Ruger Old School Cool!! Ruger P89 rocking the range!!

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  1. NitLion

    NitLion

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    Slim , trim, small and light pistols may be chic these days with the explosion of CCW licenses, but when the globe gets "end-of-the-world zombie apocalypse" ugly - and you may have to shoot until the magazine runs dry and then bludgeon undead shamblers with your sidearm, I want this:

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    Above is my 1993 (first year production) P89! (note lanyard). I bought this used off a gun auction site for $222.22. They are just not "in fashion" enough to demand much I guess. But if you are a buyer - Wow! What great value!

    The three loads I shot today were:
    Tulammo - 115g - FMJ
    Geco - 124g - FMJ

    & RWS - 124g - FMJ

    Here is 8" round steel at 17 yards:

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    (see knockdown target in distance)
    That was steel to the right of me...here was steel to the left of me (17 yards):

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    I was using Mec-gar 17 round and extended 20 round mags. Function was flawless with pistol, all ammo and magazines. Here are some gong-shots at 24 yards:

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    Stepping out, I had bowling pins, at about 45 yards, as well as this homemade knockdown tombstone target. I made it a little too touchy and the wind beat me to knocking it over most times. The circled hole is from another pistol but apparently I shoot them about the same way:

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    On the far bank is a steel ram at about 105 yards (you can just see it in above picture). I got on a little roll with the Geco ammo and hit it four times in a row! That ties my record with one of my 357Sigs annnnnd..... my P94 -another P-Series Ruger!....whoda thunk it!!

    I had lottsa fun...love me some P89!!!
    Total rounds through this gun(since new to me anyway) =250 representing 5 different loads!
     
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  2. riata2

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    Here is mine...
     

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  3. bac1023

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    Thanks for the report.

    I like those old Rugers.
     
  4. mc1911

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    I still love the P-series. The aluminum framed ones are my favorites.
     
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    I remember about 15yrs ago seeing these in the used section of the gun shops all the time and never thought much of them.

    Last year a friend let me fire his P89 (first time with a ruger P series) and his was a shooter as well. Probably the most accurate double action semi autos I've ever shot. I wish I could go back 15yrs and pick one up. If I come across one for a reasonable price. I'll be bringing it home.
     
  6. Big Bird

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    They may be clunky and rattle but the one thing you can not say about the old Rugers is they are unreliable or inaccurate.

    I had one of the old P85 guns way back and ended up trading it off on something else. It was a shooter...

    My best friend keeps a P90 as his home defense gun. He goes shooting with me a bunch and over a dozen years of so I've never seen that gun malfunction,
     
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    I had an early P89 DC. That gun is what has convinced me that I will not sell another gun again. Regrets for selling that. The single action trigger was great, and it ran reliably.

    Nice range report, by the way!
     
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  8. RWBlue

    RWBlue Mr. CISSP, CISA CLM

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    Glad you like it. Nothing wrong with it.

    But even back in the day, it was never "cool".
    Revolver = old school cool.
    1911 = old school cool.
    Even the Beretta 92 = old school cool.
     
  9. pipedreams

    pipedreams "Knowledge Speaks - Wisdom Listens,"

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    Still have my P89 DC I bought new years ago and took my first shooting classes with it. It sits in the bed side table waiting for a call.
     
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    Ruger was quite popular in police departments in the past (the P series in .45 caliber I believe). They are very durable and mainly built for reliability.

    I had a P85 long ago. I bought it used at a very good price. I never had an issue of any kind with functionality. It had been through 2 or 3 owners by the time it got to me with no company documentation.

    It was an easy shooter and as mentioned above and fairly large. I soon found it had a peculiar problem with grouping. It wouldn't.

    I tried shooting at distance, and slowly closer and closer. Surprisingly, I couldn't tighten up the group even at close distances.

    I handed it off to a few people and they found the same thing. I could shoot my Kimber at each distance, and it was obvious something was wrong with the P85.

    I finally got tired of analyzing it and sent it to Ruger with a note, that I wanted it to be capable of performing with the advertised accuracy they stated in their original claims for the pistol. If this was how it was performing I would be satisfied.

    the pistol was returned to me by the factory, with a Yellow shop ticket that said a new barrel was "fitted and tested" and now met the functionality it was capable of. It further noted that there was no charge for this service.

    That damned thing was a tack driver! I could alternate between the Ruger and the Kimber and would be hard pressed to tell which I used when looking only at the target. It was a superb shooter.

    The point of my post is: Ruger backed up their product without any comment, even though it had passed through a few owners hands, had some age on it, and I was not the original purchaser. They didn't say a word about me, the operator, but simply tested and repaired the pistol so it was a testament to the performance claims they made for it.

    I can't praise them enough for the attention and dedication to their product even after it had some time on it, and multiple owners. They showed me that they represented a company with integrity and dedication to their product. I couldn't be more pleased with their support of their products.
     
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    Janice6,

    I had heard the early P85 were hurriedly put together for military trials and had outsourced barrels.....here is interesting discussions on the P series:

    The whole thread I quoted from is here:

    https://pistol-forum.com/showthread...-Ruger-P89&s=c2a1ad8dafc7a89530c6aef5860479d7
     
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  12. RWBlue

    RWBlue Mr. CISSP, CISA CLM

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    I do love how Ruger's customer support works.
     
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    They service everything pretty much and wont charge you either.
     
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    I own a KP89DAO that I bought for a little over $200.00, with Trijicon night sights.
    It is one of the most accurate 9mm's I own.
    I have a target, fired off hand from 7 yards, that put 16 Speer Gold Dot 115gr.+P+ rounds in to a hole the size of a 1/2 dollar. I fired it as quickly as I could get the sights to settle, but not quite mag dump speed.
    The sights need to be re-lamped, but like yours it is a definite keeper!
    I dare say it groups better then my Sig P226 Navy.
     
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    Finally got the pictures re-uploaded for this! I need to get more organized! It was a struggle!