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Ruger LC9??

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by MississipVol, May 15, 2012.

  1. MississipVol

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    After buying my first every handgun a month ago (Gen 4 G19), I now have the "bug" and would like to get a pocket pistol for concealed carry. When I say "pocket carry", I truly mean that I plan to carry this weapon in my front pants pocket. (I am applying for my CC permit tomorrow.)

    After looking at several different guns and watching a few youtube videos, I feel pretty good about a LC9 for the following reasons:

    1. Seems small enough to carry in pants pocket.
    2. Good price at LGS ($350)
    3. Have not seen any real issues with the gun in my "research"
    4. Long trigger and external safety seem reassuring (more so than problematic) since I will be carrying in my pocket next to my "junk" and plan to keep one in the chamber

    Anyone want to comment on my reasoning? Since I am pretty new to handguns I would appreciate advice from seasoned gun owners/shooters.

    TIA
     
  2. Goldendog Redux

    Goldendog Redux Shut your mouth

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    Considering the ten mile long trigger pull, the external safety is lame and wonky to operate. I don't use it. I am used to swiping safeties off.

    Otherwise, the LC9 does the job I expect of it. Still have not found an agreeable holster for it.

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  3. Bruce M

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    My LC9 went back to Ruger for a new firing pin and came back within a week or so, so they did a great job repairing it. I consider it a bit large for pocket carry. It is a good small gun and I like mine especially considering the size and price. If I was absolutely sold on pocket carry for about the same price I would go for one of the aluminum J frames that at least around here seem to be on sale lately at around 350 also.
     
  4. Just_plinking

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    A lot of people say it is too big for "true" pocket carry. I have no experience with it. I like the idea of a long trigger pull and an external safety, just in case you want to throw it in your pocket w/o a holster (most people would advise against ever doing this!!!-but it's better than nothing in a pinch). Hickok45 has a bunch of videos on this gun and its analogs, just saying in case of the unlikely event that you weren't already aware of this.
     
  5. MississipVol

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    I have seen Hickok45's reviews. I value his opinion although I've never really heard him say anything really negative about any gun he reviews. But he seemed to like everything but the long trigger.

    I know the LC9 is borderline pocket carry. I threw out consideration of the shield because it is even bigger. But is there a smaller 9mm at that price with the reliability of a LC9?
     
  6. Just_plinking

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    Again I have no experience with these guns, but he seems to like the pm9. The the CM9 is very similar to the pm9, but it's closer in price to the ruger.

    [ame]http://youtu.be/0Av9COfLB_Y[/ame]


    Edit: I also think reliability is in the eye of the beholder. You can have good or bad luck with anything, especially stuff in that size and price range.
     
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  7. Just_plinking

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    I almost got a cm9, but decided, like you, to get a gen4 g19 first because I didn't have a "fighting" handgun. I'm in the same boat as you, just a little behind.
     
  8. Bruce M

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    A J frame is smaller and in the same price range. Without getting into a caliber war any of several here have shown some chronograph or published numbers suggesting any of several .38 loads that are close or sometimes a bit more potent than 9mm. A .357 J frame passes a 9mm , but may not be enjoyable to shoot in 9mm if it is one of the light weight versions. 9mm J frames are usually higher in price than the discussed range, as is the Rohrbaugh which from what I have seen easily beats the competition size wise.
     
  9. TSAX

    TSAX USAF Vet

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    Have you shot it or at least dry fired it to try the trigger. If you like the trigger get it, thats the only downside I see, the safety is what it is, it could do without but not a deal breaker.









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  10. MississipVol

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    I fondled it at the LGS and the trigger was definitely different than my G19 but not anything I think I couldn't get used to. At first it was a turn off but less so when I thought of the positive aspect of a long trigger in my front pocket.


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  11. Carry my lc9 everday to work. Recently sold my lcp so the lc9 has become my only "pocket" gun. Works really well in a cargo pocket but too big for a pair of regular pants. Trigger sucks but I have gotten familiar with it and I've grown to trust it since I have not had a single issue. Hate the loaded chamber indicator but I do use the external safety. Smartcarry is the best way to carry my lc9.
     
  12. Cole125

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    1. The LC9 is no pocket gun, if you want a true pocket gun I suggest the LCP or P3AT or if you have the money a Kahr P380.

    2. If you do pocket carry, you must carry in a pocket holster, AND with nothing else in that pocket.

    Let me tell you, I am a pretty big guy, 6ft 210 pounds, and I carry a Kahr P380 in my front pocket everyday. Anything bigger would be uncomfortable IMO.

    Another option is getting a good inside the waist band holster for your G19. The Crossbreed super tuck is a good one.
     
  13. Cole125

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    Look into the Kahr CM9, little more money but not much.
     
  14. TSAX

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    Some people can pocket this gun, I can pocket a G26 but not all the time (different pants). Getting a good pocket holster is key. The DeSantis is a good option.






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  15. boone10

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    I bought an LC9 just 2 weeks ago and have run 150 flawless rounds through it to date. As far as the trigger goes, the last 50 rounds that I fired--I finally started getting used to it and was wearing out my steel prairie dog at the 7 yard line (doing fairly well out to 15 yards. Its more accurate than I initially thought--sandbags and now understanding the trigger proved that to me. I'm looking forward to carrying it soon--occasional pocket but mostly IWB. Thin is in.

    FWIW, I will be going with another holster from pjholster.com. I have 2 already with no complaints. They are basic, inexpensive and get the job done.

    A trigger kit is out there, but not necessary for my purpose of CCW only.

    good luck
     
  16. aaronrkelly

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    I pocket carry alot.....but not with my LC9. Its far to big......and Im 6ft4in and 300lbs (my pockets are big).

    For a true pocket gun I agree with Cole.....P3AT or LCP. (I have the P3AT)

    The LC9 does make a very nice, slim weapon very suited to IWB carry.....or I actually carry it OWB - carries very nice and leaves no printing.

    Mines currently enroute to Ruger.......several FTE out of the box. Im sure it will be a good gun when Ruger is done with it.
     
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  17. SIGMA 40

    SIGMA 40 Grits and Gravy

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    I love my LC9, it is a damn good gun...I have had zero issues with it and the trigger never bothered me, I started out with a Sigma and we all know they are known for their awesome triggers LOL I pocket carry with a blackhawk number 3 holster a lot of the time but when Im wearing a pair of pants with smaller pockets I go with the blackhawk number 6 holster, both have worked great for me...My recommendation is go for the LC9, you wont be disappointed...My only suggestion once you get it is lots of range time to gain knowledge and control of the trigger...After a few hundred rounds of break in, that trigger will feel right at home on your finger...

    Sigma 40

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  18. Bilbo Bagins

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    I would also agree that the LC9 is borderline pocketable, and it really depends on the person and the pocket.

    For me personally the cutoff line is 5 3/4 in total length. In the Khaki pants I wear to work I can pocket carry a Sig P238 that is 5.5" long and smaller guns with no problems. But if I stick my 5.9" long Kel Tec Pf9 in my pocket the back of the gun peeks out.

    Here is the problem, if the gun barely peeks out you got to worry when you sit down because it may peek out more, or even fall out if you have a crappy holster. You also have to worry about someone standing behind you, like if you are waiting in line for something, seeing your gun. I also have the same problem with jeans, and while my .380 pocket guns are fine, the Pf9 will dig into my leg when I front pocket carry while driving.

    I have a few of cargo shorts and loose fitting pants with big pockets that can carry the Pf9, but at the end of the day the PF9 will not fit in every pants pocket and I have to dress around it. The Pf9 and the Lc9 are pretty much identical in size.

    I would take a hard look at the Kahr CM9 or the Beretta Nano for easier pocket carry. The price point is not that much different from the LC9. That 1/3" to 1/2" difference in length makes a big difference.
     
  19. MississipVol

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    If the Nano or CM9 had an external safety, I would take a longer look at both but I want to keep one chambered and, as a new shooter, just don't feel comfortable with it in my front pants pocket without a safety.


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  20. ^ agreed, im smaller at 5'10" 165 and I know I CANT pocket carry it and I refuse to wear tight pants so thats in realtively "loose"/"relaxed" fit jeans like Wranglers or something. That said anything bigger than say a Mustang II,LCP,P3AT is too big for me for pocket carry...ive even tried carrying my Taurus CH85 and I cant do it.
     
    Last edited: May 16, 2012