Ruger MAX-9

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Striker-fired with a short, smooth trigger pull, clean break and positive reset. Slim, lightweight and compact for personal protection while still providing a capacity of up to 12+1 rounds of 9mm Luger ammunition.

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Ruger MAX-9 Features

The Ruger MAX-9 is a semi-automatic, polymer-framed, striker-fired pistol that operates on a short-recoil action with a tilting-barrel lockup.  It is built with a 3.2 inch barrel paired with windage-adjustable iron sights that include a tritium-fiber-optic front sight blade.  The slide features an optics cut that allows users to install red dot sights and other optical systems.

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Ruger MAX-9 Capacity

The Ruger MAX-9 is chambered in 9x19mm Parabellum and feeds from staggered-stack, single-feed magazines similar in function to the 1.5 stack magazines made popular by the SIG Sauer P365.  It ships with two magazines that include a 10 round flush-fit magazine for more discreet concealed carry and a 12 round magazine with a slightly larger floorplate that offers a larger grip area.

Ruger MAX-9 Ergonomics

The MAX-9 is a small pistol with a grip just large enough to accommodate the middle and ring fingers with the flush-fit magazine.  The magazine release, thumb safety and slide lock are all small as well.  The slide includes grip serrations on the front and back sides providing a very decent hold when manually cycling the action.  The grip is textured on all four sides with a sandpaper-style texturing.

Ruger MAX-9 Fit & Finish

Just as any other Ruger product, the steel components of the Ruger MAX-9 are heat treated to an incredible hardness to minimize damage and maximize durability.  Be sure to keep a light film of oil on steel components as the coating only protects against rust if oil is applied.  

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Ruger MAX-9 Concealability

Measuring 6 inches long and 4.52 inches tall with a width just under 1 inch, the Ruger MAX-9 is incredibly easy to conceal in just about any attire with nearly any placement granted you’re using a good holster.   If carrying at the 1 or 3 o’clock positions, be sure to wear an undershirt as the grip texturing can cause some irritation.

How much is a Ruger MAX-9 worth?

In 2024 a new or used Ruger MAX-9 value varies depending on supply and demand. In the last 12 months there is great demand for a Ruger MAX-9 and most handguns. The Price for a Ruger MAX-9 has increased in cost by $0.00 in 2024 compared to 2023.

Estimated New and Used Values for a Ruger MAX-9 Values are based on a basic model with no options or colors.

Condition Trade-In Private Party Dealer
New In box $267.67 $350.03 $411.80
Excellent $247.08 $329.44 $370.62
Very Good $226.49 $329.44 $370.62
Good $205.90 $308.85 $350.03
Fair $144.13 $267.67 $329.44
Poor $102.95 $205.90 N/A

Gun Value Conditions explained:

New in box - 100% condition in unopened box. Excellent - 95%+ condition with or without box.

Very Good - 90% - 95% condition (all parts/finish should be original).

Good - 80-90% condition (all parts/finish should be original).

Fair - 30% - 80% condition, parts, and finish may or may not be original. Must function properly and shoot.

Poor - under 30% condition. Firearm has severe wear and tear, does not function, or is damaged.

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