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Old March 28th, 2009, 03:19 PM   #1
 
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Ruger P95 problems

First off I am new to pistol shooting. I recently bought a new stainless steel P95. Went home cleaned and oiled it. Went to the range yesterday fired 150 rounds and had problems from the start. Spent cartridge didn't always eject, multiple jams when the bullet was being fed, slide stop didn't catch the slide when the magazine was empty.

Any ideas as to what the problem could be? Is there a break-in period?

I went to a local gun shop and asked the guy working about the problems and he said it was still too new of a gun and to give it time. I'm planning on going back to the range next week, hopefully it will be a better experience.



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Old March 28th, 2009, 04:32 PM   #2
 
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Just bought the same gun. 500 rounds , not a single problem.
If your new to shooting make sure you are not limp wristing it.
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What bullet weight did you use? Mine does not like anything above 124. Never had any probs with 115 or 124, but have had the same probs as you have occasionally with heavier bullets.
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First of all, welcome to the forum and congrats on your new P95 (glad to have you aboard). Secondly, while it is certainly possible that there is some mechanical issue (extractor/ejector/magazine) causing the problem that you have described, I would recommend the following course of action:

1) Try a different ammo. Eventhough the P95 is generally known to eat just about anything you feed it and generally doesn't require any extended "break-in" period, it is a possibility worth exploring.

2) Have an experienced shooter test your gun. If they don't experience the problem, there is a strong possibility that you are "limp wristing" which will often cause the type of failure that you discribe (this is not uncommon with new shooters).

3) If the experienced shooter has the problem as well, take the gun back to the gun shop where you purchased it and have it checked out. If they are a reputable store, they should assist you in taking care of the problem (even if it means a trip back to Ruger for service).

Good luck and let us know how it all works out for you.
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I had a problem with mine new out of box. Cleaned it, sprayed in minimum shot of WD-40 and never ever had that problem again.
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I was at the range once next to a lady who had a new Kahr40 and it was causing here jams left and right.

After some frustration, she tapped me on the should and asked if I could try her Kahr and if she could try my XD9.

After watching her 5 sec, I could tell she was "limp wristing" it. I picked up her Kahr and emptied the mag w/o any malfunctions. I showed her a few techniques and got her to use the weaver stance.

My final suggestion to her was to spend the $150 for the handgun-1 class from the range instructor and let them walk her though the ins and outs.
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pfei0085, in case you were wondering, limp-wristing is the act of holding the gun too loosely when firing. Your arm and wrist should not be too relaxed as you fire. Google "shooting stance" and you'll see many different methods folks use to hold their firearm. Then you'll just need to experiment to see what works best for you.

As for ammo, I never use LSWC (lead semi-wadcutter) ammo in my semi-automatic pistols. My P345PR absolutely hates it and I'll have numerous failures to feed, eject, etc. It works great with ball or JHP (jacketed hollow point) ammo.

Hope all the above advice helps out so you can start enjoying your new gun! Welcome to the forum too. This is a great place to find a wealth of knowledge about Rugers and shooting in general.

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thanks for all of the advice....have about 400 rounds through it now and the problems are down to about 1 per 100 rounds. Must have been that it was new and needed some break-in time. Looking forward to the next 400 rounds
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Hey there new to the forum so hello from the great state of Texas.

I have a P95 that I bought back in March. I love it one of the best hand guns I have ever fired. Now with that being said here where the problems start.

I had fired about 500 rounds thru my weapon and that is when the problems started. As a matter of fact they were much like pfeioo85 noted. I did a complete disassembly and sprayed everything down with gun scrubber. I then did a major cleaning.

I went back to the range and the first 50 rounds went down range pure no problems. The second 50 is when the problems started, about every 10th round would jam, double feed, stove pipe eject, or just not eject after the round fired. I did a quick field strip and fired the rest of the box. I was still having the same problems.

I went to a gunsmith they did a visual inspection of it and could not see any problems. They asked if they could fire some rounds thru it. They did and they experienced the issues I was having. They could not figure out why. All they could say was send it to Ruger since it’s under warranty.

Well I sent in and just found out they will have it for about 6 weeks. I did get asked by the service rep at Ruger what brands ammo was I shooting. I told them I had been shooting Federal and Magtech. The person at Ruger said that Magtech she was not sure if Magtech was approved or not. I asked what was, and all I heard was crickets.

So my question is does anyone know what the approved ammo brands are for the Ruger P95?

Thanks
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nc30sup,

In accordance with the owner's manual for the P95PR...

See page 14

USE ONLY FACTORY AMMUNITION LOADED TO U.S. INDUSTRY STANDARDS


WARNING - AMMUNITION

Death, serious injury, and damage can result from the use of the wrong ammunition, bore obstructions, powder overloads, or incorrect cartridge components. Even the strongest gun can be “blown up” as a result of excess pressure. Always wear shooting glasses and hearing protection.

IMPROPER AMMUNITION DESTROYS GUNS!

AMMUNITION (CARTRIDGES) NOTICE:

WE SPECIFICALLY DISCLAIM RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY DAMAGE OR INJURY WHATSOEVER OCCURRING IN CONNECTION WITH, OR AS A RESULT OF, THE USE IN RUGER FIREARMS OF FAULTY, OR NON-STANDARD, OR “RE-MANUFACTURED”, OR HANDLOADED (RELOADED) AMMUNITION, OR OF CARTRIDGES OTHER THAN THOSE FOR WHICH THE FIREARM WAS ORIGINALLY CHAMBERED.

Basically any factory brand first load that uses "standard" charges should be acceptable if you read the intent of these statements but that is only my interpretation and opinion. I see nothing concerning "restricted" brands by name.

I don’t use Magtech but I do shoot Federal, Winchester, Remington, Blazer, CCI, Speer and PMC and have had success with all of these brands in 9mm Luger. One caveat; these aforementioned brands were used in a P94 which I no longer have and, so far, I have only been able to get PMC ammo for use in my new P95 but I have had 100 flawless rounds so far!

If you are told any ammo is restricted, you should ask why!

Good luck!!!
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Hey there new to the forum so hello from the great state of Texas.

I have a P95 that I bought back in March. I love it one of the best hand guns I have ever fired. Now with that being said here where the problems start.

I had fired about 500 rounds thru my weapon and that is when the problems started. As a matter of fact they were much like pfeioo85 noted. I did a complete disassembly and sprayed everything down with gun scrubber. I then did a major cleaning.

I went back to the range and the first 50 rounds went down range pure no problems. The second 50 is when the problems started, about every 10th round would jam, double feed, stove pipe eject, or just not eject after the round fired. I did a quick field strip and fired the rest of the box. I was still having the same problems.

I went to a gunsmith they did a visual inspection of it and could not see any problems. They asked if they could fire some rounds thru it. They did and they experienced the issues I was having. They could not figure out why. All they could say was send it to Ruger since it’s under warranty.

Well I sent in and just found out they will have it for about 6 weeks. I did get asked by the service rep at Ruger what brands ammo was I shooting. I told them I had been shooting Federal and Magtech. The person at Ruger said that Magtech she was not sure if Magtech was approved or not. I asked what was, and all I heard was crickets.

So my question is does anyone know what the approved ammo brands are for the Ruger P95?

Thanks
i have heard mag tech has a hard primer..i tried shooting some cheap 100 gr. and the gun didn't cycle almost every time.. when i use 115 i never have a problem..i belive these problems are mainly due to types of ammo used
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I aways have some jams with my new guns. Both feeding jams and stove pipes. It could also be the ammo you used. Try buying another brand. Also clean and lube it again, before using it. Don't worrie after about 700 or so rounds it will run much smoother.
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IF you are limp wristing the pistol and don't have some sort of instruction to tell you this I would suggest watching some the Outdoors channels to see how a proper response to recoil should look like.
The pistol is a machine that requires some resistance to function. Limp wristing is the end of the spectrum with too little resistance and a death grip locked elbow is the oppisite end of the spectrum.
We have to live with some recoil because that is what makes the pistol function. But we don't have to let it bully us. Recoil will happen, use enough the get the pistol to function and then absorb the rest.

As you get more experience, you'll get better. Hope this helps.

Good luck and good shooting!!

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While an old post, I thought it may be usefull to know that the P95 I bought used yesterday, was a rental gun at the local range. The rule with their rentals is that you have to buy and use their ammuniton in all rentals. They only carry Mag-Tech for 9mm range ammo. So for the last year thats all it ever had through it. And it has had quite a few rounds through it. Today it got Federal ammunition for the first time. And thats all it will ever get while I have it.
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I see that this post was done in 2009, but I know that there are a lot of people out there buying the P95, so I will give you my experience with this gun.

I had the P89, which was a great gun, but the P95 is by far one of the better guns out there and the price is just right.

I too experiences jamming and stovepiping, but after I took a little more time seating the ammo both from the bottom and back of the magazine, until you had no rattling from your ammo, then you can slide it into your 95 for a full proof shooting experience and you will begin to feel better and more confident about your 95.
I have used Fiocchi and Winchester, which caused me no problem, but my favorite is the Remington UMC's that I bought at Wal-Mart.
Hope this helps!
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