There are a lot of reasons slim frame 9s are popular, not the least of which is having the concealability factor of an itty bitty gun with a
grown up round like a 9mm loaded in it. This popularity is not lost at SHOT Show this year, and today I had the chance to handle a couple of the new slim frame 9s.
First is the Ruger LC9 everybody has been talking about. I was excited to shoot this gun just to find out how it compared to the LCP. I do have to compliment Ruger on the fact that the trigger pull is awesome relative to the .380 version. Also the ergonomics are very well done. For what it is the gun is comfortable to hold and easy to manipulate. However, the muzzle flip on the LC9, like pretty much every other slim frame 9 ever made, is just ridiculous. My first shot was right on target but after that myflinch was so horrific I was impressed all my bullets hit the paper. Even Caleb managed to hold his group but took a good amount of time getting his sights realigned and his grip back on target.
For what it is the Ruger LC9 is very nice. I would pick it over a Walther PPS any day just based on ergonomics, and the trigger pull alone makes it preferable to the LCP.
There is another slim frame 9 out there that I’m curious to see though. We stopped at the Diamondback booth and were shown their new toy, and now I just must compare and contrast. As such, be looking for some upcoming articles on slim frame 9s: The Walther PPS, the Ruger LC9 and the Model DB9.