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Ruger EC9 apparently New to Ruger

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by loose noose, Dec 22, 2018.

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  1. loose noose

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    Is anybody familiar with the Ruger EC9 it is very similar to the LC9, but the young fella at my LGS told me that Ruger is going to discontinue them due the fact these are more economical to produce, and are a much more reliable. The one I bought for $269.99 has the striker type of trigger, and has a very smooth and even trigger pull, I'd estimate it at about 3.5#'s. I'll take it out tomorrow and test fire it. Below are a couple of photos I took of it.
     

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    The EC9S came out earlier in the year. They are basically an LC9S that has more of a matte finish and the sights milled into the slide. To my knowledge, the LC9 went to the chopping block some time ago when they switched from a hammer to a striker. It looks like the LC9S is heading the same way. The EC9S is more economical to produce and runs about 100 cheaper to buy.

    I have one, and it's a beefy little gun. The trigger is nice if a tad light. I'm rather glad it has a manual safety. I find myself carrying a pocket .380 more often than not, so the EC9S has found it's way to be more of a toss in the truck gun. I keep it with 2 magazines, a multitool, and 80 bucks cash in a bag to stuff under the seat on trips as an emergency back up.

    Accurate little pistols.
     
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    I've had mine almost a year and love it, real nice shooters! they say not to shoot p+ in them though, which is fine by me in such a small gun
     
  4. loose noose

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    Kind of like Christmas coming early, some pretty decent reviews on this little auto, I was impressed with the trigger pull on such an inexpensive auto. I'll give a range report tomorrow after I get back home. The magazines aren't inexpensive though I bought an extra magazine for it and it cost $38.79.
     
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    You can use the generic lc9 mags. I bought one for under $20 from Rural King when I bought mine.
     
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    I have seen one at LGS same time as when I bought my PPS.
    They had special price tag of either $209 or $219. Frankly I was surprised one could buy new small 9x19 for that little. It was probably closeout price. My old LCP with same finish had slide oxidation issues. If one is willing to accept that issue and don't mind playing Ruger QA roulette I don't see how one could go wrong.
     
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    I wish they made a service pistol with trigger as good.
     
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    I dunno, my RAP 9mm came with a very fine trigger. More accurate than my M&P 9mm with the Apex work over. But I haven't compared it to their EC9.

    I should check out one of those EC9s one of these days. I did look at the LC9s when they came out. Just other guns kept jumping in front of the line.

    I have the old LC9 hammer still. I carry it from time to time. Just have to re-aquaint myself with the long trigger. Overall, an easy carry.
     
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    I bought this LC9s Pro about 6 months ago for $260 at gunbuyer.com. I don't believe there is much difference between the LC9 and the EC9 except the sights and finish. I've not seen an EC9 to compare but the LC has a metal trigger and guide rod. The trigger on the LC is absolutely great, I put the Hogue boot on the narrow single stack grip which really helps me grip the gun better. BTW the "Pro" does not have a safety other than the trigger safety which should help me in a brain freeze situation. I bought two OEM mags off ebay for less than $40 for the pair

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  10. Dustbowl

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    Yeah i’ve Seen EC9’s from $209 to $235 at the LGS in my area. They are cheap and effective and they move off the shelves in a hurry. It’s hard to walk in and buy a Glock 43 or Springfield XDS for 4 something when a smaller lighter gun that’s just as reliable is half the price.
     
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    I don’t like long triggers no matter how light they are. I just get antsy waiting for it to go bang. Apparently from all the positive remarks here I am quite alone. No problem. I had my LC9s trigger worked over with a kit that shortened it significantly and lightened it further. Since I always use the thumb safety, I don’t consider this an additional risk as compared to a 1911 type pistol, which is my favorite.
     
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  12. loose noose

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    Well I just got back from the range about an hour or so ago, and had some really nice results as far as that little pistol goes and some not so nice. It seemed to like the 115grn Federal FMJ factory rounds shot the best as I tested it right at 10 yards - 15 yards. I next tried the Federal 124grn HP also factory, and those didn't fair quite as well, had a couple of fliers. The last but mostly the least were the 88grn JHP Hornady Frontier cartridges, that sat in my trucks for over 25 years in the dead heat of the summer and the cold of the winters. The first round went a little off to the left and low, and the second was squib, so ended my new adventure with that little pistol, as I left the brass rod at home in my other range bag. I can honestly say I've never had a squib in any of my factory ammo until today.

    Anyway after getting home I finally cleared the weapon, and pulled the other bullets from the half of box that was left, and noticed it to be a fine powder with a foul odor from the left overs, and even some of the powder had the appearance of being moist at one time as it had a caked look. Needless to say I won't subject any of my other ammo to that type of abuse, probably won't live that many years anyhow.

    The next time out I'll have to try some of my reloads and see how it fairs, as I plan on carrying it CCW however I'll be using Hornady Critical Defense loads, like I use in all my other firearms that I carry, mostly depending on the weather.
     
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    I replaced the two P95s that had been my carry guns for the past decade to the EC9s. Both of the EC9s have been reliable without any issues. The low cost and lighter weight have definitely been a factor for my carry.
     
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    I lucked into one a few months ago for $170 like new with a mag fired through it. Guy bought it for his wife and she decided she wanted a purple SCCY instead. Win!

    That's the role mine has fallen into as I didn't need it as a carry gun. Riding in the glove box with a couple spare mags in a nice kydex IWB.

    If you look around online you should be able to find a 2 pack of the 7 round factory mags for about that price. They are all marked LC9S, same thing.

    One thing about the pistol, it was unusually snappy in my hands, maybe because of the really small grip but the recoil seemed to ding my trigger finger repeatedly. I've got big mitts so maybe I need a hogue or something over that grip. It was enough to push me away from the 124HST I carry in everything and invest in some standard pressure 115 XTPs. Thankfully the reliability on these appears excellent, about 3 mags of the HP and I was comfortable calling it good to go. Enjoy your early Christmas gift!

    Monty
     
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    My wife purchased a EC9S about a month ago She loves the gun and shoots it as well as her G26. She put a dot of neon pink nail polish on the front sight which really helped the sight picture for her. She ordered 2 OEM mags from magwharehouse for less than $40. She says the EC9S fits her hand much better than her baby Glock.
     
  16. loose noose

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    I took that little EC9s out again this morning and just shot the heck out of it, about 200 rounds in all, finishing up with the Hornady Critical Defense, which proved to be very accurate out of that gun. My 71 year old hands weren't feeling too bad after all that shooting, although I'm gonna get one of those slip on pads to save my trigger finger. Most of the rounds I shot were 115 grain FMJ, however I did put a box of the 124 grain green powder coated hand loads thru it. Thru all that shooting it never even hiccupped once, so I would say at this point it is very reliable, and I plan on carrying it from here on out.
     
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