For decades, women have had few choices when it comes to the clothing they can wear to hide that they’re carrying a firearm. They could wear baggy T-shirts or coats, or put it in a purse and hope it didn’t get swiped or that they didn’t have trouble getting it out in an emergency.
I have been carrying a Ruger LC9S for a year now. I have had no issues with the LC9S at all, the decision to change every day carry (aka EDC) is a personal preference. At the beginning of this journey, I intellectually chose firearms based on specifications, reviews, and test shooting. Shooting any smaller frame pistol will have more recoil, especially in polymer frame firearms. I know the trigger pull on the LC9 was long, the LC9s is an improvement. I wonder if the LC9s will get the same revamp the LCP II just did with the Ruger American styling.
I prefer the Shield the Ruger due to the fact I have a full solid grip on the Shield, the stock trigger is a bit shorter and if I install the Apex Duty trigger, it’ll be even lighter. The more solid grip is a reassuring factor for me in a choice for every day carry. This is the go-to if in dire straits, and I want everything to go as I would need it to if my firearm were to see sunlight. The other choice I made is to go without a manual safety. My LC9s has an external safety whereas the Shield does not. You can purchase one with an external safety. Yes, I could have chosen to not use the safety on the LC9s but I would rather there not be one at all than to have one engaged when I think it’s not. Losing those seconds could be the difference of being able to tell the story afterwards.
Thank you Smith & Wesson for not having a pin that needs to be removed for take down. I appreciate that. Often I have worried about the pin in the LC9s becoming lost while cleaning or if I had to do a fieldstrip outdoors. I have dropped the take down pin while cleaning and wondered about that nightmare a time or two.
Both are solid firearms and deserve to be anyone’s every day carry. I think a part of this is also that I shoot a M&P Pro Series 9L and the grip works with my hands the best so far of all the firearms I have shot. Holding the Shield feels a bit reminiscent of holding the larger M&P. I will revisit this as I carry the Shield and give updates.
Talking about every day carry: I have recently had issues with the Can Can concealment holster, sweat. Since I have to get new holsters for the Shield, I am looking for a full sweat shield, inside waist band holster that I can carry appendix if I wish (or AIWB), comfortable and solid. I also prefer tan color or light colored- much easier to conceal lighter shades than dark ones with women’s clothing.