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Problems with a Ruger P95

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by systor, Aug 31, 2010.

  1. systor

    systor Member

    I just bought a Ruger P95 in 9mm, and I'm having some trouble with it. The problem is it's not precise. It shoots all over the place after I put about 5 rounds through it. When I clean it thoroughly, it'll shoot almost dead-on the first 5 or so rounds at 25 yards. If I keep it up and put another 30 rounds or so through it, it'll start missing the target completely. Yesterday at the range it repeated this behavior, so I took it apart after about 20 rounds to see if the barrel was dirty. Cheap rounds tend to leave a trail in the barrel. Well, the barrel was as clean as a whistle. I've been shooting PMCs and Perlliots through it. I don't think the ammo is defective. I believe the barrel is somehow defective, or perhaps the action is. Could these be the problem? When the barrel heats up after being fired, could that cause it to shoot so wildly? Could the action be loose, causing the barrel to not be level with the frame and sights after each reload? What is going on with this gun? After a full 50 rounds, I can't hit the broadside of a barn with it, although it will shoot bullseyes the first 5 rounds. If I take it home and clean it, and then put it back together, it will again shoot straight....for about 5 rounds.

    And I did buy it used. Maybe the former owner put it up on consignment after he saw it shot so poorly. Is poor precision a pattern with the P95? If it were inaccurate, but precise, I could simply adjust the sights. This gun is neither. It really is a loose cannon.
    Last edited: Aug 31, 2010
  2. Skinsanity

    Skinsanity Well-Known Member

    Hi Systor

    Thats an odd problem, I have never heard of with any pistol, let alone a Ruger, I dont think the barrel heating up would cause that wild of a transition, especially in a pistol. I am a bit baffled on this one and am going to watch and see what anyone else has to say...Normally I would attribute something like this to user error, maybe flinching or anticipating the recoil, especially if its shooting low....
  3. systor

    systor Member

    Most of the time when it starts going wild, it shoots low. But sometimes it will shoot high and even miss the target. I have some ammo left from a box. What I'll do is clean it up and have my friend fire it about 20 times. That will eliminate the shooter variable.
  4. Skinsanity

    Skinsanity Well-Known Member

    Have to ask, is this your first handgun?
  5. systor

    systor Member

    No. I've had two before this one. One KelTec 9mm and one American Arms .25.

    When this Ruger starts shooting low, I simply compensate by raising the barrel a bit. It again starts shooting straight....until it starts going sideways, that is.
  6. Kingofthehill

    Kingofthehill Well-Known Member

    shoot it from a rest.

    Otherwise it sounds like user error.

    you say you bought it used, but the first 5 rounds were bullseye's... if thats the case, the previous owner didn't have a problem then because it came to you accurate.

    I almost dare to say you devloped a flinch or something. not that there is anything wrong with that either.

    Either get someone you know who is a GOOD shooter to try it, or shoot it from a rest and increasing the distance every mag to see when you have the issue, if any at all.

  7. Skinsanity

    Skinsanity Well-Known Member

    Im incredibly baffled
  8. systor

    systor Member

    Thanks for the advice, guys.

    It could be user error. It's not too heavy for me. It's not making my hands tired.

    I'll definitely have a friend shoot it and see what happens. If he has problems, we'll batten it down to a benchrest and shoot it that way.

    Stay tuned.
  9. systor

    systor Member

    King, after I got it, I cleaned it thoroughly before shooting it.
  10. Lvl21nerd

    Lvl21nerd Well-Known Member

    get a big piece of posterboard, paint a little 1 or 2 inch diameter circle on it, and shoot at it from about 20 feet away

    be very careful of your aim (benchrest it if you can) so to be as accurate as possible

    just concentrate on shooting that circle, and not flinching

    after a box of 50, have a look at the poster board and then post a pic on here
  11. Skinsanity

    Skinsanity Well-Known Member

    systor.....My BEST advice would be to go and buy yourself a couple of "snap caps" and go to the range...have a friend load a full magazine, inserting a snapcap randomly in there somewhere....this will tell you pretty quickly if you are flinching or not...
  12. bds

    bds Well-Known Member

    systor, I do this with a new shooter to remove "user" caused erratic shot groups.

    - Clear the pistol and aim it at a safe direction
    - Line up the sights and while watching the front sight, pull the trigger as you did at the range
    - If the front sight jumps or moves, you are the cause of the erratic shot groups
    - If the front sight does not move, then you may need to call Ruger customer service

    If you want to verify this at the range, do the same and dry fire a few times, then repeat with live ammunition.

    I hope this helps.
  13. bds

    bds Well-Known Member

    FYI to reduce your shot groups - http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?p=6668684#post6668684

  14. TexasGunbie

    TexasGunbie Well-Known Member

    shoot ten rounds, then dry fire. See if you are flinching.
  15. systor

    systor Member

    Thanks for all the advice, guys. I appreciate it. And I will do everything everyone recommends this weekend. Big painted target. Blank rounds. Practicing with an empty clip....And I'll take a picture of each group of 5 as I shoot about 25 rounds. It's clean now, and I won't clean it again until I've put those 25 rounds through it.

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