New Ruger MAX-9 Pistol for Concealed Carry


Recent developments in the concealed carry handgun market lean toward obtaining higher capacities while maintaining concealability. There’s also been a fairly sweeping movement to get red dot sights on them, so more and more manufacturers are releasing their own Optic-Ready models. Well, Sturm, Ruger & Co. just announced a new handgun that checks all the boxes. The new Ruger MAX-9 steps right up as a higher-capacity, compact, optics-ready handguns for concealed carry.

Here’s how Ruger describes it:

The MAX-9—a pistol with all the features of a full-sized handgun in a size that is comfortable for everyday carry. Chambered in 9mm Luger, the Ruger MAX-9 has an impressive 12+1 capacity. It measures just 6” long, has a slide width of less than 1”, weighs 18.4 ounces, and is equipped with a 3.2” barrel.

Ruger MAX-9 subcompact 9mm handgun. 10+1 and 12+1 capacity

On the left, MAX-9 model 3501 comes with a flush-fitting magazine and has a 10+1 capacity. To the right, model 3500 has an extended 12-round mag that offers more grip area and a 12+1 capacity.

Ruger MZAX-9 IWB concealed carry

This micro-sized pistol fits comfortably in an inside the waistband holster or pocket holster, or conveniently in a concealed carry purse.

Ruger MAX-9 tritium front sight.

The MAX-9 features a tritium fiber optic day/night front sight that adapts to a variety of light conditions and comes optic ready for direct mounting of co-witnessed JPoint and Shield-pattern micro red dot sights.

The 10-round magazines fit into a comfortably sized, medium-textured grip and 12-round magazines not only provide additional capacity, but also increase the surface area of the grip. Standard models are available with an ergonomic and intuitive thumb safety that operates similarly to those found on 1911-style pistols, and Pro models are available without the external manual safety lever. All models feature an integrated trigger safety and a loaded chamber viewport that provides visual indication of a cartridge in the chamber.

“The Ruger MAX-9 is a game changer,” said Ruger President and CEO Chris Killoy. “With industry-leading features at a highly competitive price, this American-made handgun will provide a versatile option for consumers looking for a superior offering in the popular micro-compact market.”

Ruger MAX-9 subcompact 9mm pistol

Like many Ruger pistols, this striker-fired pistol is built on a precision-machined, rigid aluminum fire control chassis and fitted with a durable, through-hardened steel slide and accurate hammer-forged barrel. The MAX-9 ships with two E-Nickel Teflon coated magazines: either one 12- and one 10-round, or two 10-round magazines.

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Stephanie Kimmell is the firstborn daughter of Missouri’s Pecan King, worthy scion of a Vietnam veteran sailor turned mad engineer-orchardist-inventor-genius. With a BA in technical writing, she freelances as a writer and editor. A Zymurgist greatly interested in the decoction of fermented barley and hops, she is in many ways a modern amalgam of Esther Hobart Morris, Rebecca Boone, and Nellie Bly. She hunts, fishes, butchers, and cooks most anything. When not editing or writing, she makes soaps and salves, spins wool, and occasionally makes cheese from cows she milked herself. Kimmell is a driven epistemophilic who loves live music and all sorts of beer.

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