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不不不不.... The obvious alternative are used 3rd generation S&W pistols from famous value line. The 9x19 908, 915, .40 ??, .45 457, 457s. Better guns in every way which can be had for similar price or slightly more. The plastic sights do not shift, and function as intended.

How reliable is the old Smith 59 9mm series compared to the Ruger P89/P95 9mms....since they are both double stack 9s. Not looks but dependability?

I don't know if Smith made a de-cock only M59 or for that matter DAO. Can anyone shed some light?

Smith doctored up the 5906 in several ways, I "think" the DAO was the 5946, though that might be the wrong number (that was during the "model of the week" period, when Smith came up with any and all variants possible for this model or that. Yeah, they DID make a DAO....................


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I had a P89 but traded it off long ago. I never warmed up to it, feeling blocky and crude, but it always went bang. We jokingly called it the AK47 of pistols.


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I had a P90 that never malfunctioned and was easy to shoot accurately. I still think about it, but wanted a Hi Power so had to let it go.

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I have a P90 and a P95. I have a pair of Johnny Bench-style hands. In fact, I met Johnny years ago and asked to compare hands. Mine were a tad bigger, but I could never hold that many baseballs. My P90 and P95 fit my big paws much better than a standard 1911. My Ruger maven friend, Bob, suggested the P90 when I asked him years ago. He had little hands and had a hard time with this series.

I was never a big pistol guy. I bought a P90 just so I'd have a 45 ACP around. Somewhere along the way, I got to liking it, and ended up being a favorite. I carried it concealed the first year or so I had my permit. Then I ordered a P95 so I'd have more in the mag, and I still have both.

I've never had feed trouble with either, except when I was fine-tuning handloads. After adding a Lee Factory Crimp die to the process, I've never had a failure to feed. I've never abused either weapon, so I can't tell you they are built like a tank, but the P90 has been shot extensively and still looks new.


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have a P90 .45, very reliable and accurate pistol, I have carried it at times, but it is a bit heavy for all day wear, but it really lives to go on jeep rides in the desert.


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Dont have one, dont like them, no desire to buy one.

Would buy one too cheap. They aren't junk, one would be fine
in the armrest, under the endtable.....


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Originally Posted by EdM
I have a P345 that has proven to be 100% reliable and easy to shoot well. Great ergonomics.
Had a 2 tone.

I believe John Taffin was a huge fan.

These were not nearly as blocky as the other P series.


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If i stumbled into a deal on one I would buy it. My friend has one that he purchased 25 years ago and it is a rock solid semi auto. It runs well and I have shot it a good bit. No complaints for what it is! A Ruger semi auto that is well built and reliable!

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If i stumbled into a deal on one I would buy it. My friend has one that he purchased 25 years ago and it is a rock solid semi auto. It runs well and I have shot it a good bit. No complaints for what it is! A Ruger semi auto that is well built and reliable!

Yep. Id like to stumble on a couple more of them for $200 bucks each. Theyd make a fine truck or 4 wheeler gun. You could run over one and it wouldnt hurt it.


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Built like tanks , fairly accurate, reliable. Just a little heavy for a daily carry gun for my taste

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I've had a P90DC since new. It's a brick. High bore axis, single stack magazine capacity. Adaquate accuracy. It's never failed to cycle or fire. It's obsolete for good reason, but it's "Ruger," durable. Over built. I keep it loaded for HD and sometimes use it for a camp gun. I got no complaints.

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I have one. I use 15 round clips with mine.

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A P85 crunchenticker was my first wondernine (remember those terms? ), my first semiauto pistol.

Yep, big and clunky and overbuilt, IIRC they were trying for a military contract but were a bit late. Nothing wrong with it, reliable. As a lefty I did appreciate the ambidextrous safety.

IIRC on takedown there was a spring or something that could fly clear across the room or if you werent careful

Traded it off on a Gen2 Glock 19, I still have that 19, but Im sure the P85 woulda still been working just fine also.


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When I was an Operations Manager at Gander Mountain we always took them in on trade because they were usually reliable for the price. Nothing great about them but they never came back in with issues.

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