Sturm, Ruger and Company has released a new combat pistol for police work and self-defense: the SR9.
The SR9 is Ruger’s first striker-fired pistol, and it features a glass-filled nylon frame. Essentially this is a polymer that has been reinforced with fiberglas to be extremely tough and durable. It is comprable to a Glock or M&P handgun. It is a full-size gun, not compact. Even so, the pistol is relatively thin and could be used for concealed carry. Width is only 1.27″.
Interestingly, even for a larger gun, the pistol is lightweight. Unloaded, the SR9 weighs 26.5 ounces. This isn’t much heavier than many compact pistols, and is a lot lighter than many full size guns.
The handgun is initially offered in 9mm (9×19), with other calibers being introduced at a later date. (Editor’s note: Since the original introduction of the Ruger SR9, the company introduced several other pistols in this line including compact versions and the .40 S&W and .45 ACP calibers.) Full capacity magazines hold 17 rounds, which is adequate for both personal defense and law enforcement. For less-free states, ten round magazines are available. It is not known if the company will make super-low-capacity mags for New York.
The backstrap on the frame is removable, so the shooter may adjust the overall circumference of the grip to best fit his or her hand. This has become a pretty standard feature on many major handguns during the past decade.