Ruger LC9 Reliability?


May 17, 2011, 06:40 AM
I am considering buying an LC9 for my primary ccw weapon. It is replacing a gun that has had serious reliability issues :cuss: so reliability is the most important criteria here.

Can anyone tell me if you have an LC9:
1. Any issues that you have had?
2. Approximately how many rounds you have fired through it?


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M2 Carbine
May 17, 2011, 08:13 AM
I bought my Ruger LC9 in Feb. I just happened to be in the store when it was delivered. I impulse bought it right away. (it took the store three months to get another one)
I went home and put 250 rounds of mixed ammo through the gun (home range). No problems but the trigger took some getting used to.

The gun would easily shoot about an inch and a half at 10 yards but my 73 year old eyes and hands don't allow me to do that much anymore.

In the next week or so I put over 1,200 rounds of mixed ammo through the gun with no gun caused malfunctions (a few bad rounds).
9 different people also shot the gun, with no problems.

Also shot the gun at 52 yards, standing, two hands.

At about a thousand rounds I sent this picture to Ruger about the wear on the barrel where it locks up to the slide. They said "no problem" but I'll keep an eye on it.

I removed the magazine disconnect "safety". I hate them.

I'm impressed with the gun and now use it as a primary carry gun.


May 17, 2011, 08:19 AM
Mine's new, so only about 80 rounds through it so far. Works perfectly.
(P.S.---M2 Carbine is a better shot at age 72 than I am at a sprightly 67.)

May 17, 2011, 09:46 AM
I would venture to guess that given variables of user error, ammo quality/type, and number of moving parts my S&W 37-2 would be far more reliable weapon. With much lament and consternation I could not accept the LC9.

May 17, 2011, 11:20 AM
I picked up mine only a couple weeks ago. Like my other Ruger firearms it has no complaints with the 4 different ammos that I have fed it. Only about 150rd fired so far, but it is a ccw so it won't ever see high use(probably avg 10-20rd/wk just to stay familiar). It is small, so it require attention to keep it on COM as distance gets farther. Only complaint thus far is the mold line inside the trigger gaurd giving me a blister. A little 400g sandpaper took care of that though.

May 17, 2011, 10:40 PM
I have had mine for two months and have only shot 100 rounds or so through it. It has been 100% with 3 different types of ammo including JHP.

Only thing I noticed is that it has more recoil than my 45 (S&W 4506). Other than that, I like it and am looking for a good holster. Leaning toward a Crossbreed Mini-tuck right now. We will see.


May 17, 2011, 11:40 PM
No issues so far with mine.

May 18, 2011, 09:02 AM

There is no guarantee of reliability for any firearm, including the Ruger LC9..

About the only thing you can do to insure your "best" chance for obtaining reliability in your firearm choice is to start with one that has a history of reliability and hope you get a good one.. :)

For example I've had Ruger firearms for over 40 years and, so far, (kow) yet to have one that was unreliable..

Between my wife and myself we have three LCP's and one LC9.. They've ALL been absolutely reliable right out of the box. We have friends who have LCP's (and now LC9's) and THEY have experienced the same reliability with their Ruger LCP's and LC9's..

If you have the time, and interest, "google" LCP reliability/LC9 reliability and while you'll always find one or two folks who aren't happy I guarantee you 95% of the folks who actually own, and shoot these little pocket rockets are happy campers.

If you want to hear complaints about either pistol then you can expect some about the long trigger pull on both.. A long trigger pull, I might add, that I PREFER in a cc firearm.

I don't care for a light trigger pull on such a weapon as I don't want to accidentally shoot myself in the butt withdrawing it in a crisis, nor do I want an accidental discharge shooting someone else under similar conditions.

I can also warn you that from my experience the finish on the slides of the LCP is prone to wear if carried daily.. I don't care...

I have absolute confidence in that IF I have to defend my self with ANY of my Ruger pistols (or revolvers, I have a couple of those too) they will go "bang" every time I pull the trigger until I have exhausted all rounds.

That's all they are designed to do, and they, in my personal experience, do that...

You are much more likely to have a reliability issue with ANY quality firearm related to the ammo, or magazine, than you are the actual functioning of the pistol itself..

One more comment about those folks who prefer snubby revolvers over pistols such as the LC9 for cc..

I have 5 snubbys.. I love 'em all.

But the thickness of the cylinder bulge makes comfortable concealed carry more difficult, and the limited capacity (5 or 6 rds) make them a less desirable cc option than say, the Ruger LC9..

My LC9 is thinner, easier to conceal, has a higher capacity, a better round (9MM vs 38cal.), and finally, in my experience (again) has been absolutely reliable.

One hundred percent reliability is 100%... :D

No subby is going to be more than 100% reliable, and if and when the ball falls and I am FORCED to use potentially lethal force defending my life, those extra 2-3 rounds are gonna come in mighty handy.

No offense to anyone..

Just conversin', not confrontin', and what is a great choice for ME, might not be a great choice for someone else.

Best Wishes,


May 18, 2011, 03:42 PM
Thanks to everyone for the responses. The consensus is that it is a reliable option. I will give it some more thought. The trigger pull is the only thing that is stopping me from getting it.

I agree with PX15 about the revolvers - too thick for comfortable CC wear for me as well, but probably not a problem for many others.

May 18, 2011, 04:31 PM

Pocket guns I like a harder/longer trigger pull.

Holster CCW I like a lighter/shorter trigger pull.


May 18, 2011, 04:34 PM

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