Ruger LC9 – A New Pocket Pistol in 9mm

The LC9 looks to be an elegant gun from these pictures. If you click this picture it will take you to a larger version that shows the texture of the checkering, and the clean “melted” design of the frame.

If there is evidence of an internet revolution in the firearms industry it is certainly coming from Ruger. Today they announced the new LC9 polymer pocket pistol exclusively online at 2pm. You will not find an story on it in any print magazines today. It is still two weeks until SHOT Show, and by then it will be old news. Most remarkable is that the gun is actually shipping February 1, 2011, in like a month. In an industry where only a few years ago the print world ruled and you couldn’t get a gun for six months after it hit the magazines, this is a monumental approach that Ruger is using to launch a new product.

We are not on the short list yet with Ruger to get guns like this in advance, but as with everything that comes out of Ruger, this new LC9 screams “not just a me-too hack.” Ruger customers demanded this gun through a program called “Voice of the Customer.” It is a full featured gun, with 7+1 9mm capacity, a pivoting external extractor, last round hold-open, and a manual drop safety. In a field of small and pocket-able pistols, in which the Ruger LCP and LCR are already standouts, you can now choose a 9mm in a pocket sized, “melted edge” gun with solid Ruger reliability and American made world class design, fit and finish.

“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.”

Hopefully we will see one of these new guns from Ruger soon, but for now we’ll have to settle for the official announcement information. And kudos to Ruger for using the power of the internet to announce this exciting new product.

This is an overlay of the LCP to the LC9. The latter is about an inch longer and and inch taller.

In a field of small pocket pistols that seem to be added to every day, it is comforting to have Ruger enter the field with a compact, rounded off, single stack 9mm. Their LCP has become a standard for pocket-able concealed carry since it’s introduction, and coming in at one inch longer and one inch taller than the LCP, the LC9 should quickly take the pocket pistol market by storm.

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  • William Parnell January 8, 2015, 8:31 pm

    My son handed me his new Ruger LC9 at his back yard range.I’m 70 and don’t shoot much yet this gun was so easy to sight.I was blowing away targets left and right.I myself was shooting my new Glock 17 Gen4 and although would never compare it to the LC9.Well?

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  • trgo April 13, 2013, 11:02 am

    For CC I currently have a Satin Nickel Bersa .380CC which I feel is a nearly perfect CC weapon.
    Thinking I would like to have the more potent 9mm though, I have now ordered a Ruger LC9 (Buds Guns).
    Having read so many LC9 lo–oo–oo–ng trigger complaints, and knowing that I will hate the lo–oo–oo–ng trigger pull, I have decided to fix that problem immediately, when the gun arrives.
    The Galloway Precision trigger fix (cuts trigger movement by 50%) is the way to go IMHO.
    Galloway does NOT have the (2) parts available for that fix, but Midwest USA has an estimated (genuine Ruger) parts availability date of June 7th. I have already ordered the parts (prepaid) from Midwest USA.
    The parts needed are, a new “trigger bar” ($6.95), and a new hammer ($6.95). I will then send those two parts to Galloway Precision for modification.
    Buds Guns told me that they have more than 400 Ruger LC9’s on (prepaid) backorder. Mine is one of those.

  • Gondolfo Zarzana February 18, 2013, 8:29 pm

    I have a CCW permit (retired LE) and thought the LC9 9mm would be a good concealed weapon. I have to admit that I made a big mistake, I had a firing pin failure within weeks of purchase, I had Ruger repair it with no problem. The trigger pull is the worst of all my concealed weapons. I do not trust the LC9 if push came to shove. I have been waiting for parts from Galloway Precision to re-work the trigger pull, but there are shortages.
    I will not carry this weapon because of the trigger pull. Ruger said they made the trigger pull hard to prevent misfires. B.S.
    I am putting the gun out for consignment.

    • Ralph May 8, 2013, 1:53 pm

      I will buy it. How much? Should be cheap since you think it is not very well made.

  • armed father January 26, 2013, 12:56 pm

    Very happy with my 9mm lcp. First hand gun ive owned.not sure I will find another thet I like as much.very pleased about trigger key lock thats built in. Very safe with young wife likes the way it feels tho she hasnt shot it yet. Light small and pretty accurate at descent range.thanks ruger for a product I feel I can rely on when needed. Go america. Pro guns

  • Ron June 16, 2012, 3:47 pm

    I just bought the LC9 to carry off duty. Never owned a Ruger before but really like this gun over the KelTec I’ve been carrying for years. It’s a nice pocket gun and it also has a safety which was a big selling point for me. I recommend it if your looking for a new carry all the time gun, it wont disappoint.

  • Daniel June 7, 2012, 4:20 pm

    After many years of gun ownership of many different gun types and brands. I have been a 1911 man for most of those years. I do have a carry permit and I carry daily. Now that my age is over sixty five I find that I am looking for a smaller gun. I found one in 380 that I like, then out came the small 9mm pocket pistols. I tried the Sig P290 and did not like it. I have now found the Ruger LC 9 and I am very pleased. The gun is very accurate and does exactly what I need in the roll it will play as my primary daily carry pistol.
    Ruger has developed a perfect low cost gun that the CCW person should take a look at. The recoil was very good and the overall feel and look of the LC9 is very good. I have paid much more and found much less in the other guns out there including Sig, and Kimber. Oh there are times I will still take my Colt 1911 with me, but when I do the back up will be a Ruger LC9.
    Sorry that I found it a bit late. Its been out for a while now. Check them out. You won’t be sorry.

  • Greg April 14, 2012, 9:53 pm

    I picked up my LC9 last month, and I absolutely love it!!! The LC9 is a little mighty mite. Packs a lot of poke into a little, extremely high quality gun. The Ruger people really took good care to construct a sturdy feeling, tough gun that meets a niche market.
    Think it over. Why do you carry a handgun? It is because a long gun is indiscreet and too cumbersome.
    I carry a hand gun for the tactical advantage of not tipping off to my potential assailant that I am armed. In my opinion, open carry doesn’t make you safe; it makes you a “shoot-first” target.
    The LC9 is designed to be powerful, easily concealed and quickly deployed while preserving the safety of unintended targets. Sights are accurate, and mine came with a Crimson Trace. I don’t need 15 shots with a laser.
    This is my first handgun. I used to hold the “Liberal” view on handguns, but now feel that handguns can be a manageable risk if common sense, and safety are observed.
    Well done Ruger!! I’ll be looking in your stable for my next hand-held firearm.

  • Bob K March 8, 2012, 7:06 pm

    I am wanting to purchase a new Ruger LC9 with a Crimson Trace LaserGuard. Anyone have any ideas where I can find one??? Please respond to Many thanks!!!

  • highplainsman March 3, 2012, 11:12 pm

    Just bought my second LC9. Let a good friend get away with my first one. Both were ready to go out of the box. Have also owned a PF9 which also got away from me to another good fried that admired it. Having carried and shot both I have to say their are some things I like about both of them. Extractor came loose but a little loc-tite fixed it and it ran thru several hundred rounds before I let my buddy have it. The grip on the PF-9 was a bit more hand filling and the Ruger is a few ounces heavier and it helps tame the recoil somewhat. I don’t really care for Mag safties but I can live with it. As for as the thumb safty, if you don’t like it just dont engage it. the loaded chamber indicator is a bit too much but I can live with that too. Its a keeper as all my buddies now have my others. Just need to get a couple of spare mags and I will bbe good to go. Also own a little go everwhere LCP. its a little gem! As to copying kel tec I don’t really think so. The way the pistol works (as well as the pF-9) is a Browning design.

  • jajj04 March 3, 2012, 9:10 pm

    I have 4 other handguns, I wanted a smaller frame handgun and decided on the Ruger LC9 because of it’s size. I like the size and how it feels in my hand. I’m a little sad to say that on the first time to the range and after a couple of hundred rounds through the gun I had problem’s with stove pipe’s and not ejecting spent shells. I would say after 200 rounds maybe 20 or so were problems. Out of all my other guns I’ve never had trouble with jams and not ejecting. I sure hope after some more trips to the range it gets better.

    • BJ February 19, 2016, 10:57 pm

      How about cleaning it after 200 rounds…that would be a keen idea!!

  • BW February 25, 2012, 7:10 pm

    The LC9 is very good for compact carry as it is light weight and small enough where you will at times forget that it is in your possession. As far as accuracy, after shooting a few rounds through it, the accuracy is very good. I have the confidence that this weapon will provide the stopping power if I ever need it.

  • Jen Newell February 22, 2012, 10:13 pm

    Well, ladies and gents…I really appreciate the info & insight I’ve gotten from this site about this gun!!
    I just purchased this gun yesterday. My purpose in buying a pistol was for protection…(I live and work in Memphis, TN.) The only experience I’ve ever had with guns was as an adolescent, hunting with a shotgun. Sometime shooting a hand gun. My sister and I took a “permit to carry” course a few weeks ago. We used a glock for the course and I really liked it. I received my now TIME TO BUY!! I really liked the way this gun felt in my hand as opposed to the glock…I have a small frame and the grip on this gun was much less bulky for me!! Plus, it had safety features on it that I liked, being a “novice” with hand guns, plus having grands around!! I had visited another site today and they absolutely SLAMMED this gun. Thanks for the reassurance in my choice!!

  • Lance December 10, 2011, 9:24 am

    Just picked up a new LC9 and the gun rug is plain black with red crest and not like the all others with LC9 on them, did they start a new run?

  • ken November 12, 2011, 12:43 am

    purchased a new Ruger LC9 and immediately had problems with brass shavings blocking the firing pin that resulted in unfired rounds. Sent it back to the factory through the dealer. It was returned within 2 weeks. I put 50 rounds through it and have not had an unfired round, however there is evidence of brass shavings accumulating in the firing pin port.

  • paul October 24, 2011, 12:57 am

    I bought this gun and a hate the long trigger pull is throws off my accuracy too much. I love the way it looks and feels tho. But sadly its getting sold along with all 700 of its safety features! Good gun but not for me.

    • roger johnson January 10, 2012, 12:09 am

      Good gun but not for you? Perhaps you should take some time and learn how to shoot the gun rather than blaming the gun. If it truly was a “good gun” you’d learn how to properly make the gun run for you.

  • Jim bob October 18, 2011, 1:16 pm

    LC 9 can shoot +p ammo read your owners manual, of course is has a small grip it’s a sub compact duh, gun does not need to warm up before it is accurate the owner needs to learn the da long trigger.

    • roger johnson January 10, 2012, 12:07 am

      Good job, Jim Bob…..I had a problem with the “need to warm up” aspect of that fellow’s comments. Never heard of the need for a gun of ANY type to “warm up”……But he shoots “monthly” 🙂

  • Robert Van Elsberg October 17, 2011, 12:53 pm

    This Ruger is a copy of the Kel Tec PF-9 with certain upgraded features. Unfortunately, reliability was not one of them. Last Saturday (Oct 15, 2011) I was at a local range where the shooter in the lane to my left had one of these Ruger LC-9s. He had repeated misfire problems. As he inspected his handgun, collecting fired cases, he noted the extractor claw was removing small particles of brass from the case heads. After a short time, those brass shavings were collecting in the firing pin channel, at times completely blocking it. He was shooting Remington and Sellier& Bellot factory ammunition. After experiencing some 20 to 30 misfires within 100 rounds of ammunition, he was one frustrated gun owner. I didn’t have the heart to tell him I’d bought a Kel Tec PF-9 at the same store, and for much less than he paid for his Ruger, and had zero problems.
    If you put a Kel Tec PF-9 (an earlier design) next to a Ruger LC-9, you’ll see the parentage.
    I saw an online magazine article touting the LC-9 as a new Ruger design concept. I wanted to spit. It may have added features, but the fundamental design was developed by George Kelgren. I also own a RIA Tactical .45. It is a copy of a Colt 1911 with certain upgrades. Neither the manufacturer nor magazine writers pretend that it is anything else. One of the marks of a good, popular design is that it gets copied. There is nothing wrong with that so long as patent rights are observed and credit is given where credit is due.

  • William Terry September 27, 2011, 9:19 am

    Just bought the LC9 yesterday. Compared and handled over 60 handguns over the last 2 weeks and Ruger won out hands down in terms of price and reliability!! Good job guys!

  • Jim Dunnigan September 4, 2011, 10:44 pm

    Ruger, Simply The Best In Quality, Workmanship, Price and Customer Service. BAR NONE! This Is What You Strive For America!

  • Brad August 26, 2011, 10:10 am

    Well, I am happy to see many of you digging your LC9’s. I read so much hype “”what a Great Gun” Total cost $429.oo with a few Items out the door. Yep I bought one…….NOW
    This pistol has a multitude of problems. One can not fire hp+ which would be the majority of better ammo. Two has a poor shot grouping until warm, and I don’t want to have to be in a gun battle before I get an accurate shot off. Third unless you are a woman with small hands the grip is piss poor and leaves figures overhanging at the butt ” not counting the odd figure position you need for accurate trigger squeeze or pull”. Only thing I have to say is it is small it does fit in your pocket. I have fired a multitude over last couple months of ammo and just have nothing good to report. I was going to compare thsi weapon but have changed my mind. Ruger, you let me down on this one. Before you all start trashing me understand I have better than 30 handguns. I shoot monthly. This is an honest review. I own it, it’s in the safe and maybe the wife will like it. That’s all.

  • tousif August 25, 2011, 3:43 am

    ruger lc9

  • hank parker July 18, 2011, 2:43 pm

    i would just like to say how much i enjoy this lc9. I took it out the other day for the first and was very imprssed. i really like the size and plan to carry in my briefcase most of the time. Thank you for a fine waepon.

    Rev. Hank Parker

  • Worm July 7, 2011, 11:55 pm

    I purchased my LC9 about a month ago. Just attended my cc class, and was looking for a weapon in this size range. LCP was too small for my hands, The Kal-Tec didn’t fit either (it was the correct size just didn’t feel comfortable in my hands, I couldn’t tell a difference in trigger pull between the two). The Kahr’s and Sigs were just more $ than I wanted to spend. Some of the others were either wider or bigger then I wanted. I love the size and feel of the LC9. I dislike the trigger it is way to looooog and at 10 lbs it’s hard to not pull the weapon. I’m a bench rest shooter (I believe that’s the reason I have such a problem with the trigger). At 25 yards my groups are a lot larger than I expect from myself. I have put about 500+ rnds though it with no FTE/FTF except for one dud. It likes JHP all brands and weights I tested. The range I go to has a great selection to test, I shoot about around ten different manufacturers before taking the LC9 home. I did just order a SR9c I know it is larger in size than the LC9, but I hope the trigger is better and I can get smaller groups.

  • scott June 3, 2011, 9:02 am

    i have hade the LC9 in my hand awsome i will have one this saterday.

  • MGK May 19, 2011, 6:56 pm

    Nice looking piece, but I picked up a KELTEC PF9, it is smaller, lighter and has a sweet 5# trigger. Made in the USA and way more cost effective than the Ruger, I have put approx 500 rounds through it without cleaning, no failures of any kind. That said I will still buy the Ruger, can’t have too many guns or motorcycles.

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  • AL April 21, 2011, 4:14 pm

    Just got my LC9 yesterday, have not had a chance to shoot it yet. The store said they were selling fast.

  • Diamondback April 19, 2011, 6:28 pm

    I’ve had my LC9 for about a month. Found it to be a safe, reliable & accurate carry piece. Checkering is a bit uncomfortable against bare skin, in my inside-the-belt holster. Also chews on your hands a little, with full tilt loads. But, with all the good points of the gun….. I’ll live with the checkering!!! Great safeties, sights, trigger pull, finish & slide hold open. Got mine at cost, so the price is very good, even up to retail. It’ll be tough for me to find a carry gun that I’d use in place of it! Anybody need a Taurus CIA???

    • Chesafreak March 1, 2012, 4:16 pm

      I had the same issue in which the grip checkering was very uncomfortable against my skin while carrying IWB. I fixed it by buying a cheap bicycle innertube from Wal Mart and cutting a section to fit the grip.

  • chris April 13, 2011, 10:14 pm

    I have had several lcp’s and they are decent guns and shoot ok. Few issues though i had one jam almost every other shot and this was after putting several hundred rounds through it. Also the double action hammer makes for a very long trigger pull. I would like to see a ruger model with a striker, as it makes for a lighter pull. I would recommend anyone who has a lcp to check out Kahr’s .380, it is a little smaller than the ruger and the trigger pull is way better. I’m not knocking ruger because they make a great product and for the price the lcp is around 200 dollars cheaper than the kahr. Just something to look into if u like the lcp….

  • DAVE HUCKABEE April 13, 2011, 6:49 pm

    been a rRger fan over 30 yrs. single action, double action and auto, riflel, pistol and revolvers. i do believe you can not go wrong, buying any Ruger weapon, for the price and quality offered. the LC9 is very attractive. i may have to use some of my savings account and test one on the range. i know if i do, i will probably take it home. it is the American thing to do.

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  • mmbsrUSA March 28, 2011, 5:58 am

    I’ve owned this weapon for 3 weeks now & absolutely love it. For many, many years, my primary CCW has been my trusty S&W Model 39, but I am older now, with a few aches and pains in places that just made the S&W Mode 39 too uncomfortable any more. I stumbled across this LC9 totally by accident, out looking at .40 S&Ws’. I was unaware of it’s existence or any of the hoopla surrounding it. I am not a ‘tacti-cool’ guy & I don’t buy a weapon because of fanfare or a following. I buy weapons that are proven. Along with my S&W Mod 39, you’ll find a Colt M1911A1, a SA M1A1, an Armalite AR-15, a Winchester 1200 and the required Ruger Mark III and 10/22. Each of these weapons is 30+ years old, each all original, complete with original packaging. With the exception of the .22LRs’ and the S&W Mod 39; they were fired, battle-sight zeroed and put away. My weapons were selected & prepared to do one thing and to do it well. Wow, how the hell did I get on to that rant & ramble??? Anyway, the LC9. It functions flawlessly and in less than one box of ammo, you’ll know your sight picture & will bouncing tin cans around at 30 yards. My only dislike is the price of spare magazines. However, I did purchase two because the weapon only came with one. I cc this weapon in a high riding, slightly canted pancake holster with thumbreak, right in the small of my back. Just left of it I have the two spares in a FOBUS 4500P magazine holder. The FOBUS KTP11 and the FOBUS KTP11A (ankle) holsters fit the LC9 perfectly. Buy it. Period.

  • Ramkiller March 23, 2011, 1:40 am

    I’ve been waiting on the LC9 and finally purchased one this past weekend. Fits in my pocket fine and prints about like a checkbook in my tighter slacks. The safety is no bother to me. The trigger is a little creepy to me but I’m a silhouette shooter and I’m used to very clean triggers. For a CCP, the trigger is just what it should be, a long and slightly heavy pull. I took it to the range when I had a little time this morning. I was shooting Winchester 115g round nose. Five shot group at seven yards was 3″W x 1″H. Fifteen yards was about 8×4. Twenty-Five yards was about 14×10. All going low left. Rear sight is an easy adjustment, so next trip to the range I’ll correct the windage. The Elevation I’ll just have to account for based on range. One of the reasons I wanted the features of the LC9 was to have a pistol small enough to carry, but durable enough to practice with (I won’t carry something I can’t practice with). The LC9 seems to fit the bill nicely, even though my wife’s PK380 is more accurate.

  • JonSE March 22, 2011, 12:57 am

    Brittany asked: “I just dont understand why everyone complains about the Safety on the LC9???? Am I missing something? Just dont use it! If there is something I am missing on this subject, please enlighten me!”

    Brittany, I will answer your question as best I can from my perspective. This pistol has a double-action-only trigger system. It really does not need a manual thumb safety, so is an unnecessary and superfluous bit of add-on. The reason that experienced users of handguns don’t like unnecessary controls on pocket pistols it that such items simply can get in the way when a person already is under duress. A pocket pistol should be (1) super concealable, (2) super simple, (3) devoid as possible of exterior controls, (4) completely reliable, and (5) as powerful and accurate as possible while maintaining number 1.

    Unfortunately the politicians which make rules and laws such as in California have no concept of the purpose of handguns or what really is necessary for safe carry and operation of any handgun. Most of the things on the LC9 to make it California compliant are unnecessary and even undesirable.

    For instance, the chamber indicator, which sticks up above the top profile of the slide. Any weapon must be considered to be loaded until proven otherwise, and any proper pistol training course will teach one how to properly check for a loaded chamber. Next is the thumb safety, which we just discussed. Then, there is the magazine safety. Some people like them, and many police departments require them. The police face different problems than do civilians and some police departments feel that they want their officers to be able to disable their weapons simply by dropping the magazine if someone is about to take control of the weapon. Civilians generally don’t face this problem and many want to be able to fire their weapon in the event the magazine has dropped out of the gun. It happens for various reasons which I have seen frequently during training courses. Depending upon the design, the lock system may be OK or not. I have no small children in my house, so I don’t need a lock system. Others might. Some locking systems have been know to cause the weapon to malfunction. I cannot say about this one until I get my hands upon one of the pistols and check it out.

    Anyway, I hope that this helps you understand some of the commentary you might read. A lot of gun stuff is opinion, some informed and some not. Fad also is strong in the business. People read gun magazines, see what other people have on the range and what their friends are buying, and what all the now cools stuff. Many people selling stuff in gun stores really don’t know much about carrying and using guns, about gun design, or gun repair. They just sell what is on the shelf and say whatever they have to say to sell it.

    I suggest you attend a good four-day course at some place like Gun Site or Front Sight with the gun you plan to use for defense at home or carry. Spend some time researching for information on the ballistics of handgun ammunition and care and maintenance of your handgun. Also, research your particular handgun for reliability. All this information is out there and you don’t have to be a gun nut or mechanic to understand the basics. If you have not already chosen a gun or already own one, you might go to a range which rents pistols and try out a few to see which you find most comfortable to use.

    Good Luck.

  • Pat A G March 16, 2011, 4:55 am

    California DOJ just approved the LC9 for sale.

    • BJ February 19, 2016, 11:03 pm

      You cant purchase firearms in California!!! LOL…

  • Jon Edmonds March 12, 2011, 4:44 am


  • Jack Mc March 4, 2011, 12:37 am

    Post Script: Don’t think I am a Ruger basher please. I am a stock holder in Ruger (RGR) and it is a good investment! I own ten Rugers presently, four rifles and six handguns and but for the LC9 have been impressed with the overall quality and price. The LCP could have been a simpler design instead of adding the dings, bells and whistles. I am just not impressed with this LC9 as I had hoped I would be. I was a former Deputy Sheriff and then practiced law for 25 years. Jack Mc

  • Brittany February 28, 2011, 2:45 pm

    I just dont understand why everyone complains about the Safety on the LC9???? Am I missing something? Just dont use it! If there is something I am missing on this subject, please enlighten me!

    • Ralph August 11, 2011, 2:37 am

      The problem with a safety is that in the heat of the draw when your life is on the line, you have to remember to manipulate it, doing so with fine motor control. The problem (PROBLEM) is that when your life is on the line, you lose fine motor control. A separate problem is that user ability aside, just having a safety introduces possible shot prevention when your life is on the line. The way to minimize both these issues is to practice drawing where you always (ALWAYS) thumb the safety off. The problem with this solution is that if you have another pistol without a safety, or with a safety in a different location, then your training for one gun is not appropriate for the other gun. For this reason (the LC9’s safety) I am forced to go with the KelTec P11, a double-stack 9mm pocket pistol, which has no safety, and which will accept extended S&W mags. But I love the look (sheesh!) and feel of the LC9, and of course love that it is American made. I really want to get away from my concern about the LC9 safety, but I just cannot do so. ….Ruger, any method available to remove / disable the safety and safety switch?

  • JTO February 26, 2011, 12:39 pm

    I received my LC9 on Feb. 24th. It’s ever so slightly smaller physically than my stainless Taurus 709 ‘Slim’. But, it’s comparable to my blued KT PF9. I just like the looks of the Ruger over the ‘Slim’ and the PF9. That said……….I do like the double strike feature of the Taurus. My local gun dealer currently has the Kahr CW9 in stainless on sale for $399. I’ll probably add the CW to my collection too so I can pick and choose which of my ‘pocket nines’ I’d rather carry as the mood strikes me.

  • todd February 20, 2011, 3:07 pm

    I have the LCP and I love everything about it. I will also be purchasing the LC9. I also will carry the lc9 for my everyday carry, and use the lcp as a back up or summer carry. There are a couple features I do not like about the lc9 ( the safety, and the locking feature ) but overall after I get used to the additional useless features I feel that I will like this gun as much as the lcp. I started buying handguns with the purchase of the Kel Tech p-11 , and even though I still like and own this weapon I purchased the lcp and fell in love with the gun and now will only buy Rugers.

  • rob February 12, 2011, 3:04 am

    well lets face it…the LCP was a “copy” of the Kel-Tec .380 and this seems to be a close version of the Kel-Tec PF9. My question is why is the price difference soo much different with these two models while they were only about $10 a part on the .380? I paid $279 for my wifes PF9 (her cc piece) and the msrp for this is over $400!

  • JOHN RUSS February 7, 2011, 3:38 am

    LCR&lc9 are greart ccw pistols.

  • JOHN RUSS February 7, 2011, 3:36 am


  • DHenry January 31, 2011, 4:22 am

    I love my LCR and it has already prevented me once of being a victim of street crime, I will be getting the first LC9 in my area as tomorrow I’ll be at my local gunsmith when he opens his door.

  • Alain Tessier January 30, 2011, 10:08 pm

    Ruger designed this pistol with us Californians in mind -The pistol has been submitted to CA for addition to the CA pistol roster, so we should be seeing this one in our stores soon. I can’t wait!

  • greg January 28, 2011, 2:51 am

    I recently bought my 1st ruger!! I bought a used p89 and so far I love it. Now I see this LC9!! I started off with Taurus and then went completely Glock. I guess its time to acquire a family of rugers lol.

  • Ken Opdycke January 26, 2011, 5:10 pm

    Like others here I like the looks and specs of this new LC9 with one exception. I own two LCPs and both have Laser sights. I wondered when I bought them why didn’t Ruger put a mini rail grove fo rht elaser people to grab a hold of, now once again this small feature is missing and could have easly been in the mold for the lower. Better yet why not have two optional lowers, one with the laser sight built in?

  • ARTHUR STRZELECKI January 20, 2011, 8:14 pm

    I would like to know anything and everything I can about this handgun. You can either email me or send it to me by mail:

    Arthur Strzelecki

    • john faytinger April 27, 2011, 10:37 pm


      Been shooting the LC9 for a while now. Have you picked up one yet? They go for $339 @ gunshows but mags are still hard to find. Good gun overall but a few things stand out. 1) like the LCP, this is ALL double action……long trigger pull. 2) I don’t know why Ruger put a side safety on this because it’s practically useless. I would have preferred a slide release to charge the weapon upon reload. 3) They have a magazine safety like the old Browning High Powers…you can’t operate the weapon without the magazine being inserted. HP owners remove the magazine safety in the HP because it interferred with both the magazine removal and the trigger pull. 4) It WILL sting you due to the light weight and potent 9mm cartridge. Mine is still wandering around the target but I hope it will settle down after a few boxes of ammo, just like the LCP. Hope this helps.

      • 45acpkev June 17, 2011, 10:24 am

        The manual safety was added to be (People’s Republic of) California compliant as a “good” gun, regardless of the fact that revolvers have no such idiotic mandate. I will be moving when I am able, for this, as well as so many other reasons.

        • Administrator June 17, 2011, 10:29 am

          Come to florida property values are in the toilet now is the time to move.

    • Mike January 8, 2013, 10:35 pm

      Just bought the Ruger and with laser sites. Shoots well. Longer trigger pull than I care for but will give myself time to get used to it. I wonder if it’s adjustable in some way. Advise to buy? Yes indeed. A nice conceal gun and easy to fire. Laser of course turns on and off. Easy magazine release. Nice feature, the “loaded” indicator on the top of the chamber. Nice firearm.

  • 762x51n8o January 18, 2011, 7:10 pm

    It’s hard for me to fathom that if you would have asked me just one short year ago, I would say, “I’m not really a Ruger guy.” I did own a Ruger 10/22 that my dad gave me, but that was it. Then I bought the LCP when it came out. I was really impressed. Then my wife happened to buy me a book, “Ruger and his guns.” I was fascinated. Then I started to crave a Mark I, II, or III. So I bought a Mark III. By then I was hooked on Ruger. Now last week I just bought a GP161. Now I’m a huge fan of Ruger. Just last week, after I bought the new .357, I was thinking, “I would really like to get something more in 9mm, I only have a Beretta in 9mm. Hmmm…look at that SR9, that looks nice.” Low and behold, the next day, viola, look what Ruger has done now…the LC9.

    I have to give Ruger a lot of credit, they have truly become innovators in the last couple of years. They weren’t the first with a micro-compact .380 on the market, but theirs was the best (and well marketed) when it came out and it’s because of them that this market has taken off. I can guarantee you that within the year, everyone and their brother will have a single stack 9mm on the market. And always, Ruger will have the best price (I was surprised at the low MSRP for the LC9). Sig will be charging $900 for a similar gun that is “better.”

    I’m on the list to get one of these from Ruger to review, hopefully this week, but perhaps not until after Feb 1. When I do, come check out my review at:

  • Sandotex5 January 18, 2011, 4:30 am

    Can’t wait for this gun! Currently carrying a Sig p238 (LCP felt too small even in my hands) but would like a little more “oomph” than .380. Springfield sc XD40 a little too thick for casual/summer carry. Buying cheaper 9mm ammo would also be nice.

    • Jonathan February 20, 2012, 1:34 pm

      LC9 was too small in my hands and the grip on the rear of the stock ate my hand up. The shooting portion of the LC9 was fantastic accurate as could be. After testing the lc9 and the sr9c and I am going with latter purely due to feel in hand.

      • mdog00 March 5, 2012, 12:05 am

        It’s a close combat, concealable gun that you draw and get on point fast…these little pocket heaters aren’t really made for conventional plinking

  • Mark Norcross, Redding, CA January 18, 2011, 1:39 am

    It has all the features required in California by the DOJ. So why isn’t it approved for sale here? The market here for single stack nines is almost exclusively owned by the Kahr PM9, which is not fun to shoot and way over priced (IMO). I think these would sell like hot cakes.

    • Mike November 16, 2011, 3:45 pm

      “It has all the features required in California by the DOJ. So why isn’t it approved for sale here?”

      Because you live in Kalifornia, comrad, that’s why. I am sure its a beautiful state but it has been taken over by communists. Get out and move to a state that still believes and supports your second ammendment rights.

      • Paul October 4, 2012, 5:10 pm

        It was approved for sale in CA in January of 2012

  • Ron January 17, 2011, 1:35 am

    If this as small as the Kel Tec 9mm, I will likely get one. I wonder if it will have a recall or two to get the bugs out. Maybe I will wait and see how others like them first. I don’t like being a test market with my time and money. Does anyone know if they will be making 30 round clips for these. Will they ever be availabe in full auto. Wow, full auto with ten, 30 round clips. That would be totally awsome.

    • Bert April 22, 2011, 7:45 pm

      Ron, I assume you are making a joke. If not the answers are no and no and you are a nut.

      • Jake May 1, 2011, 1:39 am

        No, but they might make a 30 round “MAG”.

        • roger johnson January 9, 2012, 11:53 pm

          Jake…thanks for trying to educate folks on proper terminology about magazines. Clips are stripper for rifles or half/full moon for certain centerfire revolvers shooting rimless auto pistol ammo. Now if we can just get people to stop using the “.45 LONG Colt” misnomer and simply say or write “.45 Colt”. I usually tell people when the ask me the difference to refer to a loading manual and try to find a load for a “.45 Long Colt”…..

    • Paul August 22, 2012, 1:57 am

      Ron, how about you run along now and buy yourself a nice rubber blue gun and you can scotch-tape all the magazines together that you would like. Better yet, you can “clip” all the magazines together, wrap them up in the other kind of “magazine” (the one with all the super-hero cartoons) so you can have lots of things to look at when its potty time. I can only hope you have a wicked-good sense of humor, but my fear is that you are one of those tools (the bent kind) the left-wing anti-gun wacks rightfully point to when you occasionally escape from the attic.

  • Mike Olson January 16, 2011, 9:42 pm

    I have an LCP that is my constant companion. I will be getting one of these LC9’s as soon as possible.

  • Mark Brannan January 13, 2011, 7:33 pm

    Any chance of an LC40 or an SR40c in the near future?

    • AllenQ-Atlanta January 30, 2013, 12:26 am

      Got and email from Ruger. Just introduced a SR40C as a new product.

  • Paramedic Carry January 13, 2011, 3:24 pm

    I too am a die hard fan of Ruger. I am currently selling my foreign guns and buying all American made guns! I will be adding this fine handgun to my collection when they become available.

    Ruger will be start shipping these Feb 1st and will be in the shops by the 3rd if not the 2nd (overnight). I have already preordered one through my local dealer, they are getting 1 with the first shipping and its mine!

  • Kyle Eskelson January 11, 2011, 10:03 pm

    I am so happy to see so many other die hard Ruger fans. This will be another part of my collection, the sr9 is just to big to carry but I do. I wish my local gun store would start taking preorders, and does anyone know of any online dealers or dealers in the central ohio area that will. Thanks in advance

    Go Ruger the bets in the business and still made in AMERICA that rocks

  • john January 11, 2011, 1:37 am

    This little shooter could lead me back to the Ruger fold……

  • Dan January 10, 2011, 7:14 pm

    Ruger has absolutely hit another home run. I like many other gun enthusiasts have several Rugers, and this one will be in my collection as well. It truly is great to have an American company that is making such outstanding and reliable products. I have all three of the current Ruger compacts- LCP, LCR, and SR9c, and they all operate flawlessly. I am sure the LC9 will be no different, and at only 14 oz’s !!!!!! Thanks Ruger.

  • Greyrebel January 9, 2011, 3:37 pm

    Can’t wait to try it out!! I have an LCP that I carry but if I buy this gun, I can use this as my daily carry and the LCP as a BUG.

  • buford 2005 January 9, 2011, 12:15 am

    I am a huge ruger fan,i have a ruger LCR 380 and carry it at all times, i cant wait to get my hands on this great new pistol as i will own it for sure. Hats off to ruger for another awesome very concealable firearm……keep up the good work!

    • AllenQ-Atlanta January 30, 2013, 12:23 am

      Nice gun, small compact, with some punch. Wanted to buy one before Christmas, didn’t have the money when they had it in the store. Got the money now, can’t find one. It has a lot of the safety features of my SR9c in a smaller package. I’ll just have to wait till they start shipping again. A Ruger Fan.

  • Pistol Packing Pappa January 7, 2011, 8:00 pm

    I am glad to see an American made pistol that could go head to head with the Brazilian made Taurus Millennium Pro 9mm pistol.
    I became completely turned off to Brazil when I read that they were part of the South American block who were against the State of Arizona’s stand against illegal immigration. (Go Ruger – Go American)

    • mdog00 March 5, 2012, 12:02 am

      Nothing made in Brazil is worth having

      • KC July 31, 2012, 4:35 pm

        Other than supermodels…. Do not forget supermodels. Guns, I agree.

  • Schillinger January 4, 2011, 5:58 pm

    Can’t wait to get my hands on one of these. If it is anything like the LCP as far as fit, finish, reliability, and accuracy, I will be making this my new daily carry gun. Thanks, Ruger for listening to your loyal customers!

  • zeke January 4, 2011, 2:38 pm

    Ruger does it again. I really like the rounded features – makes it ideal for carry…

    I can hardly wait to feel it and see the balance. When are you guys going to get one to review?

  • Steve Walker January 4, 2011, 1:26 am

    I am happy to see this gun. I am a Ruger fan and own the LCP 380 as well as others. But for concealed carry I am going to get me one of these new Rugers. You need not make excuses when you deliver such a fine firearm for the public.
    Thanks once again Ruger. Steve

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