First Look: Ruger Max-9 Handgun

posted on March 16, 2021
Ruger recently introduced a new handgun, the Max-9, which is a micro 9 mm with 12+1 or 10+1 capacity, depending on model, that's ideally suited to personal defense and concealed carry applications. 

The new Max-9 features a striker-fired design with a slim, lightweight profile that comes in at 18.4 ounces and .95 inches wide. Conveniently, it features an optics-cut slide and tritium/fiber-optic front sight with drift-adjustable rear sight that are meant to co-witness with Shield- or JPoint- pattern micro red-dot sights. The Max-9 is compatible with certain model optics from Crimson Trace, JPoint, Shield, SIG Sauer, Sightmark, Holosun, Swampfox and other micro red dots. 

Likewise, the Max-9 comes in three variants, including a 12+1 variant with external manual safety, a 10+1 model version with manual safety, and a 12+1 pistol without manual safety. Each carries an MSRP of $499. 

The Max-9 features rugged construction thanks to a through-hardened alloy steel slide, a one-piece, precision-machined fire control chassis, and high-performance, glass-filled nylon grip frame. Medium texturing on the grip aids in a secure, comfortable grip, while a 3.2-inch barrel and overall length of 6 inches makes the Max-9 highly concealable. 

Max-9 Features: 

  • Capacity: 12+1 or 10+1 rounds
  • Slide width: .95 inches 
  • Sights: Tritium fiber optic front, drift adjustable rear 
  • Barrel length: 3.2 inches 
  • Magazines included: 12+1 (1) and 10+1 (1), or 10+1 (2) 
  • Overall Length: 6 inches 
  • Weight: 18.4 ounces 
  • Height: 4.52 inches 
  • Twist: 1:10 inches 
  • MSRP: $499 


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