Guns Ruger MAX-9: First Look at their new High Capacity, Optics-Ready EDC Forrest Cooper March 15, 2021 Join the Conversation The Age of the Sub-Compact is upon us. And Ruger has chosen to enter the fray. Challenging the magazine capacity of the Springfield Hellcat, the new Ruger Max-9 includes the suite of features expected if not demanded by contemporary firearms of its catagory. Optics Ready out of the box, the Ruger Max-9 will host Shield SMS2, RMS, RMS2, RMSw, SMS, SMSc, and RMSc, Holosun 507k and 407k, Swampfox Sentinel, Crimson Trace 1500 Series, Sightmark Mini-Shot A-Spec M3, Hex Wasp, Sig Romeo-0, and Jpoint MRD micro red dot sights. Taking the opportunity to get some rounds down range with the Ruger Max-9, for all but those with the largest hands, the 12-round mag allows for a full grip, while the 10 round option leaves most with the free-floating pinky. The combination of a fiber front sight and steel rear, plus the long list of Micro Red Dot Sights that it hosts places Ruger's new CCW pistol as the benefactor of watching both long-standing preferences, and burgeoning trends. Stock-to-stock, we prefer the Ruger Max-9's trigger over the Springfield Hellcat. There are three models available, differentiated by whether or not they have a manual safety. and the magazine capacity out of the box. The 3500 and 3503 both come with 12 round mags, whereas the 3501 ships with two 10-round mags. The Ruger Max-9 3503 has an internal safety, which Ruger calls the Pro-Saftey, and the 3500 and 3501 have manual safety. Top: Sig P365, Center: Ruger Max-9, Bottom, Springfield Hellcat Read the Press Release Below: Striker-fired with a short, smooth trigger pull, clean break and positive reset. Slim, lightweight and compact for personal protection while still providing a capacity of up to 13 rounds of 9mm Luger ammunition. Rugged construction with through-hardened alloy steel slide; one-piece, precision-machined fire control chassis; and high-performance, glass-filled nylon grip frame. Medium-textured grip frame provides a secure and comfortable grip. Tritium fiber optic day/night front sight for high visibility and drift adjustable rear sight. Optic ready for direct mounting of co-witnessed JPoint and Shield pattern micro red dot sights. Cold hammer-forged barrel results in ultra-precise rifling that provides exceptional accuracy and longevity. Safety features include integrated trigger safety, internal striker blocker and inspection port that allows for visual confrmation of a loaded or empty chamber. Reversible magazine release. Also includes: two nickel-Teflon coated magazines and finger grip extension floorplate that can be added to the magazine for comfort and improved grip. Three chief players competing to be the top of a burgeoning category of CCW handguns. Ruger Max-9 Features: Capacity: 12+1 (Model 3500) 10+1 (Model 3501) 12+1 (Model 3503)Slide Material: Through-Hardened Alloy SteelSlide Finish: Black OxideSlide Width: 0.95 InchesFront Sight: Tritium Fiber OpticsRear Sight: Drift AdjustableFeature: Optics ReadyBarrel Material: Allow SteelBarrel Finish: Black OxideBarrel Length: 3.2 InchesTwist Rate: 1:10 Inches, Right HandSafety Option: Manual Safety (Model 3500) Manual Safety (Model 3501) Pro Safety (Model 3503)Grip Frame: High-Performance Glass-Filled NylonOverall Length: 6 InchesWeight: 18.4 OuncesHeight: 4.52 InchesMSRP: $499.00 URL: www.ruger.com More from Ruger Ruger P89 Review: Like a 9mm Mullet. Enter the Ruger 57. Ruger's PC Charger makes for an excellent Brace-Ready Pistol. Ruger's Wrangler Revolver: Old Ideas, Modern Spin. Explore RECOILweb:Rogue One Opens in Shades of GrimB5 Systems Color WheelsTangoDown Releases Vickers Tactical Carry TriggerPolymer80 Changes Product Line To Comply With BATFE Rule NEXT STEP: Download Your Free Target Pack from RECOILFor years, RECOIL magazine has treated its readers to a full-size (sometimes full color!) shooting target tucked into each big issue. Now we've compiled over 50 of our most popular targets into this one digital PDF download. From handgun drills to AR-15 practice, these 50+ targets have you covered. Print off as many as you like (ammo not included). Get your pack of 50 Print-at-Home targets when you subscribe to the RECOIL email newsletter. We'll send you weekly updates on guns, gear, industry news, and special offers from leading manufacturers - your guide to the firearms lifestyle.You want this. Trust Us.