Ive tried a few 9mm over the last few months leading up to my purchase of the sr9. While the XDM and Glock 17 are perhaps more reputable full size 9's, the SR9 is an up and comer. It isn't as comfortable to hold in my grasp as the xdm, or as balanced as the glock, but the Ruger is an accurate, fun9mm. I just like to shoot paper targets and, for the money, the Ruger offered me everything I wanted. Its a meaty device that does well even with very recycled ammo. While it has had a few FTF jams with really cheap 115 grain ammo, it is simple to clear. Groupings are consistent at 20 yards even with my newbie trigger pull. The sr9 came with accurate sights out of the box. For safety, the middle trigger enabler gives this striker fired 9 a feeling of safety nearly that of a Glock.
It's a nice first 9mm for me. Recommended.