Ruger P89 vs. P94?


February 26, 2004, 08:56 AM
Does anyone know what the difference between these two pistols are, besides the 1/4" of barrel length? I'm lookin into purchasing one or the other, and while I rented a P89 earlier this week and ran 50 rounds through it, I haven't yet been able to find a P94 in stock anywhere so I can get a closer look at it. I did a search here and over at TFL, and I did see one post that indicated that the P94 had a better trigger than the 89, which would be enough for me to spend the extra $20 and pick one up. If anyone could shed some ligt on this, I'd appreciate it.


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February 26, 2004, 09:13 AM
If you haven't tried the polymer gripped P95, I would. It fits most people better than the 89 or 94.

February 26, 2004, 09:23 AM
None of the Ruger P-series pistols are well known for their triggers--so I would try to test them before buying. I've handled both and couldn't tell you the difference between them.

Waxed Canvas
February 26, 2004, 11:22 AM
Try a Ruger P97. It has a decent trigger with surprising minimal recoil for a .45ACP. The one I had was scarry accurate out to 15 yards. The double action trigger to me on a Ruger is good. The catch is always the single action which has beau coup creep. On the Ruger forum there is a post there regarding how the head knocker gunsmith, Mike something or another has a method, simple method, for tightening up that creep.

February 26, 2004, 12:14 PM
Waxed Canvas,

Can you please provide a link to the thread on the Ruger forum about altering trigger creep? I know that some gunsmiths won't even work on the P series pistols because they are known to have bad triggers.

Waxed Canvas
February 26, 2004, 12:45 PM

February 26, 2004, 09:29 PM
Consider the P95 or 97. I now have about 600 rounds through a P97D and am very impressed with it. Subjective as it is, the polymer frame and shorter trigger fit me very well and let me shoot the gun almost as well as a good 1911. The DA is very good (quite similar to a revolver in feel, which is excellent). My DA groups are sometimes better than the SA, but in either case the gun outshoots me. BTW the SA is quite acceptable--no creep in mine, at any rate. I would almost like to see how a DAO P97 performed if this one behaves so well.

I still have a SIG P220 that I was never able to shoot well in either DA/SA or DAO configuration, and that was after modifying in a short trigger and having SIG do a tune on it. It comes down to ergonomics, but the short of it is that I can shoot one gun well and not the other.

I would be comfortable carrying the P97 for duty, and I am primarily a wheelgunner. Had it been around the last few years of my LEO career I think I might have considered going over to one.

BTW I spent quite a bit of time working with the 9mm ctg for a couple of years in a Glock and BHP. In my hands a good .45 ACP will shoot rings around a 9mm. The object of shooting is to hit something and the .45 does a very good job of that. I dumped the Glock and kept the BHP because it is a classic and I shoot it a bit better.

Of course free advice is often worth only as much as you pay for it. I might be a 13 year old kid with fantasies for all anyone knows.

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