RUGER P95 9mm

Ruger’s P95 pistol, featuring a polymer frame for light weight,…

Ruger’s P95 pistol, featuring a polymer frame for light weight, is designed to provide years of trouble-free service. Shown equipped with a SureFire X400.

Back in the mid-1980s when Ruger introduced their first centerfire semi-autopistol, the double-action 9mm P85, it opened the door for a succession of other developments that followed. The P85 had one or two birthing pains that led to the re-vamped P89, which was well received by Ruger fans and others who liked the performance that came with the reasonable price tag. Both pistols were designed with the typical Ruger approach that merged function, durability and efficient manufacturing processes. So much so, that there was some law enforcement interest among those who floated their own hardware because the guns were relatively affordable on a cop’s salary. But they were sizable platforms, big and blocky, and some potential buyers passed for that reason.

The streamlined “snout” on the P-Series pistols now carries an accessory rail under the barrel for lights or aiming devices.

Other calibers and variations followed, still on the large side, until Ruger brought out the even more refined P93 and P94 models. With rounded contours, shorter barrels, and a trimmer package, the new P-guns were in my opinion more visually appealing, felt great in the hand, and created a little less bulk on a duty belt or in the hand. Function remained a given, pricing was still great, and the guns were built to last. What would come next would be a significant change to the series. Whereas previous models had featured alloy frames to keep down weight, a new offering would employ a modern polymer frame. This pistol, the P95, took the series to the next level.

Gun Details
I covered the P94 when it first came out and liked what I found. It was a great improvement over the earlier Ruger pistols in handling and looks. The P95 now carries on the same overall profile with the rounded Art Deco snout somewhat reminiscent of the great streamlined locomotives of the 1930s, white 3-dot sights with pinned front and dovetailed rear, huge ejection port, beefy external extractor, slide-mounted ambidextrous safety/decocker, rowel-type hammer, ambidextrous magazine release levers, smooth trigger and 15-round magazine (or 10-rounders for those governing bodies that reject anything higher). The frame, which Ruger describes as a glass-fiber reinforced polyurethane material, has been updated from earlier 95s with a pebble-grained grip texture and an accessory rail up front that was added in 2006. Otherwise, it’s essentially a P94 with a non-metallic frame, and if you knew those pistols you know this one.

The P95’s no-snag three-dot sights are easily visible, and the slide-mounted safety/decocker is shown engaged in the down “safe” position. Ambidextrous controls are lefty-friendly, with decocker and magazine release levers identical on both sides.

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  • Ageoff

    This is a remarkable gun. Magazines are easily reloaded with the included tool and without the tool are MUCH easier to reload than Sig P226 magazines. I also have a P97 without the safety and see the inclusion/lack of a safety a non-issue. If you don’t like the safety, use it as a decocker only and keep it “off”. I firmly believe the civilian shooter would be buying more of these excellant firearms if Ruger had priced it 20% higher.

  • Andy White

    I will have to look into buying this gun. I have a stainless P85 bought in Pheonix back in 1991 and put thousands of range rounds through it. My grouping are still as tight as the day I bought it, but it may be interesting to try a slimmer version.

  • Mr. Zsaz

    Great review. I have owned a P95 for about 3 years and love it. Sure, it is not as stylish as some other offerings, but it is a fraction of the cost of some of them. It will fire anything you put into it, and if you do run out of ammo it can be used in a melee role. The magazines do get easier to load the more you shoot. I have no intention of ever getting rid of mine.

  • mike

    Mine works just fine. I did try new and clean Rem. 115 Gr. ball with a great deal of jamming. I had a box of Blazer 115 Gr. Ball, so I tried it and not a problem. I think a combination of breakin on some individual guns and maybe a less than perfect box of ammo can sour a person out unless a view to get it done.

  • read whole article..apparently this review is very solid….no problems in multiple rds….no ploblem..has a rail for light and laser….

    herre’s what i need some help on…..

    the reviewer said this is grouped statement….

    “The slide-mounted safety/decocker is not the most efficient for run and gun games or week-long pistol classes, but as a nightstand or home-defense gun where bumps in the night rarely result in sustained firefights, 16 rounds of premium 9mm fodder is unlikely to be an immense handicap without multiple speed reloads.”

    now why would this p95 not be put into the same class of reliabilty as say sig sauers and other major names…help me understand


  • schoony

    I have had my p95 Ruger 9mm for about 2 years now and never had a problem with it.I absolutely love this semi-auto pistol.I wasn’t sure what to buy and our local gun dealer recommended this(p95)to me and i bought it.It was a great choice and now i am sold on Ruger.thanks Ruger for the great products…

  • Daniel

    The P95 is good firearm. However, Ruger insists on producing traditional DA/SA center fire pistols, that have manual safeties without a de-cock only option. They use to offer a de-cock only model on all of their center fire pistols, but it seems those days are gone forever. Because of this, I will not own a Ruger center fire pistol. Their revolvers are great, and I do own one. The P series pistols do not require a manual safety. When de-cocked, they are just as safe to carry as an un-cocked revolver.

  • gene

    I must be old, I love my P91DC 40 other mention of this gun.

  • Tommy

    P95 is my daily CC also and I have the LCP 380 I also agree RUGER all the way

  • I own the P-89, P-93, P95 and P345 all guns are excellent to shoot, the P95 is a very reliable and fun to use. The P-93 is my favorite but also seems to be my wife’s also. Of the eight semiautomatics I own all are Ruger. Having owned many other makers guns I have always found Ruger to be the most reliable.

  • Chris lindmar

    My first handgun was my ruger p97dc in 45acp and I love it. Its one of my most reliable guns and is a pleasure to shoot. This gun turned me into a lifetime ruger fan. I recomend rugers to all my friends getting into shooting. I plan on purchasing multiple other ruger guns thanx ruger we love your guns!

  • Paul

    I love my P95 so much that I picked up it’s big brother the P345. These are the only Semi Autos that I have or want. Thousands of rounds and not one problem yet.

  • the p95 is a all time favorite of mine i would like to see a adjustable rear sight model

  • the 95 is a all time, favorite , the stainless model is fantastic in my book would love to see it with a adjustable rear sight

  • I used a P-95 for years as my duty weapon. I never had a jam or any other problems with her. I just moved up to the P-345 last Christmas for my main weapon. I don’t plan on given any of them up. RUGERs all the way in my book. Rugers are for the working man and women for work or play. Thank you Ruger for making such great weapons keep the good work up…..

  • Dave W

    I love my P-95. My daily CCW.

  • Sam

    I love all my ruger guns p95 sr9c 38 and now 1911 thanku RUGER

  • Darrell

    I have a P95 and I love it. It’s one of the sweetest shooting handguns you can wrap your hands around and thats what sold me on this gun was when I picked it up and it felt like it belonged in my hand it fit so well. Love it

  • Jack

    My P95 was my first gun. I bought it used and I now have 3 Ruger pistols. I love them all. P95, LCP, SR9c.

  • Still my primary pistol. Great shooting gun!!!

  • Tim

    Great gun. Can’t be beat for the price. I have one that has never one time jammed through thousands of rounds, mostly my lead reloads.

  • Richard

    Ruger took great afrodable gun made better P95. Dare some one find gun made in USA for price p-95 works good as does.