Ruger is shaking up the concealed carry market with the new EC9s. The EC9s is an everyday-carry pistol chambered for 9mm Luger with a jaw-dropping suggested price of $299.
The EC9s is patterned off the LC9 series, which will make finding holsters and spare mags a cinch. Ruger managed to deliver the EC9s at such a low price by reducing the amount of machine time needed to make each pistol.
The slide has simple rear serrations and basic integral sights. From the outside, is hard to differentiate from the LC9s, Ruger’s previous low-cost concealed-carry pistol. While it only comes with one magazine, it still ticks all the right boxes for protection.
The EC9s is a polymer-framed, single-stack striker-fired pistol with a standard capacity of 7+1 rounds of 9mm. It comes with one flush and one extended magazine floorplate to accommodate grip size preferences. Ruger also offers extended magazines for a 9+1 capacity that provide a full-length grip for even the largest hands.
The EC9s has multiple external safeties including a manual thumb safety, trigger safety, magazine disconnect and loaded chamber port. It has a 3.1-inch barrel and measures just .9 inches wide.
Unloaded it weighs just a hair over 17 ounces. It’s just about perfect for concealed-carry, especially priced so low.
With real-world prices starting around $240 and up, it’s safe to say that carrying concealed has never been so affordable. Until now if shoppers didn’t find a deal their best options in this price range have often been used or surplus firearms.
But the second-hand market can be hard to navigate, especially for first-time gun owners. Many surplus firearms are not made for concealed-carry, and being able to pick a used gun that’s solid and reliable takes know-how.
And while there are a few low-cost manufacturers that make inexpensive everyday-carry guns in this price range, none of them can match Ruger for quality control and customer service.
The EC9s is a straightforward option for anyone looking for an inexpensive way to carry a concealed handgun on a budget. While features like night sights are not an option for EC9s owners, that’s not a problem at these prices.
Concealed-carry can have a lot of hidden costs. The EC9s leaves people with a little extra to handle these costs — from safety classes, licensing fees and taxes to practical costs like quality holsters and belts.
If you’re new to concealed-carry and just want a “no-brainer” pistol than the EC9s was made for you. With the EC9s you don’t have to invest a lot of money up front for protection without having to hunt for a gun on a markdown.
Down the line, if shooters decide they need something a little more featured, they can always pick up an LC9s Pro, with its improved trigger and stacks of aftermarket sights and accessories — and have all the holsters and carry stuff already in-hand.
“No gimmicks, rebates or mail-in offers for gift cards… just the rugged, reliability of the striker-fired LC9s, now with integral sights and a no-hassle price point that won’t break the bank,” said Ruger in an email blast. “This new Ruger EC9s centerfire pistol is an everyday carry pistol that will keep cash in your everyday wallet.”