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I mentioned this in another thread in passing, I recently purchased a Ruger LC9 with the Lasermax (removable) laser on it. I really like the idea of a slim, light, single stack 9mm but have bought guns like in the past and had mixed results. My Kel Tec PF9 is OK, my Taurus 740 is a total POS...I did a lot of research on the LC9 before I bought it and and so far it is looking fairly good. I really have a need for a slim, semi auto centerfire pistol for use in the summer here (light clothing is mandatory), I wanted more than .380 but was willing to go to that if need be.

I took it out today for the first time, shot 50 rounds of Federal 124gr, 100 WWB 115gr, 20 Gold Dot 124gr+P and 18 Critical Defense 115gr. No manlfunctions at all, the recoil really isn't bad at all despite the 17oz weight even without a pinky grip. The 124gr recoil a little more stoutly, especially the +P, but still not painfully like a PF9 does. I did not try any 147gr since I generally don't like that weight in 9mm and really don't buy it at all nor plan to. It was raining, humid, hot and windy but the gun is fairly accurate for being so small, the target below was shot at 7 and 15 yards using both the regular sights and some point shooting with the laser. On the topic of the laser, I bought it mainly because it was only $60 more, I'm not a big laser fan but I like this one. It seems to hold zero well (it's only drift adjustable) and is visible at least on a cloudy day. The only drawback is finding holsters, I purchased a MIC holster at a LE store yesterday and plan to use that sans laser for now (look it up, cool design).

In short, this is the best 9mm single stack subcompact I have ever seen. I plan to sell both my Taurus and Kel Tec, this one I think is a keeper. It is light, but not too light, reliable, VERY slim, smooth and well made feeling. It feels like they took an SR series Ruger and shrank it. Also, the price is quite good. I paid about $500, but basic models can be had for $375 or so (if you can find one) with one mag. I have 5 7rd mags, I'm going to get probably 2 more 9rd ones when I can find them.

I have attached a few relevant pics below, sorry for the poor quality, I don't own a decent camera so iPhone will have to suffice.

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I am jealous. that is a fine acquisition..... My only complaint is that Ruger only supplies one magazine?
 

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How do you like the trigger? Especially if you're used to striker fired pistols like Glocks, M&P's or XD's? I really hated that trigger. It's the reason I don't have it anymore. But the package is great! Was very concealable. I miss that aspect sometimes. Just needs to switch to a striker fired short stroke trigger, no thumb safety and no mag safety.
 

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That's what I love about Capitalism, the market WILL address a need. Any sufficiently irritating LC9 trigger-issues can be solved simply by visiting Galloway Precision. IMHO, they turn a good idea into a fine carry pistol.
 

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To the two posts asking questions above:

Magazine- Yea it only comes with one, which I wasn't too thrilled about. They are fairly easy to find locally but are $40 or so, I got some online for about $30 each. Ruger is making a 9rd version but it isn't available anywhere I have found yet.

Trigger- I'm not a trigger snob, as long as it has a clean break I am usually happy. I like stock Glock triggers, I don't like stock M&P triggers (the mushy feel), I like this one but would like it more if it has about 1/3 lighter. The gun is hammer fired so you can stage it visually on the range, but it is really made to be used as a clean rapid pull in a SD situation. Although it is pretty accurate, a precision range gun this is not.
 

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wow $500 the prices have climbed on it. I got mine about a year ago maybe a little longer for right at $380. I've still seen them around here under $500. I enjoy it and its a very nice carry. I had to adjust my lasermax because it was hitting high left. I was able to get an additional mag for right at $40. The are hard to come by. The trigger pull does take some getting use to and finding that right finger hold. I agree with what others have said about Ruger and their 1 mag deal. That sucks..but other than that I really enjoy the gun. Bought it for my wife but I tend to carry it most. Have my eyes sent on XDm now.
 

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I have an LC9 that I have put 1500 rounds thru and just changed out the recoil springs and it fills brand new it's a great summer gun.
 

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Apparently, removing the mag disconnect improves the trigger.

Shame they put a thumb safety on it. War-stopper for me, glad you like yours. Been carrying a pair of LCPs a whole lot lately myself in the warmer weather.
 

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I am jealous. that is a fine acquisition..... My only complaint is that Ruger only supplies one magazine?
+1, I agree. IMO, that is a extremely lame thing to do, especially when so many others give ya at least one, and some even give ya two for a total of three mags. What really sucks about it is; in some cases you not only have the additional cost of the mag itself, but you can't find it locally, so you have to order it online and pay the additional cost for shipping. Lame, lame LAME!


Did I mention how lame that is.. :bier:
 

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Apparently, removing the mag disconnect improves the trigger.

Shame they put a thumb safety on it. War-stopper for me, glad you like yours. Been carrying a pair of LCPs a whole lot lately myself in the warmer weather.
Thinking about getting another LCP myself. One on each side of my hip cowboy style. I know it sounds lame but there's something cool about having a gun in each hand (the jury may not think so but...)
 

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Congrats on the new gun. Glad it works for you. Bought one a couple of years ago for the wife to carry. She absolutely hated the trigger om it. I could put up with it, but wasn't thrilled with the long pull. Sold it to a friend who carries and loves it.
 

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Hate to have to turn things for the negative but two major problems arose/were discovered this morning as I planned to use it as my EDC:

a) I noticed the rear sight was loose, I matched a hex key I have to it and went to tighten it, the threading it totally stripped (from the factory, I didn't mess with it).

b) I have a round stuck halfway chambered on the feed ramp. I went to chamber a Gold Dot by racking the slide, the round basically came halfway up the feed ramp and is wedged stuck there. Obviously, this is bad, I couldn't get it to come out for anything. I called the LGS where I got it and they said to (carefully) bring it in ASAP. I will update later...
 

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Had one that was flawless through a few hundred rounds, but wanted a larger gun to carry as I already had the perfect "carry anytime any dress and weather" gun in a SW j frame. I liked the gun other than the trigger. I agree that the one mag was a bum thing to do, especially with the price of additional mags. With the laser that is not a bad price. Hope the problem gets fixed and it serves you well.
 

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I love my LC9. A lot of people always complain about the trigger pull and the safeties. I don't think the trigger is that bad and in a SD situation I don't think anyone would care how long the trigger pull is when their adrenaline is pumping. The safety isn't hard to switch off either but the mag safety is annoying. I've thought about taking it off.
 

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My wife picked the LC9 for her CCW a few months back. She shoots it very well and is able to operate all the controls effectively. I did not like the trigger at first but after a few shots I got used to it. The trigger reset feels odd to me but I'm used to the Glock. I don't care for the magazine disconnect and the fact that it only had 1 magazine. The pistol carries very well and is easy to conceal.
 

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I love my LC9. A lot of people always complain about the trigger pull and the safeties. I don't think the trigger is that bad and in a SD situation I don't think anyone would care how long the trigger pull is when their adrenaline is pumping. The safety isn't hard to switch off either but the mag safety is annoying. I've thought about taking it off.
That's the exact reason why I don't like the trigger. Try this. Rent a Glock. Any Glock. Grab the LC9. Paste two human form targets up side by side. Within 1 second, double tap to the chest and one to the head. With both guns. You'll ace that drill with any Glock. Good luck with the LC9 and its crappy trigger.

Sorry guys. The OP shouldn't feel bad about his purchase but let's not make the LC9 the second coming of a 1911.
 

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Sorry guys. The OP shouldn't feel bad about his purchase but let's not make the LC9 the second coming of a 1911.
Don't worry, I'm probably going to sell it ASAP. I'm done with the mini single stacks, I need an EDC I can trust to work EVERY. SINGLE. TIME...

When I go to the LGS later to hopefully have the round removed I'm going to look at the G26gen4.
 

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I was thinking about getting a G26 for my next carry gun...whenever that will be. I hope you get your problem worked out OP.
 

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I was thinking about getting a G26 for my next carry gun...whenever that will be. I hope you get your problem worked out OP.
I love my G26. Whatever you can hide a mouse gun behind you can hide a G26. It's what I default to when my G19's handle is too stubborn for my attire.
 
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