My personal opinion- Taurus 800 series is their best poly frame pistols. I wish they would make a compact alloy frame-similar to the 900's.
Ruger makes a good gun- I have had one of their revolvers since 78.
Looking at other guns, have you looked at a CZ-75 Compact? It might be a tad bigger than the SR9C? A fine gun.
Also, the Bersa Thunder 9 Ultra Carry is smaller than the 809 compact, or the Mil Pro. It weighs 23 oz, has a metal frame, mag cap is 13, and it is da/sa like the 809 and SRC, also has a de-cocker safety.
At least look at these two guns before you buy that Ruger.
edit: After market parts?, maybe laser sights/grips.