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Some people shouldn't be allowed to work on guns

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by wbwanzer, Aug 4, 2012.

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  1. wbwanzer

    wbwanzer Member

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    That would be me. I took my brand new, unfired, Ruger SR9c apart to clean any factory grease and lube. Folks are always saying how their new pistols are soaked in factory grease. None of mine ever have been, including this one. So I field stripped and cleaned and decided to go one step further and clean the firing pin/striker channel since some people have had occasional light strikes. Grease in the striker channel was always thought to be the cause of that. No grease in my striker channel (that I could see). So everything is going well until I put the striker cover back in upside down. :cuss: :banghead:

    Looking at the slide now, it is painfully obvious that it's in upside down. But when I was working on it and looking down onto the slide I guess it wasn't so obvious. So now my new gun that I've had for 24 hrs is useless and will have to back to Ruger. The striker pin plunger is engaged and is keeping the cover from being taken back off. There is no way to depress the plunger now.

    I'm hoping that I can just send the slide to Ruger and not the whole gun. UPS raped me for $82 the last time I had to ship a handgun.

    So I'm feeling like a huge moron with my new gun that I was so proud of, that now has to be shipped and repaired at my expense. I guess I'm just venting now. Thanks for listening, and whatever you do, don't hire me to work on your guns.

    See new thread on this topic.
     
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  2. Inebriated

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    Hey, just like my 22/45 MKIII!

    Got it home, checked it out, and back to Ruger it went.
     
  3. Lost Sheep

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    Suggestion before mailing:

    If I were you, I would join RugerForum.com or RugerForum.net (or both) and post this question in their "Gunsmithing" forums. There might be a way to get this undone yourself. (Chinese puzzle box-like).

    Surely someone did this before you.

    If no answer, call Ruger and ask them.

    ANYTHING but sending it away. You want to take it to the range.

    Good luck.

    Lost Sheep
     
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  4. firesky101

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    +1 to what Lost Sheep said. Besides if it comes down to calling Ruger and they cant help you over the phone they may just send you a shipping label. You never know.
     
  5. wbwanzer

    wbwanzer Member

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    That would really be good luck, because I screwed this up. Not Ruger
     
  6. floorit76

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    When I was 13-14 my Marlin mod 60 quit lifting shells high enough to feed. So naturally being a farm kid, I decided to pull out the lifter and "weld it up". The welding part went a whole lot better than the re-assembly. Anyone who has completely dis-assembled a 60 will probably understand. It took countless nights compessing springs without enough hands to put the E clips back on till I noticed the hammer spring guide has a capture hole drilled in it for a small pin to keep the spring compressed till assembled. Keep trying, you will learn something that can't be taught, and wont soon be forgotten. As for the 60, I still have it, but she has a NEW shell lifter.
     
  7. Inebriated

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    They will send a label.
     
  8. JEB

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    man that sucks! sorry to hear about that.
     
  9. firesky101

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    There was a member here who botched a trigger job, and called Ruger to order new parts. They just told him to print the shipping label from his e-mail and send it it. They put a whole new group in it at no charge. Ya never know, but anything short of paying shipping both ways and paying for the repair is a win.
     
  10. wbwanzer

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    I'll give them a call on Monday and see what happens. Even now that I've cooled down I don't see any way for me to get the striker cover off.
     
  11. Drail

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    This is how we learn my man. Don't feel too bad.
     
  12. GlackAttack

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    Rugers customer service is great. Call them, they will work with you. They just want you to have a good experience with your purchase.
     
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    A few years ago a buddy loaned me his grandfather's MK II for my wife to shoot. I of course wanted to send it back better than I got it so I disassembled it for a complete cleaning and lube. I had never had a MKII apart before and I finally successfully reassembled it ...... but I never will again.
     
  14. WardenWolf

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    I had to respring my father's old Mark I. I called them to verify the Mark III parts were compatible. After talking with them on the phone, they transferred me to their parts department where I was able to order the parts at a significant discount.

    Ruger Mk pistols are a pain to reassemble the first couple of times you do it. Now that I've done it a good half-dozen times I know what I'm dealing with. I know HOW to do it, but I will never willingly do it again without good cause.

    Ruger will take are of you if it comes down to that.
     
  15. tryshoot

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    I have done worse than that, like Drail said thats how we learn. Don't quit trying.
     
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    I all ways take it a step too far when I disassemble a gun. Usually I'm crawling around on the floor looking a spring to some other tiny part.
     
  17. wbwanzer

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    I wish I had it that easy this time. :eek:
     
  18. labhound

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    Hey I posted a thread over on the Rugerforum.com about your situation and no one has replied with a fix yet. I'll let you know if anyone pipes up! :)
     
  19. wbwanzer

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    Thanks.
     
  20. 9mmforMe

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    I remember once, when I was putting my P95 back together, after a field strip, I let the extractor pop back up while I was putting the slide back on. The thing was stuck, completely frozen partially open and I was so mad at myself. I finally got it unstuck and there was minimal damage.....phew!! I know your pain, my friend, hang in there and it will be fixed in no time and lesson learned. Hey I have a colt single action I'd like you to rebuild for me.
    :what::neener:
     
  21. wbwanzer

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    Why, I oughta.... :fire: :)
     
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