My initial review of the Ruger SR40 condemned the gun’s trigger an epic fail. Not only was the SR40’s trigger horrible in and of itself—gritty, stacky and unpredictable—it was a sick joke compared to the fantabulous go-pedal on the Ruger SR9c. The SR40’s trigger was so ergonomically disastrous that I returned the handgun to Ruger thinking it was a mechanical typo. The second gun was just as bad. So I sent the whole kit and kaboodle to our Gun Doctor, who diagnosed SR40 MKII with a bad case of WTF. There was so much sand in the spring channel that the latch couldn’t compress. And despite Ruger’s claims, the SR40’s trigger parts were not the same as the SR9c’s. The good Doctor advised me to send the weapon to the Ruger mavens at Galloway Precision for a re-do. And so I did. Here’s what Eric Galloway did to the gun . . .
I started by detail stripping the pistol and giving it a complete cleaning. Then I hand polished/deburred the striker, trigger transfer bar, and camblock rail. Also relieved the sear contact surface and staked the fire control housing. I also polished/deburred the contact area of the safety lever and transfer bar. 4 hours labor at 35 dollars an hour.
Barrel was next with polishing/deburring on the lock/unlock surfaces and feed ramp. Next came deburring the striker channel and slide rail channels in the slide. 1hour labor.
I fitted the gun with our competition 3.5 lb trigger kit (polished striker blocker and 3.5 lb reset bar, reduced power blocker spring and striker spring, a heavy trigger transfer bar spring) and used our stronger CCW striker spring instead of the light competition striker spring. A 50 dollar kit with optional heavy striker spring 10 dollars.
Lastly I installed a factory rate spring (22 lb) on my stainless steel guide rod. 30 dollars without the spring 40 with.
After firing some 400 rounds through the gun, I can state without equivocation that we now have the Ruger SR40 that Ruger should have built—for an additional $275 plus shipping.
You could say that what master gunsmith Eric Galloway has wrought is a hot rod, with nothing to do with the demands of the mass market, especially when it comes to price. And you’d be wrong.
Trigger-wise, the improved SR40 is the 40-caliber version of the SR9c. The trigger has the exact same extremely short, almost 1911-ish take up, with no stacking whatsoever and a clean crisp breaking point. This gun is good to go.
Everythingelsewise, the Galloway Ruger SR40 is now the world’s smoothest shooting 40-caliber semi-automatic pistol. As I stated in the original review, the SR40’s heft and reduced slide velocity ameliorate much of the high pressure round’s reviled snap. The improved trigger’s predictability gives the shooter more control, which reduces felt recoil (’cause you know it’s coming). And it makes it possible to shoot the shit out of the gun. Like so . . .
Could Ruger manufacture the SR40’s trigger bits to Galloway Precision’s standard at the same price as the current gun? Hell if I know. But there are now two SR40’s. The one you can buy at your gun dealer and this one. Nuff said?