Ruger Eliminates External Safeties on the New Ruger LC9s Pro Model

By Suzanne Wiley published on in Consumer Information

Three years ago when The Shooter’s Log reviewed the then-newly released LC9 Ruger 9mm semiautomatic pistol, many readers, along with our reviewer, agreed that the pistol was quite possibly too safe—especially for a concealed carry weapon.

Developed through Ruger’s Voice of the Customer program, the original thin and easily concealable, hammer-fired, double-action only LC9 incorporates multiple safeties—a manual, frame-mounted thumb safety and a magazine disconnect safety that prevents the gun from firing unless a magazine is completely seated in the pistol. These safety features along with the loaded chamber indicator makes the Ruger LC9 legal in states that are more restrictive.

Ruger describes the LC9’s safeties: “Safety features include integrated trigger safety, manual safety, magazine disconnect, inert magazine for safe disassembly and a visual inspection port that allows for visual confirmation of a loaded or empty chamber.”

Commentary on the review of the Ruger LC9’s safety features includes:

  • “Won’t buy it unless they redesign it…”
  • “The magazine safety seems foolish for a carry gun.”
  • “I would not buy one if it were not for this shortcoming…”

Besides the complaints about the safeties, many found the trigger pull way too long—preventing customers from purchasing the first Ruger LC9.

To overcome these grievances, Ruger released the Ruger LC9s in July 2014. This striker-fired version lightened up the trigger pull significantly from a near 7-pound pull to less than 5 pounds! However, all the safeties remained.

To Ruger fan’s delight, Ruger finally released the newest model LC9s—the LC9s Pro—in December 2014 eliminating the external safeties on the 9mm subcompact pistol.

Ruger’s press release states:

“The LC9s Pro contains many of the same advanced features, but is offered without the thumb-operated external manual safety and magazine disconnect. The all-new Pro version is designed to meet law enforcement specifications as a back-up gun for high-stress situations when there may not be time to deactivate an external manual safety. The absence of a magazine disconnect safety also is a benefit for tactical reloads that allow the user to engage a target with one round remaining in the chamber and the magazine out of the gun for reloading.”

The LC9s Pro offers modern safety features such as a visual loaded chamber view port, an internal striker blocker, and an internal trigger safety, which requires finger pressure on the trigger in order to fire.

Just in case you are unsure of the changes to the gun, The Firearm Blog reports the “Gun will fire with magazine removed” is stamped on the slide of the new LC9s Pro.

The dimensions of the LC9s Pro model have not changed. Like the Ruger LC9, the Pro has a 3.12-inch barrel, 0.9-inch width and is 6 inches long. It holds eight rounds and retains the same blued, hardened alloy steel slide, glass-filled nylon grips and adjustable 3-dot sight system as the LC9 and LC9s models. Ruger’s new LC9s Pro fits all current LC9s holsters and accessories, as well as accepts 9-round extended magazines.

The Ruger LC9s Pro currently retails for $339.90.


Ruger LC9s Pro  
Action Double-action
Barrel Length 3.12 inches
Caliber 9mm
Overall Height 4.50 inches
Overall Length 6.00 inches
Overall Width 0.90 inches
Weight Unloaded 17.20 ounces
Sights Adjustable 3-dot
Grip Black, high performance glass-filled nylon
Capacity 7+1
Frame Polymer

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What do you think about the new Ruger LC9s Pro model? Will you buy it? Tell us your thoughts in the comment section.

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Product pricing and availability are as of time of publication and subject to change without notice at any time.


Introduced to shooting at young age by her older brother, Suzanne Wiley took to the shooting sports and developed a deep love for it over the years. Today, she enjoys plinking with her S&W M&P 15-22, loves revolvers, the 1911, short-barreled AR-15s, and shooting full auto when she gets the chance. Suzanne specializes in writing for the female shooter, beginner shooter, and the modern-day prepper. Suzanne is a staff writer for Cheaper Than Dirt!

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Comments (46)

  • Dennis Reynolds


    I already commented on this earlier, but will throw in one more. I didn’t need to take a class for my cc permit in VA, due to my military background. But I WANTED to take one anyway. There was one lady who the instructor had a business relationship with outside of the training class. He was her financial advisor. This lady pointed her gun all around during the hands on training, causing many of us to yell at her, duck, walk away, etc. She did not hit her target the required number of times that the instructor required either. She still received her cc permit ! Later, at a gun shop, she was purchasing a gun, and when the salesman handed her the gun she immediately put her finger ON the trigger and pointed it at a shelf where a man was standing behind in plain sight. I know this first hand because I was in the class with her. She is my neighbor. And my other neighbor took her to the gun shop and told me about that incident. This actually caused me to not be friends anymore with her. She scares the living hell out of me ! An accident waiting to happen. She smartly tells me that the gun wasn’t loaded, what’s the big deal ? But the gun WAS loaded during the training, and her gun jammed send she was turning around pointing it everywhere she was looking at. That instructor should be fired in my opinion. (I reported the incident to the gun club where we took the training and top the local sheriff where we went to get our actual permit.) Nothing ever happened though. This kind of thing puts guns into the hands of people who should NOT have them. I wouldn’t knock on my neighbors door at night if my life depended on it ! Because my life would depend on it. I would probably be shot. Thankfully, she was trading in a gun with no external safety on one that had an external safety. And got a revolver which my other neighbor showed her to leave one empty under the trigger. Scary what can happen.


  • Dave Brown


    Well at least a few people are interested in this kind of info. I replied earlier, and I carry both with and without a safety. But, being I have carried for 35 years I much prefer a pistol with a safety, or at least a fairly long and semi heavy trigger. I am not a fan of the so called Safe Action Glock as it is more like a slightly longer and heavier SA trigger, which is not safe enough for me. I compare the reasoning to Hunting, which I have been doing for over 45 years. I would never hunt without a safety, and I would never hunt with anyone that did not use their safety. Yes you can pull up and forget to remove the safety, but then you could pull up an bump the trigger on a firearm with to light and short a trigger. All of my pistols that do not have a safety have a simple home made trigger plug that I install mainly for holstering. I got the plug idea years ago as they were being made for use with Glock’s. Either way be careful with one in the pipe at all times, and consider every firearm as having one in the pipe.


  • Dayne


    I’ve owned the Ruger LC9s Pro for a couple of months now, having put about 200 rounds through it, no problems at all. It is quickly becoming the favorite of my firearms. Though small, it feels good in the hand. The lack of safety isn’t an issue one way or another for me. Proper handling and the correct holster should make this as safe a firearm to carry and use as any other firearm. The accuracy of the LC9s Pro is great – on target every time. Recoil is a bit snappy – to my thinking, the only reason to consider a Glock 43 over the LC9s Pro is recoil. All other factors – capacity, size – make the Ruger, at about $100 less – the better value. Happy with mine, your experience may very. Shoot safely!


  • Dave Brown


    Over the years a short and light pull trigger has become common. Way too common. Most shooters will not train enough to really know their trigger and too short and light a pull is bad news. Then putting the thing in a holster has to be a slow and careful process. Might as well learn to use a pistol with a safety, and all it takes is training and practice. The original LC9 with a safety and long hard pull is almost overkill. Dare I say this one you could carry with the safety off. Now, many a gun writer has suggested carrying with the safety off, but the gun they are talking about has a light and short trigger. Not smart, and someday a few gun writers will get sued and they might wake up. Thanks Dave


    • William R


      I know that a lot of so called smart people will say that the best safety is between your ears but I personally would never carry a striker fired single action gun. Safeties are not for dummies they are for smart people who realize that we are all capable of making a mistake or being distracted at the wrong time or trip over something, etc. These type of guns are for Law enforcement and/or bedside but I would not carry something like LC9s Pro and Glocks unless I was in a combat situation were seconds count. I do not think that personal protection qualifies as a combat situation.


    • Dayne


      Hi William, and thank you for your comments. I don’t think the average person means to say that the brain is the best safety, but it is the ultimate safety. For even when the safety is snapped off on a firearm, the pull of the trigger is definitely a reasoned response (from the brain), and therefore it is the final safety. As to the choice of safety or no-safety, I believe it is up to the individual’s skill level and preference. One might even argue that if someone couldn’t be trusted with a gun without a safety, perhaps they shouldn’t be trusted with a gun, period. True, mistakes are made. I’ve found a couple of stories online where a (or “an” allegedly) trained law enforcement officer negligently fired their Glock, one a stress response, the other, simply putting their gun back in its holster at (gasp) a safety demonstration. Everyone can make a mistake, even with a firearm with a safety. I’ve read passionate comments on both sides of the coin. My LC9s Pro is, in my opinion, a very safe gun to carry for one who trains properly and has the correct mindset.. It will not discharge unless the trigger is pulled. And as I wrote earlier, part of the good-sense approach to carry, is to have a holster that covers the trigger. We live in a world where it really isn’t too hard for the average Joe to acquire a CC permit. While I’m cautious about regulations pertaining to law abiding citizens having and carrying firearms, it is fairly reasonable to require those same citizens to take firearms safety courses. In any event, safety or no safety, should an individual choose to carry, it should be with full knowledge that he has the ability to take a life – deliberately or negligently. I do take exception to your remark that manual safeties are for smart people – I consider myself moderately intelligent, and take every precaution with my firearms. You cannot breath life back into dead person. But I consider my non-safety Glocks and Rugers to be in good – and intelligent – hands. For the record I also have a M&P Shield with safety, and for those devoted to non-safety firearms, I can only say that were I need to quickly draw and fire that same gun, it clicks off with a motion of the thumb that can be done while drawing from the holster, with no loss of speed or accuracy. A safety is not an inconvenience – or a guarantee. Nor is a lack of safety make a gun more dangerous. Ultimately I’m only saying that it is an individual’s choice, and will remain so unless our big-brother government mandates safeties on all firearms. Again, thank you for your post, I respect your view and your position that we should all be careful. On that we are in 100% agreement. And I believe it falls on all of us to share without reservation, all our knowledge about safety with firearms, and to allow no exceptions for poor handling. When I’m working with new shooters I tell them up front, the first time I see an unsafe action on their part the shooting is over for the day – things like only pointing in a safe direction, and only putting the finger in the trigger guard when they are ready to fire the shell. And of course, there is NO such thing as an unloaded gun.


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