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Old 10-28-2013, 15:37   #1
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P89 - Ruger's Kalashnikov!

It's not sleek...it's not sexy...heck! It's not even made anymore! But, the P89 just works and works and works, requires no babying and always surprises me with its accuracy!
On this trip, I used:
Federal Champion - 115g - FMJ &
Tulammo - 115g - FMJ

From about 12 yards:
Ruger Club

I was also trying out new Meggar mags - 15 and 17 round variety. ( The factory mags went into my P94's bag. ) Every round fed, fired and ejected perfectly...150 rounds total
Ruger Club

The round count on this gun is 4,315 and it still looks virtually new. Looking at the ammo I have run thru this pistol.... well... I can't say its junk ammo but, lets just say there hasn't been much premium ammo.
A short story: I owned this P89 thru the Clinton gun ban era and the only normal capacity magazines I could find were USA magazines. I bought a case of Wolf ammo and ran it with the USA mags. I had one failure to feed out of 1,000 rounds. That was the only malfunction I had in the first 1,500 rounds and then I finally found factory magazines.
I think I will keep this "to hell and back" tough gun till I can't hold a pistol any more and then pass it to the next generation!
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Old 10-28-2013, 17:23   #2
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I have had P89 with the blued finish for about 19 years. The only time I have ever had a fail to feed was after it sat up in the closet for about 3 years without being shot. Cleaned it up and lubed it, and hasn't missed a lick since. Has functioned with whatever I have fed it.

I almost sold it a few months ago, but I could not make myself part with it since it was the first pistol I ever bought. Worth more to me than anyone else. So I guess it holds a lot of sentimental value to me, in addition to being a rugged and accurate (as in more accurate than me) pistol.

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Old 10-28-2013, 17:37   #3
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I've got the big brother-the P90 in .45ACP. The thing is a brick, eats anything I feed it. I've almost sold it a couple of times, but every time I think about it, I just can't bring myself to do it.
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Old 10-28-2013, 17:49   #4
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have Glock 23, 29 Smith 4506, bodyguard 380, benchmark camper, Ruger MK1, Bersa Thunder Ulta-Compact 45. If I had to kept one it would be my Ruger P89. It is one sweet ride.
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Old 12-17-2013, 16:12   #5
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A friend at work pulled his out of his safe with a couple of loaded mags. Been sitting for probably 8yrs or so, fired all rounds without a hitch. Only problem is the front sight is a little hard for him to see compared to the options out there now days. I agree they're worth far more to their owners than to sell. If I had one it'd make a great truck gun, or just one to stash somewhere.
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Old 12-17-2013, 16:16   #6
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I had a P90DC for a number of years and it never had a problem....ate everything I fed it. Decided the .40 S&W was the way to go, so traded it and $$ for a Smith & Wesson 4006. Both were fine pistols....wish I still had them.
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Old 12-25-2013, 16:51   #7
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Yesterday I was out shooting my Glock and my Ruger P-95 with some
PMC SP Non-Corrosive Non-Toxic primers and had misfires in both from
the hard primers. With the Glock I had to short rack the slide to hit
the primer a second time but with the Ruger I just pulled the trigger again
and it went off.

I have a P-89 too and think its the best battle pistol that I own, with good
loads 1 gal.milk jugs at 75yds are no problem.
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Old 12-26-2013, 15:59   #8
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Plus you can use them as a hammer if needed...
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Old 01-01-2014, 19:13   #9
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I also have a P90. It eats EVERYTHING I have ever put through it, is relatively accurate, and is just plain fun to shoot. One of my favorite guns in my collection. I just wish there was a few more holster options.
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Old 01-06-2014, 22:20   #10
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The Ruger P series guns are good pistols. I've owned a P90 for many years.

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Old 01-07-2014, 08:38   #11
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I used to own a P89 and ended up selling it to fund another purchase. Never gave me any issues and ate just about anything I fed it. The 1911 I picked up with the funds on the other hand gave me grief like no other so bad decision on my part.... sold that one to fund my first GLOCK 23. If I could go back I would have kept the P89 in my collection.
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Old 01-07-2014, 10:28   #12
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Ruger's have never been the Cadillac of pistols, more the Caterpillar of pistols. I've added a LC9, LCP and a MKIII just in the last few months. I have no doubt that they will work when called upon.

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Old 01-07-2014, 10:35   #13
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I regret selling my P-89. I wanted something a little sleeker and wound up with Glock! WTH !?!?
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