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This is a discussion on New LC9s guide rod issue and fix within the Ruger Pistols forums, part of the Pistol & Revolver Forum category; Originally Posted by diamonback68 The more I see about the little idiosyncrasies of the LC9s makes me want to keep my LC9 even more. Anyone ...


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Old September 2nd, 2014, 07:38 AM   #31
 
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The LC9S needs a heavier weight recoil spring

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The more I see about the little idiosyncrasies of the LC9s makes me want to keep my LC9 even more. Anyone know why they even had to change the guide from what was on the LC9?
The LC 9S needed to have a different and stiffer recoil spring because it's striker fired and does not have the extra resistance of the hammer spring to slow the slide down. The Kahr PM,CM have a similar type of captured guide rod/ recoil spring, and it is striker fired also as is the Shield and it too has a LC9S type of recoil spring. Kel tec PF9 is hammer fired and it has a LC9 type of duel inter outer outer spring set up. See a pattern hear..I am not trying to be sarcastic, I just find it interesting myself, I also wonder about interchangeability, with guide rods and springs on other types of gun to get heaver weight springs if I can't get a aftermarket spring that is stiffer. A lot of single spring guide rods captured or not are 1/4 of a inch and if length of barrel is very close will inter change. I do not recommend doing so this is just a observation. Take it for what it's worth.



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I bought one yesterday. It has the new conical guide rod tip.
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I have a Ruger LC9s and had the guide rod problem, an email to Ruger
brought a reply and they sent me the new guide rod. No muss, no fuss!
Ruger support rocks.
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I purchased the LC9s yesterday and encountered this issue re-assembling for the first time after a quick cleaning. I'm glad it's a simple fix, I've called Ruger and am just waiting on further instruction on how to get the new part.

From a brief test firing of the gun, though, very pleased. No jamming issues. Looking forward to some quality range time with it.
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Old November 29th, 2014, 10:07 PM   #35
 
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Just picked up a new Lc9s tonight and had seen Hickok45s video on it.
Checked mine as soon as I got home and sure enough it has the old guide rod.
Mine will hang just out of battery if I release the slid easy but if I let her fly as you should it seems to do fine.
Hope to get to the range in the next few day to see how she runs.

UPDATE...
After putting about 150 rounds thru mine I cant get the guide rod to hang up now but did contact Ruger and I should have the updated rod next week

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I had seen a video addressing the guide rod issue a couple of weeks ago. So when I got nine, that was the first thing that I checked. Mine has the new rod.
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My new LC9s Pro

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Wanted to pass along some info to new LC9s (striker) owners. Also curious if any LC9s owners have had the problem I did with the guide rod head catching on the front of the slide and preventing a full return to battery?
My new LC9s Pro came with the new cone shaped end on the rod. Shoots fine, no jams.
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Advice on LC9s for Conceal Carry

I'm looking to buy a new LC9s for conceal carry and I've been reading about issues with the guide rod assembly and to a lesser degree difficulty with the take down.

For those of you that already have a lc9s are these issues serious and have they been resolved. What mfg. date should I look for where the guide rod issues have been fixed.

Finally, what's your overall option on this pistol. Thanks, I appreciate your help
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I'm looking to buy a new LC9s for conceal carry and I've been reading about issues with the guide rod assembly and to a lesser degree difficulty with the take down.

For those of you that already have a lc9s are these issues serious and have they been resolved. What mfg. date should I look for where the guide rod issues have been fixed.

Finally, what's your overall option on this pistol. Thanks, I appreciate your help
What's the difficulty with the takedown?
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I read on a review that it was very difficult to operate when new.
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I read on a review that it was very difficult to operate when new.
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I love my little LC9s shoots real good for such a small package. Take down was a little stiff at 1st but after a couple hundred rounds and a few take downs its a piece of cake now.

As far as operating ,if your referring to pulling the slide back I have no problems but could see where maybe someone with weak hands may have a problem.
Best advice I can give you is hit the gun shops until you find one and check it out for yourself.
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I read on a review that it was very difficult to operate when new.


I don't know who wrote that review, but Ruger has been using the exact same takedown mechanism on all the previous LC9 and LC380 models. I'm guessing that there are hundreds of thousands of units made.

It is only recently that I've heard two people say it is a problem.

And as far as I can tell, neither of them have ever actually tried to see just how hard it is. They just read about it somewhere.
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I don't understand how the takedown is difficult? Now the LCP was a different story when I first bought mine.
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Wanted to pass along some info to new LC9s (striker) owners. Also curious if any LC9s owners have had the problem I did with the guide rod head catching on the front of the slide and preventing a full return to battery?

The jam:


I sent my new pistol back to Ruger for this problem. They paid for shipping and I had my gun back in 5 days. Great service. My LC9s came back with a new guide rod that was different from the original. Note the forcing cone behind the guide rod head in the pic below. This cone centers the guide rod head in the slide hole during the last bit of forward slide travel to prevent a possible hang-up due to misalignment.

This forcing cone was not on my pistol when new in the box. I thought the cone shaped bit might have been left off my gun by mistake during manufacture, but I see other pics and video reviews online (like Hickok45) where the cone piece is not there either. It could be this is a redesign/fix that has already happened since the first batch of pistols. I'm not sure which is the case.

Did any of you who bought an LC9s get this forcing cone part included on your guide rod?

My LC9S Pro came with the forcing cone brand new. I think they found a problem and the cone was their solution.
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My LC9S Pro came with the forcing cone brand new. I think they found a problem and the cone was their solution.
Old news. Thread started almost a year ago which is almost how long Ruger has been shipping the units with the cone assembly.
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