Ruger has a new handgun series headed to consumers in 2021 – a 9mm micro compact with all the features of a full-sized pistol – the MAX-9.

Equipped with a tritium fiber optic day/night front sight that is co-witnessed for JPoint and Shield-pattern micro red dot sights, the MAX-9 runs flush-fit 10-round magazines as well as 12 rounders with a grip extension. Standard models have a frame-mounted 1911-style thumb safety while Pro models are available without the lever.

Size is the big seller for the gun, as it weighs just 18.4 ounces and runs 6 inches long. This compares well with other micro compacts on the market, such as the Sig P365Springfield Armory HellcatTaurus G3C, and the new S&W M&P Shield Plus

Today's crop of micro compacts are all very similar in dimensions. (Chart: Chris Eger/

"The Ruger MAX-9 is a game changer," said Ruger President and CEO Chris Killoy. "With industry-leading features at a highly competitive price, this American-made handgun will provide a versatile option for consumers looking for a superior offering in the popular micro-compact market."

The MAX-9 has a flush-fitting 10-shot magazine with a finger grip extension floorplate that can be added to the mag for comfort and improved grip. (Photo: Ruger) 
It also ships with a 12-shot extended mag, in non-limited states. Spoiler alert, it is not California or Massachusetts compliant.  (Photo: Ruger) 
The MAX-9 Pro model, which is the same asking price as the standard model, does not have the frame-mounted external manual safety lever but still includes the standard include integrated trigger safety, internal striker blocker, and inspection port that allows for visual confirmation of a loaded or empty chamber. (Photo: Ruger) 

The MAX-9 ships with two E-Nickel Teflon coated magazines: either one 12- and one 10-round, or two 10-round magazines and has an MSRP of $499, which is a bit cheaper than any other micro compact on the market, save for the new Taurus G3C TORO series.

The MAX-9 has already been the subject of much review in anticipation of its launch, with Personal Defense World, American Handgunner, Gun Talk Media, Gun Blast (RIP Jeff Quinn), and Colion Noir all publishing videos on the new pistol this week.