Ruger p series


December 4, 2008, 09:39 PM
hey guys i've been looking at the ruger p-series autos lately and i cant decide which one, im looking at the p-95Dc,the p345,or the p94 by what i hear these guns are built like tanks,so what do you guys think about the p-series,and also do they make a .357 sig barrel/conversion kit for the rugers?,


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December 4, 2008, 10:47 PM
I am partial to the P95; it's less expensive than the rest and it does a fine job. Some folks say that it lacks ergonomics, but I can shoot it as accurately at a 15yd target as I can most any other DA/SA semiauto. It's also built like a tank.

MecGar makes high quality 15rd mags for it that can be had for $20/each.

What's not to like?

December 4, 2008, 11:02 PM
i desperately love my p94. my dad has carried a p89 forever! i have never had a single issue with mine.

December 5, 2008, 12:16 AM
I have a P89 and used to have a P90, but traded it for a Dan Wesson 1911. Love the 1911, but still miss the P90!

December 5, 2008, 01:43 AM
I've been repeatedly turned off to the p-series by creepy triggers.

Blue Brick
December 5, 2008, 02:12 AM
Yes, but very hard to find. A P94 (40S&W) could shoot 9mm, 40S&W, and 357 Sig.

1 P90
2 P89
3 P85
4 P95
5 P97

Blue Brick
December 5, 2008, 02:13 AM
BTW, Aftermarket barrels only no factory 357

December 5, 2008, 03:10 AM
im looking at the p-95Dc,the p345,or the p94 by what i hear these guns are built like tanks,so what do you guys think about the p-series

Based on my P89 I think I'd agree. O.T.O.H. I also submit that "built like a tank" is a somewhat overrated quality. So if I ever went for another Ruger P-Series, I'd make it a P345. Commander sized polymer single stack, which at 1.024"/1.154" (slide width/widest point) is one of the slimmest .45 A.C.P.'s in T.D.A.

I am not aware of any Ruger .357 Sig conversions. But if that's your preference, I would recommend an H.K. or Sig instead, because by the time you have invested the money in an after-market conversion barrel for the Ruger, you might as well splurge as much again for the caliber you want in a nicer platform chambered for it I.T.F.P. The difference in initial investment will be relatively insignificant after only your 1st case of ammo, and long-term you will be more satisfied with something higher quality than Ruger's P-Series. O.T.O.H. that's J.M.O. and Y.M.M.V. as all three of my Rugers were reliable and accurate, and that's all some need in a pistol.

edit- here's a nice review of the P345

December 5, 2008, 11:32 AM
I love my KP95DC. Have had it about 1 1/2 years now, about 4000 rounds through without any failures. Sits in the night stand next to my bed loaded. I do not find it to bulky for carrying. I use a Don Hume IWB. It is built like a tank. Wish Ruger would make a compact 9mm.

December 6, 2008, 04:17 AM
for my hand and what feels nicely balanced to me a ruger P94 decocker only in 9mm is on my short list of purchases for hopefully next year if the wife and i can get some things caught up.
Course they are becoming harder to find since the p94 9mm's were stopped a while before the .40's were.

December 6, 2008, 06:53 AM
I would also suggest that you check out the ruger P97 if you can find one. The P97 is one of softest shooting .45's out there. Super accurate and very reliable!

December 6, 2008, 11:16 AM
I had a p95. Not great in the slimness department, but it's a solid, reliable pistol.

December 6, 2008, 01:56 PM
for a reliable, well made, no frills and serviceable pistol i just dont think you are going to find anyone who will knock the p-series rugers.

December 6, 2008, 03:52 PM
as many people say, mine is so reliable to the point of being boring.

affordable, accurate enough, rugged construction, wonderful customer service IF anything ever goes wrong.

I dont know why people say its bulky, its within .1in of the SIG 229 in every dimension, compare them side by side sometime.

the P95/94 would be my rec.

December 6, 2008, 03:54 PM
had a p89 for many years... my first autoloader, dad liked it so much he got a p90. Has had some extractor problems but ruger replaced it for him. My only complaint with them is a long DA trigger pull, which can be smithed-away, and the big one is that they're big ones, i'm a little to narrow in the hips to hide the p89 so traded it off to my bro-in-law who doesn't have to hide it since he has a badge...

I like the p345 a lot, good narrow size, Ruger reliabiity, plus a light rail, good deal if you ask me...

December 6, 2008, 04:04 PM
I have great respect for the P95DC.
My P95DC has never had a failure and I have at least 2k+ rounds through it. Although it's not my daily carry, I would have no problem trusting it to go bang everytime.
It has it's own little place in my nightstand.
For the price, it is an Excellent firearm!
I bought 2 hi cap mags, that's a lot of firepower.

Blue .45
December 6, 2008, 09:09 PM
Between me, my friends and my family, we have close to a dozen Ruger P series pistols. All of our Ruger's have been very solid, with none of us having to send our guns in for repair, and yes, we shoot our guns.

While some might not like the way they look, or think the trigger isn't on par with some of the higher dollar pistols, the Ruger, P series pistols I've handled, have always performed very well. My current favorite, is the P90, with the P97 and P89 tied for a close second. Of course, I've never fired any of the .40 cal. offerings.

December 6, 2008, 09:14 PM
I love the p-89, but of coarce it's the only model I have owned.

December 6, 2008, 09:26 PM
I had a P345 and it was a complete POS. If you racked the slide a few times to lube the rails after cleaning it a pin would pop out of the grip aread and make it impossible to load/unload a magazine. Also it was plagued by FTE.

A buddy of mine bought one a year ago and hasn't had any issues with it, so either they fixed a couple design flaws or I just got a lemon...

Blue Brick
December 6, 2008, 11:08 PM


Calibers: 9mm, 45ACP and 40S&W

Magazine capacities: 9mm 15 or 10 rounds depending on model, 45ACP 8 or 7 rounds depending on model and 40S&W 11 or 10 rounds depending on model.

Barrel: 4.5 inches long constructed of Stainless Steel with fully supported chamber

Trigger and hammer: Constructed of Stainless Steel as are many other main parts.

Sights: Square notch rear and Square post front sight with white inserts for rapid target acquisition. Rear is adjustable for windage.

Grips: Molded G.E. Xenoy high-impact material or Hogue non-slip rubber grips.

Slide Construction: 4130 Chrome-Molybdenum alloy Steel or Terhune Anticorro Stainless Steel heat-treated for hardness with ample metal in stressed areas. Has open-top slide design (wide ejection port) that allows easy and rapid clearing of the breach or single loading without magazine.

Frame: Anodized hard coated Aluminum alloy with ergonomic grip design resistant to wear, breakage and standard lubricants. Design with a non-slip surface and oversized recurved trigger guard to accommodate two hand hold comfortably with or without gloves.

Springs: Unbreakable Steel music wire coil springs.

Extractor: Simple, reliable, and proven design based on the Thompson submachine gun.

Magazine latch: Stainless Steel Ambidextrous magazine latch (except the P-90)

Safety: Ambidextrous Safety that locks the firing pin incase of accidental drop. Safety levers also serve as decocking levers.

Disassembly: Only 52 to 56 individual parts depending on model and can be field striped into five basic subassemblies in seconds without tools.

The P-85 barrel’s was plugged with a Steel rod and fired with military high-pressure M882 ammunition and the only damage was bent extractor that separated from the slide as the case was removed from the chamber. One P-85 had its entire right side of the ejection port removed and 2,000 rounds of M882 ammunition were fired with no signs of stress.
The state Police of Wisconsin adopted the P-85 in 1987. The Israeli Air forces has ordered substantial numbers of the P-85. In addition many foreign governments have adopted the P-85 in Central America, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East as well as numerous domestic law enforcement organizations.

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