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Old February 27th, 2015, 10:04 AM   #1
 
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Safety Lever - LC9 vs LC9S

The Safety Lever on my LC9 has a very positive feel and click, it reliably stays in its position.

I can't say the same about my LC9S' safety lever - although I do get audible clicks when switching it on/off, it is significantly more "mushy" and easily switched than on my LC9.

In fact, it doesn't take much for the Safety on my LC9S to disengage while inside its holster (all Kydex, IWB, with Safety Lever in ON position).

What do you guys suggest to do without having to go through the process of sending it back to Ruger? Your suggestions are most appreciated.

EDIT 02Mar15: Solution and pics posted further down the thread




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Old February 27th, 2015, 03:40 PM   #2
 
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Mine was the same. The mechanisms are different from the 9 and 9s models. I took mine apart and bent the leg of the spring out a bit, and it helps stiffen up the feel, and i have not had it flip off again.
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Boom - that is great, thanks for the tip. I think I can do that.

Did you only need to bend out one side of the spring, and the left the other as is?
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The spring is like a figure 8, with one side open. The end that extends out and contacts the safety itself is what i bent. Didn't take much, but made a difference in feel.
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Boom - Thank you so much. Going to be doing it this weekend.
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Ok. I finished the job with some success.

I did adjust the Safety Spring Tension, and now the mushy feel is completely gone. The Safety Lever now has a very positive and audible click. The difference is significant, and much better. the process was relatively easy for me.

I documented the process for anyone who is curious.

DISCLAIMER: I am not a professional gunsmith. My notes and pics on this post are for education purposes only. I do not encourage anyone to do the same.

Now that we have that out of the way:
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- I ensured gun was unloaded
- I separated the Slide from the Frame - set aside Takedown Pin
- I separated the Trigger Assembly from the Frame:



- When doing the above, the Takedown Pin lock will come lose. I removed it and set it aside.

- Then I separated the Safety Lever and Spring from the Trigger Assembly.

The Safety Lever simply pulls right out. The Spring is easily removed after that.

The Spring is easy to lose. It may even pop out by itself:



- I very slightly bent the encircled portions of the Safety Spring, pictured above, so that it ended up looking like the picture on the right.

- I then Reinstalled the Lever and Spring as noted below:



- I then reassembled the whole firearm.

The end result for me was a much more positive and snappy clicking of the Safety Lever. It does not take much change to the Spring to change the feel of the Lever.

With that said, I have some additional notes, pertaining to the LC9S on a Kydex holster:

Changing the spring tension on the Lever did not change my Kydex holster's ability to disengage the Safety on certain situations/angles. The new spring tension made it more difficult, but it was still possible for the Safety to disengage.

I then took my Kydex holster and with a hairdryer remolded the space for the Safety Lever so that it was "less square" and more rounded. Between adjusting the Spring Tension and remolding the Kydex this has apparently cured my Safety-disengaging problem.

Below is a pic of what I did to the Kydex holster. The Red Circle shows the space for the Slide Release Lever, which is shaped snuggly to that Lever.

The Safety Lever provision was also very snug before. I reshaped it so that its more contoured and doesn't have an angle to allow the Safety to get engaged:



Hope this is informative. Thank you to Boom for the Tips!
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Glad I could help.
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Thanks for the info. The pictures were great.
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Thanks for the illustration, took 5 minutes to fix my safety.
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Thanks CaliRuger! Will be doing this to mine tonight!

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Can the forward angle on the safety lever (the part that enters the slide area) be filled back to release the safety when racking the slide? Has anybody done this?

It seems like there is enough meat on the part that an acute angle close to 90 could be applied (instead of the existing obtuse) and the safety's spring would assist in movement, if the slide took it only 90% off.

The LC9s was about $100 cheaper than a PRO when I bought it.
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I've never had this problem to start with. Being retired from LE I continue purchasing only
pistols without a manual safety. Yep! Heard about all the practicing releasing the manual
safety but____ when bullets are going by an inch from the side of your head (They make a buzzing sound) you're not apt to___regardless of how many times you have practiced___
release that manual safety. You're just pointing and squeezing that thing in your hand.
This said, for those that prefer a manual safety...................continue doing so.
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@CaliRuger Just wanted to say 'Thanks!'

I just got my lc9s the other day and the manual safety was super mushy; your fix was quick, easy and took care of the problem.
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No help here, but glad you got a fix. I have the Pro model without the safety.

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