Ruger LC9

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  1. AStone

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    Tallball, what do think of the trigger? It's the biggest complaint I've read about the first ones. Obviously you've adapted to it.
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    Now for some bummer news. I've committed to selling my SR9c to a good friend,
    to whom I owe a big debt of gratitude for help he gave me a few years ago -- twice.

    Today, he told me that it's like to take him a couple of months to raise cash to buy it.

    "Don't sell my pistol to anyone but me!", he said. He really wants it, but doesn't want to pay new price,
    or FFL when buying one online. (We live in the same state.)

    Which means I can't get my LC9 for that long, because it's not in my budget otherwise. <sigh> :(

    But I can't say no.
     
  2. FireInCairo

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    The original triggers really aren't that bad, and I'm a trigger snob. That being said, they are long like a revolver trigger. I owned and shot one regularly a few years back and more recently purchased one for my wife. She can shoot it accurately.

    There was some forumite around here who used to post pictures of his range expeditions with his LC9. He put a lot of rounds through his, though the guns aren't meant for regular abuse at the range long term. Use it enough to keep comfy with how it shoots and carry it.
     
  3. AStone

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    That's a very good point, Fire. Thanks for offering it.

    As a former revolver owner (until last fall: SW 642 and 65), I can relate.

    I'm now a trigger snob, also. Love pistols again with that short, crisp pull.
     
  4. Nick Burkhardt

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    The Ruger LC9s is my EDC in a pocket holster or kydex IWB dependent on what I am wearing.
     
  5. CajunBass

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    I had never heard of the Ruger LC9s until just before Christmas when a buddy at the LGS told me they had them on sale for $215.00. I didn't pay enough attention to him but a couple of days later I remembered it and stopped by to see what a $215.00 gun was (I was thinking of the LCP in .380). Turned out the sale was over and they'd sold all they'd gotten at that price (the only ones they had at that price were pink and purple).

    But they did have another batch for $249.00. I looked it over, and was impressed, but was afraid it would kick like the proverbial mule with it's thin grip. I'd owned a Kel-Tec P-11 in the past what was pretty "snappy" and the grip was a lot wider. However it was inexpensive, so I went ahead and bought a pink one. What the heck? It wasn't a lot of money to risk.

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    Turned out I was wrong. The LC9s wasn't a hard kicker. The trigger was the best of any out of the box handgun I've ever owned. And to my surprise, I shot it a lot better than I ever have any small frame D/A revolver. I liked it so much I went back and bought another one, this time in purple. My wife, who is handicapped and has a hard time standing, loves shooting them because she can shoot them one handed, while holding onto the bench with the other.

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    I got a spare magazine with one of mine, but I think my buddy just tossed that into the box. I purchased another one on E-bay for less than 20 bucks IIRC. I carry the purple one every day in an OWB belt slide type holster.

    I'm an old revolver guy, so when I find a semi I like, You know I must REALLY like it. :)
     
  6. tubeshooter

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    ^ That's high praise coming from you, sir.
     
  7. AStone

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    Nick, thanks. Good to know this.
    More evidence that this is the right pistol.

    Cajun, high praise, indeed!
    Fine pistols those!
    Thanks mucho for your post.
    Hope you're good down there. ;)

    Tube, good to see you, too, friend.
    It's been a long time since those revolver days. :cool:
     
  8. tubeshooter

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    Good to see you too, AStone. Hopefully you will get your LC9s sooner rather than later.
     
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    "Tallball, what do think of the trigger? It's the biggest complaint I've read about the first ones. Obviously you've adapted to it."


    It's okay, a little bit on the long stiff side, but not terrible. With my gigantic hands I don't expect to be accurate at longer distances with anything this small. I only shoot it at the 7 yard range. At 7 yards I can easily hit a paper plate with it every time, which is good enough for SD, imho.

    I really prefer to carry my snubbies, but I have carried it occasionally and have no complaints. My buddy at the gun shop had it in his case used. I gave him my little Taurus 9mm (the trigger geometry didn't work well with my super-long trigger finger) and a hundred bucks or something. We were both pleased with the deal.
     
  10. AStone

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    Thanks, TB. That's a helpful perspective.

    I'm on the opposite end of the hand-size spectrum from you: small.

    I predict that the LC9 is going to fit my hands like a glove.

    And yeah, 7m (23') and less is all I care about.
     
  11. Fast Frank

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    I agree that these pistols are for "Up Close" social situations.

    But I think that it says a bunch about the overall shootability of the things when people start popping targets that are 50 yards and further out.

    That's my big complaint about every other mouse gun I have ever tried.

    It doesn't fit my hand, so after I fire it I have to re establish my grip before I can even think about firing it again.

    And mouse gun sights are a joke. I can't find them, I can't align them, and I can't hit with them.

    And mouse gun triggers suck. For all the reasons.

    My LC9S has none of those issues. Yes, it's a "Get Off Me Gun" for up close encounters, but it's fully capable of making hits at longer ranges.

    And while making hits at longer ranges isn't it's job, it allows precise shots at closer ranges too... and that IS it's job.

    It makes me feel like I can have confidence in where my bullets go and that's important to me.

    Here's a gratuitous pic.

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    You know, it's not easy to show a set of sights to somebody without just handing them the pistol.

    Here's an attempt- This is my LC9S pro

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    I'm telling you I can make hits with those...

    (No, the gap around the front sight isn't that wide when the gun is out where it would be when you shoot it. It is, however, a wide gap and that makes for quick alignment)

    And just so we have a frame of reference, here's the Meprolight by Kimber combat sights on my TLE2

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    And here's the target sights on my Ruger Single Six (Note the narrower blade and gap around it)

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    I'm saying that the LC9S has excellent sights and that's rare for a mouse gun.
     
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    I wrapped a Talon Grip on my LC9s Pro and like the combination.
     
  14. AStone

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    Those ^ 3 posts are exemplary of why
    we call this forum "The High Road".

    Thanks, guys. So glad to be here.
     
  15. AStone

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    My nomination for best pic of the thread .. so far.

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    You mean, like this?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Opx_IFm0iQU
     
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    Go figure?

    I own a couple of the early models with the "old" trigger.

    Having learned on DA revolvers, I've never been particularly trigger sensitive.

    Personally, I think the old LC9 has one of the best triggers around.
    Yeah, it may be long, but it's smooth, repeatable, and you can always tell what's going on.

    Now for the Go Figure part...
    I also have a few SIG SP2022's, and conventional 'Net wisdom (oxymoron alert) says the SP2022 has one of the best triggers around (I'd agree).

    Matter of fact, the SIG SP2022 trigger mirrors my LCP trigger nicely.

    From the 'Net you'll find:
    1. SIG SP2022 trigger - one of the best around.
    2. LC9 original trigger - total piece of crap.

    Like I said...go figure!?

    BTW...iff'n it matters to ya, I also own a S&W Shield, and it's a much softer shooting gun than the LC9.
     
  19. AStone

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    Very interesting.
    You can please some of the people some of the time ...

    All hail the all knowing Internet! :rolleyes:
     
  20. AStone

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    That's an impressive video. Such craftsmanship.

    I like the holster, too. I'm a fan of pancakes. Being a thin guy, I like to have it close. I think the LC9 and it's thin profile will carry well in a pancake.
     
  21. Hairy Clipper

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    Frank-That is an amazing "trick" ... holding the pistol AND having the sights aligned while taking a photograph of them at the same time! This old guy can't hold a shot glass steady.

    Just for a point of reference, I think all guns are good. Some are better than others. Some are more accurate than others. Some are more reliable than others. Some are ... . The list goes on and on. In fifty some years of shooting I have never run across a gun that was "junk" and when I read opinions referring to them as such, I tend to wonder about the credibility and gun sense of the opinion holder.

    So, onto some observations that I have had:

    The LC9s is a very reliable, accurate small pistol that I would not hesitate using as an every day carry. The trigger is longer than I prefer, but, that is just me and years of short crisp triggers on handguns and rifles that I have used for a very long time. The nicely rounded shape of the corners make this easily to draw from a coat or vest pocket and even a front pocket of loose fitting jeans. The grip for me is a bit small, but, manageable. I really like this pistol!

    But, I also like other pistols. For that front jeans pocket the LCP is tough to beat. Heck, even a front shirt pocket.

    Kahr has similar pistols and depending on model or chambering may make you happier or maybe not.

    My brother has a S&W Performance Center Shield 9mm that I have been able to shoot repeatedly. While my brother and I have the same opinion on the vented barrel (we would rather not have them) the fact that the Performance Center model has a sight and trigger upgrade for only $50 more it seems a good choice for the money. There are three things that sway me towards the Shield; A more ergonomically hand filling grip shape, the sight upgrade and the trigger.

    The grip shape is such that for me points more naturally to align the sights without adjusting your grip on the initial shot and subsequent following shots. The fiber optic two color sights (orange-rear and green-front) really make for easy sight pick up and alignment. This may not be an issue for young eyes, but, with trifocals and dimming vision that old age brings these sights are the cat's meow. The trigger is in a more traditional position from the backstrap and an long trigger finger is not needed. Additionally, the trigger breaks more like a single action revolver than a double action only pistol. Along with the short reset, the trigger is more reminiscent of a Browning High Power than a long DAO Pistol trigger.

    Obviously, I have deviated from the LC9s only discussion. But, if a belt holstered carry gun is in your future, there are many options out there to choose from that may be more fitting, or, maybe not.
     
  22. AStone

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    Hairy C, thanks for your post!

    Comparison of the LC9(s) with others is great! Different strokes for different folks. The LC9 will work great for some -- I think me -- but for others, it's great to know what the other options are based on experiences of experienced others.

    I'm fairly convinced that the LC9s is going to be my pistol. That's mainly based on my extremely positive experiences with my SR9c. I love this pistol, except for my small hands, it's a handful, and it's larger and heavier than I want right now for a CCW piece.

    But given that the LC9s is cut from the same mold, so to speak, smaller, thinner and adds those contoured corners that you mention --- well, I'm betting a dime it'll be a winner, but again for me. For others, the other pistols you mention are def worth a try.
     
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    Hairy: For that front jeans pocket the LCP is tough to beat

    +1. For large pockets I carry my LC9s in a sticky. For jeans, my LCP in a sticky. When I do IWB, it is my Springfield-Armory XDs in a Stealthgear at 5 o'clock.
     
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    LCRs

    My wife just went through the CCW class and should have her carry permit pretty soon. We have been on the lookout for a pistol she can hold and shoot comfortably but she is not quite 5 foot tall and the only double action gun she can happily hold is a J-frame Smith. She is an experienced shot and shoots rifles well but has never had much interest in handguns. She is also very picky about trigger pull on her guns.

    She liked the little Sig p938, (she has always likes the 1911 style guns) it's a nice gun although expensive but a single action pistol may not be the best choice for someone to carry who is not going to shoot a lot and get to know that action very well. I do like 1911s but don't think they are for everyone.

    Last weekend we were on a road trip and stopped into a gun shop in a small tourist town and were shown a Ruger LCRs. First time I had seen one. Wife could hold it and loved the trigger pull. It fit her hand and the trigger, although long was smooth with a great let off.

    It followed us home which was quite a surprise. A couple shots at the test stump in the back yard showed it worked and shot fine. I hope to get it to a range sometime next week with the wife to give it a proper workout. So far I like what I see.
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  25. AStone

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    Mr. W, cool story. Thanks.

    I confess I had to look up LCRs. At first, I thought it might be a typo for LC9s (I mean, that R looks kinda like a backwards 9 with an extra leg), but now I see it's a revolver -- hence R. (Wow. I'm a little slow, but fortunately not completely stupid.)

    And now I remember looking at the LCR's back in my revolver days. (I was a pretty enthusiastic SW airweight guy for almost ten years.)

    Question: I don't see the LCRs on this page.

    http://www.ruger.com/products/lcr/models.html

    Am I missing something? And would that be a striker-fired revolver?
    Y'all gonna have to edumacate me on this one. :D

    And which caliber did you get. I'm intrigued by a 9mm revolver.
     
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