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Old July 10th, 2012, 04:26 PM   #1
 
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Why I Love The Ruger P-90

The late, great, P-90. For some reason, Ruger has discontinued this particular pistol, and I guess it's heir apparent is the P345. Now, the P345 is a good gun. It's definitely slimmer, and less bulky than the P-90. There are also plenty of other .45 pistols out there, some of which are much more popular than the P-90 ever was. The Glock 21. The Sig P220. But you know what? In spite of it's bulkiness, in spite of it's lack of trendiness, I love my Ruger P-90. It's got a stainless finish, for starters. It has a magnificent DA pull. It has a manual safety, something I strongly prefer. It was very affordable, it's wickedly accurate, and most important, IT WORKS. It goes "bang" every single time, without fail. By comparison, the Sig P220ST that I am issued by my employing agency has proven itself to NOT be the equal of my P-90 in terms of reliability. I treasure the P-90 so much that, after they were dropped from the Ruger line, I went and bought another one to keep as a spare...and I trust it enough that it's what I pack when I'm off-duty and in a pistol mood [as opposed to when it's a revolver kind of day, in which case I tote my GP-100]. So, raise your glasses with me, fellow P-90 fans...here's to what no less an authority than Massad Ayoob himself called "the Kalashnikov of pistols"!



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Old July 10th, 2012, 05:15 PM   #2
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I agree,Cheers to the late P90...
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I recently watched a couple of reviews that showed what a great, solid gun the P90 is. So much so that I'm on the lookout for a used one.
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A guy had one here locally, wanted 450.00 with two mags, box, stainless, with de-cocker . Before I could get my hands on it, his wife made him take it off the market. She said it is easier to come up with 450.00 than to find another P90.AAARRRGGGHH!!!
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Very nice, a P90 post. I am a VERY happy owner of a KP89 and would like to add a .45 to my collection next. I have narrowed it down to 2 guns- a KP90 or a KP95 (ideally a KP95PR if I go with a 95). What advantages does a 90 have over a 95 (and vice versa).

I have a 95 trigger in my 89 which I like very much and I assume I could do the same conversion to any 90 that I purchase. Ayoob raves about the 95 and the newer models with the rail are nice. Tough tough choice...
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Very nice, a P90 post. I am a VERY happy owner of a KP89 and would like to add a .45 to my collection next. I have narrowed it down to 2 guns- a KP90 or a KP95 (ideally a KP95PR if I go with a 95). What advantages does a 90 have over a 95 (and vice versa).

I have a 95 trigger in my 89 which I like very much and I assume I could do the same conversion to any 90 that I purchase. Ayoob raves about the 95 and the newer models with the rail are nice. Tough tough choice...
The P90 is a .45 and the P95 is a 9mm thats the advantage the P90 has...
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Haha of course you are right, I am a tool. I am only recently back into shooting after 15 years (forgive me, I live in MA now and only recently got legal) and got my models wrong. I must be thinking of the P97, which unfortunately does not come in a rail version. I will have to go back to the Gun Digest and reread that part!

Thanks for the clarification.Looks like my decision has been made, that was easy! Back to the P90 praising- if it is as much a workhorse in .45 as my P89 is in 9mm, it must be a hell of a gun.

FYI- the P95 trigger swap works in the P90 as well as the P89. I have nothing but good things to say for this easy upgrade. The too straight, too far forward trigger was my only minor issue with mine. Night and day improvement.

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Have to agree about the P series. I have a P94 9mm and really like it.
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P90s are great! It's hard to find one that's legal in CA, but I'm always on the lookout. I know that eventually I'll find one, and I enjoy the hunt
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Aro: You really do live in a restrictive state, and you have my sympathies. Kinda makes me appreciate living here in the South a bit more.
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I have a P89, I love it (also a SR9) I am going to have it turned green like this one
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I am also trying to get my hands on a used P90. I check local shops and online frequently, but the people on the auction sites are crazy with their price expectations. I'll just bide my time for now, but I really want this pistol!
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I am also trying to get my hands on a used P90. I check local shops and online frequently, but the people on the auction sites are crazy with their price expectations. I'll just bide my time for now, but I really want this pistol!
Doing the exact same here. just waiting for the right deal on a stainless one.
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I dont own anything in .45ACP, but I feel the same way about the P series pistols as the Original Poster. I bought a P89, right after it replaced the P85. In a moment of weakness, I sold it to my best friend. I tried for years to buy it back from him, then finally bought a KP95. I now have a pair of them, and will never sell either. They are everything that the OP said about his P90, only in 9mm. I have thought about a KP345...
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A friend of mine, who is a retired Ruger engineer, personally considers the P89 and P90 as the two best centerfire pistols produced by Ruger. I had the LEO version of the P90 (tactical black finish, OEM Meprolite night sights, Hogue grips with Ruger logo) and a rounded trigger that I regrettably sold (it initially had some issues in not going fully into battery with hollowpoints, but the Ruger Customer Service Shop quickly rectified that, and afterwards it was 100% reliable).

My very late production P89 is a definite keeper-100% reliable from the get-go, and an absolute tackdriver, with a very nice DA and SA triggerpulls, and a short, discernable reset point.

I also think that it was a mistake for Ruger to have discontinued both of these workhorse pistols-they were bulletproof, inexpensive, well proven, and they must have amortized their production equipment long ago, so I doubt that the production costs were all that significant to Prescott. I suspect that they were concerned (with some justification) that they would have vampired sales from more recent/subsequent Ruger centerfire pistols

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