LC9 Review

LC9 Review

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    LC9 Review

    St. Pattyís day I picked up an LC9 at Cabelas. It cost me $399 and yes I know that is a bit high, but in my area I donít expect the LC9 to go for less than $350 even years in the future when the demand and hype around the gun have gone down. I have had the urge to buy a pocketable 9 since I started carrying and after having an EPIC FAILURE PF9, I knew that I would have to wait until Ruger or someone else came out with a pocketable 9. Rohrbaughs are not in my price range! The Sig P250 looks like it will be to thick to pocket carry and I am leary of Kimber quality for the Solo. For Kimber prices I expect a gun to be 100% out of the box.

    I first had the opportunity to handle an LC9 at Cabelas in late February, but they werenít going to sell any of them that they had in stock until March 17th. Weird, I know. I had even called Cabelas corporate services and the guy who took my call thought that the local Cabelas not selling guns they had in stock was weird as well.

    So I got put on a wait list and March 16th I got the call that I was able to come pick up my reserved LC9. I picked it up the next day, cleaned it a bit and took it to my local indoor shooting range to give it a try.

    At my first range session I fired 200 rounds. 100 rounds of Prvzi Parzivan 115gr and 100 rounds of Sellier and Bellot 115gr. I had one FTE in my third box of ammo which was S&B. Iím not exactly sure of the range count but that was the only feeding issue I had. It locked back on the last round of every mag as well.

    I think the trigger is quite long but like the LCP and other DAO guns it just takes getting used to. My accuracy with the LC9 was good in those 200 rounds. The recoil isnít horrible but after 200 rounds my hand was sore. But as we all know in a SD situation we wonít be worried about sore hands.

    The manual safety though probably not necessary is very easy for me to manipulate, much easier than on my SR9c. I donít plan to do away with the magazine disconnect safety. The last thing I want to do is make modifications of the manufacturers design to my carry gun. The loaded chamber indicator does not interfere with proper sight alignment whatsoever. It is an unnecessary part but Iím ok with it.

    When I cleaned it after that first range session I noticed that on the magazine well I could see the hammer spring. At some point part #54, the Hammer Spring Seat had come off. I called Ruger and they shipped me a new one. It took a few days to arrive, but it was very easy to mount. Basically it is a little piece of plastic that helps protect/seat the hamper anchor pin.

    Once I got the new part on I took my LC9 to the range again. This time I fired 100 rounds of Blazer 124 gr aluminum cased cartridges. No problems whatsoever and the hammer spring seat stayed in its place.

    I find the pistol to be very pocketable. I do wear baggier jeans (no not gangsta style) and for the few days of nice weather we had last week it fit great in my cargo shorts. I do not plan to IWB this gun because if I am going in that direction, I will carry my SR9c. I also have smaller hands, (not tiny but not large) and the gun fits great in my hands. Large handed people may have more of an issue. Being a larger pistol I found it a lot easier to hold onto in rapid fire than my LCP.

    I now plan to carry the LC9 in my front right pocket and my LCP as a bug in my front left pocket or left rear pocket.

    Sorry, no pictures. I simply donít want to take the time to take pictures at this moment. If you want to know how it looks, google search LC9.

    For those who think the LC9 is a copy of the PF9 they are dead wrong! The PF9 I owned felt light and cheap. The trigger was horrible and I had literally hundreds of feeding failures. That is not to say that the LC9 is heavy, but that extra weight it has over the PF9 really helps manage the recoil. I personally want a little extra weight in a small gun like the LC9. I have read that the Diamondback 9mm is supposed to be something like 11 ounces. NO THANK YOU! I donít want a 9mm or larger caliber in anything smaller than the LC9. And as most of us know, the fit, form and feel of a Ruger compared to a Kel Tec is light years apart. My PF9 had a feel like it had been made in a Chinese garage and thatís also how it shot. Not so with the Ruger.

    All in all I am happy with my LC9 as I am about all my other Ruger pistols; P90, Mark III, LCP and SR9c. When I buy a Ruger I know that what I am getting will not be the finest pistol in the world, but I can depend on it to protect me. And I can depend on Ruger to fix any problems I may face with any of my pistols in the future. Plus its 100% made in America.

    I highly recommend the LC9 as a quality carry piece.
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    Good review...another quality product from a great company.
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    Thanks for the review!

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    I have the SR9c and love it also. Great gun. Ruger only made one mistake with the LC9. They put a one sided safety on it. I could care less weather it has a safety or not. But if there is one on it, it belongs on both sides. Some guy hits your hand with a piece of pipe (one example) while you are trying to draw and. You will under stand when you get it out with your left. Or if you are a lefty and it is inadvertently pushed on. No rant just an explanation of my reasoning. I am glad you like it, Rugers are fine firearms.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 4evrinblujns View Post
    I have the SR9c and love it also. Great gun. Ruger only made one mistake with the LC9. They put a one sided safety on it. I could care less weather it has a safety or not. But if there is one on it, it belongs on both sides. Some guy hits your hand with a piece of pipe (one example) while you are trying to draw and. You will under stand when you get it out with your left. Or if you are a lefty and it is inadvertently pushed on. No rant just an explanation of my reasoning. I am glad you like it, Rugers are fine firearms.
    I understand your point about safety, but it leaves me a bit confused. Why would one carry a striker fired gun that has a blocked only half cocked striker with the safety on? I have an LC9. Also have a Glock 26 which has no safety. I'm fine with packing the G26 that has no safety, and don't plan to engage the safety when packing the LC9 either. It has the same long DA trigger pull as the Kahrs and LCP which don't have a safety either. If the gun is carried with the safety off, which is how I'll carry it, the fact that it isn't ambidexterus doesn't really matter.

    That said, I do like the safety from the point of view that I can engage it if I have to take the gun out of the holster in order to properly take care of business on the throne in a restroom.

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    I understand fully Fitch.Good points. I just have this mind set since I am left handed. As I run some scenarios I prefer all or none.
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    Nice review rammerjammer, I also have an SR9c and LCP and am considering the LC9 in spite of thinking I already have enough Rugers..

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    Quote Originally Posted by 9c4me View Post
    Nice review rammerjammer, I also have an SR9c and LCP and am considering the LC9 in spite of thinking I already have enough Rugers..
    Go for it, the LC9 is the Goldilocks gun in the Ruger stable.

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    How does it carry in the front pocket?

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    Quote Originally Posted by azchevy View Post
    How does it carry in the front pocket?
    For me it carries great in the front pocket. Since I started carrying my LCP more than a year ago it has always been in my front right pocket. Though the LC9 bigger than the LCP, I barely notice a difference between it and the LCP in that pocket. But I do wear baggier jeans and when I buy shorts or pants I always go for pants with very large pockets. Even before I carried a gun I carried a lot of stuff in my pockets.

    If you wear more tight jeans you will probably have a problem though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rammerjammer View Post
    If you wear more tight jeans you will probably have a problem though.
    You hit the Nail on the Head!

    Good review..

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