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Okay. Went back and looked over my posts on P series mag releases and realized I was completely unclear and incomplete. I'll make a better effort this time, and to preview in the future. Can anyone shed some light on the following quibbles?

1)P-90 mag. release: mine sticks half the time with mag full or empty. The button also rocks a little from side to side (just doesn't feel solid). I've picked up a couple others in gun shops and some had the same feel ... some not. Will it become smoother and more consistent over time and with use or do I need to do something to make that happen? End of item one.

2) I've started looking for a 9mm, so figured I'd try the P series for that too, as I've been happy with the P-345 (with cleaned sights) and the P-90 (except for sticking and uneven feel issues above). Tried several used P-89s at three seperate shops. The owner of the first shop said "yeah, I don't much care for the release on those either". In the second shop, the owner lady had four of them used for sale (maybe should have gotten a clue from that, but what the heck). All of these examples ran from couldn't get the mag out at all, to "excuse me sir, if you'll just give me a few moments I'll be able to switch mags and we can continue this exchange of fire; your patience is appreciated".[xx(]
Yesterday morning I went to my regular local gun shop. They had a new P-89 and a new P95. The P-89 would not let go of the mag, period. The owner's wife had the same reaction I had; what the hey? how's that supposed to work. Told her I'd stop back and see if the old man could shed some light on the problem. The P-95 (with the same "push forward" release set-up felt less springy than what I'm used to on mag releases, but it spit out the mag every time (good sign!)

Do the above mag release issues always exist on the above guns? The P-95 on one examination, and the P-90 seem like the best of the bunch. Do these guys become smoother and consistent over time? Are the P-89s just flawed from the get go, or is there a known fix for the problem I experienced ... besides operator error[:p]?

Any info would be useful. thanks -- bowhair
 

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bowhair,

I can't really help you on your questions. Since I was thinking about a P90, I'm interested too.

The only P series Ruger I've had anything to do with was my stepsons P95T. It worked beautifully. The mags fell right out when the release was pushed, full or empty. It shot great, never malf'ed on us at all.
Actually it worked too good. My stepson shot up all his ammo, reloaded it, shot that up, then dug into my 158gr SWCs for my 357, loaded them up and shot them too.

So I know how they are supposed to work, but .......

Maybe if you contact Iowegan directly and ask him he could shed some light on this.

Joe
 

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Yeah, the P95 I tried yesterday was functioning just fine as far as the mag release went. I'm pretty sure it's what I'll go for in a 9mm; but I am curious about the overall mag release profile on all these guys. I can say I won't be parting with the P-90 unless the mag sticking ends with being a permanent deficiency; doubt it though. My friend has one and it's flawless. The others I've tried in shops are like mine, mostly okay, then it sticks a bit and so on. I'm betting it's a lube problem or some easy fix. And I have no complaints about how it shoots.

My daughter is showing some interest in shooting, too. She's on her own, but somehow I suspect my ammo bills will go up after she gets into it; much cheaper than therapy, though. Great when your kids get excited about something the geezers are into as well.

I'll give Iowegan a shout after I relinquish the computer to my wife for a while ... I just snuck in long enough to check and reply. thanks -- bowhair
 

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bowhair,

Have you taken the P90 apart and checked the magazine release for burrs or dents or things not right? I think that and checking the slots in the magazines where the catch latches into for burrs would be my next thing to do.

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I have both the P89 and P90. I have never had one seconds problem with my P89 with the condition you describe. I have carried it for several years now as my primary CCW. I now alternate between it and my P0 (cause my wife carries the P89 now). I just can't help you because I don't have those problems with mine.
 

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Joe, Sounds right to me. I'll take down the P-90 and see what's up there; if I find anything significant and my photo skills are up to it, I'll post it.

Gunman, I wish I could find one like you've got, or knew why the one's I've encountered were so danged stiff and in two cases completely unyielding. One that I'm looking at, the guy only wants $225.00 for it and I'm pretty sure I could get it for 2 even ... (he's the one who said he didn't like the releases on them either). If I was just sure I could cure the problem. It has a little bit of rub wear. But the slide has that nice loosey-goosey feel to it; the triggers smooth; and the bore looks clean. So, maybe I'll find something out from the gun shop guy here later in the week; they're closed Mon and Tues. Also am in contact with a 1911 specialist from Olympic Arms and he'll no doubt have some suggestions when I'm able to contact him this week.

Thanks all for the input. -- bowhair:D
 
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