Today I thought I would review the trusty old Ruger P91 DC.
To be totally honest this is the first semi automatic handgun I ever owned.
I purchased mine in 1993 shortly after it first came available on our local market.
The P series from Ruger was kinda/sorta based on the old Browning 1911 action, with some modifications. Okay a lot of modifications.
They are a heavy durable firearm that was designed to be used for just about anyone and everyone, from military and law enforcement to civilians.
The P series is a fairly good sized gun, which makes concealed carry a little tricky but it can be done.
Ruger started this series with the P-85 which was a 9.mm then moved up to the P-89 (another 9.mm), then beefed up the same gun with a sturdier barrel and larger bore and called it the P-90 which was a 45 caliber.
In the early 1990’s 10.mm handguns were getting popular and the stopping power of the 9.mm began to come into question. The 45’s (unless you had one of the old Para Ordnance) hardly ever handled more than 7 rounds in the mag and chamber combined.
The 9.mm with it’s magazine capacities of upwards of 13 rounds was the choice for a lot of law enforcement organizations, however as previously mentioned the 9.mm began having some issues with stopping power.
The 10.mm was tried briefly and was thought to be a little bit of overkill as the power behind it would not only stop someone but in the event of a head shot, make them almost unrecognizable.
The FBI began having special 10.mm rounds made that offered a significant reduction in power, prompting Winchester and Smith and Wesson to combine forces and come up with the 40 s&w caliber.
It is the same size bullet as the 10 millimeter but it has a shorter shell and less power. Making it ideal for police work.
The P91 became available in 1993 which is when I bought mine. Seems like the options were a stainless finish (up above) or a matte black finish.
I bought the gun and five boxes of ammo and headed for the range.
The pros as I see them is the eleven round magazine capacity, the weight of the guns and the three dot sights.
The cons as I see them are if you get any dirt behind the extractor the gun will not eject the round. (That’s the only issue I have ever had with this firearm).
It is a fairly accurate semi automatic and it does require two hands to shoot, until you get used to it.
The Ruger P91 is fully capable of reaching out and touching someone as a friend and myself were shooting human sized targets from over a hundred yards with this gun. The range we shoot at goes to 110 yards and we had the target sat up at the very back of the range and we were standing about four yards behind the shooting table (there was no one else at the range that day). Granted I couldn’t make the consistent headshots that my friend was making with it, but I had left my glasses at home, (yeah, that’s it, let’s go with that), but the body shots for my old feeble eyes were pretty easy, just aim at the head and hit in the chest.
I’ve had this gun for almost 20 years now and like I said the only trouble I have had is the extractor got a grain of sand behind it and would not eject the shells. After I finally figured that out and removed the offending debris the gun has given me no more problems. Of course if I am shooting in a dusty or sandy environment I make sure to keep a check on that more often.
I think the price for the pistol new was somewhere around 300 with the ammo and tax and this pistol has been well worth the money.