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View Poll Results: Do you have knowledge of P series failures of
Frame 2 2.13%
Slide 1 1.06%
Barrel 0 0%
Other 8 8.51%
No Failures 83 88.30%
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Old March 10th, 2008, 04:19 PM   #1
 
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P Series Durability

I want to do a little informal survey on the durability of Ruger P series pistols.
So the question is:
Have you ever personally witness or seen the results of any breakage or failures in P series (85, 89, 90, 93, 94, 95, 97) or can you post links to stories of such incidents , now I realize that each model may have had some hiccups when first introduced , I'm mainly concerned with actual frame , slide or barrel cracks or something of equal severity but any breakage reports are welcome.
I love the P series, the 89 is one of my all time favorite shooters and I wish I had the $$ to put each model to longevity torture test but what I do have is a computer and a little time so here goes1



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Old March 10th, 2008, 04:22 PM   #2
 
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I used to own a P90 and can say that I never had a single issue with it. I wanted an SR9 really bad, so I sold the P to a buddy. At the time of sale, I had put a minimum of 5,000 round through it target shooting without a failure of any kind. I know that my friend has fired about 3,000 more with no problems. I say, if you want one, buy one. You won't regret it.
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your missing a question----no problems.

I've had quite a few rounds thru my p90 and have had no problems.

I'm also aquainted with other shooters who own the "p" series for years and have had zero problems. Even a regional private prison that issues the p89 and has had them for over 10 years have not had any problems that i am aware of.

The old p85 was recalled to be updated to the p85 mkII but that was a design issue back in the 80's.

The "p" series is a well documented proven design. My daughter will get lots of use out of it long after i am gone.....
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Old March 10th, 2008, 04:40 PM   #4
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I have 2-97's, a P90, Wife has a P345, Son has a P95, and any of them hasn't had any kind of problems. That why I wouldn't replace them with anything else. I might try something different sometime though. Thanks for changing the Poll so I can Vote.

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I've owned a P95DPR and a P345PR... Zero defects... Hence my modification to the poll to include "No Failures"...
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now i can vote!!!!
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Old March 10th, 2008, 04:52 PM   #7
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Not here. My P95 has been like a timex.
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I have a P89 and P90. The P89 has had thousands of rounds shot through it. The P90 has had about a thousand. No problems whatsoever.
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NO ONE that I personally know that owns a P-series pistol has
had any failures of any kind, which was a HUGE selling point
behind my decision to buy my P95DC. That, and the price

Shot my pistola in Kentucky this weekend when we went up
to visit Son #2 at Fort Campbell; no problems up there, either.

BTW, my new Mec-Gar mags performed flawlessly; thanks for
the tip on aftermarket mags, guys!
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I expect to fail way before any of my Ruger P series do.

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I had to have the sear replaced on a P944, which Mike Smisko effected most expeditiously (and effectively!). I also had a trigger return spring break on a used Security Six that I have-ironically, it broke literally 10 minutes after I got it back from Ruger, after they'd thoroughly gone through it for me. They were mortified-immediately arrainged its return via pre-paid shipping; they repaired it, again thoroughly went through it, and it has performed immaculately to date. These are exceptionally well made guns, but occassionally "stuff" does, and will happen-as it will with anything made by man.

That said, I've also had a P85, my current P89, a Davidson's P89, a P90 Police Special, my current GP100 (and two previous GP100's), a SP101, a M77RSI, and a Mini-14; all of which were absolutely flawless in their performance.

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I gave my wife a P89D that has fired a few thousand (most in rapid fire) that has never had a problem of any kind.

I've read stories in gun mags and online of the safety guns losing a safety lever...and of course all the P345 mag safety dry fire issues (technically not an issue if the pistol is used properly). Never heard of a major failure, and I've never personally seen a failure of any kind on a P series pistol of any kind.
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If I had a complain it would be that they are very bulky that aside they are built better than a tank and will feed and shoot anything. And went your triger finger gets tired ya can beat the heck out of the bad guys.
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P94 in 40 S&W had it for 13 years without any problems.

tkarter: I'm starting to feel the same way.
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Here is another interesting thread to compare with this one. http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=346754
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