Ruger P series handguns

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  1. johnlives4christ

    johnlives4christ Former Guest

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    i have owned a ruger p95 and i liked it a lot. im considering getting another one since the price is less than 300 most of the time. so the other day i went to a gunshow and got to handle a ruger p93 and i fell in love with it. it's basically the same shape and design except that it's frame is aluminum instead of plastic.

    so i reckon my question is what does everyone think about the rugers?

    any info regarding these guns will be appreciated.



    ~john
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    I had the P94 special edition two tone and loved it. Bought it used for 200 sold it for 300 after being bugger for a year from my nieces BF. They are no longer together and he is in financial hardship. I am going to look him up and see if I can buy it back from him. The only time he ever shot it was when I would take him to the range which wasn't too often. I will gladly give him what he gave me for the gun I liked it that much, JUNK
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    the p94 and the p93 look identical to me in the pictures. does anyone know the differances? i know the p93 and p94 are 9mm with the p944 being a 40 caliber variant of the p94.
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    I like Ruger. I think the entire P series is overlooked far too often. I have a P95, which I like and a P93DC fitted with Crimson Trace Grips that I keep as my primary home defense pistol. Both shoot very well, have never give me a single problem as long as I fit them with the 10 round clips with which they came (back when that was all they allowed).

    I bought a 2nd party 15 round clip which I eventually just threw in the trash and figured it was because it was not a genuine Ruger clip. But a friend just bought his first P95 and it came with a 15 round clip which is reliable only if he loads it with 12 rounds or less. Maybe because his is brand new or something. In any event, I'm fine with 10 + 1 rounds in either of my weapons. They sure are nice to shoot and the P93DC is heavy enough that it is really easy on the hands too.

    The Glock 19s my wife and I also have are fun to shoot too, but for just plinking, the P93 is my first choice. For the price Ruger P series is very hard to beat IMHO.

    And, I've never heard anyone give a bad review of them.
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    thanks for the reply kda.
    i've never heard of them not working with the factory 15 round magazines. the p95 that i had 4 or 5 years ago had only the 10 round magazines. i dont think i would want one of them now if there was a problem using the factory 15 round magazines. does anyone else have any experiance with the rugers using the 15 round magazines?

    i guess my way of thinking is that if im going to have to use a 9mm i want to have as many rounds of that lil critter in my gun as i can get.
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    I have Rugers in P-90 P-94 and P-85 the 94 and 85 are both 9MM. With 15 round Ruger mags, I load and shoot a lot of Lyman cast bullets. And have never had any major problems. The 94 is stainless and took a little longer to break in. After market Mags will give you trouble. And like all Semi-Auto handguns. Some just don’t like some ammo.
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    I have a P85 9MM. It is a very good gun. Not as pretty as some, but shoots well and very reliable. Never had a misfeed on mine.
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    when i had the p95 that i had before i had factory 10 round magazines and i ended up buying some cheap 15 rounders and they didnt work well so i tossed them. i've never tried the factory 15 round magazines but am looking forward getting another ruger and trying them out.
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    I've had a P95 since '98 and love it so much that I've thought of getting another in stainless.
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    I like the MecGar 17 round mags for my P95. I never use anything other than factory mags or MecGars in it.
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    i've seen the mecGar mags for sale before and best i recall they are around 20 bucks. i've heard mecgar is really good stuff but i haven't tried anything by them. how do they compare to the factory mags?
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    My P95 has been perfect with both the factory magazines and the MecGar 17 rounders. No malfunctions with either.

    MecGar makes a lot of OEM magazines for various handgun manufacturers.

    I got mine from Cope's for around nineteen dollars, a couple years ago.

    Just as a side note, CDNN now has Ruger factory Mini 14 20 round mags for $26.99 and 30 rounders for $29.99, with five dollar shipping.
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    I bought a P94 when they first came out in 40 S&W. That was before they started calling the 40's P944. It is accuracy sensitive to bullet weight with the 155 gr giving me excellent accuracy and 180 gr not so much. It also shoots to point of aim at 25 yards with the 155's so that is what I use. I purchased it new when I still carried an FFL (before it expired in the Clinton purge) in 94-95 timer frame and it has never had a failure of any kind. I don't particularily like the length of the D/A trigger pull or the take up in S/A mode but figure under stress it won't be an issue. It sits in the nightstand stoked with W/W 155 gr STHP and a nearly full spare mag nearby.
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    I like the 155 grain .40s -- great velocity and should give good expansion. I use the Winchester Ranger 155 grainers in my Glock 22.

    I've been looking for a Ruger P93 9mm or P91 .40, just to have, but finding one of them for sale is not an easy thing. I guess people tend to hang on to 'em.
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    i've been looking at buying one of the p93's like i said i had a p95 a few years back, and i have a handgun book that gives measurements for the two and they have the same barrel length, but the p94 has a slightly longer length, but they all take the same magazine. in the book it says the 93 is "compact" but i dont see that happening.

    does anyone know the differance between the 3 models? i know the 95 is plastic, but since i havent had a chance to shoot or field strip a 93 or 94 i am wondering what the differances other than the plastic frame are.

    ~john
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    As I mentioned, I own both the P93DC and P95DC. I got them together for this picture:
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    and as you can see, the only meaningful external difference is the P95DC has a polymer grip and blue slide (on my P95DC). The P93DC is sporting a set of Crimson Trace Laser Grips I installed.

    The P95DC, with full clip (10 rounds of 9 mm) weighs in at 2 lbs, 1.5 oz. while the P93 with full clip (10 rounds of 9 mm) weighs in at 2 pounds, 4.8 oz. and that is with the CT grips which are not stock and could add some weight to the P93DC I suppose. Both have 1 round in the chamber too.

    The view from the top is identical as is the view or other side of the pistols, so I didn't bother to take more photos.

    Field strip procedure for both is identical too, the owners manual for one works fine for the other. If there is some difference internally when field striping, I never have noticed and I have cleaned them one after the other on days when I have taken both to the range. Maybe I missed something but ....

    Now you have me wondering. Except for the frame materials (and changeable grips on the P93DC), I'd be very hard put to talk about any differences and certainly none that would be important if you didn't want the fatter grip and perhaps wanted to install a CT Laser. I will note the grips on the P93DC make a big difference in how much of a handful you feel when you pick it up, compared to the P95DC. I rather like the larger grip on the P93DC.

    Both of these are early enough to not offer the rail for a supplemental light, etc., and I think I saw that the current versions do have a rail.

    Were I to buy another (and I may some day) I'd opt for the P93DC with the bigger grip (easier to hang on to also). And I'd once again fit it out with the CT Laser Grips. Love em.
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    I owned a Ruger P90 45acp. One of the best pistols i have ever owned!!!!
    Back when i was having all kinds of problems with stovepipe jams from my 1911s, glock G21 45acp, and even the Sig P220... the Ruger NEVER had even one stovepipe jam... or any jams of any kind at all.

    The downsides are that its not the greatest conceal pistol because if its size...and i think it has a good potential for snagging on things...and it one of the ugliest pistols i have ever seen. But its RELIABLE....UTTERLY RELIABLE!!!
    As a home defense pistol its matched only by a few.... Its possible... i say "possible" that it might be slightly more reliable than even a Glock? At least the one i had was.

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    I had a P91 in 40 and that was the best pistol I ever owned. I should have kept it since Ruger axed the 91 for the other models. If I ever run across another one for under 500 I would snatch it up in a heart beat.
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    nice set of weapons you got there. you said your friend had a p95, and that he has problems if he loads more than 12 rounds into the mags. what is his problems? are they factory mags?

    ~john
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