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Ruger American Pistol safety bulletin

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Slater, Nov 9, 2018.

  1. Slater

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    I have a Ruger American Pistol that I bought some time ago but haven't had the chance to shoot yet. Turns out, it was one of the affected guns:

    https://www.ruger.com/dataProcess/APRetrofit/?r=banner

    Even though the gun is basically NIB, I figured I'd send it in for an inspection anyway. Mailed it in last Friday and got it back today. It now has a new black Nitrided barrel instead of the original silver-colored stainless barrel. Are the black barrels standard for new production guns?
     
  2. badkarmamib

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    From the link you provided (emphasis mine):

    If your 9mm Ruger American® Pistol is equipped with a silver-colored, stainless steel barrel, you should follow the inspection procedure outlined below. Retrofitted and newly manufactured Ruger American® Pistols will be equipped with a black, nitrided stainless steel barrel.
     
  3. Slater

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    Thanks badkarmamib, didn't even notice that. The new Nitrided barrels supposedly address the barrel peening issue, but as far as slide cracking goes, wouldn't the slide need to be modified/strengthened to fix that issue?
     
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    The notice alluded to the locking surfaces wearing, and causing the problem. It is possible that a redesign of the barrel portion will solve the problem, but I would keep this notice in mind, and do an inspection of these areas at every cleaning (which is a good idea with any firearm).
     
  5. Mizar

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    Not really - many times such cracks occur when the locking lugs/lug wear and develop a play when the barrel is locked. When firing, barrel and slide start to move in opposite directions and the added play from the peening results in the slide accelerating for a short time, followed by an abrupt stop when engaging the locking lug thus stretching the slide with greater force, and that leads to cracking. When that play is kept at minimum the forces that the slide exerts from the firing are smaller.
     
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  6. Slater

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    CDNN has some of these on sale now for $299.99 (about $310 shipped). Pretty decent price so I ordered another one.
     
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    Ruger RAP9, my example is within the effected serial number range. We contacted Ruger via the internet. Provided the required information and yesterday received a large envelope containing a USPS priority mailing box prepaid, packaging material, and instructions. Simplicity, put it in your mailbox for pick up are take it to your local Post Office
     
  8. Slater

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    I've only had to use Ruger customer service once (for the RAP barrel issue), but they seem first-rate.
     
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    Mine too, but it'll be a long whike before I hit the 10k round count! :what:
    Mine shows no sign of peening (yet), at about 500 round count.
     
  10. Slater

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    You can send it in anyway and get the new barrel.
     
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    That was my take on reading the bulletin. Mine falls into the recall category. Only a slight surface wear. I will contact Ruger this week.
    It would have been a while before I could get it to the range anyway.
     
  12. Hangingrock

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    I contacted Ruger. I received the return authorization along with the packaging materials,USPS flat rate box, and instructions. One returns the slide, barrel, and recoil spring assembly. You the customer are not required to wait until the quoted 10K round count.
     
  13. Slater

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    I see that CDNN has raised their price from $299.99 to $389.99 on their last few in stock. Must have been a bigger seller than they anticipated.
     
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