I first purchased the SR9c, but found in just a bit too bulky for me. It just seemed to print too much on my large frame no matter what I wore. I liked that it had a 10+1 configuration and a 17+1 configuration, but in the end, if it doesn't feel comfortable enough, or you think it prints too much, you should go with the LC9.
I now have the LC9 and find that it is much more concealable. It sill has reasonable firepower at 7+1. With a back-up magazine you have 15 rounds.
It doesn't shoot as smooth as the SR9c, but it is very easy to keep on target.
My EDC is an SR9c...it is winter here in NE so generally concealment hasn't been an issue. I just started carrying the "c" after years of nothing but true sub-compacts(incl the LC9) the comfort of the SR9c in DH715 appendix is not to bad at all. I have had two occasions where I had go unarmed because the SR9c was too big to conceal fully. I know I'm going to need a smaller gun once the warm weather hits. I might go back to the LC9 and I'm also looking at the super small Diamond Back DB9.
Besides the ease of carry, the SR has it all over the LC. If I was ever to go back to the LC9 it would never be to replace the SR9c I'd just have it for those times I need a smaller pistol.
I have to agree with PaiN. The SR9c is one of the best compact 9mm pistols and works well with for CC if you wear a jacket or bulky sweater in cool weather. However, with light clothes, it does pose concealment problems due to it's bulk. Here in FL, I wear light clothes about 85% of the time so smaller is always better for comfort and concealability. When I do carry the SR9c, it is either in a Smart Carry (crotch holster) or a Kholster (IWB holster) with sport shirt untucked, a jacket, or sweater. Neither method works well for me in warmer weather. I most often carry a Kahr P380 in a DeSaints pocket holster but am considering a small 9mm as a better alternative. The Kahr CM9 and Ruger LC9 are my top choices and at similar price points.
Depends if you want a gun strictly as a concealed carry gun (LC9) or if you want a gun that's a little bigger but still concealable and also is fun to shoot at the range and can work as a home defense gun.
That is why I bought the SR9c over the LC9. The LC9 in my opinion is a horrible shooter, and would only be worth it if it was strictly a carry gun. The SR9c is really fun to shoot, and it's easy to shoot. I may add an LC9 for summer carry eventually.
I would recommend that you try out both guns at the range. I have had NO issues with my LC9 in terms of how well it shoots. Granted I am not trying to hit the inner ring at 25 yards. That being said, for a CC gun, if you shoot out to 25 yards you may have a problem with the local prosecutor!! Given the wide range of comments people make about this gun, either a) Ruger is hit or miss, or b) the complainers have early models and Ruger has dealt with the issue. I have read posts here where folks couldn't hit the side of the barn and had to send the gun back (I think the sights were improperly installed). Anyway, I have actually been surprised how accurate the gun is at normal SD ranges, and as I always remind myself, the capacity is the same as a true/original 1911.
You need to buy the SR9c first. This way it'll give you a reason to buy the LC9 second, because you WANT a smaller CCW pistol. Buying one because it needs to be bigger just doesn't sell as well as the other way around.
I went thru trying to decide this exact thing as well. If I could I'd probably have both and probably another 10 or 12 more handguns as well ... but right now just wanted/could afford one.....so I went with the SR9C because of the trigger and it's just fun to shoot! Now I've never actually fired the LC9 but from reports it sounds like you wouldn't want to be at the range all day shooting that one unless you want sore hands the next day? I did check one out at the local shop and figured I probably wouldn't enjoy that long trigger all that much. For what it's worth I carry the SR9C and most of the time forget that I am.......it's not THAT much larger if you ask me....I guess for me it came down to...do I want to have fun carrying it and not shooting it as much? or have fun carrying it and shooting it.........A LOT??
I had the same question a few months ago and I went with the stainless SR9c because of its smoother trigger which is much better than the LC9's and also, I could use the 17rd mags for both the SR9c and the SR9 that I bought a couple of years ago. I might buy the LC9 in the future but that's not a high priority because the SR9c is also very concealable and also, it can use the 17rd mags if need be.
Location: Burbank Washington ( Southeastern Corner of the state)
Started out with the SR9.....Thought it would be a good cary, till I got it home & found it was way to bulky...So back to the fun store, as they always have what I want,...Took home the SR9c ...Still a fun little gun but not exactly what I wanted, so the next day I was back at the fun store for the LC9 (which by the way I handled in the 1st place)....It is exactly what I wanted, as it slips right down in the inside pocket of my leather vest, for the biker in me...
My problem is once I purchase a Ruger it stays.....So the SR9 is still in the box unshot...the SR9c goes to the range, & I carry the little gun all the time! My Grandson is the end user of all my Ruger collection.......He's one really lucky 2 year old little man!