Ruger P944 Accuracy
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Bastrop, TX

#1 Jan 13, 2009
Just wanted to chime in and see if anyone else had any feedback on the Ruger P944 in .40 cal.? I recently purchased one, brand new, Ruger Special Edition. Always generally liked the Ruger line, not pretty but very dependable.

Took it to the range and first spent a box of "cheap" Independant brand ammo through it. On the first magazine, I experianced 3 fail-to-feeds as the bullet would jam going into the barrel. A simple slap on the back slide usually corrected the problem. Out of 5 mags, each mag would have a fail-to-feed and became harder to correct as I had to rack the slide a couple of times to correct it. The accuracy was terrible. At 7 yards, 3 out of 10 shots hit near the 10X using a 6'Oclock aim. Always had 1 or 2 flyers that were not on the target. The rest were spread all over.

At 15 yards, the results were about the same. Then at 25 yards maybe one shot near the 10X and ther erest were all over the place with no real grouping. Still had 1 or 2 flyers.

I can shoot, and shoot rather well. I have been an experianced handgunner for over 15 years now and I've not had a problem like this.

I have since tried several types of ammo and the best so far being the Winchester SXZ ammo. The grouping was a little better but not what I would call normal. I've ran about 300 rounds through it and it's not straightened up yet.

Anyone with a similar problem? What are your opinions? Bad ammo? Defective Gun?
Bob Peterson

Hackettstown, NJ

#2 Jun 27, 2009
This is interesting and disconcerting. I am a new shooter about to buy a P944. I need all the help I can get. Any comments to Torque would be appreciated.

Cabot, AR

#4 Jul 3, 2009
Sorry to hear you're having problems. Your best bet is to contact Ruger customer service. Their pistols that behave badly are quite rare. But these things do occur from time to time, even with the renowned "Glock". Ruger has excellent customer service and they stand behind their product. It may require you sending it back for repair, or they may send you what you need to fix the problem yourself. I have a Ruger P95 9mm that is "laser accurate" with WWB and Rem.-UMC 115 grain FMJ, so I know they are capable of producing better groups than yours is. I'm sure your complaint is legitimate. Allow Ruger to address it for you before you give up on your 944.

BTW: I hear several complaints from shooters about the accuracy of .40 S&W FMJ's fired in many different makes of pistols. Their problems disappear with quality defensive ammo. Of course, the problem there is the high price of good HP rounds.

Good luck.

Minneapolis, MN

#5 Nov 11, 2009
Sort of shocked to read the letter about "failure to fee ammo" with your new P944. I'm a gun guy that has been thinking HARD about getting a 944 as a to-carry-gun.( I admit, mainly cuz I don't have a .40 cal. First time I've heard any bad talk about a Ruger; I bought my nephew his first gun, a 10-22, when I was on a 10-day leave from Iraq last April.

Seminole, FL

#6 Jan 23, 2010
I've had a Ruger P944 for a few years now. Bought it second hand from a gun shop. I've taken it out to the local range several times and like Torque, I use the cheap ammo. The firearm is deadly accurate in my hands, and i've never had it jam on me. My only gripe with the firearm is it can be a PITA to brake down and clean, but I put up with it.

I even feel so confident in this firearm that I keep it in the night stand by my side of the bed with a chambered round and a full magazine. SAFTEY ON OF COURSE.
Bob Peterson

Hackettstown, NJ

#7 Jan 25, 2010
Bought my P944 several months ago. Went to the range with an instructor. He fired several rounds just to see how it felt and he said the accuracy was good. I did have one fail to fire out of a box of Fiocchi, FMJFN. Other than that I was very please with the guns performance. Going to the range this weekend with a box of Federal MC L40SW3,(inexpensive) and a box of Hornady TAP FDPs. Will keep you posted.


Hendersonville, TN

#8 Jan 27, 2010
I bought one well used but in good condition. Zero problems with 165gr FMJ or 180gr JHP. Mechanically very sound and I would trust my life on it.

The only draw back I have noticed is that I tend to shoot slightly low with it, which I do not do with my Glock 23.


#9 Feb 2, 2010
I have just picked up my p44 in 40 cal . It jams but i found that my bras was getting hung up on a bur .had to sand the burs off and polish it .

Macon, GA

#10 Mar 2, 2010
its the sights most likely i am a pistol exspert in the corps and had trouble getting use to my p944 found it to be hard to get a good sight picture on a black target switch to shooting a white target and picl the front sight up slightly higher than norm

Artesia, NM

#11 May 4, 2010
i purchased a p944 a couple years ago brand new. never had a problem with it. put several thousand rounds thru it, and have never had a jam or miss fire. normally shoot the winchester white box ammo. very accurate. nice groups at different ranges.

“Constitutionist/ SAF”

Since: Mar 08

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#12 May 4, 2010
I paid full price for a P95 SS, 9mm. Oh well. Fired one hundred target rounds thru it. It comes with a magazine loader (because you will need it)!!

To take it apart, make sure it's empty and fire it or it won't come apart, and then look inside the magazine well (from the top downward) and push the small black lever down and forward. Next, line up the two small lines on the slide and the receiver (port side) and then remove the slide stop. The rest is easy and obvious.

Don't get the polymer lower wet from any alcohol based product.

9mm can be purchased for $00.19/round...!!

My deepest sympathy to those who have problems. Been there, done that. All of my guns perform flawlessly (they're deadly as hell if need be). Pity the fool who attempts an illegal entry from the front. Eh ?

United States

#13 Jun 22, 2010
I've had a few Remington jam. Winchester are good (40 Cal. 180grain jhp) I also have to aim high. But I have descent groups at 20 yrds. 4-5in. LOL if that's good.

United States

#14 Jun 22, 2010
Anyone have any thoughts on a rifle....just coyote and varmints. But occasionally deer..308.....270......or 243?

Beaverton, OR

#15 Jul 26, 2010
I got my P944 back in the 90's. I find it to be an extremely reliable gun, well balanced, and it looks great. The only problem with the gun is accuracy plus a relatively low capacity magazine.
I'm thinking of trading it for the new S&W SD40 which is price comparable and it holds 14+1 rounds.

“Constitutionist/ SAF”

Since: Mar 08

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#16 Jul 26, 2010
Kriz wrote:
Anyone have any thoughts on a rifle....just coyote and varmints. But occasionally deer..308.....270......or 243?
7.62X39 Dual purpose.

“Constitutionist/ SAF”

Since: Mar 08

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#17 Jul 27, 2010
Boomer wrote:
I got my P944 back in the 90's. I find it to be an extremely reliable gun, well balanced, and it looks great. The only problem with the gun is accuracy plus a relatively low capacity magazine.
I'm thinking of trading it for the new S&W SD40 which is price comparable and it holds 14+1 rounds.
More capacity means more weight.

United States

#18 Jul 29, 2010
Not a huge fan of the p series Ruger centerfire pistols. Their new stuff looks nice. I love the mk rimfire pistols thought. The design is genius.

Villa Rica, GA

#19 Aug 30, 2010
I Purchased my Ruger P94 40 cal.second-hand in my opinion it's one of the finest pistol's i've ever shot, no adjusting point of aim and i've never had a jam, It peforms flawlessly no matter the ammo brand or type..I'm one very happy Ruger man..I also have a Gp 100 .357 mag fantastic piece too..

United States

#20 Aug 31, 2010
The only rugers worth a dam are the mk rimfire pistols. The p series pistols are blocky and cheap, especially the polomer framed ones. The new stuff looks alright, but after watching ruger and s&w kiss slick willys bum, and lobbied for the assault weapons ban, ruger can eat turds along with s&w. Notice, the only good s&w stuff is from the 60s, 70s, and 80s.

Pepperell, MA

#21 Oct 22, 2010
I've owned a P944 for 5 years, fed it the cheapest .40 S&W I could find and it has never failed to load and fire. You can still get the original style 11 round mags aftermarket for a little more capacity. Ruger stands by their product 100%. Count me as another very happy Ruger fan.

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