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Pocket 9mm: Beretta BU-9 Nano or Ruger LC9?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by js8588, Mar 17, 2013.

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  1. js8588

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    I'm looking at both as my next handgun purchase. Can't be sure when LC9s will become available again (seems production slowed/stopped to accomodate the LC380 introduction) but I have seen the Berettas available on Buds and a few other sites.

    The Beretta is a bit more costly and I sacrifice carrying a round (6+1 vs 7+1) but, on the other hand, it's available now (even if 9mm ammo is not).

    I've gotten to fondle a Beretta Tomcat, PX4 Subcompact, and a 22LR and all were great pointers and have reliable reviews from their owner.

    I looked at LC9s last year but stupidly, put off the purchase til they disappeared from the market!

    Wait for the LC9 or go with the Beretta?
     
  2. CNobbe

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    Tough call, I don't care for guns that dont have slide stops, but the Nano I tried was a smooth shooting gun.
     
  3. bannockburn

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    Between the two I probably would go with the Beretta Nano. I have tried both guns and found the Nano to be slightly more ergonomic and the better handling pistol over the LC9.
    Another sub-compact 9mm. you might want to consider, though it is a bit more expensive, is the Kahr PM9. To me it is a natural pointer and it does have a slide stop.
     
  4. grptelli

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    Shot both side x side a few months ago. Both are good guns and would be a great ccw. Question is do you want a slide safety or not. Lc9 has the safety. I shot the lc9 better, but I think I did because I have shot the lc9 more and the nano was a rental.


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    Have you tried to put either of those in your pocket and take them out?

    In a pair of normal jeans? Cotton Dockers / Business casual or church clothes?
     
  6. js8588

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    "Have you tried to put either of those in your pocket and take them out?"

    I have done with the Ruger, which is the -slightly- larger gun. It was no problem so I should be ok with the Beretta.

    "Another sub-compact 9mm. you might want to consider, though it is a bit more expensive, is the Kahr PM9."

    Very nice gun and, as you said, a great pointer...which is why a solid steel Kahr Mk9 Elite is on my longer term purchase list!
     
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    I own a Nano and have carried in the pocket of jeans, khakis,and dress slacks. No problem in any of these pant types.
     
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    I've tried the Nano in jeans pockets and do not view it as optimal because of the blocky rear of the slide. It is not like a rounded hump on a S&W centennial revolver that is totally snag free. You really have to watch it on the draw with the Nano to be smooth. I can't speak for the Ruger other than to say that I really don't like mechanical thumb safeties on DA or DA/SA guns. Sure, I can leave it off, but it is one more thing to goof up.
     
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    I'd say Ruger has the edge in the reliability market, but that the Nano has an edge in style. I'd probably be trying to talk myself into the Nano, but would ultimately pick the LC9.
     
  10. js8588

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    I'm inclined to wait for the Ruger but I'll see if anyone here changes my mind. Perhaps I'll just backorder it from Buds and have done with it!
     
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    I have 2 LC9s. There is a 22 Long Rifle conversion in the works from Twisted Industries, and Ruger has announced a 9 round extended magazine for the LC9. Just some info that might help.

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  12. TarDevil

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    Are you dead set on those two? My choice in this genre would be the Sig P290.
     
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    Only reason I discounted the Sig is the price point puts it in PM9 territory. STRONGLY leaning in the direction of waiting on the LC9 but still open to be convinced otherwise. Worst case, I just aquire new, heretofore unpossessed firearm knowledge (or a new item for my "wish list")!
     
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    LC9....

    My SO has a LC9, which she carries...and she loves it(she shoots it pretty good too). :D
    I prefer and carry a SR9c, IWB- it is just fine for me.
    We have had nothing but great firearms from Ruger, (own 4 of them) so my vote is for the LC9.
    PUD
     
  15. TarDevil

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    I can find the 290 rather easily for around $525.00.
     
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    I really like my Sig P290RS. Pocket carry, IWB, Null USH-X, all work remarkably well.
    Don't remember the price? But, it was under $500. Came with the laser, too. Which I sold right away, thus further defraying cost? Plus, it comes standard with very good night sights.
    Sig mishandled the initial release of these. Makes it kind of a "sleeper." It may still be easy to find? Of course, with all the craziness right now, maybe not?

    Of the two you mention? NANO.

    ETA: Really, they're all good. Handle them, shoot them, if you can. Pick the one you like.
     
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    I haven't shot the Nano.

    Bottom line, the LC9 is a favorite gun.

    I, and seven other people, have shot my first LC9 over 1,800 trouble free rounds.
    I shot over a thousand rounds the first eight days I had the gun.
    I shot it yesterday.

    It has a long trigger pull to get used to but that takes only a few minutes.

    I liked my first LC9 so much I bought a spare and yesterday I bought a third one.

    Yesterday the local gun store got in four LC9-NRA camo models. Three were sold within minutes of unpacking them. I bought one.:)
    I suspect the fourth gun will be sold in a day or two. If not I may buy it.

    The gun is accurate and with a little practice, easy to hit with, even shooting fast with the long trigger pull.
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    52 yards standing.
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    I have owned my Nano ~one year and pocket carry frequently using a DeSantis Nemisis holster. The gun has performed perfectly, is accurate, and easy to maintain. The only change I would make is to reduce the Nano's weight to that of the PM9. I put night sights on mine, and bought a couple of 8 round mags, and a belt holster from Beretta. Very well designed gun, and I particularly like the fact that you can change to night sights without a sight pusher. You just use the Allen wrench Beretta supplies when you buy the sights from Beretta.
     
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    My wife carries a LC9 and I'm very surprised with its accuracy. Despite having such a long trigger pull and a terrible trigger reset, it is very easy to shoot accurately. I find it easier to shoot than my M&P Shield.
     
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    ended up

    Found a Beretta PX4 Subcompact at a price that was too good to pass up ($419) at one of my LGS. Have it on layaway and will do a post on the whole buying experience when I get her home.

    An LC9 is still on my radar, but the price was right so this comes first!
     
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    I have a buddy who has the Boburg and it's been on the buggy side for him. Hopefully your experience will be better!
     
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    Just had the opportunity to fondle a Sig 938 at my LGS when I had them do an FFL transfer for the 300 Win Mag Laminate Stainless M70 Alaskan I ordered from buds. Perfect. Another "must have" for the list. Gorgeous gun. Loved the ergonomics.
     
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    I've owned both, and currently own a Nano. There are pros and cons. I think the LC9 has a nicer trigger, and is darn accurate to boot. The Nano appears to be made better, and has the option of reversing the mag release. It doesn't quite have as nice a trigger, but it's still serviceable. I will keep the Nano because I feel it's sturdier build quality.
     
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