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Shooting Ruger’s Little LC9

by Handguns Online Staff   |  June 2nd, 2011 34


G&A Technical Editor Dick Metcalf shoots Ruger’s smallest 9mm semi-auto.

  • Larry

    I purchased an LC9 and love it its in my pocket right now. It shoots groups at 25ft the size of a silver dollar not using sand bags. You can't ask for more

    • Carl

      I have a LC9 and it's all good. Carry it everyday in a CrossBreed Mini super tuck. Man what a gun and setup!

  • William S. Wall

    How does that compair with the SR9 which is like the LC9. Which is a better weapon?. I was going to buy the SR9. What do you think.

    • http://gunsgrubothergoodies.blogspot.com M~

      The SR9 is a larger frame, harder to conceal.

    • Mary

      The SR9 is larger but it's an awesome gun. I love mine. I tried the LC9 but I thought it was too small for me.

    • Brian

      I own both the Ruger SR9 and the Ruger LC9. They are two COMPLETELY different guns, but I love them both. The SR9 is big. But I have big hands. It’s the most comfortable gun I have ever held. Very ergonomic, perfect fit. It’s my favorite. It has a gritty trigger pull, and after 800 rounds through it’s not going to go away, but I’m crazy in that it just doesn’t bother me. It comes with two mags that carry 17 rounds, there’s practically no recoil, it shoots accurately, and is just a great gun for the price.

      The LC9 is butter smooth in just about every aspect. Beautiful gun, “melted” edges and corners to keep it from catching when you draw it, butter smooth trigger pull (but very long). It’s punchy, but the recoil is less than the PF9 (significantly), and about the same as the PM9, IMO (I shot them side by side). I don’t like the length of the trigger pull, but I know intellectually that the long smooth pull is good for learning and maintaining good shooting mechanics (you have to follow through, you can’t do otherwise). It's also small, so don't expect a great feel in the hand for any tiny single-stack pistol. It comes with only one mag, and it has the extended pinky grip installed (with a flat plate included), and even with my large hands, the extension allows me to get all my fingers comfortably on the gun. The mag holds seven rounds. The LC9 has a manual safety, but it's not ambidextrous, nor is the mag release. So if you like to use the safety (I keep mine on) and you're left handed I wouldn't consider it–by comparison the mag release and the manual safety on the SR9 are both ambidextrous). All in all it's a great gun too. It fits in my pockets just fine, and when I get certified it’ll be my CCW.

      But I love the SR9 so much I can see myself getting a holster for it and carrying it, if I can get my wife to the point that she’s comfortable with our guns enough to carry the LC9.

  • jach holmes

    i think it has great features, but i don't like the trigger pull or the fact that towards the rear of the pull the trigger seems to get stiffer

    • Michael

      shoot 6 to 8 it will go away, if not call Ruger, they will send you a shipping label and they will fix it. The later ones do not have that problem.

  • Randy W.

    The trigger on your LC 9 will smooth out after about 100+ rounds are put through it. The double action pull on mine was very heavy out of the box but it is now very smooth and breaks evenly. The only problem I encountered at the beginning was ammo sensitivity. After the pistol was broken in, it now swallows anything I put in it. All in all Ruger has a real winner here.

  • Dan Robinette

    The trigger pull, not the tension but the length of the pull sux,,,happy with the size and all…but…

  • Stevie D

    Looks like they copied the Kel-Tec P9 fellows. The only difference is the Kel-Tec is half the price. Sorry ruger,it's been done.

  • Fake

    The recoil on this firearm looks fierce. I'll prefer a Glock 26 over this firearm anyday!!!!

    • Will Carry

      Actually the recoil is very tame. The trigger is long but light and smooth. This is a very well built pistol. It is not a true pocket pistol IMHO but it's very thin and conceals easily.

      I really like this little pistol but I will keep my pocket 380 for pocket carry and the LC9 for light carry.

      • JohnB

        That is how I carry, LC9 in the waist band and LCP in the left pocket for backup, spare mag in a belt pouch.

      • Carl

        Right the recoil is light. Shoots great once you learn it. Try a crossbreed mini super tuck!

  • Rich Z.

    I have the Ruger LC9 and,,,,,, it's a beautiful subcompact single stack pistol that I ever shot. I did a mix of different ammo in the 10 mags I got when I bought the LC9. I mixed 124 grain ball and Hollowpoints to see if it would jam. Did it????? NO,NOT EVER. Yes,the trigger pull is long but,after having over 800+ rounds thru it,no problems with my LC9 being ccw gun.

  • Dave

    I had a problem with +p ammo.

    • Wegs

      Dave, Ruger does not recommend, in fact they recommend NOT using +P ammo!

      • Larry

        The manual states you can use +P. They say don't use +P+ because there are no standards for +P+ pressures.

  • Rick

    I found this same trigger pull on a rental LC9 (with thousands of rounds through it) and a new LC9 (dry fire). The trigger pull is very long and travels COMPLETELY to the rear and stops without firing, then with an almost imperceptible additional squeeze, it fires. Is this normal for the LC9? I really want one and I'm not a trigger snob, but that trigger is kinda scary. I'd like to know if this is an anomaly or normal… If it's normal, when can we expect the LC9 rev 2?

    • JohnB

      That is not a normal trigger, return it to the factory.

  • David

    I bought mine the first week they cam eout..absolutely a prize ( updgraded from LCP 380). Great gun. no wjust need the CT sights…

  • http://gunsgrubothergoodies.blogspot.com M~

    I got a "free" LC9 through our stocking dealer program and decided to shoot and carry it so I could realistically tell my customers about it. I've only put about 200 rounds through it but I've never had a lick of trouble with it. My group is great, it is just about two inches right. . . Still haven't figured out what the deal is. I can pick up a full size handgun and they are spot on. I've been carrying it for about 2 weeks and have to say it is pretty comfortable appendix carry for a girl, my only wish is that the safety was more flush or not there. . . . I *would* recommend it to a customer who is wanting a small semi-auto!

  • Andre Bleau

    I ve had mine a few months already. been on the range quite a few times absolutly love this weapon easy to conceal like a 380 with increased stopping power. light weight and comfortable to carry. Would recommend to any one looking for a compact weapon.

  • Craig

    Don't like the magazine disconnect, which the LCP does not have. Also, why does a pocket pistol need a safety, when it's a DAO, hidden hammer piece? Just one more appendage to hang up on something during a draw, another lint-catcher. I know these two items help make it California-legal, but why not make a 48 state version without safety and mag. disconnect for everyone else? Works for the auto industry.

  • http://www.federaleagent86.blogspot.com Federale

    What is the point of a hammer if it is DAO? Striker fired is better for DAO.

  • Brian

    I own both the Ruger SR9 and the Ruger LC9. They are two COMPLETELY different guns, but I love them both. The SR9 is big. But I have big hands. It's the most comfortable gun I have ever held. Very ergonomic, perfect fit. It's my favorite. It has a gritty trigger pull, and after 800 rounds through it's not going to go away, but I'm crazy in that it just doesn't bother me. There's practically no recoil, groupings are good, and it's just a great gun for the price. The LC9 is butter smooth in just about every aspect. Beautiful gun, "melted" edges and corners to keep it from catching when you draw it, butter smooth trigger pull (but very long). It's punchy, but the recoil is less than the PF9 (significantly), and about the same as the PM9, IMO (I shot them side by side). I don't like the length of the trigger pull, but I know intellectually that the long smooth pull is good for learning and maintaining good shooting mechanics (you have to follow through, you can't do otherwise). All in all a great gun. It fit's in my pockets just fine, and when I get certified it'll be my CCW gun. But I love the SR9 so much I can see myself getting a holster for it and carrying it, if I can get my wife to the point that she's comfortable with our guns enough to carry the LC9.

    • Brian

      Oops, I meant to reply to an earlier comment. I'll put my response there. Sorry.

  • http://neblin2002@yahoo.com Ben

    Looks like it ought to be a good gun not as expensive as the Sig 290 and just as easy to carry as the Tauras 709 and in the same price range but with the Ruger reputation of being butilt like a tank.

  • http://www.signatureholsters.com Stephen Lamanen

    Ruger designs for manufacturability; affordability is its staple…

  • DIRO

    Good pistol, affordable, reliable, and easily concealable. It's a pocket 9, what more could you want? (c;

  • JohnB

    I own 2 LC9s after some shopping and comparison with Sig290 and the Kimber Solo. Price is half the cost of the Sig or the Kimber and in my opinion the LC9 is the better pistol for shootability and accuracy. Having owned a Keltec PF7, it is an inferior gun in every regard, the worst being reassembling it after cleaning. Ruger did this one exactly right except the loaded chamber indicator could be less like the tail fin on a 57 Chevy, its too large! I could live without the manual safety and the magazine safety, but they're on it for compliance in several states. The LC9 carries extremely well and is just the right size for a carry gun.

  • John

    I have the LC9 and the LCP no problems with LCP lots of problems with LC9 shipped back before Christimas 3 – 4 week turn around both are my carry gun. I guess I got that one that no one wants, Ha.
    900 rounds FMJ, Plus -P, hollow point, and defense rounds not cheap ammo fed, win, hornady etc….
    I need to rely on this gun, my be they will fix it?

  • RMPuckett

    I have the KelTec PF9 and my nephew got the LC9….we compared. They are EXACTLY the same except for the additional safety/safety features. The LC9 finish is a little better finish, but not worth the extra $. They shoot similarly. I am a retired cop and now carry the PF9 al the time, BUT do like the LC9….they are basically the same gun. I DO tho like the LCR better the the KelTec PAT…for a pocket pistol it is smoother finish. Just my 2 cents. :). I would probably spend my money on another gun I want…instead of buying a copy of what I have that works

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