We’ve seen some interesting developments in defensive pistols this year. And by Development, I mean product enhancements, changes, tweaks… that may or may not be Earth Shaking, but are nice none the less. Here’s my favorite one for 2015. The Ruger’s LC9S Pro.
Ruger finally made the LC9 right. This is finally what the gun should have been right out of the gate. In fact, it’s so good, that not only does it top this list… but it’s so good that if you already have an other version of the LC9 – just sell it and go buy this one.
It’s not what Ruger put into it, it’s what they deleted. Ruger deleted the manual safety. Thank You. The unnecessary and redundant safety on this gun is like a pretty girl with a festering boil between her eyes. The poor dear… It’ll be alright…
The other thing Ruger deleted was the magazine disconnect safety. A Magazine Disconnect Safety is to guns what Double Clutching is to Cars. It’s outdated and unnecessary, and pisses you off when you come across it. Whoever thought it was a good idea to put that in there in the first place, needs to explain that to Jerry Miculek.
Here’s the great things about the LC9S Pro:
1. It’s affordable. MSRP is 450 with Retail around about 400 bucks. One place I know had them for 389. That’s crazy.
2. It’s light. The thing weighs nothing.
3. It has a good trigger pull. Some have said it’s a bit long, but come on. This is an EDC CCW pistol, not a Match Blaster. The trigger is excellent for the purpose of this pistol – and I’m a Trigger Snob and I’m saying this.
4. It has good sights. And by good I mean they are usable and you have a bunch of Aftermarket options that you can swap them out for.
5. It’s skinny. Going hand in hand with the light weight, this gun being so skinny means it can disappear on you when packing… it just evaporates. Gone. Stealthed Out. And since Concealed means Concealed, this is a good thing.
6. Ruger has a 9 round magazine for it. So if you have to go Fangs Out and Loud you can reload with a higher capacity magazine. I’d suggest buying 3 of those and one extra spare at the normal flush fit size. So you can rotate your magazines to keep the springs in order. I do that with all my guns, and I’d do that with these too. Carry with the short mag in for EDC Concealment… and my Reloads will be with the Niners. Done.
I’m going to say this now – and it’s going to be shocking. I like the Ruger LC9S Pro better than the S&W Shield. There. I said it. It’s out there. I like it better than the Glock 43 as well. That grip is too small for me to hold onto well, the LC9’s grip fits much better. And its much easier to conceal than the Shield’s grip.
Here’s my top 3 compact single stack 9mm’s:
1. Ruger LC9S Pro
2. Springer XDS 4.0
3. Walther PPS
I’ve been struggling with this subject for some time. Not just the subject, but even if I should post this. Publishing my thoughts on this – feels dangerous. But the First Amendment is backed up by the Second. So here it is:
Here’s the thing. Sometime ago I observed a TSA Agent going about her business of providing Security Theater at the Airport. She was Muslim, and wearing her traditional Muslim head-covering. My knee-jerk reaction was that of anger. It was her people are the reason why we have the TSA now. Why we have to take off our shoes at the Airport.
But what got me even more angry – was that I got angry about that. Damn it! I’m not racist. I never have been. I’m not against anyone of a different faith than mine! I’ve been wired against Hate all my life!
You see, I swore an Oath that I took and still take very seriously. To protect the constitution. To protect those that believe and say things that I might disagree with, but I’ll fight to the death to protect their right to say it. That includes Muslims who wish to worship Allah and hold to the beliefs and practices of Islam.
Here’s another thing. I’m a Mormon. One of our Articles of Faith says:
We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may.
We know what it feels like to be looked down upon for being different. Mormons were driven out of their homes, several times. Our church built homes only to be forced to leave them. We built a whole city, only to be forced to leave it… A new temple that took so much sacrifice to build. (Nauvoo) We only got to use it for a little while. The Hayes Administration tried to block Mormon Immigrants. A Governor declared a genocide on us. If you study Mormon history, you find you are studying persecution and abuse for a very long time. One of my own family was murdered for simply being Mormon.
So when we hear people speak like how Donald Trump is speaking, a part of us feels sick inside to see this happening again, even to another people. It’s wrong, and all of my upbringing is against it.
And yet, there is a part of me that agrees with Trump’s assertion that we should hold off until we “figure out what’s going on” as he said. Is holding off until we have a viable vetting process such a bad idea? President Jimmie Carter did just that. Yet when Trumps says that, he’s a badguy? I don’t get that.
Obama’s latest speech was a laughable hot mess.
He started out by basically saying that the mass shooting in California was Work Place Violence, before he said that it was Terrorism… but being careful to say that it wasn’t directed by ISIL.
Pretty much the only person calling IS “ISIL” anymore is Obama. ISIS called themselves ISIS… and now they and pretty much everyone in the middle east just calls them “IS” now. As in “Islamic State”. Obama is tone deaf when he keeps saying ISIL. I think he says that just to reinforce he hates Israel.
He espoused one idea that on the surface sounds good. If you are a Terrorist on the No Fly list, then you shouldn’t be able to buy a gun. On the surface – I agree with that sentiment. Who wouldn’t? The problem though is that lots of people on that No Fly list are not Terrorists. There have been Small Children on the No Fly list. Even a sitting Senator was put on the No Fly list…. Let’s call it the NFL for the time being. The NFL is a shady government roster that no one knows who controls, how it’s vetted, and no one has oversight on it. Names get added but it takes an act of The Great Pumpkin to get a name off it. And that’s the problem I have with it. Secret Covens muttering over secret documents…
How do you know if you are on the list? Pretty much the only way to know is if you try to board a plane. Heaven help you if you bought a No Refund type ticket through Priceline.
Without any Due Process you could have your Rights revoked… and it would take your Congressmen to try to help you get your name off that list.
If you are a proscribed person and you try to buy a gun… sign that 4473… Boom. You just committed a felony. You walked into that store a regular joe, and walked out a Felon.
The Progs don’t have to Ban any gun. They just ban you. And it’s as easy as just adding your name to the list.
Another problem. Some folks I know have Job Applicants run through NICS. No Approval means no job. This can have a dire effect on your whole life… not just getting a new gun from a dealer.
Again, all of this with no due process. No way to know if your name is on there. No notification, “Hey, you need to talk to your local FBI agent to get this cleared off.” All you get is “Denied”. No reason. No warning. And there’s really no help for you, because quiet seriously, your Congressmen do not care. Especially if you live in a Democrat Held State. Welcome to Shit Creek, your paddle has been revoked.
Obama breezed though this little tidbit rather quickly. Of course he doesn’t want you to think about it. If you think – you question. And that’s the last thing They want you to do.
Mike’s new book, “Her Brother’s Keeper” is a fantastic mix of old school sci-fi and modern genre-blending. I was highly enjoyable. I used an Audible credit to get the “Book on Tape”… having forgotten I had ordered the paper version. So now my boys are reading it – and they too are enjoying it. Get this book. It’s an excellent Sci-Fi. You will love it too.
The gun is of course my Ruger GP100 Match Champion. The Blade is… some Benchmade push dagger… I forget which. The patch, was Mike’s “Team Duchess” patch. It’s one of my favorites.
The Ruger SP101, .357 Magnum, 3″ Barrel. Equal parts sophistication and malice. Astute and Brutal.
This one isn’t mine. Mine, is just like it, but it’s loaded and on my hip while I took the photos of this one. Those are my rounds though.
I love Speed Strips. So much easier to carry than Speed Loaders.
We discussed revolvers on ArmedAmericanRadio.com Daily Defense Hour. Packing a .357 Magnum is a luxury… an obscene display of power and glory, in a subtle little package of satin stainless malice.
I love shooting my Beretta. I just do. But I’ve had a “Wake up” moment about it. Let me explain…
I’ve never had a problem with the safety. In fact, I rather like the safety mechanism as I consider it to be one of the safest safeties in the industry. Now, when I carry my Beretta, my routine is to safe the gun, holster, and then flick it off safe. This allows the first trigger pull to be unhindered. More like a SIG. I like that.
Friday the 30th, I participated in PointBlankRange.com’s Zombie Shoot. It was a blast! However in one stage, at two different points, I ran into some thorns. From the first position of 3, you fire your string and safe your weapon and move to the second position to engage. So I hit the safety, scooted to pos-2, and tried to engage. Trigger was nothing but slack. Two pulls, “Oh”, *flick*, bang bang bang… And then it happened again, exactly the same going into pos-3.
This was all me. I recognize and own this. It was not the gun – it was me. Normally, the safety never “gets me” because I almost never keep it engaged. I just don’t. But because I did – broke from my routine – it got me. twice in a row. And I really really don’t like that.
Also, I’d normally have run my 1911… I just don’t run the Beretta enough. Again – this is all me and my Ogreish habits. How I do things. And I was tasked to do things outside of my operating procedures – and evidently I don’t do that well. I’m not making excuses here, I’m recognizing my malfunctions.
I think it’s time to look at doing “The G-Mod” on my Beretta. Converting my 92 FS to a 92 G. This changes the safety mechanism to a De-Cock Only. So the lever will automatically spring back to the Fire Position. This is evidently something that is so much of an issue for enough folks that Beretta even HAS a G model.
So now the question that I must ask myself… and only I can answer this for me. Is do I get the G-Mod done, or do I train on this safety more so I don’t have those stumbles again?
Because I was in traffic much of the day that Hillary Clinton was testifying before the Benghazi Hearings… I was able to hear much of it. First off, to give credit where credit is due – Hillary Clinton answered those questions impressively well. She delivered her message clearly and strongly. She’s a MASTERFUL politician.
And that’s why she is so utterly dangerous. She was smooth and almost effortless in how she lied and misdirected. It was an impressive performance. I came away with a couple of things. 1. Hillary is very good at what she does. 2. There is no way on Earth I could trust her… not even telling the time of day.
Listening to the Talking Heads dissect her testimony has been almost as entertaining… they act so proud that they caught her in lies. If they had listened to the questions and how Hillary either didn’t actually answer the question and misdirected, or just outright lied… they would have been able to instantly tell that she was completely full of it. Her lips were moving.