I wasn't using my Sig 1911 much so I sold it, but still wanted a .45 acp handgun. When this Ruger American came out, it did so with the usual industry hype. I found the price point appealing and also found it better looking than some plastic pistols, so I thought I'd take a chance on it knowing Ruger makes solid weapons. I wasn't too optimistic even when it arrived though it felt very nice in hand. One trip to the range changed everything for me however; not only did it feel good but it is a remarkably soft shooter, actually very pleasant. I didn't want to put to down (and didn't). Long story short, expensive gun not used for a relatively inexpensive gun that I can't stop shooting (until I ran out of ammo). We'll see how it holds up though, from what I've read, it's rated for +P extended use and purportedly would meet the new military standards. I'd surmise a lot of thought went into it during development so that an ordinary gun owner would embrace it so easily, like I have. I've owned too many handguns over the years not to have some perspective. I think Ruger has an exceptional product here (assuming the same Ruger high standards of mfg.) and if the general population of gun owners feels the way I do, it'll be a runaway success. - BZ
I just bought this SR40c last week and WOW! I've owned the full size SR9 for almost 5 years now and have never really given the compacts any notice. Honestly I think these pistols get overlooked. But, I decided I wanted a new carry gun with a stainless slide in 40 S&W and my search came up with this. At first I thought it'd be too big so I went to the gun store to check it out. I was sold in about 30 seconds. The feel of this SR40c is amazing, it has the traditional slim SR grip. It's such a natural pointer too. It's not a tiny gun by any means but still small enough to conceal IWB.
It came with on 9 round shortend mag and one 15 round full size mag. I really wish it had just come with two 9 round mags instead of the big 15 rounder. Not really a concealed carry magazine.
I took it to the range after a quick cleaning and fired about 200 flawless rounds through it. It's not only reliable but very, very accurate. Also, it's a very soft shooting gun for a 40 S&W. I like it a lot! The trigger is awesome too, short, light, and has a clean crisp break.
The SR9 full size I own has been absolutely fantastic and I see this SR40c as being the same. If you need a comfortable CC gun for a reasonable price, check out the Ruger SR series pistols. You'll get a lot of bang for your buck with these. - MIKE
Excellent sixgun. This 6 1/2" barrel is the perfect size for plinking or informal target shooting. I like the new laminated rosewood grips better than the old solid rosewood. The new grips are slimmer, brighter, and more durable. They also have a steel spacer between them for durability. I tested mine with CCI 40 grain Velocitors and it grouped 2 1/2" at 50 feet, two-hand hold. A better shot could have done better. I switched cylinders (this is a real gas to do, it's like having two guns) and tried the Winchester 40 grain Hollow Points. They shot about two inches below the 22 long rifle with the same-sized grouping. This is normal. Faster ammo will shoot to a lower point of aim. Build quality is first rate, wood to metal fit is perfect. Ruger still makes them with high quality. Great gun for plinking, hunting, or goofing off. I call it minute of beer can accuracy. Lots of fun. - JOE
Quite a revolver for sure. This gun as been in the Ruger lineup for many years (1953?). My new stainless-steel version with a 6 1/2" barrel is the most accurate revolver I own and I own many. I did the quick, poor-man's trigger job. You take the grips off, and slip one of the two springs of its spindle. It cuts the trigger pull in half and doesn't harm the gun at all. I've had Rugers in this condition for 15 years without ill effect. I did some test shooting with Blazer 158 grain brass ammo. This is 23 bucks a box ammo, certainly not expensive. I didn't even have to adjust the sight. Right from the get go, I was shooting in the black at 25 yards. Amazing accuracy and groups of three inches with a two hand hold. From a rest at 50 feet I shrunk the groups in half. I then tried 38 special wadcutters but the accuracy wasn't as good. I then tried low velocity 357 cowboy ammo and the accuracy was about the same as the blazer. I need to do further testing with 38 special, but it's not unusual for 357s to have less accuracy than pure 38 revolvers. Recoil is no problem with heavy loads. With the 38 wadcutters it's like a cap gun. There are no rough edges anywhere and the charge holes in the cylinder are chamfered, which Smith & Wesson charges extra for. The grips are no longer solid rosewood but are a beautiful rosewood laminate. They are brighter, more durable and add to the overall appearance. I STRONGLY suggest anyone who wants a great single action revolver to buy this gun. With full power 180 grain Buffalo Bore loads, it will even provide excellent protection from black bear. - JOE