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Ruger EC9s left Ruger EC9s floorplate Ruger EC9s one hand
Ruger EC9s left Ruger EC9s floorplate Ruger EC9s one hand
  • Lightweight and Compact - only 17.2oz
  • Affordable - around $300 street price
  • Reliable
  • Lots of accessory options
  • Fixed sights (cannot be upgraded)
  • Thin grip
  • Single magazine
Editor’s Note:

“The Ruger EC9s 9mm pistol is great as a beginner carry gun. It has lots of safety mechanisms and upgrade options. Best part is it’s very affordable with street price around $280.” – Sean Curtis

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Product Description

The Ruger EC9s is an affordable 9mm with 3.12-inch barrel length sitting on an overall 6-inches in length. It weighs in at 17.2 ounces and features a capacity of 7+1. It’s a bare bones concealed carry pistol, but for those on a budget, it does the job.

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Ruger EC9S Specs

Double Action Only / Semi-Auto
Barrel Length
Magazine Capacity
Magazine Included
1 x 7-Round
Magazine Type
9mm Luger
Black / Nickel/Chrome
Front Sight
Rear Sight
Overall Length
Stock Material
1.07 lbs
NA / No
Flat Dark Earth / Gray / Purple / Turquiose

Ruger EC9S Features

Striker fired light trigger
Lightweight and compact
Integrated trigger safety
Includes 7 round 9mm magazine
Manual safety
Magazine disconnect
Grip extension floorplate

By The Numbers - Ruger EC9S

The sights feel very old school and are functional, but nothing to write home about. The trigger is really pretty good for such an inexpensive firearm and salvages much of the accuracy potential in his gun.
For the 300 rounds of 115 FMJ we fired through the EC9s, there were zero malfunctions. The magazines fed reliably, dropped cleanly, and the weapon cycled perfectly.
You cannot add upgraded sights. The most you could do would be to paint the front post. There aren’t a great deal of accessories you can add to the EC9s either. However, I counted 17 distinct models, most of which were color options.
Despite the size, the gun is designed well and accommodated my 2X hands nicely. While the controls were within reach, the EC9s takes a hit for lack of ambidextrous controls.

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final verdict

“At street prices between $200 and $250, it’s hard to complain about any of the gun’s shortcomings. Ruger set out to provide good value at the price point, and they absolutely delivered. While we didn’t care for the sights or sole magazine you get, the trigger was decent, and the ergonomics were surprisingly good. The overall package is thin and very concealable.” – Sean Curtis

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