January is always a big month for new releases with the annual SHOT Show coming up. There are usually some surprises at the show, but a lot of companies start dropping new products early so that folks going to the show know to come check them out. Ruger just did that with the latest version of the MAX-9, now with a 4-inch barrel. The short grip frame and longer barrel and sight radius setup is popular with concealed carry folks since it gives you a gun that’s easier to conceal but that shoots more like a full-sized pistol.

With a 4-inch barrel, tritium front sight and 12+1 capacity, the MAX-9 does rival some full-sized carry guns, but it does it while still being less than an inch thick and weighing under 22 ounces.

MAX-9 with 4-inch Barrel

The MAX-9 boasts all the features of a full-sized handgun in a size that is more comfortable for everyday carry. It’s now available with a 4-inch barrel. The new longer barrel and extended slide provide better balance, a longer sight radius and reduced felt recoil for a better overall shooting experience. The gun is chambered in 9mm Luger boasts a 12+1 capacity.


Capacity: 12+1
Slide Material: Through-Hardened Alloy Steel
Slide Finish: Black Oxide
Slide Width: 0.95″
Safety Option: Standard Model – With External Manual Safety Lever
Grip Frame: High-Performance, Glass-Filled Nylon

Feature: Optic Ready
Barrel Material: Alloy Steel
Barrel Finish: Black Oxide
Barrel Length: 4″
Front Sight: Tritium Fiber Optic
Rear Sight: Drift Adjustable
Magazines Included: One 12-Round and One 10-Round

Overall Length: 6.80″
Weight: 21.2 oz.
Height: 4.52″
Grooves: 6
Twist: 1:10″ RH
Suggested Retail $439

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