American Rifleman - April 2021 - 44

RUGER MAX-9

The fire-control
components
ride inside a
non-removable
aluminum chassis
(above). The
trigger bar moves
inside its right
side and acts on
the rotary sear
and the passive
firing pin safety.
Both front and
rear sights (below)
are dovetailed into
the slide. A flushfitting 10-round
and a 12-round
magazine are
provided (r.).

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Takedown is a little unconventional, as
there's no traditional disassembly lever, but it
will be familiar to the legions of LC9 owners
out there. With a magazine removed, and after
checking to ensure the pistol is unloaded, allow
the slide to go fully forward and then pull
the trigger. On the left side of frame, ahead of
the slide lock, is the grooved takedown plate.
You should be able to push it down with your
finger. This allows access to the takedown pin.
Retract the slide about 1/8 " and, using a punch,
push the pin out from right to left. Once it is
removed, the slide can be taken off of the frame.
This will allow you to get to the underside of
the slide and remove the recoil spring assembly,
which has two springs-one coiled at the rear
and one with a separate guide that is flat.
The one potential knock on the MAX-9 is the
trigger reach length, which is 3ΒΌ " from the web
of the hand to the tip of the blade safety in the
trigger blade. That said, there is sufficient room
inside the somewhat-elongated trigger guard
even for those whose fingers dwarf bun-size Ball
Park franks.
The MAX-9 was fired for accuracy at 7 yds.
with the iron sights and function fired with a
Shield RMS mounted, and the results can be
found in the accompanying table. Throughout
the course of about 840 rounds fired from two
guns-one with the optic and the other with the
supplied metallic sights-there were no malfunctions of any kind. Four different magazines were
used with an assortment of ammunition from
Aguila, Colt, Federal, Remington, SIG Sauer and
Winchester, with bullet weights ranging from
115 to 147 grs. The MAX-9s gobbled through even
mixed magazines of ammunition left over from
other tests with aplomb.
While you can't get away from the physics of
shooting a small 9 mm pistol that weighs little
more than a pound, the perceived recoil from
multiple shooters was regarded as not unpleasant.
APRIL 2021

That cannot be said about all of the guns in this
category. Our colleagues at NRA Women thought
highly of the MAX-9, deeming it easy to operate,
and they, too, found the perceived recoil to be
less sharp than anticipated.
High marks are given to the interface
between the frame and the web of the shooter's
hand, as they are completely smooth with no
irritating edges. As compared to some other
guns in this category, it seemed the slide
velocity was not as pronounced, resulting in a
less sharp impact as it bottomed out. I believe
the dual-recoil-spring design, as well as the radii
at the back of the frame, contributed to the
overall shootability of the MAX-9.
Remember the efficiencies I mentioned
earlier? The price for the MAX-9 is about $100
below its closest competitor at the time of this
writing. While an attractive price tag certainly
helps, the optics-ready Ruger MAX-9, with its
excellent sights, good trigger and pure shootability, can stand on its own.

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