I see a trend catching on—top quality products to fit everyone’s budget. As more and more Americans become gun owners, manufacturers can no longer just cater to the elite few. Just because you cannot afford to drop thousands of dollars on firearms and accessories, does not mean that defending your life is not as important. This week, we have a reliable full-sized 9mm Ruger, cheap 9mm ammo, a high-end red dot sight easy on the pocketbook, Hogue’s AR-15 buttstocks and TangoDown’s redesigned FN SCAR accessories.
After the small .380 ACP pistol fad comes… the value-priced full-sized 9mm fad? Last week, we featured Kahr’s new value-priced wonder nine the CT9 and this week, brand new to Cheaper Than Dirt’s website is the Ruger 9E. Announced just about a month ago, Ruger’s 9E full-sized, striker-fired 9mm pistol is nearly identical to the more expensive SR9. To save customers money, Ruger decided to cut machining costs with the production of its 9E by putting less slide serrations on the steel slide, eliminating the visible loaded chamber indicator—which some see as an improvement—and shipping the gun with one magazine in a cardboard box.
The desirable features are still there—such as the reversible—flat or arched backstrap—accessory rail and ambidextrous controls. The Ruger 9E has a fixed rear sight and a raked-forward front sight to prevent snagging when drawing from a holster. An ergonomic glass-filled nylon grip frame fits in any size hand nicely and due to its less machining weighs a whole ounce lighter than the Ruger SR9. Holding 17 rounds of 9mm, Ruger’s new affordable 9E is perfect for the budget-conscience target shooter or for those looking for a nightstand self-defense handgun. At the price, I see the made in America Ruger 9E selling very well.
Specifications and Features:
Capacity: 17 rounds
Barrel: 4.14,” 1:10” RH twist
Grips: Black, glass-filled nylon, reversible backstrap
Slide: Alloy steel
Weighs: 27.29 ounces
9mm Prvi Partizan Ammo
You got the new nine, now you have to feed it! One of our lowest price per rounds for 9mm is the Serbian-made Prvi Partizan ammunition. This no-nonsense load is a 115-grain full metal jacket bullet with a velocity of 1145 fps, perfect for target shooting, training and practice. Unlike competing foreign cheap ammo, it is brass-cased, non-corrosive and reloadable. The appearance, quality and packaging are just as good as any of the large ammo manufacturers. For the price, Prvi Partizan shoots just as well as other affordable ammo.
Sightmark Ultra Shot M-Spec Red Dot Sight
I see no need to spend hundreds on a quality red dot sight, especially for those of us who are not operators, law enforcement or big-time competitors. One that is reliable, durable and bright enough to see your target works just fine for target shooting and defense. Without the high-end price, you get many of the same high-end features in Sightmark’s new Ultra Shot M-Spec red dot sight. For example, the red 65 MOA circle dot reticle with a five MOA subtension, protective hood, shockproof up to .50 caliber and submersible up to 40 feet. The Ultra Shot M-Spec goes from day to night with six daytime brightness settings and six night vision compatible settings. The durable, casted magnesium alloy body is lightweight, adding only eight ounces to your rifle’s setup. One CR2 battery will run up to 1,000 hours. It mounts to either Picatinny or Weaver rails and has digital control switches. Accurate out to 100 yards, the Sightmark Ultra Shot M-Spec red dot sight is perfect for varmints—the two-legged and four-legged types. Finally—a dependable red dot sight you can afford.
Hogue AR-15 Rubber OverMolded® Collapsible Buttstocks
To compete with the Magpul MOE stocks, Hogue comes in with a hybrid reinforced polymer and Hogue’s famous OverMolded rubber collapsible buttstock for the AR-15. Available in a few muted colors, the comfortable stocks include a soft rubber buttpad that absorbs recoil. Coming in both MIL-SPEC and commercial buffer tube options, the Hogue OverMolded collapsible AR-15 buttstocks fit tight on your rifle and features rubber contact points eliminating rattle. Multiple points on the stock give you plenty of options to position a sling. The skeletonized design not only gives the Hogue AR-15 rubber OverMolded rifle stock a slimlined appearance, but also cuts down weight. The buttstock only weighs 8.3 ounces. Made in the USA, Hogue has price its AR-15 buttstock competitively.
TangoDown SCAR Accessories
After listening to the needs of operators, TangoDown’s redesigned BattleRail grip panels for the FN SCAR provide a secure, non-slip grip with its trademarked Binary texture and a more low-profile fit to the famous battle rifle. The BattleRail grip panels come in three different colors and two different sizes—6 inch and 4.125 inches. Made of injection-molded, heat- and impact-modified polymer, the slimline and thin profile BattleRail grip panels lock down tight on your SCAR, but also provide a flexible, strong surface. Once installed, the made in the U.S.A. TangoDown BattleRail grip panels not only will not slip or move, but they look sleek, as well.
Will you be picking up a new full-sized 9mm? Tell us which one and why in the comment section.