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Old March 27th, 2016, 05:24 PM   #1
 
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LC9s Failure to Fire issues - Need Advice

I recently purchased my Ruger LC9s. I decided on this gun after reviewing the M&P Shield and the Glock 43. This one just fit my hand best and since this is my everyday carry I loved the light weight and more rounded style.

I purchased this gun on or around Feb 24, 2016 and took it to the range and shot 100 rounds on Feb 27th. The gun shot flawlessly. I hadn't had time to shoot again until today. I shot around 65 rounds and then the gun started with the failure to fire issue that I'm having now. It started off where you pulled the trigger and absolutely nothing happened, the striker didn't even strike and then other times the strike was so light (barely marking the casing) it wouldn't fire the bullet. Now the gun is consistently not striking. I put the dummy orange magazine in and try to shoot it and nothing. I took it a part and everything looks fine from what i can see. I cleaned the gun after I put the first 100 rounds through it on Feb 27th. I'm using 115 grain 9mm ammo. So I don't know what i need to do now.

Do I go back to the gun shop where I purchased it a month ago? What would they do for me? Is this a known issue with the LC9s? I read up on this issue with the LC9 but I haven't been able to find much on the LC9s failure to fire. Is this an issue with the striker? or the trigger? I found a Youtube video on how to remove the firing pin for the LC9 but nothing for the LC9s.

Any help or guidance would be appreciated.

Thank you!




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Old March 27th, 2016, 05:51 PM   #2
 
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Have you cleaned and oiled it since the issue started and tried shooting it again? It could have a broken firing pin. You may end up having to send it to Ruger. Sorry your having problems with it. It's a great gun. I love mine, it's my EDC got around 2000 rounds through it.
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Call Ruger directly. Going thru a dealer will just slow the whole process down.
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Mine had defective machining in the barrel and I took it back to Cabelas where I bought it because I wouldn't be home from work to sign for the gun when it was returned. Everything went very well for me and I had it back in a week with a new barrel.
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I have the gun apart now and looking at the striker mechanism and not truly knowing what it "should" look like, it appears to not be functioning properly. I'll have to get the manual and look at the exploded view of the gun to see if there is something I see missing. My guess is that the striker mechanism is bad.

I'll call the gun shop in the morning and see what they recommend and if I feel like I am getting the run around from them I'll call Ruger directly. Actually I might just do both and see what direction I need to go.

I'm a little bummed as I was so excited about this gun and i was shooting with a buddy today who advised me against purchasing the Ruger LC9s and recommended the M&P Shield and for this to happen while shooting with him kinda proved his case. He said the Rugers are known for being picky on the ammo you use. I did read that they didn't like the +p ammo but this was 115 grain FMJ brass new rounds that I was using. Plus I ordered some 124 grain FMJ brass new rounds which should be coming in the mail this week. So I'm concerned about his mention of Ruger LC9s being ammo picky. I wouldn't think this issue is the result of the ammo I'm using as it seems to be a complete failure with the striker but we'll see.

I'll be sure to update this thread once I get more info on this issue.

Thanks for the suggestions.

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And yes I have cleaned the gun and it still will not fire at all with the orange dummy magazine in. The striker is not functioning at all at this point.
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Called Ruger this morning and they gave me an RMA number and I will be shipping the gun back to them for repair.

I'm interested in hearing what they find is the issue.
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. He said the Rugers are known for being picky on the ammo you use. .
With the LC9s, the exact opposite is true. And I proved it with handloads of lightly-powered 90 grain, to full-house 147 grain. And everything in between. No malfunctions, even when I deliberately limp-wristed the light loads. Kimbers are the ones which are "ammo-queens".
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I just got my LC9s and had it jam 4 times within 150rds. Not sure what to do. Using Winchester forged USA 115gr rounds that have a steel shell, not brass. I was thinking maybe i need to use brass and 124gr/147gr, but doesnt sound like thats the case? I had the M&P in my hand but choose the Ruger and have some buyers remorse.

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I just got my LC9s and had it jam 4 times within 150rds. Not sure what to do. Using Winchester forged USA 115gr rounds that have a steel shell, not brass. I was thinking maybe i need to use brass and 124gr/147gr, but doesnt sound like thats the case? I had the M&P in my hand but choose the Ruger and have some buyers remorse.
In the 165 or so rounds I was able to shoot through mine, none jammed, they just failed to fire completely. I think the jamming issue is something different then what I experiencing.

I hope to get an explanation on what the issue is when ruger get's my gun and evaluates it. I sent it off via fedex today.
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Keep us updated. I wonder if my issue is a off centering guide spring
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Any particular ammo recommendations?
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I had an LC9s that ended up with a broken tip on the striker. Sent it back to Ruger and they promptly repaired it under warranty - with only a week turn around. Ruger's CS is simply outstanding! However, I sold the LC9s after getting it back and a test fire session at the range. Although it worked fine after the repair, I felt I just couldn't trust it anymore. I ended up with that new little single stack by a popular Austrian company that so many people seem to hate. New pistol works great - and I find it fits in my hand quite a bit better. HOWEVER, the LC9s still has the nicest trigger break I've ever felt in a small single stack 9mm striker fired pistol. Reset's a bit long - but oh boy that break is sure satisfying.

Edit: I guess I should state that I sold it to an NRA instructor friend of mine with full disclosure. He uses it as a training pistol, demonstrating the differences between small CCW pistols (e.g., original hammer fired LC9 vs. new LC9s).

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My LC9s has only shown a distaste for steel cased ammo. Had a FTE. Was renting a range owned H&K which ALSO had issues with the same ammo. I chalked it up to Maxx Tech serbian made steel case ammo, and went back to brass. No issues since then with about 300 to 400 rounds through the gun thus far. Sounds like a manufacturing defect, and once corrected, you'll be right as rain. I use the LC9s as my edc. Not sure that I'd agree with the "ammo fussy" comment.
Looking forward to hearing your results.
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I received my gun back on Wednesday last week and went to the range on Saturday to put a few hundred (at least 300 or sligjtly more) rounds through it.

The outcome was they replaced the slide spring, the sear spring and repaired the barrel. Not sue what repairs they did on the barrel but that is what was documented on the repair notice sent with the gun.

The gun performed flawlessly and seems to shoot better. I plan on putting through a few 100 more rounds this weekend.
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