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Ruger Issues Product Safety Bulletin for Ruger American Pistols

Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE-RGR) has issued a product Safety Bulletin for certain Ruger American® Pistols chambered in 9mm.

Ruger has discovered that some Ruger American Pistols chambered in 9mm may exhibit premature wear of the locking surfaces between the slide and barrel which, if ignored, can result in a crack developing near the ejection port of the slide. This typically does not occur at round counts below 10,000 rounds. The condition is easily identified during routine maintenance and cleaning, and the crack should be visible long before the pistol becomes unsafe to shoot. Ruger is committed to safety and is asking owners of Ruger American Pistols chambered in 9mm to inspect their pistols for excessive wear or cracks and, if necessary, sign up for a FREE retrofit. Ruger American Pistols chambered in .45 Auto are not subject to this Safety Bulletin.

All Ruger American Pistols chambered in 9mm with serial number prefixes “860” and “862” are subject to this Safety Bulletin and should be inspected. Ruger American Pistol owners should visit the Ruger American Pistol Retrofit Website at to look up the serial number to determine if their Ruger American Pistol is subject to the Safety Bulletin, learn how to inspect their pistol to determine whether the retrofit is necessary, obtain additional information, and sign up for the retrofit if required.

Replacement components are being built and consumers who sign up for the retrofit will be served on a first-come, first-served basis. Those consumers will be sent a U.S. Postal Service box with a prepaid shipping label and detailed packaging and shipping instructions. The consumer should return only the barrel/slide assembly to Ruger. Ruger will inspect the barrel/slide assembly and install new components as needed, free of charge. The Company will make every effort to return each barrel/slide assembly within one week of the day it arrives at Ruger.

Ruger reminds consumers that periodic inspection of any firearm is important to ensuring its safe operation. You should clean and inspect your firearm after each range session. Proper maintenance increases the longevity of your firearm and will allow early detection of worn or broken parts.

About Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc.
Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc. is one of the nation’s leading manufacturers of rugged, reliable firearms for the commercial sporting market. As a full-line manufacturer of American-made firearms, Ruger offers consumers over 400 variations of more than 30 product lines. For more than 60 years, Ruger has been a model of corporate and community responsibility. Our motto, “Arms Makers for Responsible Citizens®,” echoes the importance of these principles as we work hard to deliver quality and innovative firearms.


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    • “Does the typical owner even fire 10,000 rounds?”

      No, but enough do that the problem would become obvious in a few years.

      And, if memory serves, that gun has been out a few years by now…

      • If I could even afford 10,000 rounds, I would probably just get a new slide and barrel before then. Guns are tools to me, they wear out over time and need upkeep. You don’t expect a knife to stay sharp after repeated use and no sharpening do ya?

  1. At least Ruger has stepped up and warned us about the .9 mm. Notice they have no problems with .45. . If it’s speed that makes the 9mm so great, then that makes a 7.62x 25 even better. A 9 mm expanded is about the same diameter as .45 unexpanded. A bullet cannot expand and penetrate at the same time. That FBI min is full of shit, what is it 14 inches? In gelletin? I can push my finger through it. Can I push my finger through a bone? What happens when a fast expanding bullet hits bone, disintegration. A nice big hole three inches deep might stop somebody. Ruger got it right by warning us about the 9mm and recommending .45

  2. They need to be batch testing these things. Not just initial R&D test. Production lines change all the time and every batch should have a test.

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