Well, my search has ended. I ended up getting the LC9. I really like the size and the way it fits in my hand....especially after having the LCP for some time now. I still haven't shot it yet so I can't speak on that behalf.
One thing I can really appreciate is the fact that it can be pocket carried in cargo style shorts which is what I mainly wear here in hot and humid Mississippi.
Will post range report once I have a chance to shoot it. Hopefully this weekend.
Next on my list from Ruger...SR9c. Maybe Santa can build me one since I can't get one locally!