45 Photos - Sep 22, 2011
Photo: The Before restoration side view of the Ruger P95. A well worn and from outward appearance fully functional pistol.Photo: The Before restoration side view of the Ruger P95. A well worn and from outward appearance fully functional pistol.Photo: First make sure the pistol is unloaded! Then field strip the weapon.Photo: The slide is now off the pistol with the slide stop removed.Photo: Remove the recoil assembly, there is a lock ring at the end of the assembly to hold all of the parts together so nothing will go flying. But do use care the locking ring can fail sending parts to far flung places.Photo: Once the recoil assembly has been removed pull the barrel out of the slide.Photo: The slide in its 3 main components. This would be as far as you would want to go for general field striping and regular maintenance.Photo: To disassemble the recoil assembly use your fingers to pull the washer at the end of the springs back to reveal the lock ring. Use a pick to pull the lock ring off the guide rod and slowly release the tension on the springs. You should have 5 peices for the guide rod assembly Guide rod Large diameter but short spring  Small diameter but long spring  Washer  Lock ringPhoto: Now we will move on to the slide. To remove the safeties you first have to remove the extractor.Photo: You have to push outward on the extractor to be able to remove it. Notice in the picture there is a pin that sticks into the slide this holds it in place. You have to push the extractor outward so that pin clears the slide then pull the slide towards the front of the slide as shown.Photo: Pull the extractor all the way out.Photo: Once the extractor is removed the right side safety can now come out. The extractor holds the right side safety in place so it wont just fall out. Wiggle the right side safety.Photo: Wiggle the right side safety pulling it out of the slide.Photo: Use caution removing the right side safety there is a spring and a detent pin that is inside of the safety. Use your fingers to cover the parts so they do not go flying.Photo: A close up of how the extractor fits in the slide and right side safety. Notice how bad the rust is internally. This rust was compromising the function of the safety. The customer brought the pistol in saying that the gun would not work....it was rusted in place on safe.Photo: An even closer look of how the parts go together. Agin notice the rust and grime. Some good cleaning and refinishing and this gun will be back to factory condition.Photo: Now you have to remove the left hand safety.Photo: To remove the left hand safety lower the safety all the way down. It locks into the slide but lowering provides the clearance to wiggle it loose.Photo: Use your fingers to cover the back of the slide so the firing pin does not go flying out. Wiggle the safety all the way out of the slide.Photo: The firing pin should pop out of the slide.Photo: Remove the firing pin and firing pin rebound spring.Photo: To remove the drop safety you first have to remove the rear sight.Photo: USe an allen key to loosen the locking screw in the rear sight.Photo: Once the set screw is loose use a punch to tap the rear sight out.Photo: Tap the rear sight from right to left, I will show you why in a second.Photo: The drop safety spring and plunger is underneath the rear sight, you can just see it peeking out.Photo: Use your finger as you tap the rear sight so the spring and plunger do not go flying to places unknown.Photo: Remove the Drop safety spring and plunger from the slide.Photo: Now this is why you want to go right to left when removing the rear sight. If you go left to right the spring and plunger can pop into the set screw hole. I completely removed the set screw to show how it can pop up. Now if you only backed the set screw off a couple of turns underneath that plunger could pop partially into the hole and there you would be banging on that sight bending and breaking that spring and plugger and not even know it until it was too late.Photo: Remove the rear sight.Photo: Once the rear sight is out of the way, remove the drop safety. Pay attention to its orientation.Photo: All of the parts shown.Photo: Now the front sight. It is held in place with two tiny roll pins.Photo: You have to use a tiny punch to tap them two tiny roll pins out. Most people will wuss out and just refinish the slide with out removing the front. I will show you later why you don`t want to do this. It will be almost impossible to find a punch this small unless you go to a specialty shop. But here is a huge hint find a drill bit and use it as punch, just find the right size to fit in the hole. MAKE YOUR OWN PUNCHES HOW ABOUT THAT!Photo: Remove the front sight you may have to wiggle it out of the slide.Photo: Now this is why you do not want to take shortcuts and is the difference between an pro job and a hack job. This gun was rusting from the inside out and not 100% disassembling would just have been a cover up job hiding the real problems.Photo: Here is the Ruger P95 completely disassembled in a schematic view.Photo: The slide freshly blasted and coated. I used KG Gun Kote in Titanium color.Photo: The slide freshly blasted and coated. I used KG Gun Kote in Titanium color.Photo: A good refinisher will evenly coat the parts in all of the nooks and crannies.Photo: No more rust thanks to a good abrasive blast. remember to completely coat the whole slide and the slide is completely protected even in the hidden places.Photo: The coating should even coat areas unseen this separates the pros from an amateur.Photo: The completed gun with all of the refinished parts.Photo: The completed gun with all of the refinished parts. Look at that fresh looking barrel and trigger they look like factory fresh parts.Photo: The completed gun with all of the refinished parts.