It wasn't all that long ago that Ruger wasn't really interested in producing handguns for defensive concealed carry. Those days are over and began with Ruger's entry into the pocket pistol realm with their .380 ACP caliber model LCP. This has since become staple in their line-up and it's popularity has yet to wane.
Today we're going to take a closer look at two more defensive handgun entries by Ruger; the LC9s in 9mm and the LCR revolver in .22 Long Rifle.
Let's address the elephant in the room first: am I out of my mind calling the .22 caliber LCR a defensive handgun? Here's my response:
1. I had my choice in shooting the LCR in .38 Special and .22 LR. There have been a multitude of reviews on the internet and in the print media of the .38 Special LCR so I wanted to try something different.
2. Although I would not recommend a .22 LR as a defensive handgun it is successfully used for that purpose many times each year. Sometimes it's employed in a defensive capacity because the owner can't afford the more expensive centerfire ammunition, sometimes it's employed because the owner has an injury or other ailment that prevents them from using a larger caliber and sometimes it's employed in a self defense scenario because it was what the owner had with them when they came under attack.
My only complaint on this LCR is that the front sight is plain black. It gets very fuzzy on my aging eyes and I could use a big fiber optic red pipe up front.
As for the rest of the specifications, the barrel is 1.875 inches in length, the overall length is 6.50 inches and the height is 4.5 inches. It weighs a mere 14.9 ounces meaning it weighs next to nothing. The MSRP is $545.00 but you should be able to find it for much less that than.
The revolver is very easy and fun to shoot. Below are two targets shot at 21 and 30 feet.
Please keep in perspective that these targets are only 3 inches in diameter. That's pretty good accuracy for a barrel length of less than 2 inches.
Next up is the LC9s.
The original Ruger LC9 was a hammer fired pistol with a rather dismal trigger pull. This past year Ruger redesigned the pistol with a striker-fired system and the trigger pull was vastly improved. This striker-fired pistol is the model LC9s. Ruger has also recently produced the LC9s Pro model which is the same as the LC9s but without the manual safety on the left side of the frame.
The LC9 series of pistols are manufactured with a glass-filled nylon frame and a steel slide and barrel. It has a barrel length of 3.12 inches, an overall length of 6 inches, a height of 4.5 inches, a width of 0.90 inches and a weight of 17.2 ounces. All of this makes it an easy-carrying pocket pistol. You get a capacity of 7 rounds in the magazine plus one in the chamber.
A much appreciated bonus are sights that are actually useful. This is not always the case on pocket guns.
This pistol is easy to carry and easy to shoot as you can see from the targets below. The top target was shot at 21 feet and the bottom was shot at 35 feet.
Again, these targets are 3 inches in diameter and the accuracy in the LC9s will provide you the ability to adjust the attitude of any miscreants who misidentify you as a helpless target.
Ruger has many other offering for defensive carry and you can rely on the Ruger name for quality, reliability and value. Now, go get one!