When I owned the Ruger LC9, I hated the fact that it had a magazine disconnect safety. I believe here is no place for that kind of safety on a weapon designed for concealed carry. God forbid we have to defend ourselves and a struggle ensues and the magazine release is hit and the magazine drops from the weapon rendering the cartridge in the chamber useless. So I decided to remove it . Here is how I did it.
Note: You do this at your own risk. I am just putting it up here because it is in one obscure place on the net originally posted by a user named: chrism555 on ak47.net…. in this thread: Ruger LC9 Mag Safety – AK47.NET
I just cleaned it up and added the parts breakdown and thread title for easy reference.
After doing this I found it is a little complex and not for beginners. If you are not careful part number 5 will pop out, just make sure when you put it back in part number 14 is under tension and placed back underneath it… it is the trigger bar… also part number 24 pops out too, it is easier to leave it out, use the screw driver to push 50 down with part # 6 all the way back ( hammer) and place it in back first. It will eventually catch. Then push the front down, lift it up barely to fit part 24 back in and you are done. Also a SMALL needle nose is needed for stretching spring #8 off part 53 because it has to be done carefully and requires a lot of pull to get the spring on and off. Also the mag disconnect ( part 11) itself is a PIA to get off as it sits under a tab on the trigger. It is not an easy removal but well worth it as it actually makes the trigger feel better because you don’t have that hunk of worthless metal sitting on the tab and causing tension.
If you have any issues with your ability, don’t do it. You will have a weapon in pieces and I am not responsible as this was posted for educational purposes only. Do it at your own peril.
1. Remove #54 (Hammer spring seat). This should pop out with a small screw driver.
2. Use a small pair of needle nose and lift out #53(Hammer anchor pin). This under tension so be careful. This will release tension on #8(Hammer spring).
3. Now take a punch and remove #45 (Frame insert pin). There’s 2 of these
4. Before lifting the rail assembly observe how the hammer interacts with the hammer catch. Cycle the trigger and control the hammer to get an idea how they fit together. Hold the hammer back and pull the trigger and you’ll get an idea of how they work. This will help when you put things back together.
5. Lift the rail assembly out of the grip frame. The trigger will lift out attached to rail assembly.
6. Set the rail aside and you will see the #11(magazine disconnect and spring). Remove these and your done. it may be a little tough to get out and you may bend it on the way out. Another forum poster provided this advice on the removal:
You can minimize the metal removal if you position the magazine disconnect just right, before you pry it out. Only the front sides of the disconnect plate are beveled, and sit under a corresponding beveled slot in the Frame Insert. To remove the Disconnect plate by prying it out of this slot, start with the trigger all the way forward, and Disconnect all the way back, as far out of the slot as possible. Then push the plate all the way over to one side (there is a little play there). Slide a small screwdriver under the other side of the Disconnect, and pry up. The steel disconnect is stronger than the aluminum Frame Insert, so the aluminum will give way. This may result in a small sliver of aluminum coming off the side of the slot – if so, remove the sliver so that it does not wander around inside your gun after you put everything back together. By doing it this way, enough of the beveled slot is preserved in the Frame Insert so that you can replace the Disconnect plate, and the gun will function fine, should you ever need or want to. Of course, taking the extra steps to remove the trigger means you don’t have to do any of this. Just some options.
7. Place the rail assembly back in the frame. Before seating it at the rear, insert a small screw driver under the rail to push #50(hammer catch) forward so it engages the hammer pivot. This is a little tricky so go slow. Once you get it pushed forward you may have to reach in from the top of the mag well to hold it so you can pull the screwdriver out from under the rail to seat the rail assembly. Watch the springs on both sides of the rail. They can pop out easily and require a third set of hands to get them back in. Pay attention to the #24(take down plate), its a little tricky to get lined up during reassembly.
Go slow and just observe how it all works prior to dis-assembly.
8. Reinstall the rest of the parts in the opposite order of dis-assembly
If the trigger doesn’t work properly after re-assembly, you messed up here: If you are not careful part number 5 will pop out, just make sure when you put it back in part number 14 is under tension and placed back underneath it.
Here is how to fix it:
The spring arm needs to be placed back underneath part 5. It slipped out, this creates the tension on the trigger bar
This guy (#14):
Needs to be pushed down when looking at the weapon from the side and put under this guy (#5) to create tension
And that is all there is to it. Enjoy your better feeling trigger, and in my opinion, safer weapon for carry. There are people out there who believe that the magazine disconnect safety should be left were it is and it serves a purpose. That purpose, in my opinion is to protect people from themselves. I do however feel that it has no place on a carry weapon. Here is an view from a trusted and respected source in the industry . I will leave you with that:
“Another predictable occurrence is the struggle for the gun. As noted in my study of Illinois Troopers with Smith & Wesson Model 39 pistols, that one department alone had several “saves,” when the trooper deliberately “killed the gun” by pressing the mag release during the struggle… Because their departments have had saves in this circumcircumstance, I can point out police agencies from California to New Hampshire that insist on this feature in their service pistols. Departments so equipped and trained usually also mandate that their personnel carry at least one spare magazine on plainclothes duty and two when on uniformed patrol, in part so that, in such a situation, they can slap a fresh magazine into the duty pistol and “bring it back to life.”” – Massad Ayoob, Gun Digest Book of Concealed Carry