The Ruger LC9, which stands for Lightweight Compact 9mm, is exactly what the name describes—a small self defense pistol designed for concealed carry. Developed through Ruger’s Voice of the Customer program, the LC9 was named Shooting Industry Academy of Excellence’s Handgun of the Year in 2011.
I purchased mine in 2011, shortly after it was released from my local gun shop. I looked at the LCP, but I wanted something in 9mm. I’d heard Ruger was following up with the LC9 based on customer feedback, so I waited because back then, there weren’t a lot of small 9mm choices. It was the first concealed carry pistol I bought.
A lot has changed with concealed carry guns since 2011, and I don’t carry mine daily anymore. I hadn’t shot it in years, so I grabbed it from my safe and headed to the range. I remember not liking shooting it when I first got it, so I wanted to see if a decade’s worth of experience changed anything. Let’s see how it went!