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Old April 15th, 2017, 06:32 PM   #1
 
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Considering a Ruger P85

Hello all,

I was today looking at a Ruger P85 today. It doesn't look like it's ever been sent in for the recall. It doesn't have any markings for the MK II. I dated the serial number to around 1990. It has a some holster rash and the shop gives it a 90 to 95 rating. They want $300. for it. I'm just not sure it's worth it for a pre-recall pistol in this condition.

Here is the glitch. I need a P85 like a hole in the head. I have 2 P89s already so I don't really need the P85 but it seams like its calling my name for some reason.

I'm interested in your opinion on this.



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Hello all,

I was today looking at a Ruger P85 today. It doesn't look like it's ever been sent in for the recall. It doesn't have any markings for the MK II. I dated the serial number to around 1990. It has a some holster rash and the shop gives it a 90 to 95 rating. They want $300. for it. I'm just not sure it's worth it for a pre-recall pistol in this condition.

Here is the glitch. I need a P85 like a hole in the head. I have 2 P89s already so I don't really need the P85 but it seams like its calling my name for some reason.

I'm interested in your opinion on this.
If you want it and have the $ , go for it. Ruger will probably still do the MkII mod. Look closely though, Mine has the MkII stamp on the RH safety lever, small print...
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Can't beat a 'classic' pistol...even if it's just to have in the stable! At $300...I'd be tempted just to have one!

I picked-up my first P-Series pistol, a P-97 DAO .45 acp in 2013 and it's awesome! I picked-up a stainless P-93 DAO 9mm a little over a year ago and I can't believe I didn't get a grip on the P-series pistols years ago!

Granted I was, and still am, a revolver guy...but am fortunate to have those two P-series pistols in the stable!

I passed on a P-89 18 months ago...at a pawn shop...and when I went back a week later it was gone! It was in nice shape and had the factory yellow box and 2 mags with it!
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Good gun

I've had mine since 1991, it's a good gun. Only thing I would recommend is make sure you get extra magazines if they have them. I really haven't seen a lot of magazines for sale.
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Bozo:
I didn't see the MKII on the safety lever. I checked it pretty throughly.

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I comes with 2 mags. I would like to know if my existing P89 mags will work on the P85.


I do like the way the P series feels. I'm definitely listening to your opinions and considering everything the you guys have to say.
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I have a p85 and it has the recall ID on the safety MKIIR. I would like to know what the recall was for. thank you BCOFMT.
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You will probably get all yes answers from this crowd,including me. If you shoot once a month, having a "extra" P series around for $300 is a good thing.
Pretty sure your p89 mags will work.
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Bozo:
I didn't see the MKII on the safety lever. I checked it pretty throughly.

strap302:
I comes with 2 mags. I would like to know if my existing P89 mags will work on the P85.


I do like the way the P series feels. I'm definitely listening to your opinions and considering everything the you guys have to say.
P89 mags 'should' work. I have an older P89 and the MecGar mags aren't supposed to work pproperly. I bought two and they are 100%! YMMV. The change was a slight adjustment in the magazine catch that Ruger states may impact the magazine locking in.

I'm not a fan of the P85 safety, so make sure that's not an issue for you.
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I picked one up a few years back on gunbroker for $175. It sounds like it was in about the same shape as the one your looking at. At the time I was unaware of the safety recall and learned of it on ruger's web site while ordering an owners manual. I called ruger, they confirmed it did not have the recall work done. They gave me the choice of a new magazine returned with the pistol or a prepaid shipping container. The pistol came back with a new safety lever with the letters MkII stamped on it. I think the recall has something to do with the possibility of firing when dropped. They also replaced the barrel, said it was worn to the point of being out of spec. This told me the gun must have a pretty high round count. I was a little bummed because the few rounds of cast bullets I shot through it before I sent it in showed no signs of barrel leading and the bore was smooth and shinny. The replacement barrel is full of machine marks leads something terrible. Good luck if you decide to pull the trigger.
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I contacted Ruger to see if the P85 needed to have the recall performed. The contacted me this afternoon. They say it needs to be serviced and was ready to send me the necessary equipment so the it could go back.

That's some great customer service. I'm going to see the shop that has it for sale tomorrow and see what they have to say about it now.
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Hello all,

I was today looking at a Ruger P85 today. It doesn't look like it's ever been sent in for the recall. It doesn't have any markings for the MK II. I dated the serial number to around 1990. It has a some holster rash and the shop gives it a 90 to 95 rating. They want $300. for it. I'm just not sure it's worth it for a pre-recall pistol in this condition.

Here is the glitch. I need a P85 like a hole in the head. I have 2 P89s already so I don't really need the P85 but it seams like its calling my name for some reason.

I'm interested in your opinion on this.
Love mine so I say go for it. Mine had the safety recall done prior to me buying it last year. Like others said, IF you have the $$$ go for it. $300 is not that bad, you might be able to get it down a bit if you want to haggle with the shop.
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I have a p85 and it has the recall ID on the safety MKIIR. I would like to know what the recall was for. thank you BCOFMT.
Right from the horses mouth ...
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Sometimes thing appeal to one for reasons discernible only to that person. Logically, the P89s that you have are significantly refined P85s, with better ergonomics, improved grips and likely significantly improved accuracy.

However, the P85 is a classic, and a very good gun in its own right. Your P89 magazines might or might not work in it, due to revisions Ruger made to the magazine catch/magazine placement in the receiver. Ruger does sell the appropriate magazines for the P85 (and pre-adjustment P85 Mk II and P89s), however, at www.shopruger.com; P-Series 9mm 15-Round Magazine-ShopRuger.

I would recommend sending the gun back to Ruger for the Mk II modification-they'll concurrently go through the gun, bringing it back up to factory specifications if components are worn. They usually do so at no charge, and they're already paying for the shipping to perform the modification. You might also consider taking advantage of its visit to the Prescott factory to have it refinished, which Ruger will do for a nominal fee; ask them about it.

Its a good gun, and would be a nice period companion to your P89s. Here's a blog, primarily concentrating on the P89 that I'd posted a while back on pistol-forum.com that you might find of interest:
https://pistol-forum.com/showthread....onal-Ruger-P89
Let us know how things go.

Best, Jon

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I stopped into the shop last Thursday and managed to talk them down to $275 out the door plus the $6 background fee. It was too late to do the paperwork that night so we did the paperwork on Friday evening. I brought my new/old P85 home that night.

I took it to the range on Sunday with my Glock G17L and stainless P89. I gave each a full function check and even tried the P89 magazines in the P85. The functioned perfectly.

As soon as I can get some good light, I'll shoot some pics.
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