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First look at the Ruger LC9 (video)

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Ruger surprised me with this one. We all suspected it was in the works — I’ve been adamant that the single stack polymer-framed 9mms would be the new competitive battleground.
The LC9 essentially “splits the baby” between the SR9c and the wildly successful LCP .380. Here’s my first report on the LC9.

Reference Links:

Ruger LC9 Product Page

Michael’s Blog Post on the Ruger LC9

Ruger LC9 Discussions on the DRTV Forum

20 Responses to First look at the Ruger LC9 (video)

  1. Jean-Paul

    January 3, 2011 at 11:23 pm

    I was very interested, until I saw that it had a manual safety…… too bad because Ruger could have it a home run with this one.

  2. BFD

    January 4, 2011 at 1:15 am

    You want a gun just like that but without a manual safety?
    Have you never even heard of Kel Tec? You want a PF9, it doesn’t have a useless magazine interlock, useless LCI, or a manual safety.

  3. Brian

    January 4, 2011 at 7:05 am

    The 1911 has a manual safety. I have carried this for 30+ years.

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  5. Ryan

    January 4, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    As BFD said, get the Kel-Tec PF-9. The Ruger is just a rip-off of it internally anyway (just like they ripped off the P3-AT with their LCP).

  6. Gunnutmegger

    January 4, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    “The 1911 has a manual safety.”

    …and it is more trouble than it is worth.

  7. Fred Johnson

    January 4, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    I too wish this LC9 didn’t have a manual safety, PF9 or no PF9.

    As far as 1911s with manual safeties . . . well I hope so, they are short trigger pull single action pistols after all. The LC9 ought to be like the LCP in this regard, it’s just a semi-auto revolver IMO.

    Regardless, thanks for the video. I am more interested in the LC9 because of it.

  8. Steve Kelsay

    January 4, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    The LCP has a useless long-pull trigger. Michael says this one does too. That kills it in my book. I can live with a useless manuyal safety by simply not using it.
    I will evalk it, but it does not look good at this point.

  9. James

    January 4, 2011 at 11:23 pm

    If you don’t like the manual safety, do what I do. Ignore it. Of course, we all know that manual safeties on double action guns are useless, but when Ruger is trying to sell these guns to people who might not necessarily be die hard gun nuts like the rest of us, they need to put some of those useless feel good items on them, like the safety, LCI, and funky interlocks that don’t affect the actual function of the weapon in the hands of a trained and fully capable individual. My SR9 has all that crap too, and guess what? The bullets still go where I point the gun. Oh and what safety?

  10. Jackson Hill

    January 5, 2011 at 10:26 am

    The manual safety and loaded chamber indicator, as well as the internal lock, are features that will allow the LC9 to be sold in Kalifornia.

    Owning a number of other firearms, including a 1911 and the LCP, I will not hesitate to purchase the LC9 after the initial fanfare and pricing subside.

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  12. Eskimo Tailor

    January 7, 2011 at 9:01 am

    Michael gives a lot of credit to his sponsor for creating “the next big thing” in conceal carry guns. Hmmm, I’ve been carrying my Walther PPS 9mm for over a year now and I’m willing to guess it’s thinner than the LC9, gives me 6,7 and 8 round magazines, and provides a longer sight picture for greater accuracy. I have no problem with Ruger and own and love a few of them, but let’s give credit where credit is due shall we.

  13. Gary S. Earnhart

    February 3, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    In reguards to a manuel safety, it is better for concealment than to have to draw a weapon like my LCP that I carry with a empty chamber. It is faster to thumb a manuel saftey, than to two hand a slide.

  14. Al Nino

    February 13, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    The LC9 has a manual safety and a indicator that tells the operator that a round is chambered so customers from states like Kalifornia can own the weapon.

  15. Al Nino

    February 13, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    I should have read all of the other posts before I added my post. Sorry for the redundancy.

  16. Matt Davis

    February 14, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    How is the recoil ??

  17. Martin

    March 5, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    So howja carry go? Iz it more annoying and in the way than the LCP?

  18. David

    March 16, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    FYI – the magazine safety is very easily disabled. I got mine on Sunday and had it disabled Tuesday. The whole process took about 20 minutes including re-assembly.

  19. hutch54

    April 4, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    David – how did you do this? Would you be willing to send me some instructions? thanks. thutch54@gmail.com

  20. Krista

    April 20, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    My Dad just picked this gun up for me while out of town for the weekend… I did not get the chance to see it in person myself, but have been reading the reviews and just watched your video…. I must say, that so far from what I have seen, I am very pleased with what he picked out for me today. I had been looking at a Walther 380 and a Ruger SR9 while doing my fact finding, so when he called me about the LC9, I knew nothing…. Now I can’t wait for him to get back, so I can go to the range !!!!! Great job on the video review !!!!

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