Review Ruger P95I guess I should state my qualifications so that this posting will be read in its proper perspective. I have owned several guns, and with the exception of a couple of flintlock pistols all have been long guns. I still have 2 flintlock lock guns a replica 75 caliber replica Brown Bess, and a 45 Caliber Thompson Center Hawkins. I haven't fired either in almost 20 years. I have only had very limmited exposure to modern semiautomatic handguns.
I've wanted a good handgun for a while. The great Rita Evacuation had me feeling a little vulnerable, but mostly I just wanted one to pop of a few rounds at the range once in a while. Personal protection was only minor reason for my wanting a handgun. My Brown Bess makes a fine club for home protection.
I wanted a semi-automatic of around 9mm. A real safety was important and I didn't want to spend more than $600. I decided on the Ruger stainless steel P95 for $368 at Academy Sports and Outdoors. It boasted the following features:
- 9mm, good size amunition is cheap and plentiful. With hollow points it should make good sized holes.
- Comes with 2, 15 round magazines. Clips this size might become rare some day. I thought the 2 clips was pretty generous and fill my immediate requirements.
- A real safety, that when reenabled leaves the first shot in double action mode. If one feels that they want to keep the safety off, the gun needs either a long hard pull on the trigger or pulling the hammer back. A pretty neat feature as long as its an option.
- Reputation. Ruger is an American company with an excellent reputation for service. The P95 has a good reputation for being trouble free.
- A great price, although I was willing to spend more this gun presented good value for the dollar.
I got the gun home and proceded to check it out. It came in a servicable case with manual 2, 15 round clips and, a piece of black sheetmetal they refered to as a magazine loader. Its usefulness would become clearer later.
I read through the manual, rather quickly and not real thoroughly. Loaded the clip with some rounds. the first couple were a sorta awkward but after about 10, it became real tough and tended to hurt ones fingers. I tried to figure out the magazine loader, there was no help to be found in the manual, eventually I figured it out and loading became a lot easier.
My next adventure was to disassemble and clean it. I struggled a bit, although once you figure things out its actually pretty easy. There are 2 alignment lines that are a little difficult to line up. It is hard to see the one small marking on the black plastic frame. Lining up the 2 points while fighting the tension of the springs all the while trying to remove slide lock. Oh yeah, don't forget to rotate the ejector pin all the way down. You have to reach in through the top to do this. It was a bit of a struggle trying to figure it all out. but once its done the first time it should be pretty easy to do it again.
Today was the fun part. I took it down to the range. Equality and I went down to the Texas City Municiple gun range. The good folks there were very courteous and did a great job of letting us have our fun while never compromising safety. We fired about 80 rounds of T's reloads that I spent about 15 bucks for 100 rounds. I loaded 15 to clip and we fired 80 rounds, we never had a problem. No jams no misfires. My wife has small hands and didn't find the bulky looking grips dificult to manage. The kick was less than what we expected, and the discarded brass went mostly up and toward the right. Although the gun is pretty ambidexterous. Left handers might find they get some brass in the chest. We both found it a little discomforting that when one puts the safety on that the hammer will come crashing home. I suppose we will get used to that. We made lots of little holes in the paper and had a great time.
All in all I'm real happy with it. It may prove that this handgun might be a little big for those who wish to wear it concealed. Its not a light weight at 28 ounces. It is a good reliable gun that is comfortable to shoot, and at e very good price. I have a feeling I'm going to be happy with this for a very long time.