So I bought a Ruger LC9

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Bob79, Mar 30, 2013.

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  1. Bob79

    Bob79 Member

    Jun 7, 2004
    I wanted a slim, and lightweight 9mm, or possibly a 380, and handled a bunch of them a few months back. The Beretta Nano, Ruger LC9, Kahr PM9, Taurus 709 Slim, etc. The Kahr PM9 and Ruger LC9 felt best in my hand, and I read a bunch on both. It seemed the Ruger had less reports of malfunctions, or other issues, and I just couldn't get myself to "accept" the off set feedramp of the Kahr. And the big hang up on the Ruger seemed to be complaints of the long trigger pull, and safeties on it. I wasn't put off by the trigger pull reports because I'm used to my J-frame long trigger pulls, and I do believe less is more, and the more safeties, the more stuff there is to break.

    But I found an LC9 locally with the LaserMax for $399, so I got it. I'm not a fan of lasers, and I ended up selling it seperate for $60. I took the gun apart, cleaned, and lubed it with CLP, and I bought a second magazine. I kept one mag with the finger extension, and put the flat bottom on the other. The gun felt solid, and I could definately do without the pop up loaded chamber indicator, and mag disconnect, but o well.

    I went to the range, and fired about 60 rounds, most of which were Blazer Brass ball ammo, and I fired about 10 rounds of 115 grain Speer HP ammo. The gun had no malfunctions, and I was suprised to find the recoil was not bad at all. A little "snappy", but my grip did not need to be re-adjusted, and it did not sting/hurt my hand. Spent casings flew about 4-5 feet to the right, and the sights were fine. The mag with the finger enxtension makes it so you feel like you have a better grip on the gun, but I alternated between the 2 mags, and did not notice any better actual control, or grip with one over the other. So in the interest of keep the gun as small as possible, I later put the flat floorplate on the other. The trigger pull was smoother and lighter than any stock J frame I've ever shot, and did not bother me at all. I did 75% or so of my shooting at 21 feet, and kept all shots on a legal sheet of paper, and I put it out to 50+ feet for about 10 shots, and I missed the legal sheet with 2-3 rounds, but only by about 1-2 inches.

    I've only got an Uncle Mikes "generic" fit holster for now, but I have a good leather one on order. So overall I give the gun a thumbs up, and its a step up for me from my Airlite .38 J frame. I used to have 5 rounds of 110 grain 38 special going about 950 FPS, and now I have 8 rounds of 115 grain 9mm, going about 1150 FPS. I plan to stick with the 115 grain standard pressure ammo, as this provides for easy follow up shots/good balance of recoil vs power. The gun at 17 ozs unloaded with mag seems to be a "sweet spot" of weight, and mating to the 9mm. I have shot a Rohrbaugh 9mm, and it wasn't that fun, and those can be really picky with ammo. I imagine the Kel Tec PF9 is even worse.

    Well I need to put some more rounds through it, but so far so good.
  2. gunmn74

    gunmn74 Member

    Jan 16, 2007
    Central Kansas
    Thanks for the report

    I currently carry a Ruger LCP and have been looking at the exact same list of possible upgrades as you with the addition of the Sig P290. I have not handled the LC9 and P290 side by side but that is the two I am down too. I really thought I would like the Beretta Nano when I read about it but nope. I always like the look of the Kahrs but the price and breakin time you read about scare me off them.
    I would say you made a good choice and congats on your new gun. I hope you can dig up some ammo for it.:banghead:
  3. ObsidianOne

    ObsidianOne Member

    Dec 16, 2010
    Lake Havasu City, AZ
    I love my LC9. Never had any malfunctions, over 500 rounds through it. Mags are expensive unfortunately. If you plan on carrying it, get a Crossbreed holster for it, worth every penny. Get the combat cut on the holster, wish I did.

    One flaw I did find is the finish on the slide. Started noticing some minor cosmetic surface rust on the side that faces my body. Should have had a better finish for a conceal carry gun.

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  4. M2 Carbine

    M2 Carbine member

    May 29, 2003
    I impulse bought a LC9 last year.

    Put over a thousand trouble free rounds through it in 8 days.
    Now it has approaching 2,000 rounds without the first malfunction, shot by 7 different people using 7 different ammo loads.

    I liked the gun so well I bought a spare.

    Last week I bought a 3rd one, the NRA camo version.

    The only problem I have with it is it is a little too big for my pocket carry.
  5. KTXdm9

    KTXdm9 Member

    Mar 4, 2012
    Katy, TX
    How do you guys like the trigger? I've never shot one, but I've seen in most reviews that the trigger is really long.
  6. Old Dog

    Old Dog Member

    Aug 11, 2004
    somewhere on Puget Sound
  7. gym

    gym member

    Dec 9, 2007
    I was able to pocket mine with ease. I got rid of it because I hated the trigger wobble, even with the Galloway, I loved the laser, it shot to point of aim every time, the gun shot well, but was offered a trade on a 40 shield. Try a Remora or "sticky" holster. I have an XDS in mine all the time. If you wear jeans, get a "versa carry", they work great, and are as minimal a holster for IWB , as you will find any ware. I used that when I wore tighter pants, normally I wear "Nike, black sports type , nylon/workout pants". The remora works terrific, and if you have to move it to IWB , from pocket, it stays where you put it.
    I am able to carry any of my guns in a remora, just take it and stick it wherever you please, it stays put. Good luck with the gun, I put a RTK trigger in mine.
  8. Kahuna5

    Kahuna5 Member

    Jul 23, 2012
    Has anyone ever put 124 or 147 grain rounds through the LC9? I'm considering purchasing one.

    Congrats on the purchase!

  9. blahpony

    blahpony Member

    Sep 14, 2012
    Leesburg VA
    I take my LC9 to the range and use Federal 124gr. It works fine with no errors. I've also put Speer Gold Dot 124gr through it to test for a carry round. Both fed and shot fine.
  10. CZ223

    CZ223 Member

    Sep 6, 2006
    I have one as well

    In general I think the bad trigger thing is exaggerated. The gun has performed well with everything I have put through it. I don't think I have put any 147's through it though. I will be reloading some 147's in the near future and give it a try. I have put all kinds of hollow points through it without a single failure. Remember, this is a self defense gun and while they are capable of very good accuracy they are not a target pistol. I shoot this gun as well as any J-frame I have ever had and maybe better. Put up a B-27 target at 20-30 feet, draw and fire quickly. If you can keep most of the shots in the 8 ring, or better, you are doing what the gun is designed for. If not, you either need more practice or a different style gun. As soon as I get good leather for it I will shoot an IDPA course with it.
  11. Arkansas Paul

    Arkansas Paul Member

    Mar 18, 2009
    Central Arkansas
    I have one on order. It was supposed to be here sometime in March, but I haven't heard back from the shop. I'm gonna give them a call today.
    Sounds like you guys aren't having any trouble, so that's good. I know they feel good in the hand.
  12. FireInCairo

    FireInCairo member

    Feb 28, 2009
    The LC9 is a nice shooter. Mine was reliable with no issues the brief time I owned it, and it was very comfy to carry. I don't know if it's the kind of gun you would want to use a lot at the range as I don't think it's a workhorse kinda weapon. But if it's not getting used and abused a ton I'm sure it makes a fine concealed carry weapon. It was surprisingly lacking in recoil. Must be the design.
  13. JustinJ

    JustinJ Member

    Feb 15, 2011
    Austin, TX
    Mine is reliable and well built but i can't stand the trigger. Luckily there is now an upgrade available but you have to send in parts from your gun for alteration so i'm trying to track down spares. I'm also gona remove the mag disconnect.
  14. StrutStopper

    StrutStopper Member

    Jul 5, 2011
    I have an LC9 in my pocket now. Picked it up a while back along with a Desantis Nemesis pocket holster. It's a little bulky for pocket carry but as far as I know nobody has a clue that I'm carrying. I've been thinking of picking up a crossbreed IWB holster too but haven't convinced myself yet.
  15. DrDeFab

    DrDeFab Member

    Sep 8, 2005
  16. Teachu2

    Teachu2 Member

    Jan 17, 2012
    Keene, CA
    My wife held one and thought it would be great, so I got her one. She fired three rounds and layed it on the bench. With a grip sleeve, she could fire 5-6 before she'd had enough. Got her a M&P9c, and she'll shoot until I won't give her any more ammo...

    I carried the LC9 briefly, then bought a G26. Sold the LC9 the following week. I shoot the 26 more accurately and much, much faster.

    The tradeoff for being able to pocket carry wasn't worth it to me. The LC9 was accurate enough, but I prefer to shoot carry guns often. The LC9, to me, wasn't fun to shoot.
  17. KimberUltra

    KimberUltra Member

    Mar 27, 2011
    I didn't like the trigger too much. Great gun but wasn't for me. I'm not the best shooter though in the guns defense. I wasn't liking double action at all. Haha. I could hit an attacker at 10 ft but beyond that I think lightning has more consistency than my shot placement.

    Pretty durable thing tho. I dropped it and not a scratch

    Was a but snappy for me though. Had trouble with grip. I don't have huge hands but without the little pinky attachment (which I couldn't find anywhere) it liked to roll out of my hand after a shot or two.
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