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Picked up a Ruger P85 in a family deal.

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by jrdolall, Feb 11, 2013.

  1. jrdolall

    jrdolall Active Member

    I bought it from a relative that is raising cash for an adoption and cannot have any guns in the house during the process. I have never fired the gun but it is in pretty good shape for a gun this old.

    It is a 9mm and also came with 11 boxes of ammo which made the deal even sweeter. I probably over paid for the gun a bit but I want to help him out and the ammo makes it a good deal unless the gun will not work at all.

    I have no experience with this pistol so what do I need to look out for or expect? I see them on Gunbroker going for a little over $300 in today's stupid market but what is it actually worth? It is NOT for sale but I like to assign a value to all my firearms.

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  2. easyg

    easyg New Member

    For the price they're hard to beat.


    Mine had a problem extracting and it caused stove-pipe failures, but Ruger fixed it.
    The only things I didn't like about it was this:

    The grip is slippery (hence the rubber tube sleeve in the picture).

    The mag release is too sharp (I filed mine down a little to blunt it), and you have to push it somewhat forward instead of straight inward.

    It's a bit chunky compared to some other 9mm pistols.

    And I don't care for the safety on the slide and the swipe up to fire.

    Having said that, it was still a gun pistol after Ruger repaired it.
  3. Fryerpower

    Fryerpower New Member

    Awful gun. You should sell it to me...:)

  4. mdemetz

    mdemetz Member

    I know the P89 extractor is different on the the working end than the P85's.
  5. Loc n Load

    Loc n Load Member

    Ruger P-85

    As with all Ruger's, the P-85 is rugged and functional. I worked for a large LE agency that procured thousands of them in 95 and we shot them for several years until we replaced with the Beretta 92. The Rugers held up well with thousands of rounds being run through them.....they have to be cleaned and maintained as do all firearms....I was an instructor / armorer and supervised tens of thousands of rounds down range in the Ruger's . Your P-85 will serve you well.
  6. jrdolall

    jrdolall Active Member

    You can see in the picture that it does have a few small rust spots that I will try to take off. I fired 4 mags of FMJ today, in the rain, and had no problems at all. I was looking at minute of paper plate accuracy today and really just wanted to see how it handled. Seemed solid and as accurate as I wanted for today.
  7. Blue .45

    Blue .45 New Member

    There was a recall on the early P 85s for a firing pin/safety issue.

    For more details,you can download the .pdf file from Ruger's website located at the bottom of the page.


    As others have said, the P series guns have a reputation for being reliable and durable among their owners, myself included.
  8. jmace57

    jmace57 New Member

    A gun that old? That would be the NEWEST of my guns. I think my most recent is a 1989 CZ-85.
  9. xjsnake

    xjsnake New Member

    They're big, they're ugly and the work fantastically. I'm planning on picking one up as they have a bit of sentiment to me (first handgun I ever fired). It's worth every bit of $300 imo.
  10. Hunter125

    Hunter125 New Member

    Wait, why can he not have guns during an adoption?
  11. MedWheeler

    MedWheeler Active Member

    That was my department-issued sidearm back in around 1990. Big, loose, clunky, and rock-solid. Would fire and cycle in any conditions, and at any angle. The much-more-expensive SiG P226 of that era was known for failing when dirty, or when fired upward or downward (never saw that firsthand, as I knew no one with one.) However, to carry the Ruger, all I had to do was qualify with it, having come to that agency from another. I did so, but all my formal training had been with double-action revolvers, and I had had none with semi-automatics. I really couldn't shoot it nearly as well as I could the revolver.

    I left law enforcement not long after, and never really learned to shoot DA/SA autoloaders well until the middle of the 2000-2010 decade, having been largely out of the firearm scene for quite some time.
  12. splattergun

    splattergun Active Member

    Ruger P-series are all tough, reliable and effective. The blocky grip contains a goodly number of cartridges and it suits my hand. Ugly? well, not asugly as some other brands. I've never had a problem with a slippery grip slipping and rounds consistently go where I want them.
    I prefer my P89 to the 85, but for $300 plus the ammo, you did well.
  13. jrdolall

    jrdolall Active Member

    They are trying to adopt a child from Ukraine and that is one of the stipulations for "hosting". If the adoption is finalized then I am sure they can have guns but he needs the cash to get everything done.
  14. MagnumDweeb

    MagnumDweeb New Member

    Adopting a child is an expensive process and if you are adopting from overseas the red tape can be immense. I got into adoption practice for a short while before leaving it. The expense, headaches, and occassional heartache is horrible. Just passing a background check, passing a psychological evaluation, and proving a history of five years of stable income is for some reason not enough to make you a suitable parent. But these kids sitting in some rotting orphanage is a preferable condition. And god forbid the biological mother or father suddenly appear to contest the adoption after having had the child taken from them or they abandoned the child. And yes guns in the home can be a no-go when dealing with foreign orphanages.
  15. Deltaboy

    Deltaboy New Member

    I had a p-98 that I traded because it was to big to CCW. They are tanks.
  16. Powerglide

    Powerglide New Member

    P-85's are great. The thing to look for is the MkII conversion.That is all that you really need to do and Ruger will do it free.Call them, they will help.Other than that, enjoy!
  17. jrdolall

    jrdolall Active Member

    I called Ruger and they sent me a UPS label to ship it to Arizona. Thanks for the heads up on the recall. The gun was manufactured on October 26th 1989.
  18. aomagrat

    aomagrat New Member


    I bought a P85 in California when I was stationed in San Diego back in the 1980's. It came with 2 15 round magazines and I bought an 18 round magazine. It was a different time then. It's still one of my favorite guns.
  19. CAR

    CAR New Member

    The P-85 is a big, ugly, reliable pistol. Never had an issue with mine, its not the most accurate pistol I own, but it gets the job done and can be counted on the work every time I need it. I wouldn't feel too bad if it was the only handgun I owned.

    As others have pointed out, make sure that yours has had the safety upgrade performed, the Ruger website will give the details.
  20. PO2Hammer

    PO2Hammer Active Member

    The P-95 is big & ugly but soft shooting, reliable and affordable.
    They are highly underrated IMO.

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