Ruger P90 45acp Revisited
Kevin Felts 09.12.17
The 1980s and 1990s were a revolutionary time in handgun design. Some designs are still popular today, such as the Glock 17, Glock 19, Beretta 92f and the Sig P226, while other designs were eventually discontinued and forgotten. One of those forgotten handguns is the Ruger P90.
The P90 was introduced in in 1991 and was a turning point for Ruger, as the P90 was Rugers first handgun chambered in 45acp. This was basically a scaled up version of earlier P series handguns, such as the P89.
On a personal note, I bought a Ruger P90 in the mid-1990s. It was a wonderful handgun that handled well and never had a malfunction.
Iraqveteran8888 made an excellent video on the Ruger P90, which brought back a bunch of good memories of my P90.
When I had my Ruger P90, there was nothing not to like about it. The handgun was affordable and reliable.
If there was one thing to complain about, it had to be the lack of after market parts. However, in the 1990s when these handguns were being made, there was not a large after market supply for very much of anything. The availability of after market parts were limited to publications and gun shows. If you wanted something, you had to buy a magazine and look through it, or, go to a gun show.
There was something that could have helped, and may have hurt the P90, and that was the P90 did not accept 1911 magazines. The P90 requires its own special magazines.
Another thing that may have hurt the P90, the casting made the handgun thick and heavy. Then again, the extra weight helps with recoil.
If you are in the market for a handgun and see a used P90, take a look at it. Several months ago a local gun store had a used P90 on display. I looked at the gun, went home and thought about it for a little bit. When I went back to buy the handgun, it had already been sold.