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Ruger Max-9 First Look on RECOILtv

The Ruger Max-9 enters the pack to compete against the Sig P365, the Springfield Hellcat, and similar firearms. Iain takes a look at the new defensive-focused handgun, from sights to trigger, to where the Max-9 saves money. Known for bringing blue-collar value to their self-defense handguns and pistol caliber carbines, Ruger has thrown their hat in the pool of optics-ready sub-compact EDC pistols.



When compared side-to-side with the Hellcat and P365, the Ruger Max-9 sat between them as far as triggers go, and the sights far exceed what some ship with. Let's take a look as the spec sheet from Ruger again:

  • 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.

Ruger Max-9 cover

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