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First Look: Ruger Security 9

First Look: Ruger Security 9

The Ruger Security 9, launched at the end of 2017, brings a new purpose-built personal-protection pistol to the company's product lineup, providing consumers with another affordable, dependable handgun designed for concealed carry and self-defense.

Right off the bat, the external characteristics of the Ruger Security 9 appear to have a great deal in common with the aesthetics and design characteristics used on the popular Ruger LCP II, introduced late in 2016. The frame, formed from glass-filled nylon, features similar texturing on the grip, while the slide, machined from through-hardened steel alloy, features front and rear slide serrations in the same fashion as those used on the LCP II. The barrel is also machined from alloy steel and features a blued finish.

The similarities continue when examining the action used in the new Security 9. Ruger uses the same Secure Action system in both the LCP II, lauded for its crisp single-action-style trigger, and the Security 9, ensuring that the new gun will perform with a similar trigger feel. This is a benefit for the large number of consumers already familiar with the LCP II, as they can now carry a larger personal-defense pistol with a similar feel.

An added benefit of the Secure Action system is the inclusion of an internal hammer, which enables the slide on the gun to be pulled to the rear with less effort than that required in many popular striker-fired handguns on the market. In terms of safety, the pistol is equipped with a trigger safety, manual thumb safety, neutrally-balanced sear to avoid tension build-up and a hammer catch that prevents the gun from firing unless the trigger is pulled.

The new Ruger Security 9 is built larger to cope with the increased power of the 9 mm round, as well as to provide an enhanced 15-round magazine capacity. Size-wise, the new gun is similar to the dimensions of the widely used Glock G19, measuring in at 7.24 inches long, 5 inches high and 1.02 inches in width. Barrel length is 4 inches, featuring a 1:10-inch right-hand twist rate. Total weight of the gun is 23.7 ounces unloaded.

Other features of the new Security 9 include a built-in frame rail for accessory attachments. The gun breaks down easily for maintenance, requiring no trigger pull or tools for disassembly. In addition, the pistol is also equipped with high-visibility sights that are drift-adjustable for windage.

Two models of the Ruger Security 9 are available at launch time, one with a full 15-round magazine capacity, and the other that ships with a reduced capacity of 10 rounds. Each pistol ships with two alloy magazines included, and the suggested retail price on the gun is $379.

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