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LC9 or LC9s

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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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If I were buying for me, it would be the LC9, for the wife, the LC9S because she doesn't like a long heavy trigger.

Moot point, as we are both quite happy with our carry choices.
 
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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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I have a plain old LC9. I can shoot it accurately, but the trigger pull is too long for me to rapid fire it well. I picked up a Shield 9mm to take its place (though the Shield is slightly larger).
Here's a table of compact pistol specifications that I put together:
http://chronosscifi.com/tableCompareCompacts.html

I also included an LC9 in the following handgun comparison. The target below is from that comparison.
http://chronosscifi.com/gunCompare.html

25 rounds fired at seven yards from an LC9. The core group is tight and shows the guns inherent accuracy, but I find that it is a very easy to gun throw up fliers with.
 

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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.
PSA had the LC9S for 300.00 and you also got a AR10 gen2
stripped lower and a AR15 stripped lower. We got two sets,
now all three of us have a LC9S, we have had one for a year
or so.
 

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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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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. Eat 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.
Thanks for the report. Sounds decent enough
 

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I own both a LC9 and a LC9s. I have large hands and with the LC9 my trigger finger will impinge on my thumb and disrupt the god awfully long trigger pull. I finally built up the backstrap with epoxy and put a thumb shelf on the right side frame. Racking the slide takes a good deal of effort, enough that my 5'2" wife cant rack it with reliability. On the plus side it is quite accurate and I have taken a rabbit at 40yd with a head shot and was thankful that there werent 2 rabbits. Man sized silhouette target at 50 yds all shots stay on target, shooting as trigger will allow.
The LC9s on the otherhand has a very good short trigger with manageable reset. The trigger, to me, seems measurably better than those Glocks Ive fired. Shorter range accuracy 10-15 yds is excellent even with a relatively hasty rate of fire- ~about 7 shots in ~10 seconds. All shots will be covered by a hand. Longer range is still to be determined. The slide is easier to rack than the standard 9 and the OTC price was better than the standard 9. The 9s is my choice for EDC, in a good reinforced pocket holster.
 

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