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Old 06-23-2009, 10:40 AM  petrie is offline     #1 (permalink)
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I bought this pistol new in january of 09 and have put over 700 rds through it. It is a traditional DA/SA 9mm pistol. It has a saftey/decocking lever. The gun cannot be carried cocked and locked. It can be carried in DA with or without the saftey applied. With the saftey applied the trigger bar is pushed down out of engaugement with the sear so that if you chamber a round with the saftey on the hammer will not cock, so there is no need to decock the weapon after chambering a round. To decock the pistol one rotates the decocking lever. The decocking lever does two things when applied. It draws the firing pin into the slide so that it is impossible for hammer to hit it, then it releases the hammer. The hammer then falls completely down. There is no half cock like on other pistols.
The DA trigger is heavy, but can be staged easily for good accuracy. The SA is very long and breaks around 4 lbs. SA trigger isn't the greatest. I have found this gun to have good accuracy in both DA and SA.
The only "major" problem I have experienced with this gun is seven failures to extract after the first 250 rds. The problem was caused by a weak extractor. This problem was easily resolved by removing the extractor and bending it slightly. I purchased a new extractor from Ruger for $21, although I have yet to replace the old one because it is working fine. Apparently the extractor is made out of a proprietary cast that recieves a heat treatment and my extractor didn't recieve a proper treatment and lost some of its tension. From searching the web, extraction problems do to weak extractors seems to be the only "common" problem. Which is a problem that can be easily remedied. The slide of this gun can be taken down as quickly as a glock slide once one knows how to it. The extractor can be pulled out, and pushed in easily if it needs to be changed.
The only other thing that might scare a potential buyer away is that the slide rides on the polymer. Which, while I now feel is a non-issue I initially was hesitant about it. I was told by a retired Ruger machinist that the design was tested with 24,000 rds of 124 +p ammo. The manual says that no known 9mm x 19 ammuntion manufactured in accordance with NATO, U.S., SAAMI, or CIP standards is known to be beyond the design limits or known not to function in these pistols.

The best part is the price. I paid $375 out the door for a stainless model, and the blued can be had for less. And I have heard of people paying less. Overall, I find this pistol to be a good value.

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Old 06-23-2009, 10:49 AM  bigfelipe is offline     #2 (permalink)
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Old 06-24-2009, 10:18 AM  Hollowpoint is offline     #3 (permalink)
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I had the P95DC version....NO safety.

Great firearm...I liquidated my collection and ended up selling it.

Im going to replace it with a Ruger SR9 stainless slide version.

and my Ruger P97DC .45....Im going to replace it..with a Ruger P345.

but its a GREAT firearm. Your problems are like a needle in a haystack...I never had that problem after 6000 rounds through mine. only issue I had was the mag spring going weak and FTF ( Failure to Feed ).

Id highly suggest you hold tight to this particular firearm, its a great piece.

 
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Old 06-24-2009, 10:11 PM  petrie is offline     #4 (permalink)
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I talked to 4 or 5 other guys that had the extraction problem. Everybody else I've talked to with a p95 is like you. They have thousands of rounds down the pipe with no issues. Extractor is such a quick fix it is not much of a problem at all once you know how to fix it.
 
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Nice report petrie, but range pics as well!! Just remember for next time mate
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Oh I've seen it for a while. I wanted to bring it back. "Ruger P95 review" is our highest keyword in google so I wanted to show an example of a good review
 
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Old 02-26-2010, 10:57 PM  psychicash is offline     #10 (permalink)
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this review is the reason i came here and one of the reasons i'm purchasing this particular firearm

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