Sturm, Ruger & Company Inc. will bring its recently introduced Lightweight Compact 9mm pistol (LC9) to SHOT Show 2011.

The firearms manufacturer developed this 9mm version of its Ruger LCP mouse gun that's ideally suited as a backup for off-duty law enforcement officers based on customer requests.

The LC9 will arrive Feb. 11 with a 3.12-inch barrel, 6-inch overall length and 4.5-inch height. The LC9 is a mere 0.9 inches in width, and weighs 17.1 ounces with an empty magazine. It features a black polymer (glass-filled nylon) frame and blued-alloy steel slide and barrel.

"On the heels of the ongoing success of the LCP, customers repeatedly requested a lightweight, compact 9mm pistol," according to Michael Fifer, Ruger's chief executive. "Frankly, they wanted an LCP chambered in 9mm."

The LC9 is a double-action-only, hammer-fired, locked-breech pistol. The Ruger LC9 arrives with aggressive frame checkering and features smooth "melted" edges for ease of holstering, carrying and drawing.

One seven-round, single-column magazine is provided with each LC9 pistol. The magazine's standard flat floorplate aids concealability, while the provided finger-grip extension floorplate offers an option to shooters who prefer a longer grip surface with more hand-to-pistol contact. Seven-round magazines, holsters and other accessories are available.

The wider rear aperture of the dovetailed, low-profile, two-dot rear sight aids quick acquisition of the single-dot, dovetailed front sight. This high-visibility, three-dot sight system provides fast, positive sight alignment.

The slide locks open on an empty magazine and the external slide stop is easy to reach and manipulate for positive firearm functioning. Additional features include a single-sided manual safety and magazine disconnect.

A California-approved loaded chamber indicator allows for immediate visual and tactile confirmation that the chamber is loaded. A pivoting external extractor provides reliable extraction of the 9mm cases. The pistol will retail for $443.


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