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Are Ruger pistols as durable and reliable as their revolvers ?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by MR.G, Mar 30, 2004.

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  1. MR.G

    MR.G Member

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    Are Ruger semi-auto pistols as durable and reliable as their revolvers ?
     
  2. tech

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    I had a p90 .45 you could have run over with a tank and still shot. My only complaint was that its a little large.

    Mike
     
  3. tc300mag1

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    yyes they are
     
  4. arinvolvo

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    In a word, yes.

    And like their revolver counterparts, they are heavy, and arent the prettiest...but ruger isnt entering any beauty competitions.

    They are solid, reliable firearms.
     
  5. drf

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    Read an artical about the Ruger P series last year in a hand gun magazine and from what the article said and from everything I hear you wont find a more durable auto pistol on the market than a Ruger..

    The article said something about a P series being drop out of a helicpter on cement from way high (cant remember how high) and it still shot fine afterwards....

    I've got a P90 and would never think of getting rid of it...
    Shoots great!
    Very accurate
    Not to heavy for home defense but a little bulky for CCW...
    Dont let the price fool you, there great guns.........drf
     
  6. BrokenArrow

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    I know of rental ranges that have put over 100,000 rounds through their 9/45 rental Rugers w/o any problems. The rental SIGs, Berettas, and S&Ws w alloy frames were nowhere near as tough. Sometimes, even the all metal Kimber 1911s weren't as tough... ;)
     
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    I don't know.

    But they sure are UGLY.
     
  8. pauli

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    yeah, but there's that one in a million chance that a potential attacker will be so disgusted by the ungainly design and bulk of your handgun that he'll just leave you alone ;)
     
  9. Ky Larry

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    If you want a rock solid , reliable shooter, get a Ruger. If you want to make a fashion statement, get something else. You hear many complaints about a Rugers appearance but very few complaints about their function.
     
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    as far as I've heard. Think of it like the A-10 warthog of the Autoloader world.


    "If you cant look good, look baaaaaaaad"- A-10 driver.
     
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    that is SO true...they arent handsome pistols, but they are MENACING looking!! And that is just about as good!!

    I think the kp94 is the meanest looking ruger autoloader!

    [​IMG]
     
  12. WarMachine

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    They are grossly underrated guns. I own P89 myself and it is great. People complain about the looks, but I like them. It certainly does not look any worse than a glock (which I also like :evil: ) but the Ruger seems to get thrown in with the Hi-Point on the looks department far too often.

    The Reliability will bore the heck out of you (which is a good thing). The early alloy frame models where originally designed to handle the 10mm cartidge, so strength is there too. After breaking it in, the single action trigger is not bad at all. Complaints about all the take-up in SA mode should not deter you. Shoot Safe
     
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    Yes, I have a couple of P95DC's. I have never had a problem
    of any kind with them.

    Mike
     
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    wait wait 10mm? I want a 10mm Ruger Autoloader!
     
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    just to clarify...the ruger P90 was originally designed to be chambered in 10mm, not the 9mm/.40 models.

    ruger believed that the 10mm would be the definative LE calibre when the FBI adopted it as it's issue calibre (sorta like the .41 mag). when the din over the 10mm was replaced by the hailing of the .40 as the 2nd coming, ruger never introduced the P90 in 10mm.

    i would buy a 10mm ruger self-shucker in a heatbeat...likely the only gun that would really hold up to the stress...adding the great feeling ploymer grip of the P97 could only make it nicer.

    i'm guessing a conversion of the 90 from .45 to 10mm would entail a whole new upper end :eek:
     
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    Tell me how to go from .45 to 10mm in a Ruger P90 and I'll snatch one up in a heart beat. I have a -thing- for 10mm that I just cant scratch.(budget concerns)
     
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    i would think you need, at the very least, a new barrel, recoil spring, breachface, extractor and ejector. you could likely make the mag work, but that would be the least expensive part of the process
     
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    While I wouldn't carry a Ruger auto concealed (too big and heavy) they are reliable as hell, though most feel like a brick in your hand, they shoot well. The P95 and P97 synthetic frame models fit hands better.

    And with the all steel guns, you can beat the guy to death with the gun if you go empty. :) It's heavy enough!

    I carried a P90 concealed out in the boonies for three days. That was enough to convince me to go to a Glock 30.
     
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    Regarding Ruger looks, I think the P89 and P90 are darn handsome guns. The squarish P94 and polymer P95 and P97 are less so, to my eye, but I will probably be purchasing a P95 over a P89 because I prefer the newer trigger design.

    And in my experience Ruger autoloaders are reliable as anvils.
     
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    If you want to see a movie with allot of shooting check out Desperado with Antonia Banderas. He has two Ruger autos that he shoots the crap out of. I am not sure which model he is using. Great move expecially if you are a Ruger fan like me.
     
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    P90's---you can tell by the magazines he's loading in the guns.
     
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    He reloads??? I thought you said it was a movie. Why didn't he just use the bottomless movie magazine?
     
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    He reloads---but there are more shots fired than the capacity of the 7 or 8 shot mags he loads in the guns.
     
  24. nvrquit

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    Very Durable

    I had a Ruger KP94(that's the 9mm stainless) and it would digest anything that was fed to it. Absolutely everything! Accuracy wise, it was not the best 9mm pistol I've ever shot, but it certainly wasn't the worst either, having "combat" accuracy on average. At a show I ran across a KP944(.40 S&W) top-end and that worked on the KP94's lower without any problems, though a review of the parts schematic indicated that the KP944 uses a different ejector than the KP94. I CCW'ed the KP94 for a short time... possible, but not the best for the job. If that's the desire, get the KP93 or KP95 if your staying with Ruger.

    The only cost effective changes I could recommend would be Hogue rubber(finger grip on front strap) grips and possibly night sites. There are a few(actually, I think it may be only two) after-market barrel makers that produce a barrel for the KP94, if you'd want to go that way. For me, the Hogue grips made a so-so fitting pistol a much better feel, more positive/controlable.


    O/T

    KaceCoyote,
    The only way the 10mm Ruger P-series might be had(slim chance at best), may be to get a discontinued KP91 top end(DC version) and mate it, if possible, to the lower from a P or KP90DC lower. Then have the barrel from the KP91 reamed to proper 10mm Auto length. Re-spring to a stiffer rate, make a buffer to help the alloy frame out and have fun. This is of course, only possible "if" the KP91 upper will fit the P90 lower. Also not sure on the KP91's slide ejection port's length being adequate for the 10mm Auto case. The Tan Witness ejection port is about as short as possible for a 10mm and sometimes the Compacts in that line are very particular in their operation(I've got history on that one).

    Anyone got info on that conversion dream/nightmare, start a different thread.
     
  25. mini14jac

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    I seldom look back when I sell or trade a gun.

    I sold a Ruger P95 DC last year.
    Over 1000 rounds, mostly Win. White box, no failures.
    I had accumulated 6 factory 15rd mags, at approx. $25 each.
    (I'm starting to get queasy just typing this.) :uhoh:
    It was my "bedroom gun", and I kept it stoked with 16rds of Gold Dot 125gr +P ammo, which it could eat all day.
    (Sorry, I've got to break here and wipe the tears away.) :(

    If I had waited a year, I could have gotten a $50 rebate from Ruger, so my cost would have been $300, instead of the $350 that I paid.
    How many other reliable, American made, 15+1rd handguns can you get for that price?

    It wasn't pretty, but then I've owned Glocks. :p
    Loaded with 16 rounds, it just felt like "business" in my hands.
    I knew it would do the job if needed.

    And it was accurate. And fun to shoot.

    Anyway, my answer to your question would be "Yes, and then some.".
     
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