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Old 03-17-2011, 5:24 PM
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Default Range Report: Ruger LC9 vs. LCP vs. Glock 26 (review and pictures)

I just picked up the Ruger LC9 from Proforce

Paid $344.99 and extra mags are 21.99 each

The gun comes with one mag One ficken mag.

Trigger pull - very long but light.....(see pictures below)

Trigger reset - Extremely longgggggggg and it has a DOUBLE RESET CLICK. I had a few false resets. (see picture below)

Tool needed to take down the gun It is impossible to take down the gun without a small punch.

I can ignore the loaded chamber indicator and the manual safety but why the heck did Ruger decide to have the Magazine Diconnect Safety on a CCW handgun. In addition, it has the internal, key activated, lock.


There is no reason to purchase the LC9 unless you have a hard time hiding other subcompact handguns (GLock 26, XD subcompact, M&P9C, etc.) The gun is too big for pocket carry.

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I can ignore the loaded chamber indicator and the manual safety but why the heck did Ruger decide to have the Magazine Diconnect Safety on a CCW handgun. In addition, it has the internal, key activated, lock.

Thanks for the review.

The magazine disconnect was required by CA to get it listed on the roster.
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Thanx for the review. I was looking at this or the Kahr CM9 for CCW (when I actually apply). Looks like the Kahr wins....so far.
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Thank you for the review. Looks like it's a very politically correct gun... And sizewise it doesn't seem to offer much advantage over a Glock 26, and it's no Glock...

I still want the LCP though.
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Ruger isn't really know for making superb guns. Just serviceable and affordable. Revolvers and 22s excluded. Those ARE excellent.
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It definitely does have an advantage over the G26 in the thickness department. A little bit goes a long way. The Glock 26 and the full sized Glock 17 are the same thickness after all.
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Man that looks even bigger than I expected!

I still would like to handle one, but if you cant spend the money to buy a Kahr PM series, your choices are very limited, I would like to see it next to a Kahr CW9, and if the new Kahr CW9 ever makes it to our roster, then the LC9 may have a tough time competing with it.

I was thinking of adding a LC9 to the list of guns that I might trade my LCP for, but now I don't think so.
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Turners has this right now on the weekly ad for $379

http://www.turners.com/engage/displayads.php

And - its already on the DOJ list.
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... I would like to see it next to a Kahr CW9, and if the new Kahr CW9 ever makes it to our roster, then the LC9 may have a tough time competing with it.

I was thinking of adding a LC9 to the list of guns that I might trade my LCP for, but now I don't think so.


CW9093 / Stainless Steel, Polymer Pistol 3.5" 9mm 1/4/2012
It is on the roster unless your thinking of the CM9 which comes out this month.
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CW9093 / Stainless Steel, Polymer Pistol 3.5" 9mm 1/4/2012
It is on the roster unless your thinking of the CM9 which comes out this month.
Yes you are correct, I meant CM9
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It definitely does have an advantage over the G26 in the thickness department. A little bit goes a long way. The Glock 26 and the full sized Glock 17 are the same thickness after all.
That is the only positive thing I see with the Ruger LC9. It weighs almost the same as the Glock 26.
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Great pictures and review. Have to handle one before I commit to buy. I was hoping it was about the size of a J-frame for pocket carry.
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Sounds like you went ahead and bought one without doing your research on a gun. I can't see where you're from but if you're from California , you should have known about the mag disconnect requirement and other things. Sorry
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whats a magazine disconnect safety? is it that ridiculous redundant thing also on the phoenix arms hp22, that only serves to make things much more dangerous in the event of a FTF or FTE?
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whats a magazine disconnect safety? is it that ridiculous redundant thing also on the phoenix arms hp22, that only serves to make things much more dangerous in the event of a FTF or FTE?
Makes it so that you're unable to fire the gun without a magazine inserted. Hopefully someone will find a way to disable the mag disconnect and post it up for all to see, just like in the M&P. Ruger is well known for producing guns with redundant safeties, and as annoying as it is, it's what gets their guns on our stupid roster.

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whats a magazine disconnect safety? is it that ridiculous redundant thing also on the phoenix arms hp22, that only serves to make things much more dangerous in the event of a FTF or FTE?
It makes it so you can actually buy the gun new in this state.
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Great photos. I always figured the LC9 wasn't that small in comparison to other subcompacts, and these pics just proved that to me. Plus I'm not crazy about the mag disconnect or the external safety on a ccw or 'pocket' type, subcompact size pistol.

Kind of makes me want to get another G26
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thank you for the review (great pics)...I was thinking of selling my LCP to buy one, but i'm probably just gonna keep it now.
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great review buddy. LCP OR G26 all the way. i think that LC9 is a waste of design, with the MDS, LCI and manual safety....
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Well that sealed the deal for me; thanks for the review! Looks like I'll be getting a G26 to compliment my G17 and G19.
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Good review and thanks for being the guinea pig for many people. I still think Kahr makes the best subcompact 9mm CCW guns. The only Ruger I own is a .22 Mark II and it's going to stay that way.
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Ruger LCP for the pocket carry win, G26 for the subcompact win. LC9 looks too big for true pocket carry (like the G26 is for most pockets), and doesn't appear to do anything better than the G26 in the subcompact realm (except be a little more narrow).
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Sorry, I didn’t take any picture while I was at the range (forgot the camera at home) Firing the LC9 was, well, painful. The gun was very jumpy. I had to re-grip the LC9 after every shot. The grip felt extremely rigid and did not form to my hand in the least bit. If you are used to striker fire pistol (glock, M&P, XD), you will have a hard time with the LC9 trigger. I put 50 rounds through it and shot flawlessly. I like to shoot my carry gun a lot but this gun is not comfortable to shoot at all. Seriouly… Glock needs to release a single stack 9mm the size of g26/g27. I am willing to pay double the price of the LC9.




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So I have two questions, how big is it compared to a XD40SC?

And what are you going to do with the LC9?
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It may not be the greatest thing since sliced bread, but it does seem to be a lower cost alternative to the G26..
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It may not be the greatest thing since sliced bread, but it does seem to be a lower cost alternative to the G26..
If you're a GSSF member, you can get a Glock for about $50 more than the LC9. Add a magazine or two for the LC9 and you haven't saved much.
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I'm waiting for Proforce the get the Sig P290, but I'll pay more than you did for the Ruger Until then my Gen4 26 works fine.
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I'm waiting for Proforce the get the Sig P290, but I'll pay more than you did for the Ruger Until then my Gen4 26 works fine.
The Sig p290 is two times the price of the LC9. They told me that they will receive a large shipment of the Kimber Solo by the end of this month.
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Internal key activated lock,forget it. I'm happy with my G26 and Kahr MK9.The Sig looks interesting.Thanks for the info.
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Man that looks even bigger than I expected!
It's not big at all. The SR9 looks positively enormous next to it... it's just that Rollin' posed it with a G26 and his LCP

I looked at one at Turner's today.
I didn't realize the fekking thing is DAO. Even with it's drawbacks, I was still thinking of getting one for a BUG, but not with that long DAO pull.
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Sounds like you went ahead and bought one without doing your research on a gun. I can't see where you're from but if you're from California , you should have known about the mag disconnect requirement and other things. Sorry
RC3 is a LEO, so many (most?) of his purchases are probably non-rostered guns.

And in any event, the disconnect is a new requirement. Neither my XD9, 1911, nor my wife's Beretta have it.
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Bah this is disappointing, as I was interested in getting one soon. I guess you saved me a couple hundred bucks then eh?
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what id like to see is a pic of the lc9 next to the sr9c. i have a sr9c and it is also a small gun but shoots just as good as its full size brother. wondering if there is a big size advantage in the lc9 compared to sr9c.
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what id like to see is a pic of the lc9 next to the sr9c. i have a sr9c and it is also a small gun but shoots just as good as its full size brother. wondering if there is a big size advantage in the lc9 compared to sr9c.
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Man that looks even bigger than I expected!

I still would like to handle one, but if you cant spend the money to buy a Kahr PM series, your choices are very limited, I would like to see it next to a Kahr CW9, and if the new Kahr CW9 ever makes it to our roster, then the LC9 may have a tough time competing with it.

I was thinking of adding a LC9 to the list of guns that I might trade my LCP for, but now I don't think so.
I have one, and the CW9 is virtually the same size, but a tiny bit shorter. If you're looking for a pistol in this size range (for example, because you have small hands), the CW9 is a no-brainer over the LC9. No lawyer features, a better trigger, higher capacity mags available. The only downside I see is the cheap plastic front sight, but you can replace that fairly easily. Kahrs aren't as expensive as everybody seems to think they are, either. You can get a CW9 for $350 online with no trouble thee days. Also, I haven't shot an LC9 but the OP indicates that it's painful to shoot; my CW9 is a total range gun. I could pop rounds off all day with almost no discomfort, and what little discomfort I do experience after extended shooting is caused by the agressive checkering on the front and backstraps, not excessive recoil or muzzle flip.

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Thanks Rolling for the review and informative pics!

I really like carrying my LCP (w/Crimson Trace) in a Desantis Nemesis and was really interested in the LC9 when I first heard of it...after seeing it next to the G26 though, I might have to pass.

When ProForce gets those Solo's in, I might have to take trip to Brea and check them out!
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