Ruger KP97dc


December 27, 2002, 08:20 AM
hooowdy hooow :D ThePerfectOne is back, after rudly being kicked out of TFL :eek:

I am planning in buying a Ruger KP97dc, but am still a little doubting since these guns aren't "that" inexpensive in Belgium.

they would come at $ 450 for the stainless version. maybe some nice pics would convince me.

it would be my third gun, after a CZ 122 in .22lr and a Glock 17 3rd generation.

what do you guys think :confused:
any other toughts would also be highly appreciated.

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December 27, 2002, 08:41 AM
If guns arent that expensive in Belgium....why is the Ruger THAT expensive?....its alot. If its clean and the states its a $300 gun......Shoot well

David Scott
December 27, 2002, 08:42 AM
I have a KP95DC, same design but 9mm. I love it. Rock solid reliable, fits my hand, and I shoot it well. I have read that the .45 version is exceptionally accurate.

As for looks, I've always like the black frame/shiny slide look.

December 27, 2002, 05:51 PM
Before you take the plunge, remember that the Ruger P97 still has slide stop and extractor issues.

And on top of that, it would be quite expensive to ship it back to Ruger from Belgium for service.

December 27, 2002, 06:11 PM
I have had mine for a couple of years now, and it has been great. I don't have a slide stop issue (and if you do, Ruger will send a new one to you in the mail) or an extractor problem. I paid $375 US for a NIB gun.

I don't shoot it that often anymore because of the cost of .45 ammo.

Here is your requested pic:

December 28, 2002, 12:29 AM
$450 sounds reasonable for over there. $300 for the gun and $150 for shipping, import fees, duties, taxes,...,etc!!!! Rugers are solid guns. If you were to buy an "imported" gun, you wouldn't be to far wrong with a Ruger!! One question though. What's the cost of .45ACP ammo over there???? It ranges from $8 to $13 for plinking ammo here!!! It has to be more expensive over in Belgium!!!!!! :eek:

Mark Benningfield
December 28, 2002, 03:02 PM
Hello All.

By all means, get the Ruger. I've had mine for about 2 years (sorry, no pics) and it shoots great. Actually, it seems to be even more accurate with +P ammo, although using that exclusively in practice can get expensive. The only thing that I can say about the slide stop thing is that the slide stop is pretty much a "slip fit" in the frame, and if you have your index finger "on safe" alongside the frame when changing mags, it is possible to inadvertently apply enough pressure on the end of the slide stop pin the dislodge it, thereby preventing return to battery when the slide is released. You simply have to adjust your safe grip to keep your index finger level along the top of the trigger guard and off of the end of the slide stop pin. As in everything, practice, practice, practice. HTH.

December 28, 2002, 08:14 PM
I've had Ruger for 3 years now, It's a P95. 10,000 rounds with out a malfunction. (No BS when saying that either. The only mulfunctions I've had in any of my guns have been ammo related.) But thats the P95. I can speak for the P97. I doubt Rugers reliablity is any different.

January 10, 2007, 08:31 AM
I got a KP97DC last year, and it's now my favorite handgun.

January 10, 2007, 09:41 AM
Don't know about the prices there but I carry a P97 every day. And yes, my gun is one of a small number that had the slide stop problem at about the 300 rd mark. A call to Ruger and they sent a new slide stop plus a camblock. The slide stop alone would probably fixed my gun since the original stop was very loose. Over 2000 rds since and it runs perfectly and feeds all factory ammo I've tried including hollow points.

January 10, 2007, 08:06 PM
This thread is four years old!!
I'm not sure the perfect one is still with us!!
O' Perfect One, did you ever get that Ruger??

Edited to add: I just checked. The Perfect One is no longer with us!!

John C
January 11, 2007, 02:20 AM
What is the "slide stop issue" that everyone's talking about? Is it only on P97s, or other Ruger P-series pistols?



January 11, 2007, 09:44 AM
John C, this only concerned the P97. Ruger had a run of bad, apparently too short slide stops that would back out some during firing. I think there was also a problem with some camlocks that were either warped or not straight. It really didn't happen in all that many guns but enough that many people think all P97s had the problem. Like I said in my post, a call to Ruger and they replaced the defective parts. Aggravating but an easy fix.
I didn't realize the original post was that old.

John C
January 11, 2007, 05:00 PM


January 11, 2007, 05:14 PM
Oh well.
We might as well turn this into a P97 picture thread!! Haven't had one of those in awhile!!

Here's mine. It has the sweetest SA hair trigger I have ever encountered on a pistol!! Smooth as glass and somewhere in the neighborhood of a pound and a half to two pounds!! :evil:
All from the factory!!

John C
January 11, 2007, 10:52 PM
I'd always heard about what great pistols the Ruger P90 are. I'd been looking for one for several years when about 18 months ago I happened upon a P97 (stainless) for $250. I bought it, hoping it would be as good as the P90's reputation.

It wasn't. I know this is one pistol, and there was a reason the previous owner sold it. However, while an okay pistol in every respect, it just wasn't GREAT.

Then, about 6 months ago, I happened upon a well used stainless P90 for $175 OTD along with 5 magazines, and I bought it. WOW. That is a GREAT pistol.

I'm still keeping my P97, but man, my P90 blows it out of the water. Has any one else had similar (or different) experiences? What is it about the P90 that's so accurate?


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