While shopping for a new firearm is always exciting, the price tag can take some of the wind out of your sails in addition to taking a chunk of money out of your pocket. If you've ever had the experience of buying a firearm hit you where it hurts, then a bit of good news has come your way. That good news is the Ruger 9E, which has all the features of the already-proven SR9 line, but with the bonus of being easier on the wallet. The Ruger 9E is a full-size 9mm that shares some of the design features of the SR9, which has inherited the torch that the company lit in the old P-85 days. That is, with the exception of the cost and the slide assembly which is less machined than that of the SR9. Overall the new firearm also weighs less as well as having a somewhat different finish (matte instead of glossy). The 9E features a trigger safety, the same grip as the SR9, interchangeable curved and flat backstraps, a railed dust cover, and, naturally, is striker-fired. It also has an ambi manual safety that you can operate with either hand with no conflict for left or right handed shooters. View attachment 11044 Photo: Ruger The 9E comes with a 17 round magazine (plus one in the chamber), --but it does come with only one magazine (trying to keep costs down here!). Now with all the talk of what is does have, lets talk about what it does not have, just so we are going into this thing with eyes wide open. It lacks the loaded chamber indicator, which was replaced with a ported slide and barrel. Utilization of this feature gives you the chance to get a visual on a chambered round without the potential failure points of moving parts that could cause a disruption in use should they malfunction. The 3-Dot sights on this firearm are not adjustable, being fixed instead, which is another feature that varies from the SR9. The specs of the 9E include: 7.5 inch overall length 5.53 inch overall height 1.27 inch overall width 4.14 inch barrel length All of this together adds up to $100 in savings for an American-made firearm that bears the Ruger name. This price reduction (MSRP is $429, which means street price will likely hover around the mid-three's) is significant when you consider all that is a part of the deal. The 9E is a competitively priced gun stamped with a brand name you know and trust. For more information, check out the Ruger 9E on the web. View attachment 11043 Photo: Gun Holsters and Gear If you are in the market for a sturdy and modern yet easy on the pocket pistol, be it for self/home defense or an exciting time on the range, the Ruger 9E is worth considering. Should you decide to check one out, you just might find yourself bringing it home. Is the Ruger 9E on your wish list? Let us know your thoughts about it in the comments!