Ruger LC-9 or S&W 642 as a Pocket Gun/BUG?

Ruger LC-9 or S&W 642 as a Pocket Gun/BUG?

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    Ruger LC-9 or S&W 642 as a Pocket Gun/BUG?

    Which one would you pick of JUST THESE two choices?


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    As a "Pocket Gun/ Backup Gun (Bug), to a Primary carry, I would have to go with the narrower profile of the LC9.

    For a self defense carry, I have heard much negative on the LC9 and much positive on the 642. I would certainly prefer a 9mm over a .38 Spcl, personally, but I do not have personal experience with either of these specific models.
    I would like to test the LC9 for myself and I do love my J-frames on occasion with +P ammo, but I never carry a BUG anymore (I'll take my chances with one sidearm).
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    My LC9 has performed flawlessly and ate at least 6 brands of ammo with zero issues. Everyone complains about the trigger and other safety features and all of them I find as a bonus as well. The trigger is really sweet when you get accustomed to pulling it back. I would think it big and heave for pocket carry. I also have the LCP which I am also very very fond of.

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    I'm a 642 guy, and highly recommend it.

    I don't have an LC9.

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    IMHO, the lc9 is too big for a pocket gun, so I said 642. However, if your pockets are big enough that you can conceal and draw an lc9, it might be the better choice.
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    J frame all the way everyday.
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    S&W 642. The LC9 has terrible trigger. Very crude feeling IMO. I own 2 DAO handguns (Sig P250C in 9mm & Kahr PM9) with triggers that put the LC9's DAO trigger to shame. Like night & day. I have 2 buddies who owned LC9's & BOTH sold them off in short order. I tried one buddies LC9 out & shot the worst I ever have in my life with it. I also experienced several FTF during the same range session.


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    EDC pocket carry a 442. I don't have an lcp, but do have a shield 9. Speed of deployment is MUCH faster with the snubby.
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    If you dress appropriately, either one will conceal well.

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    j frame no lock all the way.

    I dont want a gun with a internal lock..

    Trigger can be fixed and nights sights can be added . If they made a no lock lc9 I get it and fix it up but lock no sales .

    Honeslty I like slim 380/9 single stacks but khar and lc9 are the only ones I wont buy till I have plenty of time and money to make sure I will have no issues.

    If my only choice was lock model 642 and lc9 I would get the lc9 cause the lock seem to go more on s&w then rugers . But in case I would buy neither if I had the choice

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    Quote Originally Posted by WrongRecroom View Post
    j frame no lock all the way.

    I dont want a gun with a internal lock..

    Trigger can be fixed and nights sights can be added . If they made a no lock lc9 I get it and fix it up but lock no sales .

    Honeslty I like slim 380/9 single stacks but khar and lc9 are the only ones I wont buy till I have plenty of time and money to make sure I will have no issues.

    If my only choice was lock model 642 and lc9 I would get the lc9 cause the lock seem to go more on s&w then rugers . But in case I would buy neither if I had the choice
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    No contest here; 642
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    S&W 642 for a pocket gun

    I have a Kahr PM9 I purchased thinking it would be adequate for pocket carry. Problem is with the grip angles and all it was like trying to stick a VHS tape in my pocket. To my surprise it printed much more than a J- frame. Drawing the weapon was also problematic with the angles. The flat grip also made grasping quickly difficult. The J-frame was much simpler in all respects. Despite trying to make it work I now pocket carry either a 642 or an LCP if going that route. I would advise you to ask the shop owner if after taking everything out of your pocket if you could try just slipping it in for comparison sake. There is a reason why so many carry a snubby in a pocket. It just works.

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    For pocket carry I far prefer the rounded edges of a revo. A pocket carry environment is full of lint, dust and crud; therefore the revolver's more debris resistant mechanism is favored. A hammer less wheel gun has the added benefit of being able to fire through the pocket in dire emergency.

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