Rugerâ€™s LC9 is ideal for deep concealment, and itâ€™s especially suited for carry under light clothing during the â€˜dog daysâ€™ of summer
Itâ€™s 6 inches long, 4.5 inches high and .9 inches wide. Thus, the LC9 is slightly shorter than a .38 subnose and 33 percent thinner.
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When compared to a lightweight, 2-inch .38 snubbie, the LC9 is a bit heavier, but it has 60 percent greater firepower. It weighs just about 21 ounces when loaded with eight rounds of 9mm standard-pressure or +P ammunition, while an airweight .38 snubbie weighs a little less than 17 ounces when loaded with five rounds. Thatâ€™s not much extra weight for three additional rounds.
So, now that weâ€™ve established its concealability, letâ€™s get into the nuts and bolts of its construction, as well as its performanceâ€”in terms of accuracy and reliabilityâ€”when tested in a tactical setting.
DESIGNED FOR DEFENSE
The LC9â€™s steel slide and polymer frame are nicely radiused. Ruger made a good effort to reduce the number of sharp edges that could cause the pistol to print through clothing or wear holes in pockets. This reduction in edges gives the pistol a â€œmelted appearanceâ€ that is usually found on guns costing much more.
NOTE: This excerpt is from a recent issue of Gun World magazine.
Story and photos by Dr. Martin D. Topper