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Ruger Max 9 left Micro Compacts Ruger Max 9 Ruger Max 9 pinky on
Ruger Max 9 left Micro Compacts Ruger Max 9 Ruger Max 9 pinky on
  • Concealable profile
  • Optics ready
  • Good capacity
  • Snappy recoil
  • Pinky deficit (depending on magazine)
Editor’s Note:

“The Max-9 is a good blend between function and concealability. Its capacity is competitive for the size and the price is hard to beat.” – Sean Curtis

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Ruger MAX-9 Specs

Double Action Only / Semi-Auto
Barrel Length
Magazine Capacity
Magazine Included
2 x 10-Round
Magazine Type
9mm Luger
Black / Blue / Custom
Front Sight
Fiber Optic
Rear Sight
Fiber Optic
Overall Length
Stock Material
1.15 lbs

Ruger MAX-9 Features

12+1 capacity
Tritium fiber-optic sight
Forward slide serrations
Medium grip texture

By The Numbers - Ruger MAX-9

Shooting 3-round groups from 7 yards produced groups that ranged from 2 to 3 inches.
For the limited test of roughly 200 rounds, the Max-9 had no malfunctions.
There are a limited number of accessories you can add to the Max-9, though it is optics ready.
Controls were easy to reach. Ergonomics were decent, but steered more towards concealability rather than comfort. The gun feels better with the longer 12-round magazine.

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Ruger MAX-9 Variations & Comparables

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Sig Sauer P365

Sig Sauer P365


The Sig P365 is an impressive micro 9mm with a great track record. This gun is a popular subcompact semi-auto pistol, designed for CCW and self defense. Some of it’s key features include a 10-round capacity, which is higher than many of its competitors, compact and modular, has XRAY3 Day/Night sights providing visibility in low light conditions, and ambi controls. We’ve tested this gun time and time again. As our writer puts it, “The rest of the industry has had a couple of years to catch up but the P365 is still an impressive micro 9mm that is super popular as a CCW option.” – Travis Pike



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Sig Sauer P365X

Sig Sauer P365X


The P365X combines the excellent feature set of the regular P365 with the larger grip module of the P365XL. The end result is a still compact gun that gives a bit more purchase with a larger grip while also increasing the capacity with flush-fit magazines.

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Springfield Armory Hellcat

Springfield Armory Hellcat


“With a competitive price, a comfortable yet diminutive frame, and stellar accuracy, the Springfield Hellcat is a winner. It provides stiff competition for the Sig Sauer P365, as well as the other micro compacts on the market. It’s a solid concealed carry pistol with varying capacities, optional accessories, and an actual Picatinny rail.” – Travis Pike

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Taurus GX4 TORO

Taurus GX4 TORO


“The Toro is Taurus red dot ready version of the GX4. Not only does it run a red dot, but it has a mag extender giving a total capacity of 13+1. Its magazine release was a little shallow, but it’s billed as a carry gun, and carry guns typically include smaller controls. With practice we got used to it and the mags cleared freely when dropped. The magazine extension adds round and also makes the gun easier to handle. As far as shooting, it feels way less snappy than we anticipated. Overall, we liked it!” – Sean Curtis

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Taurus GX4

Taurus GX4


“Swinging for the fences at $392 MSRP, the 9mm Taurus is designed specifically for those that want to concealed carry but also don’t need a tricked-out Gucci Glock to do it. Ergonomically, it’s okay. It feels good in the hand, but its diminutive size is both a good and bad thing. As far as controls are concerned, everything is more or less where you expect it – all within reach and easy to manipulate. The magazine release might be a tad too shallow for my liking, but it’s billed as a carry gun, and carry guns typically carry smaller controls. Also, the grip is short…our bigger-handed reviewers had to adjust their grip not to blow their fingers off…So watch out for that.” – Johnny B.

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final verdict

“Ruger has created a pistol that is sure to be popular among concealed carriers. Although it’s a bit small for me, the gun ran well and was accurate once I got used to the trigger. The reliability was good during our limited test and the price is very competitive for a 12-round, optics-ready, micro compact.” – Sean Curtis

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