Ruger P Series Durability Poll


March 10, 2008, 07:56 PM
I want to do a little informal survey on the durability of Ruger P series pistols.
So the question is:
Have you ever personally witness or seen the results of any breakage or failures in P series (85, 89, 90, 93, 94, 95, 97) or can you post links to stories of such incidents , now I realize that each model may have had some hiccups when first introduced , I'm mainly concerned with actual frame , slide or barrel cracks or something of equal severity but any breakage reports are welcome.
I love the P series, the 89 is one of my all time favorite shooters and I wish I had the $$ to put each model to longevity torture test but what I do have is a computer and a little time so here goes1

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March 10, 2008, 08:01 PM
I had the mag release spring break in my P90.

March 10, 2008, 08:17 PM
I will watch this poll I just got a P95 and love it so far.I'm not sure if grease or oil on the area where the frame and slide make contact would hert or help.I see where this area could wear out over time.

March 10, 2008, 08:47 PM
Most P series owners report nothing but stellar reliability and durability. I have a P95 with only about 500 rounds through it, It's been perfect after some initial issues repaired under warranty. I have no reason to believe it won't be perfect for another 10,000 rounds.

March 10, 2008, 09:41 PM
I had the slide release pin work its way out when I first had it. I called Ruger, and they sent a new one that fit just a little bit tighter. No problems since.

March 10, 2008, 10:32 PM
No bad stories here; i've had a P94DC 9mm for ten years with about 3000 rounds through it, just won't break, it's not the most accurate semi auto i own but definatly the most reliable

March 11, 2008, 08:05 AM
I have approx 5,000 rnds through my P94 .40. The only issue Ive had is the little retention ring that captures the recoil spring on the guide rod. The pistol functions just fine without the part but I called Ruger and they sent me 3 of them free of charge.

Not sure when or how I lost the ring, but I can tell you the springs fly A LONG WAY when you field strip the pistol without it.

March 11, 2008, 08:31 AM
Why not have a place to vote, for the ones that don't have any problems? Most people like me can't vote. :(

March 11, 2008, 09:55 AM
I have a p94 in 40sw that just works. It eats all my handloads no problem. it could be prettier and I know it is not known for it's accuracy, but I have shot tin cans off fence post at 50yrds with it before. Granted I need alot more ammo than tin cans, but that is my fault not the guns.:rolleyes:

March 11, 2008, 10:00 AM
Ditto the less than match grade accuracy and some of the guns seem to be finicky about magazines but typical of Ruger firearms they seem to be built hell for stout.
I can't remember one coming back for a parts failure that wasn't attributed to a reckless reloader.

March 11, 2008, 12:24 PM
I have owned-n-operated a KP-90 since 2001.
Over 5K rounds. ONE stovepipe jam, and that felt like a weak round.

Only change from out of the box is the Hogue grips and a new recoil spring.

March 11, 2008, 01:52 PM
Other would be none for me, an option you didn't provide.

March 11, 2008, 01:57 PM
I had the mag release spring break in my P90.

I had the same thing happen to mine while shooting a qualification course. I held in the magazine with my support hand and finished the course. I sent it to Ruger FEDEX overnight and had it back within 48 hours.

Only Ruger that ever broke on me. Did it stop me from buyig Rugers? Of course not!

March 11, 2008, 02:07 PM
Ive heard that the mag release spring is the one weak spot on the P90. Probably a good idea to order a spare or two from Ruger.

March 11, 2008, 03:35 PM
Oddly worded poll since I've never had a problem with my P series autos. I owned a P95 and currently own a P85 and a P90. No problems, thousands of rounds fired.

March 11, 2008, 05:41 PM
The best guns for the money.
The only known failure I have seen is the rear sight. If the rear sight is tighten too much it will block or impede the firing pin.

Great guns for the working man.

March 11, 2008, 07:33 PM
I've got a P97, and my stepson as a P90. Many many rounds through both. No problems. No fear buying these guns. They are as tough as steel, dependable as gravity, and all that other good stuff. Gotta luv em. :D

March 11, 2008, 09:23 PM
I love my P345 and think that it is great value. I have not put enough rounds through it to determine much but so far only a small hiccup with feeding that may be attributed to ammo. But I love that gun.

March 12, 2008, 04:21 AM
DITTO what P97 stated!

I have 3: KP90, KP97DC, & KP345PR. The KP90 is the oldest with close to 12,000 rounds down range. No issues that were Ruger's fault. Back around 1996 I decided to try one of those Sprinco Guide Rods with the shock buffer built in. My KP90 became an instant Jam-O-Matic. Easy fix, I went back to the Ruger OEM guide rod and the problem was gone forever! :)


March 12, 2008, 05:13 AM
I voted frame and slide but let me explain FWIW. Both were very tired range rentals with semi crappy reloaded ammo from a commercial reloader. P89 slide was supposedly cracked. I sold it for $100 to some guy I knew at a gunshop. He told me later the P89 had a crack in the slide. I offered to buy the pistol back for the same price and he said no so I suspect he was lying.

P97 frame cracked. A big chunk of the polymer came off by the rails. I smashed the frame with a hammer after a gunsmith said it would be very hard to fix and gave the rest of the gun to a gunstore.

Rugers were always the best perfomers in the rental case. GP100 was the champ.

March 12, 2008, 06:24 AM
hey moonclip, why didn't you just send it in to ruger for repair??? they would've probably fixed it for you...

March 12, 2008, 06:41 AM
I didn't realize it was supposedly cracked or I'd of not sold it. I think the new owner did so though. I do believe Ruger states reloads voids them performing any kind of "warranty" work. Remember Rugers don't have a warranty but they are generally good about fixing their guns.

March 12, 2008, 07:00 AM
thanks for the explanation...

March 12, 2008, 09:16 AM
My P95 had to be sent back to Ruger to have the trigger bar replaced. It would bind up in the frame and fail to engage the hammer. Once repaired, it is a very relaible pistol.

March 12, 2008, 12:41 PM
Another "NONE" vote here :D

Ruger P97 DC......

March 12, 2008, 01:18 PM
Only style

March 12, 2008, 02:56 PM
answered question at TFL...let me go back and copy it here...

Only thing that ever happened, was with my KP944D .40...the captured recoil spring "uncaptured" itself when I was taking the gun now I just have a separate spring and guide rod assembly like some of my other guns when field stripping it. Doesn't affect function at all, and I actually don't care one way or another

March 12, 2008, 05:13 PM


March 12, 2008, 05:52 PM
The only problem I've ever had with a P-series was when I forgot to clean real good under the extractor of my P95. It jammed. As soon as I did a cleaning, it went back to it's old reliable self!!
No problems with my P89 or P97!!

March 12, 2008, 05:55 PM
Seen a mag release on a BRAND NEW p90dc break in like 10 minutes, however this was back when they were first released. Never owned a ruger handgun, have a mini14 and a 10'22, both run flawless.

March 13, 2008, 02:17 AM
I've owned my P89 for about 7 years - got it used, have had ZERO problems. I bought my P90 in November of 2007 - also got it used. Had some problems initially because the extractor was bent. Ruger sent me another one for free - except for one misfeed (bad ammo), it has been trouble free after that.

March 13, 2008, 02:53 AM
I have had my P90 for something like 12 years now, and it is the most dead nuts reliable pistol I own. I have said many times here on THR that if I had to choose one pistol to go to war with, it would be that pistol. I don't know that I could trust a pistol anymore than I trust that P90.

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