By James Sprott
A good example of made by monkeys is the Ruger SR9c pistol. In addition to repeating the mistake of a too-small thumb safety button on the full size SR9, the SR9c also has a magazine release button that ejects the magazine out of the gun when holstering it! Not reassuring in a gunfight situation! Reach to draw your pistol and no cartridges to fire! Magazine is lying on the ground instead of being inside the pistol! Ruger engineers and designers are making some serious mistakes! Letting guns out of the factory in such a condition compounds the design mistakes! Invitation to lawsuits when someone tries to win a gunfight with a pistol that empties itself prematurely! Unable to shoot!
Lesson here is that Ruger is releasing pistols in a state of premature development. A basically good design not fully tested and fine tuned. Result is some pistols working just fine, and some with all kinds of operating problems. Expensive recalls to fix safety problems. Trying to imitate Glock pistols, but not very observant in actual shooting and handling features.
Brilliant use of Solid Works design software. But clearly, limited experience in actual shooting. For defense use, things have to work quickly without causing fumbling! The too small safety buttons require shifting firing grip to operate or using the free hand! OK for target shooting, but not a gunfight situation! Got to operate with a flick of the firing hand thumb!
Most competing pistols offer this, but not Ruger! Simply examining the Colt Gov’t .45 ACP and copies, S&W M&P .45 with thumb safety and Springfield Armory XD Tactical .45 with thumb safety shows this. Impossible to miss! Easy feature to copy correctly! But not done! Get those designers and engineers “hands-on samples” of competing designs! Drawings are not good enough by themselves for design efforts! Since the SR9 recall basically copied the Glock trigger safety system, the need for a thumb safety at all is highly questionable. Just replace thumb safety with a solid pin and imitate Glock directly! A “slim” Glock clone with improved conceal-ability! Easy engineering change with “do thy patient no harm”! Make thumb safety optional, like competing designs!
The needlessly large SR9 loaded chamber indicator and deep cocking indicator hole are traps for all kinds of foreign matter that will contribute to malfunctions unless constantly kept clean! Near impossible if pistol is kept in pants waistband, pockets, and ladies purses! Such places are full of lint and other foreign matter!
Competing designs use much smaller indicators to keep out such foreign matter! Easy to see and copy. But not done! Anyone using the SR9 pistols will notice the need for constant cleaning, and will get annoyed! End result is truly made by monkeys!
Inadequate powers of observation by “brilliant Solid Works designers and engineers”! They still have to actually shoot and test the guns themselves. Total reliance on Solid Works alone is not getting the job done properly!
To challenge Glock is to take on a pistol design that claims 125,000 shots from 1 pistol without trouble! A tall order for any weapon design! Ruger has to play a serious game of “catch up” in its designs! Not taking military testing rigors for this design was a big mistake! The “ordinary” pistol still has to function in all adverse environments!