Ruger MAX-9 ($500)

The micro compact wars have begun and are taking the pistol market by storm. Ruger has entered the fight with its all-new MAX-9, a 12+1 capacity, striker-fired 9mm. Ruger has been paying very close attention to the pistol market as of late, and has included the features we are all clamoring for. The MAX-9 offers a short, smooth trigger pull with a clean break and positive reset. It’s slim, lightweight and compact, offering just the right amount of grip texture for a positive grip in-hand and the slide is factory cut for an optic. A JPoint or Shield pattern micro red dot sights will co-witness with tritium fiber optic day/night sights. We predict that Ruger has another hit on its hands with the MAX-9. For more information contact Ruger; Tel.: (336)949-5200; web: ruger.com