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 Post subject: Ruger P97DC
PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2007 11:27 am 
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Hello all, I recently aquired a new pistol. Just like the title says, it's a ruger P97DC (De Cocker model). I got it of my cousin while on vacation this weekend. I traded him an old shotgun for it. The pistol came with a holster, an extra 10 round extened mag and he also gave me 100 rounds of shells.

I know I got a good deal, especially since the shotgun I traded was only worth about $200, but I was wondering what the problems are with these pistols. The only thing I don't like about it is the composite frame and I wouldn't have traded if it wasn't because this pistol was so darn accurate! I was hitting a pop can at about 15 yards every shot. I don't know how long the gun will hold up, but since it has the serial number on it it's going to be pretty hard to swap out.

Are they good pistols? I found out they are discontinued by going to the Ruger website, I think they were replaced by the P345, but I don't know.

Does anyone here own one? If so, can you tell me the experiences you had with it also?
Any advice or information is appreciated...

Matt


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 Post subject: re: Ruger P97DC
PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2007 1:37 pm 
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All the Ruger "P-series" pistols are solid, utilitarian designs. They go "bang" every time you pull the trigger, they are reasonably tolerant of operating without cleaning for extended periods, and are pretty simple to operate and disassemble.

They are NOT a target gun, however... pretty poor triggers that you can't do much about; lots of take-up, lots of creep, lots of overtravel. Also, pretty heavy triggers, which can be partly remedied with new springs.


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 Post subject: re: Ruger P97DC
PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2007 7:34 pm 
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Thanks for the info wwb. I went out and shot 100 rounds through it. It never misfired or any kind of jam. The rounds I were shooting was the 230Gr. Winchester Target grade loads. It was really accurate, and wasn't too hard to handle at all. No, I didn't like the triggers, does anyone know if they make any aftermarket accessories for this pistol?

I like it alot, it's my first big centerfire autoloading pistol, but I own a rimfire ruger MkII and I've shot many centerfire pistols, but this is the first one to call my own. I like it alot, and it seems to be built pretty well except for like you said, the trigger.

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 Post subject: Re: re: Ruger P97DC
PostPosted: Wed Sep 05, 2007 6:33 am 
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mtthwvngold20 wrote:
..... It was really accurate, and wasn't too hard to handle at all. No, I didn't like the triggers, does anyone know if they make any aftermarket accessories for this pistol?.....


If you think it was "really accurate", you need to try a 1911 - then you'll change your mind. The trigger pull on the "P" guns is so bad that, as I said, you'll never make a target gun out of them.

Aftermarket stuff for the Ruger "P" guns..... springs for most models, and grips for most models. That's about it.


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 Post subject: re: Ruger P97DC
PostPosted: Wed Sep 05, 2007 9:11 am 
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My grandpa used to have one of the Colt's 1991 A1 series 80. It was a really nice gun, but I couldn't hit a thing with it. I don't know if it was needing adjusting or I was younger...but like I said before, I probably couldn't have hit a fullsize truck with it at 25 yards, lol. It was completly stock and original, so that might have been the reason also.

This little Plastic gun has really suprised me, to say the least though. I thought alot about it...it would kick hard...it would be innacurate, but like I said before, I like it alot.

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