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Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by AStone, Apr 16, 2016.

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  1. AStone

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    That's my next one.

    I like my SR9c, but it's bigger than I need,
    and heavier, and doesn't conceal well.

    So, I'm likely to trade it in for ...

    .. an LC9.

    It's smaller by 5/6.
    Or is that 4/5?

    Thinner (under 1")
    & lighter by 6 oz.

    Thoughts?
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    ETA: I actually meant the LC9s.
    The newer striker fired pistol.

    We'll entertain a discussion of both the LC9 and LC9s here,
    just because we're open-minded and egalitarian.

    But my interest is main(e)ly the LC9s.
     
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  2. Mike J

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    I don't have experience with the LC9 but I suspect if I wanted a gun of this type I would be looking at the LC9s instead. It is striker fired & supposed to have a much better trigger. Depending on personal preference you may prefer the LC9s pro which unless I'm mistaken does not have an external safety. I bought my handgun in this size range before Ruger came out with the original LC9 it is a Kel-Tec P-11. It is the older big brother of the PF9 Ruger copied with the original LC9. It is about 1/8" thicker than the PF9 but has a double stack 10 round magazine as well as a long, heavy, catchy, true double action trigger. It ain't the nicest but I keep it because it works.

    You can do what you like but usually with guns I prefer in addition to not instead of. If it were me I would probably bide my time & keep the SR9c & save my pennies for the LC9. I don't believe there is a perfect concealed carry gun for all situations. I like having the option of switching to something larger during cool weather & something smaller when it is hot or circumstances warrant it.
     
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    The Ruger LC9 is a decent pistol for the money. They pump them out on a mass scale, so you may want to make sure everything is tightened down before you take it to the range the first time.

    They're not meant for continual range use, but they're reliable for carry if you want a budget ccw.
     
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    Mine is accurate, very manageable, carries well. Stayed in my pocket all day today while I worked in the yard... secured in a DeSantis Nemesis holster.

    I too carried a SR9c for several years. I had no trouble with concealment. I'd still be carrying it if not for this blasted old back. The SR9c now resides on my nightstand sporting the 17 round mag.
     
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    I had the LC9, it was nice and handy and thin, but I didn't care for the DAO since I prefer striker fired guns. I replaced it with a S&W shield 9 for a couple of years, then when I was finally able to get a Glock 43 at a reasonable price I picked that up, which fits me better since I'm mostly a Glock user.
     
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    For pocket carry I prefer DOA's, e.g., the LCR. I took right to the original LC9. For a small pistol it is easy to shoot accurately.
     
  10. Tallball

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    I have an LC9. The trigger is a bit stiff, but to me that is okay for a carry pistol. It has been completely reliable.
     
  11. Fast Frank

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    It was a time long ago.

    I'm thinking it was around 1990 or so. (Give or take)

    My favorite pistol at that time was a Colt 1911 in .45ACP. I had a reloading bench setup and was shooting three to five hundred rounds a week.

    My buddy had a Sig 9MM. He also was reloading and shooting a lot.

    One of the games we used to play sometimes involved shooting bowling pins.

    And that little experience left me with an opinion that I stuck with for many years after.

    See, you had to shoot the bowling pins off of a little table in order to score.

    These were plain old every day bowling pins that were too beat up for the automatic pin setters, and the gun range bought them as cheap targets.

    They were made of hardwood, and had a tough plastic "Skin" that made them almost indestructible. Almost.

    After they got shot about a hundred times, they were heavy with lead and nowhere near as hard as they were when they were sitting at the end of the bowling alley.

    Knocking them not just down but completely off of the table wasn't easy and might take a couple shots.

    And that's the part that left me with such a strong opinion.

    See, my buddie's 9mm would knock them down, and eventually off the table...

    But my .45 would swat them like Thor's Hammer and send them flying off the table with authority.

    Sure, he had more ammo in his gun but the extra power was an obvious advantage in that game and I somehow worked it around in my head that this advantage applied in "Real World" situations as well.

    And I walked around with a .45 in my pants convinced that I was doing the best I could do.

    For a long time.

    (Cut to 2015) So I finally got tired of carrying that huge hunk of steel around in my pants. After all these years of carrying, I have never had to draw or use my weapon. I finally realized that I was beating myself silly with this full size 1911 and there just isn't any reason to do it.

    Well, except for that little punk 9mm bullet with no power. And that silly little gun that nobody can hit with. And those goofy little sights and that crappy trigger that comes on a "Pocket Pistol"

    Yeah, except for those things, there's no reason to carry a full size pistol at all...

    (To be continued)
     
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    That's when I saw the video where Hickock 45 shoots the LC9S. It's posted above.

    I have been a fan of that old guy for some time now. I have watched him shoot and review a lot of guns that I have considerable experience with, and I know that he doesn't throw any bull around. He tells it like it is, and he's a real shooter. He doesn't hold back when he doesn't like something, and he backs his opinion up by putting rounds on target.

    This guy was RAVING about the LC9S pro.

    I can tell that he really likes the gun, and he said he was using it for personal protection.

    There's an endorsement worth checking out.

    So, I shot one. Then I bought one.

    And now I carry it every day.

    "But Frank- What about that little punk of a bullet?" Yeah, I'm the one that said that.

    A long time ago, my buddies reloads were too weak to knock a bowling pin off a table.

    But interestingly enough, in todays world it doesn't seem to make any difference if you get shot in the chest with a 9mm, or a .40, or a .45.

    The one-shot-stop and survival rates are so similar as to be indistinguishable.

    "But Frank- what about that silly little gun nobody can hit with, and those tiny sights and that terrible trigger?"

    Ruger has mastered all those issues. The sights and trigger on this gun are nothing short of excellent. It fits my hand. It's drop safe.

    It's almost two pounds lighter, and half the size. It's WAY more comfortable to carry. It has never jammed or failed to fire.

    And I shoot it as well as I do my full size 1911.

    So now, there isn't a single advantage left in carrying a full size 1911 any more.

    OK, there's one... But it's not guaranteed.

    It's possible that yanking out that big stainless Kimber might make more of an impression on our misbehaving little goblin, thereby saving his worthless life as he runs away in fear.

    Maybe.

    He just might not be as impressed with the little Ruger and refuse to stop doing whatever it was that made me decide to draw on him.

    That would be an unfortunate decision, and I hope it doesn't happen.

    But if it does I have full confidence that the little Ruger will do the deal.

    I don't think I can endorse this little gun any more than that. (Fast Frank puts gun in comfortable holster and walks away)
     
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    The pistols discussed above for comparison...

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    AStone

    I looked at the Ruger LC9, the Beretta Nano, and the Kahr CM9 when I was in the market for a micro size 9mm. Liked the CM9 best for it's smooth DA trigger, easy to acquire sights, and overall great ergonomics. Very reliable and easy to pocket carry with a DeSantis Nemesis holster or else IWB with a DeSantis SOF-TUCK holster.
     
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    And now, the LC9s beats them all, except for maybe the Sig.
     
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    I bought the LC9s Pro because I didn't need the manual safety or the magazine disconnect, the gun works like a Glock and Glocks don't need manual safeties. With almost 1,600 rounds fired, I'm still amazed at the accuracy of this small pistol and has been 100% reliable.
     
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    Started with a 9MM S-A XDs that shoots beautifully, but it turned out just to big for everyday concealed carry. Then came the .380 LCP that carried easily but a .380 is a .380.

    My most recent purchase was the 9MM LC9S pro. It carries easily and everywhere in a Sticky holster. I am happy to have all three and shift them out as needed. The LC9S pro get carried most often. I am very happy.
     
  18. AStone

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    Thanks to all for your posts.
    An interesting thread is emerging here.

    I just updated my OP with this.
    ___

    ETA: I actually meant the LC9s.
    The newer striker fired pistol.

    We'll entertain a discussion of both the LC9 and LC9s here,
    just because we're open-minded and egalitarian.

    But my interest is main(e)ly the LC9s.
     
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    F'Frank, your stories are superb. Thanks.

    Good to see you here, friend.
    (Remember those Marlin 39a threads that involved speed bumps?)

    And delighted to know you like the 9s.

    If I could trade this SR9c -- which I really like --
    tmw for a 9s, straight up, straight across, I would.

    But it's going to take more than that to get me into a 9s.
     
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    Found a buyer in state.

    LC9s coming my way.
     
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    Awesome. I doubt you will regret it.

    Sent from my SGH-M919 using Tapatalk
     
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    Sounds complicated.

    But yes, no regrets.
     
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    Friday night.
    Thought about
    LC9s a few times.

    Is that obsessive,
    or just normal
    before buying
    a new pistol?
     
  25. Tallball

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    Mine is the old-fashioned kind:

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