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Old January 31, 2013, 12:49 AM   #1
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Ruger P89 9mm question?

when did they stop making or selling the p89? i was looking at one but the guy is telling me its only a year or so old... thanks

here is a picture of it


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Old January 31, 2013, 12:56 AM   #2
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The DAO models were manufactured through 2004, the safety and decocker models were manufactured through 2009.

The chart below is for the Decock only models--like the one in the picture.

Beginning Serial #--Year

304-88013 1993
307-58873 1994
309-89047 1995
310-53882 1996
310-79465 1997
312-13397 1998
312-71930 1999
313-62765 2000
314-26003 2001
314-85982 2002
315-12033 2003
315-29067 2004
315-53386 2005
315-78882 2006
315-91160 2007
316-50732 2008
316-78139 2009


HOWEVER, it's important to understand that the supply chain can be slow at times and it is certainly possible for a gun to be purchased new long after it has been discontinued. I've done it myself. I bought a brand-new Beretta 86 some years after Beretta stopped making them. I happened to run across one at a local shop.

So, if the gun was made near the end of production and sat on the shelf at a distributor for awhile, then on a local gun store shelf for awhile, it could have easily sold new in 2010 or 2011 or even later.
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Old January 31, 2013, 01:06 AM   #3
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ok thank you. il have to wait till i see it to get the serial number, the gun in the picture is the gun i might buy, thanks
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Old January 31, 2013, 09:30 AM   #4
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So, if the gun was made near the end of production and sat on the shelf at a distributor for awhile, then on a local gun store shelf for awhile, it could have easily sold new in 2010 or 2011 or even later.
+1. FWIW there was a seller at a recent local gun show who had 4 pistols just like this, in the Ruger boxes, labeled "NEW UNFIRED".

I did not question the seller, but my suspicion is that a distributor probably had some of these pistols languishing in a warehouse since 2008-2009, and has dusted them off and sold them to take advantage of the current buying frenzy.
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Old January 31, 2013, 08:29 PM   #5
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I did not question the seller, but my suspicion is that a distributor probably had some of these pistols languishing in a warehouse since 2008-2009, and has dusted them off and sold them to take advantage of the current buying frenzy.
So? It's not like they got bad guns.
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Old January 31, 2013, 10:51 PM   #6
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The ruger P-series guns were pretty good and very robust. The DC models are a little more sought after so that gun could be a real gem. Not particularly valuable but a good solid gun that most ruger fans would happily buy off you if you decided to sell it later on.
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Old January 31, 2013, 11:22 PM   #7
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I went to a sheriffs auction back in 1996 and bought a P85, with box, papers, and 2 mags, for $225. It had "MKIIR" stamped on the safety. It was an 1988 original P85 from the factory that had been sent back to have the safety modification done to it. I wish I still had that gun.
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Old January 31, 2013, 11:24 PM   #8
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The ruger P-series guns were pretty good and very robust. The DC models are a little more sought after so that gun could be a real gem.
I enjoy mine.



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Old February 1, 2013, 04:23 AM   #9
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looks nice. I have a P95dc I bought new for my 21st birthday and I love it. I prefer my glock but I'd never sell the ruger. I'm on the hunt for a P97dc but it seems I'm not the only person fond of the P97.
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Old February 1, 2013, 08:43 AM   #10
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If memory serves, Ruger designed the P85 for the XM9 trials. What they lack in 'ergos' and refinement, is more than made up for in reliability and robustness! To my way of thinking, the original P series was "the AK of combat pistols" far more than the Glock. I'll never forget the torture test that 'shooting times' published way back, it was above anything I've ever seen.

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Old February 1, 2013, 09:28 AM   #11
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Yup, it was the XM9 trials. The P85 was pretty much the only entrant built from the ground up to trial specs. I had a very early P85 and like many from that period it had some serious accuracy issues. Today one of my favorite pistols is a very early P89. A tank indeed.
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