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Posted: 8/19/2022 2:12:42 PM EDT
So I went to pick up my Hellcat and while I was there I noticed a really nice blued P89 in the display case.  I know they (Ruger P89) are rock-solid and tough and I thought I need one to round out my collection.  Normally, when looking at used pistols, they are pretty gritty and dirty but the prior owner of this pistol took pride in his tool pistol.  Will go nice with my P90!
Link Posted: 8/19/2022 5:48:00 PM EDT
[#1]
My very first pistol was a stainless p89.  Lost it at deer season when my truck caught on fire.  Also lost m77 30/06.
Link Posted: 8/19/2022 6:24:53 PM EDT
[#2]
I too, want one.
Link Posted: 8/19/2022 6:56:23 PM EDT
[#3]
My first pistol. Big, ugly, long gritty trigger but it goes bang every time. And when run out of ammo you can beat your assailant to death with it.

DSC_0360-P89DC by FredMan, on Flickr

Link Posted: 8/19/2022 7:33:24 PM EDT
[#4]
Was my first pistol and I hate that I ever sold it
Link Posted: 8/19/2022 7:47:42 PM EDT
[#5]
It was my first pistol as well!
Link Posted: 8/19/2022 7:59:30 PM EDT
[#6]
It was my first pistol as well. Stolen by someone rich and vibrant at Ft Hood shortly after Desert Storm.
Link Posted: 8/19/2022 8:01:36 PM EDT
[#7]
I would love to find one. I used to have a P95, which was the closest I could find at the time.
Link Posted: 8/19/2022 8:20:13 PM EDT
[Last Edit: ChuckcJax] [#8]
My first 9mm and I never really grew to like it.   I sold it to my BIL who loves it and still has it.  

That is the only gun I ever sold actually.
Link Posted: 8/26/2022 9:40:50 PM EDT
[#9]
Funny it was the first for so many.
It was mine as well, and still have it.
Big, heavy, bulky, old gun, but had gone bang every single time I pulled the trigger.
Probably have 10,000 rounds through mine.
Link Posted: 8/27/2022 6:03:31 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By blupupher:Probably have 10,000 rounds through mine.
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That means it's almost through the break-in period!
Arguably the single most durable alloy-framed pistol ever made.
Bought mine in 1993, and if the apocalypse ever comes it's the one that I'll grab first.

That should have been Ruger's primary marketing slogan:
Ruger P-89. Apocalypse ready!
Link Posted: 8/27/2022 11:01:16 PM EDT
[#11]
Originally Posted By Dakotan:


That means it's almost through the break-in period!
Arguably the single most durable alloy-framed pistol ever made.
Bought mine in 1993, and if the apocalypse ever comes it's the one that I'll grab first.

That should have been Ruger's primary marketing slogan:
Ruger P-89. Apocalypse ready!
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I agree. I bought mine in '92.
The gun just never refuses to do it's job. There have been times I shot several hundred rounds, loaded the magazine and stuck it away for a year or so, and pulled it out and shot a few more hundred, loaded it back up and back on the shelf. I clean it "sometimes".
It does not care.
Only time I ever had an issue was when I got a Promag 32 round magazine. If I loaded it with 32 rounds, the first 2 rounds would not feed correctly. If I only load 30, it works just fine.
The 2 original 15 round mags and the 20 round Promag have never given me a problem.
Same for ammo, I have never had an issue (no fail to fire, fail to eject, etc) with any ammo (again, except for the 32 round promag, but it is not an ammo issue), even the nasty Winchester Forged steel case garbage that did cause issues with other pistols.
Link Posted: 8/30/2022 1:06:27 AM EDT
[#12]
P89d was my first 9mm, still have it, it's boxy, klunkie, rattles, but has never not fired, or failed to function, I'll never get rid of it.
Link Posted: 8/30/2022 1:17:31 AM EDT
[Last Edit: lazyengineer] [#13]
Never really cared for it myself.  It didn't fit my hand right.  The trigger guard cut isn't right, so your middle finger ends up having to sit too low in the pistol grip.  Got a Cz75 and much preferred that, in comparison.  Way more comfortable in my hand.

That said, the P89 does run and I never minded th anesthetics.  Always struck me as the Pontiac Aztec, of pistols.
Link Posted: 9/5/2022 7:30:44 AM EDT
[#14]
They are old school and good to go , never a problem with one , when I see a very nice clean one I get it .
Link Posted: 9/5/2022 8:00:11 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By FredMan:
My first pistol. Big, ugly, long gritty trigger but it goes bang every time. And when run out of ammo you can beat your assailant to death with it.

https://live.staticflickr.com/1541/24673882666_1cc59683b3_b.jpgDSC_0360-P89DC by FredMan, on Flickr

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Same here. Sold it long ago. My Dad passed last July, I have his. Need to get more mags for it, teach my son to shoot pistol with it.
Link Posted: 9/5/2022 9:15:06 AM EDT
[#16]
I am another one who bought the P89 as his first pistol.  Still have it.  I take it out on occasion to shoot it.  The only time it failed me was on some questionable gun show ammo in ziploc bags.  Never made that mistake again.
Link Posted: 9/5/2022 9:31:19 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By zoe17:  Same here. Sold it long ago. My Dad passed last July, I have his. Need to get more mags for it, teach my son to shoot pistol with it.
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https://shopruger.com/P-Series-9mm-15-Round-Magazine/productinfo/90233/
Link Posted: 9/16/2022 4:59:42 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By ddollen:
So I went to pick up my Hellcat and while I was there I noticed a really nice blued P89 in the display case.  I know they (Ruger P89) are rock-solid and tough and I thought I need one to round out my collection.  Normally, when looking at used pistols, they are pretty gritty and dirty but the prior owner of this pistol took pride in his tool pistol.  Will go nice with my P90!
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For the last year or so, I’ve been on a Ruger P series kick and many for rounding out my collection as well.

My only regret is waiting this long to buy a few of them.
Link Posted: 9/16/2022 5:16:51 AM EDT
[#19]
Same..had a P89 and P95.. one stolen one sold..still miss them.  If I could find NIB I would be all over it
Link Posted: 9/16/2022 6:41:51 AM EDT
[#20]
I remember the day I bought mine. It was November 1993.

“FredMan”, says I to myself, “you need a pistol”.

The Brady law was coming into effect and I didn’t want no background check, so I trundled on out to a local bid box sporting goods store, sauntered up to the gun counter, and said “show me what you got”.

Guy says “These Rugers are inexpensive, well built, and incredibly reliable.”

“SOLD!!!” says I, and 10 minutes later I’m out the door with a few boxes of cheap FMJ.

I lived on 160 acres back then, so I put the dog in the house, walked out to the edge of the yard, threw out a few drink cans, and started blasting away.

A few weeks ater I spy the cover of Time magazine, and what do I see?

Gosh!  Looks just like mine!

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Link Posted: 9/16/2022 7:08:36 AM EDT
[#21]
My first pistol also. Traded it off years ago.
Link Posted: 9/24/2022 6:54:19 PM EDT
[#22]
Everyone’s first gun.  Added the P90DC a few years ago.

Link Posted: 10/21/2022 8:56:37 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By SCCnGA:
Everyone’s first gun.  Added the P90DC a few years ago.

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Yup. P90dc was the first gun i ever bought new. Couple moths after I got out of the Marine Corps. Still have it. One of my favorites. The gritty trigger smoothed out on its own after about 1000rds
Link Posted: 12/1/2022 11:09:45 AM EDT
[#24]
My first pistol. I bought it from my cousin in 1993. I still have it and I'll never sell it. I think it's the one gun I own that I've put the most rounds through.
Link Posted: 12/6/2022 8:26:52 AM EDT
[Last Edit: cwm1150] [#25]
They are great guns. My first three years in LE I carried a blued P89DC. I had rust issues on the Gulf coast and had the slide parkerized which solved that issue. Eventually sold it for something else.

Currently have a P85, P89DC blued and a P90. Great guns that just keep going and going
Link Posted: 12/7/2022 11:00:48 AM EDT
[#26]
P85 was my first pistol, traded it for a Mod 36, I was a poor broke rookie cop. I needed a back up gun, the FFL was kind enough to trade for a new S&W.

I could never find another P85, so I found a P89. It’s the one pistol that my wife will dispose of once I’m gone.
Link Posted: 12/7/2022 11:53:34 AM EDT
[#27]
I bought a P95DC that my wife really liked. I sold it and have still not heard the end of it. LGS has a beat up P89 in the bargain bin for $125 I might grab. It's had a rough life but it also might clean up alright.
Link Posted: 12/7/2022 12:19:41 PM EDT
[Last Edit: shwa] [#28]
I want one. I had a P95 as my first handgun but traded it for a glock 17 because I got tired of the safety accidentally getting turned on. I always wanted to fill its void with a P89, as I did enjoy the P95
Link Posted: 12/10/2022 8:43:22 AM EDT
[#29]
My first legal purchased pistol in 93 right before the ban.  Sold it to a co-worker and then that co-worker quit and never saw him again.  I was talking to another co-worker I didn't know that well and discussing teh gun I sold.  He tells me he bought it off of the guy who quit!  I bought it back a week later and never let it go again.



Link Posted: 12/14/2022 1:53:46 PM EDT
[#30]
I have an P89DC that’s in excellent condition. The trigger is a bit gritty and have heard that you can swap out with a 95 trigger for a smoother pull. Anyone tried this?
Link Posted: 12/25/2022 3:56:32 PM EDT
[#31]
Yep my first pistol. Early90s.  Still have it. Never fails. Built like a tank.
Link Posted: 1/9/2023 10:14:31 AM EDT
[Last Edit: gotigers] [#32]
I have my Dad's P89DC. It feeds and fires everything. Never a single faillure.

As a goof, i used it in a USPSA match. It did damn well.
Link Posted: 1/12/2023 10:32:30 AM EDT
[#33]
The prices of these Ruger P series tanks are increasing year by year and the ones in LN condition are going for insane prices. I own one P85, two P89s, two P93s and one P94.  Saw a used stainless P89 in VG condition at the local shop for $450… A little high IMHO.  Slept on it and went back the next day and it was gone.

They were beyond popular in the Army’s PX when I was stationed up in Alaska in the mid/late 80s and the P85s were going for $225 NIB.  Very popular with GIs and I wish I’d bought one, but I went broke on a Beretta 92 FS and already had an older S&W 439, so I was good on 9mm pistols.

Being a young man throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, I tend to be attracted to firearms from that period now and had to add a few P series to my current collection to bring me back to those years!!
Link Posted: 1/24/2023 7:53:03 PM EDT
[#34]
I just picked up a minty P95DC today.  Came with box, ppwrk and 3 mags.  Woo hoo.
Link Posted: 1/24/2023 8:04:22 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By TKLOL:
I have an P89DC that’s in excellent condition. The trigger is a bit gritty and have heard that you can swap out with a 95 trigger for a smoother pull. Anyone tried this?
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Link Posted: 2/8/2023 3:16:04 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By TKLOL:
I have an P89DC that’s in excellent condition. The trigger is a bit gritty and have heard that you can swap out with a 95 trigger for a smoother pull. Anyone tried this?
Do you swap just the trigger or what?
Link Posted: 2/10/2023 8:32:29 PM EDT
[#37]
Always wanted a P89 and recently stumbled upon one locally that's in like new condition with the original box, mags, and manual...also came with a Galco holster that looks unused. Traded about $300 of ammo for it so I'm thrilled.

Link Posted: 3/9/2023 9:58:24 AM EDT
[#38]
I've had one since 1990-91. I lost count of how much ammo has been sent down the pipe. It has been used to teach 4 kids how to shoot a pistol.

It is heavy and boxy, not something one would try to conceal IWB, but dead reliable. Will go bang every time.

I had the guide rod crack, called Ruger and I was sent another.
Link Posted: 3/9/2023 4:37:34 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By AJR576:
Always wanted a P89 and recently stumbled upon one locally that's in like new condition with the original box, mags, and manual...also came with a Galco holster that looks unused. Traded about $300 of ammo for it so I'm thrilled.

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Think I paid $325 for my NIB back in 1993.
Link Posted: 4/11/2023 9:52:34 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By Vague:
I bought a P95DC that my wife really liked. I sold it and have still not heard the end of it. LGS has a beat up P89 in the bargain bin for $125 I might grab. It's had a rough life but it also might clean up alright.
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Just get a part kits only need the receiver/frame
Ruger P89 parts kit
Link Posted: 5/8/2023 5:21:19 AM EDT
[#41]
I have a mint P89 in stainless , also a stainless 45 , both are flawless and shoot good never a problem , the trigger is nice for this type of gun . it`s hard to pass one up when I see a real nice one for sale , and they keep going up for a real clean one in box .
Link Posted: 5/8/2023 5:35:06 AM EDT
[#42]
First pistol. Sold it and eventually bought it back from the same guy. Still have it. It's a brick of a pistol but fun to shoot.
Link Posted: 5/8/2023 6:10:54 AM EDT
[Last Edit: DayandNight1701] [#43]
My first gun...I can only find one photo of it from almost 20 years ago.  It might even have been a P85, but either way.  I don't recall ever cleaning it and remember blasting 100's of rounds through it and it always went *bang*.

(hiding in the back there)
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I wasn't really into guns, but my good buddy at the time worked for his dad's pawn shop, so he always had cool sh*t.  I want to say he sold me the Ruger for like $100...it was cheap.

I traded the Ruger straight across for a Springfield 1911 a while later from the same buddy because he said he had almost nothing into the 1911. Beautiful gun but wasn't particularly reliable so I offloaded that after a few years.  

Recently found a well used P95 to replace my "first gun".  I traded an old Chicom Tokarev clone for it, (not even a cool one in 7.62X25, the lame one converted to 9mm with the bullsh*t safety.)

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Link Posted: 5/8/2023 6:30:33 AM EDT
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Yeah.  They're pricy.  Mine came with only one mag and I paid at least that for a spare OE mag.  Oh well.
Link Posted: 5/10/2023 3:44:32 PM EDT
[Last Edit: dwb1987] [#45]
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Yeah.  They're pricy.  Mine came with only one mag and I paid at least that for a spare OE mag.  Oh well.
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Little bit cheaper here.  I've also had decent luck finding some cheap as shit on ebay believe it or not.  They also have mec-gar for $23.  OEM for several manufactures, great mags.
Link Posted: 7/8/2023 7:28:36 PM EDT
[#46]
So what's the going rate for these nowadays? I saw a slightly dirty used one at the flea market today. Guy wanted $450. I was going to circle around and offer $400, but my wife fiddle-farted around and the guy had already left.
Link Posted: 7/15/2023 6:09:19 PM EDT
[#47]
I got one at my LGS 2 weeks ago for about $350. Came in the factory box with 3 mags. It’s my first P89 and I love it so far.
Link Posted: 7/15/2023 8:12:51 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By Balloo:
My first legal purchased pistol in 93 right before the ban.  Sold it to a co-worker and then that co-worker quit and never saw him again.  I was talking to another co-worker I didn't know that well and discussing teh gun I sold.  He tells me he bought it off of the guy who quit!  I bought it back a week later and never let it go again.

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Those Butler Creek grip panels were a huge improvement.   Ruger should have made those standard.
Link Posted: 7/15/2023 11:43:16 PM EDT
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Those Butler Creek grip panels were a huge improvement.   Ruger should have made those standard.
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Damn hard to find in just about anything except the S&W 459 size CDNN was selling for years.  

Somewhere, I still have one or two sets of the Uncle Mike's branded version for a 3rd gen 5900 series.  

By time I find them, they'll be worth $100 each


Several years ago, GT Distributors had several trade ins to include DAO versions of the P89 & P95.  I just didn't have the cash to spare
Link Posted: 8/23/2023 1:42:30 AM EDT
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