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Old May 23rd, 2011, 12:48 PM   #1
 
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LC9 Disassembly

When I got my LC9 I followed the owners manual and broke it down and cleaned it. Wow, that thing was filthy. I was a bit annoyed that you had to use the Ruger key to remove the takedown pin, but it wasn't that big of a deal. After I fired the first 50 rounds I cleaned it again. It was a night and day difference. I don't have to use the Ruger key anymore. Once I lower the takedown plate, I just wiggle the slide a bit and the takedown pin just falls out due to gravity. Pretty slick. Now I can break it down without tools if I have to. I'm a happy camper.




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Old May 23rd, 2011, 01:14 PM   #2
 
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I just bought the LC9 a couple of weeks a go. I had the same problem with the pin. It did loosen up like you said. The only problem I have now is the slide release is hard to release, but getting better. I've been shooting Blazer Brass at the range and have not had one problem with that gun. I bought the S&W Bodyguard .38 for my wife and that thing is a cannon. She likes the LC9 a lot better than the revolver. Looks like I'm buying another LC9.
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I don't use the slide lock to release the slide. I just slingshot it.
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I don't use the slide lock to release the slide. I just slingshot it.
+1. For my personal guns, that button is there to facilitate me dropping the slide on an empty mag only if I pull the slide back and then push the button down, getting the slide lock out of the way. You will never see me actually use that thing to drop a slide.
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my friend just bought a lc9 and the part that slides down to release the breakdown pin only goes half way down. He fired 3 mags through it then went to clean it and this is what happened. Needless to say he is pissed, going back to cabales tomorrow to show them. Ruger your a great company but this should not happen better QC might be needed. I was going to buy one of these as I love my lcp but not sure after this.
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I just picked up an LC9 last week and so far have only cleaned it. I'll have it out in the next few days. duper85 mine did the same thing but once it was cleaned and lightly oiled and than worked a few times the release works great, no problems.
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Ditto with me. Gun was very dirty buy cleaned up easy, now it's slick and smooth.
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Mine wasn't dirty. It was just very VERY oiled.
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my friend just bought a lc9 and the part that slides down to release the breakdown pin only goes half way down. He fired 3 mags through it then went to clean it and this is what happened. Needless to say he is pissed, going back to cabales tomorrow to show them. Ruger your a great company but this should not happen better QC might be needed. I was going to buy one of these as I love my lcp but not sure after this.
That part was very stiff on mine as well. The first time I field stripped it I had to use a brass punch and a light hammer strike to push it down. After the first take-down it works with finger if you push straight down and don't cant it.
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I've taken mine apart (frame) and was going to remove the magazine disconnect. Very oily down there, so I cleaned it all up.

The mag disconnect is a major PITA to remove and I'm not sure how people do it without removing the trigger, or breaking/bending it and the spring.
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I've taken mine apart (frame) and was going to remove the magazine disconnect. Very oily down there, so I cleaned it all up.

The mag disconnect is a major PITA to remove and I'm not sure how people do it without removing the trigger, or breaking/bending it and the spring.
It is very tricky to do, but I was able to get a tweeker in there and remove the spring that holds it in. Then I could work the MD loose with a pair of needle nose pliers and a lot of patience.

Whatever you do, don't wreck it because if you ever decide to sell the LC9, you'll want to put that MD back where it came from to avoid liability down the road.
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O.K.So I broke down and bought the Ruger LC9.
I love my LCP and SR9c.The LC9 was for a more
comfortable carry weapon.I brought the LC9 home,
gave it a good cleaning.The slide is slick as owl $56t.
Took it to the range.Fired a quick 50 rounds
through it.I'm too used to my SR9c.My SR9c
has a great trigger pull and is accurate as any pistol
out there.The LC9?I have to get used to it.It has a long
trigger pull and my accuracy sucked.Hey,I know I have
to give it time.I think I shot better with one hand than 2.
As far as dependable?It never skipped a beat.I love Ruger
quality and will stay with Ruger forever.This is now
my 4'th Ruger.No surprises.Great guns.
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Cool I told my friend about the posts some of u have made and they were of great help. He got the gun apart and I told him about some of the things u guys said, he is going to try it out. Thanks for your help guys!!! and ladies maybe !!!
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The mag disconnect is a major PITA to remove and I'm not sure how people do it without removing the trigger, or breaking/bending it and the spring.
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It is very tricky to do, but I was able to get a tweeker in there and remove the spring that holds it in. Then I could work the MD loose with a pair of needle nose pliers and a lot of patience.

Whatever you do, don't wreck it because if you ever decide to sell the LC9, you'll want to put that MD back where it came from to avoid liability down the road.
I'm not understanding these posts. I took mine apart to remove the mag safety also. After lifting the aluminum frame housing out of the grip and flipping it over, my mag safety and spring literally fell out.

It took me all of 15 minutes to do the whole project. The only hangup was figuring out that the hammer catch is simpler to put in place than I was trying to make it. Just slip a thick straightened paper clip through the little hole in the side of the grip, hold the catch forward, and drop the frame assembly in.

Now, the rear sight removal was a bit of unexplored territory. I ended up breaking the tiny FP block plunger pawl detent thingy, when drifting the rear sight out to the right, like I have always done on pistols for years. I guess, I should have drifted it out of the left side.

Now, if someone could just figure out how to remove the extractor! It looks like the design, is a one time install, and not removeable by any means that I can see. It appears the extractor plunger has a detent that slips and locks into the back of the extractor, and there is no way to pull back on the plunger to release it.

Edit: I figured out the extractor removal. It is possible. Difficult, but possible. Plus, after removing it, I may have figured out why some extractors protrude a little (mine does) and some don't.

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O.K.So I broke down and bought the Ruger LC9.
I love my LCP and SR9c.The LC9 was for a more
comfortable carry weapon.I brought the LC9 home,
gave it a good cleaning.The slide is slick as owl $56t.
Took it to the range.Fired a quick 50 rounds
through it.I'm too used to my SR9c.My SR9c
has a great trigger pull and is accurate as any pistol
out there.The LC9?I have to get used to it.It has a long
trigger pull and my accuracy sucked.Hey,I know I have
to give it time.I think I shot better with one hand than 2.
As far as dependable?It never skipped a beat.I love Ruger
quality and will stay with Ruger forever.This is now
my 4'th Ruger.No surprises.Great guns.
Trigger difference in the LC9 and SR9C, its the difference between hammer fired and stricker fired. I tried once to go from one to the other in target shooting, not a good idea without a great deal of concentration involved.
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