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Old January 20th, 2014, 01:52 PM   #1
 
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Question Broken SP101?

After shooting 100 rounds through my SP101 today I noticed that my cylinder will not fully lock into place. The cylinder won't budge if I try to rotate the cylinder counter clockwise aka left, but without needing a lot of pressure, but some, the cylinder will easily rotate clockwise aka to the right without pulling the trigger, just by manipulating the cylinder. This is an obvious problem in terms of lock up and I should not shoot this gun again until it is in working order.

Is this something that I could possibly resolve on my own?

Or does my SP101 have to be sent back to Ruger?



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Old January 20th, 2014, 02:05 PM   #2
 
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Were you shooting .38's?
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yup, but it is a 3" 38SPL only model, not the 3587 Magnum model
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Ahh, did you try cleaning the gun? Carbon build up under the extractor star will cause the issues you described...
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Just finished cleaning it and especially under the ejector star and the cylinder will still turn clockwise when it should be locked into position.

Any help is appreciated.
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Take it ALL apart and remove the cylinder, it should just slide off. Wipe off all the parts with a little gun cleaner, tooth brush if needed be. If you can run a patch inside the cylinder or soak all the parts in cleaner. Put back just the cylinder and see if it rotates freely. Do you have any reason to think the pistol may have been rough handled ? that is the cylinder was opened to hard or closed to fast ( just asking, not saying )
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My guess is the cylinder latch is crudded up, needs lub, or the spring is broke.
There are a couple other parts involved, look at the back of your owners manual.
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Nope, I didn't cowboy it and slam it shut. I'm at a loss because the gun has functioned just fine and I regularly clean it. I was shooting standard 38SPL loads, nothing too hot and this SP101 is my first SP101 to give me any problems.

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Take it ALL apart and remove the cylinder, it should just slide off. Wipe off all the parts with a little gun cleaner, tooth brush if needed be. If you can run a patch inside the cylinder or soak all the parts in cleaner. Put back just the cylinder and see if it rotates freely. Do you have any reason to think the pistol may have been rough handled ? that is the cylinder was opened to hard or closed to fast ( just asking, not saying )
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Nope, I didn't cowboy it
Didn't think you did, just asked to be sure.
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No problem, you never know what someone may have done thinking "but that's how they do it on TV."

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Didn't think you did, just asked to be sure.
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without touching the trigger I can rotate the cylinder clockwise. I can spin it from notch to notch. It won't turn left aka counterclockwise, just right. If I cock the hammer and leave it cocked the cylinder locks into place and will not turn right or left (like its supposed to).
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Bummer, I bet Ruger will fix it
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without touching the trigger I can rotate the cylinder clockwise. I can spin it from notch to notch. It won't turn left aka counterclockwise, just right. If I cock the hammer and leave it cocked the cylinder locks into place and will not turn right or left (like its supposed to).
Did you check the spring and plunger under the cylinder latch?
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Did you check the spring and plunger under the cylinder latch?
I have not taken it apart. Honestly its probably above my mechanical abilities and I'm afraid that even if by some miracle I got it apart, I wouldn't be able to get it back together again.
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+1 for what DSP24 said. If you can get a pointed q-tip down in the cylinder latch opening with some solvent and wipe it out or a spray type gunk out for firearms that's probably where the problem is.
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