In our epic Single Stack 9mm Shootout last year, one of the guns we reviewed was the Ruger LC9. It’s a decent pistol, but the general perception among the Lucky Gunner team was that it was the most difficult to shoot of the six guns we tested. A long, heavy double action trigger is hard enough to master as it is, and the light weight of the LC9 makes it even more challenging.
I like small guns. I find that that whole James Bond deep concealment thing strangely appealing. “I may be wearing a form-fitting black tux, but I still have this tiny pistol with which to kill you.” The idea of a highly deadly mouse gun may not be pure fantasy, but it’s close. The chances of fending off a bevy of bad guys with a pocket pistol are about the same as the odds of crossing the Atlantic in a Sunfish. It’s doable, but you’d have to be extremely talented and incredibly lucky. No wonder James Bond traded his .25-caliber Beretta 418 for a .32-caliber Walther PPK. Which should make the new Ruger LC9 better still. It’s a small handgun with seven servings of 9mm stopping power. What’s not to like?
I’m an old-school kind of guy. Put me in front of a table full of new semiauto pistols of all types, styles and calibers, and the one I’ll likely reach for first is a Government Model 1911 .45. But that doesn’t mean that when I leave the house to make a quick run to the local convenience store for a late-night loaf of bread, a full-size 1911 is the likely gun I’ll tuck in my pocket. No, in that case I’m a lot like everybody else. I’ll reach for something lightweight, compact and unobtrusive, but nonetheless chambered for a cartridge with a little authority. These days, that’s most likely to be a small polymer-frame DAO 9mm.