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A friend is sold on one as he said that it "fits his hand like it was made for it". Can't argue with that. He's got some older Ruger revolvers but the pistols are new to him. I just watched Hickock's review and it was the LC9 and he liked it. Long DA trigger pull but practice will help. Question, has anyone shot or own both and how does the striker fired trigger feel. Of course it'll be shorter than the DA, but is it smooth with clean break? Thanks, First shot.
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Serious question?? o_O

I have a LC9 and it feels like that old double action Ruger revolver with 10lbs of rust in it. I wouldn't recommend an LC9 POS to anyone, and probably couldn't give it away on Gun Broker. But the LC9s has redeemed the Ruger single stack.
I'll take the LC9 off your hands and I'll even pay the shipping.
 

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A friend is sold on one as he said that it "fits his hand like it was made for it". Can't argue with that. He's got some older Ruger revolvers but the pistols are new to him. I just watched Hickock's review and it was the LC9 and he liked it. Long DA trigger pull but practice will help. Question, has anyone shot or own both and how does the striker fired trigger feel. Of course it'll be shorter than the DA, but is it smooth with clean break? Thanks, First shot.
I own both the LC9 and the LC9s. I prefer the LC9 as my personal back up off-duty carry. My wife CCW's the LC9s as the trigger is easier on her.

There is nothing 'wrong' with the trigger on an LC9. For those that grew up on DA revolvers with 10-14 lb trigger pulls, the LC9 is a breeze at around 7 lbs. For those that grew up on striker-fired guns the long DA trigger pull is probably not going to be their cup of tea. But again, there is nothing 'wrong' with the trigger. It's just a long DA trigger rather than a crisp 5 lbs break and short reset (though the LC9s reset isn't that short).

Like Mac (and he and I have talked about this on SEP), I prefer the long DA trigger pull for this particular gun since sometimes it's been in a pocket and sometimes in a belly band at the appendix position. I find the trigger as very smooth and again, compared to my first duty gun (S&W 64) it's light like a feather.

My wife likes the trigger on the LC9s as she has issues with hand strength and recoil due to a disability. I like the trigger as well and think it's quite nice.

Either boils down to personal preference. And either are an excellent firearm. I haven't had any issue with either of them. And I love the size, smooth contours and thin profile for carry. I find myself carrying the LC9 almost as much as my G26.
 

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Have him try each of them if your LGS has them. If he's use to revolvers then he my feel more comfortable with the long trigger pull of the LC9. If not, at least he experienced it for himself. As far as manual safety, well that was a long running thread here this last week. Suffice it to say, a manual safety offers only positives with no negatives. As long as one trains to sweep it off during the draw (gross motor skill) then it adds no time to the draw or to acquiring the target. And it is safer during gun grabs and reholstering...by far! And if one doesn't want to use it, they simply ignore it. It isn't in the way. Good luck to your buddy.

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I think I'm going to recommend the LC9s Pro to my friend.
What did your buddy end up getting?

Check out the EC9S. They should be going for ~$230 street price.
Wouldn't be surprised if they dip below the $200 mark.

I'm looking at possibly getting another LC9s just to have as a spare. Guy locally has one with some extras at a good price so if it's still available I think I'm going to meet up with him.
 
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The S... What a sweet little pistol... I couldn't believe how great the trigger was....after the first mag, I was just about putting shots in the same hole at 8 yds...and I'm not "that" good... Trying to justify getting one myself... Thanks..
At the current prices it's hard not to get one. Waiting for someone to get back with me for a meet time on that LC9s (for $275 with two mags, Hogue grip and IWB holster). Hard to pass that up.
 

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Yeah, the Ruger is an excellent choice and it's hard not to grab one for the deals out there, especially used. If I spot a LC9s Pro for a good deal, I may grab one myself.
Agreed. Like I mentioned in the other thread, I'm suppose to meet a guy tomorrow over at the Westshore mall. LC9s with 7 and 9-round mag, Hogue grip and hydex IWB for $275. As long as it checks out, that's a good deal.
 

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If I have the option, I prefer a semi-auto with a manual thumb safety. My first off-duty semi-auto (about a hundred years ago it seems like) had a manual thumb safety so I trained with it, got use to it and it was simply part of the draw to sweep it off with my thumb.

Now I carry Glock on-duty, usually off-duty and teach Glock so I am not uncomfortable with it not having a manual thumb safety. But if Glock again started putting manual thumb safeties on their firearms (like they did in the 80's for some contracts) I would not be opposed to it at all.

A manual safety, in my professional option offers only positives and no negatives. First, if you don't want to use it...simply don't engage it. On most guns, for most shooters a manual thumb safety isn't 'in the way'. Simply ignore it and it's a non-issue. However if one wishes to use it, provided they put a bit of effort into it, it isn't any slower and as earlier mentioned, is simply part of the draw. It can be disengaged without any effort or thought put into it. Secondly it can be useful in a gun grab situation or during reholstering. Particularly a firearm that is carried AIWB or pocket.

Don't remember if I posted it in this thread or another, but I like options and Ruger has done a good job of providing options.

  • Reliable econo-line pistol = EC9s
  • Reliable DA hammer fired pistol = LC9
  • Reliable striker-fired pistol = LC9s
  • Reliable striker-fired pistol without manual thumb safety = LC9s Pro
And again, even if it has a thumb safety but you don't use it, no issue, simply don't use it.

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Picked up the used LC9s this morning and took it to the range along with my LC9 and G43. The LC9s shot just fine with one exception. Using the 9-round magazine I had a couple of FTF and one weird quasi-stovepipe where the entire unfired round was bullet up in the ejection port. But it was only with the Perfecta 115 FMJ. No issues at all with Federal 115 FMJ, Remington 115 HP or Gold Dot 124+P. Ate all that up without a hitch. Compared the Perfecta bullet shape with the other offerings and it was a tad longer than the Remington HP's and more rounded. So figuring it just didn't like the Perfecta with that 9-round magazine.

Can't complain with the accuracy with the LC9s. Easily capable of head shots at 20+ yards. It's a light gun so it does have recoil but that's par for the course with this type of pistol.

Overall pleased and the wife gave it a thumbs up. Figure since she already CCW's a LC9s this one can be a night stand gun for her. That way, either way, she's familiar with the platform.

As far as the LC9, well mine has a very smooth trigger. Yes it's a long DA pull but as I've mentioned before, I'm use to DA trigger pulls that are much heavier so this is like butter to me. Works just fine for my 'kick around the house/yard' gun.
 

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