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By Erik

Ruger’s SR series of striker-fired pistols was preceded by the P-series of double action/single action pistols. The last of the P-series pistols was the P95, which Ruger quietly retired in October of 2013. Few lamented the passing of this under appreciated pistol. This review is meant to serve as a belated eulogy for the P95, a durable, reliable, and affordable pistol that may not be state of the art in any way, but for most people — beginners especially — is a reasonable choice . . .

Earlier P-series pistols, which date back the mid-eighties, were steel- or aluminum-framed, DA/SA, and were offered in the usual range of calibers; 9mm, .40 S&W, and .45 ACP. The P95, which was introduced in 1996, lost about a half inch of barrel and was the first in the series to feature a polymer frame mated to a blued or stainless slide.

Most have a slide-mounted decocker/safety, though some were offered with a decocker only. It’s a double-stack 9mm and shipped with two 15 or 10 round magazines depending upon the year and the political geography of the market for which they were bound. The P95 has ambidextrous controls. The magazine releases are identical, but the right side decocker is only a sliver of sheet metal that looks like a bit of an afterthought.

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The right side decocker is present, but only just.

Starting in 2005 the P95 got a rail. Personally I don’t have much use for rails on pistols. I prefer to hold flashlights away from my body and I like being able to buy off-the-rack holsters, so I can’t really think of anything to do with a rail. No matter how you feel about rails, though, on the P95 it serves an important function…it makes the gun less ugly.

Without the rail the P-series pistols have an odd tapered dustcover that gives them a B-movie ray gun look. With the rail, the front of the pistol is a bit more squared off and, if you squint your eyes just right, it might remind you fleetingly of a SIG. If the P-series never took off, it’s in no small part because of their looks. The poor P-series pistols just lacked style. The P345, a single stack .45, was reasonably good looking, but Ruger killed it when the SR-45 was launched, so its slightly more exciting appearance seems not to have lit up its sales numbers.

If the SIG analogy was working for you at the front of the gun, it ends when you cast your eyes on the other end of the slide. Where the classic SIGs carry a frame-mounted decocker, the P-95 has a Walther-style slide-mounted decocker. The decocker/safety is the P95’s Achilles’ heel. Unless you have giant hands, slide-mounted decockers are hard to reach. Decocking is a stretch, but doable and, fortunately, you never need to decock a pistol under stress. The safety is another matter.

With the Walther-style decocker, you push the lever down, which safely drops the hammer and lets you carry the gun with a round in the chamber, ready for that first double action shot. That is unless you forget to take the safety off, in which case you are left fanning empty space as the trigger moves with no resistance at all until it reaches the trigger guard, a feeling not unlike putting your foot on your car’s brake and having it go straight to the floor. Not good.

You see, depressing the decocker also puts the gun on safe. You can always flip the safety up and carry the gun decocked with the safety off. In this condition you are protected from an accidental discharge (and possible radical decocking if you are so equipped and favor appendix carry) by the long, roughly 8-10 pound double-action trigger. Unless of course something happens and the safety ends up engaged. So the smart money is on training yourself to use the safety every time, all the time.

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Stretching to get the safety off. It’s a long and awkward movement.

The problem is that disengaging the safety is awkward. It requires that you sweep your thumb way up on the slide and push the decocker up. I have reasonably large hands, but doing this requires a slight shift of my grip. It’s not as natural a movement as pushing down on a 1911 safety. I can only imagine how hard it must be for left-handers using the diminutive docker on the right side of the slide.

Ruger did make some P95s with a decocker only and no safety. I have never had the chance to try one, but I am keeping my eyes open for one. On a more positive note, the P95 does not have the magazine disconnect safety or loaded chamber indicator that newer Rugers have, though it does have what appears to be an abridged owner’s manual roll marked onto the slide.

So it’s not going to win any beauty contests and most of the P95s you are likely to find on the used market have the slide-mounted decocker/safety. So what’s good about the P95? It’s cheap, it’s durable, it’s not picky about ammo, and the trigger’s not bad. I bought mine new for $340 and you can still pick them up for about $250.

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Five rounds offhand at 7 yards, first shot double action. Monarch 115 grain steel case, naturally.

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Five rounds offhand at 7 yards, all single action. Monarch 115 grain steel case. Not that different than the DA/SA group.

There are still some new ones out there, but I would not hesitate to buy a used one. The things seem to be indestructible. Mine has thousands of rounds through it and runs without a hiccup. I had a few stoppages when it was brand new, but as long as I keep a little lube on the rails, it is boringly reliable. It eats whatever you feed it, from sooty Russian steel-case to +p defensive loads.

If you are the sort of person who cleans guns thoroughly, the P95 takes down easily and without tools. You just line up the marks on the slide and frame, pop out the slide release, and then pull the slide off. That said, I can’t remember the last time I did more than put a spritz of CLP in the chamber and run a grubby bore snake though it and I don’t do that very often either.

The trigger is a typical DA/SA affair. It has a long, reasonably smooth DA pull at about 8 to 10 pounds with a little stacking toward the end. The reset is about a ¼ inch out with a fair amount of take up. I would guess that in SA the trigger breaks at 5 pounds. You won’t be reminded of glass rods breaking or anything like that, but it works. Same for the sights: three white dots and not much else to report.

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There really is a front sight. I promise.

It’s not pretty, it’s cheap, it shoots every time you pull the trigger, it loves cheap steel-case ammo, you can clean it – or not – it has a safety that’s difficult to reach, and it’s reasonably, though not spectacularly, accurate. In other words, it’s an AK you can hold in one hand. It does not have an anchor on the slide or a history of being used by guys who jump out of planes. A few were ordered by the Army for tankers, but I have to think that they were all tossed behind the back seat (if tanks have back seats) with the idea that they’d be there in a pinch, sort of a military version of the truck gun.

I have a few nicer pistols, but if I were heading out the door and not sure I was coming back, I’d probably grab the P95. If you are looking for a first “real” pistol, you can get a P95 and almost 1200 rounds of ammo for the price of a Gen 4 GLOCK 19. That’s enough practice ammo to learn to manage the DA/SA trigger and that annoying safety. Unless you wear hoop skirts you are not likely to conceal a P95, but for a first gun, a truck gun, a range gun, or a nightstand gun, it’s a legitimate choice.

Specifications:

Model: Ruger P-95
Caliber: 9mm
Capacity: 15 rounds
Materials: Polymer frame, steel slide
Weight: 27 ounces
Barrel length: 3.9 inches
Action: DA/SA
Sights: Three dot, some versions adjustable for windage
Price: ~$250-$300

Ratings (out of five stars):

Style * *
Not much.

Accuracy * * *
Not your first choice for target shooting, but more than adequate accuracy.

Ergonomics * * *
Some people find the grip to be a little too large, but anyone with medium to large hands will be fine. No one is going to love the safety.

Carry * *
You’d really have to be large and wear clothes that were very loose to get away with it. This gun was not meant to be concealed.

Reliability * * * * *
This is where the P95 really shines.

Customization *
Do extra magazines count? You can order night sights for the P-95, but most people who (like me) are cheap and high drag enough to buy a P-95 are not going turn around and spend half of what they paid for the gun on Trijicons.

Overall * * * *
It’s cheap, it happily digests any ammo you can find, it’s effective, and no one will ever call you a mall ninja. What more could you want?

97 Responses to Gun Review: Ruger P95

  1. I had one for a minute. Like the Beretta 92 the P series were too much gun for 9mm. Combine that weight and bulk with CA mandated 10 round mags and you get way to much bulk for what you have.

    Mine was very accurate. So was my p89. Both were boat anchors.

    • That’s why I gravitated towards the 40 cal. I live in NY, and I can only have 10 round magazines. The only reason I would go to a 9 is for a lighter gun. I imagine shooting 9mm from a 30 ounce pistol feels like 38 special from my magnum revolver. Pleasant.

      As a current SR series owner, I am still keeping an eye out for a hammer fired version like the P-series. I only worry about having an out of date cheap handgun, although the P-series only just faded away.

      • Having fired a P-89 with your typical white box 115gr or equivalent fmj ammo I would describe the recoil as “rubbery”.

        The slide is big and heavy and has quite a bit of travel time, the bore axis is also a bit high leading to rather unreasonable amount of muzzle flip for what I consider a full frame 9mm.

        For some reason though I really enjoyed shooting it, I felt confident I could hit what I needed, though my accuracy certainly suffered on follow up shots. I was sold on buying a p95 when first looking into getting a pistol permit, but it was phased out before I had submitted papers. Now I have an SR9c and feel like it is far superior in every way.

    • I believe my P95 is a great gun. My only issue is that being older it is very heavy for me. I am able to rack it but aiming it at the range is laborious due to its weight. That takes away from the fun of firing it. May go to a thin subcompact 9 semi or a 380.

      • In answer to Mr. D L Pennel, I loved my P95, the weight was not a problem for me. (I am 82), like a big dummy,
        I had a “Brain Fart” and gave it to my granddaughter. She shoots it like a pro. I am looking for another one.

  2. I always see a lot of these at gun shows for cheap. Maybe I’ll pick up one or two now next time I get the opportunity.

    • for what it is, you wont be disappointed. A p95 was my first “modern” pistol, very first was a nagant revolver. I highly recommend a houge hand-all grippy sleeve. I have small hands and had a hard time finding a comfy purchase on the blocky grips. the sleeve has all the right swells and grooves in all the right places, I love it! Only other thing i can say is no matter how filthy you get it, if the slide rails have grease, it will function just fine. Tulammo is dirty, dirty stuff, and once i figured that out, mine never had a issue.

      • The P95DC was my son’s first duty side arm out of the Academy. He used it for the first couple years, then, I bought him a G22, and, gave him my .38 spcl snub nose for a back up. He gave me his P95 in return. I love this gun. No, it won’t win a beauty contest, but, it’s not bad. It’s on my night stand, and, I feel fine with that, especially, since it has company of a 12 ga. riot pump. Of course, I’ll never get rid of the P95. Not only is it a great gun, it was my son’s first he carried on duty. And, that’s a keeper.

      • I also had P95. I never had a problem with it. It was accurate, I used to shoot turtles in my pond with it.
        My wife did not like it, but she was “Limp Wristing” it. Jammed up every second shot.
        I gave it to my grandson, and still to this day wish I had given him my 1911 9MM.
        Great range gun.

        • Why on earth would you shoot a turtle?
          Meanest thing I’ve read in a while……unless you eat turtle?

  3. I remember when these came out back in the 80’s. Everyone was talking up the wonder-nines. There was that damn Mel Gibson movie and police forces across the country were debating turning in their 38’s for nines. I already had my Browning Hi-Power, so really didn’t see a need for another pistol. Several friends bought one at the time. Ruger put out exactly what I thought they would, a somewhat fugly, durable, inexpensive workhorse that would appeal to police departments at the time.

    I promptly went out and bought a used Security Six. One of the best revolvers I ever had. Still regret selling it.

    • I love those movies. And if you and your partner ever have to wipe out the whole international drug cartel you might need the double stack 15 rounds mags with a couple extra mags besides …. if not, and you’re not Mel Gibson, then the revolver will work …… but just in case ………

  4. One other plus in the P-series’ favor is they share mags with the Ruger Police Carbines, which are by far the most appealing-looking of the pistol caliber carbines. I missed my chance to score various PC9s and PC40s for reasonable prices. Now you can rarely find one for less than $500.

    • I purchased my P95 in 2013. First gun, period. Never used it. Something always comes up when attempting to get to the range. Feels like I’m missing out!

  5. I fell in love with the Ruger P series cause they were cheap, and so was I. My first was a P85, followed by the P89, P93, P94, and finally the P95. This review gets it right – they’re all “bricks with triggers”. The 85 still rides in my truck. I’ve since purchased prettier guns and more ‘interesting’ guns, but I’ve never purchased a significantly more reliable gun!

    • Echoing Swobard, I like my P95 overall, but prefer my original P85, a gift from my wife (special sentimentality). The P85 is more robust (read heavier = better balance & control) with the aluminum alloy frame. Since my wIfe’s passing, I have retired that weapon as an heirloom, and purchased a used SS P85 for fun shooting. Ruger firearm designs have traditionally been “economical tanks with hammers” and are certainly reliable.
      What’s all this issue about “Style”? In a firefight, who stops to compare beauty over function? Regardless of looks, if my life is on the line, I prefer to admire my handgun (afterwards) for keeping me alive rather than its “beauty” impressing others.
      I own and use Rugers for their solid build, reliability, and value. I also now own a Springfield XD 45, equally “ugly”, but ever faithful to place lead where I want it.
      FUNCTION OVER STYLE, for now. I’ll leave it to the undertaker to give me “style” after an “expensive & pretty handgun” fails me.

  6. There’s a typo in the review. Somehow the “Style” category wound up with two asterisks next to it.

    In college, I had a 1911. One of my buddies had a really sweet two-tone Hi-Power. And another buddy had a Ruger P-series, I think a P89. That P series just looks like it fell out of the ugly tree and hit every branch on the way down. Then you put it next to two John Moses Browning beauties and it made me want to claw my eyes out.

  7. I came across two Ruger P95s in a weapons cache in Iraq. One of which I carried as a backup from that moment on… They were great guns that never had a failure to fire during that tour despite being exposed to some pretty harsh conditions… I still wonder how the hell those guns got over there in the first place.

    • There was a rush to issue Iraqi police weapons and Ruger got an order for 5,000 I believe. You know how some Iraqi police were.

      • Mmmmm… Yes I know very well how the Iraqi police were. Very duplicitous and contemptible with a hodgepodge of firearms… Most of the handguns I saw them carrying were European in origin… Walther must have got a contract because I saw a number of P99’s which surprised me. Didn’t know that about that about the Ruger contract. Great info! No surprise that they went straight from a police contract into a weapons cache.

    • How to soldiers keep track of their weapons in Iraq? If you find it you keep it? Any way to bring it home (if you felt sentimental?)

      • Strictly speaking according to General Order #1 in theater you are not supposed to carry captured or recovered enemy weapons. Depending on the type of unit you are attached to it may be tolerated to a certain degree and the command may look the other way. Pistols were obviously easier to stash than rifles. It’s not like you would see a Soldier carrying a Kalishnakov in a Camp Victory chow hall. Bringing anything back was much more problematic. “Trophy of War” guns by the end had to be de-milled and required a mountain of paperwork. It’s not like WWII, Korea, or Vietnam when guys brought a lot of firearms back with them. Customs is pretty thorough and anybody who tries to sneak something back is suicidal… The danger of getting a Bad Conduct or Dishonorable Discharge and landing in federal prison just isn’t worth it… It will end up costing you a lot more than the $20,000 for a Class III weapon.

  8. The GLOCK is still one of my favorites in this category. It’s just as ugly, pleasantly unrefined, and as reliable as sh!t through a goose. It’s also more accurate and customizable. Still, the Ruger works, and I can respect that.

    • I’ll take a Glock any day of the week too, but you’ll never find a brand new Glock in a gun shop for $289 like you could for a P95 when they were still making them. It is important for a society to have accurate, reliable firearms available to the average citizen who may not have very much money, though still wants to exercise their 2nd Ammendment rights. If more guns like the P95 were around it would certainly reduce the demand for the likes of Hi-Point, Lorcin, or Jennings-Bryco pot metal pieces of crap.

      • I agree. Low cost, reliable handguns are a must have in the gun market. As for picking a Glock over a Ruger. I would go with the Glock simply cause it’s lighter and easier to pack all day.

        I’m a revolver fan. But a Glock 19 has a lot going for it. Big enough to be effective in a fight and small enough to carry all day. And if you lose it to a police evidence locker, no big deal.

        I’d hate to think of one of my S&W wheelguns rotting in a police station.

        • I like the Glock, and it is my go to, but the p95 is my backup piece. Big bulky, and boringly reliable. The price was perfect as well, at 300 new in the box.

      • But a Glock is a $289 gun being marked up a lot more, because when it first came out and Gaston Glock wanted to sell them for a low price, the marketing guys told him it was better to mark them up.

        The thing is, the average gun, at the end of the day, sells for 4x what it cost to make it. The Glock is selling for 7-9 times as much.

        Even were they the same price, still would choose the P-series. Better trigger, even les particular about ammo

      • you do not find Glocks in gun shops for that price because the Hand Gun Media keep hyping them up to astronomical prices for used Glocks. I have only ever shot one Glock, and I was not impressed.

  9. My first daily carry was a P90. Finally broke it, after firing about 30,000 in-spec loads and another probably 5,000 what I would call +P++ loads. I just kept upping the powder until something finally went wrong (DON’T TRY THIS AT HOME KIDS.) The frame finally cracked above the take-down pin. I send it to Ruger, and they sent me an SR1911 to replace it. I paid shipping.
    It was big, ugly, reliable, but not too heavy and surprisingly accurate for the price. Good guns that gave the company a great reputation.

    • I’ve had a P90 for over 20 years. Any more, it mainly lives in the safe. If I’m going to carry full sized artillery, the Glock 21 gets the nod. Still, I can’t bring myself to part with it. Big, ugly, heavy-true. But, it eats anything I feed it without a hiccup, and I never have to wonder if it will go bang when I pull the trigger.

    • wait…they have you an sr1911 because the p95 frame cracked?

      I was selling my 2 P95s to fund a 1911 purchase…maybe I just need to use some bad loads at the range instead…lol

  10. My father has a P89DC in stainless. Like others have said, it’s a chunk, but it has the same, indestructible feel that the GP-100 has.

  11. It sounds like a FS-92/M-9 without the Italian style. All the issues with the safety/decocker are found in the Beretta. That is one of the reasons that Army wants a new pistol. Striker fired pistols are all the rage because they are “modern” except they are not. The plastic is new but not the firing mechanism. I prefer the hammer fired pistol not because JMB used it but because you know that status of the pistol just by looking at it. It’s even better if the pistol is single action because if it’s not cocked you are going to have to do all sorts of strange things to make it go off. One of the many reasons I prefer Springfield to Glock in my modern pistols is you can tell by touch if it’s live.

  12. Bought a P89 used from a buddy for $250. Not bad, eats ALL types of ammo, cheap stuff, good stuff and Tula. Not my EDC, but a decent/reliable truck gun.

  13. I like the P95. Don’t own one, and wouldn’t put down the cash for one, but the couple times I’ve shot one it was a great gun. Really no idea how it would handle as a defensive gun as we were just plinking on a square range. My mind may be changed now but it did what we asked of it!

  14. I’ve been more than satisfied with my P-90 (a “KP-90DC”) over the years, a tank of a pistol. It’s virtually unbreakable (the P-90 is aluminum-framed, not polymer), has always digested any type of ammo without fail, is very accurate for it’s price point, and points to aim naturally when in hand. I’m a die-hard 1911 fan-boy, but the Ruger is as solid and inexpensive a pistol in .45 ACP that anyone could hope for. Used ones are a steal. It’s my house gun, though, as it’s not nearly as easy to conceal-carry as my preferred 1911 compact…duh. Oh, and the decocker on the P-90 is sweet and easy to use, with no safety to fumble with.

  15. My only disagreement would be the comparison to an AK, Those have a mystique and a following to them. The p95 -dc that I had (and still regret selling) was more like a vz58. Reliable and rugged as the day is long but hardly anyone knows about them. Mine served me well for a couple of years as an armored courier, resting in it’s holster. Every time we had to re-qualify, it ran perfectly.

  16. I own one, bought it back in the day when these first came out. It is a boringly reliable gun, doesn’t do anything particularly well except just keep on going no matter what kind of ammo you feed it or if you ever clean it or not. It would definitely be my TEOTWAWKI pistol. It is ugly, but in an endearing way.

    I wouldn’t sell mine for $600.00, not because it is so great but because it was my first handgun and one should keep their first handgun forever, unless its a piece of junk. The P95 DC is not a piece of junk, it’s actually a pretty well made pistol that is mildly fun to shoot, is already looking retro and is interesting looking compared to all of the boring black plastic wonder 9s on the market. Trigger is meh, accuracy is meh but it does feel good in your hand, it has some heft and is well made.

    • I could not agree more. Got my P95 – first handgun in 2012. I would not sell it for double what I paid for it. I can’t believe they discontinued the P series a year later.

  17. I had one for about a year but sold it to fund another purchase. Carried it for a couple months. If you buy your T-shirts a size bigger there’s no problem concealing them. Ended up being my Buddy Gun. A spare gun you can toss to a buddy when the SHTF. If you want a cheap but competent and reliable spare gun it fit the bill perfectly.

    • Perfect buddy gun for sure. I am “pistol poor” but no matter how much I want to sell the P95 to fund another purchase, I just can’t bring myself to part with it. Besides, it’s worth way more to me then the $275 I could get for it. Hard to put a price on peace of mind and the P95 is all about peace of mind.

  18. My first 9 was a highpoint, hated it sold it for what I paid for it, 2nd. 9 was the one reviewed. I liked it a lot, guess I have the right type of fingers. Long piano player fingers. Had no problem with safety. Build like tank, accurate, no issues with any type of ammo, found sights adequate, recoil recoil/muzzle flip not an issue. But not a conceal carry so it’s at an Austin gun shop for sale w/2 ten rd. and 2 15 rd. mags. Replaced with Bersa Thunder9 UltraPro 3.25″ barrel, Weight: 23.00 oz. Capacity: 13 + 1, I’ve put a lot of rounds thought it, if you keep feed ramp clean/lubed it runs like a champ. More accurate with this pistol than any of my other guns. Can pocket carry with light cover in jeans.
    If Ruger P95 doesn’t sell, I will bring it home for home defense purposes, but for CC it’s the Bersa for me. Sometimes a girl has to kiss a lot of frogs to find a prince.

    • Have had Thunder Pro UC 9 for a few years…absolutely an outstanding, dependable firearm. I love it and refuse to part with it and have had offers of $400 for it but no way am I letting it go. Great concealed carry weapon.

  19. My first nine was a P95-DC (de cocker only, no safety) with a stainless slide. As everyone said, reliable to a fault, very plain Jane looking and a decent gun. Can’t say mine was all that accurate tho. Had a lot of end play in the barrel on lock up. Got it used for cheap so not sure how well it was taken care of before me.

  20. I still have an old Ruger P85, it was my very first handgun which I purchased as soon as I turned 21. It is reliable as heck. I have dropped it in the sand and picked it up all caked with sand and it continued to go bang every time I squeezed the trigger.

    I seem to recall that it competed against the Beretta for the army sidearm contract back in the day…can anyone confirm that?

    I know it has a lot of the old GI features like the attachment at the bottom for a lanyard. Overall it has been a good and reliable gun. Oh yeah, and did I mention that it was cheap enough for a 21 year old Army Corporal to purchase at the time…that was probably the biggest factor in me choosing that model back then.

  21. When the rest of America finally discovers how reliable, durable and affordable the P95 is they’ll be begging Ruger to put it back into production so it can be our next joint service joint service pistol for the next 50 years.

  22. Had a Decocker Only, put 10K rounds through it, can’t recall a single malfunction. Decided I was through with 9 mm, sold it. It was still like new.

    Missed it, bought the 2nd gen (stippled frame) now available only with safety.

    Not the most accurate 9mm, but defensive accurate enough, reliable, inexpensive. It’s my carry gun. IWB holster.

  23. Been waiting for this review for ages. Glad it reinforces my research so far. Still a strong contender for my first pistol.

  24. Friend has a P95 and P345. He likes the Ruger guns better than his Glock. I tried a P95, but the SR9 fit my hand better, and for me the ergonomics of the SR9 was superb. P series guns are very reliable according to my friend. The SR9 has been very reliable for me. The P-series and SR series are sort of the Rodney Dangerfield of the gun world, but they do work.

  25. Had a P85 for years I have big hands and long fingers so the size never bothered me. I had too pay a whopping $250 used for the thing, I shot at least 50K rounds of whatever was on sale for the next 10 years. The only problems I ever had was after I dropped a loaded magazine on concrete that was the only time it ever failed to feed. Replaced the magazine (really cheap items) and kept shooting. Decent accuracy, pretty good trigger I’m sorry I finally sold mine nothing special; just a long line of solid, dependable firearms from Ruger.

  26. Being part time at a gun counter for several years I often recommended the P95. As far as I consider they were the best entry level HD handgun on the market, I much preferred them to the S&W SV’s or Sig 250’s. And while they were ugly, they were tough, had decent triggers, and were reliable. And you could take them to the roof and pound in a few nails after you were done target shooting. While I don’t put them in the same class with a Glock, M&P, or XD they were one of the best values on the market for years.

  27. The stainless version was the first pistol I ever bought and did so on my 21st birthday 11 years ago. I have been pleased with it. I have never had an issue with it and actually carried it concealed in a shoulder holster while wearing a suit without imprinting. I have no desire to divest myself of it even if I do not shoot it as much (I have since upgraded to a Glock 19) due to reliability and senitmental value.

  28. I have had P95 for about 5 years now and I love it. Definitely not a good CCW choice but like everyone else has said, its a tank. I used it exclusively to teach the kids and its still their favorite when we go to the range (both in their 20s now).

    That being said, my wife hates it. Its not a good gun for small hand folks. That being said, when we see who can outdo the other at the range, she puts down her Shield and picks up the P95…

  29. One of the very first full-frame semis I ever bought (right after my 92). Yup, It’s a tank of a gun in every sense of the word. Yet, it’s kind of like that “full-size gal you may have ‘dated’ a time or two…sure she’s big, over-size, not too pretty yet loyal and reliable and she operates to the nth degree when it’s time for business…:)

  30. I bought mine used around 1996 or 7, Don’t remember what I gave for it, but it had to have been cheap back then, or I couldn’t have afforded it!! Now I have 2 Wilson Combat 1911’s for my usual carry’s, but still drag out the Ruger for sentmental range time. Still a brick that shoots, with an almost atrocious trigger, has never hiccuped, would probably fire a rock if you fed it one. Will always stay in the family!!!! Cant help but smile every time I fire it!!

  31. Overall i thought your review was DISRESPECTFUL OF A GREAT GUN!!! As a veteran who must shoot “lefty” beacuse of my service it is a GREAT home defense gun for many in my “circle of friends”!!! Some of the things you “diss” about the gun are advantages for us!!! My wife backs me up with a RUGER SR 22 withe CCI Mini-mag 40 grain bullets for home defense and feel completely safe!!!

  32. I have one for home defense and love it except I can’t seem to hit anything with that mile long first double action shot. Seems to always go real low. Once in SA mode I’d put it up against any other pistol but the first shot is most important. Anyone have any practice advice for taming that first DA shot?

    • Had one, really liked it. Sold for more CC type pistol. Since double action I always cocked the hammer for 1st. shot single action to avoid heavy double action pull ,subsequent shots had same lighter trigger pull weight as single action. You could in SD situation, cock hammer once cleared holster. All my pistols are double actions for that reason.

    • Why not just cock the sucker. I carried mine under an untucked shirt tail. Had no problem. Gave it to my grandson
      Wish I had given him one of my SR1911s. I miss that clunky bullet eating, accurate old pistol.

  33. It weighs 2 lbs 2.4oz with 15+1. (Just put it on the kitchen scale) Has been a great gun, easy to dis-assemble never fails to eject, etc. I have the 316-20000 serial, it was a good year.

  34. I bought a NIB DAO P-95 with the Stainless Slide in about 2001 for $225. Shot maybe 1k of various 9mm through it with no malfunctions. Had originally purchased it for my Son-In-Law along with a case of 9mm Ball, but the Daughter didn’t like it in the house, so I got it back along with the ammo. I had 3 or 4 other 9mm’s at the time, so I sold it to a co-worker for $250 in 2002. Looks like I might end up with Blued P-95 DC in a coming trade, I called the now former co-worker tonight to see if he would be interested in a trade even up for the DAO. He sold it when he moved to Texas a few years ago …. ;o( BTW, he is now back at the same Salt Mine & I’m Retired.

  35. Reading these reviews I have to say it sounds like a bunch of old women talking about dress styles. “Its Ugly” “looks like it hit every branch down on the ugly tree”. The Ruger P95 is an excellent 9MM. You say it is boringly reliable? Wow I would love to see you in a situation where your pretty overpriced gun just went click at that crucial moment. It is not accurate? Go back to the range and keep practicing. The problem is the shooter. I would and have relied on this for those crucial moments that may only come along once in a life time. And the de cocker safety feature. Has a few tricks. Pointing it at someone and hitting the de cocker dropping the hammer and having the guy on the other end think you misfired while you flip the safety back up. actually made the guy lower his weapon, long enough to squeeze off a shot. While he was telling you how screwed you were.( That’s the way my buddy walked away), The technical reviews about the gun was great. But looks? I have never seen an ugly gun when it had to go bang or else. And the P95 does just that. Yes the double action first shot is a harder trigger pull. But the great thing about a double action is, Just pull the hammer back first if it is an issue for you. I found the heavier frame to reduce recoil, and much better for extended firing. If you have to go through several 15 round clips in a hurry.
    I am sorry but this is a well made RELIABLE GUN. And although not the best sights by far. I have always managed to get a good grouping out of a full clip.
    And if you can get a GREAT GROUPING on a 1911 style Colt .45. with either a standard military issue or a model 70. You should be able to get just as good of grouping out of the P95.
    As for me, and just my thoughts. Give me an ugly reliable gun that goes bang what ever you feed through it. And I am fine with that. I will take boringly reliable over Pretty any day.
    And yes I put a Rail Lazer on one of my P95s and its in the safe for home defense. And my wife can pick it up flip the safety off and have 16 shots. She loves it. And funny she never did say it was ugly. Guess that is a guy thing? I also have the P90. and those 2 along with the Mossberg 12 gauge with the home defense shot. is what we grab if needed from the safe. I keep the right next to the S&W .40cal. and the Clock 37 POS. I just have not found anyone to buy yet.
    But the reviews I guess are right. I guess? It is ugly and heavy. And I hope everyone who needs a cheap reliable gun has the chance to buy one, before they get killed shooting a high point,( Or trying to actually shoot it without jamming) or saving up for an overpriced Glock. And yes I had a Glock 17 Great gun. I gave it to a family member for their home defense gun. And I do like the new S&W .40 cal. that just came out. I picked one up at the last gun show for $365. with an extra clip and a hard case, And I still have the Colt 1911 model 70.
    There are a lot better guns than the Ruger P95 out there. But as affordable and as reliable one? Have not found it yet.
    Sorry to take up your time. I just wanted to have my say about RUGER. Good Automatics and Great wheel guns. But Guns are like talking about religion, always followed by a fight of one sort or another.

  36. My all time favorite shooter , a bit too heavy for me to conceal carry comfortably but I love everything else about it . If you can get your hands on one today I would suggest you do so . If I could sum up the way I feel about this pistol I would say , better than a 1911 , prettier than a Glock and heavier than a tractor . Love the hammer . I only wish the trigger was a bit lighter . Shoot it enough and then ask it to marry you on one knee .

    • Still makes me sad that I sold mine as “too big, too heavy” Replaced it with Ruger SR9 DA, hated it, up for sale now at local gun shop. Already replaced with a Tanfoglio Pavona Witness 9 designed for women shooters with addition with wider slide notches for easier racking and slide locking. It’s too pretty for me to marry but it’s a perfect full size carry gun/home defense pistol for me, Very similar to a CZ 75 but prettier. Check it out if you have someone in your life who has trouble racking a slide, makes a big difference for new shooters.

  37. Carried a p95 doing overseas work in central america, mainly for the ease of 9 mm ammo and found out this pea shooter is damn near indestructible under the worst conditions possible! It worked in the monsoon rains when h
    Nothing else would. After a few months had my wife send me 2 more to carry on missions in the jungle because it just was impermeable to water, mud , and anything else we way have had to God forgive have to fight in. Still have all 3 and they have probably have between 8 to 10 thousand rounds thru them and they still keep running!

  38. The P series pistols are not “show” pieces, no argument there, but as stated numerous times, they WORK! The P95 and P90 have been very reliable for me. The P90 I purchased used and I have no qualms about tossing it in a tool bag with collected brass, grass, twigs, dirt, tools etc. It too is a tool. Sure it has blemishes but it is not too pretty to shoot, ( like some other guns I have), and it does eat anything without a hiccup.
    I still have every Ruger I’ve purchased except a 10/22 I bought in the 80’s. I never got the accuracy out of it that I could from my Marlin mod. 60. With that being said: Rugers are in my opinion the best “bang for the buck.”

  39. Obviously a bit late to this party, but being an avid shooter and firearm collector for nearly 30 years, the ‘P95’ falls into the “why bother” category. Like this comment, it came late to the party.

    The P95 series pistols are simply less durable copies of the P85 which is more accurate, doesn’t weigh any more yet has an alloy frame and is tough enough to pistol whip a steer and still be ready to fire whereas the old polymer pistols just don’t instill that “I can pass this down to my grandchildren” confidence in its long term durability.

    In summary, after trying the P series polymer Rugers, a person would be far better served by just buying one of the slightly older alloy (basically aluminum for the most part) framed P series pistols and just skip the forgettable run of Ruger P series pistols where Ruger felt obligated to use plastic because of the then new Glocks. Resale values tend to reflect this sentiment as well. If you want a reliable, durable and reasonably accurate Ruger P series pistol, find a nice P85, P89 or even a P90 (.45 cal) and skip any polymer P series Ruger. I’ve had them all and I only still have a P85 and a P90; both purchased new by me decades ago. Both of those are considerably more accurate than the half a dozen or more polymer P series Rugers I’ve had over the years and don’t regret selling.

  40. I own 2 P95’s… and the ONLY reason I purchased them? The mags work in my 3 Ruger PC9’s. I didn’t give them much thought at the time and they were SHTF back ups. After a couple times at the range that sentiment has changed. I shot the hell out of them and not only do I love them but my kids do as well. My 8 & 11 year olds are brutally accurate with them… so, I am in the market for one more. Each of them will own 4 firearms and 3 of those will be Ruger. In the proverbial SHTF guns for them will be a Remington 870 20 ga. youth pump, a Ruger 10-22, Ruger PC9 and of course the P95. It doesn’t hurt that I have 30 15 round mags which would give each of us 150 rounds of 9mm to use at our discretion without reloading a single magazine. While I am blowing my Ruger horn, the PC9 with ghost sights is an amazing carbine for sight acquisition and delivers a devastating field of fire even by an 8 year old (who has been shooting for 4 years).

    The only feeding issues were the first few mags shot by my kids were “limp wristed” causing a jam but they have now overcome that with practice. As others have stated, it eats anything you feed it. I keep ALL of my guns clean so accuracy and feeding have yet to be anything but incredible.

  41. I bought my first real handgun a year ago. It’s a polymer P 95 with stainless a slide and am still trying to love it. I was less educated about weapons at the time and relied on a relative-former army infrantryman to advise me. As it is, for me, it’s big and heavy. I have small hands, am older and somewhat weak in hands and arms due to a stroke. That makes racking the slide a challenge for me but that part is getting better as I try different techniques. I don’t plan to get rid of the P 95 but am shopping for a 380 with a built in laser. The Ruger fails to eject for me and I’ve been told that its “operator error.” Other, more experienced shooters, have better luck firing it. I think I need to hold the gun much tighter. Also, I have purchased higher grain ammo (124 gr.) to try to aid me in resolving the issue of jamming. I hope these two changes will make the P 95 more reliable and a heck of a lot more enjoyable for me. I welcome any comments or suggestions.

  42. I got the p95dc when I was 18. First hand gun ..pushing 36 now it’s still by my bed, with one in the pipe. I have no idea the rounds that have been fired thru it…but alot to say the least. Always fired evything. I have definitely added a few more to the collection and no plan to stop. I do carry Springfield 1911 regular owb. And also have FN FNX9(which will not be going anywhere either).just to name a couple…But the ol p95 is here to stay. I taken it on many trips to the woods thru the mud and rain and bang is always the end result. Like most have said reliability it is ,pretty…well some are worse in my opinion. If u can find one, buy one or two. They work. And in the end that’s what it’s all about…

  43. I love my p95 stainless and I am looking for a nother one so I will have a matching pair to open carry with so if anyone wants to sell one I will buy.It is a great gun

  44. I bought the stainless P95 in 2006, I changed out the 22lb hammer spring with a wolf 20lb. Put hogue grip sleeve and Williams fiber optic sights on it. These mods really make it a neat gun. For the range a $20 fobus evolution holster fits perfect. I love this gun with these improvements and really makes it fun to shoot.

  45. I’ve had my 95 since 2009, went back 2 weeks later to get another, was told it no mas. I have cc w/no issue. The ruger is a workhorse, had feeding issues w/steel junk & no other,NOTHING. I too have other nice side arms, the ruger p95 just works. It’s not a 1911 heirloom, but it is a functional, affordable sidearm for common man, thanks to the production guys in Prescott Az.

  46. Just picked up a P95 for $220 on Armslist. I can’t say enough good things about it. And people saying that it’s “too much gun” for a 9mm, that’s like saying a Sig 226 is too much. The weight and extra bulk are what makes the P95 one of the softest shooting nines ever.

  47. Love this gun, have 2 of them. I know exactly what they’re going to do, every single time I pull the trigger. To me, for home-defense weapons, that makes ’em seem freakin’ be-YOOtiful!

  48. Interesting review, I have the stainless P95 , So Ugly she is beautiful. I do disagree about the safety, It works the same as my Beretta 92 fs and my Berretta Storm SC . The Ruger safety works the same way. except the Ruger is softer and operates easier. at least for me it is that way.
    Mine is a tank.. never has failed me, gone through cheap Russian crap or high powered fancy hollow points or fragmenting blazer. For some reason I shoot it better than my other handguns, maybe bacause of its soft recoil, I can get fast accurate recovery …

    No I don’t conceal carry it much, but I do keep it as a bedside and truck gun. If I could only have one gun though, whether it be rifle, handgun or shotgun , it would be my P95 mostly cause I trust it more than any other weapon.

  49. P95 owner. Dual de-cock model.

    The ONLY thing I don’t like about the gun is the mag release, and that is the reason I don’t conceal carry it. The bulk is fine, I’m a bigger guy…

    The mechanism to release the magazine has to be pushed forward, it’s not a button. As any owner would know, and I’m surprised I don’t hear this complaint more often……Just from riding around on the ATV or side-by-side, getting in and out of the truck, it seems the vibration and/or abrasion of the gun on your hip will “push” the mag release forward. (Not to mention drawing)

    I can’t tell you how many times I’ve found the magazine falling half out of the mag-well before I noticed..or found the mag on the floormat.

    Any time I carry this one, I have to check every few minutes to make sure the mag is still in place.

    Needless to say….I don’t carry it anymore, just a plinking/plunking gun..

  50. I find my P95 extremely accurate. As a matter of fact I find it to be the most accurate of my other pistols I own and I own Glocks, Beretta, Springfields and Rugers.

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