Gun Review: Ruger Security-9

Ruger Security-9

Though they’ve been out of production for 30 years, Ruger’s “Security-Six” remains a legendary model, named for its six-round capacity (much like Ruger’s Single-Ten holds 10 rounds). Naturally, Ruger’s new Security-9 holds . . . Well, no. The new semi-automatic pistol holds 15+1 rounds of 9mm. Should we let that slide? . . .

A prepper would. The Security-9 pairs with Ruger’s [more aptly-named] PC Carbine like a Louis Jadot 2015 Corton-Charlemagne Chardonnay with room temperature Fromager d’Affinois. The Security-9’s magazines fit straight into the PCC — as long as you’re using the Ruger magazine adapter, not the GLOCK mag adapter.

One handgun, one carbine — a takedown, at that — same ubiquitous 9mm caliber, same magazines. Ready for TEOTWAWKI!

SPOILER ALERT! The combined retail cost of the two firearms seen above is less than that of the optic topping the PCC (a TA44 ACOG with ACSS reticle).

With a “street price” clocking in at a paltry $245 to $295, the Ruger Security-9’s a solid firearm that, on paper, goes toe-to-toe with the venerable (and $200 to $300 more expensive) Glock 19. Or does it?

“On paper,” yes. Dimensionally, the two pistols are nearly identical. The Ruger is 0.12″ shorter in overall length and 0.16″ narrower than Gaston’s gat. Height, barrel length, weight, and trigger pull weight are within a small fraction of a percent of each other. Magazine capacity in both cases: 15 rounds.

Even the sights would be familiar to a GLOCK owner, with a white outline U-notch rear and a white dot front. Not that GLOCK invented this (they didn’t).

A distinction without a difference? Nope. The Security-9’s rear sight is easily drift adjustable for windage. Just loosen that set screw, slide the sight right or left, and tighten the screw back down. No sight pusher tool or mallet necessary.

The Security-9’s polymer trigger sports a safety blade dingus. When depressed, it stops virtually flush with the face of the trigger. It’s a pleasing size and shape on the ol’ trigger finger and it breaks at about 5.5 to 5.75 pounds.

Also not GLOCK-like: the Security-9’s manual thumb safety.

It tripped me up at first; the safety’s hinged at the front (it’s the rear that moves up and down). It’s small, unobtrusive, and a bitch to snick onto safe. Flicking it off safe is easy and intuitive; the lever’s well-placed and clicks down naturally with a light sweep of the thumb.

When engaged, the safety physically blocks the trigger bar’s movement and locks the slide in battery. You can [just about] see a red “F” for “fire” when the safety’s off.

I’ve come to rely on carry guns without manual safeties; I haven’t trained with a pistol so-equipped for a long time. While I wouldn’t use the Security-9’s safety were I to carry it, I wouldn’t discount this particular pistol because of it. The lever’s just so small, out-of-the-way, and difficult to engage without specific, concerted effort.

While the Security-9’s safety is easily removed, deleting any safety feature on a gun you may use for self-defense is, legally speaking, a horrible idea.

Unlike Ruger’s SR9 series and their polymer-framed ilk, the Security-9 is hammer-fired. In effect, it’s a scaled-up, double-stack LCP II (and/or LC9) with an internal hammer that’s cocked by the cycling of the slide.

That hammer resides in an aluminum chassis insert. This is the “firearm” — the serialized part. It’s easily removed from the polymer grip frame.

Should Ruger (or the aftermarket) decide to release grip frames in various sizes and colors or offer options like an integrated light/laser, a Security-9 owner could swap them easily. And have them delivered straight to their home.

I’m still not sure I understand why the rear of the slide on the LCP, LC9, Security-9, etc. is open.

I get that an alfresco hammer provides a visual cocked/not-cocked status, but I’d just as soon go without and avoid filling this void up with lint. Concealed carrying a pistol is a linty endeavor. From my experience that area behind the firing pin would be fuzzy in a week and Wookiee in a month.

Admittedly I have never heard of this causing a problem for LCP or LC9 owners. But I still don’t get it. [Please explain in the comments if you do. We will argue. It will involve Wookiees.]

The business end of the Security-9 is less controversial. It’s wonderfully sculpted into a visually-appealing, swept-back profile, allowing for smoother holstering and carry. It’s less blocky than some of the competition and the frame profile actually matches the slide profile (GLOCK Gen5, I’m looking at you).

Hitting the range, I have few complaints (excluding the Hitler references in the video above). The Security-9 is highly controllable and fun to shoot.

Chris and I found that the Security-9’s front sight returned immediately and precisely to where it was prior to pulling the trigger. You can really “drive” this gun, getting a solid grip on the ergonomic handle to help keep it shooting flat and tight.

Mind you, it isn’t the most ergonomic grip on the market. But it’s a good one. The Security-9’s handle’s bereft of frills like swappable back-straps, but it’ll still work perfectly for 95 percent of users.

If I had my way, though, I’d dial up the grip texture. The pebble-like surface is comfortable and inoffensive, but not particularly grippy. Better for concealed carry contact with the love handle, basically, and less ideal for the range. Especially with blood, sweat, and tears (not necessarily in that order or all at once) thrown into the mix. Or even just water.

If this were my gun I’d stipple the front- and back-strap or stick some skateboard tape on those areas. Maybe the right side, too, leaving the Security-9’s left side soft for my soft right side.


Taking a knee and firing off a grade school chair-desk (don’t ask) at somewhere between 23 and 25 yards, Chris and I shot 3″ or sub-3″, five-round groups. I wasn’t feeling good about my sight alignment skills that day, but we beat the factory test target:

Clearly, the Security-9 isn’t Ruger’s most accurate pistol. I’d almost certainly shoot the gun with more precision if I fitted it with different sights — a different rear, mostly — and a crisper trigger.

#AintGonnaHappenAtThisPricePoint. Besides, the Security-9’s more than accurate enough for self-defense and CCW use. And fun, fun on the range.

I’m happy enough with the Security-9’s ~5.5-pound pull weight, but the trigger’s a bit creepy and spongy. Again, it’s appropriate for concealed carry and not objectionable, but the break itself is slightly squishy and the reset is audible but not very tactile. Total travel is fairly short, but it feels longer due to that bit of sponginess.

While small in circumference and stature, the magazine release is exactly where it should be and functions smoothly. I also like that it’s physically smooth. This isn’t really a part that requires grippy texture. While the smooth face doesn’t look as bling as a mag release festooned with checkering or jimping (to borrow a knife term), it feels good.

On the downside, the Security-9’s mag release system is incompatible with previous Ruger pistol magazines. Though Security-9 mags will work in the SR9c, SR9 mags won’t work in the Security-9.

In the photo above, that’s a Security mag on the left with the magazine catch notch in its front right edge, and an SR9 mag on the right without such a notch. Both magazines function in the PC Carbine (meaning it uses the rectangular notch on the front for its catch like the SR series does).

After sending 500 trouble-free rounds downrange I field stripped the Security-9. It was predictably schmutzig, especially aft of the breech face. Everything looked in perfect order.

The Security-9’s take-down process is a potential issue for potential buyers. Retract the slide just slightly until that notch in the slide matches the rounded shape of the take-down pin, then pry the take-down pin out with a tool of some sort.

Ruger recommends using a little flat head screwdriver. Those with strong fingernails (or weak minds) could probably do it by hand. In an emergency, I could do it by hand. But there’s something to be said about tool-less disassembly, or a take-down pin that can be accessed on the right side and pushed across with the corner of a magazine base plate. Like, why the Hell not?

Nomenclature-related pedantry aside, the Ruger Security-9 is destined to be a strong seller. It’s reliable, nice looking, great on the range, and CHEAP. Inexpensive, rather. It’s also made in America by an American company that stands behind its product. A fantastic first firearm for financially frugal firearm fanciers.

SPECIFICATIONS: Ruger Security-9

Caliber: 9mm
Capacity: 15+1
Action: hammer-fired single action (Secure Action hammer provides easier racking, strong ignition force, and hammer catch for safety)
Barrel Length: 4″
Overall Length: 7.24″
Slide Width: 1.02″
Height: 5″
Weight: 23.7 oz
Slide Material: through-hardened alloy steel, blued
Barrel Material: alloy steel, blued
Chassis Material: aluminum, hard-coat anodized
Grip Frame Material: high-performance, glass-filled nylon
MSRP: $379 ($300 via Brownells)

RATINGS (out of five stars):

Reliability * * * * *
The Security-9 was 100 percent reliable over 500+ rounds, shooting with two brands of hollow-points and with bullet weights ranging from 100 grains to 165 grains. It feeds smoothly and ejects consistently.

Accuracy * * *
On-par with the genre, especially for the price. I bet it’s capable of better, hindered a little by sights and a slightly squishy trigger.

Ergonomics * * * *
Better than a GLOCK. More aggressive grip texture need apply.

Customize This * *
If it’s as popular as I think it’ll be, we can expect tons of holsters in short order, upgraded sights, aftermarket triggers, and maybe even different grip frames. But it’s a solid gun as-is.

On The Range * * * *
It’s a comfortable hammer-fired polymer pistol that shoots fast and flat, reloads easily and drops mags like they’re hot. It’s accurate enough and it’s reliable. It’s fun enough to practice with that you’ll practice with it.

Overall * * * *
The Ruger Security-9 is a four-star gun unless you’re on a two-star gun budget, in which case it’s a five-star gun. It’s solid competition with the CCW class leader at any price, and it’s impossible to ignore at a couple hundred bucks less. Ready for EDC, yet priced for truck gun. Winning.

comments

  1. avatar ButtHurtz says:

    Need to get 2, and the rifle.

    1. avatar Bob says:

      I have plenty of GLOCKs. I want to carbine.

  2. avatar Specialist38 says:

    Nice review.

    I just looked at one at my LGS with the intention of buying if ti gave me the warm fuzzies.

    The deal breaker (for now) was that my SR9 magazine wont work in it couple with that POS safety on the frame.

    I don’t care about the safety itself but the flat is obtrusive and where my thumb wants to be when holding the pistol. Maybe they will do a PRO model without it.

    I liked the sights (can see the whole dot in the rear outline) and the stippling (I wish the SR had stippling or checkering on the backstrap).

    Easy to rack and the trigger on the one I handled was waaaay better than most other tupperwear guns (except my SR9c).

    If I find one for 240 I will probably buy it anyway. It may become my recommendation for newbs over the Creed/PPX.

    Thanks

    1. avatar uncommon_sense says:

      Specialist38,

      From what I can see in the photo that compares the SR9 and Security 9 magazines, it would be a cinch to modify your SR9 magazines to be compatible with the Security 9 handgun.

      All you would need to do is file off a small amount of material at the right location. And if you have a small rotary tool with a small cut-off wheel, you could do the same in about 30 seconds.

      Of course you would have to have a minimal amount of mechanical inclination and be able to locate the top of that notch pretty accurately. I figure most people should be able to do that.

      1. avatar Specialist38 says:

        You are probably right.

        I would like to be able to use them in both pistols since i have …. several SR9 mags.

        I also get a little skittish modifying mags to fit a gun.

        I live through the days of fluffing and buffing 1911 mags of questionable quality so they work well. The pile of “range only” mags got pretty large.

        I prefer the better quality mags of todays pistols and wish they were more appropriately priced to get spares 50 for a mag should at least get me dinner if not a movie too.

        I amy end up doing just what you recommend if i pick one up.

        1. avatar uncommon_sense says:

          Specialist38,

          If you were able to fine-tune 1911 magazines, modifying an SR9 magazine should be a cake-walk, especially if you do it old-school with a file.

          Going old-school with a file means that you can be extremely precise and should not have any trouble at all making that cutout in the right location and the right size. Just start small in the middle of the notch and work your way toward the top and bottom, trying the magazine at the first instant you think you have removed enough material.

          Oh, and remember to remove the floorplate, spring, and follower when you are filing — you don’t want metal flakes and dust getting in there and fouling your magazine.

  3. avatar jimmy james says:

    Glad I have my old Security Six. Made back when Ruger was making good guns at a reasonable price. And while this gun may be reasonably priced it’s still just combat tupperware. Got all the plastic guns I want and at least one I don’t want.

    1. avatar How_Terrible says:

      The gun store that I do most of my shopping at had a decent looking Security / Service Six sitting in their revolver cabinet last time I was there. Sadly I wasn’t able to buy since I had come there to pick up the Yugo SKS that I had bought myself for X-Mas. 🙁

    2. avatar Don from CT says:

      They still do. Its called the SP101. The spiritual successor to the security six.

  4. avatar Nomad says:

    My guess about the opening in the back of the slide is that it is so you can strip the pistol without having the hammer cocked

    1. avatar Specialist38 says:

      It is for game conservation.

      Dust bunnies need a place to live as people retire their LCPs.

  5. avatar MIO says:

    I can’t help but wonder why? With the SR9 (C) and American whats the point?

    1. avatar Jeremy S. says:

      $200 less expensive as well as skinnier? I liked the American Pistol a lot and am still surprised it really hasn’t seemed to catch on at all. It’s heavy, though, compared to the Security, and it’s a lot more expensive. SR series is fantastic, but a quarter inch wider and also $200 more expensive. I think the Security will find success.

      1. avatar Specialist38 says:

        My SR9 and SR9c don’t feel wider than the Security 9.

        My guess is the safeties add a lot to the width of the SR9 but you don’t “feel” it when you grip.

        The Security 9 feels slim and secure. SR9s have that rubber backstrap insert that really isnt very grippy.

        Maybe they could offer a checkered soiid zytel piece to replace it.

        I did not care for the trigger feel on the American and the grips feel cheap to me.

        The American made me think Ruger was trying to produce a European-looking pistol.

      2. avatar Tile floor says:

        I don’t think it’s caught on because it entered a completely saturated market without much else new to offer. People with the SR series can’t exactly fetch a whole lot for their guns selling in this market (to be fair the same is true for a lot of guns) so they aren’t going to be upgrading to the American Pistol. I picked one up at a store, handled it, liked the way it felt but really had no interest in buying it.

        This thing though, priced at 250ish street, has the potential to get some sales.

    2. avatar BLoving says:

      Yeah, with this new piece, Ruger’s catalog is too saturated – some model needs to get cut.
      The SR series satisfies the striker-fired customers (still thinking of a SR9c for myself) and this piece satisfies the hammer-fired group… makes me wonder if they’ll put out a DA/SA version for those who miss the old P-series pistols.
      I’d say the American needs to get cut from the lineup, it has no future.
      🤠

      1. avatar ATFAgentBob says:

        Or they could maybe make the American the SA/DA hammer gun.
        However, they will not do that I think they look at the Security9 as the stripped down version of the American ala EC9 and LC9. It’s not meant to compete with the American but rather be a more budget friendly option that gets more Rugers in more hands. Way I see it though is this will cannibalize some sales from the American since the guys buying Glocks will always buy Glocks and the guys buying other than Glocks will always buy other than Glocks and the guys buying Rugers will always buy Rugers… Seems gun buyers are a lot like truck buyers we tend to stick to a brand once we find one we like.
        #JeepLife

        1. avatar Gov. William J Le Petomane says:

          I switched from Chevy to Ford, but that was mostly because Chevy took $85 billion from us taxpayers. Until there’s a Ruger bailout I’m (mostly) sticking with them.

        2. avatar neiowa says:

          This might well replace the Gluck for the 1st time buyer. Competent at a very attractive price point.

          Very nice review.

          Now Ruger Security 45 and carbine.

      2. avatar Zhang says:

        Agreed, the American should go. It’s already confusing enough that they have a pistol and a rifle with the same name.

      3. avatar JW says:

        I have read online reports that Ruger has cut the SR9e – the no frills version of the SR9 that sold at about the same price point as the Security 9.

        1. avatar Jeremy S. says:

          I think MSRP on that model was $429. But, yeah, it doesn’t seem to be on Ruger’s site anywhere. I was trying to find it while writing this review and couldn’t. It’s probably fair to say they’ve dropped it and the Security-9 has effectively taken its place.

        2. avatar TruthTellers says:

          It’s gone, Ruger’s dropped production of it. When something gets removed from the website it means they’ve stopped making them.

          Distributers and retailers still have them, but they’ll be disappearing over time. Used ones can occasionally be found on gunbroker for around 200.

      4. avatar DaChief says:

        My brother works for Ruger his job is to test (try to break) all the designs. I have been to the factory. It is enormous and very capable of retooling or letting a section stay idle when demand for a model dwindles. But, if you happen to be a fan of one of the less popular models you really don’t have to worry too much about them just disappearing. So really there is no need to drop a model to make room for the new popular one.

  6. avatar Joe R. says:

    “Wookie” LOL

    As much as I like Han Solo’s best friend, I would recommend Wookie-free shoulder-holster carry.

    The exposed hammer groove is so you can set it up as a booby trap.

    Wedge it into place, rack the slide (setting the hammer), place a small object tied to a trip-wire on top of the hammer, pull the trigger all the way back and tie it back. Walk-away. Aim pistol at 20# jar of tannerite to increase the . . . confusion.

    That’s also why it’s a < $300 pistole.

    1. avatar Jeremy S. says:

      No it really is spelled Wookiee, I googled it!

      1. avatar Joe R. says:

        Sorry, my bad on my spelling, I was referring to the vernacular coined by you for the fuzz problem “Wookiees”.

        Speaking of fuzz problem, I once bought a police remand Beretta 96 that was shot a good bunch, and had holster / carry love-marks on it. It was ‘clean’ when I bought it / brought it home, but I was still cleaning Doritos out of it after its second trip to the range. It made me think of the poor officer sitting in his unit, trying to squeeze half a lunch break in. : )

        Love that 96.

        1. avatar Joe R. says:

          Although it was definitely a “Doritos” type chip problem, I refer to that problem as “Cheeto-ing”. Not sure why-for the preference. Maybe because they are “cheese that goes crunch”, or Chester Cheetah is such a “cool dude in a loose mood”.

  7. avatar ACP_arms says:

    Hey Jeremy,
    You can use the magazine to remove the take-down pin. In Rugers video they use the feed lips of the magazine pry the pin out, or, like Hickhok45, use the rim of a 9mm case.

    1. avatar Jeremy S. says:

      I’ve exclusively used the feed lip of the magazine with this gun haha. But typically that’s ill-advised! Bent feed lips are bad.

      A case rim does work quite nicely. It didn’t look like there was room for one, but it just fits in there. I wonder why the owner’s manual suggests a flat head screwdriver. This is what I get for actually reading the manual for once!

      1. avatar ACP_arms says:

        The screwdriver suggestion is probably for “safety”.

      2. avatar Occam's Laser says:

        Just curious:
        Is the other end of the takedown pin accessible from the opposite side of the frame? Could you use the bottom corner of the magazine to push the pin out far enough to grip it and remove the rest of the way (like the SR-series or CZ P-07)?

        1. avatar ATFAgentBob says:

          if it’s anything like the LC9 then yeah you probably could just use the tip of a 5.56, 7.62×39, or 7.62×51 to get it started out the other side before grabbing it with your p3cker beater and yanking it out the rest of the way.

        2. avatar Jeremy S. says:

          There’s a teeny hole on the right side. It’s very small so you’d need something narrow or quite pokey. From the review: “But there’s something to be said about tool-less disassembly, or a take-down pin that can be accessed on the right side and pushed across with the corner of a magazine base plate. Like, why the Hell not?”

    2. avatar JeffInCa says:

      Rugers video is trying to sell you magazines.

      Feed lips are the heart and soul of a semi-auto pistol. Deform them even a little bit, and you’ll have feeding problems. Plus they’re usually a formed light gauge sheet metal usually ( I’m a 1911 guy so please don’t flame me if they’re all plastic now ) which means they’re fairly easily bendable. I would rather use a key for a Maserati than any of my mag feed lips as pry bars.

      Mag base, different story. I use mag bases for pushing the guide rod bushing down on the full length guide rods all the time. Especially on my fairly stiffly sprung 10mm. I suppose you could deform the edge of the mag seam so much you could no longer seat the magazine, but it’s not a critical dimension, a couple of whacks with a hammer and a drift, and you’re back in business. But the base is, in my experience, much more robust and less mission critical than the lips.

  8. avatar TheOtherDavid says:

    I wonder if they have re-engineered the takedown pin, that part frequently “walks” on the LCP and will either lock up the entire mechanism or fall out and you have parts flying off as you fire. It’s a part that has to be checked regularly.

    1. avatar Ralph DuBois says:

      I’ve had my LCP for almost five years now, and not once has it “walked” on me; nor have I heard it happen to my friends that own one.

  9. avatar former water walker says:

    Sounds pretty great for a Taurus price. These were already sold out at my LGS. I’m getting one mebbe for a house gun when they’re cheaper locally…

    1. avatar Hoosier Budget Gun Guy says:

      My local lgs had them and just a little under msrp, but I bought one anyways. I’ve always liked Ruger pistols and this is just another in my firearm owning life. I haven’t gotten to shoot it yet, but I’m looking forward to it.

  10. avatar Hank says:

    Bad guys will appreciate the artfully sculpted front end, especially since it’s the last thing they’ll ever see.

  11. avatar TommyJay says:

    I see at Ruger.com that they make a 10 round max version, though it is not CA legal yet. I wonder if they are working on making it legal there, since my understanding is that it is a substantial process.

    So that visible hammer would be a cocked indicator. Can you feel the hammer tip in the dark??

    Also, I noticed what looks like a vertical notch carved out of the top of the breech face, which could be a chambered round indicator? Admittedly, it’s probably a ineffective indicator in less than perfect light, but that sort of notch is enough to make the Walther P22 legal in CA.

    1. avatar Wedge259 says:

      My guess is it will probably never be added to the approved list as long as the asinine microstamping law is in place. I think a lot of gun companies are keeping older models in production because the approved list is basically frozen.

      1. avatar Jeremy S. says:

        TJ, Wedge is correct. There hasn’t been a single pistol added to the CA roster since, if I remember correctly, January of 2013 when the microstamping requirement went into effect. No company has the ability to meet the requirements anymore.

        BTW, this design would also not meet the “chamber load indicator” requirement, which has also changed over the years and now requires…well, here’s the text of the law:

        Penal Code 16380
        As used in this part, “chamber load indicator” means a device that plainly indicates that a cartridge is in the firing chamber. A device satisfies this definition if it is readily visible, has incorporated or adjacent explanatory text or graphics, or both, and is designed and intended to indicate to a reasonably foreseeable adult user of the pistol, without requiring the user to refer to a user’s manual or any other resource other than the pistol itself, whether a cartridge is in the firing chamber.

        1. avatar PeterC says:

          You can easily see the cartridge in the chamber from either the top or the side of the pistol. Ruger did not, however, include a “View the loaded chamber here” imprint on the top and side of the slide. How inconsiderate!

  12. avatar Jeff O. says:

    I was wondering what the difference in magazines was them was since the PC Carbine will use either SR Series or Security 9 series. I wonder if they’ll start adding the cut to the SR series of magazines, and release a slightly bigger version of the Security 9 that uses the 17 round magazines, and a smaller version that uses the SR9c 10 rounders. Look! I’ve created 2 new products! Ruger, I only ask $100,000 for this idea!

    Speaking of which, I WANT THAT CARBINE! No one has it in stock yet near me, nor can they order it…waiting…so much waiting.

    1. avatar Jeremy S. says:

      Brownells. In stock, $525, they’ll ship to your local dealer for transfer (and probably already have them in your system and take care of all of the logistics): https://goo.gl/HTjYYx

      1. avatar Jeff O. says:

        SWEET!!!

  13. avatar raptor jesus says:

    That’s a hell of a price . . .

  14. avatar TheUnspoken says:

    It seems like a value, new user model. Someone might buy in a whim for the price, but if you already have a Glock, m&p, HK, Walther, Sig carry gun of similar size, I don’t know that there would be much point in getting this. But if you want to get one for your spouse or mom or kids then might be a good option. Price is good if you can get new domestically made guns for close to the price of used or surplus guns.

    Hi point should be quaking in their brick-like boots though with all these budget, but quality options that seem to be a better buy.

    1. avatar BLoving says:

      Hi-point has nothing to fear, they are still 2/3 the price of a Ruger but yes, you are right about the target demographic.
      I feel like we sometimes forget here: many, perhaps most, people are not “gun folks”. They don’t want or need the Best Gun Available, they just want one that works and it will likely be shot very little. This Ruger will suffice quite well.
      🤠

      1. avatar 33Charlemagne says:

        The improvement that the Security-9 represents over a Hi-point for a $100 or so is much greater than the improvement a Walther, a Glock or a SIG would represent over the Security-9 for $200 or so. I think Hi-point does have something to worry about.

  15. avatar Gordon says:

    Just got mine, I love it shoots feels great can’t wait to get the carbine even tho I already have a 9mm carbine. Can’t wait till they come out with a locking holster for it

    1. avatar Jon says:

      Me too; just got my first 9 semi, the Security-9. More fun at the range than I expected. I ran it head-to-head with a Glock 19 Gen 5, and am very pleased with my purchase. The Glock mags were a mite easier to load, but otherwise I prefer the Security-9 on all fronts.

  16. avatar 33Charlemagne says:

    Thus is a reliable “just the right size” pistol with a decent design by a reputable company selling for substantially less than competitors like the Glock 19. It should sell very well. I will probably get something better than the Security-9 if I decide to get a poly framed 9mm. But getting this gun instead of a G19, a PPQ or a P-10C would not be an unreasonable corner to cut. And almost everybody has to cut some financial corners.

  17. avatar Maxi says:

    At that price you could buy 10, hide one under every pillow in your home and the most expensive thing would be to fill all those magazines with self defense ammo. For 250 there is no reason not to buy this if you are on a budged. Gone are the days where you wondered if hi-points still sell. Now they won’t. Nice.

  18. avatar Hank says:

    I’m gonna get one just for the hell of it.

  19. avatar James Wilson says:

    Yeah, I don’t need this, but next paycheck, one is coming home with me.

  20. avatar RandallOfLegend says:

    Ruger just likes to make guns. One thing I like about the company. You can argue if it makes good business, but it’s refreshing to see the various makes and models Ruger puts out. Other companies just change the grip texture and toss out a press release.

  21. avatar art sweisfurth says:

    Good grief, is the new Ruger Security Nine UGLY! Looks like it was designed by and for robots! My ‘Security Nine’ is the old tried-n-true Ruger P95, which I had Cerokoted FDE. It runs like a champ, and has some pleasing curves. I think these guns (P95) are under rated, and can be found cheaply, as they are oldies but goodies. (They are full sized, rugged, service-type guns.) The FDE coloration makes my look as modern as any being produced today.

    1. avatar Dave M says:

      Wish I could find a P89 or P95 cheap. Ones I find owners are asking a lot for. Have numerous Rugers, including SR9C & 9E that I love. The P89 is one that I would add to the collection at the right price. The ‘P’ series are great guns.

      1. avatar MichiganDoug says:

        I have a P89 Stainless and will keep it forever.
        Best Ruger I’ve ever had.

  22. avatar Robert Hanlin says:

    My Security 9 just arrived this morning and I couldn’t wait to put it along side my G19.. First impressions? I’m dig’n this new pistol! It feels better in my hand than the Glock and the trigger feels better too.. Now I just gotta go put some rounds through it!

  23. avatar Hugo says:

    I wish I was in the market for a new 9mm.

  24. avatar Shane Miller says:

    I just picked mine up and put 100rds through it. I love it. My new EDC.

  25. avatar jason jones says:

    Really disappointing that the mags aren’t compatible – one way comatibility makes no sense. Can’t understand why companies have to redesign magazines with every new gun. That is the main reason I go Glock. There a alot of good guns out there and I would be interested in buying but right now i can buy affordable 9mm mags that will fit in most of the handguns I own.

    1. avatar Keith says:

      If Ruger is smart they will modify the mags the way Beretta did theirs for the 92 models. Current 92FS mags also have a second release cutout for older European heel release models. I have one of each and it’s nice to use the same mags all around.

  26. avatar Johnny says:

    wish I could find one for under 300, around here about 350 out the door that and I want to try the trigger before I buy the one I found at lgs had a trigger lock on it and the only way they will take it off is after you buy it 320 plus 8.25 tax (tx)

  27. avatar Aaron says:

    “Louis Jadot 2015 Corton-Charlemagne Chardonnay with room temperature Fromager d’Affinois.”

    I don’t know what that stuff is but it sounds expensive. Probably not a lot of cross-shopping going on between purchasers of expensive Frenchy stinky cheesy stuff and the low-cost Ruger security 9. Add a takedown lever instead of a pin and quadruple the price!

  28. avatar Marshall says:

    I own both SR9 & SR9c and love them both. Also own a American 45 and love it. Bought my securitiy-9 a month ago and thought I would sale it before shooting it. I really don’t need another gun. I am so glad I didn’t. My securitiy-9 is a real smooth shooter. Just shot 250 rounds today and feel in love with it. Feels so good in my hand. I bought it for a little less than 300.00 and I wouldn’t sale it for what I bought for. This gun shoots so smooth I feel light it would be a nice gun for women.

  29. avatar Peter Polymer says:

    Another plastic fantastic.

    30 years later and companies STILL struggling to out Glock Glock.

    Thanks, ill stick with Glock Perfection. Same mags from the last 30 years work in everything up to Gen5.

    And even when the David Hogg Freedom From Guns Confiscation Patrols start going door to door in their snazzy black and red body armor in the not too distant future, youll still be able to scrounge Glock mags and parts.

    1. avatar Aaron says:

      meh. nothing wrong with glocks. but they ain’t “perfection.” I owned a couple in the 90s. They’re kinda like the honda of firearms: reliable, but they don’t stand out in anything else.

    2. avatar Keith says:

      I like my Glock, but I had to make it “perfecter”. Fortunately it’s like an AR now and you can get all kinds of geegaws for it. Actually, I I weren’t so averse to buying brand new guns, I like what I see and would probably buy it If I found one at a good price…along with a carbine.

  30. avatar Pocketgunner says:

    Wow, a new gun without really doing a serious comparison. Break down a SR9C and look and compare the difference. That gun is built like a tank. Check out steel inserts in the fame. Also do a detailed look at the American. Stainless steel receiver, barrel etc. A really classy build that will last a life time.
    The Security 9 is just a large LCP ll. Cheap aluminum chassis, cheap take down pins etc. Shoot the LCP’s long enough and they literally start cracking under pressure. Crack frames, grips, the cheap rails start to come apart etc.
    In fairness, the Security 9 is advertised as a budget gun. If you do not shoot often, don’t put a lot of ammo down range, then it is a ok gun. Do not expect this gun to last long with a lot of shooting. It is not built for that.

    1. avatar Aaron says:

      most folks never even get close to shooting out their guns. a gun that’s good for a few thousand rounds is good enough for most people. a reliable budget gun makes a lot of sense.

  31. avatar Aaron says:

    i bought one and an EC9S together for about what a single Walther or Glock would cost. Good guns at a great price.

  32. avatar Enuf says:

    I have the SR9 and many (more than ten, less than a million) magazines for it. I say that upfront because not being able to share magazines with a Security 9 when they are so very similar is a serious annoyance.

    That aside what I am looking for are opinions of what the Security 9 has over the SR9 if you already own the SR9? How is it superior to make me want to change?

    Never once has my SR9 failed in any function after cases and cases of all sorts of ammo. The gun’s accuracy potential is superior to my accuracy reality, but I do okay with it. I did install a drop-in Ghost 3.5lb trigger connector and the magazine disconnect was an early removal too.

    Very much a fan of Ruger but do need a compelling reason to spread limited gun budget over a new Ruger pistol.

    More likely that new PC Carbine will extract my Cabela’s VISA points … now that puppy I can feed a range bag full of SR9 17 round magazines!!!

    Oh, and why only a 15 round mag on the Security 9?

  33. avatar Tom says:

    I think I’ll stick with my SR9e, which I think the slide is much better than the SR9’s
    Uses the same SR9 magazines

  34. avatar 3rdRangerD says:

    I just bought one of these and think I will like it very much. At $299+ fee, can’t beat the price usually. I would not recommended altering a magazine; don’t be cheap, buy the one you need!

  35. avatar former water walker says:

    And NOW in July still getting great reviews…

  36. I’ve had my Security 9 for about a month now. Operating with zero malfunctions. Grip and texture are perfect for me. Safety engages and disengages equally well by pivoting around the pin at the forward end of the safety lever.
    Before purchasing the Security 9 I was skeptical about the precocked trigger. That said, cycling the action leaves the hammer 95% of the way back. It releases with a short 4.5lb pull. So short, I see the need for a safety.
    I am pleasantly surprised by the quality and value of the Security 9.

  37. avatar Keither says:

    Enjoying all those comments – ain’t bought one – waiting for them to upgrade a bit. At-least a ss brl., maybe a ss slide (I’m spoiled from my SR9c, kinda fed up with guns that rust easily). Anybody had rust issues? That hammer syst. should be an improvement over the striker (better primer strikes & smother trigger). A shorter (compact) grip would be nice!

  38. avatar DS says:

    I would make a challenge for the Author. Break down the Ruger SR9C and compare it to the Ruger Security 9. My God, a world of difference in build quality. No comparison. Look at all the support steel of the SR9C vs the Aluminum chassis and rails of the Security 9 etc. The Security 9 appears to be nothing but a larger LCPll in build, and that ain’t nothing to brag about. Get up there in ammo shot down range and the LCP’s fold like a cheap lawn chair. Grip cracks, frame cracks, rail splits etc.
    The Security 9 is obviously a budget gun. Not built for a any kind of range gun, but strictly for those that do not shoot often and just want home security. There are better out there.
    Many compare it to a Glock 19. Lol, I am not even a Glock fan, but would not hesitate to spend a little more to get a better built gun.
    And Ironically saw the Ruger American on sale for $300. Now that is a whole lot of gun for the price.

    1. avatar Jeremy S. says:

      The review literally states that this is a scaled up LCP II and that the chassis is aluminum.

  39. avatar Jackie says:

    Just bought one! And I figured out why they call it SECURITY 9 !!! The bad guys can feel secure that their not going to get shot, it’s imposable to load it, what a piece of crap magazine, Yes my hands are old , but I have NEVER had problems loading MAGS before till this one, WHAT JUNK

  40. avatar 18whosrolin says:

    Yep CDNN and other online retailers like grabagun have the Ruger American for $300. It’s superior build quality is unquestionable. The security 9 feels good in the hand but in my opinion it won’t be a gun to enjoy shooting reliably for decades like all other full size Rugers ever made. So it’s a step backwards in my mind. I worry in a few years when larger numbers of buyers start eclipsing the 5k round mark, Ruger is liable to start earning a failure reputation for the first time. I agree if you just want something for home defence and aren’t gonna practice like you should then it’s good for the money. I love my LCP but I sell them ever couple of years after practice rounds start adding up. Also admit to never having LCP failures but just can’t trust them for high round count since they are so similarly built to the keltecs that I’ve had and seen so many problems with.

  41. avatar David Williamson says:

    Great review for a great handgun. It answered my questions and helped make my decision to purchase the Security 9. Thanks.

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