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Ruger P Series Durability Poll

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by glockguy609, Mar 10, 2008.

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Do you have knowledge of P series failures of

  1. Frame

    21.1%
  2. Slide

    10.5%
  3. Barrel

    5.3%
  4. Other

    78.9%
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  1. glockguy609

    glockguy609 Member

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    I want to do a little informal survey on the durability of Ruger P series pistols.
    So the question is:
    Have you ever personally witness or seen the results of any breakage or failures in P series (85, 89, 90, 93, 94, 95, 97) or can you post links to stories of such incidents , now I realize that each model may have had some hiccups when first introduced , I'm mainly concerned with actual frame , slide or barrel cracks or something of equal severity but any breakage reports are welcome.
    I love the P series, the 89 is one of my all time favorite shooters and I wish I had the $$ to put each model to longevity torture test but what I do have is a computer and a little time so here goes1
     
  2. vzenmn

    vzenmn Member

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    I had the mag release spring break in my P90.
     
  3. tblt

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    I will watch this poll I just got a P95 and love it so far.I'm not sure if grease or oil on the area where the frame and slide make contact would hert or help.I see where this area could wear out over time.
     
  4. Spyvie

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    Most P series owners report nothing but stellar reliability and durability. I have a P95 with only about 500 rounds through it, It's been perfect after some initial issues repaired under warranty. I have no reason to believe it won't be perfect for another 10,000 rounds.
     
  5. thebaldguy

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    I had the slide release pin work its way out when I first had it. I called Ruger, and they sent a new one that fit just a little bit tighter. No problems since.
     
  6. davepool

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    No bad stories here; i've had a P94DC 9mm for ten years with about 3000 rounds through it, just won't break, it's not the most accurate semi auto i own but definatly the most reliable
     
  7. tacmedicp94

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    I have approx 5,000 rnds through my P94 .40. The only issue Ive had is the little retention ring that captures the recoil spring on the guide rod. The pistol functions just fine without the part but I called Ruger and they sent me 3 of them free of charge.

    Not sure when or how I lost the ring, but I can tell you the springs fly A LONG WAY when you field strip the pistol without it.
     
  8. P97

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    Why not have a place to vote, for the ones that don't have any problems? Most people like me can't vote. :(
     
  9. BeJaRa

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    I have a p94 in 40sw that just works. It eats all my handloads no problem. it could be prettier and I know it is not known for it's accuracy, but I have shot tin cans off fence post at 50yrds with it before. Granted I need alot more ammo than tin cans, but that is my fault not the guns.:rolleyes:
     
  10. Onmilo

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    Ditto the less than match grade accuracy and some of the guns seem to be finicky about magazines but typical of Ruger firearms they seem to be built hell for stout.
    I can't remember one coming back for a parts failure that wasn't attributed to a reckless reloader.
     
  11. foghornl

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    I have owned-n-operated a KP-90 since 2001.
    Over 5K rounds. ONE stovepipe jam, and that felt like a weak round.

    Only change from out of the box is the Hogue grips and a new recoil spring.
     
  12. Hokkmike

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    Other would be none for me, an option you didn't provide.
     
  13. GRIZ22

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    I had the mag release spring break in my P90.

    I had the same thing happen to mine while shooting a qualification course. I held in the magazine with my support hand and finished the course. I sent it to Ruger FEDEX overnight and had it back within 48 hours.

    Only Ruger that ever broke on me. Did it stop me from buyig Rugers? Of course not!
     
  14. vzenmn

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    Ive heard that the mag release spring is the one weak spot on the P90. Probably a good idea to order a spare or two from Ruger.
     
  15. MCgunner

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    Oddly worded poll since I've never had a problem with my P series autos. I owned a P95 and currently own a P85 and a P90. No problems, thousands of rounds fired.
     
  16. 2ndamd

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    The best guns for the money.
    The only known failure I have seen is the rear sight. If the rear sight is tighten too much it will block or impede the firing pin.

    Great guns for the working man.
     
  17. mainebear

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    I've got a P97, and my stepson as a P90. Many many rounds through both. No problems. No fear buying these guns. They are as tough as steel, dependable as gravity, and all that other good stuff. Gotta luv em. :D
     
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    I love my P345 and think that it is great value. I have not put enough rounds through it to determine much but so far only a small hiccup with feeding that may be attributed to ammo. But I love that gun.
     
  19. GaryP

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    DITTO what P97 stated!

    I have 3: KP90, KP97DC, & KP345PR. The KP90 is the oldest with close to 12,000 rounds down range. No issues that were Ruger's fault. Back around 1996 I decided to try one of those Sprinco Guide Rods with the shock buffer built in. My KP90 became an instant Jam-O-Matic. Easy fix, I went back to the Ruger OEM guide rod and the problem was gone forever! :)


    :evil:
     
  20. Moonclip

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    I voted frame and slide but let me explain FWIW. Both were very tired range rentals with semi crappy reloaded ammo from a commercial reloader. P89 slide was supposedly cracked. I sold it for $100 to some guy I knew at a gunshop. He told me later the P89 had a crack in the slide. I offered to buy the pistol back for the same price and he said no so I suspect he was lying.

    P97 frame cracked. A big chunk of the polymer came off by the rails. I smashed the frame with a hammer after a gunsmith said it would be very hard to fix and gave the rest of the gun to a gunstore.

    Rugers were always the best perfomers in the rental case. GP100 was the champ.
     
  21. boots

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    hey moonclip, why didn't you just send it in to ruger for repair??? they would've probably fixed it for you...
     
  22. Moonclip

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    I didn't realize it was supposedly cracked or I'd of not sold it. I think the new owner did so though. I do believe Ruger states reloads voids them performing any kind of "warranty" work. Remember Rugers don't have a warranty but they are generally good about fixing their guns.
     
  23. boots

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    thanks for the explanation...
     
  24. jr45

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    My P95 had to be sent back to Ruger to have the trigger bar replaced. It would bind up in the frame and fail to engage the hammer. Once repaired, it is a very relaible pistol.
     
  25. Aceoky

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    Another "NONE" vote here :D

    Ruger P97 DC......
     
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