I took my new Ruger LC9 (9mm) to the range for the first time today. In a word...WOW! I loved it! It is only slightly bigger than my LCP .380. It has a 7+1 capacity. The biggest difference between the LC9 and it's little sister is the weight. It is substantial enough to absorb a lot of the recoil. It is DAO so the trigger pull is long, but not heavy. It is surprisingly light for a DAO. The reset is almost all the way out so there is a lot of trigger slack, and that took a little getting used to. But with the pink tip extension on the mag it was an easy fit (and I regularly shoot a full size Glock) in my hand, comfortable, two handed and one handed. Easy to handle. Accurate, nice bright 3 dot sights. Mine has a laser, but it sits under the barrel so I wouldn't use it with the sights, can't see it. I can see that it would be great in a low light situation.
I fired 50 rounds through it, no misfeeds, no issues...I shot slow, I shot fast...it feels like a much bigger gun but it still a "pocket" sized pistol.
Extra mags were a little expensive, but worth it. With the pinky tip extension (which I highly recommend) they were about $35 a piece at the gun show.
It fits perfectly in my Remora holster so I can carry in the waist, in a pocket, on my thigh...Note the LC9 with laser does not fit in a Flashbang bra holster.
Will it be my primary? It could, but I still like the extra capacity of my Glock 19. Would I trust it? Yes! Will I carry it regularly as a back up? Yes! Primary when I need something a little more discrete, like with a dress.
Bottom line...it shoots like a bigger, heavier gun. Not hard on the hand, no malfunctions, surprisingly easy to handle.