Grip Intuitively on a Ruger LC9s with LaserMax GripSense


When it comes to a carry pistol, everything about it should be intuitive. Your ability to manipulate the functions, turn the safety on and off (if it has a manual safety), and to confidently place into action any accessories you may deem necessary. If really like or believe in lasers, then Ruger has a new combination that is both intuitive and could possibly tempt your wallet. They have combined their Ruger LC9s with LaserMax’s GripSense laser/light combo for a factory package.

The unique ability of the LaserMax GripSense laser/light combo is that you have two activation options. The most notable and instinctual option is through the GripSense Sensor. By merely acquiring the grip of your firearm, no deviation from your normal shooting habits, it will activate. Other brands of lasers and lights may require a specific amount of pressure to activate. The GripSense; however, naturally recognizes you grabbing your firearm.


The second option is to turn off the GripSense and resort to a manual on/off activation switch. Based on what the user prefers, you have both options available.

The Ruger LC9s that is mated with the LaserMax GripSense is the same bread ‘n butter pistol we have always known. The MSRP is currently set at $679 for this Ruger factory package. The face value of that price sounds pretty steep, but you cannot overlook the laser/light combo you get as well. The Ruger LC9s alone markets out at $479 and the LaserMax combo goes for $199 alone. The pricing structure  makes sense.

A complete specification sheet can be read below if this is a pistol you are wanting to add to your arsenal.


The outdoors, fitness and anything related to firearms are my passions. I am a S&W Armorer, Glock Armorer, reloader and am coping with an addiction to classic S&W and Colt revolvers (by buying more revolvers). I’ve been a guest writer for Sierra Bullets and love long walks to the gun range.


  • BattleshipGrey

    I’ve finally heard it. I was fast asleep and suddenly woken by the dreaded “bump in the night.” It’s finally come to my door, or was it a window? It’s getting closer… footsteps. They’re in the kitchen. I can hear my wife breathing deeply and still asleep next to me. The worthless dog is snoring.

    The footsteps are in the living room now. No more time to loose. I grab my LC9 on the nightstand. I’m blinded by the blazing white light and red laser combination that suddenly flares to life as I merely grip my pistol due to the patented Gripsense technology (Grip Zone was already taken, and not nearly as cool).

    Despite the blinding light, my eyes are slowly adjusting. I hear the footsteps outside my door now. The dog is only now waking up in a stupor. I train the flashing laser toward the bedroom door and I’m suddenly transported to a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away. However, there will be no debate on who shot first in this contest.

    • Paul Rain

      And then I woke up and it was all a dream.

    • Old Tofu

      why don’t you know when grabbing a gun that you should point it away from your face?

    • Edeco

      Creeping through the door, it’s Shia LaBouef

  • gunsandrockets

    I am a fan of handgun lasers. Not so much a fan of handgun lights.

    One problem with any laser is battery life. And no doubt a combination laser/light device will have a shorter practical battery life than a simpler laser device.

    • Old Tofu

      I’d rather have the light. shot my g21 with iron sights vs my buddy’s g21 with laser/light combo and the laser and found myself not gripping the gun as well due to my attention being drawn out to the red dot. probably due to training I was just quicker and better with regular sights

      • gunsandrockets

        My primary objection to handgun lights is their size, and the temptation to use the handgun light as a light instead of a shooting aid.

        • Old Tofu

          I would like a light for the bedside pistol but carry for me would be too much. if I spent the time training with a laser I might get better, but age and budget tell me to stick with what I have the experience with 🙂

        • Stuki Moi

          In the dark, like in a “bump in the night” scenario, you really benefit from having a light. Shooting at “something that moves” in the dark, is a bit borderline at best. Head mounted lamps, throw shadows like mad, once a gun is in the aiming position. Flashlights either takes up a hand, or really compromises shooting grip for all but the most tactical of operators.

          Strategically placing an emergency light switch, along with monitors fed by a whole house security camera system, for the whole house, in the bed room is probably ideal. But a bit much for most. And still doesn’t do much to differentiate, when camping, between a bear, and a bear shaped ranger stopping by to warn you about bears…

      • gunsandrockets

        I used to think handgun lasers were a gimmick until I experienced the transformative power of the laser on my J-frame .38 in improving practical accuracy

        • Stuki Moi

          The J frame is the poster child for lasers: Short sight radius, generally less than HD sights, lasegrips don’t compromise ergos at all, and it’s a deep concealment gun you only grip and present when you really need to, and are under max stress.

          Even then, it still messes with most people’s ability to focus on the front sight. Which may be fine and well if all your “real” shooting is of the last-ditch, j-frame kind (probably realistic for civilian carry). But even for nightstand duty, having this red/green dot flying all over the walls as soon as you pick up your gun after hearing a bump, is more confusing than anything.

          And most people’s night stand guns have better normal sights than Js to begin with. Ditto for most non-J carry guns.

          It seems to me, most departments who experimented with lasers back when they were all the rage, gave up on them. Anything that risks taking focus away from the front sight during the whole trigger pull, on balance doesn’t seem to work across a wider range of scenarios. Now many are playing with all black rear sights, and bright front ones, to remove as many visual distractions interfering with front sight focus as possible.

          Which, of course, takes nothing away from the more limited case of a laser’s utility on a J-frame, presented for last ditch defense.

          • gunsandrockets

            Last ditch shooting?

            Single action head shots at 7 yards no problem, single action torso shots at 25 yards no problem.

            “But even for nightstand duty, having this red/green dot flying all over the walls as soon as you pick up your gun after hearing a bump, is more confusing than anything.”

            That is a very interesting, uh, opinion.

            It is indoors where the laser is easiest to use, because the close backdrop will always show you the beam direction, and the lighting is never too bright to wash out the beam reflection.

  • Tom

    It’s a tough call, personally I don’t want a light/laser on all the time while I’m clearing my house, all it does is advertise my position if you ever run into a perp that’s not going to cut and run. Most people I see with lights/lasers can’t reliably run switches mounted on the light body while they are shooting, moving, without compromising their grip. Grip pressure switches are the same, most are either too easy to activate especially under stress, or the switches are such that the user can’t keep them on under recoil reliably.

    There’s probably no easy answer, anything easy and foolproof like grip sense is going to be on at times when you don’t want it on. Any type of momentary switch is going to be hard for people to operate under recoil. Anything complicated and it takes a ton of training to run it reliably under stress/recoil.