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Ruger Introduces LC9 Lightweight Compact 9mm Pistol

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Catalog Number: LC9 | Model Number: 3200 | Caliber: 9mm Luger

Slide Material: Through-Hardened Alloy Steel Slide

Finish: Blued

Barrel Material: Alloy Steel Barrel

Finish: Blued

Barrel Length: 3.12″

Length: 6.00″

Width: 0.90″

Height: 4.50″

Weight: 17.10 oz.

Sights: Adjustable 3-Dot

Capacity: 7+1

Grip Frame: Black, High Performance, Glass-Filled Nylon

Twist: 1:10″RH

Grooves: 6

MA Approved & Certified: No

CA Approved: No

Suggested Retail: $443.00

For more information on the Ruger LC9, or to learn more about the extensive line of Ruger firearms, visit www.Ruger.com. To find accessories for the LC9 or other Ruger firearms, visit www.ShopRuger.com.

23 Responses to Ruger Introduces LC9 Lightweight Compact 9mm Pistol

  1. Hazcat

    January 3, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    MB, Back a month or so ago when you hinted about a new Ruger I was the first to guessa 9mm LCP. Do I win one? 🙂

  2. 70olds

    January 3, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    I for one am very excited to get my hands on it. I have a kel-Tec P11 as a conceal weapon so this will be a nice upgrade 😉

  3. John Buckley

    January 3, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    I was interested until the external safety and mag safety.

    Now that a volume manufacturer has come out with a flat compact 9, maybe Glock will get off theirs asses and make one!

  4. Gunmart

    January 3, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    here is an overlay pic with the LC9 and an LCP:


  5. Jim Steiner

    January 3, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    In response to Mr. Buckley’s comment. Check out the Kahr pistols. Same thickness, no mag safety or manual safety, great dbl. action only trigger pull and quality construction. They cost more than Rugers but they are worth the extra money.

  6. Rich

    January 3, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    I have a Kel-Tec p11. The P11 has a capacity of 10+1 and I have fired over 1, 000 rounds though it without a single malfunction. I am wondering what advantages this has over the P11 besides being slightly smaller.

  7. justbill

    January 3, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    Hmmm…longer, taller and heavier unloaded than my Kel Tec P11. 7+1 vs. 11 or 12+1. An external safety of dubious utility on a DAO pistol. I do like the magazine safety. Nevertheless, I think I’ll pass.

  8. Shawn

    January 3, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    Who wants an external safety? The LCP doesn’t need one. I am tired of Ruger thinking that gun owners are stupid, so Ruger is going to put all these safety features on their firearms like the plastic loaded chamber indicator on the Ruger Mark III’s and the magazine disconnect. Come on Ruger start listening.

  9. John

    January 3, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    I agree aboyut the mag safety and single sided manual safety. Its like putting a safety on a DAO revolver, totally unneeded. Those features have kept me from buying an SR9 and a Mark III. Sadly, I will pass too unless they start making one for non-stupid people.

  10. Shawn

    January 3, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    I bought a 22/45 and had to replace all the parts for stupid people with parts for us that know how to shoot safely. It cost me an extra $30 bucks but could not find a used Mark II at the time. Who are they listening to, their customers or the feds, lawyers,……?

  11. Shawn

    January 3, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    I will buy the new SigP290 due to its smaller size, night sights, and lack of extra so called safety crap. I carried a Kahr PM9 for years without shooting myself with it. The Sig does weigh more.

  12. Sean

    January 3, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    So, now they are copying the Kel Tec PF9. Well, at least they are consistent. And I assume the recall notices are already being printed.

  13. WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot

    January 3, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    I’m going to get rid of my POS Taurus PT709 and replace it with the LC9… the 709 is currently on vacation in Florida for the third time for repairs. I trust Ruger to get it right or fix it ASAP (like they did with the LCP). As for the manual safety, that’s exactly why I will be buying this gun… sorry, that’s the way I was raised and that’s what I want (all 1911’s have a manual safety too). For all you Glock fans out there who tout the “trigger safety”, that’s no safety, just a Crock, which rhymes with Glock. As for the mag disconnect, easily removed just like the SR9 series. Good on you Ruger for listenting to what people want! Let the flaming begin in 3, 2, 1, …

  14. Shawn

    January 3, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    Oh so you like the magazine disconnect? I didn’t know the 1911 had a mag disconnect. Oh and about the Glock safety, I was taught your brain is the number one safety. Every day cops and citizens around the globe are shooting themselves and others due to the Crock. Who is Ruger talking to? Offer two versions, one for the morons and one for those who don’t go around putting their finger on the trigger when they are not ready to fire. Oh and also, why change a perfect design like the 1911? We do agree on that.

  15. RTFM

    January 3, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    Ruger gave us the LCP and then told us the .380 WAS good for PD when the talking heads said NOTHING LESS then .38 SP will do. YAWN

    Ruger gave us the LCR which S&W had been producing the 442 100+ years earlier. YAWN, NOD

    Ruger now give us a slim polymer 9mm (that’s NOT 50 state legal by the way)…. just like everyone else under the sun – YAWN, NOD, SNORE.

    Third times a charm Ruger – hmm?

  16. Paladin

    January 3, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    I have recently been looking at the KelTec PF-9 as a back-up (actually a back-up to a back-up) gun (carried in ankle holster). It is interesting to note that the new Ruger is very similar to this gun (much the same way the LCP was almost a copy of the KelTec .380…so much so, I am surprised a lawsuit wasn’t invoked).

    I notice the LC9 appears to be a few ounces heavier than the KelTec. The pro to this is in better recoil control, the con is a few extra ounces to carry (not that major of an issue to me, but may be to some).

    I prefer at least a 9mm, as opposed to .380, for the additional stopping power (I am in the “Professional Security” business). I normally carry .40 CAL S&W weapons (Walther & Glock). I always have a IWB and Pocket carry weapon and sometimes add a shoulder holster weapon, so I always have 2 or 3 .40 cal weapons at any point in time (with extra magazines for each).

    I have been considering a 9mm ankle holstered weapon for that “last ditch” weapon. I have looked at Kahr and KelTec and ironically the KelTec has the best reputation for being reliable (no flames here, but the Kahr has a bad reputation in this respect…in spite of the high price tag).

    The Ruger has my attention, but will have to prove itself over the KelTec. The KelTec is ever so slightly smaller, lighter, has accessory rail, laser sight available, available in Parkerized finish, and pretty much “de-bugged”. I respect Ruger for their ability to make some good firearms; however, I am not sure where they are going with this one. Only time will tell.

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  18. bmac

    January 4, 2011 at 11:28 pm

    had one for over a year now and love it…oh im sorry i thought that was a keltec pf9.

  19. WALLIS

    January 5, 2011 at 9:56 am


  20. Mark R

    January 5, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    Finally, a CA legal small 9mm. Not having legal access to the LCP I can only hope that ruger submits this gun to CA for approval. Sales here in the PRK will be unbeleivable. (There is a reason for the safety, loaded chamber indicator and mag disconnect). Ruger looks at the bottom line too.

  21. Marshal Halloway

    January 6, 2011 at 7:48 am

    The LC9 should be ready for the California market within 60-90 days.

  22. olle

    January 7, 2011 at 10:04 am

    Since Ruger doesn’t design their own guns anymore, it’d be nice if they could also start copying the KelTec RFB. Unlike the PF9 and P3AT it is near impossible to get ahold of, some competition would perhaps make KelTec think about ramping up production.

  23. Wrangler Red

    April 18, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    The LC9 HAS been approved for CA sales.
    Now all you have to do is get your hands on one.

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