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How could anybody not like the Ruger P95?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by yrltqct, Apr 29, 2011.

  1. yrltqct

    yrltqct New Member

    I did a lot of homework before deciding to get the Ruger P95 for my CCW. The one thing that was the deciding factor for me was it's dependability. I got mine yesterday and couldn't wait to take it for a spin. After a light cleaning, I took it out and fed it 150 rounds of Russian mil-surplus 9mm. It ate all of that and wanted more! It is accurate enough to put 16 rds inside a 3" circle at 20 ft. I understand that every once in a while someone gets a lemon but how rare is that? Just wondering if anyone else has something to add, good or bad.
  2. mgmorden

    mgmorden Well-Known Member

    My P95 was my first handgun. Its not my favorite just due to the ergonomics, but it has always operated flawlessly. Ill never get rid of it. In that price range I consider it an excellent value.
  3. azmjs

    azmjs member

    It's ugly, and an old smith and wesson j-frame is beautiful :D
  4. ArfinGreebly

    ArfinGreebly Moderator Emeritus


    Well, you know what they say: ugly is in the eye of the beholder.

    There is very little that I see as "ugly" when I'm surrounded by guns.

    There are those I might only own in a singleton, and others of which I might like to have a dozen.

    "Ugly" -- for me -- is reserved for a gun that doesn't work, functions poorly, or is inherently dangerous to use.

    Ruger? Sturdy stuff, for the most part.

    Shoot it in good health.

  5. matt_borror

    matt_borror Well-Known Member

    i love the way the ruger looks. looks like an auto should, not like a glock that looks like a brick on a handle. i like the p89 though
  6. ColtPythonElite

    ColtPythonElite Well-Known Member

    I bought one a decent in the box one for a couple of hundred bucks a while back. IMO, it is unattractive and clunky. However, I'm sure it works just fine. I let my dad have it to keep around the house.
  7. yrltqct

    yrltqct New Member

    One thing I forgot to add in the initial post is that some say it doesn't work well for CC but I'm not a big dude, 5'11"/190lbs, but I carry it IWB small of the back and it rides just fine for me.
  8. bestseller92

    bestseller92 Well-Known Member

    Great gun, superb value. I don't feed mine Russian surplus ammo, tho....
  9. Zerodefect

    Zerodefect Well-Known Member

    I have one. It's 100% reliable even with a cheapo chinese 14rnd magazine. Anybody know of any quality mags for the P95?

    It is very rust resistant. I left it in a friends tackle box after a wet range shoot with that friends SS Kimber inside. I feel bad, apparently he thought since it was OK for me to toss my P95 in that box, and I'm a bit more experienced then him, then it was ok to leave his Kimber in there. Two days later his Kimber was rust. The Ruger was fine.

    With that said..... It's a bit big for CCW. It's really slow coming out of the holster due to the long stiff 1st trigger pull. But that trigger is very safe. I view DA/SA triggers as obsolete now. But there are a few shooters that love them.

    It's also as accurate as my other far more expensive pistols. It hangs with my 1911's just fine in accuracy.

    If I could sell it for $300 I would.

    Not sure if all this means I like it or not????

    Mine is a backup in my truck when I go wheeling/camping.
  10. GLOOB

    GLOOB Well-Known Member

    That title has been taken over by the SIG P250. That gun looks like brick with a twig for a handle.

    I think Glocks are more like a gun with a brick FOR a handle.

    I've always wanted to get a P95, just because it's cheap. Same thing with the Sigma. But then I know better. I'd never shoot 'em.
  11. Nushif

    Nushif Well-Known Member

    Fun guns! I've held them and shot them ... but I like different stuff. 8) They seem to be just too ... lukewarm? I mean they work, They look decent and they shoot fine ... right?
    But what if I want either a pretty or nicely shooting or project gun? >.<

    I think lukewarm describes them best for me.
  12. EddieNFL

    EddieNFL member

    Personal preference? Excluding the MKII/III, I have no desire to even hold a Ruger auto.

    I do like their revolvers, though.
  13. rbernie

    rbernie Well-Known Member

    I find the two-stage trigger pull a bit different from my normal carry pieces, but they are fine pistols and work well. My eldest son fits the P95 like nobody's business and can't get enough of them. :)
  14. bestseller92

    bestseller92 Well-Known Member

    The MecGar 17 round mags for the Ruger P-series 9mm's are superb.
  15. Kingofthehill

    Kingofthehill Well-Known Member

    THey are amazing guns IMO. I have a lot to choose from but my P95 gets a good workout. Its also my Fiance's favorite to shoot in my collection.

    It has the softest recoil of any 9mm i have ever shot. very accurate as well, that has always surprised me how well it does when making a nice ragged hole. Oh, and 1 last thing and probably the most impressive of them all.... its as dependable as guns get! at least mine is thats for sure.


  16. LoadedDrum

    LoadedDrum Well-Known Member

    I had one. It was reliable but that is the best thing I could say about it. It is too large for what it is, the trigger wasn't that great, and I always forgot to push the ejector down when trying to take it apart.
  17. Jim NE

    Jim NE Well-Known Member

    They are super, in my opinion. I have a preference for revolvers, too, but the looks of my P95 have really grown on me. I think the most common word used in describing them is "flawless." Now, if my marksmanship were that flawless. I love the P95 and will never get rid of mine, regardless of what semi-autos I own in the future.

    I do have one complaint, though- Additional 15 round magazines from ruger are a tad too expensive, imo. They're $40 each around here. I think they should be more like 25 or 30 bucks. Good thing the P95 comes with two mags.
  18. PlateStacker

    PlateStacker Well-Known Member

    They are your mid range pistol, at a mid range price. I think they are too large to CC and look rather toyish and kinda ugly.

    I would not personally trust my life to any mid range pistol such as the P95, Sigma or Taurus autos. Maybe for a cheap shooter they are fine, but most of the guns I purchase are meant to save my life or others around me. And when it comes down to reliability and quality for that, no low range or mid range firearm will do.
  19. Mike J

    Mike J Well-Known Member

    I got to shoot one recently. It was fine. I am not saying there aren't higher end guns out there but I believe it would serve it's purpose well. I know there are more carryable guns out there but the size doesn't seem that bad to me. Of course my usual carry is a XD-40.

    I wasn't really slowing down & taking my time that night but the guy I was shooting with shot a 1" 5 shot group at 10 yards his first 5 shots with it. Not bad considering it was a range rental that neither of us had shot before.
  20. mgmorden

    mgmorden Well-Known Member

    Unfortunately, there are a lot of factors involved in various guns, and they don't all scale up linearly in price. The Ruger isn't all that attractive I'll admit. It's accuracy - meh - combat accurate but it's not exactly a tack driver. Ergonomics are a bit lacking. It doesn't conceal worth a hoot. HOWEVER, it's *reliability* is incredible. The thing will keep ticking no matter what. I'd challenge you to find another pistol at virtually ANY price point that it more reliable. It might be AS reliable, and at higher price points you might find a better pistol overall (heck as I admitted earlier I have pistols that I like better), but to insinuate that the P95 is in any way unreliable is just naive.

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