Gun Review – Ruger LC9 FULL Review
Well, I think we’ve been speculating on this gun review long enough! Our dreams finally became a reality when we picked up our LC9 at the FFL on Wednesday afternoon and quickly made plans to get out and shoot it for a full gun review this weekend. Our gun review on the Ruger LC9 isn’t the first, and definitely won’t be the last, so I’ll do my best to wrap it up in as few words as possible while still giving a potential buyer enough information to make an informed decision. If for some reason you don’t get the answer you’re looking for from our written gun review, pics, or the video, please feel free to ask us a question in the comment area, look us up on our Facebook Page, or email us at email@example.com.
The Ruger LC9 is essentially the upgraded bigger brother to the rabidly popular Ruger LCP which is chambered in the miniscule 380 Auto cartridge. The reason the LCP exploded in popularity is because it comes in a pocket pistol size in a larger than pocket pistol caliber. The 380 isn’t big, but when compared to the 22 Long Rifle, 25 Auto and 32 Auto, it’s a bruiser. The LCP weighs just 9.6 oz and has been perfect for people who have had trouble concealing much larger pistols. Along with the answers though the petite pistols poses some problems. Among the laundry list is lacking sights on top of the slide, a massively long and uncomfortable Double Action Only trigger, and a frustratingly tiny grip that leaves large handed shooters in the dust as the 9.6 oz weight pounds the web of your hand with ANY ammo of substance.
SO, since this gun review is about the NEW LC9 and NOT the LCP, here are some ways the LC9 improves on the design of it’s earlier tinier counterpart:
- Larger frame while maintaing “skinny” width (weighs in at 17.1 oz), at .9″
- Improved DAO trigger. Less play, more crisp and doesn’t feel as long
- 3 dot adjustable sights
- Better, more comfortable grip
- 9mm Luger
It’s not perfect in our opinion, but it is an improvement. Due to it’s weight (almost 2x the LCP), the LC9 is more of a pleasure to shoot with standard 115 grain range ammo, and while we didn’t fire self defense rounds through it, we feel comfortable saying the same would be true regardless of ammo. The sights are a MAJOR improvement but we were disappointed to see that even from a solid bench rest the LC9 doesn’t reveal much better accuracy at 20 feet and 45 feet than the LCP in 380 Auto did at just 9.6 oz. While the accuracy wasn’t that of a target pistol, a lot of satisfaction relies in the fact that in a couple hundred rounds fired with breaks just to reload the single magazine that comes with the gun, we had no misfeeds, failures to feed or eject from all 3 ammo types we tried.
A couple of other cautions lie in the takedown pin and the magazine release. The takedown pin is different in design from the LCP in that the release tab is separate from the pin itself, which means the shooter needs a tool to push the pin through after the tab has been depressed. The magazine release can be a bit tricky in that because of how narrow the frame is, with larger hands and a full grip stance it’s possible to release the magazine accidentally while firing. This only happened to me once during testing, but the buyer should be aware of this possibility.
The box comes with Ruger’s typical accessories included with their budget guns: An LC9 pistol rug/soft case, a Ruger branded pistol lock, a couple keys to the safety lock system, a flat floorplate for the magazine, directions and 1 magazine. Imagining the mags only cost a couple bucks to have made, it sure would be nice if Ruger would start including 2 magazines with their LCP and LC9 like they do the Ruger Mark 22 pistols and the SR9s.
Compared to its predecessor, the LCP, this gun is a pleasure to shoot. Is it worth the price when compared to other SUBcompact and similarly priced 9mm carry pistols? That’s for YOU to decide! Though most shops are saying $359 is their ballpark retail cost, Ruger’s suggested retail is $434 which in our opinion seems a bit high, but most suggested retail prices are ignored and the retailers base their price on what their distributor sells them for.