Announced just before the 2011 SHOT Show, the Ruger LC9 made an appearance at the Media Day at the Range. The gun apparently was very popular with the media as I shot the last two magazines of ammunition Ruger had at their station.
The LC9 is a subcompact 9mm pistol, modeled after the LCP, Ruger’s .380 ACP pistol. Slightly larger than the LCP, the LC9 added a number of welcome features such as usable sights, a manual safety and one additional round in the magazine (7+1 vs 6+1). The sights are even dovetailed, meaning you can add some other sights if you so desired.
I found the LC9 was very comfortable to shoot. I any handgun that light and small, recoil from even the normally mild 9mm can be rough. I did not find the recoil to be any worse than a snub nose .38 Special, and slightly easier to shoot than a pocket revolver due to the fit to my hand.
Perhaps 14 rounds is not much of a review, but I saw nothing that raised any flags of concern. Based on my short interaction with the pistol, it seemed reasonably accurate at about seven yards, and it had no malfunctions.
I look forward to getting a production LC9 and running it through its paces.