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Sturm, Ruger & Co. SR40 Duty Pistol

Ruger's new .40 S&W handgun was designed specifically for police service.

March 21, 2011  |  by Paul Scarlata - Also by this author

Accuracy testing was conducted at 50 feet from a rest with three different types of ammunition. While the pistol happily digested all three brands, it showed a preference for faster-stepping projectiles and as velocity increased the groups shrank in size.

The SR40 proved a pleasingly accurate pistol, shooting to point of aim for all three loads. Of the nine groups I produced, none was larger than three inches while a couple came in under two. Such performance from a service type pistol deserves positive comment.

After the accuracy testing, I set up a combat target, belted on a Galco Yaqui Belt Slide holster, and used up the remaining ammo running the Ruger through the following drills:

  • 15 yards-draw pistol and engage target with 10 rounds, slow aimed fire. Perform combat reload and repeat.
  • 10 yards-draw pistol and double-tap target, perform a combat reload and repeat. Reholster and repeat three more times.
  • 5 yards-draw pistol and double-tap target firing with an unsupported (one-handed) grip. Reholster and repeat three more times.

As I fired these combat drills, my opinion of the SR40 grew. It pointed very naturally and, thanks to its good ergonomics, recoil control was above average. This made for fast, accurate follow-up shots.

During these combat drills, the magazines fell free whether they were empty or not, slide forward or locked back. The generous magazine well opening also smoothed out reloads.

Most of the 44 rounds I sent into the target created a ragged group in the center of the "chest." And lastly, I did not experience a single failure to feed, fire, extract, or eject in the 200-plus rounds I fired.

But I have to mention two negatives about the SR40. It was quite difficult to get the first round into the magazine. After that the remaining 14 went in easily, but that first one was a pain. Also, the trigger pull—while it had a crisp let off—was a bit on the heavy side, although I would expect that to improve with use.

While I am always cautious about sounding too enthusiastic about any new firearm, I was quite impressed with the Ruger SR40. I believe it is capable of doing whatever might be expected of a police service handgun...and perhaps a bit more.

Paul Scarlata has served as an auxiliary police officer and is a frequent contributor to POLICE.

Related:

Ruger Introduces SR40 Pistol

VIDEO: First Look at Ruger's SR40 Pistol

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Tags: Ruger, Duty Pistols, Firearms Reviews, .40 S&W

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Michael @ 4/20/2011 2:29 PM

I have shot various Rugers and I own a first generation P90 45cal. that I carry on duty. The gun is alittle heavy but I love it. I think that ruger brand has come a long ways and I must say that I have never had a single problem with my gun, that is now 21 years old with lots of rounds put through it. It is a Very, Very dependable weapon.
I have S&W, Colt, Browning, and Sig, I think they are all great guns but, I enjoy the Ruger for a Duty Weapon. I think it shoots better the more rounds go through it and it's easy to clean. Yes, I think I will buy an SR40 too, how can I not.

Lou @ 9/26/2011 11:41 PM

You must be kidding. I have an SR9 and it is junk. I want to sell it but not to anyone I know or will ever see again. Stop saying every gun you evaluate is great. I would never advise anyone to use this weapon for defensive use. I stopped trying to sell this gun for half of what I paid after two months. The LCI on this Ruger is ridiculous!

wayne @ 5/23/2012 8:32 PM

I own a Ruger SR40 with the black slide. I carry it off duty. Its slim, reliable, accurate, and I like that it holds 15 rounds of ammo. I like the manual safety. The only thing I didnt like is that the finish on the slide started to show wear almost immediately.

Hank @ 3/1/2013 7:38 PM

I currently have a SR40 that I'm trying to find a duty holster for, any suggestions. Looked on several sites and so far it's a bust

Kevin @ 4/9/2013 4:15 PM

I carry a sr40 on duty and sr40c off duty. I had searched all over for a duty holster but could not find one. I ended up buying a serpa cqc and then buying a jacket slot mount for a standard serpa duty holster. I have used it for a year now and it has held up fine. It sits like a standard serpa and locks in like one, it just does not have the cover over the rear sights like the serpa duty holster.

David E. Smith @ 4/20/2014 6:53 PM

I purchased a Ruger P90 in 1995 and used it as a duty weapon until issued a Sig in around 2007. I am now retired and still have the P90. The only downside is that it is bulky. It is accurate, reliable, rugged, easy to clean. I have fired hundreds and hundreds of rounds through it and it is still reliable. Even the bulkiness has a plus in that the recoil is easier to manage. I don't know about the modern Ruger Pistols but I don't think you can go wrong with the P90.

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