Part 2 of Some people shouldn't be allowed to work on guns


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wbwanzer
August 6, 2012, 01:03 PM
In my previous thread about some people shouldn't be allowed to work on guns, I explained the problem that I had created with my brand new Ruger SR9c. In short, I put the striker cover on upside down after cleaning the firing pin/striker channel. Couldn't get it back off. :cuss:

I assumed that I would have to send it in to Ruger. So I called them today and spoke with a very nice women there who transferred me to a fellow in tech support. He explained that there should be nothing holding the cover in place. I thought that the plunger was holding it in place. It was just wedged in, sort of like putting a square peg into a round hole. He suggested that I tap it out with a rubber mallet or something similar. So I held the slide near my workbench with it resting on the bit of the cover that was sticking out. I gave a few wacks to the slide with a piece of wood and the cover popped off. :D

So I'm operational again and am planning to shoot it on Wednesday.

A big thanks to the folks at Ruger for walking me through this and not just having me send it in to them as I expected. And the real good news for me (aside from fixing my gun) was that I was not the first guy to put the cover back on upside down. :o

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Skylerbone
August 6, 2012, 01:20 PM
I tapped that thought out with my phone after looking at the SRc's diagram but didn't want to speculate so it never got sent. Glad it's back together correctly.

TarDevil
August 6, 2012, 01:42 PM
Now... go SHOOT the thing!

beatledog7
August 6, 2012, 02:17 PM
...and when it needs cleaning, just field strip it from now on!

wbwanzer
August 6, 2012, 04:11 PM
Now... go SHOOT the thing!
Wednesday. :)

wbwanzer
August 6, 2012, 04:13 PM
...and when it needs cleaning, just field strip it from now on!
I hear ya. But if I do go throught the striker channel again, you better believe that I'll be paying attention to how I put the cover back on. :scrutiny:

WardenWolf
August 6, 2012, 05:25 PM
I kind of figured it was probably just friction-bound, but without knowing the gun I wasn't going to make the recommendation to force it.

labhound
August 6, 2012, 05:48 PM
wbwanzer thanks for sharing your trouble and the fix. I have an SR9 and haven't needed to clean the striker channel yet, but when I do, thanks to you, I'll definitely pay attention to how it came apart!! For what it's worth, I didn't get any response on the thread I started on the rugerforum.com about your trouble, not even one "dumba$$" comment! :o Glad Ruger customer service came through for you!! Good luck at the range!! :)

wbwanzer
August 6, 2012, 06:31 PM
wbwanzer For what it's worth, I didn't get any response on the thread I started on the rugerforum.com about your trouble, not even one "dumba$$" comment! :o Glad Ruger customer service came through for you!! Good luck at the range!! :)

labhound Thanks for your effort on the other forum. I appreciate it.

Can't wait to test her out on Wednesday.

hAkron
August 7, 2012, 12:17 AM
Awesome!! Glad you didn't gum it up as bad as you thought. Don't beat yourself up about it, we have all been there.

Centurian22
August 7, 2012, 01:47 AM
Congrats on the fix! Lesson learned and not one you'll soon forget I'm sure lol.

hAkron
August 7, 2012, 07:23 AM
I bought a matched set of Radom P64's and gave one to a buddy. I replaced the mainspring in mine and flung some parts across the room. Got it all back together. A week later another gun I was working on belched parts and I got it all back together except for a mysterious thick black metal washer. I set it aside. My buddy brought his P64 over for me to change the spring. That's when I noticed the mystery 'washer' on the hammer strut of his P64. It took another month to find where I set my 'washer'.

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