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Range Time With Glock and Ruger

In the never ending (it seems) search for my first handgun I spent some range time with a couple more full-frame semi-autos yesterday. Since I’m a pistol n00b I want to try something from each of the major brands to get a feel for what they offer and sort of find my own style and taste. Plus, it’s just fun to do! :)

So far these are the guns I’ve tested:

  1. S&W M&P9 (9mm)
  2. Springfield XDM (9mm)
  3. Sig Sauer P226 (S&W .40)
  4. Glock 17 (9mm)
  5. Ruger SR9 (9mm)

In yesterday’s range time I shot the Glock and the Ruger, two of the most well known brands. We shot a box and a half worth of rounds between the two of them at roughly 7 yards range. That’s not a ton of shooting, but hey, paying for range time for two people, two rentals, and two boxes of 9mm isn’t cheap.

Ruger SR9

  • Length: 7.55"
  • Height: 5.52"
  • Width: 1.27"
  • Barrel Length: 4.14"
  • Capacity: 17+1
  • Weight: 26.5 oz.
  • Trigger: 6.7 lbs.

Glock 17

  • Length: 8.03"
  • Height: 5.43"
  • Width: 1.18"
  • Barrel Length: 4.49"
  • Capacity: 17+1
  • Weight: 22.22 oz.
  • Trigger: 5.5 lbs.

Personally, I liked the Glock more so than the Ruger. I was able to pick it right up and shoot decent groups at 7 yards. It also felt more “solid” than the Ruger. While handling the Ruger in slide-lock it felt “sloppy” and “clanky”, whereas the Glock had a “solid” and “quiet” feeling. Don’t get me wrong, I liked the Ruger, but just preferred the Glock feeling, in my hand and while shooting. It also felt like it had less recoil than the Ruger. That being said, my wife preferred the Ruger much more than the Glock. She has small hands and I think the grip on the Glock was a bit too wide for her to effectively manage.

As of this date my front runners are the Glock and the S&W M&P9. Frankly, I’ve liked them all. But for the overall feel and value, those two seem like the leaders.

What’s your opinion? Any other brands I should focus on? Two others that come to my mind is Walther and CZ.