Review of the Ruger LC9: Is It TOO Safe?

Ruger LCP

Caleb Giddings wrote a brief review and discussed the details of Ruger’s compact LC9 9mm pistol when it was first announced in early January 2011. When we received our first shipment of LC9 pistols, we immediately took one out for testing and evaluation.

First, we took the new shooter to the photo studio and opened the box to see what goodies Ruger included with its new pistol. It was a pleasant surprise to see a Ruger-branded, soft-sided case was included, along with the user manual and a magazine. Also included are:

  • A standard cable-padlock
  • Two keys for the padlock
  • Two more keys with the Ruger emblem, which fit a child safety lock on the rear of the right side of the pistol. They are also necessary to field strip the pistol, so don’t lose them!

Ruger LC9 Functions

Ruger included a manual, frame-mounted thumb safety on the LC9 that blocks the firing pin and locks the slide in place—similar to the safety on a 1911. The trigger pull is a consistent and silky-smooth double-action pull, with no double-strike capability. The slide must be cycled for the action to be charged. This was a bit perplexing since the LC9 is not a striker-fired pistol and instead relies on a mainspring and hammer.

The sights are a simple 3-dot setup with a windage-adjustable front and fixed rear sight.
The LC9 has a California-approved loaded chamber indicator which clearly displays unmistakable tactile and visual cues indicating the pistol has a round chambered. At first glance, it may appear the chamber indicator would interfere with the front sight; fortunately, a quick glance after lining up the white 3-dot sights shows it is low enough to remain out of the way.

The LC9 is equipped with a magazine disconnect safety that locks the action when the magazine is removed. The design allows the gun to fire if the magazine is at least partially inserted. This prevents the LC9 from being disabled in a firefight if the mag release is inadvertently engaged or the mag is not fully seated.

The magazine itself is a single-stack design with a 7-round capacity. It comes from the factory with a finger grip extension installed on the baseplate to give you more positive control. You can easily remove the grip extension to reduce printing when carrying concealed.

In fact, the entire pistol has been designed for concealed carry. Ruger added a slide lock/release lever and a small, easily usable frame-mounted safety, both features requested by customers. With both a thumb safety and double-action trigger, and a total width of just .9-inch, the LC9 is perfect as a pocket-carry gun.

The controls are low profile, and the edges have been given a melt treatment and rounded smooth to eliminate snagging when drawing from concealment.

At the Range

On the range, the LC9 performed flawlessly.

  • Recoil was a bit snappy, though manageable, using 115-grain 9mm FMJ BVAC ammunition.
  • Muzzle velocities averaged around 1125 FPS, which is just about right given the LC9’s short 3-inch barrel.
  • The sights on most pistols this size are marginal at best, although the bright 3-dot sight system on the LC9 was instinctive and on target at 7 yards out of the box.
  • Groups measured three to six inches at 7 yards and given the long, double-action trigger and small sight radius,  this is quite acceptable for little pistol.

Disassembly of the LC9 is tedious to say the least. Field stripping requires the use of the Ruger-provided key. If that is not available a punch, nail or other similar device works. A takedown panel on the left side of the pistol reveals a takedown pin, which must be aligned with a notch in the slide and then punched out from the other side using Ruger’s special tool.

After that, disassembly is fairly straightforward. The slide pulls forward off of the frame, and the dual recoil springs and guide rod assembly are easily removed followed by the barrel.

Too Safe?

Some have argued Ruger missed the mark with this gun by including so safety features and controls. The fault, however, lies with the gun’s creators. While Ruger performed the engineering and design needed to put the pistol into production, the features incorporated into the LC9 were drawn from their “Voice of the Customer” program.

California and other states with restrictive gun control laws make up a large portion of Ruger’s customer base, and the inclusion of a large chamber indicator and child-safety lock ensured the LC9 met the legal guidelines for those states.

Ruger CEO Michael Fifer commented on the genesis of the LC9 saying, “On the heels of the overwhelming and ongoing success of the LCP, customers repeatedly requested a lightweight, compact 9mm pistol. Frankly, they wanted an LCP chambered in 9mm. 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.”

While some may dislike features such as the magazine disconnect and chamber-loaded indicator, Ruger clearly listened to customer requests. The overwhelming majority requested features that ensure the pistol is available and legal in nearly any local jurisdiction.

With the typical attention to performance and reliability, Ruger has developed yet another fantastic pistol that is sure to appeal to anyone seeking an easily concealed 9mm defensive handgun.

Ruger LC9 Specifications:

  • Overall length: 6 inches
  • Barrel length: 3.12 inches
  • Width: 0.90-inch
  • Height: 4.50 inches
  • Weight: 17.10 ounces
  • Capacity: 7+1 rounds
  • Rifling: 6 grooves, 1:10 right-hand twist
  • Finish: Blued

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Comments (144)

  1. I got the LC9s Pro, it has no manual safety, will fire with no magazine. I love the look and feel. Great carry size. A little more kick but not unexpected for its size. Racking is a little harder than other sub compact 9mm models. I shoot accurately with it. Overall one of my favorite small 9mm hand guns. I just sold a Remington RM 380 a few days after I purchased it. I shot 12 rounds through it hated it immediately. Super long trigger pull, lots of kick and I couldn’t hit the side of a barn with it. I’ll stay with my Ruger LC9S Pro!

  2. RUGER makes fine guns. can not please everyone. the SR9C & LC9 worked fine for me, before i sold them both. thinking about joining the GLOCK FAN CLUB now. leaning toward a G17 LONG SLIDE or maybe a standard G17. need more research.

  3. The long trigger pull on the LC9 can be overcome with a lot of practice.The thing that can’t be overcome is that the front sight has a tendency to move.The more you use it the more it moves.I fixed this with a hammer,a block of wood, and some loctite 271 (red).Everything is fine now.

  4. I accidently put the slide back on without the recoil spring. Now the slide will not come off. Its hitting a dead stop and I don’t know how to correct it.


  5. I have a lc9s which is the best , but I have a problem when it come to putting it back together the pin will not go it right very hard what gives

  6. All of the overly safe features of this excellent double action concealed weapon are very easily disabled and the only real drawback for me was the one inch trigger pull and two pound stack which are easily overcome with an aftermarket hammer bar and spring to shorten the pull combined with an aftermarket 20 pound recoil spring and a really good polishing of the hammer bar safety removes all stack for an extremely smooth 3/4 inch no stack trigger I kept the thumb safety on mine a little range time and firing both left and right handed you get used to it I replaced the loaded chamber indicator with a polished modified indicator seems to me there would be a market for fluff and buff modifications pack for this weapon

  7. Love my LCP. Hate the LC9 for all the extra crap they added to it. Won’t buy it unless they redesign it like the LCP. That’s my voice. And my wallet. In lockstep! 😉

  8. The magazine safety seems foolish for a carry gun…

    Lets just say that you are attacked… and.. in the tussle the magazine release is accidentally depressed and the magazine drops free from the gun.. Now you have a loaded gun with 1 round the chamber and IT WILL NOT SHOOT….!!

    Sorry, not for me…. I would buy one if it were not for this shortcoming…

  9. Mike, I don’t really think the safety itself is an issue…Ruger generally puts out a great product, but I think the LC9 needs some revamping… I’ve had one for quite some time now and I’ve switched over to a different weapon for two reasons…

    1) The LC9 has the most horrible trigger pull I’ve ever seen in a gun and I shouldn’t have to buy a kit to fix the problem

    2) The extended mag needs to be seated better…. when practicing combat reloads I pinched my finger way to often to make the LC9 a viable off duty carry weapon.

    My original comments on this gun were favorable, however, over time and much use, the LC9 doesn’t suit my needs.

  10. For those that Hate Safeties on Conceal Handguns such as the Ruger Models…..
    Just Don’t flip the safety on
    I have an SRc9 and Bought it based on plenty of Safety built into the weapon.
    That does not mean i have to use the safeties……so the option is there for anyones needs or preferences. I bought the SRc9 because it comes with a 17 round magazine and great safety features.

  11. The thing is absurd, lousy ergonomics, lousy trigger, huge recoil, can’t hit a barn door, etc.
    A guy above said he got a tiny group from this trash at 25 yards? Maybe clamped to a vise with a string to pull the trigger.
    Why is this post negative? I am afraid some new gun buyer will google the gun and read glowing reviews.
    This is a lousy popgun the only thing it does is go bang, that’s not enough for me to buy anything.
    I suppose it’s an effective weapon from a couple of yards, but why buy junk?

  12. A guy let me try this gun one day at the club. This gun stinks. Don’t believe me and go waste your money, it’s your dough not mine. You’ve been warned.

  13. I will stand behind my orginal post. The Ruger LC9 still has the same problem its always had, the rear sights are not tall enough. 3/16 of a inch higher will correct the gun to perfect sights, three white dots lined up gives you a dead on target at 20 feet. I have shot several other peoples LC9’s and its always the same results. IN THE DIRT BELOW THE TARGET.
    Now then, the Ruger Mark 2 22lr was and still the best Ruger hand gun I have ever owned. It is 30 yrs old and still very accurate at 100′.

    I always wished they would turn that same size hand gun into a 9mm, then they would have another dinger you couldnt wear out……

  14. I bought a LC( and like it a lot except for the slide release-it takes two thumbs to get enough pressure to release it-i intend to take it to a gunsmith and see if they can fix it. I am a big guy but i do not have enough power in one thumb to release the slide.

  15. Ruger needs to know that the LC9 rear sights are to low and need to be moved up 3/16 of a inch to line up the contrast sights correct. Met several people that has the problem.
    Tryed to talk to them but they refused to change a .50 cent part.

  16. After a year with the LC9, I have found the trigger pull to be far too long. Sometimes I even have to let up on the trigger and readjust. Also, as noted by some others, it shoots low. The incorporated safeties don’t bother me, and the gun is a perfect combination of size and wallop, but that trigger pull is just too annoying.

  17. I’ve owned my LC9 for a little over a year now. I found I don’t need that little key to take out the take-down pin. If you hold the slide on the pistol just right after opening the little gate blocking the take-down pin, the pin drops out easily.

    I also concealed-carry this in states I’m licensed to do so, and I like actual the safety. I train with it so I’m used to activating/deactivating it. It’s purely a personal preference. Like someone said before, “If you don’t like it, don’t use it”. I like it because I use a Techna-Clip on my LC9. So when I tuck just the pisol into my 4 o’clock w/o a holster, I know the safety is keeping the trigger safe.

    As long as you TRAIN with a using safety, you can use it easily, quickly, and effectively.

  18. I have never said I didnt like the LC9. My wife and I have one each but the rear contrast sights are to low causeing the gun to shoot in the ground at 25 feet with the target at shoulder hight. I tryed to get ruger to do something about it but the told me to send it back to them and they would sight it for us. Nothing doing I fixed the rear sights by re-machining them 3/16 of and in. higher and the gun now shoots perfect as it should in the first place. As far as having any other problems with it we have not……
    Ruger you need to replace the rear sight or front,then you will have a good little hand gun. My wife was feelings were really hurt since she is a great shooter.

  19. As far as the safeties go, I didn’t find them to be any problem at all. I’m not sure why so many people seem to be so put off by them, but I for one wouldn’t consider the safeties to be this guns major issue. And by the way “Pidster”, CA certainly does allow concealed carry. Just do a quick search. Granted CA is one of the most restricted states, but we do have our CCL, and I thought the LC9 would be the perfect choice for a carry weapon. I did a dumb thing for the first (and last) time, and I bought one before I even had a chance to check it out. I ended up returning it (for lack of a better term) after using one at my range. That trigger pull was just ridiculous to me. Maybe it is just because of what I am used to, but it was not only long, it just felt “off” to me. I think with a trigger job I would have really like this gun, but since I was getting it as a carry gun, and I know in CA I can’t carry a gun with a modified trigger, I wouldn’t have had a use for it. If the trigger doesn’t bother you, and the whole “Key to open” thing is ok, then you will probably really like the LC9.Back to the search for me…

  20. I had one for 3 months, the trigger slop ws unbearable and the length of the pull just impossible. I changed the trigger out to the RTK short stroke, it never functioned right, hit and miss, even with the adjustments maxed out it would not reset 30 % of the time, the gun was the poorest made internally that I have ever seen, the trigger spring and bar are a joke.
    If you take it apart prepare for hours of a balancing act to re assemble it , then get the trigget to slide up while pushing the chassis down. The gun is just the most cheaplly made gun I have ever seen. after the 10th time taking it apart due to the trigger bar sliding off the tiny paperclip looking trigger spring, I just traded it in on a shield, it’s a shame, the gun carried well. But if you take it apart you will be disgusted , “if you know guns to se how it’d made.

  21. I’ve fired about 400 rounds from my LC9 and never had a malfunction of any kind. The LC9 is light, easy to conceal, reliable, accurate pistol with 9mm punch. LC9 safety features do not bother me or hamper function of the pistol in any way. I am comfortable with loaded chamber indicator and the safety. Take down is simple and fast. For me, the LC9 is an excellent personal defense firearm.

  22. I am a Woman and I just purchased the LC9 Silver Eagle Edition, and I wanted to give a Woman’s Review of this gun. I did a lot of research before buying this gun and almost purchased the LCP instead, but once I held the LC9 I fell in love. Light Weight, and I personally liked all of the safety features the gun has. I dont use most of them all the time but I like knowing I have them. I have smaller children. I have read reviews where people have said it kicks like a mule, I did not find that to be true. I thought it had an average kick at most. Not much more than a lot of the 22’s that we shoot. What I found more startling was the sound, but with a few rounds that was less noticeable. We have 22’s that are equally as loud. Everyone expected the gun to kick like hell because it is so light weight and they were all amazed when it did not! I did not have to adjust my grip after each shot.. was easily able to maintain my grip and quickly line up my next shot. Some of the guys that shot my gun complained about the long trigger pull, I did not even notice it. They all carry guns that have a much lighter trigger and I think this was less noticeable for me this being my first personal conceal carry gun. Everyone including me thought it was a smooth trigger. This gun is a beast, I feel very confident with it. At 20 yards I can easily hit what I am aiming at. My husband took a 50 yard shot and hit one out of 6. We also own a Keltec 9mm, this gun is much cheaper made than my ruger but is built to be quite the same, the kick is harder on the keltec and the accuracy on the keltec is all over the place. Locally we do not have much selection for ammo, Blazer or Remington, we shot exclusively Blazer Brass, 50-75 rounds with multiple shooters and no misfeeds of any kind. I did thoroughly clean the gun when I got it home, it had a lot of grease in every nook and cranny and it took some time to get it all out! I am extremely pleased with this gun! Would recommend it to any woman. And all of the men love it too! You will love this gun!

  23. I have to say something about the Ruger LC9.
    My wife and I Have two of them. We went shooting
    with her dad to show him our new guns.
    my wife shot hers first and at 20 feet with the
    target was 2feet up from the ground.
    She shot 4foot into the ground in front of the target.
    She is a great shot with any kind of gun and was embarerassed
    in front of her dad. My LC9 was the same way.
    I talked to Ruger about this problem and no good since from them.
    So I machined a new sites for it raising it 3/16 higer in the rear.
    Now the gun WILL HIT 5 in a 6 in circle at 20 feet.
    Sorry guys, at Ruger you should have talked to me
    and not fed me the wrong info about your rear site.
    But we love the guns now…………..

  24. Now that I have my new LC9, I’m finding out it’s not what I expected. I’m sorry Ruger but it’s not a good thing. After watching the 22 minute video on-line I kinda thought that the LC0 was going to shoot like a dream both close as well as somewhat a desent distance but no, that was not the case at all. Took it to the range and could not hit a bull in the butt with it. Now I’ve been shooting guns all my life so I know it’s not me. The so called adjustable sights were not what I expected either. I expected to be able to zero it in if needed but not able to because the sight does not adjust up and down. One more thing. Ruger needs to figure out a way to eliminate the long trigger pull. I strongly believe that if I can figure out a way to remove half the trigger pull I will be able to shoot it much better and any distance. Other than what I said, The LC9 is perfect size for concealed carry….

  25. I know have over 3K rounds through the LC9, no misfires during normal shooting at all. I let a friend shoot it, and she DID have some misfires. We took a look at what was going on and it turns out she did not have a firm enough grip on the pistol and once she worked on the grip there were no more misfires. As for jeffs comment about no tool necessary to break down the LC9, you must use something to get the takedown pin out. I use the key, you can use a small pin or screwdriver to push it out.

  26. No tool is necessary to break down the pistol. And it is absolutely not necessary to use the internal lock tool for anything but the IL….end of story. Sheesh…I thought all the whiners were here in California!

  27. Purchased an LC9 not long ago. I have fired 350 rounds with an 20% failure to eject the old casing. Not acceptable for a CCW.
    one shot may not be enough. Sent back to Ruger waiting for return and to hear what they have to say. if not fixed will trade in for New S&W MP shield or light weight revolver.

  28. I carry an LC-9, terrific defensive CC. The Germans killed many people with 9mm in WWI and WWII, it’s plenty big enough. 1) If your not comfortable with a safety, your incompetent, rent a body guard. 2) Best practice: go to the range, draw your weapon and fire two rounds to kill, go home. If you’ve been in more than 10 gunfights you know what I’m talking about. If you haven’t and don’t believe it, learn to run fast. In 4 Viet tours with SF I have never heard of a magazine dropping out during a gun fight, it’s the funniest thing I’ve ever heard. Folks, you need to cut down on your comic book reading!

  29. I purchased my LC9 for off duty concealed carry. I looked at the .380 models and they didn’t comfortably fit my hand I wasn’t comfortable with them. My glock 27 is a little too wide to be easily and comfortably concealed, so I researched several sc9 models and then chose the LC9. Out of the box 7 and 15 yard groupings were great and gave me confidence. Now with close to 1K rounds through it, the groupings are even better and there have been no misfires.

    The safety features aren’t required in Texas, but they don’t bother me either. I don’t need to use the child safety key and don’t. The chamber indicator looks funny, but doesn’t affect the lc9 in any way. Using the thumb safety also isn’t an issue. Basically, you don’t have to use the safety or lock if you don’t want to. If you are worried about potential misfires because of the safety features, you don’t have to purchase the LC9.

    Some people are worried about the slide release. I’m not sure if you can one it to the point of making it easier over time, but for me, I’m able to rack it so quickly that the thumb release isn’t an issue.

    I don’t think that the LC9 is for everybody. In fact it’s all about what works for you and if you are comfortable with a certain weapon over another, you will have more confidence in that weapon and probably shoot it better as well. If you get hung up on the trigger pull, or safety, or chamber indicator, or the child lock for that matter, then you will probably not be a fan. If you, however, overcome your distaste for those things and actually go out and practice, then you may be surprised.

    Either way, if you don’t like the gun for any reason, you really don’t have to get it. As for me, the LC9 packs the punch I want it to, and is easily concealable. It also fits well in my hand, and shoots really well, even when doing stress drills. Cheers

  30. I bought the LC9 with the built in Lasermax last week. For the gun, an extra clip, and 2 boxes off ammo walked out at just about $450. Excellent value in my opinion. Went through about 80 rounds the first day without any flaws. Accuracy is good. Takedown is not as bad as some may lead you to believe, I am not overly mechanically inclined but I disassembled and reassembled with very little trouble. I think overall Ruger did a fine job making a rugged little carry gun at a great value. So far I love this pistol and would definitely recommend it to other shooters.

  31. I got my LC9 about 3 weeks ago. I have fired over 500 rounds and have not had any misfires. We got the Ruger SR9C 2 months ago and have fired over 1000 rounds and no misfire. We really love are Rugers.

  32. I just purchased an LC9 today … I’m finding the release for the slide will not disengage properly …. My thumb will not do the job . I have to pull the slide back and engage the release manually to load a round! Any Suggestions???? I have not fired a round thru this weapon yet !

  33. So, Ruger says, “customers repeatedly requested a lightweight, compact 9mm pistol. Frankly, they wanted an LCP chambered in 9mm.”

    Yeah, but we didn’t GET an LCP in 9mm. Instead we got something a lot larger and heavier with a bunch of so-called “safety” features the LCP does not have.

    No sale for me.

  34. I think many of you have MISUNDERSTOOD the saftey features,just because it is on the gun with the key lock does not mean you have to use it. And just because, all guns now comes with its own pad lock type does not mean you have to use it. IT has options to use “ALL” of the safety features which is a good idea with homes with small children in them. And it is up to the parents to USE these features. IT does not mean YOU have to use these safety’s … IT is extra protection which personally I like. KUDOS to you Ruger, for the options to USE the features build in.. It is my responsibility to CHOOSE which safety I want to use on my gun, and I am happy I have a choice.
    As far as my grouping, i was very pleased 8 rounds in a 3 in grouping.. the size fits my hand perfectly but my husbands pinky don’t fit.. lol.. but he has is own guns that suit him. I am VERY PLEASED with the LC9.. I will be getting another one soon..

  35. I love the LCP and the LC9 will be my next buy. I do think they went a little crazy with the safeties but ohwell you don’t have to use any if them if you don’t want to. If you don’t have enough training to make sure you guns safety is off then I think I would question your ability to even handle a firearm. If you don’t like the safeties don’t buy the gun. Some people feel comfortable with them. This is America and we believe in capitalism no one is forcing you to buy the gun. Tired of whiney pro gun extremists giving everyone that is pro second amendment (which if you are not to some degree I question your belief in the Constitution) a bad reputation.

  36. I think that most of you that are saying “if you don’t like the safeties don’t use them” are missing the point. All those extra safeties are misfires waiting to happen. If it’s mechanical it can break. Why do you think Glocks are so reliable? Because they don’t have all that extra bs.

    If you think Ruger needs to make guns CA. compliant to sell them try to find a SR1911 right now. They’ve been out for almost a year and you still can’t get them. They purchase a whole new production line to double the number of 1911’s they turn out and still can’t make enough of them.

    I’m a ruger fan, I have both a Redhawk in .44mag and one of the new SR1911’s. They are quality guns made in the USA but I won’t buy something with all these stupid safeties that could cost me my life. The long trigger pull of a DA only gun is your safety, there is no way for that gun to fire without intentionally pulling the trigger. I’m probably going to spend the extra money and buy a Kahr without all the bs.

  37. I bought the LC9 in August of 2011. The first time I fired it I had a bunch of Misfires. I thought it might have been the Ammo I used because it was cheap. I tried a better Ammo and had 15 Misfires out of 50 rounds. I brought the LC9 back to where I got it and they sent it back to Ruger. Two weeks and I got it back. Put 200 Rounds through it and it did not misfire once. Ruger replaced the Firing Pin and Spring. I am very happy with this weapon. Compact and easy to carry and I have the punch of a 9 MM. I think Ruger is a very under-rated pistol. Well made. Safe to use.

  38. Very nice. However, I carry my LCR. No safeties to worry about, no indicators necessary and no difficulty disassembly to clean.

  39. I have and owned many guns and always have one with me. I have been looking for a larger caliber to carry. I have the 380 ruger and sig, but feel the need for a higher caliber round. I also carry a glock 36 and now and then a kimber w/ a 4 inch barrel, both to heavy for a for a long day. So the 9 mm came into play. I went to the gun store and looked at the kimber solo and ruger. After looking into the Kimber, to many problems. The Ruger has a nice feel to it and is slim and light enough to carry in my pocket or in my waist band. I will purchase one next time I’m out near the gun store. I ordered the versacarry holster to go with it as well. Looks like a good fit, and the reviews are good as far as the dependability goes.

    I hope it is as good as the reviews, and if I do not like the safeties, I will not use them. The only draw back is I like to change mags with a round in the chamber for it can give you the needed edge.

    Any gun should be used regularly if you are to carry it. I hope this is a good one!

  40. I just picked up my LC9 Saturday evening. Took it out Sunday morning and put 8 rounds through it before heading out for breakfast. Came back from breakfast and a guy I work with who had bought his LC9 at a gunshow the week before came out to shoot. I went through over 180 rounds of three different brands of ammo. Federal HP’s, Winchester Rd and I don’t remember the third brand. Out of all 180 rounds I had ZERO FTF/stovepipes/etc.

    My friend however had at least one misfire with every magazine. He’s emailed Ruger and I’m not sure if he’s sending it in or not. But I did notice his firing pin was more recessed than mine and was catching some brass too.

    I wonder if it’s a defective pin/spring?

    But I absolutely LOVE mine. Maybe Ruger has a problem with the assembly line people?

  41. I am a retired trooper from Missouri and have considerable experience with concealed carry handguns. I prefer the little Glocks in 40, however the LC9 is a much easier carry with the narrow profile. Mine has performed flawlessly, fed white box Winchester fodder, finishing with Golden Sabre to be sure. I holster as opposed to pocket, and love the concealibility. I own a LCP for pocket carry when necessary, but consider the .380 to be marginal at best. This is another home run for Ruger. As with any carry handgun, shoot it and then shoot it some more. You must have confidence…….only gained through experience.

  42. Ha…LOVE my LC9…..straight out of the box, no cleaning what so ever..fired over a hundred rounds and only 1 stove pipe… I cannot wait to she how she does when I actually lube her up!! The Crimson Trace was also very nice…

  43. If Ruger wants to continue to suck up to gun haters and 2nd admendment haters they will soon be history.I know longer purchase any ruger weapons and have got rid of the ones I bought in the past.Glock,Taurus,and Beretta baby Calfornia,New York
    Ilinois can be the suck States forever.

  44. I’m an LC9 owner and absolutely love the gun. I find it very easy to conceal and accurate at 25 yards. I don’t understand the people criticizing the safety features. If carried with a round chambered, shooting is as easy as pulling the gun and flipping the thumb safety off (both in one motion), aiming and pulling the trigger. It’s a winner in my book.

  45. I just picked up my LC9 at a local gun shop after ten agonizingly long days of waiting! Took it out in the sticks and shot 100 rounds of Winchester white box. It performed flawlessly, even when I tried to limp wrist it. My other semi-auto, a Kel Tec P40, is a beast to shoot and fails to eject once or twice per magazine, so this LC9 seems especially nice. I set up a box with paper plate as target and shot from 15 and 25 feet. It seemed pretty accurate – I’m not really big on precision shooting, just a few targets, then plinking. It’s not nearly as accurate as my Ruger speed 6 2.75″ but of course I’m much more accurate with the LC9 than with that P40.

    I wonder if you all have this issue with the gun: there is a lot of side to side play in the slide, especially in battery at the muzzle. When I shake the gun from side to side it rattles rather loudly. I asked the clerk about this when I picked it up and he said that a lower cost gun like this isn’t built to the tolerances of something more expensive, but the up side is that it’s more tolerant of different types of ammo and getting dirty. I wonder if this affects accuracy? In any case, the gun did great and I wouldn’t choose differently if I could.

    One more question…how many rounds before this gun is broken in (whatever that means)?

    Thanks guys, and great forum.

  46. I recently purchased the LC9, hoping it would be up to the quality of my GP100 357 Magnum. Sadly, that’s not the case. FTFs like crazy. It just doesn’t want to go into battery. It seems to always fire the first round but everything after that is a die roll. To make sure there was no problem with the ammo (half of which was brand new and none were reloads), my Baretta 92FS ate them just fine. In short, I don’t trust this gun in an emergency situation. I’ve only but about 120 rounds through it but if it doesn’t get much much better next time I go to the range, it’s gone. I know others have had similar problems with this weapon but it appears that after sending them back to Ruger, the problem still doesn’t get resolved. I guess I’ll have to stick with their revolvers.

  47. I live in illinois and carry quite a bit. Read the second amendment. Take what you need and leave the rest. Might have too many safetys but I dont leaveem on anyway.

  48. Purchased the LC9 with LaserMax this weekend. Great at 21′, and could get reliably within 6″ circle at 50′ using iron sites. Laser – whatever. Never had a laser before, probably won’t buy one ever again. Jury still out but needs special holster, what if battery is out at moment of truth, etc etc etc. 3 dot sights are fine. Trigger pull takes a LOT of getting used to. Unless you live in the People’s Republic of California you won’t need the Ruger keys. You absolutely do NOT need them to take down the gun. In fact, using gravity (available everyplace on my planet – how about yours?) you can take down the LC9 with ONE HAND. Check YouTube for the video. Was able to master the technique in about 3 minutes. The LC9 is the easiest gun to take down that I own; Bersa .380 Thunder – my now-retired carry, a Colt 1911 .22, and two Browning Hi-Powers being my other pistols. The LC9 takes down, cleans, and goes back together faster and easier than any of them.

    I tried 6 mags with the extended finger plate, and 6 with the standard flush plate. To my surprise, I found the gun as easy to control without the plate as with. Too bad I didn’t learn this before I bought the Bersa. Recoil is equally manageable on the LC9 with or without the plate. Grouping was identical with or without the plate and with and without the laser.

    I am replacing the polymer guide rod with stainless, I am going to polish the bluing off the barrel, and I may get a Galloway trigger kit put in to make the trigger more like everything else on the planet. However – even if I did none of these – the LC9 is a great 9mm carry. CTD has plenty of mags at the moment. If you are looking for a great pocket/ITP carry the LC9 is worth considering.

  49. My adult son and i purchased new Ruger LC9’s in August 2011. We were not able to shoot them until December 2011. His fired without flaw. Mine fire six rounds without flaw; all subsequent rounds misfired–reloaded misfires, and would only fire on second or third strike of the primer.
    LC9 is back at Ruger for repair; and i am not real confident in the outcome—we will see.!!!

  50. Love it, Love it, Love it! I suggest that the nay-sayers shoot one first before you condemn it, you will not be disappointed.

  51. Just picked up the LC 9 with laserMax installed. Fired 100 rounds, no misfires. LC9 did very well at 15 yard range with and without laser on. We were firing glocks, kimbros, and and .38 LCR. The Kimbro had the only miss fire. The .38 LCR was tough on the hands. The LC 9 is a very comfortable gun. For people that think the safeties are overkill, just don’t use the safeties. A spare mag would have been nice. My one problem was getting the seventh round in the mag, I expect in time it will be a little easier to load the mag.

  52. And, perhaps our friends in California will thank Ruger for producing a reliable weapon that the brilliant politicians deem as safe?

  53. I’ll never understand why people discount this reliable weapon because of the thumb safety. Just don’t engage the safety, for Elvis’s sake!

    I ALWAYS prefer guns that are reliable. This Ruger IS reliable, and it is affordable.

    Great product, IMO.

  54. I am a very happy Ruger owner. My Bisley SuperBlackhawk, Mark 2 22, and SP101 will be fought over by my children after I die. I am not a “hater”. As there seems to be a desire for a gun with all the complexities of the LC9, I am glad its out there. I don’t have children in the house so I don’t need the ‘childproof lock’. If I did my Kahr came with a trigger lock and padlock, now thats an optional safety! I also don’t need a special key or tool to strip my PM9. If my wife picks up my Kahr and drops the mag by mistake it will still fire the round in the chamber, by preventing it from firing in that situation who are you making safer? All these ‘safeties’ complicate the pistol and provide additional points for failure, hopefully you won’t be needing it when it fails or is being repaired. All of these additional ‘safety features’ won’t prevent an accidental shooting. Pistols are dangerous and require much training and practice to be handled safely. I believe in keeping things simple, I don’t point my gun at anything I don’t want to shoot, I don’t touch the trigger til I am ready to shoot and if my Grandkids are coming over I lock the guns up in my safe. I am a Ruger fan but the LC9 does not live up to my requirements

  55. Will never buy or recommend another Ruger for/to my customers. Ordered two LC9s; sold one and took the other to the range. At round 60 the striker clicked — failure to fire. Factory Winchester ball ammo and home defense ammo missed fire equally. And, because the gun has no hammer, a double strike is not an option. I racked the slide and snapped misfire until the mag was empty. After that I was lucky to get more than one round to fire out of five in the mag. Any gun made for self defense that won’t eat two boxes before failing is out of the question. This gun should never have left the factory floor.

    This gun sucks! I agree with many others who’ve posted that Ruger, for many years now, has bent over backward to anticipate and appease liberal antigun lobbyists/legislators. Now, with the LC9, they’ve bent too far. Safety is great, but safety that causes misfire can cost you your life.

  56. I am not sold on the quality of this gun. A question I would like to ask this forum is that upon gripping this gun I have multiple clip releases. Does anyone else have this issue? Wondering if it is worth sending back or just selling. Thanks in advance for replies.

  57. OK everybody – I live “behind the lines” in CA. I am blessed to live in a very RED (read conservative) county in which we through out the last Sheriff for his relatively restrictive CCW policy. We won. The current Sheriff will issue permits with simple self defense as “good cause”. In addition down in Sacramento county they are doing the same thing as a result of a lawsuit settlement.

    So to exercise the rights we are winning, we need decent CA approved guns. I pick up my LC9 in 3 days. It’s basically the only choice we have in that category. I am glad that Ruger is helping us exercise our rights.

    As far as California’s stupid “safe gun” list – Calguns foundation is suing the state over that too. How can a gun instantly become “unsafe” because the manufacturer does not pay a renewal fee? Why are cops allowed to buy “unsafe guns”? Yep, we get to see all the nice guns the rest of you can buy – but the all have little signs under them that say, “Law Enforcement Only”. Once in a while you can buy one directly from an officer or someone who moved into the state – with the transaction done through a dealer, of course.

    So, if you live in a “free state” count your blessings and remember that some of us here in CA are fighting the good fight.

  58. some of you complain about mag safety saying that if he takes the mag out to put another one in, he can not fire the round in the chamber! So he thinks that 7 rounds he already fired to bad guy is not enough? Yeah, like this other guy said, if you fire 7 shots and you need another mag, you really shouldnt own a gun! What do you think u r, a movie star who gets in a gun fight with bad guys and keep changing the mags after 50 rounds fired? Get a life. Also i am sick and tired of hearing bunch of crying babies about safeties. Specially this guy in the army for 30 years. Well, i was in the army too and i tell u what mr first sgt. if you spent 30 years in the army, you should learn better than any one else how important is gun safety. that is the first thing they teach u in the military, gun safety, safety and safety. since like you still didnt learn it. like others said, nobody forcing u to use the safety. dont use it or zip it, that is it. Do you know how many people died or wounded because they ignored the gun safety? shut up people, you really making me angry!

  59. Very disappointed with the Ruger LC9 (I thought it was the perfect CCW). Fired 90+ rounds from 3 different ammunition manufactures and had at least 40% (36) misfires. This gun is just not reliable – returned it to the store. I was offered a new one in exchange and declined. I have no faith in this firearm (I would not recommend it to anyone).

  60. Became aware of this gun awhile back, bought one 2 months ago and am as pleased with it as I am with my other Rugers. Took it from the gun shop to the range and fed 100 cheaps (Magtech) through it. Cleaned it and fired another hundred through it, never a misfire or FTF. Has devoured anything I have fed it! This is now my primary concealed carry weapon and I trust my life with it.

  61. I bought the LC9 as I was looking for a compact 9MM for CC. The first one jammed open the first time out at the range. I finally got the slide closed but the gun would no longer fire the rounds. I sent it back to Ruger and they sent me a brand new LC9 within two weeks but no explination of what caused the malfunction. I have put 200+ through this gun with no mechanical problems so far. The safetys are no problem either as I dont use any of them. The only problem with this gun is the two miles of trigger pull that make it hard to be accurate even at 25 yards. I also shoot a sub-compact Springfield Armory .45 and am way more on target with it than this Ruger. From reading up on this LC9 however, it seems like it just needs more rounds put through it so I am going to give it another go and see what happens. It is a nice small lightweight cun but just isn’t very accurate. Getting used to this trigger has been hard so far and I may go with another brand if it doesn’t get any better.

  62. I purchased the LC9 about three months ago.I took it to the range and found it to be very smooth action weapon. Held a tight group.I like the saftey features of the gun. I don’t put the thumb safety on and I carry it with one in the chamber.Very comfortable to carry and very easy to conseal. I only had one problem and I can’t fault the weapon. I bought a 250 round 9mm box at Wal???? and every third round would jam. A slightly better ammo worked perfect,no jams.I think Ruger has always been a big secret concerning a well made gun. They make a good gun. When I am carying I always use top of the line Ammo. Target practice I get a little cheap.

  63. How reliable is this pistol after a couple of year’s use?
    All else becomes moot if a firearm does not go BANG every time you pull the trigger.

  64. If I need more than one shot I need practice.
    If I need more that seven shots I shouldn’t have a pistol.
    My need for a compact pistol is for concealed carry; I have pistols with large capacity magazines.

  65. Well i just purchased the lc9 and it has factory laser . When i first placed it in my hands i was impressed by the balance even with the laser weight added . The euro smooth edges really hit the mark it slids right in and out no snags . I then noticed its both right and left hand can be easly held either way although the right handed safety is a right hand flip . If you drop the arm or need to shift hands you can fire in either hand . I have not sent a shot down it yet still studying the design of it all . I really like it i intend to use my favorite ammo cor bon +p . I will return to update the firing range results and will post on youtube . As far as the eye sights they are better than many I have seen in a pocket pet (zombie killer) type arm . I love the thinness of it as i have very small hands and I can over lap middle finger with the thumb giving a very tight grip gooooooood on you guys that helps bunches . Now as far as the california safety will not fire with out rack in place that can be altered by you or a smith it is not soemthing that needs to be but for children around the home better leave it alone . Its better than the wimpy safety the safety is not that much to flip if pressure in a pocket and rubbed right will disengage . More later !

  66. I got the LC9 about three months ago.I took it to the range and put 200 rounds through it.Great Action. I always thought the Ruger was a very under rated firearm. It is well made. It is one of the most comfortable weapons I have ever carried. I am a retired detective and when I am carrying I can hardly feel the weapon. I got a holster from Desantis and it also holds an extra mag. Great Buy.I give it a Thumbs Up. Some firearms that cost 1 to 2 hundres dollars more are not as well made. Made in America. The only import item was the safety lock. Can’t have everything

  67. Bought the Lc9 and love it. A nice little gun that I have had no problems with. Shot good right out of the box. Threw a golf ball on the ground at around 20 feet and hit it the second shot. Could have been “luck” I guess. I was gonna try it again but couldn’t find the ball (it flew up into the woods). The safety isn’t a problem in my mind. I have the LCP also and liked it so I figured the 9mm version would be good choice. I think it is another quality gun from ruger.

  68. I’ve had my Lc9 for a few months now and train on a bunch of steel targets out back. This gun has done nothing but eat anything I put through it, and for some reason I’m pretty good with this thing. I’m not any kind of hot shot, but this little gun fits me and I find it very easy to hit what I’m aiming at. I guess I’m in love with the LC9! As far as the safeties, GET OVER IT!!! What a bunch of whiners. Don’t use it if you don’t want it. I find it to be just as handy as my officer’s .45, the lever being right where it belongs and has an easy take-off with the thumb and it is kind of hard to put it back on without 2 hands, out of the shooting position. I can carry this gun either way, safety on or off, doesn’t matter. Works no matter what. Eats the cheap stuff like no tomorrow. Accurate. Trigger pull gets some getting used to as any double action, this one just happens to have a long, long pull, but easy to get used to, after the initial uncomfortable feel of pull. Once you start using it, it works like a little heavy weight. Seems to put those pie plates down as well as anything.

  69. I bought my LC9 last August 2011 and shoot it at the American Shooters target range with lellier & bellot ammo. Out of the 50 rounds I had 20 rounds misfired. I showed to the people of American Shooter the misfired ammos and they told me that they have a light strike and reload it again. That is what I did and some fired the second time and others fired the third time. I called Ruger and told them the situation and they told me that these ammos have a hard primer and to try a different manufacturer. I tried Lawman ammo the next time and out of 50 rounds I had two misfired when reloaded it fired. Also I used some reloaded ammo and out of 50 rounds I had three misfired also when reloaded it fired. Now I bought 100 rounds of UMC Remington hollow point ammo, I will let you know the result when I fired these ammo. I don’t like this pistol if it will always have a misfire. This is not good for emergency. If with this new ammo and still I get a misfire, I will ship my LC9 to Ruger for repair. I think this is not normal. I hope that it is only the ammo and not the pistol.

  70. The LC9 has been a great concealed carry gun for me. I used to carry a Colt Officer’s 45 ACP, and that single action pistol was like carrying half a brick. Never liked the idea of having to carry the hammer locked back so I either carried it with the hammer down and chamber empty or chambered and hammer half-cocked. Dissassembly of the series 80 .45’s was not too bad, but compared to the LC9, it was more involved. Never had a problem with slide safties, so the slide safety of the LC9 doesn’t bother me. I’m so used to it with 25 years of .45 carry, my thumb would wipe the slide even if it wasn’t there. I’m not crazy about the trigger locking when the magazine is out, but I accepted it with all the other great specs going for this gun. When it’s loaded, you can inspect the slide and see the brass of the cartridge in the chamber as well as the loaded chamber indicator on the top of the slide (which is basically a top mounted extraction hook). So it’s very obvious when this pistol is loaded, but with a double action trigger, it gives you a very confident and safe way to conceal carry. Never has jammed and it eats anything. Seems to inherited that from the Ruger Mark IV’s with I’ve also owned for many years.

  71. Just got my LC9 back from Ruger after it’s SECOND trip back for light primer strikes. I even sent pictures of the off center primer strikes & light strikes. They sent it back suggesting I use better ammo. I was using Speer Lawman, Speer Gold Dot and Federal American Eagle. I asked for a new weapon and got the same one back!

    My last Ruger purchase and this one goes to the gun show!

    If you get a good one great! If you get a lemon you’ll have to eat it or sell it!

  72. Bought a LC9 a few months ago and have put about 1000 rounds through it. Do not like the long trigger pull and stacking. I am going to trade it in for a M&P 9mm I have a S&W 642 for a back up.

  73. I travel a lot, and I have CCW’s all over the country. I am also an instructor and CRSO. For many years I have travel-carried with my Smith 642 (yes, I have semiautos also – mostly 45’s – but I like the simplicity and dependability of revolvers when I travel), but after I saw the LC9 I bought one a month ago. It has everything I want in a concealed carry weapon … slim and light, good ergonomics, plenty accurate, highly dependable, relatively low cost, and more capacity than my old J-frame. And 9mm+P GoldDot Short Barrel JHP works well for defensive ammo. And yes …. I bought the platform because it HAD the loaded chamber indicator and the manual safety. I WANTED those features. As far as the key lock … well, so what? Don’t use it. As far as the more difficult take down … so what? Takedown is no problem for me. As far as the mag disconnect …. so what? I took it out and improved the trigger feel in the process. I have put over 300 rounds through it so far (100 of it GDHP+P), and have had zero malphs, of any kind. My 642 is now relegated to backup status, and I have switched over the the LC9 as my primary travel concealed carry weapon. For those who complain about the safeties on the LC9 … shut up and buy a baby Glock. Then try not to perform any NDs.

  74. After getting my concealed carry I wanted to treat myself to a new handgun, and got a LC9. I do not wish to offend anyone, however; I gotta say complaining about the safety features seems like whining about nothing to me. It’s a great CCW. I personally didn’t like the magazine disconnect feature and removed mine – still nothing to whine about. The only time I could see that feature doing any good for anyone is if your gun was being taken away and you dropped the magazine in an attempt to render the gun inop. Granted that is a very far fetched scenario. –again why I removed mine. Maybe it’s there to prevent cleaning accidents???
    Anyway, After getting the gun I cleaned it, then put 400rds of the cheap target loads though it without any issues other than sight adjustments. So I want to ask, if your one of the people who had Failure to fires, did you clean the gun before using it?

  75. I purchased a Ruger LC9 recently and unfortunately was one of those people who got a lemon. I had 2 misfires out of 129 rounds (Federal American Eagle; no malfunctions EVER in my Glock 23). On both misfired, the firing pin indentation was WAY off center: The first was at the outer edge of the primer and the second was halfway between center and outer edge. Refired the rounds and they fired correctly. Additionally, the accuracy sucked. I was all over an 18″ target at 30 feet. I expected at worst a 6″ grouping at that distance; it didn’t happen. I like the conceal carry aspect of this pistol as well as its feel and weight. Unfortunately I believe Ruger has a Quality Control problem that may or may not be caused by “tolerance stack-up”. That would explain the severe misalignment with the firing pin strike on the two misfires I experienced. I’ve sent this gun back to the factory and hope it comes back functioning dependably. Otherwise, I indicated I want a brand-new replacement. I don’t want to have to depend on a lemon to protect my life with.

  76. Am a 43 yr old female. Bought this gun for protection 3 weeks ago and have gone to the range every weekend since. This is the first gun I’ve shot since I was a teenager. Absolutely NO problems with the gun. I love it! I’m still getting used to the long trigger pull but every time I shoot it, I get more accustomed to it. The recoil is a jolt at first but I have adjusted to that as well. The gun shoots very accurately. Right now I have my targets at 21 feet and hit pretty near dead center every time. I am very glad that I selected the gun.

  77. Enough already about the LC9 having too many safeties. this flat out can hit the targets. I never owned a handgun,but bought this gun last month for it’s concealabilty and stopping power,and absolutely love the way this weapon shoots. Very little recoil and no mis-fires(100+ rounds). Was able to shoot with one hand and hit the targets with ease at 15 yards. The price is fair and a really good value for the money.

  78. great little 9mm. had no problems w/ mis fires. as far as the safetys..don’t use them if you don’t like them. no tool is required to break down the gun. line it up and the pin falls right out. price was great and it is easy to conceal.

  79. I am a 41 yr old female and I purchased an LC9 as my very first gun yeasterday. I have set up training with a NRA certified individual to learn how to clean, shoot and handle this gun. I bought it for self protection, my sons now moved away from home, my husband travels for work and at 4ft 9in I am in no way intimidating to anyone who may brake in my home. It was recomended to me for my needs and I hope I made the right decision based on the reviews I have read here. We will find out this weekend.

  80. Bought my LC9 (with one mag in the box)and took it to the range to try it out. All the comments about all the safety’s aside, reliability, conceal ability & accuracy were my main concerns (I have an LCP but wanted more punch). I had a failure rate of about 1 in four using cheap S&B ammo (brand new). The primer appeared to not be struck hard? Putting the very same ammo that failed in my cheap High Point produced a fired round? Went home, cleaned the gun thoroughly and brought 4 different factory loads to the range. Same problem? Took the small PILE of ammo that didn’t fire (again appeared to be light primer strikes) and put them trough my 709 Taurus & High Point carbine with zero failures! Sending the gun to Ruger and will sell it when it comes back! Too complex internally to be reliable as a carry weapon for me. The Taurus 709 isn’t as accurate but hasn’t had a failure in almost 1500 rounds!

  81. Have had LC9 for a couple months, you absolutly DO NOT need the tool to field strip this pistol, line up the hole and tap the pin out with a whack against your palm and that’s it, I removed the mag safety and thumb safety very easily; I modified the LCI so it no longer pops up, I also polished the barrel and feed ramp. Now there is no worries about safety crap malfunctioning, its just like the simple Keltec PF9. This pistol shoots and functions 100percent, no problems whatsoever, and with my mods it really simplified the operation to make it a flawless concealed carry piece that is pull, point and shoot. So with a little work this pistol turned out to be a great, smooth, reliable and now cool looking sub-compact 9 milly!!!

  82. Bought the Lc9 and went to the range. gun would not fire more than 2-3x in a row, took it back to store and exchanged it for a second one, same problem. Ejects the bullet fine, however, apears too have a weak hammer strike or something. Lc9 is now back at the factory getting checked out. I have had a p89 for years, with no problems. Wanted to stick to the same, however, currently very disapointed with my future conceled hand gun choice.

  83. I just bought this gun 2 days ago. I had been looking for a 9mm to carry as a concealed carry weapon and I couldn’t be more pleased with this purchase. I’ve taken it out the last 2 days and love the way it shoots. I haven’t had any problems and I love the extra safety features. I am 100% pleased with my purchase and I found this gun to be priced very well. Good job Ruger!

  84. fired it fir 1st time was surprised by recoil. like safty feathers. feels comfortable. need more pratice. conceals nicely.

  85. Purchased the LC9 and the LCP shortly after and I’m impressed by both guns. The LCP is getting the Crimson Trace, but the sights on the LC9 are perfect for what the gun was made for. The safeties on this gun is overstated… The key lock doesn’t have to be used, the side safety doesn’t have to be used, and the magazine safty… well, I’m not fond of that one, but I’ll take it as I really like this gun.
    As far as recoil, my 12 year old son was shooting the LC9 and the LCP one-handed, as well as I was. We both had sore trigger fingers after putting about 100 rounds through both of them thougt, but recoil was managable.
    Of course, we broke down both guns to remove the heavy oil/grease that they were shipped with, then lightly oiled them. At the range there wasn’t a single failure to fire, or failure to feed and even with our limited experience with both guns, had no problem keeping the shots on target at 7 and 15 yds.
    The only thing I can think of that disappointed me with both guns was the that they do not like hollow points! I bought Federal defensive rounds for both of them and they will not feed correctly. I’ve read that you can polish the ramp a little more to make them feed, but I’m no gunsmith and it shouldn’t be left up to the consumer to do this.
    Overall… I do not regret these purchases.

  86. Comment by W. Bill — May 10, 2011…
    If you had read the instruction booklet, you would know that the LC9 has no “Second Strike” capability. If you have a FTF,
    You need to rack in another cartridge. It sounds like that was your problem. I have an LC9 and it eats anything I put in it,
    including semi-wad cutters. Give the gun another chance, be a shame to give up a good defensive gun.
    By, the way, How old is your ammo???

  87. i love my LC9. i have a colt 1911, and i have had no problem getting used to the manual safety. this gun is perfect for summer carry when I’m in gym shorts and a tee shirt.

  88. Love my LC9 – 500+ rounds through it, no problems. I did remove the magazine safety – google this and you will find a YouTube video showing how. I also removed the thumb slide safety – with the long trigger pull, it is not needed any more than one is needed on a revolver (which is what the trigger pull is like). And you do not need a pin or key or any other tool to field-strip the gun – when you line up the slide notch with the pin, it comes out with a tap of the gun on your palm. Re #36’s question re the slide release (Ruger calls it the “Slide Hold Open”) – mine is as stiff as ever, and cannot be operated with one thumb, but does fall away crisply when the slide is pulled back. I do not think this will change with more shooting. I think you should be able to release the slide with one hand, so I’m going to see if filing a small radius on the back edge of the slide release lever solves this.

  89. “Further inspection revealed that these two Ruger branded keys fit a child safety lock on the rear of the right side of the pistol. They are also necessary to field strip the pistol, so don’t lose them!”

    Absolutely disgusting. You could not pay me to own or carry this POS. Way to go Ruger.

  90. I agree~ Seems like Ruger is falling victim like S&W did years ago to the ant-gun lobby. Which almost cost them their business! And I agree the story about California is nothing but a smoke screen of bending to the liberal, Brady,California and gun lobbies. I was considering buying one. But after reading the information contained here,that will not be happening. I will have to find another CCW pistol of which I will be buying in the next few days. Wonder how many sales they are loosing by catering! I hope a bunch.

  91. Bought my lc9 about three weeks ago on a Wednesday. I was very excited. Went to the Range that Saturday and my excitement started to fade. I’ve been to the range every weekend since then, firing about 30 rounds each the first two weekends. Fired about 20 this past weekend. Every time i have had malfunctions. I have to pull slide back to eject the round to continue firing. This happen a couple of time the first two weekends. This past weekend after firing about 20 rounds, it begin malfunctioning again. I pull the slide back three times and never was able to fire again. I’m not a happy shooter and will be sending the gun back to Ruger for inspection and hopefully to fix the problem.

  92. do not like the mag safety- if mag comes out and you got one in the pipe… you cannot shoot to defend yourself. Thanks California- not only can you not be fiscally responsible, but you helped the bad guy with ridiculous gun laws… should spent more time on budget than rights-infringement… just sayin’

  93. I own a bunch of Rugers and would buy one of the LC9 if they didn’t have safteys. Last thing you want to do when in a quick use of a gun is to take the time to figure out why it won’t shoot, you don’t have time for that!

  94. All of you people who are saying “leave the safety off if you don’t like it” are missing the point totally. Yes, it’s true that you can leave the manual safety off if you don’t like it, BUT (and this is BIG) the magazine safety is TOTALLY STUPID for concealed carry. I want to be able to insert a fresh magazine without giving up my ability to defend myself. Even if (God forbid) someone accidentally hits the mag release button and drops the mag, he/she at least has one more shot before somebody kicks his/her ass. If Ruger feels the need to have a mazagine safety, they need to figure out a way to allow those of us who don’t live in MA or CA or MD (or wherever there isn’t CC anyway) to disable it. Or, better yet, offer one WITHOUT the safety crap for those of us who can actually carry.

  95. i dont have a safety on my m&p 9 no worries but i want to get the lc9 for my wife she is new to the gun world and i am wanting her to get a gun that is safe and i beleave that this is the one for her. here it is learn it hold it work it she can carry a live one with saftey on and pull and push safety off at the same time learn it learn it

  96. Just got my LC9 tonight from Academy @ $359. Haven’t fired it yet but do not like the feel of the slide release. When the tang is fully seated in the slot, I can’t release it without putting some rearward pressure on the slide with my second hand. No way a single thumb can release it unless it’s not fully seated in the slot. Anybody else have any comments about the slide release? Will it wear in after hopefully a short time?

  97. It’s not just for the Cali market, the safeties got it approved for the ma market as well. It’s so hard to get a gun in ma nowadays. I can only buy a glock If manufactured and registered in ma before 1998 because they’re “not safe enough”

  98. My experience with the LC9 is like most of the comments here. Having a LCP, you figure he next generation will be as good and better. At first, I disliked the safety issues….but like many writers before me, you learn to just ignore what you don’t need. I fired 250 rds through the weapon, and it settled down and printed 1/2 inch groups @ 25 yds (benchrest) after that. Takes time & patience but it will work. Now I carry the LC9 all the time. The weight reminds me of the PPK but with a much more potent 9mm.

  99. Most comments here are favorable for the LC9, not this one. I purchased an LC9 on 3/30/11. Took it to the range on 4/2/11 to put an initial 100 rounds through; here’s what happened: The first 89 rounds were flawless and the accuracy was very good. Round 90 Failed-To-Fire. Tap and rack did not solve the problem. Unloaded and field stripped; could not see a problem. The symptom was a “free-wheeling” trigger like the trigger was in “neutral”. The trigger reacted exactly like it does when one of THE BUILT-IN INTERNAL SAFETY FEATURES is engaged. Sent the pistol to Ruger and they returned it a month later with a replaced hammer catch, hammer spring and manual safety plunger. They reported firing 40 rounds with no malfunctions. They provided no information on whether the problem is permanently fixed with redesigned, different or better parts. As far as I can tell, they replaced the broken parts with the same, albeit new, parts that failed. I love my other three Rugers and I’m not slamming Ruger in general. It is obvious from other posts that there are many LC9 success stories and satisfied owners. All I know at this point is that and mine and one other LC9 that I’m aware of quit running unexpectedly. With no more explanation from the manufacturer, I can only conclude that one of the new safety featues is to blame. I have not shot the gun since its return and will sell it. W. Bill

  100. I am a certified firearms instructor for more then twenty five years and have had and shot a lot of guns. I purchased the Ruger LC9 a few days ago and took it down to the range this afternoon. I will give my opinion of it, but before I do I want to be fair so I will give both the pros as well as the cons.

    With that said I was pleasantly pleased at how well it handled on the range. Right out of the box after I first cleaned it, the pistol was scoring great groupings and most were in the number 10 of the target. To say the least I was impressed by how it fired and felt in my hand. The recoil was very manageable and pretty comfortable for a small gun. Something that you wouldn’t expect but it was a good solid gun that is built quite well. I ran 300 rounds through it and it “ate” every one without any problems. I sure do wish that there would be a higher capacity magazine that would have come with it but since I will mostly be using it for self defense and personal protection I guess that seven rounds and one in the “pipe” should suffice.

    Another nice feature that no one has discussed is the magazine floor plate, part number CP01010 which is the extended plate. Ruger also includes a non extended floor plate which is interchangeable. I think that the reason for this non expendable floor plate is for easy concealment as well as a person that may be more comfortable because of a smaller grip. Who knows… I happen to have large hands and that extended floor plate worked well for me. The next time I go the the range I will try using the non extended floor plate and see what if anything I find between the both of them.

    I have read a lot of complaints about the LC9 mostly about the manual safety/s not many people have discussed about the “key” hole on the right side just below the slide toward the rear. It will disable the trigger when it is in the on position, but I guess that is a trade off because of the laws of some states that require it.

    Another complaint, and this is probably the most from people is that the manual safety shouldn’t be there. Now if anyone should be complaining about that one aspect it should be me because I am left handed. However the way I see it is if you don’t think it should be there in the first place then you have a simple resolution, simple don’t use it, and that goes the same for that safety “key” device.

    However there are people that feel more comfortable with having them there if they desire to use them. Personally I will not use either one of them because I carry, and at one time in my life I was forced into a gunfight. Since I an here writing this then you must already know the outcome.

    When something like that happens it changes your life forever but if I had to rely on any safeties then the story would have probably turned out differently.

    I usually carry my Glock model 19 but there are times that I need more concealment and I find that this Ruger LC9 does the trick for me.

    Some of the cons are that the gun only comes with one magazine, which I will have to lay out about forty bucks for and the fact that the trigger has a very long pull. Other then that I find that for the money you simply can’t go wrong if your looking for a small light 9mm19 pistol.

    Just to continue, I had a Ruger LCR .38 ans I hated it because it was very nasty on the hand even with shooting .38. Forget about shooting .38+P which it does also shoot. One of my students wanter the LCR (Revolver) so I sold it to him and took a one hundred dollar loss on it. He seems to like it but even though I tried to tell him about it he still wanted it. Just to make sure I took him and the LCR to the range and he fired it. He didn’t seem to mind. So I guess different strokes for different folks

    Always remember to be aware of your surroundings and if you must defend yourself shoot safely. Know your target AND what is beyond it..

    Marty G.

  101. I was fortunate enough to find the LC9 (only one) available at Gander Mountain in KY. Had it shipped to OH in order to purchase it. Haven’t shot it yet, but the safety clicks on and off with ease. I probably won’t use it, however, because it is so easy I will consider it. Breaking the gun down is also easy. I have an LCP, which I had to deal with Ruger’s customer service on an issue I may have caused myself. They paid for NDA shipping to and from at no cost to me. Took care of the problem and had it back to me within two weeks. Because of that excellent service, I had no reservations about the LC9. Love the way it feels in my hand. I will let you know how it shoots.

  102. I just received my LC9 yesterday…took it to the range….this is truly a great gun. I ran a bunch of the cheap ammo through it. No jams and accurate. I was going to buy a Kimber Solo, but heard its been having jam/feed problems, so I chose the LC9. My LC9 has about the same kick as my Beretta 380, but its a 9mm. I have been searching for a concealed carry gun that is large enough in caliber, yet small enough that I might actually carry it . This is it! Pay no mind to the folks trash talking about the safety features (I don’t get that), since these features don’t interfere with the gun’s operation at all. If you don’t like the safety, then don’t use it. For the rest of us who desire a pocket gun with a safety this gun is an excellent choice. BTW: There are plenty of 9mm pocket guns out there without a manual safety for those that want one.

  103. Just purchased the LC9 & fired it yesterday at 15 yards. The trigger is a bit too long for me but in an emergency situation, who cares? As for the safety aspects, I like them – don’t use the safety switch very often but it’s nice to have. If you don’t like it, don’t use it. As for a laser, I don’t want the other person to know my exact location so I prefer not to use them. Ruger sells extra magazines, which I ordered for $40 which includes shipping. Nice back up for my Glock.

  104. Well, though I am not crazy about the safety I am glad it is there. Again, if I do not like it I do not need to use it. Still a free country–at least for a little bit more time, anyway. Oh, another salient feature the safety brings to the table is the fact my wife is wanting one real bad. She feels the safety is that feature that put her over the edge on her decision making. My suspicions are there will be thousands of women who may want an auto, but remain fearful of them due to the safety set ups or lack of ( in there perception ). Once again, there for the using. Do not use it if you do not like it. END OF STORY.

  105. Can any one tell me about the recoil on the LR9 compared to the LCP? I have an LCP but don’t care for the recoil. If LC9’s recoil is more like that of the SR9C, I have to get me one.

  106. Nobody mentioned how well this little pistola eats JHPs. Many autos do not like JHPS.
    My LCP eats them for breakfast, dinner and supper. But by the same token, I have a
    RIA 1911 .45 that does not like certain JHPs. I was lucky with my little LCP it loves
    JHPs. I would sugest if possible, trying out the LC9 with JHPs before buying. Hardball
    is fine in the winter only because it will penetrate heavy clothing, but in the summer,
    JHPs are the way to go. If a 9 is really gonna stop a drug fortified somebody in a hurry,
    it will need all the help it can get, (same as a Super .38 or a .45)
    Thanks for the input guys, can’t wait to try one.

  107. I have six Rugers, so does that allow me to make a comment without being called a hater? I am not crazy about the “political correct anti-gun promoted extras” either, but what I don’t understand is why Ruger designed this otherwise acceptable carry gun without multi-strike capability. Misfires are very rare today but just one can get you killed in a confrontation with an auto that doesn’t have multi-strike capability. Training or at least preprogramming your brain to automatically pull the slide back to re-chamber another round in the event of a misfire is a good idea. Of course this applies to the the historic auto, the 1911, and most others. I saw a friends LC9 and noticed this, and now this review confirms it. Since no-one else mentioned it, I am bringing it up. Police agencies would certainly not ignore this lack of a feature, they would at least evaluate it. It is still a good candiate for CCW?, with this in mind.

  108. I have had an LCP for over a year and love it. I carry it all the time. Many times at the range I’ve wondered though if I have to actually use it for self defense, will it have the fire power/knockdown that I need? I’ve dismissed this thought by telling myself that a gun is still a gun and sometimes pulling it out is all that you need. That being said, I bought an LC9 two weeks ago. I’ve put 200 rounds through it with no FTF/FTE at all. It does feel a little heavier and it is obviously larger but neither are unbearable. It still feels tolerable and is a great gun for concealed carry. I now carry the LC9 everywhere. Even though I have only had it for a short time, I have confidence in it because it is a Ruger (I own 4 Rugers) and now I have 9mm with +P bonded tip which takes care of the psychological issue. No it’s still not a .45 but I wouldn’t want to be on the business end of this sucker. Great gun, great price and the safety doesn’t bother me. Ask Plaxico Burress is he wishes his Glock had a lever safety on it.

  109. I purchased a the LC9 tonight. What a wonderful shooting gun. Right out of the box – not one hic-up. I’m telling ya perfect. With a bang too. I am an american who believes in the right to bear arms silently. It packs a punch with major control and because of the size you can slip it in and slip it out. – I mean dont get me wrong, I like my 380’s and such but it’s not a 380- If you want a gun that shoots very well, is light weight, fires with an ATOMIC KNOCK, that is slim and concealable the LC9 is a pretty good choice.

  110. I stopped at the local gun store/indoor range today and checked out the Ruger LC9. I currently own a Ruger LCP which I like quite a bit. I have a bunch of guns such as a SIG P229R, Clock 23, Taurus Poly Judge and so on. I have an outdoor range right at my house and I know how to handle a gun. I currently have almost 29 years in the Army and I’ve been shooting since I was a young boy. I’ve said all that to illustrate that I know guns. I’m not a big fan of safeties on my hand guns either but the switch on the LC9 is easily accessible and for a right hander, in an ideal position. I plan to buy an LC9 and I don’t plan to have the safety on very often. If you don’t like the safety but you otherwise like the gun, turn it off and leave it off. The LC9 had a great feel with the installed butt-plate pinky grip. I have medium size hands and I could get my pinky fully on the hand grip with the additional butt-plate installed. I didn’t care for the long trigger pull but I knew it was a DAO so I expected that. When I squeezed right though it without hesitating, it was pretty decent but it’s not a trigger that you want to take your time pulling and I won’t be taking my time pulling it if my life is being threatened. The sights of course are way better than those on the LCP. It fit in my pocket pretty well without being too tight. I can buy one for around $345 which is a good deal. It is not as bulky as the Glock 26 and it feels good in my hand and I like that. I want a small 9mm that I can fit in my pocket easily when I’m on the run and don’t feel like carrying my Glock 23 .40 cal which must be holstered. If you want a small concealable 9×19 you won’t beat this gun for the price. According to everything that I’ve read it’s an ultra reliable gun that doesn’t exhibit any tendencies to mis-feed or malfunction and that is what I want.

    For those who want an all metal gun, why are they even looking at this? Lite weight is great.

  111. Now that Ruger has a CA, MA, NY, what have you-compliant LC9, time to release an LC9 for the rest of us folks who actually carry concealed weapons – sans safeties & all the keys & BS.

  112. Just bought the LC9 yesterday and can’t wait to take it to the range! Feels good in my hand and the safeties are exactly what I wanted since I carry it in my purse and have children around! It’s a great size for women and for concealed carry.

  113. I have to agree wtih #14. What’s all the crying about the safeties? Don’t use them, man. I have an LC9 and love it already. There’s no need to use the key, the loaded chamber indicator neither gets in the way nor hinders shooting, and the thumb safety is easily disengaged but very hard to engage, so it won’t be engaged accidentally. The gun’s useless without a magazine in any event, so it’s always in. So there’s your safety-free gun. Me, I’ll take the safeties. For pocket carry, the thumb safety is an excellent idea, and the loaded chamber indicator lets you know that you’re ready without having to draw the weapon and visually examine it. Ruger hit a home run with this baby.

  114. Hey haters, if you don’t like the safety DON’T USE IT! “What a piece of junk, what with all the safeties…” Get over it. It works, it works for a variety of people. Careful, when they put a Crimson Trace laser on it people will say “man, too bad it has all those lasers and do-dads!” Seriously, how do you people handle a keyboard when it has SO MANY BUTTONS!!!! I’m impressed they put so much into such a small handgun, and I applaud Ruger for filling another niche in the market that was without much competition. I’ll certainly get one.

  115. I was initially excited about this pistol but after seeing all the safety crap all over the thing I will have to pass. I’m disappoined, really wanted to like it.

  116. Received my LC9 today. Well built and good feel. Trigger pull is a little long. I like the safeties since it is a pistol I slip in my pocket. Disassembly is easy. I wish Ruger would include a 2nd magazine as they are hard to find right now due to the newness of the weapon. Otherwise they have a winner. My wife carries a LCP which I like. It’s just too small for my huge hand.

  117. Got my lc9 last week finally got to shoot it I’m no pro at shooting but this gun was so smooth and easy to handle I was hitting targets with ease and had no recoil on the pistol to speak of this is my favorite gun

  118. I’m not wild about all the added garbage and since it appears to be a near clone of the KELTEC PF9 like the LCP is of the P3AT, why does it weigh so much? I will buy one as soon as Crimson Trace has a laser for it and see how it stacks up against my tried and true PF9. Again, it looks great, but too much stuff to deal with.

  119. I own glocks,M&P’ect.The best carry gun I own is the LCP and my SR9 by far is the the full size gun I carry 24/7 hands down.Anyone who have negative comments does not own very many guns.Ruger is TOP OF THE LINE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  120. I got the LCP and I also want a 9 mm that is just as reliable and can fit in my pocket too. So I’ll be buying the LC9 real soon. Great review. Thanks.

  121. Think I’ll wait until I can handle one up close and personal. Then I will make up my mind. Until then it’s just photos and talking heads

  122. I wish Ruger would stop kissing up to the gun controllers. A history of additional safeties and low capacity magazines will not protect them if gun control becomes popular again.

    Aside from that, I do like their weapons. My GP100 has one of the slickest out-of-the-box triggers of any revolver I’ve seen.

  123. I’ve been wanting a pocket 9 with DA and a safety. This is the first I’ve known to exist. i will buy one as soon as I find one!

  124. Wow, what looked to be a good gun when news first broke appears to have missed the mark by a mile. Why build in all these safeties? A double action carry gun should not have any manual safeties. And you must be kidding, a key??? I also don’t think Californians can carry concealed so why offer them a carry gun?

  125. I like my 380 LCP but but don’t think I’m going to buy a LC9 if its legal in Ca. It has more safeties than I want. You said the voice of the people is why they did this ? so does that mean most people live in California? Sounds like they just want the Ca. market could have made one that was legal for Ca.laws an one for states that don’t have such strict laws. I believe Ruger makes good firearms but will go with another brand for a small 9mm.

  126. I have the LCP and got a Pro-Mag 10 round mag from CTD so I could get a complete grip. Do you find that you’re able to get your pinky on the grip with the LC9?

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