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Tough as nails, large and none to pretty. Google search 'test' or 'torture test' should pull up quite a bit. I have no personal experience with one.
 

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I have one, it's great. If you're lucky, get your hands on the PC9 later on...they use the same magazine. PC9 no longer in production, but could find one used. Back to the P89, shoots everything I put in it.
 

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Solidly built. Reliable. Reasonably accurate. Bulky and kinda funny lookin'.

Nothing you would need to be ashamed of if you bought one.
 

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The P89 is one of the toughest pistols I have owned. I abused that gun for a good 10 years before I sold it to a friend. He still has and uses it to this day. I kind of wish I had never sold it.
 

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Owned the P89 in college. Purchased it because it was the cheapest full-sized pistol in the gun store. Didn’t know squat about it because this was pre-“Everything is on the Internet” days. Not the most accurate thing and the trigger was rough as all get out. Rock solid reliable, would shoot anything I put in it and after awhile I started purposely abusing it. Didn’t clean it, stored it dirty, let it get dusty, and just kept pumping rounds through it. I finally wimped out after about 500 rounds and cleaned it again.

Loved mine. Getting it back this month from the person I gave it to. Can’t wait to go shoot it again.
 

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I have had one for about 15 years. It is large but it is a great gun. Give it at least minimal care and don't seriously abuse it and it will last several lifetimes.

 

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I have had one for about 15 years. It is large but it is a great gun. Give it at least minimal care and don't seriously abuse it and it will last several lifetimes.
You're making me feel old...I remember when they were first introduced :(
 

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You're making me feel old...I remember when they were first introduced :(
You are probably not as old as me. I was over 40 when they were introduced.
 

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You are probably not as old as me. I was over 40 when they were introduced.
You get the prize...28 in '85 here.
 

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I have one. Over engineered and built like a tank. I love mine. Not super accurate, but it's accurate enough.
 

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I have both, the P95 is my everyday carry gun. They are both rock solid dependable.
 

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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.
 

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I have the p89 and the brother in law has the p95. I love my 89 and he tells me I'm goin to love that 95 even more.

I look forward to putting them side by side and seeing how I like each of them.

That 89 runs like a typewriter and never gives me any problems. It is very hard to beat and its big enough to use as a club if need be.
 

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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.
 
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