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.45 ftw!
08-11-2012, 11:08 AM
Torn between a Springfield XD9 and Ruger SR9. Gun is for range and plinking only. I just want an inexpensive platform to run cheaper-than-.45-ammo, and shooting my .22s doesn't always do it for me. Just hoping to hear from any owners of these guns. (if you're going to tell me "google is my friend", or "go rent them", just save it ;)) I simply want to hear about the durability and reliability of these models from people who own them. Thanx for your time

secret.asian.man
08-11-2012, 11:15 AM
go with the xd9 just because.

DoubleB
08-11-2012, 11:34 AM
I have had an SR9 for about a year and a half. Have approximately 3K rounds through it without any issues. I just clean it and shoot it. My two sons also enjoy shooting it almost weekly. Can't go wrong for the price.

DrewTheBrave
08-11-2012, 12:15 PM
My old Sig P6 was a great beater. Accurate, reliable & comfortable. Also cheap! You can't go wrong with either of your choices but I just prefer the weight & recoil of metal framed pistols.

SoCal Bob
08-11-2012, 12:23 PM
Slightly off track, have you considered a Ruger P95? Turner's has them on sale for about $320.

SMCOUNTY9ER
08-11-2012, 12:30 PM
Ruger P95 is not bad at all, I have almost 1k rounds thru mine and no issues.

bubbapug1
08-11-2012, 12:32 PM
Ruger P95....soild, solid...and if you ever run out of ammo you can beat them with it.

The ruger P90 and P95 are two of the most under rated guns ever made.

air0n'03
08-11-2012, 12:34 PM
I have an xd9, shoots straight! ~1000 rounds no problems.

2nab
08-11-2012, 1:00 PM
Ruger p95 and XD9 are both champions. You'll be happy with either.

I know that doesn't help you but there really isn't a one is better than other argument to make. It is just personal preference. They are both proven platforms.

Pick one and enjoy it. Something will stand out to you as desireable, just go for it. Maybe it's price, looks, a particular feature, ergonomics, price of additional magazines or any other aftermarket item you might want (sights, etc).

0351USMC
08-11-2012, 1:08 PM
I like Taurus 92

Mossy Man
08-11-2012, 1:10 PM
P89, i love mine.

Eats everything, pretty accurate, and reliable

it is quite heavy and all-metal

but you'll enjoy the fact that running out of ammo still leaves you with a very powerful blunt object

BoJackUSMC
08-11-2012, 2:03 PM
XD 9mm
Sig p6
Police trade in Glock 17
SR 9

Jason P
08-11-2012, 2:08 PM
Love my P95, rugged, a few thousand through it, firearm is still flawless. I installed Meprolights on it, under $500 total invested. NEVER a malfunction. Man I do love my P95...

pc_load_letter
08-11-2012, 2:14 PM
I had the XD and sold it. I kept my SR9.

I (personally) felt the SR9 was a better shooter. The SR9 has never had a FTF or FTE with various brands of reloads. My XD was a jammomatic!

I also felt the SR9 had less "preceived" recoil. The XD always slapped my hand. This was mitigated with a rubber slip on grip though.

All in all, they are both easy to take down, clean and reassemble. The SR9 is going to have a slimmer profile and a backstrap that can be reversed for extra grip depth if you need it.

(Mags are also cheaper for the SR9)

Best of luck on your choice!

MP

redhemi
08-11-2012, 5:55 PM
I've had my SR9 since Dec. 08 and lost count of rounds when it went over 5000. I have never had 1 problem with this gun. I like the sights on this gun they just seem to not get dirty like other guns I have. My daughter loves shooting my SR I'm surprised she hasn't permanently borrowed it.My SR is also my HD gun.

morrcarr67
08-11-2012, 6:29 PM
Walther P-1

bombadillo
08-11-2012, 6:35 PM
Any Ruger P series will work well for that need. A G19 will also be a great choice although not my personal favorite, its a great gun. I've also had good luck with the XD series in any size or flavor. Any of these 3 and you will do just fine for durability.

P08
08-11-2012, 6:45 PM
I've got both, the xd9 mags are generally cheaper and easier to get. The sr9 has a smoother feel and sits in the hand better, he older xd feels clunky -but has a proven track record.

cindynles
08-11-2012, 6:48 PM
A Ruger P95 is solid, inexpensive 9mm. I bought one in 1998 and have 15,000+ rounds though it. I don't think you can beat it at $320 brand new. The only down side is that accessories can be few and far between.

http://i557.photobucket.com/albums/ss20/cindynles/IMG_0872-1.jpg

Paltik
08-11-2012, 7:53 PM
A beater, you say? IBTHPC9 (In before the Hi-Point C9 (http://grabagun.com/hi-pt-9c-9mm-cmp-3-5-8rd-poly-1.html) fanbois)...oh wai--

scglock
08-11-2012, 7:58 PM
Police trade in glock 17 :)

hossb7
08-11-2012, 8:22 PM
M&P9

Just because you want a beater doesn't mean it needs to be a bad gun :)

Drok512
08-11-2012, 8:24 PM
what about a sig sp2022? you can find them for 369 to 389

CK_32
08-11-2012, 8:27 PM
Beater + 9mm = glock 17

Rightwinger
08-11-2012, 8:28 PM
I'm with the other when it comes the Ruger P95's.. I like mine!!

fremont lapua
08-11-2012, 10:27 PM
I would say glock or xd9 I own both and you will be happy either way. I did not choose to buy the sr9 after watching the video on the Ruger rep showing it off and the firing pin falling out the back of the pistol. I believe they had a recall on the sr9 to fix the issue though and you would be happy either way. I like my G19 better then my XD9 though.

y3kspoo
08-11-2012, 11:44 PM
+1 on the p95

IVth Horseman
08-12-2012, 12:02 AM
I'll fifth the Ruger p95, and Sig P6. You can't go wrong with either one. Or maybe one of the S&W compacts like a 6906 or something like that.

IrishPirate
08-12-2012, 12:08 AM
A beater, you say? IBTHPC9 (In before the Hi-Point C9 (http://grabagun.com/hi-pt-9c-9mm-cmp-3-5-8rd-poly-1.html) fanbois)...oh wai--

You rang?????

100% think everyone should own one, or more...accurate, reliable, cheap...the definition of a plinker!!!!!

StefanJanowski
08-12-2012, 10:58 AM
Sig Sauer 2022 for the vote

spetsnaz
08-12-2012, 11:00 AM
Ive thought about the sr9 for this purpose as well.

Gryff
08-12-2012, 1:05 PM
I have more than 20,000 rounds downrange between my two XD9s I use in competition. Probably six malfunctions during that entire period.

I'm a huge fan of the XD because of this. I trust the platform's reliability and like it's ergonomics. I will say, though, that I prefer the 5" Tactical model over the 4" Service model because of the increased front-end weight.

Travis590A1
08-12-2012, 1:33 PM
Anything with the name Ruger on it will be reliable and built to last. Ill put my SR9c against a Glock 19 any day of the week.

RCJeeper
08-12-2012, 1:43 PM
I was recently contemplating the XD and SR9. I ended up going for the Ruger for a couple of reasons: 1. Made in the US 2. Has external safety 3. Ergonomics are excellent 4. Lower bore axis 5. Slim design 6. Great sights 7. Reverseable backstrap. Reasons I liked the XD: 1. Lower cost magazines 2. Trigger seems a little better stock.

Now I sold my SR9 and then get this . . . felt like I made a mistake, so I bought another one. Crazy, I know.


The OP asks about a SR9 and XD9. I'm sure he has his reasons for whittling his list down to these 2. In the course of 31 replies, he now has to consider the Sig P6, Ruger P95, P89, Taurus 92, Glock 17, 19, Walther P4, S&W M&P9, 6906, Sig 2022 and Hi Point C9. How does this help him decide between the SR and XD?:confused:

ZX-10R
08-12-2012, 1:48 PM
SR over the XD. Money not an issue...M&P 9.

JTROKS
08-12-2012, 5:47 PM
I was going to say Sig P6 for my definition of a beater is $350 and below. Just checked on Gunbroker and they are running in the $400+ for good condition specimen. Can't beat a Ruger SR9.

MrExel17
08-12-2012, 6:09 PM
Ruger or Glock ftw!

orangeusa
08-12-2012, 6:19 PM
One more vote for a Ruger ( I really dig my P90 - will never sell it, had a P89, sold it cause I had too many 9mm guns... (mags are not cheap for Rugers) ).

P89/P95 - solid as can be. All are guns for life. I still look at the price of a P95 at LGS and shake my head. Cheapest gun in the case, and one of the best.

Ruger P95....soild, solid...and if you ever run out of ammo you can beat them with it.

The ruger P90 and P95 are two of the most under rated guns ever made.

G lock
08-12-2012, 6:42 PM
Ruger P series (P89, P90, or P95)

.45 ftw!
08-12-2012, 7:23 PM
Thanx for all the replies. I really appreciate it. I had not considered the Sig Pro, but when I handled one today I very quickly discovered that it wasn't for me. I'm leaning towards the XD simply because of the sale at Turner's. At $419 it's actually cheaper than an SR9 right now.

PS: FWIW, I might have been a little loose with the lingo regarding the word "beater". I mean no offense to anyone who carries and/or stakes their lives on one of these models. I just meant to say that it wouldn't be my primary or even secondary self-, or home-defense weapon. Thanx again, 'Gunners

J.D.Allen
08-12-2012, 8:47 PM
The P95 is a tank. It will eat any ammo you feed it and just does not malfunction. The only drawback in my mind is the trigger. I believe the SR9 has a better trigger...

Damiiaaannn
08-12-2012, 9:58 PM
Xd9

CasperSYTFU
08-13-2012, 9:52 AM
Can't beat the SP2022!

JNunez23
08-13-2012, 10:17 AM
SR9= Good to go ;)

Ibefuz
08-13-2012, 10:55 AM
I've shot both, and I prefer the sr9. My lgs sells the sr9 for 329 right now.

BulletMagnet
08-13-2012, 11:27 AM
I've shot both, and I prefer the sr9. My lgs sells the sr9 for 329 right now.

Which store has it on sale for $329 right now?

Mossy Man
08-13-2012, 11:29 AM
I just picked up a S&W 5903TSW PD return.....haven't fired it yet but they're supposed to be reliable.

If it shoots well it might become my new beater 9mm

ptgarcia
08-13-2012, 1:05 PM
I've shot both, and I prefer the sr9. My lgs sells the sr9 for 329 right now.

Which store has it on sale for $329 right now?



I'd like to know, also. That's $110 less than Turner's sale price and only $10 more than a P-95.

SigSauerP226
08-13-2012, 1:24 PM
I love my P6, awesome gun. They flooded the market a few years ago and could be had around $300. Some people said they picked them up in the $275 range. Price on the things have gone up quite a bit now. They usually have a good amount of holster wear, but usually look brand new inside. You might be able to find one pretty cheap.

.45 ftw!
08-13-2012, 4:33 PM
My lgs sells the sr9 for 329 right now.

I'm in San Diego also. Which shop are you talking about? I'll get one for me AND the wife at that price. I haven't seen one for less than $439

evidens83
08-13-2012, 6:56 PM
Cant speak for the SR9 but the XD is a solid reliable pistol. I've owned 3. But for a beater, have you considered a Sig P6 or Ruger P series??

.45 ftw!
08-13-2012, 7:13 PM
Cant speak for the SR9 but the XD is a solid reliable pistol. I've owned 3. But for a beater, have you considered a Sig P6 or Ruger P series??
Thanks for the reply. No, I have not considered the P series. No offense to everyone that mentioned it, but I just can't get past how it looks. (also, I'm set on a striker-fired platform for this particular buy) I may have misspoke when I said "beater". I still want a a decent shooter, I just don't want to spend more than $450 MAX. I guess when I said "beater" I just meant that I wouldn't ever plan on depending on it for defense. And that I may not clean it very often ;)

infoleather
08-13-2012, 7:55 PM
I like the gun just does not seem like any other gun, I have dirty spots. I also have good luck, XD series in any size or taste.

edgalang
08-13-2012, 7:57 PM
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I did not choose to buy the sr9 after watching the video on the Ruger rep showing it off and the firing pin falling out the back of the pistol. I believe they had a recall on the sr9 to fix the issue though and you would be happy either way.
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The part that you saw that fell out was the plastic striker indicator (part #26 in the user manual). Like a GLOCK, it is impossible for the firing pin to fall out without removing the striker cover first. The part that failed was merely a feature and does not impede the functionality of the pistol even after failure. The same thing can be said with having the loaded chamber indicator falling off (then again most pistols don't have one to begin with).

If you like servicing GLOCKS, you'll enjoy servicing an SR9 as the guts is pretty much the same (they even share the same trigger bar reset design) but with added features to make it "Californianized".

Compared to the gen-3 GLOCK 19 (since gen-4 doesn't qualify on the CA DOJ list)...the SR9/c adds the following "features"....

+Front serrations (SR9c only).
+Prominent Loaded chamber indicator.
+Ambidextrous magazine release.
+Interchangeable backstraps.
+Striker Indicator.
+Adjustable rear sights.
+Magazine safety.

Also before anyone complains about NOT wanting features like the mag safety...please keep in mind that all features can be removed after the fact and is purely optional (except the front serrations), however some (like the magazine safety) was a requirement by Ruger to be able to sell to CA without having to SSE.

JTROKS
08-13-2012, 8:02 PM
IWhen I bought my Sig P6 it was for a cheap stand by gun around the house to replace the 380. I also have S&W 5906 and 6906 teamed up with a Marlin Camp 9 with a compliment of grandfathered high caps. The P6 has proven to be very reliable and very accurate good enough to be part of a first line home defense battery.

pc_load_letter
08-13-2012, 8:22 PM
I'm in San Diego as well and I picked my SR9 from Parallax Tactical for 409.

I think this gentleman might have the 3 mixed up for a 4. If it is 329, I would pick a second one up for my wife.

Sooooooo, which shop in San Diego is it??

I'm in San Diego also. Which shop are you talking about? I'll get one for me AND the wife at that price. I haven't seen one for less than $439

.45 ftw!
09-01-2012, 5:57 PM
I ended up with an XD9 Tactical. Got a good deal from a fellow Calgunner. Really nice firearm though; not a beater by any means. Thanx for all the input. (it's out of jail on Tuesday. In a related story : it's getting shot on Tuesday ;)Cheers

Metal Magic
09-01-2012, 5:59 PM
+1 on the p95

For the price It can't be beat, I have seen some go for as low as 280-290 used in really good shape

bombadillo
09-02-2012, 6:32 AM
Great choice, and hope it serves you well.

willerfortheworld
09-02-2012, 10:29 AM
Xd between your two choices. But a Cz 75 sp 01, or 75b would be even better. All steel so less felt recoil, perfect for range fun. And it will outlast you, super solid and way more accurate then the xd or ruger.

You will fall in love with the cz 75 so be careful;)

Elysium
09-02-2012, 10:50 AM
My primary guns are Sigs. A P229EE and a P228. Both are accurate. Shot a friend's P95 and I couldn't hit the side of a barn with it. The magazine release lever is awkward and can only be engaged by being depressed in a certain angle. Disassembly wasn't as intuitive as either the Glock or a Sig.

I'm in favor of the Sig 225/p6 or glock 19/17.

rickster1269
09-02-2012, 11:01 AM
Hi points are just plain ugly. I say Sig P6 or a used G17, G19

johnny1290
09-02-2012, 11:13 AM
Congrats!

I have an XD 4" and a SR9C. I think I paid around $400 for each of them on sale at turners.

For the money I like the Ruger better. Great trigger. After 5k in the ruger and 2 or 3k in the XD, both are great guns. The XD you can modify beretta mags easily to work. The feed ramp seems to gunk up with the alox from my lead cast bullets a lot faster than the ruger for some reason, and can cause some feed problems when it gets dirty. It's my own fault for not cleaning it more and running the over tumble lubed lead bullets.

The XD is fine, but I would say it's definitely more ammo sensitive than the Ruger. I think the metal recoil spring rod is a better design than the plastic ruger one though.

.45 ftw!
09-02-2012, 11:38 AM
As the O. P. I was attempting to close the thread by sharing my choice. And people are STILL recommending guns outside of the two I narrowed it down to. People are STILL honking for CZ and Sig when I said I wanted a striker - fired 9. Again, Thanx for the input, especially from those of you that actually read my posts.

rickster1269
09-02-2012, 2:56 PM
Sorry, I got tied up reading other posts before I responded. I had a XD9 and did not care for it myself, and never a fan of Ruger 9's. Love my Glock though. Glad you found what you were looking for.