By: Friedrich Seiltgen

Ruger offers another entry in the EveryDay Carry (EDC) fray with their MAX-9.

This striker fired pistol offers tough competition for the SIG P365, Springfield Wildcat, and the Glock 43. The MAX-9 looks like the big brother of the LCP2 but in 9mm with a double stack magazine.

The frame is a high-performance, glass-filled nylon and has a secure and comfortable grip to it with its medium texture. The slide is a rugged, through-hardened alloy steel, and its one-piece precision-machined fire control chassis ensures accuracy with a smooth trigger pull, clean break, and a positive reset.

Safety features include an integrated trigger safety, internal striker blocker, and visual chamber loaded inspection port. The Standard models are also equipped with an external manual safety lever, while the Pro model is not.

The MAX-9 ships with one 12-round and one 10-round magazine. Many shooters want the extended magazine, as it gives them a place for their pinky finger. Three fingers on the grip help keep the pistol from rocking back. I have seen many a stovepipe malfunction during firearms training due to this.

The MAX-9, like most of the new pistols coming on the market, is optics ready. The MAX-9 is compatible with JPoint & Shield pattern micro red dot sights.


Action Type: Striker Fired Semi-Automatic.

Caliber: 9mm.

Magazine capacity: 10 Round Flush Fit & 12 Round Extended.

Sights: Adjustable Rear & Tritium fiber optic front sight.

Optics Ready: Yes

Finish: Black Oxide

Barrel Length: 3.20” Cold Hammer-Forged

Overall Length: 6”

Width: .95”

Height” 4.5 “

Weight: 18.4 oz.

MSRP: $499

Ruger’s motto is “Arms Makers for Responsible Citizens,” and the MAX-9 fits the bill. The MAX-9 is another well-designed firearm for the self-defense EDC market from the folks at Ruger. It’s a sturdy, accurate pistol with a great price point, and a 12-round capacity that fits in your pocket or an inside the waistband holster!

That’s all for now folks! Please keep sending in your questions, tips, and article ideas. And as always – “Let’s be careful out there.”

Friedrich Seiltgen is a retired Master Police Officer with 20 years of service with the Orlando Police Department. He conducts training in Lone Wolf Terrorism, Firearms, First Aid, Active Shooter Response, and Law Enforcement Vehicle Operations in Florida. His writing has appeared in The Counter Terrorist Magazine, American Thinker, Homeland Security Today, and The Journal of Counterterrorism & Homeland Security International. Contact him at