Ruger LC9 Pistol

Black Ruger LC9, right side view, barrel pointed to the right, on a white background

Ruger rolled out its new single stack double-action LC9 pistol. Billed as a companion to the LCP, the LC9 features a lightweight polymer frame with melt treatment for snag-free carry. Black Ruger LC9, Left Side View, barrel pointed to the back, on a white backgroundCheaper Than Dirt’s roving reporter, Caleb Giddings, has the details over at

“Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc, announces the LC9™, a lightweight, compact 9mm pistol for discreet carry by law abiding citizens, or a full-power, no-compromise backup for off-duty law enforcement officers. This highly requested pistol was developed through Ruger’s Voice of the Customer program and incorporates the features and rugged reliability desired by Ruger customers.

The LC9 has a 3.12″ barrel, is 6.0″ long and 4.5″ tall, making for a very compact 9mm pistol. The LC9 is impressively narrow at a mere .90″ wide, and weighs only 17.1 ounces with an empty magazine. Featuring a black polymer (glass-filled nylon) frame and blued alloy steel slide and barrel, the lightweight, full-featured Ruger LC9 offers the versatility and capability of the popular 9mm cartridge in a highly compact, reliable, and user-friendly pistol.

“On the heels of the overwhelming and on-going success of the LCP, customers repeatedly requested a lightweight, compact 9mm pistol. Frankly, they wanted an LCP chambered in 9mm” said Ruger CEO Michael Fifer. “Delivering an American-made, compact 9mm that provides the same legendary Ruger reliability as the award-winning LCP, LCR and SR9 became our focus. Meeting customer expectations is our goal and key to Ruger’s continuing success,” Fifer continued.

The LC9 is a double-action-only, hammer-forged, locked-breech pistol with a smooth trigger pull. Control and confident handling of the Ruger LC9 are accomplished through reduced recoil and aggressive frame checkering for a positive grip in all conditions. The Ruger LC9 features smooth “melted” edges for ease of holstering, carrying and drawing.

One seven-round, single-column magazine is provided with each LC9 pistol. The magazine’s standard flat floorplate aids concealability, while the provided finger grip extension floorplate offers an option to shooters who prefer a longer grip surface with more hand-to-pistol contact. Seven-round magazines, holsters and other accessories are available for purchase at

The wider rear aperture of the dovetailed, low-profile, two-dot rear sight aids quick acquisition of the single-dot, dovetailed front sight. This high-visibility, three-dot sight system provides fast, positive sight alignment.

The slide locks open on an empty magazine and the external slide stop is easy to reach and manipulate for positive firearm functioning. A single-sided manual safety and a magazine disconnect are additional features of the Ruger LC9. A California-approved loaded chamber indicator allows for immediate visual and tactile confirmation that the chamber is loaded. A pivoting external extractor provides reliable extraction of the 9mm cases.”   Black Ruger LC9, right side view, barrel pointed to the right, on a white background

Ruger LC9 Specifications:

  • Overall length: 6.00″
  • Barrel length: 3.12″
  • Width: 0.90″
  • Height: 4.50″
  • Weight: 17.10 oz.
  • Capacity: 7+1
  • Rifling: 6 groove, 1:10 right hand twist
  • Finish: Blued
  • MSRP: $443.00

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Comments (19)

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  2. There are some fascinating points in time in this article however I don’t know if I see all of them heart to heart. There may be some validity however I’ll take hold opinion until I look into it further. Good article , thanks and we wish more! Added to FeedBurner as effectively

  3. I have owned a LC9 for a few months now. Greatest pocket pistol out there. Not too big, not too small. The optional magazine floorplate it comes with is PERFECT for larger hands. I had to pay $440 for it due to the fact I bought one of the first “demo’s” in the area. The day I bought it, I had to shoot it ASAP. Very first bullet out of the gun, I took the corner off the bullseye X at 10 yards using an NRA target. Luck? Maybe. But I can keep a 3 inch group at 10 yards using cheap target ammo……….and I’ve only been a gun owner for 2 years.

  4. It doesn’t matter if the LCRs or LC9s look similar to Kel-Tec’s offerings. People say silly things like “re-inventing the wheel” or “rip-off” or just “stick with the original”. Isn’t it a good thing that there is competition? It is a good thing.

    Ruger is known for making quality reliable firearms, like others in the industry.

    Let your money talk. Buy the product you like/trust more, and share your findings with the rest of the consumers.

    This is America. Stil…


  5. I have a Taurus PT709 Slim. The rear sight can’t be lowered enough to bring it in to zero at 25FT! Sights are plastic! I’ll look at the Ruger LC9. The sights look much stronger, although no elevation adjustment. I suppose I shouldn’t expect to have much of a sight on a Self Defense gun anyway.

  6. I’ve got an LCP and a Taurus PT709 Slim. Love them both. The Taurus has the easy ‘Glock’ trigger with the internal safeties. LCP has been flawless, no glitches. and a gem to carry. The Taurus 9mm went back a month after I got it, the rear sight kept falling off, wrong size screw. Taurus put on a new sight, new barrel and zeroed the adj sight for me. Now it shoots like a champ. As accurate as I am. Except not with 147 gr Winchester. These often FTF.

  7. I think Rugers fit and finish is much better than Kel-tecs. Kel tecs have always had problems, as have almost all gun companies. I think the slim Kel tec 9mms are a bit too light. This new ruger, being a bit heavier will probably shoot better. Impactguns . com has them for pre-order for 359.99. Sure the Kahr cw9 is nice, but the sights are fixed, and the gun itself costs more than the LC9. The REALLY nice small Kahrs are a lot more expensive. Sure, the safeties on the LC9 kinda suck, but Ruger does this so that people who live in states with ridiculous gun laws can still one of them. If you don’t like the thumb safety DONT USE IT!

    Oh, and another thing, I am not quite sure about this, but some people are saying it might be possible to remove the magazine safety easily in the LC9, just like the SR9 series. But I am not 100% sure, we will wait and see. My FFL is saving one for me. Should be a great little shooter. The guy on Gunblast . com had great groups at 15 yards with the gun. Check out his youtube video.

  8. The magazine disconnect stops my interest in the pistol cold. The PF9 doesn’t morph into a 17.1 ounce paperweight when the magazine is removed. Things happen in fights….

  9. Bernie,

    That might be true except the LCP was recalled not the Kel Tec. They might take to long to get a product to market but once it is out there are no big problems…

  10. I am glad that Ruger “ripped off” Kel-Tec’s design. They will do a better job with the Kel-Tec concept than Kel-Tec did! Compare the LCP to the 3AT. There is a reason that Ruger has sold so many of them. Kel-Tec’s fit & finish is subpar at best.

  11. Actually this is based on a Kel-Tec PF-9, not a Kahr. If you look at the slide and take down pin they are exactly the same as the PF-9. Once again, Ruger has blatantly ripped off a Kel-Tec design.

  12. I like my LCP and the LC9 should be a nice, hopefully low priced, compact 9mm. But the Kahr PM9 is hard to beat in a small package, also accurate and fun to shoot. The only thing bad about the Kahr is the price$$$…

  13. I have and like my LCP…but it is a lil small for my hand. So I will definately be looking into this gun to add to my collection.

  14. I like Rugers, but when it comes to a sub-compact, I really like the Taurus “slim” alot more. It is easier to grip and an extended mag is available.

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