Ruger Security-9 9mm semi-auto pistol

Shooting the New Ruger Security-9 [SHOT Show 2018 Range Day]


Want a full-size handgun for home defense but don’t have a lot of disposable income to drop on a pistol? Ruger is pretty sure they have just what you’re looking for. Their new Security-9 9mm semi-auto is virtually the same size, weight and capacity as a GLOCK 19 or a Smith & Wesson M&P9 Compact…but will run you $200 less.

Gun nuts took note when Ruger announced the new hammer-fired model just before Christmas. With a name that harkens back to their dearly departed Security-Six .357 magnum, the new Security-9 is meant to provide homeowners an affordable way to keep 15+1 rounds right there on the nightstand should the need ever arise.

We were anxious to give the new gun a go at Range Day. Very GLOCK-like is the sight system Ruger chose with the familiar U-shape at the rear. Not so GLOCK-like is the presence of a small-ish frame-mounded safety on the left side. Is a safety-less model in Ruger’s future? They wouldn’t (or couldn’t) say.

Also not GLOCK-like is the Security-9’s ergonomics. In short, they’re great. Even someone with smaller hands like mine can easily reach the trigger without feeling like he’s holding onto a brick.

In short, from the few rounds we were able to launch at Range Day, we came away impressed. It’s hard not to note when Ruger’s offering in the Security-9 for a full two Benjamins less than the market leaders. Score one for Ruger.


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Dan Zimmerman has been shooting guns for 25 years and writing about them for the last eight. He’s particularly into the shotgun sports, including trap, sporting clays, duck and pheasant hunting.

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