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Old 06-05-2009, 08:17 PM
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In the 20 years since they appeared, I have never owned or even fired a Ruger P89 pistol. Fondled a few at gunshows, yes. And the times I handled one, the thought that crossed my mind was "too big".

Well, when I am wrong, I am wrong. I traded in to a minty P89DC this week (The Decocker Only model). Yes, the P89 is big and heavy. It is designed as a heavy-duty military and police sidearm. Big and heavy are good. They mean durability, and light recoil. But, too big?

First thing -- I was delighted with its shooting qualities. It is absolutely, totally, completely reliable. The DA trigger is long and heavy, but it is very, very smooth. The two-stage SA trigger has a long, light initial pull. The final stage is not the lightest I've ever felt -- I gage it at maybe 6 pounds -- but it is consistent and crisp. Recoil is something to snicker at -- powderpuff. I haven't benchrested it, but shooting standing, two-handed, I have had no problem shooting 3-4" slowfire groups at 25 yards, and firing fast at the same range I am finding it easy to keep all 16 shots well within the 8x12 inch target paper. (BTW, the Georgia Arms 115 gr. JHP load is a nice one.)

As to carry -- much to my shock, carrying it is blissfully easy and comfortable. My summertime attire is jeans and a Hawaiian shirt 90% of the time, and business attire including a light sportcoat the other 10%. A Tagua belt slide made for the Glock 26 works perfectly with this big piece and, combined with a good belt, it holds the pistol rock-solid and tight to the body. After 10 seconds, the weight is no longer even noticed. Seems unbelievable, but I swear it is true.

Is it perfect? No, not at all. It IS big -- seriously, a decent 16-shot 9 could easily be 1/3 smaller, at least -- but the size and weight are on balance a positive, to me. I wouldn't complain if someone came up with a modified replacement trigger that cut maybe 1/16" off the length of pull. And some sort of visible/tactile loaded chamber indicator would be a pleasing add-on to the design, while I'm daydreaming. I'm pretty sure, too, that eventually I'll want to put some higher-profile sights on it.

In the meantime, I'll just enjoy the P89DC as-is.
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Old 06-10-2009, 04:31 PM
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I have one that I bought years ago. It is a solid, reliable firearm, and a good buy for the price
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Old 06-10-2009, 07:07 PM
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I have a P90DC. Shoots great but I got an HK 45c for carry... Still I think I'll keep the Ruger..
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Old 06-10-2009, 07:32 PM
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I shoot USPSA with a guy that has one with over 80k round through his, on the factory barrel and it still shoots tiny groups. I'd really like a P345.
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Old 06-11-2009, 01:50 AM
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I have a poice officer friend that was stationed in Panama whilst the US was down there with the whole Noreyega thing as an MP. He bought his at that time, and 'smuggled' it down with him for whatever reason...

He has an 'original' 89, bought when they first came out. It has over 100,000 rounds to his account, and only has been cleaned 5 times. His answer is, he cleans it when it stops....

They are klunky, but very reliable.....after all, it's a Ruger.
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Old 06-11-2009, 05:48 AM
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Back sometime between 1994-1997, I was stationed in VA Beach VA, installing car stereo's, etc... in my free time for some extra cash.

A guy really wanted a old "car phone" I had (big bulky thing - mounted the receiver / transmitter in the trunk, ran antenna cable to inside glass, then added the outside antenna, etc...

Well, I wasn't asking much for it at all, but he offered me a "brand new Ruger P89DC". At that point in my life, I was a "gun nut". No - not a healthy collector of fine firearms that I shot on a regular or semi-regular basis - I owned what would equate to a small armory at that time. I didn't really need another pistol at the time, but hey - it's a cheap pistol, so I took it. The more I handled it, the more I liked it - but I never shot it. I had tons of other stuff I shot back then, so it never left the gun safe. 6 months later, a fellow sailor was looking for a new pistol. I offered him the P89DC for some low price ($150 - $200 I think), and he took it. At the time of that sale, it was a third owner pistol, and still had not been shot. So he got a brand new pistol, with ammo, for that price. Wish I could come across a deal like that now.

I shot one years later. I should have never done that. Now I have another firearm that I regret selling.

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Old 06-11-2009, 10:19 AM
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I shoot USPSA with a guy that has one with over 80k round through his, on the factory barrel and it still shoots tiny groups. I'd really like a P345.

Matt, find a used KP97. The 345 has too much Komifornication going on.


I have a P93DC that I have thousands upon thousands of rounds through. No clue on the exact count, but I can shoot ragged hole groups with it.
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Old 06-11-2009, 05:57 PM
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I have bought a lot of guns this year... I'm not looking for another one too hard, but you never know what the used rack will bring.
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Old 06-11-2009, 07:05 PM
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the thought that crossed my mind was "too big".
Interesting!? the thought I had when I got my P91DC was "just right", I looked at several 1911's and simply couldn't get a firm grip and reach the trigger! but I wasn't looking for a 9mm either.
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Old 07-15-2009, 05:48 AM
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Never owned or shot the 89 model. But owned a P95. It was a little bulky, but come on I loved the way it shot. It was very mild. The trigger was not the best but with some time and practice was able to keep an acceptable pattern under rapid fire (the shots were scattered but many were touching so thats about as good as it gets under rapid fire. The best thing it never jammed not one time, not with old used mags, no matter what grain bullet I fired (95-147), +p, standard, reloads. It just did not seem to care. Wish I still had it, not my first choice for carry (even though I would not mind), but would have been great for a house or car gun. Don't think I'll ever buy another 9mm but if I did I would buy another P95DC. Great guns not just for the money just great guns period.
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Old 07-15-2009, 09:03 AM
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Yeap, the Ruger P-series pistols are the garbage disposals of the ammo world. They will shoot anything !
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