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Ruger 3301 SR9 17+1 9mm 4.14"
[3301]
$411.00
by Matt C Date Added: Tuesday 16 June, 2009
This will be part 1 of a 2 part review because sadly I had to send in my SR9 after only 60 or so rounds because the lower camblock pin was walking on me as I was firing. With that said, this is still a great firearm. I'm a big guy at 6'3" so of course I have large hands. This pistol fits snug and comfortable when I hold it in my master grip. I am by no means a gun expert but I think how it feels in your hand is a huge deal and I like the fell of the SR9.

Now to the important part...How does it shoot? Well I will give a quick background on my pistol shooting experience. I have very little (lol). NO KIDDING! But I believe that I am a natural when it comes to shooting. I say this because until yesterday, I haven't been to my local range in almost an entire year. So after picking up my new Ruger (The first of many pistols in my new collection), I immediately wanted to put 100 rounds in it to break it in and get a good feel for the important stuff like trigger pull, recoil and so on.

Boy was I surprised! I was surprised that the recoil was virtually unnoticeable (Fired 147 Grain American Eagle) and the trigger pull from the first round was really smooth. I am not a sharpshooter by any stretch of the imagination but I got 1.5" groups at 5 yds and 2.5" groups at 7 yds my first run through. But when I got comfortable with it, I got 1.5" groups at 5 yds and 1.6" groups at 7 yds. This is why I say I am a natural at shooting. Not bad for not having shot a pistol in over a year.

But enough of me slapping myself on the back about my bulls-eye prowess, I have to give most of the credit to Ruger for making an excellent, EXCELLENT firearm. I have not seen this problem in online forums or what have you, but when I called Ruger's customer service (Extremely courteous and professional btw) the associate did acknowledge that although not widespread, they have heard of it and will fix it as soon as possible. I didn't get irate or whatever demanding it only takes a week and that I better get 3 additional mags on the house for this cause stuff happens.

I am so happy with this firearm that I'll wait out the 3 weeks I was told it would return. I am hoping for a much quicker turnaround of course but I won't lose sleep about it.

Also Bud's literally destroys when it comes to price on this. I don't know how they do it, and probably don't want to know, but this very same gun was selling for at least a Ben Franklin more than what Bud's was charging...AND I used a debit card. LOL!

I blabbed all that to say this, if you're looking for a great pistol at a great price point then pick this up. You WON'T be disappointed. Part 2 of my review will happen when I get the gun back of course and put another 100 or so rounds through it. I only gave it 3 out of 5 now because it was a faulty pistol. When I get it back, expect 5 stars.

Oh I almost forgot, no jams, FTF's, stovepipes or anything in the short stint that I fired it. Great GREAT craftsmanship. Ruger does make good quality guns. (Being that I had to send it in after only 50 rounds on the first day, I know my statement has irony so thick that if you put it between 2 slices of bread and bite down it would stick to the roof of your mouth.) I will be looking at the LCP or LCR for personally carry. When I get either or both, I'll leave another "pithy" review. LAF!

Thanks Bud's...you have a repeat customer in me.

Matt C

Rating: 3 of 5 Stars! [3 of 5 Stars!]
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