I want to post some thoughts on the Ruger LC9. Well, I am not impressed. I am disappointed actually in a couple of critical area’s with the Ruger. I am comparing it to a Keltec PF-9 (a pair of them) I have had for quite awhile.
Size, weight and mag capacity are the same or close enough. Sights are equally useful and the recoil is the same too. Both lock open on an empty mag and both mags drop free. Accuracy is roughly the same and neither trigger is ideal but with a bit of practice you will be in the black in no time with either one. Fit and finish is nicer on the Ruger but the Keltec grip is more comfortable. The Keltec has a light rail, to me that’s important! I use a Streamlight TLR-3 on my Keltec.
Now why I think the Keltec wins. They are both perfectly reliable, so that’s good. The Ruger has a magazine safety 🙁 Talk about a downer, this is supposed to be a defensive carry gun and you can’t fire a chambered round in the middle of a mag change?? That’s a deal breaker for me. Additionally the Ruger has an unneeded and unwanted safety on the standard left side, this thing has a mile long trigger pull, you don’t need it. I wouldn’t complain though if the thing didn’t turn itself to safe somehow in my holster- BUT IT DOES!! So one of these day I could be going for the speed draw and shot and end up pulling a trigger that won’t pull. 🙁 Because of those 2 critical areas this Ruger has been a bad choice for me. Those 2 safety’s are not needed, at least I don’t need them. Now take into consideration the Keltec cost me $100 less, has a light rail and it is a better gun. $100 can buy me quite a bit of ball ammo to practice with. Go with the Keltec, my Ruger is back in the box in the safe and I don’t see it coming out again until I sell it.
As always thanks for reading.
By: Cary Kieffer