Ruger LC9


March 20, 2011, 10:46 PM
I must be behind the times on this gun. I just found out about it the other day and it looks good to me. Hicock 45 has already done a review on it and he seems impressed. At right around $400, this might be a have to have gun. I love my two LCP's but this might be something right in the middle between my Glock, 1911's and the LCP's. It also might be another gun that my daughter would like. She likes her LCP but I would feel better if she had the option of at least 9mm. Any of you own these? What do you think? There are several reviews on you tube so they are out there. Is this a pocket pistol?

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451 Detonics
March 20, 2011, 11:35 PM
It is bigger than the gun it copied in every dimension, it is much heavier, it has two totally unneeded safeties, and cost much more than the original. For the same money plus another 30-40 bucks you could have the Kel-Tec PF-9 and a 22 conversion for it.

Needless to say the PF-9 is every bit as reliable and accurate and not made from cast parts.

March 22, 2011, 01:25 AM
Hi there, finaly joined the High Road and do have the Lc9 as of this weekend. So far so good. Hundred rounds of mixed 9mm and hollow points with no issues. I did not clean it before firing except a quick swab of the barrel. The pros for me, small, light, flat. I don't agree with the manditory safetys but don't find them obtrusive. The trigger pull is looong like my revolvers, but breaks a little farther to the rear. For 350 bucks it's a decent bang for the buck. I have owned the PF9 as did my buddy since we purchased them on lunch break together. Ironically both guns failed within minutes of each other during some range time. His slide locked shut and my extractor broke. We were using Win white box. We beat his slide open with a piece of firewood and replaced my extractor then traded them off soon after. My main interest for a gun of this type is for motorcycling. My sig 239, glocks (19/36) hk p7, cz 75 compact, are all too big for under a t-shirt Iwb carry in blazing hot weather such as found during the Sturgis bike rally. My j frame and sp101 carry great in appendix position, however I have not practiced enough speedloads and they hold 5 rounds. One thing I also love about the Lc9 or any single stack is ease of extra mag carry. Try sticking a G19 mag in jeans pocket, terrible. As far as talking bout pockets, the Lc9 would have to be carried in a chest or deep jacket pocket or kahki type pants or those baggy jeans they show on "cops". I carry a pistol frequently in the gun pocket on my leather vest. The Lc9 being so flat and light does not sag my vest anymore. Biggest drawback of Lc9 is trigger. That buddy of mine just got the kimber solo. I had to fix it so it would work, but now it works great. Much nicer than the Ruger but almost twice the price. For 650-700 bucks I would not chuck it under the seat! Well I hope some of this yammering will give you some insight on another new gun on he market. Cheers Petros

March 22, 2011, 11:17 PM
and thanks, in particular, for the comparison to the Kel-tech. I think that Kel-tech has some pretty innovative products like their folding rifles and their small pistols, I simply have never been able to get past how cheap they look and feel. I know that Ruger stands behind their products and, as you say, the price is right. I own two LCP's and love them. The review by Hickock45 was very positive while his review of the PF9 was less so. If I feel the need for such a gun I think the Ruger will be tops on the list.

March 23, 2011, 01:44 AM
When you watched the Hickok vid,you saw his trigger finger on and in the trigger guard. That was one of the reasons on his opinion of the pf9. I am going to wait a year before I get mine. I want to see if there are any major or minor issues to watch on theLC9.

March 23, 2011, 03:36 PM
I had the opportunity to fore an LC9 over the weekend. I like it. The trigger reminded me of a DA revolver. Plus the size is great. The recoil seemed a little rougher than the Taurus 85b3.

Using 124gr and 147gr it was controlable. I could practice with a pair of index cards at four yards. I am a less than great shot admittedly. So, for me it was pie plate accurate at about nine yards.

If you shoot a J-frame sized gun, this is a good alternative in semi-auto.

We ran Winchester USA, Golden Saber, and Hornady Custom. The Hornady seemed the easiest to shoot accurately.

March 23, 2011, 04:12 PM
I shot one a couple of weeks ago...IMO,it was ok...I didn't like the loaded chamber indicator sticking up in line w/ the sights...Felt a little too big to me as well...I own and carry a PF9 and an LCP as well...I think the LCP was thought out a little better...Seems like there's a bunch of stuff on there you really don't need...Take down requires using a key...Don't care for all the safeties,but that alone wouldn't be a deal breaker...I'm in the market for another small 9mm,so I put a deposit down on the new Kahr CM9...Hopefully,they'll ship as planned..of course this is just my .02...ymmv..

March 27, 2011, 02:39 PM
I bought one 2 weeks ago. Great gun. That's all I can say. A very suitable alternative for my Ultra Carry in the summer.

April 1, 2011, 02:47 PM
I've put a couple hundred rounds threw mine so far. The trigger was an adjustment, but once used to the break, it's a fun gun to shoot. As accurate as any and I'm anxious for some new sites to make their way to market for this gun. Not that there is anything wrong with the factory sights, just want to add some shizzle. Ordered spare clips from Ruger, quick shipping for standard shipping. This gun only comes with one clip, and unlike the LCP, it has the LSHO. Maybe it was the LCP I tried, but with the LCP, I had to push the mag release slightly to get the gun to accept a new mag. The LC9 slips right in with a positive lock. I have no issues with all the saftey features of this gun.

April 1, 2011, 03:33 PM
The loaded chamber indicator does not interfere with the sights. I've held a few loaded lc9's and own one, and the indicator in no way blocks the front sights.

April 1, 2011, 04:35 PM
I have mixed feelings about DAO.

On one hand, it is a consistent trigger pull to master.

On the other, the accuracy needed to make it any fun to shoot at the range is gone. It is for close-quarters combat only.

I really think S&W got it right with their M&Ps; they just make all options available to suit everyone.

If they had made it DA/SA, I'd think it was great.

I really like hickok45's videos. But there's one thing to keep in mind. He mostly only reviews guns he likes. The closest he came to a negative review was his one on the 10/22. You can tell he was just luke warm about it and is only keeping it on hand since his dad gave it to him. Watching him fumble with those magazines gave me a good laugh. Once you figure out how the magazine latches, there is no fumbling involved. At least not with factory Ruger magazines.

If I were buying a gun like this for carry, I'd get the Walther PPS. One trigger pull, thin, and it seems easy to shoot well. (again, look at hickok45s videos on this gun) I'm sure it costs about twice as much though...

M2 Carbine
April 2, 2011, 12:53 AM
I recently bought one and quickly ran over a thousand rounds of mixed ammo through it. No gun caused malfunctions.
The gun is accurate. It will shot inside a inch and a half at 10 yards and does real well at 52 yards.

April 2, 2011, 12:23 PM
They make a .22 conversion for the PF9?

April 2, 2011, 05:53 PM
PF9 .22 conversion (

I just found them too. Looks pretty interesting, not that cheap but...

April 2, 2011, 10:59 PM
While the LC9 is slightly larger it is for that reason alone I would buy it. The Pf9s trigger guard is pretty small and getting your finger on the trigger is a little too much of a squeeze for my taste. I'll buying an LC9 as soon as I finish getting my AR put together.

April 2, 2011, 11:13 PM
It looks like a decent gun, but what's with Ruger? Why don't they design their own guns anymore?

April 3, 2011, 08:11 AM
I'm sure there is a lot more money to be made refining a design that already sells than creating an unproven new design. Several manufacturers have some up with new designs that just didn't sell because they are "unproven".

April 3, 2011, 09:25 AM
I bought my Ruger LC9 the 1st week that they were being shipped.

I just happened to be in my LGS when UPS delivered 3 of them.

I looked at the LC9, and had looked at all the others that were out.

Then bought my LC9.

IMHO Ruger has hit another home run with the LC9.

I shoots great, it's a belly gun, not a target gun, and has good sights.

People making a big deal about the safety (leave it off) and the loaded chamber indicator (it's tiny) are making much ado about nothing. IMHO.

But what do I know - I just own one and have now shot it for several months. ;)

It's about 25% larger than my LCP, but it fits in my front jeans pocket.

I wore it to a party last Saturday night.

It fills the pocket, but is not uncomfortable.

I took it to the range yesterday and the range master asked to shoot it.

He was astounded with it's accuracy @ 21'.

He shot 7 shots at the #7 (so he could tell where he was hitting on a used target).

He pulled the first shot getting used to the trigger - by the last shot there was no #7 anymore. :what:

While I can't do anything near that, I can easily put all 8 shots in a 6" paper plate @ 21' .:)

I have put about 300 rounds through it w/o a single burp at all.


April 3, 2011, 09:44 AM
Call me stupid but that loaded chamber indicator is a deal breaker for me. Why, WHY would they put it just below the sights? I usually like manual safeties but the one on this gun seems not so much needed.

I think the greater gun buying public (as in, not the people on THR) likes the manual safeties and so they are finding their way onto more and more new DAO guns.

People making a big deal about the safety (leave it off) and the loaded chamber indicator (it's tiny) are making much ado about nothing. IMHO.

Even though I just spoke of my dismay with the LCI and the manual safety you may be right since I have no practical experience with this gun. However, I am hesitant to "just leave the safety off" because I am one of those paranoid psychos that believe in Murphy's Law to the fullest and I think that as soon as I leave the safety off it will magically get flipped on somehow and I may find this a hamper in a dicey situation.

Many people give me grief about this belief but hey, sometimes guns magically load themselves and then a negligent discharge happens. Ill just vote for the PF-9 and forgo any devices that keep the bad guy safer.

M2 Carbine
April 3, 2011, 09:50 AM
Midway has magazines for $24.99. Best price I've found.
I ordered a couple, $4.61 shipping.

April 3, 2011, 12:57 PM
I wonder if they plan to make one with a stainless slide.

April 3, 2011, 02:44 PM
The xd has a loaded chamber indicator on top of the slide as well. What's the big problem with it? If it's not in the way then who cares?

Lex Luthier
April 3, 2011, 03:43 PM
52 yards? That's good shooting.

April 3, 2011, 08:45 PM
Id never buy an xD either. Once again, too many "safeties"

M2 Carbine
April 3, 2011, 11:22 PM
I put another 115 rounds through the gun today. That makes about 1,200 rounds of mixed ammo through the gun with not a single gun caused malfunction.

The LC9 is becoming quite fun to shoot.:)
I don't pay any attention to the long trigger anymore.

52 yards? That's good shooting.
I like to shoot small compact guns at 52 yards. Makes shooting at 10 yards like standing right in front of the target.
I have a 2x2 foot steel plate that I shoot while standing, two hands.

With larger pistols I want to stay inside the white target outline but with the pocket guns I call hitting anywhere on the steel good enough.
The LC9 did good but I missed 1 out of 50 shots.

April 4, 2011, 12:45 AM
The loaded chamber indicator isn't a problem. Once you line up the sights, you forget about it. It's not a easy tigger to master, but it can be done. I've gotten very good groups at 25 yards.

If you make the loaded chamber indicator a big deal. Along with the saftey then it will be a big deal. I didn't think about it and just shot it. It works fine.

April 5, 2011, 09:23 AM
I agree about the loaded chamber indicator. Of course its obvious when you're looking over the LC9, but then I went to shooting, after I was done shooting, I realized I hadn't even noticed it when sighting down the sites.

As for the safeties, I've used guns all my life so its moot to me because I generally learn the firearm. If a pistol has it, fine, if it doesn't fine. I saw someone in a thread somewhere mention that it could inadvertently get turned on (people were simply suggesting to leave it off), IMO it would have to be a big in advert to trip this safety either way. It's easy to thumb up or down, yet you do have to do it deliberately.

I don't care what anyone shoots, I like the gun and so far everyone that has handled it wants one.

Much appreciated to the person who posted the link about Midway having mags for the pistol, just wished I'd a seen it before ordering two from Ruger and over paying. Oh well, bought two more to fray the costs.

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