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Old September 16th, 2009, 11:38 AM   #1
 
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SR9 problem

Hello,
I'm new here, so forgive me if someone has answered this question before. I did do a search, but came up empty. I have three Rugers and I'm very happy with all of them. My problem is with my SR9. I bought it this year and have about 700 rounds through it without any failures. Last night the magazine latch started sticking open, so when I insert the mag, it drops right back out. This morning I examined the parts and found some brass shavings but I saw no damage of any kind. It seems better, but still sticks a little.
Anyone have a similar issue? I think the Outers gun oil might be the culprit.
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Old September 16th, 2009, 11:54 AM   #2
 
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I replied to your post in 10/22

hopefully an admin will combine these posts.
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Old September 16th, 2009, 12:04 PM   #3
 
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Sorry about the misplaced post, my bad!
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Old September 16th, 2009, 01:59 PM   #4
 
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As far as this happening after 700 rounds and not before, I am not entirely sure that my assumption is accurate. I did have an issue with the magazine release button on my sr9 when I first bought it. It took so much pressure to press that it was impossible for my girlfriend to operate and barely operable by myself. I sent it back to ruger and it came back completeley free of issue and there was no cost whatsoever and they paid shipping both ways!
Like I said I doubt that this is the same problem that you are having, but they will fix it for you.
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Thanks Jeff, I'll contact Ruger. Mostly I shoot Winchester ball, a little blazer and I also tried wolf. No problems with any of it.
Recently, I was preparing for a cwp class and I oiled the polymer half of the gun. I think this might have made an existing problem worse. When I took apart the little release assembly the button seemed to bind-up in the reciever slightly - maybe due to cheap oil. I left it dry the THIRD time I re-assembled it and it's sticking less. Someone recomended synthetic oil and I might give that a try.
If the problem persists with a new part I might have a metal part fabricated. Also the little spring on that sucker is STIFF. A weaker spring might help. I'll post my results.
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Sr9 issue

Your problem is the oil. Don't...it just attracts powder residue and brass shavings. You CAN put a little oil on the OUTSIDE of the mag release button and then push it in and out and then wipe off the access. I have had good results with that technique. Hoppes gun Oil. Light coat oil on the slide rails, some on the trigger bar (where is actuates the striker block button), connector and barrel. Mine has just over 8,000 rounds and I have broken two striker dry firing it. Other than that no issues. Ruger has sent me replacements. I broke the sear off of the bottom of the striker. I guess snap caps are in order Bad habbit I guess as my XDs do not need a snap cap to dry fire. Good luck.
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Your problem is the oil. Don't...it just attracts powder residue and brass shavings. You CAN put a little oil on the OUTSIDE of the mag release button and then push it in and out and then wipe off the access. I have had good results with that technique. Hoppes gun Oil. Light coat oil on the slide rails, some on the trigger bar (where is actuates the striker block button), connector and barrel. Mine has just over 8,000 rounds and I have broken two striker dry firing it. Other than that no issues. Ruger has sent me replacements. I broke the sear off of the bottom of the striker. I guess snap caps are in order Bad habbit I guess as my XDs do not need a snap cap to dry fire. Good luck.
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Hey, I'm late to the game and running off track here, But I thought Ruger's claim was that it's OK to Dry Fire the SR9. I'm not a big fan of dry firing any gun without a snap cap in place, But it sounds like the SR9 shouldn't be dry fired if you broke TWO strikers contrary to what Ruger says.

Did Ruger address when you ordered replacements?

Just curious.
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You are not supposed to dry fire the SR9 unless you have an empty magazine installed or the magazine disconnect has been removed.

Not doing on of these two things will result in the striker tab breaking off with frequent dry firing sessions, due to the restriction of the striker against the mag disconnect.

Page 17 of the SR9 instruction manual states.
The Ruger SR9 pistols can be dry fired without damage to the striker or other components as long as the magazine is inserted.

CAUTION: Dry firing the Ruger SR9 with the magazine removed may result in damage or unnecessary wear to the striker blocking mechaism.

The striker blocking mechanism is the magazine disconnect I mention above, and can be easily removed to solve this problem. Not to mention that Ruger gives instructions that it can be removed if the owner is so inclined.


Hope this helps.

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In both cases with striker failure the magazine disconnect was in the gun WITH a magazine. The tab does not strike the mag disconnect, the striker contacts the disconnect on the "top side". I think it would have happened with or with out the disonnect in the gun. The tab/sear is hitting the forward part of the channel. There was a considerable amount more of dry firing on the second striker than the first before failure. How much more, I can not be sure. Why did it last longer? I believe because I replaced the factory striker spring with a lighter one on the second striker. Now it does not hit as hard. So yes, I did read the manual. I usually never have the disconnect in the gun, but IDPA rules state that I can not remove it. So, to be "legal" I must have it.
I have not heard from Ruger. They have the striker that failed the second time.
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