This pistol isn’t particularly outstanding in any aspect, except for the trigger, but it is still a respectable option for concealed carry and isn’t anything to shake a stick at. I have actually made this my carry gun and, ultimately, my bedside firearm for around 4 months as of now. Until getting this pistol I really hadn’t had much time behind handguns but as you can read from the title, I got a lot of rounds behind this snappy little piece.
For this review, I am going to start with concealability and ergonomics. Weight and size are the main components of concealability. The Ruger LC9s Pro weighs in at 17.3oz /1lbs 1.3oz when it is unloaded and equipped with a 7 round magazine. When the gun is loaded with 7+1, it will tip the scales at 21.2oz/1lbs 5.2oz. If you go with a factory 9 round mag with one in the chamber then it will weigh 22.6oz/1lb 6.6oz (Just an FYI: the LC9s, LC9, EC9s, and LC380 all weigh basically the same since they are so similar in design). And for those new to concealed carry, those weights are more than manageable for carrying a gun on the belt.
The dimensions of the LC9s Pro with a flush fitting 7-round mag are as follows: max length = 5.9″, max height = 4.4″, depth/thickness = 0.905″ not including the slide release, and a thickness of 1.007″ when the slide release is included. If you were to go with the extended magazine that holds 9 rounds, then the maximum height with be 5.4″. From my several months of carrying this gun with a Vedder Holsters LightTuck IWB holster, I can confidently say that this gun can be concealed moderately easily under most circumstances. That may not sound very conclusive or definitive despite this being a review but it is all I can say. The gun easily hides under two or more layers of clothing but it can easily “print” during windy summer days. It suited my needs but a better holster-pistol set up could theoretically be made. The holster I used can be scene in this article. I liked it.
Now we are at ergonomics. This pistol isn’t the smoothest, most comfortable gun I have handled, to say the least. The first time I shot it, my hands were getting roughed up after 3 mags worth of ammo. Being that this is a small, lightweight gun that is chambered in 9×19 Parabellum, it is snappy. Though, using 9-round mags will certainly bring down the brisk recoil of this gun. Along with the snappiness, the LC9s Pro’s frame is checkered very well. This abrade the skin in short order but I’d rather have it there then not have it. It was funny the first time I shot it; my hands were chapped and kind of scrapped up but come the 2nd shooting session a week later, the skin on my hands must have gotten thicker because it wasn’t nearly as rough the second time around. Like I said. I’m want this extreme degree of checkering on my concealed carry gun, so this is not a complaint at all.
I have a few other points on ergonomics. This gun has a high bore axis. What I mean by this is that the height dimension from the centerline of the bore to the users hand is large. The gun looks tall from the shooter’s perspective when they are aiming. A high up bore axis means that the gun will be harder to control than a gun that has its barrel lower/closer to the hand of the user. When I shoot this gun using a thumbs-forward grip, I tend prevent the slide stop from holding the gun open on an empty magazine. If you hold the gun with a more traditional “cup & saucer” grip then you shouldn’t have issues with this happening. That’s all I got on ergonomics. All the other controls work fine for me.
As far as accuracy is concerned, I think I can shoot okay with this handgun. By no means am I a marksman with any gun but I think I can regularly put all 8 rounds in an 8″ target within 20yd with this thing. That’s all I’ll say on that… Also, this gun has an awesome trigger. It is certainly lighter than a Glock 42 trigger and any other non-competition pistol trigger that I have ever used. The travel is relatively short and the pull weight is quite light. I wish I had a trigger scale to measure it with so I could tell you about it. Just take my word on this. It has a great trigger.
With reliability in mind, this gun hasn’t ran flawlessly over the 1,335 rounds I ran through it. I only performed one genuine cleaning on this gun and that was at the 525 round mark. It suffered a catastrophic malfunction at around the 1,200 round mark. This was due to me using some seriously trash-level ammo. Read about it here. Ruger did make everything right, though! The two loads of ammunition that caused nearly all of the malfunctions was Winchester 124 grain FMJ (Standard NATO ammo) and MAXXTech 115 grain FMJ. These two loads were being used when 11 out of the 13 malfunctions happened. I’m not sure I will buy either ammo types ever again. The other two malfunctions occurred with Blazer Brass 115 grain FMJ. This ammo load worked 99.428% of the time. By the way, the total of the ammunition that I have fired through this gun includes hollow point, full metal jacket, polymer-jacketed, brass-cased, steel-cased, aluminum-cased, factory ammo, and reloaded ammo. With all the malfunctions included, my Ruger LC9s pro functioned normally 99.026% of the time.
To summarize, this gun isn’t perfect but it has its merits, such as an awesome trigger and deep checkering on the frame. I went with it because it didn’t have a safety switch like its similarly named counterparts offered by Ruger. It has been reasonably accurate, for me, at “self defense” distances. It hides well enough and is light enough to make for my year round daily carry gun without too much fuss. Plus, Ruger has your back in case anything goes wrong with your gun.
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