Ruger lc9 or charter arms .38 spl

Discussion in 'Concealed Carrying & Personal Protection' started by darkronin5, Dec 26, 2012.

  1. darkronin5

    darkronin5 New Member

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    I currently own a Glock 17 gen 4 but I am planning on getting my ccw ASAP and need something smaller to conceal, that will still fit my hand, I like the ruger lc9 but I've always had a thing for snubbies, what do you think?
     
  2. michael80

    michael80 New Member

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    I own both but I like the way the LC9 shoots but i love the way my charters feels in my hand so my next will be the charter 9mm rim-less revolver.but if you want to choose an either or it comes down to what you trust a revolver or semi-auto I personally trust a revolver
     

  3. John_Deer

    John_Deer New Member

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    The LC9 has a few annoyances. I don't like the safety mechanism. If you google LC9 reviews you will find a list of things that can be a PITA. I have a Charter 357 that is very dependable.
     
  4. hardluk1

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    I would say it depends on price between the to. One of my girls cc's a carter UL 38sp. Both work well. Ruger has a better trigger stock but throw a wolf hammer spring in the CA and its pretty good too. The CA ultra light is 13oz and ruger is close to thats soooooooo
     
  5. BeyondTheBox

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    For me Revolvers aren't at all viable as a carry option. Home protect, sure, but the width of the cylinder Invalidates them as concealable to me. Now Open carry is whole different story, but sounds to me like you want something to hide, so I say stay away from the six shooters.

    Have you shot an LC9 before? I think you'll find that its trigger is nothing close to what you have with your Glock and you'll hate it... I sure did, with a passion. Also a gun that requires a tool for Takedown simply isn't okay for me.

    If I were you I'd scratch both of the options you've listed and determine what it is you want from your gun first. That could help narrow down the possibilities and suggestions.

    What's your price point?

    The LC9 is like what 350-400?

    I'd consider:

    Bersa Thunder Ultra Carry 9mm.
    Taurus 709 slim (near identical trigger to Glock)
     
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  6. kalboy26

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    I've found my revolver to be my go. It is so much easier to carry than my other. I have the LCR and it will go in my pants pocket, jacket, or IWB with no problem.
     
  7. Sixwire

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    I have the Bersa Thumder 380, Taurus 738 and the CA 38spl. For reason I always end up going with the 38 spl. Super simple and safe. Very reliable and wears easily. Good trigger and reasonable accuracy. It's on my do not sell list.
     
  8. fupuk

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    Have you looked into a G26 for a carry weapon? Its gonna be what your use to and you should transition well. Im just curious why not just carry your G17? Thats what I carry everyday for now. I know my Glock goes bang everytime I pull the trigger and im more comfortable carrying a full size gun also. You might find a small frame firearm better for you, you will never know untill you shoot a couple. My wife carries a Jframe everyday and she loves it. I can shoot it well but im more comfortable with a full size. Hope this helps you out.
     
  9. darkronin5

    darkronin5 New Member

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    Well, my friend has a g26 and I'm not a huge fan, i do plan on carrying my g17 a lot but I also want the versatility of a small gun, I'm definitely going to go shoot before I make a final decision
     
  10. Donn

    Donn Active Member

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    If you decide on a snubby, you'll also need to invest in range time. It takes a while to get used to the small platform. I've had one a few years and it's always a humbling range experience at distances more than 10-15 feet. It conceals better than my small auto, (M&P Shield), and the .38+p is an adequate SD round. That said, my EDC's the Shield because I'm consistantly better with it. For that reason, I'd recommend you go with the LC9. You'll likely be better with the auto too.
     
  11. Barney1023

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    Best advise is to try to shoot both. I traded my tcp in for a airweight and its the best choice I've made feel so much safer carrying a revolver. And call me crazy but it rides better in my front pocket better than the tcp did. I tried to carry the tcp in a Blackhawk I think pocket holster it stuck out like a sore thumb. I carry the airweight in a homemade leather pocket holster and it blends in very nice. Depending on where u live I've found out a lot of ranges rent guns and the lc9 lcp and such size guns are popular rentals as well as smiths. Whatever feels best to you and what YOU feel better with is what you should get. Oh yea my j frame out shoots the tcp by leaps and bounds( like easy head shots on the target at 15 yards vs just happy to keep it in the kill zone with the tcp). And I have small hands so the small sub compact grips didn't really bother me that much.
     
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  12. blucoondawg

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    The revolvers the OP would be considering would not be 6 shooters, they would likely be 5 shooters making the cylinder smaller and more concealable, I have a J frame Smith and it will print in my normal jeans if I don't use a pocket holster, which I don't think is smart anyway, and IWB its very concealable.

    For myself I would choose a J frame Smith or one of the Ruger snubbies, whichever you prefer. I also like the Smith Shield it comes in 9 and 40, it is very thin which makes it nice for cc also it doesn't have a mag safety which is a feature don't want on any gun, the Ruger LC9 has the mag safety so if for some reason you have a malfunction and the magazine falls out, you will not be able to fire the round which is already in the chamber.
     
  13. purehavoc

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    I tell ya what my buddy just bought a Diamondback 9mm sub compact and its been a fabulous gun , great trigger compared to the LC9 which I do own . No extra safetys like the LC9 , no slide hold open which makes it smaller in size and also cuts the price . heres a pic of the LC9 and the DB9 . I have a DB9 on order now the wait begins :( . Also reminds of a mini glock the way it breaks down , no tools necessary

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  14. purehavoc

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    Got to take a friends DB9 out today and ran about 90 rds thru it , I ran CCI , tula and remington thru it and it ran mostly flawless, I had one FTFeed on the tula rounds but I think it was a fluke because the rest of the box of 50 ran just fine . felt recoil was lesser than my LC9 , It was more accurate than I was ;) it was a chilling 26 deg when I was out today, The trigger is lighter and alot less distance pull than the LC9 . I didnt run any self defense ammo thru it , its just to expensive to go out and run it thru it , I will do it when mine comes and make sure it runs . Cant wait until mine comes in :D . Now just need to get IL to hustle on the CCW