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Ruger 9mm Good? Bad? Would like input

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by PistolNewbie, Mar 12, 2007.

  1. PistolNewbie

    PistolNewbie Well-Known Member

    I have been thinking about purchasing a P89 Ruger 9mm. I already own a Ruger Mark II Target and a 22 Single Six and have enjoyed shooting both of them with no problems. I am new to this and would appreciate any opinions pro or con.
  2. MinnMooney

    MinnMooney Well-Known Member

    My son has owned the P89 for several years and likes it quite well. It's too large for conceal-carry so he bought a S&W ultralight J-Framed wheel gun for that purpose. After I bought my SpringfieldArmory-XP .45ACP, he really fell in love with it and plans on trading the P89 this spring.
    That said, he's never had a problem with the P89 and it's super dependable.
  3. skinnyguy

    skinnyguy Well-Known Member

    Hey there PistolNewbie. First, let me welcome you to THR, I've learned alot here, and hope you can do the same!!!

    I just picked up a new P89DC myself. I took it out over the weekend and put my first 100 rounds through it. I found it comfortable to shoot, easily handleable recoil, accurate, NO misfeeds, even with a USA brand 30 round magazine, and FUN!!!

    When I got it home, it was easy to breakdown and clean, and easy to reassemble.

    I'm very well pleased with it, and I'll be working on getting more accurate with it and just getting used to it.

    Some things that I've heard other people mention is the weight, which I like but some people don't, the trigger pull takes some getting used to, double action is a little stiff, and single action has a lot of take-up travel, and when new, may be a little on the hard side, but about 200 firings on a snap-cap smoothed mine out pretty well. My rating on the P89 is TWO thumbs up!!!

    Your mileage may vary (ymmv), but I think you'd be happy with it!! GOOD LUCK!!!!
  4. bigdaddyb

    bigdaddyb Well-Known Member

    I consider 9mm to be fun for plinking and competition, but won't carry it for self defense.

    My cousin was forced to kill an armed robber in his place of business several years back. He put two rounds of 9mm HP, center chest. The guy walked out of the store and died in the parking lot. He won't carry a 9mm any more and neither will I.

    For those wondering, he was never arrested. Totally righteous shoot.

    My suggestion is a Springfield XD in 40 or 45. For a wheelgun, .357mag or .44Spl. The latter is more expensive to practice with.

    Just one man's view.

  5. Brigrat

    Brigrat Well-Known Member

    I carried a Ruger P95 when it counted, and would do so again. I loved that pistol, and my brother still uses it. I am large enough that concealing it was not a problem, and it was so incredibly reliable that I would not hesitate to use it when needed again...
  6. shadowalker

    shadowalker Well-Known Member

    Ruger generally makes fine pistols, I have a P90 45 ACP and a P94 40 S&W, and also shot a P89 pretty often. Before purchasing my Sig I carried a Ruger P90 concealed quite comfortably.

    In my experience Ruger's are solid, reliable and fairly accurate, it has yet to have a malfunction and I would trust it to protect my life. I don't like the plastic grip panels but with Hogue grips my P90 feels like a much more expensive gun.

    Even with good hits to the heart a person has up to 15 to 30 seconds of willful control of their body, whether they are hit with a 9mm, 40 S&W or 45 ACP. Failure to stop drills exist to train people to deal with center of mass shots not ending a threat.

    I'm not a huge fan of the 9mm but the 45 ACP could have just as easily had the same result. The 9mm delivered enough force to cause the bad guy to leave and prevented him from being a further threat. Had the threat continued a head shot with a 9mm is very effective.
  7. waynedm

    waynedm member

    Aside from the BS remarks that are trying to start a flame caliber war . . .

    I own a P89 and have over 30,000 through it and it has jammed once and that was when it was new and with a hollow point. I have 35 round magazines for it and shoot it in league and can empty out the mags in less than 4 seconds. These guns just don't jam, at least mine doesn't. Little heavy for carry but not all guns are really meant for carry.
  8. tbtrout

    tbtrout Well-Known Member

    I have a P85 MKII. It is a reliable gun, just not my favorite. I have tried on several occasions to bond with the gun, it just never worked for me. I especially do not like the trigger. For an affordable, reliable and rugged pistol it fits the bill.
  9. ID_shooting

    ID_shooting Well-Known Member

    I have owned many of the Ruger P series guns. The are well built, solid, reliable combat handgungs.

    Not the most accurate but accuarate enough. The are at the top for reliability and ruggedness.

    Saw one come into the shop with the action stuck about halfway open. Smith took it and inspected it. He had a squib and followed it up with a live round. Bulged the barrel out about an inch from the muzzle. But the gun stayed together and the smith was able to cut the barrel out and put a new one in. Gun still shooting to this day. Had it been anything other than a P89, the gun would have likely blown up and injured the shooter.

    For a service/combat handgun where looks, weight, size are unimportant, Ruger P89 is number two to Glock in my world and that is only due to Glock being a touch more accurate.

    IMHO of course.
  10. Angio333

    Angio333 Well-Known Member

    My first gun was a Ruger P89 (9mm) and I loved it. It never malfunctioned, and was very accurate. I seriously regret trading it in.
  11. JRW

    JRW Well-Known Member

    "My cousin was forced to kill an armed robber in his place of business several years back. He put two rounds of 9mm HP, center chest. The guy walked out of the store and died in the parking lot. He won't carry a 9mm any more and neither will I."

    So let me get this straight. Your cousin shot an armed robber twice in the chest with a 9mm killing him, but now neither of you trust the caliber? Am I missing something?? :confused:
  12. JRW

    JRW Well-Known Member

    Oh yeah, as far as the original topic is concerned I also once owned a P89. It was pretty accurate and absolutely reliable but if I were looking to get a Ruger 9mm now I would opt for the P95. Compared to the P89 the P95 is lighter, has the same ammo capacity, is as durable/dependable, has an option for a rail, and best of all is less expensive.
  13. Dave Markowitz

    Dave Markowitz Well-Known Member

    I have a P-90 and would like sometime to get a P-89. Ruger DA autos aren't the prettiest or sleekest pistols, but they are like the Kalashnikov of semiauto pistols. They just work out of the box, and do so for a reasonable price.

    One nice thing I really like about the Ruger autos is that they are factory rated for steel cased ammo (sez so right in the owner's manual). So, if you don't reload you can save a ton of money by shooting cheap Wolf ammo in it and not worry about harming the gun or voiding the warranty.
  14. gandog56

    gandog56 Well-Known Member

    P series. Built like tanks and take whatever cheap ammo or reloads I care to feed it, and puts them where I aims 'em.:D

    Deadly accurate with Crimson Trace Laser Grips, too.
  15. BADUNAME13

    BADUNAME13 Well-Known Member

    Inexpensive, reliable, and feels terrible!

    If you like the way it feels you should be fine.*

    *If you might have to shoot someone with a 9mm use QUALITY HP's that you have insured will work in your pistol.
    9mm FMJ is an INADEQUATE man stoper.
  16. Bongo45

    Bongo45 Well-Known Member

    I've never read anything but good about the full size Ruger automatics. They haven't changed much in 20 years, but if you have a good design, stick with it.
  17. bakert

    bakert Well-Known Member

    My regular carry gun now is a Ruger P97 but I have an older P85 that's very similar to the P89 that's never jammed or failed to feed once in over 6000 rds. It is not a tack driver but at the 7 to 10 yds a gun like this would be used, the accuracy is more than adequate and the trigger has gotten better with use. And yes It may be a bit chunky but conceals much easier than some would have you believe.
  18. ca-c54

    ca-c54 Well-Known Member

    Buy it,you will never regret it.
  19. rhubarb

    rhubarb Well-Known Member

    I carry a Ruger P95. I trust it.

    No, guns aren't magic death rays.
  20. Omaha-BeenGlockin

    Omaha-BeenGlockin Well-Known Member

    Ya the 9mm comment is total bovine scat---I've seen a 9mm drop a deer with one shot(no--it wasn't me that shot it)---which is much tougher than any human.

    Rugers go bang every time---the .45's seem to be more accurate than the 9mm's though.

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