EC9S or G3c?

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Mtmtnmn

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I have a EC9s and it is a great gun for the money. But, I am considering a G3 for the following reasons. Easier disassembly, accessory rail, 2 mags, drift adjustable rear sight with 3 dots, bigger grip and higher mag capacity. I think Taurus has increased their reliability and reputation in the last few years.
1 more vote for the G3.
 

boomer92266

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I have a EC9s and it is a great gun for the money. But, I am considering a G3 for the following reasons. Easier disassembly, accessory rail, 2 mags, drift adjustable rear sight with 3 dots, bigger grip and higher mag capacity. I think Taurus has increased their reliability and reputation in the last few years.
1 more vote for the G3.
I realy like my G3c, it came with 3 mags. It has been flawless and Taurus has got beter in the last few years. They even sell a few parts now.
 

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Some shooters don't like the G2/G3 due to the trigger action. The trigger break is vague and some don't like that. Just a different technique. Mine is just what I want in a SD pistol. Simply keep the sights aligned and haul back on the trigger. Reset and repeat. Guys, it's NOT a target gun.
As for 'CS', mine works first time/every time. No 'CS' required.
 

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Some shooters don't like the G2/G3 due to the trigger action. The trigger break is vague and some don't like that. Just a different technique. Mine is just what I want in a SD pistol. Simply keep the sights aligned and haul back on the trigger. Reset and repeat. Guys, it's NOT a target gun.
As for 'CS', mine works first time/every time. No 'CS' required.
I had a G2c and the trigger on the G3c is much better in my opinion. I liked it so much in the G3c that I sold the G2c and bought a second G3c as backup or spare.
 

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I owned a LC9s and a C2C. From a quality and standpoint the Ruger won hands down. I never owned a Glock so I cannot comment on that. The one feature of the EC9s that is different from the LC9s is that the EC has tiny sights milled into the slide. While that can be an advantage in pocket carry it can be a disadvantage if you are beyond a point and shoot situation. With the introduction of the Max 9 there are meant LC9s pistols available used and I see a good number of new ones at reduced prices. Personally I now carry a Security 9 Compact with either 10 0r round magazines. With a ten round it is only slightly larger than the EC9s, but it has a windage adjustable rear sight plus greater capacity. Mine has been ultra reliable and a good shooter.
 

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I owned a LC9s and a C2C. From a quality and standpoint the Ruger won hands down. I never owned a Glock so I cannot comment on that. The one feature of the EC9s that is different from the LC9s is that the EC has tiny sights milled into the slide. While that can be an advantage in pocket carry it can be a disadvantage if you are beyond a point and shoot situation. With the introduction of the Max 9 there are meant LC9s pistols available used and I see a good number of new ones at reduced prices. Personally I now carry a Security 9 Compact with either 10 0r round magazines. With a ten round it is only slightly larger than the EC9s, but it has a windage adjustable rear sight plus greater capacity. Mine has been ultra reliable and a good shooter.
I owned a LC9s and a C2C. From a quality and standpoint the Ruger won hands down. I never owned a Glock so I cannot comment on that. The one feature of the EC9s that is different from the LC9s is that the EC has tiny sights milled into the slide. While that can be an advantage in pocket carry it can be a disadvantage if you are beyond a point and shoot situation. With the introduction of the Max 9 there are meant LC9s pistols available used and I see a good number of new ones at reduced prices. Personally I now carry a Security 9 Compact with either 10 0r round magazines. With a ten round it is only slightly larger than the EC9s, but it has a windage adjustable rear sight plus greater capacity. Mine has been ultra reliable and a good shooter.
I just bought a GX4. Saw all the great reviews. Bud’s has them for only $259. Worst gun I ever owned. Trigger constantly failed to reset. Then I found several reviews where the same problem occurred. One guy sent it back to Taurus three times and still it wasn’t fixed. I’m seriously considering taking a sledgehammer to it. No more Taurus for me.
 

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You get what you pay for.

Quality and reliability are the main reason there are $250 guns and $450/$500 guns.

The absolute best warranty service in the world is the one you don’t need.
 

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You get what you pay for.

Quality and reliability are the main reason there are $250 guns and $450/$500 guns.

The absolute best warranty service in the world is the one you don’t need.
I am on a fixed income and I saved a long time to get either the G3c or EC9s and I chose the G3c and so far it's been great. Wished I could save for a $500 gun but that would take me years as I only have about $20 or so a month to put on a gun depending on the month. If the Taurus fails I will try the Ruger EC9s. I had almost 3000 rounds through my G2c before I sold it without a single problem.
 

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As a 16 year FFL dealer I have sent more Taurus products back to the factory for service or adjustment. The last Taurus I sent took a year and two months for Taurus to replace it. I have never had a problem like this out of Ruger. Ruger has no problem sending me parts to repair the few Rugers that have come into my shop for service. Taurus will not send me parts to repair their products because they don't have a stock of parts in the US, most of their parts are made in Brazil. I guess if a part is needed the US Customs gets involved even for a spring or lever inside of the firearm. I will not stock Taurus products in my shop.
 

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I just bought a GX4. Saw all the great reviews. Bud’s has them for only $259. Worst gun I ever owned. Trigger constantly failed to reset. Then I found several reviews where the same problem occurred. One guy sent it back to Taurus three times and still it wasn’t fixed. I’m seriously considering taking a sledgehammer to it. No more Taurus for me.

I would at least give them a chance to make it right It might not do any good but I'd hate to lose the whole price of the pistol
 

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Saw a post on a Taurus forum from someone who had the same problem with his GX4. Sent it back to Taurus. When it came back, the trigger was even more unreliable. It’s clear they don’t know how to fix these guns. If they were a decent company, they’d own up to the defect and replace the guns. But, it’s Taurus. I’ve learned my lesson.
 

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The EC9s is one of the best kept secrets in the firearms world. It has a trigger out of the box that will even rival a custom after market job. It's the only semi-automatic I have ever been able to shoot one handed and from both sides without a malfunction, and I've own a lot of handguns.

And if something ever happens to it you have Ruger behind it and very few can rival their customer service.
Good luck with Taurus, read around you'll see the horror stories.




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referring to Taurus: "Not very good customer service. they can't fix issues only make'em worse! jmho"
I haven't had ANY problems. Mine is not a high round count pistol--that's NOT why I bought it. If I want to burn through thousands of rounds, I have 3-4x P89/P95 Rugers that are designed to run forever.
referring to trigger reset: " Worst gun I ever owned. Trigger constantly failed to reset. Then I found several reviews where the same problem occurred."
The trigger WILL NOT 'RESET' if the shooter 'rides' the trigger (maintains positive contact between trigger finger and trigger face). It is NOT designed to 'forcibly reset'. Again, this is part of the design so if the user can't handle these features/factors, this is NOT the gun to choose.
 

farley

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I wasn’t riding the trigger. The trigger constantly failed to reset. I’ve owned many brands of semi-autos. None have ever had a problem like this. This gun will get someone killed in a self defense situation. Total junk.
 

blammer

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the best part of the g3c atten ruger theres no pin or plastic little door to lose upon dissassembly.
Yes the Ruger EC9s is a pain to get apart to clean, but it's the pin that's the worst. Glocks and P-series slides are easier to get off.

It's worth it for me to put up with as the EC9s (and LC9) are very small for pocket carry.

But once you figure it out, it's not so bad.

Tips:

1. The door which covers the pin holding the slide on has a detent of some kind so it needs to be 'popped' off that detent. I carefully take something like the screw-in end of a cleaning rod patch holder (or even end of a ballpoint pen) and push the door down. After a while opening this will get easier.

2. Taking out the pin is hard because you have to precisely align the pin hole by holding back the slide under return spring pressure while pushing a small rod you have to provide into another smaller hole on the other side to push out the pin. You can use a paper clip, but I've had problems with it bending. So I got a small nail with a head on it. (Optional) I cut off the pointed part of the nail and filed it down just to allow a little more metal contact with the pin. This makes it much easier to align in the hole, put enough pressure to push the pin out. Plus, if my grip on the slide loosens under spring pressure, it retains the slide enough so I can adjust my grip and keep pushing.

Like I said, it's worth it to me and not that bad once you get the hang of it.
 
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