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Three Small 9mm Pistols Redux: Sig Sauer, S&W, and Ruger

We retest a trio of self-defense 9mm semiautomatics to see if recent modifications, factory recalls, and the passage of time have improved the handguns, or simply made them older.

This month we take a look at three combat pistols that have graced our pages previously, to see if they improved from our previous evaluations. Since last reviewed in December 2007, the Ruger SR9 ($525) was subject to a massive safety recall. Despite its double-action design, the gun could go off when dropped, if the manual safety was not engaged. As a result, Ruger redesigned the entire trigger group. The most visible change was a twin-blade trigger, rather than its original single-blade design. The recall process was far from smooth, and was chronicled on our

Sig Sauer, Smith & Wesson, Ruger
Last reviewed in December 2007, the $525 Ruger SR9, right, is retested here with a redesigned trigger group. The most visible change is a twin-blade trigger rather than its original single-blade design. Left, we evaluated the two-tone Sig Sauer P250 in April 2008. This time we had the Black Nitron version, $699, which recently received a trigger-bar upgrade. The Smith & Wesson M&P Compact 9mm, $656, posted a poor grade back in April 2007 when it failed to feed the last round from the magazine, locking open in the process. This time, it just didn’t shoot very accurately. Oh well, there’s always next time.
sister website, We recently looked at the Sig Sauer P250 in the two-tone option…

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