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Ruger’s Little LC9

by Brock Norman   |  June 2nd, 2011 16

Guns & Ammo Technical Editor Dick Metcalf takes you through the details and performances of Ruger’s smallest 9mm semi-auto.

  • robert38-55

    Not a bad little pocket pistol! Neat.

  • Diver43 (Ron)

    If I can't get my hands on one to check out. Every LGS either cant get one or had one and sold it in ten minutes around here.. It might become my carry gun if it feels right.

    When is the forum going back online?

    • John

      I can't spell.

  • Caligula

    I read in Gun Tests magazine that the trigger was awful on the LC9. I visited my local gun shop and dry fired a new LC9 after a range session with my Kel-Tec PF-9. The LC9 did have quite a bit of stacking at the end of a long trigger pull with some grit. I wouldn't call it awful, but my Kel-Tec is smoother. If memory serves me correct, didn't Ruger have trigger issues with the original full-size SR9? (I also handled a Sig Sauer P290 and the new Kimber Solo. The Kimber had the smoothest trigger, but it's very small. I'm not sure that I'd want a smallish safety on an already very small pistol. The Sig P290 felt good, but seemed thicker and heavier than any of the others I've already mentioned. In addition, it was $600, including night sights – out the door. The list price is around $800. I think I'll stick with my Kel-Tec.

    • John

      That was the MOdle P LINE something with the dule trigger.

  • John V.Tennant

    Unlike the LCP, the LC9 has been safetied to death. It has a magazine disconnect so if you mistakenly hit the mag realease upon drawing, not un heard of with pocket pistols, you are dead in the water. Becasue they had to cram a chambered round indicator in there, they chose a slide indidcator like on the SR9 but unlike the SR9 they had to move the firing pin block back under the rear sight. If you detail strip it, you have to remove the rear sight from the dovetail to get to the firing pin block in order to remove the firing pin, not good. Check the schematics for yourself if you doubt. An internal key lock makes the gun even more unsafe to the shooter and brings a bareable group of uneeded safety devices into the realm of ridiculous. A thumb safey is common, easy to use and dates back to the blessing of John Moses Browning. Everything else is simply a sign of the sad and illogical, stupid proofing Californication of the industry. I won't buy a Taurus or any other gun with an internal lock for this reason and that is why I will pass on the LC9.

    • Jmcf

      I actually had a client come to me with his LC9 and show me that Rediculus trigger pull. He wanted it smoothed out, so after doing a little R&D I removed the loaded chamber indicator, the mag disconnect, and did just a tad of polishing around the moving mechanisms of the trigger group. Impressed us both. I still hate the gun, just doesn't fit me and it's a 9mm which is a caliber I won't carry for CCW, targeting would be alright but it would defeat your purpose of practice with you carry weapon.

      I'm Glock shooter and compete in GSSF matches frequently, I'm also a Glock certified armorer. With that said, there's a brand that has two internal safeties and one external (your finger). I've shot many guns/brands over time and have never found one that makes me second guess any of my Glocks. Carry weapon of chioce: G36 with crimson trace laserguards. Seven (eight with mag extension) of .45 rounds, which with any training will get the job done. Plus it wears so good with an inside waistband holster you'll forget it's even there.

      When looking for a sub-compact pistol for CCW don't go with 9mm people, just cause it has more rounds doesn't mean it's going to stop a threat, the cartridges velocity is just to high to inflict major internal tissue damage like a .45 will by penetrating then tumbling. My opinion if it's for self defense the Glock 36 and a little range time and you'll be much better off.

  • LSL

    Dick Metcalf misspoke in last seconds of video — only comes with one magazine — but it does have two magazine plates — one flat and one with an extension to aid grip. Change out is easy — just remember to catch the magazine spring!

  • Gitarded

    It's a great little pocket pistol and very accurate. I use it as my usual carry weapon.

  • Bob

    We're wanting to purchase a Ruger LC( with CrimsonTrace LaserGuard. Any idea of where we can find one? Thanks! ….Bob (Please respond to

    • Joe

      I just sow one at Cabelas alst week about the20th in Utah you can check there aney gun store.

  • Bob

    Whoops! Make that Ruger LC9 with CrimsonTrace LaserGuard. Thanks!

  • Daniel

    Bought one for my wife, we own a tavern and she keeps it for her safety. It's not a bad shooting little gun however, the long trigger pull with considerable recoil took a lot of extra range time to get her flinching under control. The recoil is equal if not more than my sig sp2022 in .40 cal. Granted my sig is full size but as I stated before the long trigger pull is a draw back. It's reliable but takes a lot of practice to get fully comfortable with smooth operation.

  • Fletch

    Rugers "NEW" LC9 and their LCP are both copies of KEL-TEC pistols. I am a little astounded or maybe I have missed something here. Ruger obviously took a good idea and added a few things and their marketing to create a buzz about something that is a copy of a design of a competitor. I am not anti-Ruger by any means but it seems they are getting away with something here.

  • joseph gregory

    I just bought a ruger lc9. i'm very anxious to get to the gun range. what i see an feel, i like it. it feels an looks very good. i can tell yu more about it, after i go to the range. i just love the look and feel of it. no doub in my mind. it will be my everyday carry.

  • Tracy Simeone

    Dick is a good guy and should not be too harshly punished for the recent Back Pager Editorial. A public apology in G&A would be sufficient.

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