[FIREARM REVIEW] Ruger SR40c 40 S&W Review for Concealed Carry


It comes with two magazines. One is a flush-fitting 9-round magazine (with interchangeable base plates – one flush and one with a “pinky” extender) and the other is a 15-round full-size SR40 magazine with a sleeve to cover the extra length. This makes the grip the same as that on a regular (full-size) SR40. In jurisdictions where law-abiding citizens are restricted to 10 rounds, the firearm will ship with two 10-round mags.

It also comes with a basic magazine loader. This is not essential, but does make loading a little easier on the thumbs.

It has an ambidextrous magazine release.

As mentioned earlier, the SR40c has a magazine disconnect safety. This is one of the very few things I dislike on the firearm. I do not like magazine disconnect safeties at the best of times as they render the firearm unusable during a magazine change. In this case, it is, in my opinion, a particularly poor implementation. Why? Because unlike most handguns with this “feature” (that usually either prevent the trigger from being pulled, or just do nothing when the trigger is pulled), this one “clicks” and decocks, requiring one to cycle the slide at least 1/2″ (potentially ejecting the round in the process if you retract the slide too far – easily done when the pressure is on…) to make the gun usable again. However, a reputable gunsmith should be able to disable this for you should if you wish.

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The sights are of the regular 3-dot type. The rear sight is adjustable for elevation and windage, the front sight is adjustable for windage only.

Ruger states that the SR-series may safely be dry-fired, as long as the magazine is in place. Do not dry-fire without the magazine in place, as damage or wear to the magazine disconnect mechanism may occur. I recommend using snap caps anyway.

It also has an accessory rail for lights, lasers, etc.

They are available with brushed stainless or black nitride slides. For concealed carry I prefer the latter.


The firearm is very easy to strip and clean, once you know the trick. You need to remember to push the ejector down once the slide is retracted. The takedown pin is pushed through from the right-hand side of the gun. It can be a little stiff the first few times – I used a drift initially – but it soon became easy to push through with my thumb unaided. I can field-strip the gun in a matter of seconds now.

Personal Impression

As you have probably gathered from this review, I Love This Gun. At the time I purchased it the MSRP was $529 – I got mine from my local dealer for $470 + taxes. For what you get, it is a great deal. It is accurate, feels good in my hand and has very manageable recoil.


I am very impressed with this gun. In terms of “bang for the buck” I feel this firearm is a great buy. I trust it with my life.

Brandon is the founder of Concealed Nation and is an avid firearm enthusiast, with a particular interest in responsible concealed carry. His EDC is a Glock 27 that holds Hornady 165 gr FTX Critical Defense rounds, and rides comfortably in an Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 2.0 holster.
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