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It was in 1949 that Sturm, Ruger & Company, Incorporated, more commonly known as Ruger, was founded by William B. Ruger and Alexander McCormick Sturm. Since then, the Connecticut-based arms manufacturer has been recognized as a leader in centerfire and rimfire handguns and rifles and renowned for their reputation regarding both reliability and durability. It is that very same reputation that pushes the company to build upon their past successes and continue production of new firearms that surpass the old in terms of both quality and performance, which is exactly how the P Series came about. Without a doubt, the Ruger P series – the Ruger P95 in particular – has surpassed its predecessors on all fronts.
Originally introduced in 1996, the Ruger P95 hails from the much larger P Series, which was introduced 11 years earlier in 1985. The P Series is a rugged series of semi-automatic, centerfire pistols, each of which operates on a locked breech, short-recoil system that borrows heavily from both the SIG Sauer P220 and the M1911. Intended for military, police, civilian and recreational use, the P Series is touted as a series of simple, economical and serviceable pistols that can be counted on to perform on any conditions, and that is exactly what they are.
One of the selling points for the Ruger P95 is its simple design, which lends itself to easy maintenance. The P95 is designed to be taken down, without the use of special tools, into five major subassemblies for cleaning and routine maintenance.
The Ruger P95 features a 3.9-inch, stainless steel barrel (1:10 inch twist) alongside an overall length of 7 1/4 inches. Part of the pistol's ruggedness comes from its use of chrome-molybdenum steel, which has been blued to protect it from rust and other forms of corrosion. When paired with the lightweight, reinforced polymer grip frame, which features non-slip textured grip panels, the pistol weighs in at a manageable 27 ounces – just less than two pounds. Other features include an ambidextrous manual safety that is easily reached with either thumb, a high-visibility three-dot iron sight system for quick and easy target acquisition, a rounded trigger guard and an integral Picatinny rail for the attachment of lights, lasers and other tactical accessories. As noted, the pistol is chambered for the 9x19mm Parabellum cartridge and includes two 15-round magazines.
The Ruger P95 is an excellent choice for:
- Personal defense
- Target shooting
- Sport shooting
- Much more…