How to Field Strip & Disassemble a Ruger SR9

How to Field Strip & Disassemble a Ruger SR9

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A Ruger SR9 is Ruger's first 9mm striker fired pistol. In my opinion, Ruger is the best firearm brand pound for pound. You get quality, accuracy, and style with the lowest market price for new & used firearms. This article will go over the basic field stripping of Ruger newest mid-size center-fire pistol, the Ruger SR9. There is also a SR9c model which is Ruger's compact version of the SR9 model.

Items you will need

  • Ruger SR9


Make sure the Ruger SR9 is unloaded by ejecting the magazine. Pull the slide rearward and check the chamber to see if there is a loaded round. ALWAYS HAVE THE PISTOL POINTED IN A SAFE DIRECTION.

Lock the Slide Back

Pull the slide back and push the slide stop up to lock the slide back. Take this time to double check to see if the chamber is empty.

Push the Ejector Lever in its Locked Forward Position

Next step to the disassembly of the Ruger SR9 is to push the ejector in its locked forward position in order to remove the slide. To do this, keep pressure on the slide stop to ensure the slide wont slide shut. Then with a finger or eraser end of a pencil, push the ejector lever located in the chamber/slide, forward and locked in that position.

Push the Take Down pin Inward & Remove it From the Frame

There is a take down pin located on the right side of the Ruger SR9. Push it in and on the other side it should pop out so you can remove it.

Push the Slide Right off of the SR9 Frame

Carefully move slide forward until you feel it is no longer under spring tension. Proceed with pushing the slide forward and you will be able to remove the entire slide off of the Ruger SR9 frame.

Remove the Recoil Spring

Hold the slide upside down (refer to image) and press the recoil spring down and pull it out of its seat in the barrel.

Remove the Barrel

Disengage the barrel by slightly moving it forward. Continue to lift the barrel up and out of the slide.

Field Strip & Disassembly is Complete

Now that the Ruger SR9 is completely disassembled & field stripped, you can clean & oil all the major parts that need maintenance.

There is no need for further disassembly of the Ruger SR9 unless you are a gunsmith or you really know what your doing.

To reassemble, simply reverse these steps.


  • Keep children supervised or away from your work area.
  • Be sure to teach your children how to safety handle firearms.


  • Make sure you field strip & clean your firearms every time you shoot it.
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