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Ruger P series differences

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Catpop, Oct 10, 2013.

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  1. Catpop

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    For those in the know, exactly what are the differences between the P 89, 90, 95 (or any others I may have missed)? Was the P89 Ruger's bid for the new service pistol that Beretta unfortunately landed way back when?
     
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    No P85.
     
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    I'm not an expert, but until one comes by...

    I think the P85 was the service pistol candidate. It had a barrel link that the slide stop passed through, like the 1911, but had a chamber block (no barrel lugs) like the SIG.

    The P89 added a firing pin safety.

    The P90 was basically the same as the P89, but in .45Auto.

    There are a bunch of P94/P944 etc models, but I don't know much about them. They were available in .40S&W, but I think also 9MM. I think they were generally designed as more compact models than the P89.

    The P95 was a 9MM polymer framed gun without the barrel link, but a "cam-block".

    The P97 was basically the same as the P95, but in .45Auto.

    The last in the P-Series was the P345, a .45 Auto with cam-block, and a magazine disconnect safety (that feature was never a fan favorite) that actually was slim and ergonomic. All three of those models not only were polymer framed, but also had polymer frame rails. I'm not sure, but they may be the only poly pistols that had poly frame rails. While it seems odd considering all the other poly pistols with steel rails, I don't recall ever reading about anybody having problems with them. The SR series grip frame is very similar to the shape pioneered by the P345.
     
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