Added a Ruger P97 to the collection!


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Katana8869
July 26, 2008, 04:30 PM
I have loved my P345 ever since I got it and I have been keeping an eye out for a good deal for another one. However, yesterday I got a call from a friend of mine that works at a gunshop saying that they had just taken in a Ruger P97DC in on a trade. His words were "I'm setting this gun in the back for you. You HAVE to look at this thing.

So being curious, after work I stopped by the shop and examined the gun. There were no wear marks on the gun whatsoever. We both agreed that the gun looked like it had never been fired. I mean it was spotless. It had the box, manual, spare magazine, lock, magazine loading tool, the whole works. I liked the way it felt in my hand and I was surprised at how thin it was. For some reason, I always thought these guns were thicker than they are. I had never held one before so I didn't know any better. In my mind I have always thought that they were wide across the slide and frame like the P90. That is definately not the case with the P97.

Well, I had seen enough. I took it home and lubed it up and got it ready to fire. I found a Wolff 20lb. hammer spring in my parts box and swapped out the factory spring for the lighter one giving the pistol a smoother, lighter trigger pull than it had with the stock spring.

Today I got up and took it out to the property and put 50 rounds through it just to check it out and it shot perfectly. Recoil is a tad sharper than my P345, but it's not bad. I think that the slightly thicker grip fits my hand better than the grip on the P345 and it seems to point a little better too. It is a killer on targets at 7 yards. I will try it out at longer distances later.

I love my P345, but I guess that I have to admit that it's nice to have a Ruger .45 that is "old school" meaning no lawyer mandated B.S. such as mag safeties (I "lost" the one that was in my p345 ;) ) and other such nonsense. The gun also is slim enough to carry nicely IWB which is my prefered carry method. So far it seems like a keeper.:)

Here are my first two targets @ 7 yards, shooting unsupported with a two hand grip. 8 rounds were fired at each one.

http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f201/katana8869/005.jpg

I think it did pretty good :) I screwed up and got a pretty bad flyer on the first target, but I'll just put it off to getting to know the new pistol! ;)

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dcoop
July 26, 2008, 04:48 PM
One of the most underated 45's on the market. I love mine:D Accurate, dependable and built like a tank. What more could you ask for.

Blue Brick
July 26, 2008, 05:53 PM
Very nice, how $?

Katana8869
July 26, 2008, 06:37 PM
I paid $350 for it. I know someone will show up and say that they got one for less, but around here, that's a very good price. Guns, new and used are getting expensive as hell in Central Florida.

Katana8869
July 27, 2008, 06:35 PM
Here's another pic of just the gun.

http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f201/katana8869/010.jpg:)

vzenmn
July 27, 2008, 08:11 PM
I have one along with a p90TH. You will love it even better if you add a 10 dollar Houge slip on. Feels like a totally different gun.

bestseller92
July 27, 2008, 09:20 PM
I paid $235 on GB for a like new stainless P97 18 months or so ago, and I love it. Great gun.

Blue Brick
July 27, 2008, 09:43 PM
$350 is a good deal. Very Nice.

Frog48
July 27, 2008, 11:24 PM
Very nice!

You will love it even better if you add a 10 dollar Houge slip on. Feels like a totally different gun.

Thats true. I put a Pachmayr slip on grip on my P95, and it feels great.

http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a244/SigEpGrant/Outdoors/Firearms/P95.jpg

Harry Paget Flashman
July 27, 2008, 11:27 PM
My P97DC is the cheapest .45 I own and my favorite. I wish I had two.

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