Yesterday, as Shelley noted on Gun Nuts, Ruger announced their new LC9 pistol. Obviously, the internet went bananas with reactions ranging from “ho-hum” to “OMFG ANOTHER KEL-TEC RIPOFF!!!!!ELEVEN” and the more reasonable “they will probably sell a lot of these”. Having spent some quality time with a lot of Ruger products recently, including their excellent SR9c and SR40 pistols, I wanted to add my thoughts on the LC9. The first thing I want to address is that this isn’t a Kel-Tec “ripoff” any more than the Taurus TC9 or whatever it’s called is. The Ruger LC9 was developed specifically because people wanted a larger, more powerful version of the LCP chambered in 9mm. Ruger delivered on that promise with the LC9. The second thing I want to talk about is the manual safety. People seem to not like it. That’s cool, you don’t have to use it. There is a weird misconception that you need to use every safety device that your pistol comes with. Down this path lies madness. I don’t use the safety on my SR9c ever, and I don’t use the safety on a Beretta 92FS for anything other than a decocker. If you don’t like it, don’t use it.
As far as looks go, it’s actually not a bad looking gun, and it appears to have decent sights on it. That being said, I personally am not really interested in this gun. The presence of a magazine disconnect safety is a big ol’ turnoff for me; I hope that it’s as easily removed as the one in the SR-series of pistols. This is my personal opinion, I just don’t see 7+1 rounds of 9mm as a really significant improvement over 5 rounds of .38 Special +P or 7+1 of .380. Yes, I know that 9mm is objectively better than a .380, but this gun is a little too large for a pocket gun, and if I’m carrying a gun on my belt it might as well be the Ruger SR9c, where I can get 17+1 pretty easily.
I like the gun, and I like the concept. Co-blogger Shelley will be getting one to review, and hopefully our friends at Crimson Trace will be getting a Laser Guard set up for it in a hurry, since this is a definitely a pistol that would benefit from a laser. I do think Ruger is going to sell a ton of these, specifically because they’re an item that’s been requested by the customer. I hope to see this be a successful item for them!