Built on a glass-filled nylon frame, the Ruger MAX-9 is a striker-fired micro-compact pistol measuring 6” long and 4.52” tall with a 0.95” slide width, slotting it in direct competition with other models in its class. As in vogue, capacity was also enhanced to 12 rounds with a slightly extended magazine, though a flush-fit 10-rounder is also shipped with the gun.

A cold hammer forged 3.2” barrel is housed inside a hardened alloy steel slide, topped with drift-adjustable flat black rear sight and a HIVIZ Lightwave H3 tritium and fiber optic front sight. But that’s not all, as the MAX-9 slide is capable of direct mounting and co-witnessing Shield Sights/JPoint-footprint red dot sights, making it just the second handgun model in Ruger’s lineup capable of accepting an optic.