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.”
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|
|Barrel Length||3.12 inches|
|Overall Height||4.50 inches|
|Overall Length||6.00 inches|
|Overall Width||0.90 inches|
|Weight Unloaded||17.20 ounces|
|Grip||Black, high performance glass-filled nylon|
What do you think about the new Ruger LC9s Pro model? Will you buy it? Tell us your thoughts in the comment section.
For more on the LC-series of handguns, read the following articles:
- The Ruger LCR — The Most Advanced Revolver in the World
- My Favorite LC—The LC9
- Ruger LC9 Pistol
- Crimson Trace Laser for Ruger LC9