Ruger LC9 (looks like I was wrong)

Numerous individuals are posting that they received an email from Ruger for an LC9 (spec sheet).  9mm ultra-compact firearm for MSRP $443. It looks pretty nice.  I wouldn’t mind having one as I like the added safety (something lacking on the LCP).   But I must say, I was hoping for a 2011.

UPDATE: Just noticed it’s got a loaded chamber indicator, along with the safety. So this might be a California legal firearm.

UPDATE 2: Michael Bane has a preliminary review. And a photo comparing the LC9 to the LCP.  Fairly big step up, but still quite compact.

Below is the text of the email. (Which I am a tad bummed I did not receive.)

Link to the Announcement

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Happy New Year!
This is the announcement that has us most excited for 2011- at 2 PM today we will be publicly launching the LC9 Compact Pistol. This highly requested pistol was developed through Ruger’s Voice of the Customer program and incorporates the features and rugged reliability desired by Ruger customers.
The LC9 is compact, powerful and perfect for personal protection – it is just slightly larger (less than 1” in both height and length) than the popular LCP, fires 9mm Luger and has a 7+1 capacity. The LC9 features a finger grip extension floorplate, dovetailed, high-visibility 3-dot sight system, manual safety and a patented loaded chamber indicator.

LC9 Information • Profile Image • Alternative Image • Spec Sheet

The LC9 has a 3.12” barrel, is 6.0” long and 4.5” tall, making for a very compact 9mm pistol. The LC9 is impressively narrow at a mere .90” wide, and weighs only 17.1 ounces with an empty magazine. Featuring a black polymer (glass-filled nylon) frame and blued alloy steel slide and barrel, the lightweight, full-featured Ruger LC9 offers the versatility and capability of the popular 9mm cartridge in a highly compact, reliable, and user-friendly pistol.

The LC9 is a double-action-only, hammer-forged, locked-breech pistol with a smooth trigger pull. Control and confident handling of the Ruger LC9 are accomplished through reduced recoil and aggressive frame checkering for a positive grip in all conditions. The Ruger LC9 features smooth “melted” edges for ease of holstering, carrying and drawing.

One seven-round, single-column magazine is provided with each LC9 pistol. The magazine’s standard flat floorplate aids concealability, while the provided finger grip extension floorplate offers an option to shooters who prefer a longer grip surface with more hand-to-pistol contact. Seven-round magazines, holsters and other accessories are available for purchase at ShopRuger.com.

The Ruger LC9, is undoubtedly the next firearm that firearms enthusiasts absolutely MUST own and is available for orders from your distributors today (product shipping February 1, 2011). We will be launching to consumers at 2:00 PM today, please contact your authorized Ruger distributor for more information.

Welcome back, let’s kick 2011 off with a bang!
Ruger

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Published in: on January 3, 2011 at 6:11 pm  Comments (1)  
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Ruger SR-556: Photos and video…

If you have not heard the news. Ruger has moved into the AR platform.  They have announced the Ruger SR-556. It is a short stroke gas piston rifle built upon the AR platform.

Features include troy rails, sights and covers. Receiver is 3rd party from what I gathered from the salesmen.  The barrel, flash suppressor, and I believe the bolt are Ruger made. Possibly other parts as well. The upper two-stage gas piston system was designed by Ruger.  Essentially, what I gathered is that Ruger is trying to provide a full feature ready made gas piston AR platform.

MSRP is something like $1,995, they should start shipping in June.

Michael Bane was there filming for the Outdoor Channel. I also managed to capture some video…


Here was an outtake… ( I wonder if I’ll still be allowed at the Michael Bane sponsored Blogger Happy Hour tonight.) *LOL*

I endeavored to seek answers for a number of questions I’d seen asked online already. I asked a salesman what differentiated the Ruger SR556 from the SigSauer556. He expressed that the Sig was a long stroke piston similar to an AK. Where as the Ruger is a short stroke piston. (Now here is where I must confess my ignorance. As I have NO CLUE what this means. Nor what advantages or disadvantages either has; so if you my readers would like to chime in here, please do!)

The receiver is a standard lower and therefore you should be able to put any upper on it.  (Hmm…POF receiver with Ruger upper might be a nice setup.) While I am not sure about .22LR conversion kits. A .22LR upper system should work according the salesman I spoke with on the floor.

An interesting note…the salesmen stated that they have two testing units which have broken 20,000 rounds (uncleaned).

More photos of the SR-556 here in the photo gallery!

Published in: on May 15, 2009 at 11:56 pm  Comments (24)  
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