The Ruger P97 Club.


August 6, 2008, 06:45 PM
Even though it's been discontinued, I still think the P97 is a superb gun. Reliable, accurate, lightweight, bull strong, and fits my hand like a dream.

Any other fans of Ruger's forgotten .45 auto here?

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Blue Brick
August 6, 2008, 07:02 PM
Ruger all the way!

August 6, 2008, 07:49 PM
You can definately count me into the club! I was looking for a second P345 when a friend told me that a really nice P97 had come into the shop that he works at.

I bought the gun on sight and even though I have only had it couple of weeks I am very impressed with it. It fits my hand better than my P345 and it is an awesome shooter. I have only gotten 100 rounds through it so far but it seems to run perfectly. Recoil is a tad sharper than the P345, but it's not bad.

Pics anyone? I'll start! :)

The gun

My results from my first 2 magazines through the gun 2 handed at 7 yards

August 6, 2008, 09:07 PM
Theres one in my gun locker. Clean it, Feed it, Love it.

August 6, 2008, 10:23 PM
I've had a P97DC since early 2000. It was the first DA/SA I bought and it's still the only "plastic pistol" in my collection.

I'm rather fond of it. It's been very accurate and 100% reliable with any ammo I've fed it.

The Ruger P97DC is the pistol which showed me the advantages of DA/SA over SA and I quickly found myself carrying it on me out in the woods more than any other .45 I own.

One of my mother's friends has a husband with a CCL and he was looking to switch from his Taurus .38 revolver to an auto earlier this year. I let him shoot every auto pistol I have and he chose the P97 over all the others, and was lucky enough to score one on Gunbroker a month later. It's been his constant companion ever since.

August 7, 2008, 02:55 AM
My preference is the KP345PR (10/2005) over the KP90 (06/1995) or KP97DC (10/1999).
Accuracy with all three is excellent but the KP345PR fits my hand exceptionally well allowing slightly better accuracy when compared to the other two.


August 7, 2008, 08:57 AM
Count me in:

August 7, 2008, 09:27 AM
I might even pick up another if I find another good internet deal. Paid $240 for my like new stainless 2 years ago.

August 7, 2008, 03:26 PM
I have a P90DC and would get another if a good deal. Decockers will get scarce fast. :)

August 7, 2008, 04:50 PM

August 7, 2008, 06:31 PM
Yes, I have one and will not sell it! It lives next to my bed or in a holster on my belt.


August 7, 2008, 07:49 PM
I think the stainless P97 is the best looking Ruger centerfire auto ever. Some will say that that's like saying you're dating the best looking member of the Dixie Chicks, but personally I rather like the Ruger auto aesthetics. They're not beautiful, but they have a utilitarian charm all their own.

August 7, 2008, 07:53 PM
Had one. Sold it. Wish I had it back.

Shot like this at 7yds:

Like this at 20:

A pic with it's two brothers:

Blue .45
August 7, 2008, 08:35 PM
I keep mine in the nightstand. Never a malfunction of any kind. I keep it loaded with 230gr. Golden Sabers or Gold Dot HPs. (

August 7, 2008, 09:18 PM
There's a buncha good lookin' 97's in this thread! :D

Ol` Joe
August 7, 2008, 09:35 PM
I bought mine (97DC) a couple years ago on a whim when I saw them in Gander Mountain on close out for ~$275 as I remember. I shot it the next day and was impressed.
It has a place in my safe until I`m gone.

August 9, 2008, 08:26 AM
I carry mine every day when I walk the dog.

August 19, 2008, 10:00 AM
I'm a big fan of and own several Ruger semi-autos and my KP97DC is my favorite, hands down. It resides in the night stand loaded with 230gr Golden Sabers. It is completely reliable and accurate, is easy to CC and fits my hand perfect. It's too bad Ruger replaced it with the 'politically correct' P345 because IMHO the P97 was superior in every way.

August 19, 2008, 08:25 PM
My P97 is what I keep loaded at the house. I have other handguns I like better but the ruger is easy for my wife to shoot and it always goes bang. Accurate and reliable is all I need in my house gun. Mark

August 19, 2008, 08:52 PM
What was 'politically incorrect' about the P97?

August 19, 2008, 08:55 PM
The P345 is "politically correct" because it has a magazine disconnect safety. The P97 does/did not.

August 19, 2008, 08:56 PM
Here is mine with a little custom stippling.

August 19, 2008, 09:01 PM
Ruger considered the P97 to be "politically incorrect" because it doesn't have a key lock, loaded chamber indicator, magazine disconnect and is available as a de-cock only (no safety). All that extra "PC" crap allows for more failure points and doesn't make the pistol any better or safer. Those PC features just allowed it to be sold in the Peoples Republic of **********.

Bush Pilot
August 20, 2008, 03:31 AM
Have 2, one makes it to the range once in a while and the other resides in my safe just because. They were the best bang for the buck at that time IMO.

August 29, 2008, 02:31 PM
Had one. Sold it. Wish I had it back.

So I went and bought another one :p

August 29, 2008, 09:21 PM
Do tell! Details man. Details! :)

August 29, 2008, 10:07 PM
Looks like new. 2 mags 325 +tax. Probably not the best deal but I wanted another and this one was in better shape than the one I sold.

We'll see how she shoots tomorrow. I don't expect anything less than one ragged hole at 7 yds and 4" at 20-25.

Now my Ruger handgun stable includes the following.

1 - P90 stainless
1 - P97 stainless
2 - P345's both stainless (one with rail one without)
1 - LCP
2 - 4" Stainless GP100's
1 - 2.25" Stainless SP101
1 - MK III 22/45 5.5" bull barrel blued

BTW, my new to me P97DC was made sometime in 2004. Last year of manufacture.

IIRC, my other one was made in 2001.

August 30, 2008, 09:29 AM
Awesome find!I still plan on picking up another P345 to go with the one that I have when the right deal comes along. I am totally addicted to Ruger .45's. My 1911's are just gathering dust these days. ;)

My P97 is also a 2004 model. I put another 100 rounds through it this week and it ran like a champ.

Let us know how the new addition to the family shoots for you. :)

August 30, 2008, 11:38 AM
Actually just got back from the range. I put 100 rounds of my reloads through it today. Ran like a top. Tore a ragged hole in the center of an 8" shoot nc at 25 yds. 7 yds wasn't much of a challenge with it :p.

August 30, 2008, 11:39 AM
P345 to go with the one that I have when the right deal comes along

I got my second P345 for 315.00 cash OTD about six months ago. Someone had gone at the slide with a scotch brite pad because he "didn't like shiny guns". A little TLC fixed that right up though.

Got an SP101 in the same condition for 290.00 cash.

Deals are out there.

September 2, 2008, 03:29 PM
Has anyone had a problem with hammer bite and their P97?

I have had one since 1999 and it is my go to pistol, but I have a scar in the web of my hand between the thumb and index finger. I have the slip on hogue grips but it does'nt help.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

September 2, 2008, 05:02 PM
I've never had that happen with any of my Ruger .45ACP's.

September 3, 2008, 08:04 AM
Interestingly, the P97 is what broke me from buying Ruger autos. My P97 didn't run right and a Ruger employee over on the Ruger forum spoke of the P97 having inherent flaws in its design. It was the shortest lived auto to ever make Rugers lineup.

October 22, 2009, 01:26 AM
I vote yes. Probably shot 3000 rounds with my P97 DC.

October 22, 2009, 10:12 AM
I had one, but could never warm up to the slide mounted saftey/decocker. I like the Sig decocker much better, even though I am not a big fan of decockers in general.

Sold mine. The S&W 645 series is a better gun IMHO. I also prefer the CZ-97 over the 97. I'm note hatin' on the Ruger at all.

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