Last December I was invited to a Ruger event at the famed Gunsite shooting facility—-conveniently located near Ruger’s Prescott, AZ, plant. There, Ruger unveiled three new firearms: the Gunsite Scout rifle, which was featured on the cover of May/June 2011 issue of RifleShooter; the SR-1911, the company’s first-ever 1911 (a review of which you can see on Handguns TV); and the SR40c, a compact version of the SR40, itself a relatively new pistol.
The Ruger SR40c is one of many firearms in the SR series. We recently reviewed the Ruger SR9c, the little brother to the SR40c, and enjoyed that firearm very much. Here are some thoughts on the SR40c, as reviewed by a fan of Concealed Nation.
If you get something right the first time, then usually the idea is to make it bigger. While this principle generally holds true for Fortune 500 companies, restaurant chains and Dagwood sandwiches, handguns tend to work in the other direction. They start big and then get smaller. Ruger's popular line of SR pistols started off with the full-sized SR9 in 9 mm, followed by the more concealable SR9c. Last year, the line grew with the addition of the full-sized SR40, chambered for .40 S&W. This year marks the release of the compact SR40c.