So I'm going to risk being called an indecisive flake (at least one girlfriend called me that once, which helped me make up my mind about her) and raise a new option in this thread. Since I'm the OP, I feel OK about that. After spending most of the afternoon reading reviews and watching videos, I've decided that instead of an LCRx in .38 spl, I may -- may
-- be going back to 9 mm, specifically, the EC9s.
I'll state one thing right up front: if the two were equal price, I'd go with the LCRx hands down. No more questions. Why? Even though I've owned several 9 mm pistols -- more on that below -- I've always had a fondness for wheel guns. I won't even argue any more about .38 spl vs 9 mm effectiveness for SD -- not enough difference to snivel about IMO.
But the simplicity and reliability of wheel guns is compelling to me. Pull the trigger, it goes bang. If for some reason it doesn't, pull it again, and it'll probably go bang. No FTF, no jams to clear, etc. And just the fact that they've been around so long ... speaks to the history lover in me.
I've owned about equal numbers of wheel guns and semi-autos since about 1992. In wheel guns, I've owned (in order of purchase) Taurus (1) and Smith Wesson (3). In 9 mm, I've owned SW, Kahr and Ruger, specifically the LC9s. The latter was my last. I sold it (and my two rifles) about two years ago when I thought that my professional life was about to carry me to the UK for a very extended period (measured in years). The latter venture fell through -- I'm not unhappy about that -- so now I'm rebuilding my kit.
I loved the LC9s. Didn't have that many rnds through it, but it was flawless performance, very acceptable recoil (comparable to my SW 642 air weight), and fit my small (for a man) hand so well. I'm very familiar with the problem of limp wristing and had no trouble avoiding it.
But here's the problem. The EC9s would cost me just over half the price of the LCRx. My local dealer quoted me today $495 for the latter -- although I'm pretty sure he'd come down a few dollars. I'll call him next week for a quote on the EC9s, and from prices I've seen online, I'm betting he can come close to $270 or so. With my budget -- struggling to start a new company and pennies are scarce -- that's a BIG difference.
The EC9s is getting consistently good reviews. I already understand that it has a couple or three significant differences from the LC9s, but none that make me want to discount it. And it's measurably smaller than the LCRx while being only 1.5 ounces heavier.
I've found three threads on this forum about problems with the EC9s -- mostly failure to extract or failure to feed -- but two of three were satisfactorily resolved, and the third seems to be in the process of resolution. I also saw several participants from this thread in those, so know they're familiar with both guns.
So I thought I'd throw this thread open to discussion, because since it's the (black) Friday after Thanksgiving and there's no football tonight, I know you guys are bored and looking for something to do. You can thank me later.