aggressive textures on their XD pistols. But the Security 9 has a more comfortable grip and it is easy to rack the slide. I have no problem with the sights, the trigger is smooth and the gun is very accurate within 10 yards. I normally carry the Glock 43, but the Security 9 has much more capacity for a very affordable price.
Have had one for a year now. Had a ejector problem which Ruger promptly repaired with a two day turnaround, I live in Prescott where it’s made. After more than 2 thousand rounds, no problems and no signs of wear. Very good pistol, especially for the price.
M&P compact 9 beats both the Ruger s9 and the g19 hands down! And it’s priced Right in the middle! Drop the mic!!
It is well known in mechanical oil lubricated systems the softer metal trends to wear the harder material. I don’t know if the authors firing speed is comparable to valve hats and camshafts though…
Excellent discussion. Ruger is a quality gunmaker and I have the EC9s which is an excellent carry pistol. With the price of the Ruger Security 9 and the reviews it will be by next pistol
Crappy sights and a safety that’s difficult to operate. Doesn’t sound like s good carry choice… irrespective of its inexpensive price snd other merits.
ed, what does the cheaper price have to do with anything? in my opinion glocks have crappy sites as well. at least you can adjust the ones on the rugers. in fact most of the cheaper handguns at least have adjustable sites and the ones people think are so good and expensive do not have adjustable sights.. I can shoot a ruger or Taurus or smith just as good as anyone can shoot a higher overpriced gun that most of the time is paying for marketing costs. good day.
I’m a realtor and looking for a small handgun for protection. I know nothing about guns so hammers and sights mean nothing to me. Is this gun woman-friendly? Obviously if I buy it I will take some classes and learn how to handle properly. I just need something small that will protect me from a psycho in a basement.
Yes very easy to shoot,my wife has small hands,no problems operation,but be sure to take classes and be familiar with your firearm,oh yes, my only complaint is safety is a little hard to engage,but comes off easy just takes getting used to.,by the way what state are you a realtor in,I am taking over my mom’s estate would like to ask you a question or 2
These guns are excellent shooters, albeit a bit large for full concealed carry… If you’re after something you can carry in a purse with ease, I’d suggest the EC9s. I carry an LC9s (adjustable sights is the only difference from the EC9s) almost every day and have really learned to enjoy the pistol for its simplicity and reliability. They are a tad more snappy than the security 9, but very controllable for their size. I can ring a 6″ plate every round at 10yds under pretty quick firing rate. No, it’s not a perfect pistol with exceptional accuracy, but it certainly will get the job done.
Just purchased one,the only complaint I have is that the safety is hard to engage, comes off easy,but hard to engage, anyone know a fix??
I think the difficult on, easy off safety was intentional. You don’t want a safety to engage at the wrong moment during a fight or an emergency moment.
I have owned a security 9 for 8 months or so now, and I have to say, they’re surprisingly customizable. I mirror polished the barrel so it stands out against the blued slide, and I have a tan talon grip on the black polymer frame, and a defentek tactical light on the full sized rail. The thing runs like a top. Easily 1200 rounds through it and it only hiccuped on some dirty steel cased. I bet my life on this fun every time I leave the house and to defend my house, and I would recommend it to ANYONE.
Gun* not fun, though they can be synonymous
I have 3 Security 9s. One of them was sent back to Ruger for repairs twice. The first time was for a broken hammer and a broken titanium (!) firing pin. The firing pin would not retract and caused failure to feed. Ruger replaced the barrel, hammer, hammer spring, hammer pin, manual safety, rear & front frame insert pins, slide assembly, slide stop, and slide stop spring. No +P ammo. I used Remington UMC, Federal American Eagle and Hydra Shok, Speer Lawman, Aguila, Armscor, Fiocchi, Sellier & Bellot in 115 gr, 124 gr, and 147 gr. FMJ (except the Hydra Shok). It was returned. A few hundred rounds later I had to send it back: broken firing pin. Same failure to feed. Sent it to Ruger, who called and asked if I had had my slide polished. No. Just 2000+ rounds and lots of dry-firing. They advised me to cut back on dry-firing. Ruger determined to destroy the pistol, retire the serial number, and send me a replacement, which they did. A second Security 9 was sent in unfired. When the slide was racked, held back, and magazine dropped, the slide would not go forward. Ruger replaced the slide lock assembly and returned the pistol. All three seem to be working fine. I am far more accurate shooting my Security 9s than I am my Glock 19 Gen 5 MOS and my Sig Sauer P320 Compact. I really like the Rugers I have (Security 9, LCP II, EC9s, Charger, and 22/45. Although I have had to send my LCP II back twice for repair and my EC9s three times for repair. The third time Ruger also determined to destroy the pistol and send me a replacement, which should arrive at my FFL tomorrow (Friday, Oct 11, 2019). Ruger customer service is superb. Not too sure about the reliability of their products, especially when considering CCW.
I bought this as a first pistol for the house/truck for both my wife and I as I was looking to spend around 400 or less. Neither of us are big people and we both love how it feels in our hands. I shoot it well but she shoots it incredibly. She has been shooting hand sized groups consistently at 10yds. The gun has over 300 rounds through it with no malfunctions. For the 300 I paid, I am very happy. The only thing I plan on replacing is the rear sights though I shoot fine with the stock sights (I wear reading glasses so I am very picky about sights).
Recently bought a Security Nine. Went to Calibers Indoor Shooting Range on Albuquerque’s west side. Left handed so usually shoot low and to the right. Shoot single handed so scores are not usually great. With the Nine those are not problems. Shots are in bullseye or close in 8/9 rings. I am not a professional shooter by any stretch. I am ” adequate” shooter is best description. Nine is really good gun. I like it.
I purchased a security 9 last year and have put 500 rounds through it. On two occasions after firing the last round the slide did not stay open. I thought it had jammed. But the gun was empty. Any ideas .. ?
I have fairly large hands. Will this gun be a good fit? I’ve read that this gun works well for smaller hands.
I’ve got thick, large hands with fairly stubby fingers, and my Security 9 fits very well. It’s been very accurate for me, but I’ve had light strikes (in the first 200 rounds) with ZQ1 ammo that were a pain to clear, but no fails of any kind after that initial break-in/lube/clean.
Was in the market for a 9mm specifically for the old lady to be able to get proficient with it without a scary recoil. Since she was a first time shooter I thought that was important. Wow what a great choice going with this Ruger. Glock shmock, seriously. Okay I’ll give it to the Glock for being possibly a little sturdier and longer lasting… possibly. But, since we don’t really want to get into gunfights and aren’t range rats I’m gonna enjoy the extra $300 or so bucks I saved and use it for everyday more expensive
ammunition. Shoots plus p no prob. Yes the super duper p + p isn’t recommended. But this baby shoots so well I don’t forsee it being an issue. Accurate enough to blow a small bugs balls off. Plus I’m gonna choose American made over Austrian every single time. Read the comments above and the folks worried about the rails and barrel should really hang out with better people I think, not expecting gunfights everyday, where they have to fire several thousand rounds a day and they will be fine. Maybe that’s just me… but it’s every bit as good as the Glock and half the freaking price!! Hello!!!
Don’t like the no-see hammer what if I have it cocked and don’t want to shoot i’ve got to remove the clip and cartridge every time or walk around with it cocked all the time, basically you cant have a shell in the chamber then just pull the hammer back and shoot. that’s a convenience I don’t like to give up…..dont like it at all