I've never, ever liked any Ruger before, but ...


Old Dog
November 21, 2012, 12:45 AM
Recently happened by a gun counter in a big box store when out with the wife and daughter (she's a college student) and after they both fondled a Ruger LC9 with the Lasermax (on the front of the trigger guard), there was some clamoring to buy one for each of 'em. As they were on sale for just a smidge over 400 bucks each, I picked up a couple as it seemed like a pretty good price for the versions with installed laser sights (plus, we're we mourning the election results and buying guns seemed like the American thing to do).

So we finally got by a local indoor range for a session (it's been raining buckets, and though I don't mind shooting in the rain, the women don't much like it).

We all started by firing a magazine each using the sights from 7 yards. We quickly got over Ruger only supplying one mag (7 rounders) with each pistol (apparently, the mags are almost 40 bucks a piece and my LGS was out of 'em).

My daughter's first shot, using the three-dot sights, went into the 1-inch red bullseye on an 8-inch "Shoot'n'see" target. Subsequent shots, for each of us, were easily kept in the eight inch circle from seven yards.

Yeah, the LC9 is possessed of a heinous looonnng trigger pull. But a little practice, and the slim little things prove unexpectedly accurate. The recoil, to say the least, of these light little pistols is fairly potent for a 9mm, but both my gals had no problems controlling the recoil and getting the sights back on target.

The teeny thumb safety should be useless, and I told my wife and daughter with this pistol, and the long trigger pull, there'd be no reason to ever use the safety.

The big loaded chamber indicator on top seemed like a good idea to my girls, so I kept my mouth shut (even though I've taught 'em how to press-check).

The laser on each pistol was zeroed incredibly well with only about a one and a half inch offset from POA. The laser proved easy to use for two fairly experienced female shooters who'd both never used laser sights before -- now, they seem sold on the concept.

Lots of wiggly play as far as slide-to-frame fit. But otherwise, the fit and finish of the LC9 is not bad at all, and the customary Ruger billboard that admonishes one to RTFM is in such small print I couldn't read it without my reading glasses ...

So far, I like the little buggers. I've always thought Ruger produced the ugliest semi-auto pistols ever ... But, perhaps you can teach an old dog new tricks.

Now to clean them. Apparently, the women think that if they cook the meal, I clean their guns for them. I'll probably have to wash all the dishes, too.

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Old Dog
November 21, 2012, 01:04 AM
Anyway, now if we can just find some quality holsters for the Lasermax version.

November 21, 2012, 01:13 AM
Jeez. Unnecessary ranting isn't allowed and was edited appropriately, as were the responses to that rant so as to foster continuity.

November 21, 2012, 08:17 AM
My brother just acquired an LC9. I've never liked Rugers, either. Brother's leaving the LC9 for me to shoot over the holidays. Will post an opinion next week.

November 21, 2012, 08:31 AM
My wife couldn't decide what would be her next Ruger after a Mark III Target and a KP90. So I'm paying for her SR9 and she's footing the bill for an LC9.

She keeps telling me we're going to need another safe. :) Life is good.

November 21, 2012, 12:42 PM
and the customary Ruger billboard that admonishes one to RTFM

I don't have any newer Ruger firearms.. what is this, uh, RTFM admonishment..? I'm assuming since my older Rugers all say ".. manual availble free from Ruger.." that it means "read the free manual"?

November 21, 2012, 02:27 PM
My modern interpretation of "RTFM" has always been "Read The Factory Manual". Indeed Ruger's are all available Free as far as I can tell and many others if not all.

November 21, 2012, 07:59 PM
RTFM= Read The Effing Manual.

Hate that I seem to have missed a good pissing contest. :)

I haven't tried the LC9, but I love my SR9.

November 21, 2012, 10:48 PM
Love Rugers in general, but the OP is spot on about the safety on the Ruger Autos. It is worthless at best and potentially a huge liability in a self-defense scenario.

November 21, 2012, 11:54 PM
The safety is a deal breaker for me. I do really appreciate the shape of the grip on the LC9 though. One of the best for a gun of its size/intended role.

November 22, 2012, 02:58 AM
Ugly semi-autos? No accounting for taste!! :neener:

November 23, 2012, 08:13 PM
If you like that LC9, then you should really try the SR9C.

November 23, 2012, 10:16 PM
If you like the SR 9C, you might even like the SR 40 better. I do, it is also my main CCW. The back up is the LC9, the LC9 is really easy to carry/conceal. Even though the SR40 is full size, it is still easy enough to conceal for me.

November 23, 2012, 10:26 PM
I love my Ruger KP90DC. Glad I got one. Don't make 'em anymore. Best P series gun Ruger made.

I like the little 9s okay enough, but I don't like doohickey triggers. I prefer a long DA or DAO for a pocket gun. But, that's personal preference.

November 24, 2012, 07:16 AM
I bought an LC9 for my daughter a little over a year ago. I don't think she has even shot it yet. She is in college right now and we have both been very busy over the summer. I decided not to give it to her until she gets her permit. When I do give it to her I am going to have to replace it. It is a great little gun. Not quite as little as our LCP's, but little enough. I did have one problem with hers though, but I attribute it to the Herters ammo I was firing at the time. I had several light hits in a row and then when the gun did fire it locked up solid. I still really don't know what was wrong with it but I did learn two things. First, I will not be shooting that ammo through it any more, I am convinced that was the problem. Second, I sent the gun back to Ruger and had it back in a week. Excellent service. The only thing that may prevent me from buying anothe LCP is the SIG 938, man I love that gun.

November 24, 2012, 09:19 PM
My favorite thing I liked about the LC9 was the size an location of the safety.

That being said it's just too big to take the place of my LCP.

And I must ask has no one here ever shot a MK series pistol? What's not to love?

How about the 10/22?

or the Ruger No. 1?

or a super Blackhawk or Redhawk?



Hell for that matter my P89 has outlived dozens of pistols in the 18 years I've had it...

March 24, 2013, 04:59 PM
Me and the wife both have LC9 she carries hers in a gun purse, and I carry in a tagua, outside waist band, fits the lasermax fine,, Nice gun, shoot them alot, she love the laser, She used to be afraid of guns, now carries all the time, bought it, shot it, she loves it, She is a nurse and needs to carry,, Also she likes the chambered indicator,,

March 26, 2013, 09:47 AM
If you can detail strip the LC9 (youtube) then the long trigger can be greatly improved, while still being a safe CCW, by sending the hammer and trigger bar to Galloway Precision for a little work. I have two pistols that have their work done and it's night and day. I also strongly dislike a manual safety on a pistol that has an internal striker/firing pin safety such as the LC9 (or Glock, Springfield, S&W, H&K, etc) so I left it off when reassembling the gun. I don't recommend that to others, though, as I'm sure lawyers will have a field day if I ever have to use it. ("Better to judged by 12 than carried by 6" applies here.)

March 26, 2013, 10:16 AM
The big LCI, and the long trigger pull are deal breakers for me. Glad they worked for you and your family. I'm sure I could get used to them but all my other triggers are shorter and lighter, so I really don't want to switch at this point. Ruger makes good stuff, for a good price.

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