ruger p95 or S&W chief 9mm

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    ruger p95 or S&W chief 9mm

    Ok, I found a s&w cs9 for 349.00 at a local gun store here in Georgia. My in-laws decided to get a home security system because in the last week they were broken into back to back days.

    Now I have been on a quest to get my wife a pistol she not only likes but will shoot...found one at a gun store here in Atlanta for 349.00.

    Now fast forward to today...the security salesman figured out that I was into guns and asked if I wanted to buy his ruger p95, 2 mags, mag loader, and around 90rounds for 250.00.

    My question is this...how reliable is this weapon vs. the Smith and Wesson cs9 Chiefs special?

    The SW is a single stack 9mm that holds 6 or 7 rounds while I'm assuming that ruger holds 13-15 rounds. Guy says he fires 124 grain +P rounds out of the gun...however, my wife likes the fit of the SW. If she likes the ruger better than that's what I'll get her...this is a HD weapon as we don't have concealed carry in Illinois.

    Her father is actually buying the SW and will give it to his daughter as a gift...and yes she will have her FOID card soon.

    If I go the SW route I'll check to make sure that we transfer it legally, but I want to make I don't get into any trouble buying from a private citizen.

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    I own a p95DAO... built like a tank...never had a jam...tough as nails, but maybe not the best gun for every one...? trigger pull is like 15lbs and very long...
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    I have the ruger- one of the best guns I own, more reliable then my glock.

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    Don't know much about that particular Smith auto...but that Ruger is built like a Swiss vault. I look at S&W as A REVOLVER COMPANY and purchase their products accordingly. Old School, I know, but that's my TWO CENTS!! Go for the Ruger!
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    Ok maybe against the grain here. I have a 3913 which I think is similar to a CS9. I would highly recommend it. Its accurate, reliable, and easy to conceal. Most importantly you said its for her and you said she likes the way it feels that. I would rather buy here something she likes to begin with she is more likely to use it.

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    Have heard GREAT things about the 3913....there are exceptions to ALL rules.
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    If your wife likes the Smith more and will shoot it more, I'd get her the 3913. IMO though, I like the p95 better.
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    I can't comment regarding the Smith (as I don't own one), but my P95dc now has over 4,500 rounds through it without a single failure (It's one of my all time favorites) . I would personally take the $250 deal in a heartbeat (even if your wife doesn't like it, I bet you will) .
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    Quote Originally Posted by BuckJM53 View Post
    I can't comment regarding the Smith (as I don't own one), but my P95dc now has over 4,500 rounds through it without a single failure (It's one of my all time favorites) . I would personally take the $250 deal in a heartbeat (even if your wife doesn't like it, I bet you will) .
    I would too...however we cannot afford to buy the 250.00 ruger and the 350.00 SW. Just cannot make 600.00 to buy two guns at this time. However, if I don't buy the ruger here I can post this guys contact information for those of you near Marietta, Ga.

    More than likely...since my wife likes the SW I probably go that route even though it is 100.00 more. If Illinois ever gets a ccw law then she can easily conceal that gun...plus I have my rock island .45 that is very easy to conceal.

    I used to have a ruger but sold it...loved it then...now looking at the sp100 or sp101 as my next purchase gun for me.

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    If she thinks she'll like the S&W more then get her that its her gun so let her decide. If she likes it she'll be more willing to practice with it. That said I'm a Ruger fan boy I'd jump on that $250 in a heart beat specially since my neighbor is looking into a ruger 9mm like the p95dc we already own. and its a 15+1 if i remember correctly. Happy choosing

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    CAN'T go wrong with either both great gun GOOD LUCK H/D
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    As with some other posters, I can't comment on the S&W, but I have a Ruger P95 that has never failed to feed, fire, or extract using a variety of 9mm ammo.

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    Here is my update. My wife and I have spoken about this in detail and we have decided to go with the ruger. It is a newer one with the picanny rail so that is good as I can put a light or laser on...I think a flashlight will be a better choice. Also, it holds twice as many rounds as the chief. However, I may have to work out a deal with my FIL and still get the chief as a BUG.

    Sometimes not being able to make decisions is tough...can't decide on which one to buy...buy both of them...at least I will try.

    Also, a big decision is that since my wife does not want to ccw then this is going to have to be a bed gun. Makes better sense as this will hold more rounds. Plus my wife has her shotgun that is loaded with #2 buckshot.

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    The Smith is a darn good gun. Buy it.
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    Oh well...the seller and I looked up the ATF rules and he cannot sell to me as someone who does not reside in his state. Stange though I told him two days ago I was an Illinois resident. He was more than happy to do it then until I told him I needed a bill of sale for my state.

    Oh well...better safe than sorry for both of us.

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