Can anyone help me with my Ruger p95


June 11, 2011, 05:37 PM

Hello all, I am new to this forum and I am a new Ruger p95 owner. Can anyone help me? I am SO frusterated and concerned with my new purchase. I am experiencing F.T.E's big time. I have done everything from, stripping my weapon down, dissasembeling it, reassembeling it, cleaning it and the removing the extractor arm and cleaning all around it. also, I've tried Federal ammo and winchester white box and having the same issue (FTE) every other round. I took it to my local gunsmith explaining my situation and said that the extractor arm is fine and that i should try some HOT ammo and heavier the better..I put about 165 rounds total thru my P95 and my local gunsmith said that is not enough because this gun has to be broken in and its gonna take more than 165 rounds to break it in, he said. Can anyone tell me if he know what he's talking about? Thank you! :cuss:

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June 11, 2011, 05:56 PM
Hi there, and welcome :)

Unfortunately, this sounds like the pistol has a problem. I can't imagine that with 165 rounds through it, that it would be "okay" to be having issues every other round (or very frequently).

Break-in would mean occasional issues, usually due to parts needing to wear down any manufacturing burrs in the metal, or springs loosening up a bit. That can lead to random problems. Yours sounds far too frequent, in my opinion.

Sounds like this P95 needs to be sent back to Ruger and have them figure out what's wrong. I've heard their service can be okay with turnaround, so I think you've done your due diligence - let Ruger scratch their heads for awhile, or give you a new gun and chalk that one up to being a lemon or something.

Good luck, and let us know how it all goes!

EDIT: I made the assumption this is a new P95, because you're talking about break-in. If this is used, Ruger may charge you to fix the gun. Otherwise, it's warranty should cover your issues.

June 11, 2011, 06:07 PM
I would definitely call Ruger, in my experience their customer service is great and the turn around time is quick. You shouldn't be experiencing problems that frequently after that many rounds. If you think it needs more "break in" the easiest thing to do would be to rack the slide a bunch and leave it locked open when you aren't around, this will have similar results to firing it more to break it in, and by the sounds of it will cause less head aches. That said I'd still be calling Ruger, because of how pleasant they are to deal with.

June 11, 2011, 06:08 PM
Hi Stonecutter2, and thank you for your reply to my headache. This is a new P95 I purchased 6/6/2011. lol,As soon as acheived my first FTE, I wanted fall over with frusteration. And then the first thought that entered my mind, was "now im gonna have to deal with ruger and their turn around time". Like you said, i've done my due dilligence and was tryng everything in the book to avoid sending it to Ruger. But, I agree with you it looks like im gonna have to send it to Ruger. Once again, thank you for your help and Ill let you know what happens.

June 11, 2011, 06:18 PM
Thanks Dan1215 and thank you all for the help..I forgot to mention that I did call ruger two days after the purchase and they emailed me shipping information. Ive just been trying to avoid sending it back due to the wait time and some horror stories. I read someone elses similiar situation that sent their p95 back to ruger with the same problem and ruger misplaced their P95 for months. Then, Ruger found it and told this person that they must have ran some bad ammo thru it and would not help him and sent gack his p95 SIX MONTHS later. At any rate - thanks all for the help. more help is appreciated

June 11, 2011, 06:22 PM
That's pretty surprising, I recently sent my 10/22 back to Ruger and had it back in my hands 2 weeks to the day after I put it in the mail. Granted this was handled at their New Hampshire facility and I believe pistols go to Arizona, so I cant specifically say I've dealt with the same people you'd be dealing with.

June 11, 2011, 06:26 PM
I own both a P85 and P95 and have never had this problems with any ammo fired thru them. I use a wide variety of Ammo including cheap wolf brand and do not have this problem. Even after being quilty of not cleaning my gun for multiple shooting sessions I have not had this problem. Have you discussed this issue with Ruger?

June 11, 2011, 06:31 PM
Wow! two weeks their and back is awesome, Dan. Like Stonecutter2 was saying. MAybe they'll chalk it up as a "lemon" and send me a new one. That would be nice. However, if they send mine back in fine working condition, I will be happy.

June 11, 2011, 06:37 PM
Mikem58, i did call ruger two days after my purchase and explained my frusteration. the person who answered the phone at the AZ location asked me if I fired different brands of ammo. I said yes, and she said "I will email you our shipping information" and then she asked me to include a note of what i told her. How do you think this will work out? Your help is appreciated

June 11, 2011, 06:52 PM
I know how frustrating that when a brand new gun gives you problems. I will say that my own personal experience with Ruger customer service was spectacular. I had a used P85 that needed the mkII recall performed. While there I asked if they would refinish the slide as well. They said no problem...cost you $25 bucks. Two weeks later I received the pistol, slide refinished and recall performed as well as a new barrel, recoil spring and guide rod, slide release, magazine, and sights. Apparently these items while on the surface looked ok, Ruger was not satisfied and replaced them at no additional charge. Needless to say I am an even more fervent fan of Ruger now. While anything can happen, my experience and those of several friends have confirmed to me that Ruger is commited to their customers. I hope your situation turns out well.

June 11, 2011, 07:01 PM
I sense that limp wristing is the problem. Seriously. P95s don't have failures to extract. They're not super tight guns. If you're letting the barrel rise very much then you're limp wristing.

June 11, 2011, 07:06 PM
I've tried everything. from limpwristing and not limp wristing. to be honest, i acheive more FTEs by not limpwristing.

June 11, 2011, 08:36 PM
You need to find a different Gun Smith, if a Ruger doesn't work out of the box using factory ammo it needs to go back to the factory.

Mike J
June 11, 2011, 08:46 PM
I would suggest asking your question at in the semi auto handgun subforum. I am reluctant to answer your question because while I have read posts about this issue & a possible cure it is not my own experience. I would rather you got an answer from someone that has actually done it.

Mike J
June 11, 2011, 09:28 PM
This thread might help

June 11, 2011, 11:59 PM
Ship it back on rugers dime. They will fix it for you. I have pretty much only heard good things about ruger customer service.

June 12, 2011, 12:22 AM
Sorry to hear. Send it back.

June 12, 2011, 12:44 AM
Can I buy a vowel?

What is a "F.T.E.?"

Failure to extract, or failure to eject?

A stainless/polymer Ruger semi-auto should not require "break-in."

June 12, 2011, 05:51 AM
I had the same or similar problem with my p95 2-3 years back. Ruger fixed it/shipped both ways, on their dime.
You should get it back in short while running like a Swiss watch. :D

June 12, 2011, 06:02 AM
did it still do it when someone else shot it?

June 12, 2011, 06:53 AM
Hi and Welcome to the forum, friend.

Try/think on these things:

-I personally believe the "break-in" period is a bunch of nonsense with most pistols. Your Ruger should function well being that it is new and you have cleaned and lubricated it.

-Let another shooter try the gun to see if you are limp-wristing it. -or- I know you may have tried, but give it another go, lock your wrist after grasping the pistol firmly, as with a good handshake, and squeeze, while keeping the gun from moving a great deal in your hand.

-Call Ruger back and insist that they pay for shipping since this is a new pistol and that you are very disappointed after spending your hard-earned money and time with this problem. Be firm, but polite and they should do this for you.

-I have owned several P95s over the years and have one I'm looking at right has worked excellently since the get-go. If this is not a problem with your shooting technique, and I don't think its an ammo problem, then send it back, as I said, pre-paid, and Ruger will get it right for you.

Report back and let us know how this works for you.

Peace and good luck.

The Lone Haranguer
June 12, 2011, 02:20 PM
I put about 165 rounds total thru my P95 and my local gunsmith said that is not enough because this gun has to be broken in and its gonna take more than 165 rounds to break it in, he said.
:rolleyes: One stoppage is forgivable in the first few rounds, but this steel/polymer, loosely fitted gun should not require any break-in. First thing Monday morning, give Ruger a call. In all likelihood they will send you a UPS shipping label.

June 12, 2011, 02:21 PM
Horse puckey on the break-in requirement.
I worked with a new P95 a month or so ago & it ran perfectly with 7 different loads and bullet weights right out of the box, including a lightweight 100-grainer with low recoil impulse.
Put a couple hundred rounds through it, at the end of testing I ran it as fast as I could pull the trigger trying out a couple aftermarket MEC-GAR higher-cap magazines.
Not a failure of any type whatsoever.

Send your gun back to Ruger.
If you want it to run, it'll be worth the wait.

June 12, 2011, 10:20 PM
Well, thank you all for the kind words of wisdom. Also, i just clean and lubricated my P95 again now and got it ready to ship back to Ruger firsgt thing tomorrow. When, cleaning my P95 now, a friend noticed that when he racked the slide back that the barrel seem that it wanted to slide back a lil bit too. It just didnt seem like the barrel is supposed to do this. Anyway, when I receive my P95 back from repair I will let you all know how it went. Thank you everyone and talk to you soon.

June 12, 2011, 10:50 PM
I think you'll find Ruger's customer service great. The few times I've had to deal with them, they've been great. My dad bought a p95 with the feed ramp machined off-center that was causing stovepipes...ruger next day'd one after I called and explained the situation. Runs like a champ.

There is no break in on a ruger p-series, and they're just about the most ammo tolerant pistols on the planet, so if you've tried at least 2 kinds I'd say you've eliminated that possibilty. When you say you've got an the empty case not slung free from the action? Sounds like you may have a broken, bent or damaged ejector (the spring-loaded thing that you have to push down to field strip it).

June 12, 2011, 11:24 PM
Any possibility you have the recoil spring installed backwards?

June 17, 2011, 10:46 PM
I have not messed with the recoil spring at all other than to clean and lubricate it.

June 25, 2011, 04:21 PM
Hello All - i spoke with Ruger customer service yesterday. They said my P95 was shipped back to me 6-23 2nd day air and should arrive to me 6-27. They weekend put a delay in me receiving it. They also mentioned that my problems with failing eject the empty shells was due to the extractor being very loose. Ill talk to you when I receive my package

June 25, 2011, 05:48 PM
Ruger's great, sounds like they've got it figured out. I had a P95 that would FTE about once in every 100 rounds. It NEVER had a problem on the range, but soon as I shot an IDPA weekend, I'd get ONE jam in the mix every time. I tried different ammo, ball, what not. Finally traded that gun in on a Taurus M85SSUL when I got my carry permit in '96, great trade. I later bought a P85 off a guy at work for 250 bucks with two 15 round mags. Still got that one, shot IDPA with it for a while before I quit that deal. No jams.

My gun, I don't know that anyone could have helped me on it. It happened infrequently. I could never figure it out. Sounds like yours was more obvious. I'm not sayin' that P95s have problems, they don't. Just that i saw this post and thought about mine. :D

June 28, 2011, 12:15 AM
Hello everyone - well, I have to agree with everybody that, Ruger's customer service is OUTSTANDING! I shipped my P95 to Ruger on 6.13, they checked in 6.15, replaced the extractor arm and shipped it back to me on 6.23. And received it today. If it weren't for the weekend, it would of received it sooner. ALSO - THE TECH NOTED THAT AFTER REPAIR , PISTOL WAS FUNCTION - FIRED 60 ROUNDS ( USING MY MAGAZINE ) WITHOUT MALFUNCTION. I assume that meant they just fired 60 rounds. At this point, I'm so relieved. And when I shoot tomorrow l, ill see for myself if it doesn't malfunction.:D

June 28, 2011, 08:23 AM
It's always nice to deal with a company that actually cares about their customers. Hopefully it shoots well for you.

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