The success of the Ruger LCP in .380, coupled with the growing demand for an ultra-compact 9mm semi-automatic, led Ruger to introduce the Ruger LC9 in 2011. The LC9 (which stands for Lightweight Compact 9mm) is a single stack double action only pistol chambered in 9mm. Although based in part on the Ruger LCP design, the LC9 offers some features that not found on the LCP. Those features include a loaded chamber indicator and a magazine disconnect safety. In terms of specifications, the LC9 weighs 17.1 ounces (unloaded) and is exactly 6 inches in length. Compare those numbers to the smaller LCP with an unloaded weight of 9.5 ounces, and you can see that Ruger built the LC9 to be as light and compact as possible.
In terms of magazine capacity, the LC9 has the following options:
Like the LCP, the LC9 frame is a glass filled nylon polymer that is mated to an alloy steel slide and barrel. The success of the LC9 in 9mm prompted some ideas at Ruger to offer the LC9 in a .40 S&W caliber, but R&D testing indicated that the more powerful .40 round in the lightweight frame made control and shootability a potential concern. After being released at the SHOT show in 2011, the Ruger LC9 won a few different awards, including the 2011 Handgun of the Year as voted for by the Shooting Industry Academy of Excellence.
The LC9 has seen tremendous success in the market due to its compact size, features, and price point. In addition, the LC9 was one of the first budget oriented single stack 9mm pistols that targeted the CCW market so they grabbed significant market share early on. Ruger took the successes and failures associated with the LCP model and turned out a winner in the LC9. By incorporating the magazine disconnect safety and offering a magazine count under 10, the LC9 is available for purchase and sale in traditionally restrictive gun states like California and Massachusetts.
The LC9 is currently offered in 3 models:
The basic model and the Crimson Trace model will fit into a standard holster built for the basic LC9. The model equipped with the LaserMax Centerfire laser requires a holster that is specifically made for that weapon and laser combination.
Holster models listed below are made in a version to fit the Ruger LC9 9mm handgun.