New Ruger LC9s Striker-Fired Pistol

Ruger has released a striker-fired version of their venerable LC9 compact 9mm pistols. The new version of the LC9 is compatible with all previous LC9 accessories and holsters. Ruger promises a “short, light, crisp trigger pull”.


Ruger LC9 Windows Snip

Much to my chagrin, the pistol arrives with a magazine disconnect (although I hope it is removable ala the original LC9). Also included is a single 7-shot magazine, soft case, and the obligatory cable lock.

Retail is set at $449 and is shipping to distributors and retailers soon.



Model Number: 3235 | Caliber: 9mm Luger

Slide Material: Through-Hardened Alloy Steel Slide Finish: Blued
Barrel Material: Alloy Steel Barrel Finish: Blued
Barrel Length: 3.12″ Length: 6.00″
Width: 0.90″ Height: 4.50″
Weight: 17.20 oz. Sights: Adjustable 3-Dot
Capacity: 7+1 Grip Frame: Black, High Performance, Glass-Filled Nylon
Twist: 1:10″ RH Grooves: 6
MA Approved & Certified: No CA Approved: No
Suggested Retail: $449.00

Features (Courtesy of Ruger):

  • Striker-fired version of the award-winning LC9® has a short, light, crisp trigger pull for faster, more accurate shooting.
  • Uses all existing LC9® accessories including lasers, holsters and extended 9-round magazines.
  • Slim, lightweight and compact for personal protection, just slightly larger (less than 1″ taller and 1″ longer) than the popular and incredibly compact LCP®.
  • Rugged construction with blued, through-hardened alloy steel slide and black, one-piece high-performance, glass-filled nylon grip frame.
  • Checkered grip frame provides a secure and comfortable grip.
  • Includes finger grip extension floorplate that can be added to the magazine for comfort and grip.
  • Dovetailed, high-visibility 3-dot sight system with windage adjustable rear sight and fixed front sight.
  • Blued, alloy steel barrel.
  • Safety features include integrated trigger safety, manual safety, magazine disconnect, inert magazine for safe disassembly and a visual inspection port that allows for visual confirmation of a loaded or empty chamber.
  • Also Includes: one 7-round magazine; soft case.

Full Press Release Below:

Ruger Introduces the All New, Striker-Fired LC9s Compact 9mm Pistol 

Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc. (NYSE: RGR) is proud to announce the introduction of the all new Ruger® LC9s™ pistol. The LC9s™ is a striker-fired version of the award-winning LC9® pistol. Like the LC9®, the LC9s™ is a slim, lightweight, personal protection pistol that is chambered in 9mm Luger. The LC9s™ features a newly designed trigger mechanism with a short, light, crisp trigger pull that improves accuracy and performance.

“The Ruger® LC9® set a high standard for reliable, lightweight personal protection,” said Chris Killoy, Ruger President and Chief Operating Officer. “The LC9s™ follows the success of the LC9®, yet provides a new option for shooters who prefer the short, crisp trigger pull of a striker-fired pistol,” he added.

The LC9s™ uses the same holsters, extended magazines, lasers and accessories as the rugged and reliable LC9® and features a blued, through-hardened alloy steel slide; a one-piece high-performance, glass-filled nylon grip frame with aggressive checkering; a grip extension magazine floorplate to improve handling; and a rapid acquisition, windage adjustable, 3-dot sight system.

The compact, 17.2 oz. Ruger LC9s™ pistol has a 3.12″ barrel, an overall length of 6″, a height of 4.5″ and a slim 0.9″ width. The compact frame and short trigger reach is designed to accommodate a wide range of hand sizes. The LC9s™ offers modern safety features such as an integrated trigger safety, manual safety, magazine disconnect, inert magazine for safe disassembly and a visual inspection port that allows for visual confirmation of a loaded or empty chamber. The LC9s™ ships with one 7-round magazine, a soft case and a cable locking device.

For more information on the new LC9s™ or to learn about the extensive line of award-winning Ruger® firearms, visit To find accessories for the LC9s™ or other Ruger® firearms, visit

Nathan S

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


  • Madcap_Magician

    Oh, this is a Good Thing. I doubt it will be a Shield Killer, but having more options is never a bad thing.

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  • Nimrod

    I have an original LC9. The trigger sucks as does the pop up loaded chamber indicator and mag disconnect. This new one does not have the pop up chamber thingy so that is good. Add a decent non-double action trigger and I am all over this. Out with the old, in with the new.

  • raz-0

    Ruger? What’s the over under on the recall. It’s new, but not entirely, so….

    • kris

      that is an issue with a limited number of guns … any new gun you will buy today won’t have that problem – see “”

  • strongarm

    Lessons to be taken;

    – Every model of every brand must be produced in both “Hammer” and “Striker” kinds.

    – The “Striker” should be made in Single Action type. People can not understand and evaluate the difference from Glock like more safer “Semi Cocked” state as soon as same level of trigger pull distance and weight presents.

    – Trigger pull before field stripping is a side effect of “Striker” guns. Do not mind it.

    – In theory, striker guns contain fewer parts than hammer kinds. But do not remind it to


    – Striker guns are cocked during slide on forward travel and against to the recoil spring. This is an advantage to prevent “Battery Off” firing and the cause for all pistol makers choosing that kind is this feature. Dig for it.

    • Risky

      I don’t think many striker fired pistol cock on forward travel. I know from dry firing my Glocks and Kahrs they cock on the first inch or so of rearward travel which would be on the ejection stroke. Otherwise I think your most points are well made.

      • strongarm

        Pistols like, old FN 1910, Mauser 1910/14, new Russian GSh 18 have mainspring(striker power source) back supports provided at rear of the receiver and are forced back by slide as going to cocked mode as soon as overriding the sear against to the back support which is the receiver and this occurs at the rearward travel of slide on actual firing or manually loading. Pistols like old FN 1900, Dreyse 1907 and all of new generation striker firers including Glock, Kahr, main spring back support is a plate or plug at end of the slide and there is no support provided on rear of the receiver for the power source to compress at rearward travel of slide. İnstead, striker goes to cocked state as soon as leaving the forward support of slide against to the recoil spring which occurs at forward travel of it during actual firing or manual loading. It may look as being cocked with rearward travel during short stroke manual cocking but in fact it again goes that mode within its very short forth journey because the forward support is recoil spring located at front of the receiver.

    • ducky

      Hi, don’t get it –
      why would cocking on forward travel (better) prevent out-of-battery firing?
      Firing pin is in partially or full cocked position before slide finishes those last few mm where OoBF technically can happen. And additionally the cocking force for the firing pin (striker) slows down the forward move of the slide – wouldn’t that make it more likely for the slide to not close completely?

      • strongarm

        In theory, by cause of the striker spring going to full force position as more distance as the slide to go on further from itself by exertion of recoil spring and in case of that front expelling force being not in due power, the gained distance remaining in unsufficient level for a proper ignition.

  • kipy

    I got a LC9 when they first came out, trigger was atrocious so I got rid of it. Now I have a Kahr PM9 and couldn’t be happier.

  • TFB Reader

    “inert magazine for safe disassembly”

    What does this mean? I had to look up inert magazines, and they seem to be dummy magazines for training. How does this fit into disassembling the gun?

    • patrickiv

      You probably have to dry fire to disassemble the gun. Because of the magazine disconnect, you can’t dry fire unless there is a magazine inserted. I guess they don’t want people putting a loaded magazine into the gun negligently while disassembling, and then pulling the trigger.

      • TFB Reader

        Gotcha. I was thinking the same thing a few minutes ago before reading your reply. Thanks.

  • valorius

    I love my ruger lcp, but i,find the lc9 to be disappointingly large and heavy