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My Ruger P95 has loose slide when cocked..

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by bigpea, Aug 5, 2007.

  1. bigpea

    bigpea Member

    I own a Ruger P95DC and have been very happy with it so far. Today after a range session I field stripped and cleaned the gun which I have done many times before but this time I noticed something I have never noticed before. After I put it back together I cocked it and while the hammer was back it felt loose. It makes a rattling noise when you move the gun around. There is a slight movement of the slide, i've never noticed it like this before. It's only when the hammer is back, when it's down there is absolutely no movement what so ever. I can push the slide with my fingers and there is a slight movement back and forth which is causing it to feel loose and make the rattling noise. Maybe about a millimeter or so of loose give. The trigger feels a lot looser when it's cocked as well.

    I took it apart and put it back together again 4 or 5 times and it's still doing it. My question is does anyone else who owns a P95DC experience this same rattle?

    Thanks for any help, it's much appreciated.
  2. lee n. field

    lee n. field Well-Known Member

    Got the recoil spring oriented right? That's about the only thing you can muck up during a routine field strip, though that's not going to affect the hammer the way you describe.

    Call Ruger, talk to them, would be my recommendation.

  3. armabill

    armabill Well-Known Member

    Mine was the same way. It was really loose, the whole gun was loose.

    I called Ruger and got in touch with their engineering department. He got the blue prints out to check the tolerances.

    He said that the tolerances on the print were the same as the tolerances that I measured. It's that way so the gun will function no matter the what.

    I thanked him for his time and promptly sold the gun. It functioned but wasn't accurate.
  4. W.E.G.

    W.E.G. Well-Known Member

    One of the nicest features of the P95 is it is very easy to operate the slide to charge the weapon. This is probably a function of the "tolerances." Some folks who can't seem to handle centerfire semi-autos really take to the Ruger quite well. Not an impressive gun to a sophisticate. But a godsend to the tyro or the arthritic.
  5. Gbro

    Gbro Well-Known Member

    I just checked mine and it dose in fact have a dull rattle to it. However once the mag is in, the looseness goes away.
    The moral of this is, "Don't point an unloaded P97DC at the BG if you have the shakes"
    This gun is unfired post Ruger repair. It was sent in for DAO"ing. Now that it is back i kind of wish it was a DAO full time...
  6. Steve C

    Steve C Well-Known Member

    My P90 will rattle, my 1911's all rattle a bit too but that hasn't anthing to do with how well they shoot so don't worry about it.
  7. HiroProX

    HiroProX Well-Known Member

    If it bugs you, put some grease on the slide where it meets the rails on the frame. Takes the rattle right out of my P-85 Mk.II and out of my KP-345PR.
  8. bigpea

    bigpea Member

    UPDATE: I just spoke with Ruger Tech Dept. and they told me that this rattle and slide movement is normal. I asked why and they said that's just the way they engineered it. HMMMM.....OK! Well i've been happy with it but I am going to start looking for a .40cal for my primary soon so I guess I'll just deal with it.

    Thanks for everyones input and feedback, it's much appreciated.

  9. novaDAK

    novaDAK Well-Known Member

    My P89DC does it like you describe, only when the hammer's cocked. The slide (noticed at the rear) will move slightly side to side on the rails. Mine shoots every time and it's as accurate as my hi-power. But you must remember that when the gun fires, and tight lockup is needed to contain the chamber pressures, the hammer is forward after you pulled the trigger to fire the gun :) I haven't noticed it on my P95 or any of my other Rugers for that matter.
  10. bigpea

    bigpea Member

    novaDAK- You don't have the looseness on your P95 though when the hammer is cocked?

  11. Surefire

    Surefire Well-Known Member

    When I use to have a P97, it did this. Its normal IMO.

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