having issues with disassembly


October 31, 2007, 02:56 PM
i got my ruger p89 special edition last night and i was trying to take it apart so we(me and my bf) could clean it. well we both read the directions for disassembly(copy of the manual for disassembly is below) several times and we did what it said to do but we always seem to get stuck right where we we to take off the slide (#5 of the manual)
both me and my bf tried it for quite some time and we havent gotten close to getting it to come off.

any help would be greatly appreciated, so we can clean it asap so we can take it to the range.

from the ruger p89 manual

1. Keep pistol pointed in a safe direction and place either safety lever in the
“safe” position (lever fully down, white dot and the letter “S” exposed). Press
forward on either magazine latch and withdraw magazine from butt of pistol.
2. Pull slide to rear and lock in open position by pressing upward on rear end of
slide stop. Again, be sure chamber is empty!
3. Keep upward pressure on slide stop to prevent forward movement of slide.
Open slide is under strong spring tension and could injure fingers if allowed
to slam shut. Insert finger through top of slide and push ejector downward
and forward (see Figure 4, below) until it locks in its lower position. This will
permit forward movement of slide. Further disassembly is impossible unless
this is done.
4. Remove fingers from ejection port. Grasp slide tightly. Now press down on
slide stop and allow slide to move slowly forward until the slide stop spring
retainer pin is aligned with the front edge of the slide stop notch. Press in on
right-hand end of slide stop and pull slide stop out of frame to the left until it
locks in its withdrawn position. (See Figure 5A, above.) Do not attempt to
pull it completely out of the frame. For the P94 & P944 pistols, press down
on the slide stop and allow the slide to move slowly forward until the vertical
index marks on the left side of the frame are aligned. (See Figure 5B, above.)
5. Push slide forward and remove entire slide assembly to the front.
6. With slide held upside down, lift rear end of guide rod to disengage it from its seat against the barrel lug. Withdraw spring and guide rod to the rear of the
slide. CAUTION: Spring is under tension!
7. Pull barrel upward out of slide slightly and withdraw to the rear.
8. This completes normal fieldstripping for routine cleaning and lubrication
purposes. Further disassembly of slide or frame components is not recommended and should only be undertaken by the factory.

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October 31, 2007, 04:28 PM
Are you pulling the slide stop all the way to its full unlock (withdrawn) position? I've never had this gun so I can't be a lot of help. Some guns have safety systems that require them to be completely right-side-up in order to take the slide off. Make sure you're not holding it upside down at this point.

You might check the ruger forum if you don't get an educated reply here.

October 31, 2007, 04:29 PM
we are holding it right side up. i believe we also tried it on it side.

October 31, 2007, 04:39 PM
Magazine's out of the gun, right?

Front of the slide stop is aligned with the notch in the slide?

Safety is in the position shown in the manual?

Otherwise, I'm stumped. Worst case take the gun to the dealer and have him show you. Preservation of male ego would necessitate allowing BF to pass on this.

October 31, 2007, 04:48 PM
Make sure your doing step 3. I gave mine to my stepson; but, this will hang things up if not done correctly.

October 31, 2007, 05:02 PM
Read #4 carefully. That notch in the bottom of the slide is hard to see until you get used to field stipping the P89.

The retainer doesn't come all the way out. It comes out far enough to let the slide move forward.

this may help (http://www.alpharubicon.com/leo/warrugerp89.htm)


October 31, 2007, 05:58 PM
The two biggest things about field stripping the P89:

- Complete step 3 and make sure the ejector is down
- Pull the slide release hard. Even if you think it's all the way out, pull it again and it will "pop" . Then the slide will come right off.

When you reassemble, make sure you insert a mag to push the ejector back up. Otherwise the hammer won't stay cocked and you'll worry that you broke your gun!


November 1, 2007, 03:15 AM
Make sure the ejector is pushed all the way down.

While doing step #5 pull the trigger.

November 1, 2007, 12:10 PM
While doing step #5 pull the trigger.


November 1, 2007, 01:11 PM
we will be trying it again tonight before i have to go into work. hopefully we can get it tonight. i will let you guys know if we get it or not.

November 9, 2007, 12:07 PM
we did get it apart and it was just full of packing grease. we cleaned it was i tried taking it apart again and it was much easier. it shot good at the range. only issue i had was that the slide didnt go back when the mag was empty a couple times. but that was maybe 2 or 3 mags it did that with out of the 100 rounds i put though it.

November 9, 2007, 12:37 PM
Always, and I mean ALWAYS, disassemble a new gun and clean out the packing grease, and relube it before your first range trip. I would not be surprised if old impacted packing grease caused your slide problems.

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