Ruger lc9s field strip

Discussion in 'Ruger Center Fire Pistols' started by SavageGuy, Dec 3, 2016.

  1. SavageGuy

    SavageGuy Active Member

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    Okay, as much as I like my new ruger, the field strip really could've used a little more thought. So, I've broken the process down into steps.

    First, make sure the pistol is completely unloaded, magazine removed.
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    Then, pull the trigger.
    Now, push down the little gate blocking the takedown pin
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    Pull the slide back about an eighth of an inch, revealing the entire face of the pin
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    While holding the slide in this position, push the takedown pin out from the other side
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    Then, pull the slide off and take apart as normal
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    Then clean and reverse the process to reassemble
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    It can be a little tricky at first, but it's not that bad, just not as easy as, say, a glock for instance. Things smoothen out a little the more you do it, like most guns.

    Anyway, hope you found this helpful!
    Happy shooting!
     
  2. buster40c

    buster40c Well-Known Member

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    ^^ Yep it gets kind of awkward trying to hold the slide back while holding something as a punch while somehow hitting the punch to drive out the pin. I don't have three hands!!
     

  3. Uncle_Louie

    Uncle_Louie 1968 Ford Galaxie 500 XL

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    This would be good for the "How To" section if we had one.
    Well done.
     
  4. VThillman

    VThillman Active Member

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    Good job SG. The process is very similar to the Witness procedure. The 'takedown' pin looks like I could fumble-thumb it away into hiding, otherwise no complaints from here.
     
  5. allenr

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    The removal of the takedown pin is my only complaint about the LC9 series. I have come up with a simple solution to make it easier.

    I use a washcloth covered 6 inch length of 2x4 on the surface of the place I am doing the takedown, usually my kitchen table. I place the gun do that the back of the grip is pressed against the 2x4. Using my left palm to steady the gun I use LH thumb and forefinger to press down at the very end of the slide. That leaves my right hand free to punch out the pin with no need to juggle. It works.
     
  6. buster40c

    buster40c Well-Known Member

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    I believe I did push the muzzle against a table while getting the pin out.
     
  7. Oldhand

    Oldhand AKA Rawhidekid! Lifetime Supporter

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    How did you pull the trigger with the magazine out? The magazine safety wont let my trigger move with the mag out.
     
  8. SavageGuy

    SavageGuy Active Member

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    I have the pro version. No magazine disconnect or manual safety
     
  9. allenr

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    My LC9s came with a plastic dummy magazine. Once positioned in the gun it mimics a regular magazine. In lieu of that just empty the magazine and insert it. A magazine is necessary but it does not have to be loaded.