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Possibly the easiest recoiling, smoothest shooting .40 your $439 can buy? We shall see. Meanwhile, Sturm, Ruger & Co. have provided some of the factual info missing from our pre-view video post. Uh . . .  Here’s the gun’s Unique Selling Point: “The through-hardened, stainless steel slide on the SR40 is .060″ wider than that of the SR9; the added mass of the slide reduces slide velocity during cycling, reducing recoil and improving service life.” Also good: the Ruger SR40’s not a Glock, Smith or Springfield. As in brick-like. More good news: your local gun dealer has a supply that’s G2G. TTAG review to follow . . .

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  1. Can’t wait to try one of these out. I bought a SR9 and have never looked back. Over 1,000 rounds through it without a single issue…just makes me look forward to the new SR40. I also agree…glad it’s not a Glock…the SR9’s will eat Glocks all day (sorry Glock guys, but you overpaid) and we can probably expect the same from the SR40. Good job Ruger!!

  2. I currently own 7 Ruger handguns and love them. I did have eight, but the SR9 that I owned was the worst pistol I have ever tried to shoot. Where shall I start? The record for consecutive shots without a jam was 15. It usually jammed 2 or 3 times per magazine. This was with Win. 115 FMJ white box and Federal Champion 115 FMJ. Accuracy was horrible. I don’t know if it was the trigger or the fact that the gun had a gap between the slide and frame that you could see through. It was the first striker fired pistol I have fired and the trigger pull was absolutely atrocious. Because of the shortage of primers, I reloaded several boxes with magnum primers. The SR9 couldn’t strike the primer hard enough to detonate it, yet my Ruger P95 digested the loads without a single malfunction. Fortunately for me, I was able to sell the SR9. I am absolutely amazed that the pistol made it out the factory door. By the way, this gun was made after the recall, and bore the new serial number prefix, so it wasn’t one of the earlier models. I have since bought an FNP-45 and I love it. It doesn’t have the SR9’s ergonomics, but it fires and functions perfectly and is really accurate.

    • Wondering if you tried to have any warranty work done on your SR9 and, if not, why not? Curious is all. I have heard that Ruger customer service is second to none.

  3. My purpose was NOT to bad mouth Ruger. Read the first sentence. I would have been extremely happy if the SR9 had functioned the same as my P95, which is to say, perfectly. The reason I didn’t pursue the warranty route of sending the SR9 back, is that if a firearm has already been recalled (as has the SR9) and the new model with the new prefix (showing that it had been redesigned) still can’t eject and feed FMJ bullets (which feed better than anything) then it’s not a pistol that I want to bet my life on. The ergonomics of the pistol were so good that I am almost tempted to try buying another one in a year or so just to see if they get it right. Believe me, nobody was more disappointed than me that the pistol didn’t live up to Rugers reputation.

  4. DO NOT BUY THE RUGER SR40! I loved the gun for the first 5 rounds I put through it, and after that it started jamming every 3 to 4 rounds, BRAND NEW!!!

    • It’s called limp wristing. These pistols are held differently from the P series. There is nothing wrong with these guns it just takes patience and a willingness to learn to use the pistol. A 40cal pistol requires a stronger grip than a nine mm. Perhaps you should try going to a nine.


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