Got to play with the LC9s last night. This is Ruger’s new striker fired version of the LC9. It was really interesting. The trigger was everything you wouldn’t expect from Ruger, in fact, it was great. The LC9s felt good in the my small hands. I was able to reach all the controls easily except for the mag release and I will get to that below. In regards to size I would say it would fall somewhere between a Sig 938 and a S&W Shield so it should be extremely concealable.
There are a few things I would change on it. The reset is agonizingly long for a striker fired gun. Coming from a M&P or Glock I felt like I was searching and searching for it. As I stated above the controls were easy to reach except the mag release. Keep in mind I’m left handed and run my guns with the mag release set up for right handers by engaging it with my middle finger. The msg release on the LC9s is difficult for a lefty using that setup to get to because of its size. It is obvious Ruger wanted to keep the gun as slim as possible and had to sacrifice here. The mag release also lacks the ability to be reversed to the other side for the lefties that prefer that option. After switching the gun to the right hand I had no trouble getting to the release so normal handed people should be OK. Last but not least… the manual safety. Take an efficient platform that is a viable option for carry and then add a manual safety. Why Ruger, WHY!?!? Ruger has already came out and said they will not be offering an LC9S without a manual safety like Smith and Wesson recently did with their shield. Is that a deal breaker? That is up for you to decide.
Overall I think Ruger has a good start. Coming in at under $400 it will appeal to the new shooters pocketbooks. Get rid of the manual safety and shorten the reset and I would probably rank this before the Glock 42.
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