TL:DR-Great little micro gun if you need a deep concealment piece. I still hate micro guns.
Just to be up front I generally hate micro guns. no matter the caliber. I didn’t even want to put ammo though this one because I figured for sure I would hate every round I fired though it, just like with the R51. But surprise I actually kind of liked it for what it is. Don’t get me wrong I still dislike micro guns as a whole but if I had to carry a small gun this would be towards the top of that list. Somewhere under the G43/42.
Usually one of the things I dislike about the little guns is a total lack of usable sights. They are usually just little bumps on the slide. The LC9 has actual usable sights that function well and shoot pretty close to point of aim for me. At 10 yards I was able to hold a decent group. Even at 15 and even out at 25.5 yards (the furthest our range goes) I was able to keep all shots in the -0 zone of an IDPA target with only 3 fliers just outside of the -0 zone and those are attributed to me not the gun.
The controls are ok and easy to reach. The slide release is easy to reach and use, the safety works well going off safe but sucks going on safe while keeping a good grip on the gun. It’s pivot point is to the front of the safety as opposed to the rear making sweeping it on safe a bit stiff but coming off safe is really easy. The magazine release I found to be a PITA to use. It wasn’t easy to push and required a lot of travel to finally release the magazine. Since it’s already a nearly flush fitting magazine release that can make for an awkward mag change.
It felt ok in my hand but again not a fan of these tiny guns to start with. Better than some other small guns even ones chambered in .380 feel to me. Certainly not an ergonomic dream but better than a lot of others.
Trigger was ok even if it had a lot of travel. I did find the reset to be quite long. Basically the entire length of the trigger travel which I disliked. But this could be circumvented with some training. I am finding a lot of pistols with very long resets. Maybe my primary carry gun, a G17, has me spoiled a bit in that department as it has a pretty short reset.
Overall I still dislike micro guns and try to talk people out of them when given the opportunity. I still feel as though most people would be far better served with a larger full size or compact handgun. I carry a GLOCK 17 daily. Either openly or Concealed and have found very few instances where I needed to carry something smaller. There were times I wished I had something smaller but made the G17 work anyway. And after selling off or giving away my subcompact guns years ago I have since added a compact gun to the safe for those times when I want to dress up a little nicer and don’t want to dress around the G17 or want a bit deeper concealment for less than gun friendly environments.
But if you simply don’t want to carry a full size gun or feel as though you need something tiny to conceal on you the LC9 could get the job done well and offer some usable sights and decent handling characteristics to boot.
But I still suggest going with a larger gun 😉
This guest article was written by Joshua Downs.
JDL Outfitters is a small Texas company specializing in custom kydex holsters. I have had the opportunity to test out a one of their holsters with a Glock 19 and have to say that it is a really nice piece of gear.
The model I was provided was a basic model, but there are tons of customization options available. To be specific, there are 57 distinct colors and patterns of kydex available to select from. Further customization is available on top of the kydex color. The kydex utilized is standard 0.08″ in thickness.
A few samples:
At present, the following models of firearms are supported — with more to come in the future:
- Glock 17
- Glock 19
- Glock 22
- Glock 23
- Glock 26
- Glock 27
- Glock 33
- Glock 34
- S&W Shield 9mm
- S&W Shield .40S&W
- Jericho Full Size
Prices start at a very reasonable $45 and based on customization options go up from there. Timeframes from order to shipping are 7 days, with many orders shipping in as little as 3-4 days.
Please note that I am in no way high speed, low drag — I am just an average guy working a desk job. The JDL holster has held up nicely for my needs, and I would not hesitate to recommend this company to anyone needing a custom kydex holster.
Contact JDL Outfitters at the link below to place your order:
For years I’d seen folks with the around-the-neck style bluetooth earbuds for listening to music, and wondered why there weren’t similar options for shooters. Well, now there are. Walker has the Razor X — a noise cancelling earbud headset — which fits the bill. The around-the-neck design rests comfortably out of the way, to not interfere with cheek weld on shotguns, AR-pattern rifles, or traditional rifles.
Provided with the unit are several sizes of both 16mm and 12mm plugs, depending on what fits your ears the best. With the 16mm plugs, the Razor X provides an impressive 31dB NRR. For comparison the widely popular Howard Leight over-the-ear noise cancelling muffs only have a 22dB NRR.
Proper fit is required to achieve maximum NRR and comfort, and the proper placement can easily be achieved by following the example set forth in the following video:
The omni-directional microphones provide excellent sound quality, with the ability to accurately determine the location of sounds with ease.
Batteries run for 10 hours, and can be charged with any micro USB cord. A wall adapter and cord is included within the packaging.
If you are looking to try a new piece of gear, or need to replace some worn-out powered muffs, look no further. I highly recommend the Razor X by Walker. Get yours today at http://www.gsmoutdoors.com/shopping/Razor-X-P841.aspx
I was recently contacted by the good folks at Hatchets and Axes and offered the opportunity to review their Best Competition Throwing Tomahawk. Excitedly, I waited for the tomahawk to arrive at my door.
The hawk had a nice weight in the hand, with a good balance as well. The ridge along the front of the shaft was more pronounced than others I have used in the past. At first, I thought that may be a detriment, but when throwing I did not notice any ill effects.
I will not claim to be an expert at throwing tomahawks by any means, if we’re being honest I would classify myself as a beginner. For those not familiar with the mechanics of throwing a hawk, my buddy Dustin Ellermann walks through the process:
I encountered some issues with the tomahawk provided, where the head separated from the shaft a few times. After discussing with the Hatches and Axes staff, this is normal when throwing at an odd angle or without the proper form. I spent time trying to correct my form to no avail. In talks with the staff, it was determined that I received a hawk that was slightly out of spec. Shortly thereafter, they shipped another out to me. I really have to hand it to Mr. Chris Watkins for going above and beyond with me to make sure everything was right, and for answering all my questions along the process.
With the replacement hawk, I was able to really have some fun with it. I found it to be a well constructed product, with a staff that is top notch. I will be using the Hatchets and Axes tomahawk when my sons are old enough to start learning how to throw hawks. And maybe – just maybe – I’ll get good enough to throw with five rotations like Dustin.
I have had the opportunity to spend some time with the Gun Holster Lubricant manufactured by Quick Draw Gear. I have to say that this stuff does what it says it will do. I experienced no issues or problems when utilizing this product, and did notice a smoothness to holster draw that was not there before.
I am no scientist, so let me list a few items from the manufacturer’s page:
- Quick Draw is a precise ratio of viscosity optimized silicone and lanolin. Just one spray creates a thin lubricating barrier between the holster and firearm that gives you an ultra-fast draw and protects the weapon. It speeds the draw by reducing friction and also protects your holster and firearm from abrasion, scuffing, corrosion and rust.
- Developed and field tested by military and law enforcement, Quick Draw gives you the confidence of a fast draw each and every time you reach for your sidearm. No hanging, gripping, or friction to slow down your first shot time giving you the edge on the competition.
- There are numerous kinds of silicone, each with viscosity ranging from thinner than water to thick grease. Quick Draw was perfected by testing a range of silicone types and viscosities to create the perfect lubricant for drawing a handgun from modern snug holsters. In combination with lanolin, Quick Draw creates a thin lubricating and protecting layer of silicone, while the lanolin penetrates to protect the gunmetal and holster.Typical silicone sprays found at home improvement stores contain tiny amounts of silicone with tons of fillers. Quick draw contains 20-30X more silicon than typical silicone spray lubricants.
- Owned and operated by US Marine Corp and US ARMY Airborne veterans. Many of our friends continue with their careers in the military, working with private military contractors like Blackwater or law enforcement. We developed Quick Draw to give them every tactical advantage possible in their harsh operating environments where every second counts.
A list of possible applications:
- Silicone spray is recommended by Safariland, Bianchi, and most quality holster manufacturers.
- Safe for all holster types including Kydex, Leather, Nylon, and plastic.
- Contains no oils, water, waxes or other harsh chemicals.
- Protects firearm from abrasion, scuffing, corrosion, and rust.
- It’s not only for holsters and can be used to protect knife blades, exterior surface of rifles, handguns and magazines.
I would like to give away a brand new unused bottle to one lucky person.
How to enter: Just leave a comment on this review.
How many entries per person: One entry per person.
Entry requirements: None other than leaving a real email address to only be used for contest winning notification.
Winner selected: December 20, 2015