Ruger P95DC.....why the heck not!


No. 1
September 20, 2010, 07:46 AM
Everything I post below is only my opinion regardless of the wording that may be result of an excited utterance.

I have read on quite a few forums and threads about P95, and I get the feeling that its immediately tossed in the second tier basket based on its price.

Ruger is cheap because it is Made by American for the Americans so they don't pay additional unjustified (in my opinion) dollars for contraptions like Sig, USP or Glock (I like all the three I just mentioned so no need to lable me as 'basher' as I am merely making an argument).

I shot P955 rigorously over past 3 months without a hick-up. Yes is bulky and heavy so but so is sig and some other pistols. Yes, its not my type of gun, but I have over dozens in my collection are not, and I do get rid of them as I find a good deal to trade them off.

I took it apart when I bought it, the first thing that caught my eye was it double recoild spring. It really did cut the recoil down. Other than no metal inserts on frame rail I can't find anything questionable. BTW my 2nd gen glock does have em like 3rd, but for past 20 years it has not given me any problem- and I don't thing it will be a problem with Ruger as well.

So if you are 'ok' with chunky guns I recommend P95 over foreign blocks of metal or 'plastic.'

Let's hear it...

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September 20, 2010, 08:13 AM
I just bought a P95 couple of weeks ago and so far its been a good gun. Its my first autoloader(always owned revolvers) so I can't really compare it to any thing else but so far I'm happy with it. Though a friend bought a S&W M&P 45 auto at the same time I bought my Ruger. He let me shoot it and I didn't care for it. Didn't fit my hand and was uncomfortable to shoot. Of course he didn't like my Ruger either. My 2 cents

September 20, 2010, 09:11 AM
I had a P95 once.
This one, bought brand new from BassPro Shop....

It had some issues right out of the box.
It would often fail to eject the spent brass and cause a jam, or it would sometimes eject the spent brass but fail to feed the next round.

I sent it back to Ruger for repair and it took them about six weeks to repair it and a ship it back to me.
They had replaced the ejector and repaired the extractor IIRC, and it was good to go after more feed problems or extraction problems.

But after months of shooting I noticed that it was my least accurate pistol.
I just couldn't achieve the groupings that I could get with my other pistols (Glock, CZ, XD, S&W).

I later sold it.

Having said all that...

I don't think that Rugers are bad pistols.
And I've got no complaints about their warranty service either.
But I do think that there are better choices available when it comes to semis.

Yo Mama
September 20, 2010, 09:26 AM
I don't think you will see many negative comments about them, they are a fine gun.

What many including myself have found that for you to carry the darn thing is an experience. It's very blocky as you said, and thick, making it harder to conceal.

September 20, 2010, 09:43 AM
One more thing that I just remembered...

I was not a fan of the magazine release at all.

It's too small and too sharp.
And from years of shooting other pistols, I constantly found myself pressing inward instead of forward, and failing to release the magazine quickly.


September 20, 2010, 09:54 AM
One more thing that I just remembered...

I was not a fan of the magazine release at all.

i LOVE the mag release. I like the Rocker type action. Its more of a natural feel IMO when your finger is positioned where it is opposed to a direct push that is at an off angle.


September 20, 2010, 02:28 PM
Good gun, I just couldn't shoot good groups with it. Traded it for a Glock 22.;)

September 20, 2010, 04:13 PM
I only have one complaint about the P95 (or P94): the placement of the safety.

I owned a P94 for a couple of months and it just never felt organic to me to flip the safety up to fire or to have to reach so far to engage it. Maybe it's just the fact that the first semi-auto I fired was a 1911. Maybe it's my own personal quirk. Maybe it's the CIA mind control. Whatever it is that part just kind of decided me against the gun after I really started to shoot regularly with it.

That being said, I like the guns aside from the safety. Move it down and slap it into the frame and I'll buy two.

No. 1
September 20, 2010, 04:33 PM
To me safety's position is not a big problem. However, the way safety easily works with thumb is better then most pistols with auto safety.

Someone mentioned its not accurate. Well its not meant to be a match pistol, just like how Sig226 is not- that's why Sig came out with first elite models and now x5 and x6. P95 is combat accurate which is sufficient for SD purpose.

September 20, 2010, 04:37 PM
Low marks for snob-appeal and LEO appreciation.

Otherwise a solid gun.
I have two stored at the ready.

Glock for EDC, because its a better gun - not because the Ruger is a bad gun.

September 21, 2010, 02:39 AM
You will never find a bigger advocate of the P pistols than me. I have a P90 and I firmly believe that they are one of the most underrated handguns made in the last 50 or so years. Not perfect by any stretch, but I would (and do) choose a P90 over any other .45 pistol on the market.

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