The Ruger SR9C is a semi-automatic medium-size pistol chambered in 9mm. The SR9C is a compact version of Ruger’s model SR9 and includes multiple features for shooter-comfort that include 3-dot sights that are adjustable for windage. The front-sight post has an enlarged white dot for better sight acquisition. The SR9C has an underbarrel rail for easy mounting a light or laser. It has a reversible back strap with an arched side and a flat side, so shooters can adjust it for grip comfort. Its 10-round magazine fits plush with the grip, but it also has a 17-round magazine and a grip extension, so it feels like a full-size pistol. It also has an ambidextrous magazine release and safety.
|Sights:||Adjustable three-dot sights|
|Features:||Picatinny rail; ambidextrous safety; reversible back strap; and grip extension|
|Slide Material:||Alloy steel with nitrodox pro black slide finish|
Stainless steel with brushed stainless slide finish
|Frame Material:||Black, high performance, glass-filled nylon|
|Twist:||1 in 10"|
Editor ReviewWhen the Ruger gun company introduced its SR9 semi-automatic pistol, it turned out to be the first in a line of pistols the company called their Hard R series of weapons. The diminutive SR9C has since proven to be highly popular, although perhaps not quite as much as the .380 LCP or the .38 LCR Special. While one is a semi-automatic pistol and the other a revolver, they share similar traits: they’re both light and compact, and are easy-carry concealable firearms.
The company took notice of the interest for the firearms and the increase in sales, and decided to add the SR9 to its Hard R series of pistols. It was dubbed the SR9C, the ‘C’ standing for ‘compact.’ The pistol is ¾” shorter in length and one-inch shorter in height than its full-sized cousin.
It is far more than just a chopped version of the full-sized model, because the company enhanced it with new features. The standard round magazine release button was replaced with a D-style button that’s contoured for much better thumb placement, and the trailing edge of the button is flat for more of a thumb engagement surface. It is also ambidextrous. In addition to that, there are cocking serrations on the slide and, just forward of that, the edges have been beveled somewhat, giving the pistol something of a contoured look.
Like its full-sized cousin, the Ruger SR9C has two manual safeties. One of them is on the front of the trigger, while the other one is on the frame in much of the same fashion as the 1911. The trigger has a six-pound pull.
The gun’s grips have reversible back straps that go a long way to achieving a proper fit for individual shooters. It comes standard with two magazines. One is a short ten-round model that can be fitted with flat or extended floor plates, and the other is a seventeen-round magazine having a fitted grip boot. That second magazine imparts the feeling of the full-sized SR9. At the range it was as smooth as silk, never causing the slightest hiccup at all. At 25 yards in a easy double-handed grip I shot two inches off dead-center with Corbon 9mm, 115 grain rounds. Something to think about for all you young whippersnappers out there, don’t you think?
It’s hard to tell, but I would imagine that the compact SR9C will be just as popular as the other models in the Hard R series of Ruger pistols. Loaded with hollow-point 9mm rounds, the SR9C gives one peace of mind while still being light and easy to carry in a concealed fashion. All in all, it is an excellent firearm to carry to the range or for home defense. I gave this little semi-automatic a 4 out of 5 for all those reasons, but perhaps I could bump it up a notch due to its ergonomically pleasing looks.