The Ruger P95 is a semi-automatic large-frame pistol chambered in 9mm. The P-Series have been available in the US since 1987 and are marketed as economically priced all-purpose pistols. The difference between the P-95 and the P-345 is of course the caliber, the P-95 has fixed sights and costs about $200 less. Otherwise they are very similar.
The P-95 uses a short-recoil, locked-breech system where the backwards force is absorbed by the slide rather than the frame. Although there are many locked-breech handguns, the P-Series uses a design similar to the SIG P220 and 1911 pistols.
Features include an ambidextrous safety/decocker and an automatic firing pin safety that blocks the firing pin unless the trigger is pulled fully rearward. It has a black polymer frame, stainless steel or blued alloy steel slide, and a double-stacked 10- or 15-round magazine.
Ruger recommends the P-95 for self-defense, tactical and sport shooting.
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It’s simple to sum up the qualities of the Ruger’s P95 semi-automatic handgun.
Reliable. Versatile. Affordable.
Versatile: The P95 is easy to handle and relatively lightweight, making it a popular concealed carry gun for personal defense, though it’s also sometimes used by military and police. It’s styling is more Velma than Daphne. But what it lacks in style points it more than makes up for in reliability.
Shooters often tout its weighted balance and low recoil, making it a nice choice for the younger or more inexperienced. It’s also a great personal defense choice for women wanting something substantial yet friendly. But don’t be fooled — it is still plenty manly enough for the big dogs.
Reliable: Like I said, you won’t look like the biggest badass when you brandish this weapon, but then again, defense isn’t a fashion show. When it matters most the P95 comes with the confidence that it will shoot all 15 rounds without a glitch. Very few people ever report even minor mechanical failings. A veteran friend fired thousands of rounds from his P95 over four years, without a single cleaning, or problem. Obviously that kind of maintenance is not wise, but it does make the P95 a good choice for the incurably lazy.
Affordable: Ruger began making the P95 in 1996. Today they’re just a few hundred dollars new, and a used one can be picked up for a bit less. Originally there were three types: the safety, de-cocker and double action models. In 2005 all but the safety model were discontinued, but new features include an added Picatinny rail for a laser light or if you use laser grips, a finish on the grip frame and several added safety features.
What else can be said? Oh yeah, it’s also really fun to shoot. But then again, so is everything.