Competition in the 10-plus-round capacity micro-compact concealed carry pistol market just keeps heating up! Earlier today we released our full review on the S&W M&P9 Shield Plus, which naturally drew comparisons to the SIG P365 and Springfield Hellcat.

Well, Ruger has also thrown its hat into the mix (announcing mere hours ahead of Smith) with the MAX-9. Expect a four-way heads-up test soon!

In the meantime, the MAX-9 sets itself apart from the competition with a tritium and fiber optic front sight and an optics-cut slide as standard items, all with a low MSRP of just $499 (keep an eye on Brownells HERE for MAX-9 inventory). The MAX-9 holds 10+1 rounds with a flush-fitting magazine and 12+1 with its extended mag. It’s available either with or without a manual thumb safety.

Expect more info and a TTAG review soon. In the meantime, Ruger’s press release follows:

Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE: RGR) is excited to introduce the MAX-9™ – a pistol with all the features of a full-sized handgun in a size that is comfortable for everyday carry. Chambered in 9mm Luger, the Ruger® MAX-9 has an impressive 12+1 capacity. It measures just 6″ long, has a slide width of less than 1″, weighs 18.4 ounces, and is equipped with a 3.2″ barrel. This micro-sized pistol fits comfortably in an inside the waistband holster or pocket holster, or conveniently in a concealed carry purse.

The MAX-9 features a tritium fiber optic day/night front sight that adapts to a variety of light conditions, and comes optic ready for direct mounting of co-witnessed JPoint™ and Shield-pattern micro red dot sights. The 10-round magazines fit into a comfortably sized, medium-textured grip and 12-round magazines not only provide additional capacity, but also increase the surface area of the grip. Standard models are available with an ergonomic and intuitive thumb safety that operates similarly to those found on 1911-style pistols, and Pro models are available without the external manual safety lever. All models feature an integrated trigger safety and a loaded chamber viewport that provides visual indication of a cartridge in the chamber.

“The Ruger MAX-9 is a game changer,” said Ruger President and CEO Chris Killoy. “With industry-leading features at a highly competitive price, this American-made handgun will provide a versatile option for consumers looking for a superior offering in the popular micro-compact market.”

Like many Ruger pistols, this striker-fired pistol is built on a precision-machined, rigid aluminum fire control chassis and fitted with a durable, through-hardened steel slide and accurate hammer-forged barrel. The MAX-9 ships with two E-Nickel Teflon® coated magazines: either one 12- and one 10-round, or two 10-round magazines.

For more information about the extensive line of award-winning Ruger firearms, visit Ruger.com. To find accessories for Ruger firearms, visit ShopRuger.com or your local independent retailer of Ruger firearms.

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