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Old August 23rd, 2011, 12:42 PM   #1
 
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How to shoot great with the LC9 :)

Buy/rent an LCP and put 100 through it. Then pick up an LC9 and it feels like a 1911, I was able to put 22/25 rounds in the 10 ring in a 1/2 size silhouette at 12 yards with the LC9. That even surprised me a little, granted I have been dry firing the LC9 for a few weeks every day getting used to the trigger.

Just passed 700 rounds with the LC9 and zero malfunctions of any kind after the first box of ammo where I followed the slide forward chambering the first round and it didnt go into battery. Its a little looser than new and I am seeing a little barrel peening but not as bad as my old PM9 after 300 rounds.

LC9 still gets a thumbs up from me, good little gun.



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Old August 23rd, 2011, 02:29 PM   #2
 
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I was thinking of selling mine as I really don't like the redundant safetys, but I took it to the range again and it talked me out of it dang thing is so easy to shoot well.
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I was thinking of selling mine as I really don't like the redundant safetys, but I took it to the range again and it talked me out of it dang thing is so easy to shoot well.
I didnt do well with the LC9 at first, but the thing works 100% so I kept with it instead of trading it off. Usually I take a 1911 or G17 Glock to the range with the LC9 and I dont do well with it compared to the full size guns.

But today I took a new LCP along, and that little thing isnt a real easy to shoot gun. Especially with PD ammo and tiny sights in a dim indoor range.

But after shooting the LCP the LC9 felt like a full size gun and I shot surprisingly well with it today. I knew from the beginning it was me and not the gun, it took nearly 700 rounds but I'm shooting it well
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I am left handed and I am wondering if the safety on the LC9 will be hit under recoil it's
happen on other guns that I have shot, is that a problem?
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Slowly getting used to the LC9 DAO trigger pull, but this is not a target pistol. Do all of my shooting at 15 yards into eight inch paper plates. I want to get good enough to be able to accomplish a double tap into the plate.
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I am left handed and I am wondering if the safety on the LC9 will be hit under recoil it's
happen on other guns that I have shot, is that a problem?
I'm right handed but the safety isnt easy to turn on, I cant do it pushing it up with my thumb like a 1911 without changing my shooting grip. I would hold one on your hand and see, I have maybe shot 50 out of nearly 700 rounds left handed and I didnt have a problem with the safety at all. Its up pretty high and its hard to turn on so I dont think it will be an issue.

Like others I wish the safety wasnt there, same with the magazine safety, loaded chamber indicator and key lock but it is what it is.
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Slowly getting used to the LC9 DAO trigger pull, but this is not a target pistol. Do all of my shooting at 15 yards into eight inch paper plates. I want to get good enough to be able to accomplish a double tap into the plate.
I dont expect to shoot matches with it myself, but I was pretty bad to start with it. I can dump a full mag as fast as I can pull the trigger into a 7-8" group at 10 yards and thats good enough for me.

But like I said shoot an LCP for 100 rounds and then pick up an LC9, it feels like a full size target pistol
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I want to get good enough to be able to accomplish a double tap into the plate.
Not to discourage your goal (I hope you accomplish it), but as a veteran FI and LEO I save double taps for full size duty guns. With a sub-compact 9mm I focus on continuous aimed fire. While I was always taught double-taps, I later came to realize that two bullets in the same organ is generally not as effective as a single bullet in two (or three or four or..) different organs. For example; two shot into a bad guys left lung may result in him bleeding out faster - one bullet in each lung will stop him from breathing. Better yet one in each lung, one in his heart, one in his head, etc. My Dad is a retired FI and LEO and he always used to tell me "Be able to put a bullet into the eyeball of a bad guy when you need to, otherwise shoot so the coroner thinks you popped him with 00-buck". I found with my LC9 that double taps are tough, but 3 round strings of "fast fire" is fairly easy. Best of luck to you.
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Good advice regarding the double tap. When I do my part and control flinch, I can get decent groups, but bringing the LC9 back to the target for a double tap is a challenge.
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Put 50 rounds through my LC9 this morning at the range. Making progress on the trigger pull and finding the best way to grip the LC9. I am now getting some decent groups at 10 yards.
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