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Barrel Link Ruger SR1911

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by 2bfree, Apr 17, 2013.

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  1. 2bfree

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    Ruger SR1911 bought on 11/12/12, about 1000 rounds fired, I noticed this gouge on the barrel link. Measures .190 X .082. I don’t know if it was there from new or just noticed on about the 8th or 9th cleaning. Should I be concerned? I see nothing other then the recoil spring that it might hit and no marks on it. Thanks
    I will add, I really like this gun, no other problems.
     

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  2. BigShep85

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    Factory or not, I dont think it is supposed to be there
    But if it runs fine maybe it is fine
     
  3. Bill4282

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    How much pressure is on the link during cycling? I'd see if Ruger would replace rather than risk failure.
     
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    ^^ I concur. Ruger will gladly fix it for free.
     
  5. Jim K

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    I can't think of anything in the pistol that would cause that; it looks like a casting/MIM flaw.

    Jim
     
  6. 2bfree

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    Thanks, I e-mailed Ruger last night and got a response this morning giving me a guys name and email to send pictures to at Ruger, I will see. Thanks again
     
  7. 2bfree

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    Got the following from Ruger.

    From what I am seeing in the pictures you sent, it appears as if it is just a casting pit. It will not cause you any issues or be anything you need to be concerned

    about. If you are not comfortable with this though, we can get it in here and check it out/replace it for you. Let me know how you would like to proceed

    forward.





    Nick Walters



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    Nick Walters- 88255

    Customer Service Lead Technician- Prescott

    Sturm Ruger & Company, Inc.

    200 Ruger Rd.

    Prescott, AZ 86301

    nwalters@ruger.com

    928-778-6555

    I think I will put another 300 or so rounds through it and make sure it gets no worse and call it good. I really don't want to go through the hassle of shipping or be without the gun for a few weeks.
     
  8. funnelcake

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    Ruger uses a CAST barrel link? :scrutiny:

    Funnel
     
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    Maybe a forged link and the connector was not ground off.
     
  10. funnelcake

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    Something like that more likely. I know Ruger casts a lot of stuff (and does it really well) but I've never seen a cast barrel link from any manufacturer on any 1911. No means seen them all, but I think the Ruger CS guy...is mistaken.

    Funnel
     
  11. texagun

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    I would send it in and have it replaced. Just wondering what your decision was?
     
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    Mine doesn't have that casting mark, although it does have one on the similar surface (I'm not great on 1911 terminology) on the hammer. I'll see if i can get a picture of it tonight. On the hammer it doesn't bug me much, but on the link it might a lot more.
     
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    If the mark on the hammer looks like a dot, that is normal.
     
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    It's larger than a dot, I'll get a picture of it tonight. I also have the line on the breech face that others are seeing where the J-cut wasn't completely finished
     
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    That is an ugly cheap part for sure. I don't know if the flaw is a weak part that is likely to break.
    I doubt it is a fitted part; probably standard hole sizes and hole to hole spacing.
    Ruger should send you a replacement you can put in by yourself. Might have to buy a good punch to knock out the pin with, but that is all.

    Send it in? A hundred bucks or more in Fedups' pocket plus the warranty clerk's time to be included in Ruger's next price increase. None of this "good customer service" is really free, you know.

    Of course, Ruger may be so afraid of liability that they cannot assume you are smart enough to disassemble and reassemble a gun of a hundred year old design meant to be used and maintained by troops with maybe a grammar school education.
     
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    Texagun, I think I will have them just send me the link and pin. If I can't do it I am sure the local gunsmith could do it for less then shipping would be. Then again, I may just keep shooting it and make sure it does not get any worse. The guy at Ruger told me to let him know what way I wanted to go and they would take care of me.
     
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    Is the link MIM?
     
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    Ok...managed to take some pictures...

    Ruger SR 1911.jpg

    Here's the mark on the hammer:
    Hammer.jpg

    And the uneven cut on the breech face:
    Breech_Face.jpg
     
  20. Fremmer

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    Geeze if they're gonna use MIM, they ought to do it right with properly cast parts.
     
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    I can remember new cars in the late '50s and early '60s coming with a little cloth bag of nuts, bolts and other things. They were parts you'd bought and paid for but didn't get installed. I often wondered what would fall off first.

    We've come a long way.
     
  22. 2bfree

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    Ok, I give up. What is "MIM" ?
     
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    Just the last update. Decided to just have them send a new link and pin, even offered to pay for them. Ruger told me no problem and they would just put them in the mail no charge. Really happy with Ruger service.
     
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    Glad they took care of your problem! My link looks like it has been machined. Love my SR1911!
     
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