I see what you are saying. I only compare the two because they are both in their time at shot at some military contract from Ruger. I think they are both fantastic. I have multiple of each. Just seeing a general consensus of what people like better and why. No real science or reason other than that for this post lolBonz,
I know what you're trying to do, but you're trying to compare two very different pistols. You're asking the type of question as "which dog breed is better?" or "which cat breed is better?" or "which truck is better?"
Yes, they're both semi-auto pistols, but therein lies their similarities. Otherwise, they're operationally different. The P-Series are hammer-fired while the Americans are striker-fired, a main difference being the Ps have a second-strike capability, while the Americans do not. Ps can be cocked and fired single-action, while the Americans have only one trigger pull. Some may place value on such things over the other.
Some Ps are alloy and the Americans are polymer. The Americans have higher magazine capacities (where not limited by law), I believe.
I have both in .45. I shoot the P90 better, but that's due to the work I had to put in to get good at shooting it. I'm not there yet with the .45 RAP. .45ACP seems to be a challenging caliber for me to shoot well.
If I were to judge on defensive use, I would say that I would lean toward the RAP for the following reasons, which really are not due to any real shortcomings of my P90 except for its "obsolescence":
So, I guess, I grudgingly selected the American.
- RAP has 10-round (10+1?) capacity, when my P90 has 8 (8+1, but very tight)
- RAP is still a supported platform, while P90 parts are getting more and more scarce and Ruger does not support it
- My RAP version does not have a manual safety
- I am more used to striker-fired or Single Action semi-autos. My P90 is my only DA/SA auto
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My .45 American:
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We're good. I hope I didn't come across as argumentative, which wasn't my intent.I see what you are saying. I only compare the two because they are both in their time at shot at some military contract from Ruger. I think they are both fantastic. I have multiple of each. Just seeing a general consensus of what people like better and why. No real science or reason other than that for this post lol
No not at all. I asked for reasons why people chose what they chose. You responded accordingly. My personal opinion is the p series are a gold standard of reliability and durability. I would say the American series comes close, but nothing beats the almighty P Series!We're good. I hope I didn't come across as argumentative, which wasn't my intent.
I forgot to add my personal upsides of my P90 over my RAP:
I'll never wear either of them out...
- I shoot it better (mentioned)
- It handles my lead round nose loads, while my RAP doesn't (might be my loading technique...remains to be investigated)
- The RAP looks cool, but the P90 just looks so much more bad-azz!
I'm a huge fan of the p series myself, they are actually what got me into semi auto pistols. I agree the takedown is simple, I could do it in my sleep. I personally like both the series so much that I was just looking for any little thing the American has over the p series. On the other hand the p series has double strike capabilities, they both do different things great. Ask me tomorrow and my vote could change, it is that close for meIm a die hard P series owner, and shooter, so its only logical my vote. I have shot the american. sr series to, and its just not me. I feel my glock already has that role filled. Not that the american or SR are bad pistols, just not my favorite. I perfer hamner fired to striker fired.
The takedown on a P series is as simple as it gets, only thing more simple would be break action shotgun. 😉
Nobody said they were hard to break down.....I vote P series as well, not a striker fire type guy. The grips on the P series fit my long fingers like a glove. Whoever said the P series was hard to break down is just wtong. It's easy peasy if you ask me. Straight forward process ...