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Oh the poor poor ole Ruger P series guns, they often end up hiding in the gun shelves, surrounded by prettier pistols ( Glocks really!!!! ). I think most clerks assume the old ugly superstar , won't sell and makes other guns look better than they are. I found my latest acquisition on a bottom shelf surrounded by Glocks and Sig's at one of my local LGS's. When I asked to look at it the sales guy acted like he couldn't see it, kept grabbing Sig's..Finally he drug it out and the price was too high...$359. I explained to him that the P90 was too distracting being so big etc..and that I would be willing to take it out of his case to help his sales for $259.
OK OK the sales guy is not that gullible, but he came back with $319, I took him down to $279 and he relented. Didn't hurt that three other customers were vying for his time.
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It actually is in very good shape, a little clean up and it looks very nice -- for a P90. I ordered a Promag 10 round ext magazine and a Hogue boot grip
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I did some light polishing on the feed ramps, slide rails, barrel and guide rod. Did a complete tear down for cleaning and lube. The P-Series are short recoil—operated, locked breech semi-automatic pistols. They use a SIG P220 type locking system, and an M1911-style tilting barrel. The P-Series were made with a traditional double-action/single-action (DA/SA), or double-action-only (DAO) trigger mechanism. The P90 is a scaled-up version of the P89 chambered in .45 ACP with an aluminum frame. It was introduced in 1991 as the company's first attempt at a .45 ACP, and was in direct competition with Sig Sauer's P220, Smith and Wesson's 4500 series, and to a lesser extent Glock's G21 that came out the same year. The P90 is considered to have above average accuracy for its price. This tank weighs in at 39.4oz's with 7+1 of 230 grain ball ammo. The DA trigger pull is a long but smooth 1" of travel before a good break of 10LBS. The SA reset is about 3/4 " and breaks crisply at 4.5lbs. This pistol was built in 2000, 18 years old and still a great 45 caliber slugger.
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Here it is with the Hogue grip and Promag ext magazine. Be aware the lower part of these mags have very sharp edges, took some sandpaper to those edges and no problems. I know it looks re-diculous with that long mag, but it doesn't impact the balance that much, and is easy to load. So far 200 rounds in , 0 malfunctions and oh boy the accuracy!
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I really can't explain my range results from yesterdays shooting. I started at 15 yards and noticed on paper it was keeping rounds in a 2 inch pattern centered on the bullseye. So I put up this 8" sticky and backed up to 25 yards. This is 25 rounds pretty much through the same hole. Outstanding performance in good light. However with the smallish 3 dot site system I doubt I could repeat my results on a cloudy day. What can I say - for $279 I picked up a 45 almost equal to my competition Colt 1911. Another Ruger surprise.
 

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Yea, Ruger has been known to make ---shall we say a robust semi auto!!
Bless you my son for saving the Ruger from those nasty Glocks however!
can you imagine if after closing time they reproduced??
what would that look like?
 

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Outstanding purchase! Bought my P-90DC in 1994 and still have it. It shoots tight groups with my reloads at 25 yards and is still an outstanding pistol. In case you are interested, the Ruger P-345 8-round magazines work flawlessly in the P-90. :)
 

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View attachment 412018 I really can't explain my range results from yesterdays shooting. I started at 15 yards and noticed on paper it was keeping rounds in a 2 inch pattern centered on the bullseye. So I put up this 8" sticky and backed up to 25 yards. This is 25 rounds pretty much through the same hole. Outstanding performance in good light. However with the smallish 3 dot site system I doubt I could repeat my results on a cloudy day. What can I say - for $279 I picked up a 45 almost equal to my competition Colt 1911. Another Ruger surprise.
All that accuracy, with .45ACP power, and Ruger quality, for less than $300?

I need to send you a wish list and give you finders' fees. Wow.
 

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Outstanding purchase! Bought my P-90DC in 1994 and still have it. It shoots tight groups with my reloads at 25 yards and is still an outstanding pistol. In case you are interested, the Ruger P-345 8-round magazines work flawlessly in the P-90. :)
Thanks for the tip.
 

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Hogue grip really adds a lot to the guns appearance.

I always thought the grip design was what killed the appearance and appeal
of these things. Great guns, just ugly.

All the Best,
D. White
 
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Sweet deal, I'd take two at that price. These P series Rugers, with the exception of maybe the P85, are some of the finest built production guns ever. Yeah that one will give you a lifetime of service.

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I have the pictured KP90DC and a P85 and no longer have a P95 I used to have. The P90 is the best of the lot IMHO, near target grade accuracy, strong to the max, so reliable I think of it as my revolvers, never have a problem. I did have a magazine release spring snap on it, but Ruger had a new one in the mail post haste, within the week, free of charge. It would not have put me out of the fight, either, maybe a quick lull while I figured out what was wrong.
 
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I forgot to mention the GREAT trigger the P90 has vs P95 or P85. The DA/SA transition is easy on this gun. I really love it and carry it a lot.
 
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