Days ahead of the 2018 SHOT Show, Ruger announced a new handgun aimed at being an affordable self-defense pistol: the EC9s.
The Ruger EC9s is a new model, but one that is very similar to the company’s existing LC9s. The two guns share many features and are the same size. However, the EC9s is more affordable as it has a suggested retail price that is nearly $200 cheaper.
Chambered in 9mm, the EC9s feeds from the same 7 round magazines that run in the LC9s. It has a 3.12″ barrel and weighs about 17 ounces unloaded. It is relatively compact with a height of 4.5″. It’s thinness – only 0.9″ – should help it to conceal as easily as the LC9s does.
This is a striker-fired pistol. Like many of Ruger’s pistols, this gun has a small thumb safety on the left side of the frame. While many people do not see the need for an external safety, many of Ruger’s customers appear to appreciate this option.
One of the cost saving measures used by the company is to use sights that are integral to the slide instead of replaceable sights that are dovetailed into place. Both the front and rear sights have serrations on their faces to reduce glare when shooting in bright light.
Another cost saving decision made by the company was the inclusion of only one magazine. I always recommend having several magazines for each firearm you own as they tend to be the most likely point of failure in a gun. At least Ruger includes a pinky extension for the magazine floorplate.
Ruger set the suggested retail price on these pistols at $299. Since dealers often sell Ruger products below full retail, it is conceivable that you could walk out of the local gun shop with one of these for less than $300 total with tax, transfer fees, etc. These guns are shipping to dealers now.
Update: The EC9s is in the hands of a lot of shooters, and I’m hearing good things. In fact, my local gun shop has had problems keeping these in stock. Right now, Brownells has these guns in stock with a great price of $215.