Ruger Issues Product Safety Bulletin for Ruger Precision Rifles With Aluminum Bolt Shrouds

Once again proving that guns are complex mechanical devices and any firearms manufacturer can experience a design or production problem, Ruger has issued a product safety bulletin for some of their popular Ruger Precision Rifles.  The cause for concern: Ruger says there is “potential for interference between the aluminum bolt shroud and the cocking piece” in certain models with aluminum bolt shrouds.

Here’s their announcement:

Ruger has issued a Product Safety Bulletin for certain Ruger Precision Rifles due to the potential for interference between the aluminum bolt shroud and the cocking piece. Although only a small percentage of rifles appear to be affected and we are not aware of any injuries, Ruger is firmly committed to safety and is offering replacement aluminum bolt shrouds for affected rifles in order to eliminate the possibility of such interference.


Ruger Precision Rifles (regardless of caliber) that have an aluminum bolt shroud and fall within the following serial number ranges are potentially affected:

1800-26274 to 1800-78345 OR 1801-00506 to 1801-30461 This Safety Bulletin does NOT apply to Ruger Precision Rifles with polymer bolt shrouds.


Some Ruger Precision Rifles may experience interference between the aluminum bolt shroud and the cocking piece (also known as the firing pin back). In rare instances, the interference can disrupt the firing mechanism and cause it to not function properly.

Possible results of this interference are light primer strikes or, in extreme cases, the rifle may not fire when the trigger is pulled. If the rifle fails to fire when the trigger is pulled, it may fire when the bolt handle is subsequently lifted.

In rifles where this condition exists, the issue often resolves itself as the parts wear and the interference is reduced.


If your rifle falls within the serial number ranges above and has an aluminum bolt shroud, it is potentially affected.

Visit the Ruger Precision Rifle® Safety Bulletin website at to look up your serial number and verify that is the case.

Although all rifles with aluminum bolt shrouds within the above serial number ranges are potentially affected, most rifles will never experience this issue. However, if you have ever experienced light primer indents
or failure to fire with your Ruger Precision Rifle®, you should obtain a replacement bolt shroud, which Ruger will provide FREE of charge.

Alternatively, if you have fired more than 100 rounds through your rifle with no issues or concerns (light primer indents or failures to fire), your rifle is unlikely to be affected and no additional action is necessary.

If you are not sure whether your rifle has exhibited any light primer indents or failures to fire, or are in any way concerned about the safety of your rifle, please sign up for this offer and we will send you a FREE replacement bolt shroud.

For more information including what to do if your rifle is affected, click here.


  1. avatar Dan in CO says:

    You guys at TTAG are going to drop test this now, or you’re a bunch of tools.

    Oh wait, you’re already a bunch of tools.

    1. avatar Ebby123 says:


      Either start the testing, or admit your bias.

      1. avatar Renner says:

        Geez, this isn’t a drop failure, drop testing won’t show anything. Ruger was made aware of a problem and immediately offered the fix before it was commonly known there even was a problem.

        Sig was denying there was a problem until 1) an officer dropped one and was shot, 2) other independent sources started to report similar failures in testing, 3) the videos went viral on the internet. Omaha Outdoors and TTAG were two of the outlets that forced Sig to address their safety issue.

        Let me ask what was the source of the information when you learned about each of these problems. I learned about the Sig problem from Omaha Outdoors drop testing. I learned about the Ruger problem from the home page on the Ruger website. ‘Nuff Said.

        1. avatar Dan in CO says:

          But but but maybe it’s not drop safe! We need to drop it every which way until it does fire. Because science!

    2. avatar Timothy says:

      Who’s the bigger fool? The writers on the website that you claim has bias… or the trolls that still log in and read every article written by those they think are fools? Not that you’re not free to do as you want of course. I mean, you do you Boo.

    3. avatar jwtaylor says:

      There have been comments for years that TTAG is biased for Sig, then one issue is raised, (and confirmed by Sig), and now we are biased against them.
      Seriously, the butthurt is strong with this one.

      1. avatar Timothy says:

        Lol, everyone has biases. I’m biased to CZ and Canik as I’ve had nothing but good experiences through them. Why would a writer be any different? Long as a person can admit that no company is perfect, praise good things from the companies they don’t like and criticize bad things from the company they do like… who cares?

        Well, actually, I can see a couple people who care =)

      2. avatar Dan in CO says:

        Dear JWT, I’m merely expressing my displeasure at having a once favorite website of mine reduced to its current state. The website runs slower than an old man with COPD heading uphill, the authors don’t think or write creatively, the statements from the same authors are conflicting (John Bosh vassilating between opinions over RRA/Springfield), the comments disappear with regularity, the articles are edited for PCness, and the town fool (FC who campaigns against the civil rights of your readers) is back as your lackey. On top of this, the dear sweet authors are making up standards, only testing one manufacturer, and then liberally applying your shame label.

        Go ahead JWT, I’d like you to deny these accusations. I’d rather they weren’t true, but they are. Have a fantastic day!

  2. avatar BLAMMO says:

    If the rifle fails to fire when the trigger is pulled, it may fire when the bolt handle is subsequently lifted.

    Discharging from an unlocked bolt is definitely a safety issue. But at least it gets better with age/wear. (/sarc)

    Okay, I’m being a little snarky. As usual, Ruger is doing the right thing.

    1. avatar 93iop says:

      Per the FAQs:
      >If my rifle exhibits this problem, will it fire out of battery?
      >No. In the rare instance where a rifle does not fire when the trigger is pulled, but subsequently fires as the bolt handle is lifted, the rifle will not fire out of battery. The rifle will discharge as the bolt begins to move, but before the locking cams are disengaged.

    2. avatar KoalaMan says:

      Per the FAQ:
      >If my rifle exhibits this problem, will it fire out of battery?
      >No. In the rare instance where a rifle does not fire when the trigger is pulled, but subsequently fires as the bolt handle is lifted, the rifle will not fire out of battery. The rifle will discharge as the bolt begins to move, but before the locking cams are disengaged.

    3. avatar tiger says:

      The only thing usual, is yet Another product recall from Ruger.

  3. avatar little horn says:

    alright this is where all the people saying “first mcx now the p320’s, goodbye sig” need to be saying the samething here. ya know because only the shittiest of manufactures EVER have problems :/

  4. avatar Ebby123 says:

    Oh look! Nobody cares because its not a SIG.

  5. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

    Luckily, mine isn’t affected. Apparently the first generation was better than the second.

  6. avatar former water walker says:

    Forgive my ignorance but why use aluminum in a rifle where weight is NOT an issue?Just mskes it cheaper to manufacture? Anyway good on Ruger for quickly moving.

    1. avatar neiowa says:

      In what rifle is weight NOT and issue? ever?

      1. avatar Arc says:

        Rail rifles, unlimited category.

        .50BMG – 20MM + anti-material rifles that are dedicated to stationary posts.

        Range and bench toys.

        Oh… my favorite… When someone spends as much time and money building their body as they do building their rifles, effectively turning the “oh its too heavy” into a moot topic.

      2. avatar former water walker says:

        What arc sez…

    2. avatar 93iop says:

      On the first generation, the part was polymer. They made it aluminum to make it feel less chintzy I guess. I’d bet the aluminum part is actually heavier than the old polymer part.

  7. avatar Mr. Woodcock says:

    I hear that if you drop a RPR from a three story building that it will fire….full auto.

    1. avatar Dan in CO says:

      Thank you, this is the funniest thing I read all day!

  8. avatar TruthTellers says:

    Ruger having safety issues now? First the Mark IV now the RPR? Ruger quality control and testing either doesn’t exist or needs to be supported better by the company.

  9. avatar TheOtherDavid says:

    My LCP II is at the factory right now, being evaluated for a significant structural failure including the frame giving way at under 200 rounds of factory ammo.

    They now have some new senior leadership and I get the impression that they are trying to change the corporate culture back a little bit, making sure guns go out the door right the first time rather than letting the public “beta test” the firearm and then depend on their legendary customer service to fix any issues.

    1. avatar Rusty Chains says:

      Mine is at five hundred plus rounds at least half of which was full power defensive ammo.

  10. avatar strych9 says:

    Are we boycotting Ruger now?

    1. avatar Renner says:

      That depends. Are we still boycotting from the thing in the 80’s? Or is this a new boycott because I gun I will probably never own anyway has an issue that Ruger is actively trying to fix? Or maybe the Mark IV recall. Maybe because Bill Ruger’s ghost is still pissing me off? One way or another we better boycott these goat puckers.

      That would be a great tactic for the lefty’s that are trying to ban/confiscate guns. Every gun has to be recalled for a safety issue and then drum up boycotts on every manufacturer. Wham, bam, no more guns!

  11. avatar Dyspeptic Gunsmith says:

    Galling issues between the aluminum bolt shroud and the cocking piece, I’m guessing.

    There’s a reason why some of prefer steel in these applications. All you need to do to prevent galling in sliding steel-on-steel interfaces is to harden one component to be about 10 Rc points harder than the other, and the galling issues cease. This is more difficult to pull off in aluminum, usually requiring one side be anodized and the other left plain, or similar surface treatments.

  12. avatar kap says:

    Another Army cluster F**k, Some general got his panties in a twist and thought he needed new sidearms so his wuss soldiers won’t get carpel tunnel, except in the head! General being close to retirement and looking for the golden parachute, figured he could get foot in door At SIG arms in his retirement state.
    Another M16 style piece of shit! Army buy crap so officers can get pay raises, same as the Air Farce, scrapping the A10 generals got stock in the competing plane companies. reason costs so much too keep running yet they spend 35 mil a copy on tree F35 which would keep 3 A 10’s in the air for a week or two

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  14. avatar Ray says:

    In Rugers Precision Rifle product safety bulletin it states, the rifle may not fire when the trigger is pulled. If the rifle fails to fire when the trigger is pulled, it may fire when the bolt handle is subsequently lifted. If the rifle fails to fire when the trigger is pulled, would putting on the safety catch and ejecting live round stop the round being fired when the bolt handle is lifted?

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