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Old July 1st, 2012, 06:47 AM   #1
 
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Question Shield or LC9?

I have an sr9c but wanted to get something smaller for CCW. It comes down to either the SW Shield or the LC9. I am in Massachusetts were the Shield has yet to be approved but the LC9 is and is available for some very good prices. I tend to lean toowards Ruger but I am curious about felt recoil on the LC9. Would appreciate any comments that you have.



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Old July 1st, 2012, 07:26 AM   #2
 
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I looked at both and went with the Shield, mush better trigger pull.
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If you are going to get an LC9 in Mass you had better hurry. Ruger has taken them off their approved list for Mass and all that are left are the ones in stores. They are not shipping here anymore.
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I didn't think CCW was available in Mass.? I use an LCP and have used the Kel-Tec
32 or 380 for yrs until the LCP came out. The 9's are a little heavy for pocket carry.
From what I've researched the S&W is more reliable. There seems to be alot of issues
with the LC9 on this forum.
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Wait for the next list to come out, if the shield is not on it buy the lc9.

The lc9 is lighter,smaller and available. The Shield may not be available for a while, then good luck finding one. Buy the lc9 now, if you want the Shield buy it later and sell the lc9. Look into the Walther pps also.
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I have an sr9c but wanted to get something smaller for CCW. It comes down to either the SW Shield or the LC9. I am in Massachusetts were the Shield has yet to be approved but the LC9 is and is available for some very good prices. I tend to lean toowards Ruger but I am curious about felt recoil on the LC9. Would appreciate any comments that you have.
I have and I carry alternatively both the LC9 and the LCP. I absolutely love both of them ... but just fact of the matter the LCP is more easily concealed than is the LC9. More on this later.

Re recoil. The LC9 definitely lets you know when it goes bang!! Nothing that isn't manageable, but you asked and I'm telling you like it is. Teh LCP is not what most will call a fun gun to shot. When/IF Hogue ever comes out with a, LC9 grip sleeve very similar to their Handall Hybrid Ruger LCP Grip Sleeve[item 18100], see here, see here, I'll be first in line to buy one! The LCP was tamed considerably when I installed the 18100 grip sleeve. If the grip sleeve does as much for the LC9 as it did for my LCP, the LC9 will then become much more a fun gun to shoot.

You mentioned concealability as an issue with you ... as it is with me. Let me strongly suggest you look long and hard at the LCP. EXTREMELY concealable!! I can drop mine in the pocket of a T-shirt and it just disappears!! Put on an outer shirt over the t-shirt and go anywhere anytime!! Not that I carry in a t-shirt pocket ... but the LCP is that easy to conceal. Everything is a tradeoff. If the concealable factor is really that important to you [it is to me], think about it.

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He can't Trucker. The LCP is not approved or certified in Mass.
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You mentioned concealability as an issue with you ... as it is with me. Let me strongly suggest you look long and hard at the LCP. EXTREMELY concealable!! I can drop mine in the pocket of a T-shirt and it just disappears!! Put on an outer shirt over the t-shirt and go anywhere anytime!! Not that I carry in a t-shirt pocket ... but the LCP is that easy to conceal. Everything is a tradeoff. If the concealable factor is really that important to you [it is to me], think about it.
I also own an LCP but, the idea of putting it into the front breast pocket of a T-shirt is something I would NEVER RECOMMEND. Since safety is #1 this idea breaks that rule in so many ways I can't even begin to list them.
I understand you were trying to make a point to him but that's not the way to do it. BTW- I do agree that it is very easily concealed.
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Is the Taurus 709 Slim approved in Mass? It's very small & lightweight and conceals extremely well. Taurus's past reputation is hurting them but thier newer product's are quite well made. I know several folks that own Slims, myself included and all have had no problems, accuracy defies that of an average "pocket 9", 1-1/2" groups @ 25 yards are attainable.
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Thumbs up LC9 or Shield

I don't know how the Shield feels but I do ccw the LC9 every day IWB.
It conceals great even under a tee shirt or any light shiet I have.
In a pocket holster I do not have pockets big enough for concealment purposes. It is great in jacket pockets.
Yesterday I shoot a S&W 51/2" barrel 9MM and the LC9 definately had less reoil and felt a lot better in hand. We were very suprised. It defenately has a kick but very manageable, my wife did very well with her hits too.
Most complaints are about trigger pull which is long but a little practice and it is not as bad as I've been hearing and that was the opinion of a lot of people that have shot it.
Also the front sight on older LC9s were coming loose and drifting the new LC9s I hear are coming pinned in place.
Mine came loose I called Ruger and they sent me a new slide with the sight pinned and a prepaid shipping envelope in which to return the old one.
A painless fix, no down time. Eight days turn around.
Hope this helps.
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While I carry LC9 as CCW [weak-hand BUG] -- I would recommend, if you can, let your SR9c be your carry gun for two reasons -- IMHO - as is said.
1) You already have a muscular memory with it and presumably know how it shoots;
2) the LC9 in only a bit smaller than SR9c in most respects, but it has a very different trigger than the SR9 models -- and unless you practice, practice, practice, your accuracy, placement and groupings will be much different than SR9.

My primary CCW is an XDM 3.8c, strong-side IWB with a trigger similar to SR9.
LC9 is indeed a pocket (in holster) pistol, but will serve me best as a bug.
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The shield is on the list for MA but I'm not sure if they are okayed by the AG yet. The main two differences between the shield and LC9 is width and trigger. I like to pocket carry my LC9 so I'm sticking with that, however I did check out the shield at S&W before they closed and the trigger is worlds ahead of the LC9. And to answer some other questions from other posters, yes ccw is available in MA and it's more common than some may think and no taurus guns are compliant in MA.
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You mentioned concealability as an issue with you ... as it is with me. Let me strongly suggest you look long and hard at the LCP. EXTREMELY concealable!! I can drop mine in the pocket of a T-shirt and it just disappears!! Put on an outer shirt over the t-shirt and go anywhere anytime!! Not that I carry in a t-shirt pocket ... but the LCP is that easy to conceal. Everything is a tradeoff. If the concealable factor is really that important to you [it is to me], think about it.
I also own an LCP but, the idea of putting it into the front breast pocket of a T-shirt is something I would NEVER RECOMMEND. Since safety is #1 this idea breaks that rule in so many ways I can't even begin to list them.
I understand you were trying to make a point to him but that's not the way to do it. BTW- I do agree that it is very easily concealed.
Evidently you missed the part I highlighed in red above??
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He can't Trucker. The LCP is not approved or certified in Mass.
Thanks for the information. I wasn't aware of the laws in Mass.
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Shield. I owned an LC9 and the Shield is better.
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