RUGER SR40c .40

The Ruger SR40c, shown here equipped with an Insight Technology…

The Ruger SR40c, shown here equipped with an Insight Technology X2 light/laser unit on its accessory rail, packs .40-cal. firepower into a very concealable package.

My first pistol, a gift from my bride long ago, was an early production long-barreled Standard (Mark I) Ruger .22. I loved that pistol from first sight, touch and trigger press. It trained friends and family for many years, and still does, with nary a hiccup or bobble!

Over the years I have owned and written about many of Ruger’s firearms, and each has followed in the footsteps of my first—working flawlessly. Ruger has grown far beyond the company that produced my early pistol, offering hunting, self-defense and military/LEO firearms undreamed of before.

Gun Details
Back in the fall of 2007, when Ruger introduced its first striker-fired pistol, the SR9 pistol, it caused quite a stir. Until the SR9’s arrival, everyone “in the know” was betting there would never be such a critter wearing the Ruger logo.

Making use of their extensive experience with metal castings and polymer molding, Ruger stepped out with a pistol that became an immediate hit. Demand was high for the SR9, but still the public clamored for variations including smaller sizes and larger calibers.

Ruger listened to the consumer and the more compact SR9c (June 2010) and the SR40 .40 S&W chambered full-size version (October 2010) followed. Recently Ruger took the obvious step of chopping the SR40 down to the SR40c, lobbing off 0.70 inches of length, 0.91 of butt, and 3.85 ounces of weight in the process.

With a 3.4-inch barrel, the new SR40c may be smaller than its progenitor and weigh only about 24 ounces, but still displays the family heritage. The either carbon or stainless steel slide is precision machined from a casting, with hardening going deeper than typical (through hardened). Stainless slides have a brushed appearance, while steel versions are treated with Ruger’s Nitridox Pro Black finish.

The author tested the SR40c with the DeSantis SOF-TUK, a combination IWB/tuckable holster that proved to work quite well with the pistol.

The SR40c’s slide wears an effective set of dovetail mounted, black sights utilizing the three white dots pattern.

The front sight has small horizontal serrations, while the rear is elevation adjustable and nicely rounded to be snag-proof. Also atop the slide is the tactilely and visually detectable loaded chamber indicator that pops up when the chamber is full. The extractor is external, as on previous Ruger centerfire pistols, and the ejection port is generous. Sporting angled cocking serrations fore and aft, the slide of Ruger’s compact is also well dehorned. In fact, except for a small sharp edge on the shooter’s side of the front sight, there are really no sharp edges or points anywhere on the SR40c.

The SR40c’s striker is partially cocked by the slide’s rearward motion, with the balance of the striker rearward movement, before it snaps forward, resulting from pressing the trigger. In the partially cocked condition, you can see, but not feel, a circular “striker status indicator” in a tunnel in the rear of the slide. As the trigger is pressed rearward, the indicator protrudes from the back. Riding beneath the satin stainless steel barrel is a recoil spring captured on a full-length guide rod.

The SR40c’s trim polymer frame is black, glass-filled nylon with dished out areas on both sides of the grip adding to the trimness and further easing the reach to the trigger. The round, generous triggerguard is slightly undercut and encloses a trigger with an integral pivoting safety. In fact, there are three more safeties incorporated in the SR40c: magazine, striker block, and a minimally sized ambidextrous thumb safety. When applied, the thumb safety blocks the striker movement and locks the slide in position.

Load Comments
  • Angus Macgregor

    My sr40c is junk!! lower cam pin falling out during firing.Ruger knows about it and still this is an issue.This should not happen to a brand new fire arm.What a disgrace .I started having this problem after about 100 rounds were shot through it.I left a message ,as they were closed when I called .Lets see what kind of company they are .

    • d.doubleu

      Mine too…. sent it back got and it got fixed right away… got it back and it happened again…. sad day… was about to sell it but I thought I’d give it another shot…. I did and I’m glad I didn’t sell it… now I love it and I haven’t had a problem with it since… ruger was quick to fix and service was good… gun is awesome and is my “car carry” (living in California it’s as close to carrying as you can get with out a ccw…) (btw 2 year wait on ccw :(…)

  • Thure J.

    I got the SR40C for Fathers day and I really like how it handles , very good gun!

  • Ken C

    Went out to DeSantis and couldn’t find the holster described for any SRC40.

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  • I want to purchase 2 Ruger’s. One in a SRC 9MM C, and one in the SR.40 C . As I’m been unemployed for awhile now. But I have an idea for my two guns. On my SR 9MM C I want it to have, ingraved hers on the chrome slide hers , and the .40 cal , mine to be ingraved his . With about the same color as the ingraving on nthe slides it has already. Because I want my wife and I to have our concealed permitts. And theses will be our life long carries. The Rugers in the SR/C models are tops .Thank you for leanding your ears for my plans, I just don’t have the money yet, to do this, keep up the great work and building the best fire arms today.Thank You again , Clint Hennis

  • David Lee

    I just bought a SR40c for my wife. She loves it and even though I am a 1911 fanatic, I am very impressed with the feel, handling and the groups it it capable of. Thinking about getting one for myself as a backup to my 45. Gun change can be faster than a reload.

  • Michael

    I just recently bought the ruger SR40C and i have to say its the best .40 i have ever shot.

  • nathan

    i have the Ruger SR9c. Except for the very strong recoil spring making the slide such a pain to rack, i find this gun very good, accurate and fun to shoot.

  • It’s a Ruger. It can’t be bad. I never shot a Ruger I I didn’t like.

  • Roy W

    Having owned the LC9 and liking it, I tried the SR9c. Loved the balance and handling and the trigger. Just needed more… as in .40. This is a great gun and concealable too.

  • John F

    I could not be happier with mine. Perfect conceal carry and fun to shoot at range!

  • Looks great I lovey p85 9mm but in a 40 omg sounds like a blast be safe