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Old May 16, 2019, 02:18 PM   #1
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Ruger P85

Hey yall. Just scored a decent deal on what appears to be a like new in box early production (one of the first 2,500 shipped in 1987) Ruger P85 for a whopping $250. Unfortunately, it probably won't arrive at my FFL until next week some time. I don't yet know if the handgun has undergone the factory recall for the decocker/firing pin modification, but its no big deal to me if I have to send it in. Alot of folks probably consider the Ruger P-series to be ugly hunk of junk, but I've shot enough of the series to the point I actually like them. I'll be sure to conduct a review and post pics of mine upon arrival.
Any Ruger P-series love out there?
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Old May 16, 2019, 03:41 PM   #2
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I like my P-series pistols.

You got a great deal!
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Old May 16, 2019, 05:38 PM   #3
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NIB for $250? That's what beat up ones go for. Good find.
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Old May 16, 2019, 05:57 PM   #4
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those Ruger "P series" guns were top notch in my view. I had a P90 DC and loved it.
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Old May 16, 2019, 06:27 PM   #5
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I remember when the P85 first came out. I also remember when it was recalled for refitting with a new safety. Big, bulky, unattractive, it was reliable and accurate.

However, if you look at the design, Ruger's engineers improved it with subsequent designs with the final permutation being the polymer framed P95 version. Each had fewer parts and the remaining parts were multi-tasked.
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Old May 16, 2019, 10:18 PM   #6
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I love my P 90,shoots great never jams and make a great club if you run out of ammo.
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Old May 17, 2019, 08:22 AM   #7
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I got a P95 DC in a deal that I really diden't want. Was reliable, accurate as you'd expect but was big and clumsy and ugly in my opinion. hdbiker
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Old May 17, 2019, 01:06 PM   #8
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The 85 is, I know, one Ruger says "call for parts availability". Not yet on the "can't service anymore" list.

here's the recall information:

I wouldn't mind picking up another P-series gun.
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Old May 17, 2019, 03:30 PM   #9
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The P85 was indeed somewhat ugly and hunky although I rather like the looks of it in stainless (especially the slide) but I would NOT call it junk. Twenty-two rounder magazines were available for them too. Impressive for the day.
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Old May 17, 2019, 06:17 PM   #10
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I've got a P89 and a P95. Both are great pistols since I believe ugly is as ugly does. An engraved work of art pistol with exotic wood grips and gold accents that fails is still ugly.
The Ruger P series pistols just work.
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