Regular readers will recall that I’ve been having feed problems with our testing and evaluation Ruger SR9c. After gunnuts.net fingered ammo issues—using the same ammo in the same gun with the same results—I contacted Remington. They reckoned our FTF might have something to do with bullet length. Pending further investigation of TTAG’s ammo by Remington’s boffins, I went back to American Firearms School to put the Ruger SR9c through its paces . . .
I brought the remaining 150 or so bullets in my second box of Remington 115-grain UMC cartridges, purchased at the same time I bought the bullets that resulted in the previous double-feed.
Everything was going fine. I mean really fine. The SR9c is an amazingly accurate weapon for its size. The trigger is as crisp and clean as a Fuji apple washed in a mountain stream. It’s a teensy bit snappy, as you’d expect. But a genuine joy. Review to follow.
And then I had trouble hitting the bullseye. Not the gun. Me. So I slipped some snap caps into the magazine’s mega-mix. At the appropriate moment, the SR9c went click instead of bang. Tap, rack . . . nothing. The damn thing didn’t extract.
I cleared the gun in the approved manner: remove the magazine, shake the round loose, re-insert magazine, rack the slide and wonder why you lost the gunfight. Next snap cap, same thing. In both cases, the real round behind the snap cap slammed into the feed ramp and compressed [above].
A quick trip to the counter and my main man Christian and I repeated the experiment. The snap cap resolutely refused to leave the chamber. [see: above video] With two snap caps in situ, you can see how the SR9c compressed the second round [below].
I don’t think we can rule out ammo issues on this one. Again, the SR9c fired other bullet brands without a hiccup. And snap caps aren’t exactly SAMMI spec. By the same token, I don’t think we can rule out gun issues. The 115-grain Remington UMC ammo fires fine in every other gun we’ve used—and we’ve used a LOT. I’ve never had a problem ejecting snap caps, either.
Perhaps its an ammo – gun problem. Anyway, Ruger reckons “this is Remington’s issue.” That said, I hope to speak with their Arizona gun builder later today. Watch this space.