Originally Posted by John_Deer
I have never shot a P89. I own a P95 and I am very happy with it. From what I am reading in the gun rags the newer P series has a better trigger and is more ergonomic. I believe the ergonomic part but I am not so quick to believe the function part. It appears that we have enough FTF members that have shot both to clarify this matter.
The P89 is very much a "we threw everything at the wall and saw what stuck" approach. That's because the P85, the original P-Series handgun, was simply a knee-jerk reaction to the wonder 9 market that was passing Ruger by.
That is largely why the P89 is over-engineered and shows a very early 80's design sensibility in regards to ergonomics.
I have no doubt the P95 improved on many things. I wouldn't buy a P89 over a P95 if given the choice. That said, I love my P89 warts and all. Yeah, the trigger is not great and the gun definitely puts function well over form but it is as solid as they come.