I bought the Ruger LC-9 a couple of years ago. I thought it to be the ideal concealed carry gun for me in the summer. It’s diminutive dimensions and light weight allow me to slip it into my pocket and carry it just about everywhere.
Back in March we published my overall review of the Ruger LC9-CT. You’ll note that I wasn’t very kind about the trigger on this gun. It seems I’m not the only one who thought the trigger was a bit stout. The folks at Galloway Precision set out to remedy this travesty.
Galloway Precision now offers this as a kit, rather than individual parts and will send you the kit to install yourself, or they can install it for you for a fee. I opted to send them my gun and have the pros do it. The part number for the kit, in case you’d like to do it yourself is GP-140-RED. The end of the part number indicates the color of the trigger. They offer it in several different finishes including red, brite, milled, grey and black.
The biggest improvement this kit offers is a 35% shorter swing for the trigger to fire. A side benefit is the removal of the magazine disconnect. Another is a lighter trigger pull. In our review of the original LC-9 the pull came in at 6 pounds even. Our scale came in at 5 pounds 9 ounces measuring the new trigger.
While not entirely a scientific approach, I wanted to take the gun down to the range and just fire it. I wanted to know if it felt any different. In short, it did. The change is noticeable. There is a very short, perhaps ¼” of freeplay and notchy initial pull to the engagement point. From there, the trigger feels even lighter than what it came in at, and it is smooth all the way to the break point. The reset is a little deceptive. Letting the trigger back out, there is a noticeable click about 10% from the bottom. This, however, is not the reset. The actual reset point is about 60% out from the bottom of the swing. Not a big deal, in fact, I didn’t really notice it until I was attempting to swing the trigger to find the reset point. At the first “click”, there is no resistance on the trigger making you think you can now pull the trigger. With hearing protection on, it’s almost impossible to detect.
I had no issues with FTF’s or light strikes as have been reported by some with other mods. The gun performed flawlessly. There were no performance issues, my shot grouping was the same or better than what I experienced with the stock set up.
Overall, this kit resurrected my LC-9. Prior to installing this, I was ready to sell this gun and move on. The people at GP were great to work with. They were easy to get in touch with, they answered all of my question and the fact is, the gun works better, just as advertised. In my humble opinion, this is the way should have been designed by Ruger right from the start. If you have an LC-9 and want a better trigger system, go check out the Galloway website. I’m now planning to keep my previously for sale LC-9.