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Old July 18th, 2011, 11:23 AM   #1
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New(To Me) P89 and P97

So I saw these both on sale and had to have them to complete my little P-Series collection. Love the way the P97 shoots, but looks a bit rough, haven't called Ruger yet to see how much it will be to re-blue it or if they'll let me send just the slide. The P89 is a pleasure to shoot as well. Here go the pics!

I'll start with the P89DC


She has a few rough spots on her, I can't tell from what, but maybe its just rough handling. Anyone have any ideas how to fix the gouges in the frame?




Has the lanyard loop, which I don't like and will be replaced.


When I first saw the Terhune Anticorro stamping, I thought that maybe the pistol was used by some Bolivian Police Department or something cool, but Google informed me of the proprietary casting/alloy process.


After a visit to the range and a call to Ruger the P89 got some new grip panels and a new hammer spring seat. It looks a lot sharper and cleans up the look and now matches the P90DC I have.


On to the P97DC


As you can notice, it has a few rough spots toward the muzzle and slide stop.



It fuctions fine, just looks like hell. After shooting it, I noticed it's "beard" and I think this may be to blame from a previous owner not taking as good of care of it.



Thanks for looking!



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Old July 27th, 2011, 03:03 PM   #2
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Has anyone ever filled in gouges/scratches in the frame of a polymer framed pistol?
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I think Ruger can polish up the polymer frame or maybe even beadblast/stipple it...or perhaps give it a coat of what they put on the new pistols. Ask them..I may just be talking out my butt, but ask them brother!

I like your purchases and yes those guns were handled roughly, looks like quite a few drops on the ground while encountering a rough surface or pebbles.

They would probably want the whole gun if a bluing is going to be done for proper fit and finish.

Keep the dream alive and show us what you do to these lovlies a few steps and dollars down the road. Good luck!
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P97 +++++

I think the KP97DC is the finest pistol Ruger ever made. It doesn't have all the politically correct crap on it, completely reliable with ANY type or brand of rounds and is built to last several lifetimes of hard use.

You have a keeper!
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Old July 28th, 2011, 01:49 PM   #5
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Well thanks, but this isn't a KP97DC, just a P97DC. K in the model number denotes a stainless slide or finish.

From what my dealer told me when he got the box o' guns in, they were just in a box. They didn't come with the standard gray plastic boxes. I think the gouges in the P89 are from the 97 banging against it during shipping. The marring is very acute, and I think it would be hard to get a gouge like that on the trigger gauge from dropping it. I simply haven't called CS at Ruger yet to discuss a way of restoring them. I may just leave both alone and use the 97 as truck/carry everywhere gun.
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I own the KP89 stainless, P89 blued and KP97,as well as every P series ever made, all are great weapons but the KP90DC has my heart. I am most accurate with my KP89 probably cause with the price of ammo I shoot it alot more.
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You did well. I am still looking for a P89.

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My father-in-law has a nice P89DC, including box, etc., never been fired. I think he bought it from his neighbor about 10 years ago for about $180. I was wondering if that was a pretty good price. Sounds nice to me. And I've been thinking of buying it from him, but I think he's promised it to my brother-in-law. Don't know why he's never fired it, but it looks cherry. I'd love to make it mine.
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^ I'd say thats a slammin deal and you should jump on it pronto!
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Definitely a good deal.
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if the p97 shoots like my p95 its a keeper
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New or new to me, a new gun is always exciting.
Done well, enjoy.
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The P97 does shoot like the P95, with a little more umph! It'll be a keeper, as I've never seen another P97DC in passing at the LGS's.
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