Ruger made a Glock 19-sized handgun for 2018 and it is pretty good, especially for the price. For an entry-level, “budget-minded” handgun, my Ruger Security-9 was quite reliable and is literally well rounded. Mine fired a little over 1,000 rounds and now I am here to make a case for this poor man’s defensive handgun.
Firstly, I must say that I hate shilling, whether at the behest of a company or not, and I especially hate it when people shill for low-quality POS manufactures and try to equate their quality/reliability to the products of other companies that have set an industry standard. With that said, my positive impression of the Security-9 comes from honest use with the gun and, at the time of writing, I would trust this gun to defend myself and other innocent life from violent home invaders. But keep in mind that not all individual products (that are the same model) are technically created equal. In other words, it is quite unlikely for flawless quality control to exist for any significant amount of time, by any given manufacturer. So, I can’t guarantee your Security-9 will operate without much issue as mine has.
Here is a list of specifications of the Security-9 (Take note of how similar the dimensions are compared to the Glock 19):
- Chambering: 9x19mm
- Semi-Automatic, Recoil Operated
- Hammer Fired (Shrouded)
- Single Action
- Barrel Length: 4.00”
- Barrel Twist: 1:10″
- Overall Length: 7.24 ”
- Overall Height: 5.00 ”
- Slide Width: 1.02”
- Max Frame Width: 1.29”
- Empty Weight: 23.8 oz.
- Loaded Weight: 30 oz. (15 rounds, 115 gr.)
- Sighting Arrangement:
- Windage adjustable, white FRONT dot
- Windage adjustable, white REAR “U”
- Manufactured in Prescott, Arizona
Some additional features include…
- Right-Handed Manual Safety, Slide Stop, and Magazine Release
- Chamber Witness Hole
- Front and Rear Slide Serrations
- Bladed trigger safety, “neutrally balanced sear with significant engagement and strong spring tension; and hammer catch to help prevent the hammer from contacting the firing pin unless the trigger is pulled.” (That part is according to Ruger’s website website) (Also, please note that even with these safety features in place the Security-9’s owner’s manual states, “[i]f dropped or struck, the pistol may fire.”)
- 4-Slot Picatinny-style Rail on Frame
- Comes with…
- Two 15-Round Magazines (LRBHO)
- A Universal Gun Lock
- A Cardboard Pistol Box
- A Yellow Ruger Security-9 Rubber Band
This particular Security-9 had fired approximately 1,055 rounds with only 2 failures to cycle (2 failures to extract Freedom Munitions “American Steel”: Clearance Lot). Though, 1,000 rounds is by no means the benchmark by which only the most durable guns can achieve. As it pertains to the 2 failures to cycle it is worth mentioning Freedom Munitions American Steel line of ammo uses a brass plated steel cases. Additionally, the American Steel 9mm ammo that I was using came from a 1,000 round clearance lot, indicating that such a lot failed a cosmetic quality control inspection. That 1,000 round lot had only cost me 13.57 cents per round after shipping with a 6% coupon code which made it an easy purchase to justify. The ammo used in this Security-9 was mostly Freedom Munitions brass cased as well as their American Steel ammo. The other kinds used were Wolf Polyformance, Remington UMC, and Shooter’s Ammunition-Polymaxx (filthy ammo).
Approximately half of the ammo fired was brass cased and half was some form of steel cased ammo. Also, about half of the ammo fired was 115 gr. and almost half was either 124 gr. or 125 gr. Only 50 rounds fired were 147 gr. Lastly, the vast majority of the ammo used had a RN (round nose) bullet. Only 71 rounds fired featured a HP (hollow point) bullet. The only magazines used were the two, 15-round magazines that came with the gun. As one could elaborate, the magazines didn’t induce any failures in this Security-9. Although, the magazine follower seem to be ready to creep out of the magazine due to it relying on the stability of four skinny legs on the bottom of the follower.
I did contact Ruger customer service about this concern and they responded by literally saying, “That can happen do to the pressure of the spring”. Yes, indeed, there is a spring in the magazine that also pushes up on the follower. Thanks, Ruger customer service, you are truly employing only the brightest observers of the natural world.
Like all of my handguns, this Security-9 was lubricated with Slip2000 EWG on the slide rails and the barrel exterior was lubricated with Slip2000 EWL. The number of cleanings I subjected it to where four deep cleaning sessions, though, the true mechanical necessity of cleaning would have called for less sessions as lubrication alone can keep a lot of quality firearms running well for over about 500 rounds and even beyond. What can I say, sometimes I clean my guns out of piece of mind as opposed to necessity. Another thing you might notice when you get a well lubricated Security-9 in hand is how smooth the slide is on the aluminum slide rails. Speaking of its aluminum slide rails, they held up very well and had almost no signs of wear at the end of the 1,055, which I think is due in part to both the grease used and the smoothness of the black coating on the rails.
The accuracy of my Security-9 seems to be about the same as any other centerfire semi-auto handgun I have fired to include 9mm and .40 S&W Smith & Wesson M&Ps. Which is to say that I find this to be at least combat accurate and that keeping most shots with this gun inside a 6-inch circle are 15 yards at a brisk pace is a readily do-able task in the hands of a competent shooter . Given your target is man-sized, keeping most of your shots in the high upper chest or head and neck at a fast pace is even easier to accomplish. The trigger is more short traveled and more crisp than a factory Glock or M&P trigger, which may result in fewer stray shots for the average shooter. I for one still enjoy utilizing the stout and conscious staging a double action trigger can provide as I tend to through fewer stray shots but at the expense of slower shot pace. If you ask me, the sights are totally adequate. I know a lot of people complain on the internet about factory Glock sights, which these heavily resemble, but I absolutely disagree. I prefer the Glock style sighting arrange to non-illuminated 3-dot. However, I think tritium sights would be better simply for the low light/no light sight acquisition ability they give.
I find the Security-9 to be very, very ergonomic. The grip angle combined with the grip geometry, particularly where the top of the web of the hand meets the bottom of the minimalized beaver-tail, seems ideal. The front and rear slide serrations are a little bit to smooth for my liking but are, at the very least, adequate. The texturing on the pistol grip provides much more grip than the texturing found on older M&Ps and factory Glocks. Though, it is less grippy than the texturing on the M&P M2.0. This additional texturing is very helpful when wearing the typical polyester or other synthetic fleece gloves. Such gloves offer much less friction on a smooth polymer handgun frames than bare human skin which makes recoil control a bit more frustrating.
The magazine release, slide catch, and safety on this gun were all used without any uncomfortableness or any other issues. The safety on the Security-9 is really well thought out which is not often the case. Not only is the safety not gigantic and begging to be snagged on (M&P M2.0 thumb safety), but the path of travel of safety is quite short and the detent that holds it into place is strong, making actuation of the safety very hard to do inadvertently. I found the safety to be quick to take off with a purposeful move of the thumb but is more needing of purposeful manipulation to put back on.
Observations and Final Thoughts
In general, I really like this gun with the price considered. Not to say that it is as reliable as any 9mm Glock or S&W M&P but it did perform reasonably well. It may not impress very many people in its construction and engineering alone but I feel Ruger made the best out of a USA produced handgun intended to sell for about $300. If I really needed a gun for home defense right now and I only had $300 to spare then I would feel much more confident going with this than any comparably sized 9mm Taurus. Also not to say literally every Taurus is a pipe bomb waiting to have it’s fuse lit but as far as quality control and intelligent design go for the budget firearms market, it seems Ruger is doing better than others. However, when it comes to any firearm, you should always take note of the data proposed by as many reliable or potentially reliable sources as possible before you input time and money into owning it. Otherwise you could find yourself with a product that is as reliable and as well made as a [insert counterfeit electronics name here] from the Wish app.
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