Ruger EC9s – A New Inexpensive 9mm for Concealed Carry

Ruger EC9s Review

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.

Quick Note

This gun has been selling very well at my local dealer and he has not discounted these much. Here are a few online sources you can check for better pricing the gun. Purchases through those sites are affiliate links and help pay my bills.

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.

New Ruger EC9s pistol

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 EC9s

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, PSA has these in stock with a price of less than $220.


Ruger 10/22 Takedown Lite

Ruger 10-22 Takedown Lite rifle

Sturm, Ruger & Co. announced the addition of a new rifle to the 10/22 line: the 10/22 Takedown Lite. The new rifle combines the features of the company’s existing take down rimfire rifle with the company’s modular stock and a lighter weight barrel assembly.


Ruger American Pistol

Ruger American Pistol

As rumored, Ruger announced its new line of handguns called the American Pistol. The new handguns are an impressive addition to the Ruger catalog, and I expect the guns will be extremely hot sellers. I also expect the guns will be a contender for the upcoming US military trials.

In general terms, the American Pistol is a line of duty-sized handguns that use a polymer frame and striker system. Initially, the guns will be available in both 9mm and .45 ACP, though the company hinted that these pistols are just the start of a vast line.

Let’s take a look at the highlights…


Ruger Updates the SR-556 Takedown

Ruger SR556 Takedown profile

Ruger quietly updated the SR-556 Takedown rifle during Christmas week. The main, and perhaps only, change to the gun was the replacement of the heavy quad-rail handguard with a lighter KeyMod type. The quad-rail equipped rifle tipped the scales at 7.6 pounds, while the new one shaves off a a full half-pound to drop the rifle’s weight to only 7.1.

The front end felt a bit heavy on the original gun, so I am glad that Ruger decided to upgrade the gun with a KeyMod handguard. Dropping ½ pound will definitely be an improvement.


Ruger LCR in .327 Federal Magnum

LCR in 327 Federal Magnum

Ruger announced a new version of the LCR chambered for the .327 Federal Magnum cartridge. The new revolver is the exact gun that should have been introduced with the round in 2008 – but will it sell in 2015?