Caleb over at gunnuts.net reports that his website’s testing and evaluation Ruger SR9c is balking at Remington UMC 115 grain ammo. Ain’t that the damnedest thing? ‘Cause that’s the exact same gun I’m testing now, with the exact same ammo, encountering the exact same type of problem (Failure to Feed or FTF). Although I haven’t put 1895 rounds through the tube, Caleb’s 21 malfunctions per ninety rounds is only slightly less than my current FTF percentage (one every eighty rounds per 200 rounds). Without giving too much away ahead of our review, we both really like the Ruger. And we’re both are left wondering the same thing: “Should your carry gun be 100% reliable with whatever ammo you pick up off the shelf?” Caleb’s answer after the jump.
One the one hand [sic], I think that a proper gun from a major manufacturer should run ammo from any reputable manufacturer. On the other hand, if your gun doesn’t run Brand X but it runs Brand Y like a house on fire, then problem solved – shoot Brand Y. Also, if Brand X chokes other reliable guns (like a Glock 17 for example) then maybe you should avoid Brand X.
I’m going with Caleb’s other hand. As long as I have bullets that make my gun happy 100 percent of the time, I couldn’t care less that it’s not happy with bullets I don’t feed it. The trick: find out what a gun likes and buy that.
Yes, that maks the Ruger SR9c a slightly ironic weapon; there’s a gap between expectation (mass market pistol) and reality (slightly finicky mass market model). But as long as I only have to adjust my ammo expectations once, I’m good. You?