The Security 9 series of handguns is Ruger’s latest for personal protection, carry on the job and safety at home. Named after their famous Security Six family of revolvers, the Security 9 lineup is made up of today’s preferred everyday carry pistols, in particular, polymer-framed, double-stack semi-automatic handguns.
And while the Security 9 series now includes pistols chambered for 9mm Luger and .40 S&W, it has included one design feature that’s becoming less and less common for handguns, whether it’s for self-defense or duty, and that’s a manual thumb safety.
With the new Security 9 Pro series, Ruger’s dropping that feature and instead going with … nothing at all. And that is exactly what a lot of people are looking for when it comes to their handguns.
Starting with the Ruger Security 9 Pro and Security 9 Compact Pro Ruger’s done away with the right-hand manual thumb safety, which means users will have to rely on the guns’ internal safeties and passive trigger safety.
It’s a small change but for some gun owners, it can be a deal-breaker. The bulk of the popular and successful service pistols on the market today either don’t have manual safeties or they carry manual thumb safeties as an option.
When split seconds count, thumb safeties add time and complexity to already stressful situations. They take extra practice to use and can vary enough from gun to gun that a large percentage of shooters simply don’t want them on their guns in the first place.
So just like that, the Ruger Security 9 Pro and Compact Pro don’t come with thumb safeties. Everything else is the same, spec-wise, although the Pros do come with improved sights.
The Pro is a medium service-size pistol with a 15+1-round capacity in 9mm. It has a 4-inch barrel and full-length accessory rail. It has a small slide release and magazine release button on the left side for right-handed use.
The Compact Pro has a 10+1-round capacity with flush magazines and can be used with extended 15-round magazines or flush magazines with extended floorplates for a longer grip. The Compact Pro has a shorter 3.4-inch barrel that’s better suited for everyday carry.
The Pro weighs just under 24 ounces unloaded and the Compact just under 22 which is standard for their class. Both have glass-reinforced Nylon frames and alloy steel slides and barrels.
The one nice upgrade that comes with every Pro is night sights. Instead of the standard chunky polymer sights the Pro series comes with Hi-Viz steel tritium-powered 3-dot night sights.
All that for not much more as the Pros carry a $549 MSRP compared to the base model’s $379. The difference covers the night sights plus an extra magazine; the Pro series pistols each come with three, not two magazines.
And as always Ruger products typically cost less in the real world and online. Definitely keep your eyes peeled for deals on Ruger products this holiday season.
For more information visit Ruger.com.