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Old December 2nd, 2019, 01:03 PM   #16
 
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I have used Glow On for several pairs of sights over the years and truly appreciate the way the paint POPS in the sunshine, but even more the fact that I can put the gun under a table lamp for an hour before I go to bed and have night sights all night long!

Other than that: I recommend the brightest orange or lime/yellow/green cheap nail polish you can find in the sale bin at the grocery or pharmacy. You should be able find a bottle for less than $2.00. There is no need to do a white base coat. Just use 3 to 4 coats of the nail polish, giving each one plenty of time to dry between coats.

If you are going to paint the whole sight blade, use different colors for front and back. I have used either bright orange or super bright light green on the front sight (only) of a few revolvers and it makes a huge difference.

With Glow On you can make dots: The challenge is to get them exactly centered and even.

Just a few things to think about.




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I'm still at work for another couple of hours, then dinner. But I've taken a couple of breaks today and read. I feel I'm getting some great advice and ideas here. My thoughts about sight paint have changed several times, and has again!

I'll be back later tonight (if work goes according to plan; tomorrow if not). Keep the comments coming!
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When the EC-9 first came out there were a lot of mail order places selling them for around $200 so I thought I'd give it a try.

By the time I left my dealer I had about $250 in the pistol with shipping and FFL transfer fees. I had ordered another magazine and I'm now ready for my first range trip to test out my new carry gun.

I went to my friends ranch on the Guadalupe River where we have a range set up. Me and my pal have settled in at the picnic table and we are plinking away at the targets.
Out of the corner of my eye I see that I'm being watched with great interest.

"Whatcha got there?"
Oh this? My new carry gun....
"I like it, I like it a lot, how much was it?"
Oh, I prolly got a couple of hundred in it.
"Sell it to me"

I handed my pal the EC-9 and he is now pulling out his wallet.
He is an old school Texas Oilman. Who knows how many fortunes he has made and lost in his days. A Wildcat driller, wild as the West Texas wind. Now he is 87 years and can still shoot the head off of a rattlesnake at 20 yards.

He had waited until I had ran a half dozen magazines of various ammo through the EC-9 before staking his claim. He saw that it was performing flawlessly.

"Hang on a second, I got some gun show ammo here in the truck"
I was surprised because in all of the years I've known him I've never seen him shoot anything but a 1911 in .45acp.

He sits a gallon zip lock baggie of full metal jackets on the table and begins to load up the two magazines of his new pistol. On his second shot the pistol jams. He racks the slide, fired another shot and then got another jam.

Only this time he doesn't even try to clear the jam. He just rares back and roundhouses the pistol right into the river, cussing a blue streak. It's a danged good thing I was paying attention where the pistol hit the water cause....

Before I went swimming, I picked up the plastic bag full of ammo. About half of it was 9mm and the other half of it was .380. Yeah, you guessed it. The .380 was what caused the pistol to jam.

I didn't miss a beat when I told him that I reckon that the pistol needed to cool off a bit.
I picked up the bag of gun show ammo and carried it to my truck. I left three boxes of 9mm ammo on the table and slid out of my boots to fetch the pistol.

My pal still carries the EC-9 in his front Wrangler pocket.
Every now and then I'll ask him if he's renched it off lately...brings a grin from him.
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/ That's some fine writing, right there, just down below this one.
(Or up above, depending on how you've got your read settings set.)

I got stuck in carnitas tacos, Netflix
and reviewing my work project,
so I didn't get back here.

Tomorrow.

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When the EC-9 first came out there were a lot of mail order places selling them for around $200 so I thought I'd give it a try.

By the time I left my dealer I had about $250 in the pistol with shipping and FFL transfer fees. I had ordered another magazine and I'm now ready for my first range trip to test out my new carry gun.

I went to my friends ranch on the Guadalupe River where we have a range set up. Me and my pal have settled in at the picnic table and we are plinking away at the targets.
Out of the corner of my eye I see that I'm being watched with great interest.

"Whatcha got there?"
Oh this? My new carry gun....
"I like it, I like it a lot, how much was it?"
Oh, I prolly got a couple of hundred in it.
"Sell it to me"

I handed my pal the EC-9 and he is now pulling out his wallet.
He is an old school Texas Oilman. Who knows how many fortunes he has made and lost in his days. A Wildcat driller, wild as the West Texas wind. Now he is 87 years and can still shoot the head off of a rattlesnake at 20 yards.

He had waited until I had ran a half dozen magazines of various ammo through the EC-9 before staking his claim. He saw that it was performing flawlessly.

"Hang on a second, I got some gun show ammo here in the truck"
I was surprised because in all of the years I've known him I've never seen him shoot anything but a 1911 in .45acp.

He sits a gallon zip lock baggie of full metal jackets on the table and begins to load up the two magazines of his new pistol. On his second shot the pistol jams. He racks the slide, fired another shot and then got another jam.

Only this time he doesn't even try to clear the jam. He just rares back and roundhouses the pistol right into the river, cussing a blue streak. It's a danged good thing I was paying attention where the pistol hit the water cause....

Before I went swimming, I picked up the plastic bag full of ammo. About half of it was 9mm and the other half of it was .380. Yeah, you guessed it. The .380 was what caused the pistol to jam.

I didn't miss a beat when I told him that I reckon that the pistol needed to cool off a bit.
I picked up the bag of gun show ammo and carried it to my truck. I left three boxes of 9mm ammo on the table and slid out of my boots to fetch the pistol.

My pal still carries the EC-9 in his front Wrangler pocket.
Every now and then I'll ask him if he's renched it off lately...brings a grin from him.

Been through a similar situation.

I demo for CZ. At one event, I was told by the range runner (the guy who carried the pistols out to the range when someone was going to try one) that my Scorpion was broken and wouldn't function.

I carry it out to the range, get 2 bowls of 9mm and proceed to put 20 flawless rounds through the Scorpion.

Get back to the table to find out that some of the bowls of 9mm had .380 mixed in. A .380 will fire in a Scorpion, but it doesn't stand a chance of fully cycling the bolt.
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So I have carried my Ec9s now for around a year. I have put 850 rounds through it. Here is the pros and cons I have found.

With sweaty hands the grip is slippery, tried adding a hogue grip but it still happends thinking about adding some grip tape to it to see if it helps.

With normal practice loads I have no issues with the gun. With self defense loads in normal pressures I find that the recoil is a little more and it cause my palm to ride up and hit the slide lock. Have tried every different grip but hopefully grip tape will fix this.

I find that inserting the magazine sometime if its not at a firm pressure it hangs up.

Idk why this happends but it has only happen to me once last night. The take down pin window spring got stuck and was not able to remove the pin. Had to remove the window , unjam and lube the spring to get it to work good again.

The gun is light and I am able to pocket carry easily.

The gun runs very good for the price and I would not hesitate to buy another one.
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So I have carried my Ec9s now for around a year. I have put 850 rounds through it. Here is the pros and cons I have found.

With sweaty hands the grip is slippery, tried adding a hogue grip but it still happends thinking about adding some grip tape to it to see if it helps.

With normal practice loads I have no issues with the gun. With self defense loads in normal pressures I find that the recoil is a little more and it cause my palm to ride up and hit the slide lock. Have tried every different grip but hopefully grip tape will fix this.

I find that inserting the magazine sometime if its not at a firm pressure it hangs up.

Idk why this happends but it has only happen to me once last night. The take down pin window spring got stuck and was not able to remove the pin. Had to remove the window , unjam and lube the spring to get it to work good again.

The gun is light and I am able to pocket carry easily.

The gun runs very good for the price and I would not hesitate to buy another one.
Weird on the Hogue grip being slippery. You might try a Pachmyr grip before taping: its rubber is a little more pliable. It is pretty cheap (no more than $10) and not as hard to install and take off as the Hogue beavertail.
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Liquitex Heavy Body artists' acrylic titanium white is still sticking to the front sight of an Airweight 38 after a year of pocket carry in the subtropics. 91% Isopropyl takes it off if you stop liking it.
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I appreciate the continued suggestions re sight painting. I won't make a decision until I get it -- of course -- but I'll revisit this thread to review when I do. I can see several potential options here.

Originally, I thought maybe a bright red front post and the two squared ears on the rear with bright white -- something like Testors. (I've got a couple of 2 oz bottles on my list at Amazon.) I have to be mindful of the fact that we have snow cover here constantly 4 - 5 months of the year. No bare ground from say mid-November to mid-April. I fear a white front sight would get lost in all that white. (We're getting another 5-6" today on top of about 5 that was dropped a week ago. Winter has officially begun.)

Now, with other colors and types of paints recommended (and fingernail polish! I like that idea too!), I'll have to think some once I get it.

I do have one question about the Hogue beavertail grips.
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That might work but this is the one I would recommend. Hogue #18400

https://www.hogueinc.com/handgun-gri...p-sleeve-black
I put a set of those -- 18400 -- on my list also. But I noticed the others of different colors like I posted earlier in this thread all have very similar numbers starting with 1840x, like 18401, 18402, etc.

I can't see any substantive difference in size, shape, etc. And they all claim they'll fit the LC9's.

Is there some reason they wouldn't work? Am I missing something?

I'm asking because I'd really like to put either OD green or desert tan grips on it. Probably OD green to match the color of the Hogue overmolded stock that I want to put on my 10-22 eventually.

This blue one looks pretty cool, also.
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Holsters for an EC9

Next topic. I've learned over the decades that holsters are a very personal choice. Some like IWB, some OWB, some like pocket, or something else.

I'm an OWB guy only. Even with lightweights like the SW642, which many pocket carry, I carried mine in an OWB. Because I'm a smaller person, and thin, pocket carry -- even of a mouse gun -- makes me look like I've got a cheeseburger in my pocket.

Also because I'm thin -- and have little fat on the bones -- IWB is not comfortable. Plus, I carry a pack everywhere I go -- woods, downtown, where ever, and IWB didn't work for me.

So you may write of your IWB -- no issue with that; post away. Others may find it of value. But I'm only looking for an OWB holster.

I wish I could remember exactly which holster I had with my LC9s, because I really liked it -- it carried very well -- and was not terribly expensive. I don't. I'm fairly sure it was all leather, but I'm not stuck to leather.

In fact, this one is on my list: half leather, half kydex.

But I'm wide open to suggestions.

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I went through a progression of holsters when I got the EC/LC9s guns.

First was a Blade Tech Klipt IWB, no cant- Not bad but sweat shield poked me. Never did trim it. Sits in drawer.

Second was a Pro Carry LT IWB, no cant- Tried for IWB and AIWB carry. Found I didn't like AIWB. Sweat shield would fold over top of gun. Two hands to reholster. Sits in drawer

After trying appendix and IWB with both prior holsters I found I needed a holster with a cant for IWB.

Third IWB was a ebay holster from je tactical holsters, Adjustable cant - black carbon kydex model.
Winner winner!! This is the one I use for IWB now.

Fourth holster was a DeSantis E-Gat for OWB, no cant - Carries well. Nice leather holster. Used occasionally.

Fifth holster was a Tagua OWB Dual Snap holster, slight cant - Nice inexpensive holster that can be removed without removing belt. Used more often if carrying OWB.

Fact is, I carry the EC/LC9s IWB with the JE Tactical holster 99% of the time.

If I am carrying OWB I will carry my full sized hi-cap. 9mm.


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Still seeing a lot of (NIB) LC9s' on the web (i.e. gunbroker), mid 2's. The lc9s has the adjustable sites, of which the rear can be used to rack. Of course add the Hogue. Mike
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EC9s returned

I have two EC9s. I really like them. My first one went back to Ruger for repair three times, the first two times for a broken striker. Ruger replaced the slide and striker assembly both times. The third time I sent it back was for a stuck slide and barrel. When I first purchased the gun and before I ever fired it, the slide got stuck when I field stripped it. I called Ruger and was instructed by a tech to bash the slide with a rubber mallet until it returned to its proper place, which I did (I did not feel a bit comfortable with that procedure). That procedure did not work this time. So back to Ruger it went for the third time. Ruger decided to destroy the pistol and send me a replacement. Both the replacement and the new one I bought had the frequent problem of failure to feed. Ruger had me send both of them back. They've both been repaired and seem to function flawlessly now. I've also sent my Security 9 back four times for repair and my LCP II back twice for repair. Talk about quality control! I must say that Ruger customer service is superb. Each and every time they were concerned, courteous and very helpful. I've also had to send back a Mossberg MC1sc (failure to return to full battery after firing). I have a Glock 19 Gen 5 MOS and a Sig Sauer P320 XCompact. I prefer my Security 9 to those two quality guns. I can shoot it more accurately, and the same is true for the EC9s.
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Friday night, just after midnight. Long day in the studio. Productive.

Reading here. A bit concerned by the malfs and QC in the EC9,
but confident the co will fix them if they pop up.
Hopefully not. Can't wait to own one.

But tonight, I'm caught up in bratwurst tacos w/ cheese and onion,
some vodka with orange juice, and Netflix with a side of Youtube music.
<See The Eagles Hotel California live 1977 or so.>

So, I'll get back to you.
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Saturday afternoon. I've been thinking more today about the problems in the EC9 reported in this thread and others that I've read, especially the ones that required sending it to Ruger twice or even three times to solve. I think the issue for me is not so much sending it back, but having to do so multiple times. I'm no gunsmith and I don't play one on the Internet, but that just doesn't seem right. I trust Ruger to make it right -- I know from personal experience and everything I've read over the years that they will -- but why is it so hard to fix a problem the first time? Am I missing something? Being unreasonable?
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