I’ve been doing quite a bit of research lately on single stack handguns. I currently carry an M&P 40c and it’s great but depending on what I wear, it can be a bit heavy and a bit thick. Thus, the single stack.
I really love the M&P platform and because of that, I was really wanting to go with the new M&P Shield. Unfortunately, it’s the hardest thing to find right now. Gun shops simply cannot get it them in because of the high demand. They are currently quoting a 6 month lead time.
Besides the Shield, I was looking at the Ruger LCP, S&W Bodyguard 380, Kel Tec PF9 and the Ruger LC9. I read quite a bit and talked to various folks about going with a .380 as a concealed carry weapon. I’m not opposed to going that route but part of the appeal of a .380 is the size of the handguns – well the PF9 and LC9 are just not that much larger to justify going down in caliber, in my opinion. As for the PF9 and LC9, they are pretty much the same gun. Ruger modeled the LC9 after the PF9. However, the LC9 is just a better built gun, functionally and aesthetically.
Last night I went and picked up an LC9 at Wholesale Sports Outdoor Outfitters in Federal Way, WA. They don’t have the lowest prices but their customer service makes up for the $10 – $20 difference. The gentleman that was helping me, David, was extremely pleasant and knowledgeable. Many of the shops that I had called in the past week or two were very disappointing. The sales guys on the other end of the line were all short and rude. As if to say, if you aren’t buying, I don’t care. This was just not the case at Wholesale Sports. I will buy from them again.
I haven’t shot the gun yet, but so far so good. It’s a great size. Nice and light. Perfect for my needs – an everyday, every situation, concealed carry weapon.
If you do any research on the LC9, you’ll find that it is full of safety features. To be quite frank, maybe a few too many. It comes with an external slide safety, magazine disconnect, a very visible loaded chamber indicator, and an internal key lock that will yield the gun useless when engaged.
The first thing I did when I got home was take it apart, down to the guts, to remove the magazine disconnect and external slide safety. Many will have lots of opinions on that but this is my preference. I really agree with what my dad told me. If you are going to use a safety, you need to train with it. If you do need to use your gun to protect yourself or others, your adrenaline and stress levels will be so high, that you will most likely not remember to disengage the safety unless you regularly train with it on. It is for that reason that I chose to remove it. Plus, I don’t carry with one in the chamber.
Now I just need to get it down to the range and break it in.