Ruger LC9 Lightweight Compact 9mm

Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE: RGR), announces the LC9™,…

Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE: RGR), announces the LC9™, a lightweight, compact 9mm pistol for discreet carry by law abiding citizens, or a full-power, no-compromise backup for off-duty law enforcement officers. This highly requested pistol was developed through Ruger’s Voice of the Customer program and incorporates the features and rugged reliability desired by Ruger customers.

The LC9 has a 3.12″ barrel, is 6.0″ long and 4.5″ tall, making for a very compact 9mm pistol. The LC9 is impressively narrow at a mere .90″ wide, and weighs only 17.1 ounces with an empty magazine. Featuring a black polymer (glass-filled nylon) frame and blued alloy steel slide and barrel, the lightweight, full-featured Ruger LC9 offers the versatility and capability of the popular 9mm cartridge in a highly compact, reliable, and user-friendly pistol.

“On the heels of the overwhelming and on-going success of the LCP®, customers repeatedly requested a lightweight, compact 9mm pistol. Frankly, they wanted an LCP chambered in 9mm” said Ruger CEO Michael Fifer. “Delivering an American-made, compact 9mm that provides the same legendary Ruger reliability as the award-winning LCP, LCR® and SR9® became our focus. Meeting customer expectations is our goal and key to Ruger’s continuing success,” Fifer continued.

The LC9 is a double-action-only, hammer-forged, locked-breech pistol with a smooth trigger pull. Control and confident handling of the Ruger LC9 are accomplished through reduced recoil and aggressive frame checkering for a positive grip in all conditions. The Ruger LC9 features smooth “melted” edges for ease of holstering, carrying and drawing.

One seven-round, single-column magazine is provided with each LC9 pistol. The magazine’s standard flat floorplate aids concealability, while the provided finger grip extension floorplate offers an option to shooters who prefer a longer grip surface with more hand-to-pistol contact. Seven-round magazines, holsters and other accessories are available for purchase at

The wider rear aperture of the dovetailed, low-profile, two-dot rear sight aids quick acquisition of the single-dot, dovetailed front sight. This high-visibility, three-dot sight system provides fast, positive sight alignment.


The slide locks open on an empty magazine and the external slide stop is easy to reach and manipulate for positive firearm functioning. A single-sided manual safety and a magazine disconnect are additional features of the Ruger LC9. A California-approved loaded chamber indicator allows for immediate visual and tactile confirmation that the chamber is loaded. A pivoting external extractor provides reliable extraction of the 9mm cases.

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  • John Kinser

    All right, enough theoretical speculation about this gun. I shot my new one for the first time today and it is sweet. Put 150 rounds through it with no hiccups. Very long trigger pull with a late release took some getting use to, but started getting decent groups from 15-50 feet. Much easier to shoot than my “mousegun”, a Taurus .380 TCP. Accidentally found it will even shoot a .380 round (oops), but won’t extract the casing of course.

    If you don’t like the safety… don’t use it (duh). If you don’t like the loaded chamber indicator ignore it, or file the front down to disable it. I find this to be a perfect (so far) compromise between size, weight, firepower, and concealability. Doesn’t hurt that it is a fine looking weapon as well, although that is not paramount in my mind. Had to wait 3 weeks for it, but only paid $350 – seems to be well worth it.

  • PostShooter

    Pretty manly to diss a 9mm as a “pipsqueak” and “mousegun,” then drool over a .22, Gen. How’s your P3AT standing up to your opponent’s 10mm Glock? I bet Mr. Kelgren’s feeling all warm and fuzzy about it. I’m going to go out on a limb and say that Ruger took KelTec’s design and turned it into the gun the PF-9 SHOULD have been. A quality firearm.

  • General Jim M

    First Ruger rips off KelTec’s P3AT,now it is ripping off the KelTec PF9. KelTec does the developing and Ruger adds cosmetic touches to the KelTec designs and basically steals the KelTec designs.I sold my Ruger LCP and bought a P3AT.I felt a little better paying the company that creted the design rather than the copycat.PS.If your life is on the line buy a real gun not a pipsqueak.Do you really want to pull out a mousegun when your opponent displays a Glock 10mm? Guys,look up KelTec’s new PMR30,that’s next on my list.

  • Rick

    This is more like it. I had read about it but didn’t realize that there was a safety. I have the current LCP in .380 but really don’t feel too secure with either the caliber or the gun for a life-threatening situation. Guess I am old school or maybe chicken, but I just do not like to carry a loaded gun in my pants pocket that doesn’t have a safety on it. The current LCP is nice and light but I will be getting one of these as soon as the standard Ruger Recalls are over with, ha.