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Old January 23rd, 2017, 07:53 AM   #16
 
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I had similar problems when I first got my SR9, no oil or grease in the striker channel but it had some machining debris in there. Cleaned it out with Q tips and never had another problem.



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Old January 23rd, 2017, 12:07 PM   #17
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How exasperating it is to purchase a highly thought of new firearm and have it not work well!! I know the feeling and it stinks.

But, MN Dog and the others are right. I have helped others with this: you must clean the striker channel before going to the range. I know Glocks don't need this, but don't let this bug you. If a Glock was stored this way the same things would happen. Never had one stovepipe or jam or FTF/light strike EVER after cleaning the grease out. The same should be true with all striker fired autos.
Keep the trigger assembly dry and lightly oil the parts with friction. That is it. Grease does not help, except a teeny bit in the slide grooves (maybe). CLR, Hoppes gun oil, Ballistol, etc. in small quantities work fine.

ENJOY the new pistol.
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I had this issue with a Gen 1 SR9, I cleaned the striker channel made sure everything was dry & clean, still had some issues. I then ordered a extra power firing pin spring & that solved it. I noticed when I returned from the range, when cleaning it again that the firing pin spring felt really loose & weak.
After replacing it ran flawlessly. I did the same with the recoil spring & the same in my SR45 never had any light primer strikes after. Also the springs are cheap. Quick fix & didn't have to return the pistol to Ruger.
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Where did you get the replacement springs?

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I pick up the springs from Galloway Precision. They have all the upgrades for the SR line of Ruger pistols
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Old February 4th, 2017, 05:18 AM   #21
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Had a lot of problems with my NIB SR9 too. Cleaned it up, went to the range, and couldn't get though a full magazine without multiple FTF, jams, and stovepipes.

Sent it back to Ruger and they offered to replace it. I paid about $40 for shipping and opted for the LCR .327 instead. Picked up an old P85 to fill the large frame 9mm gap in my collection and couldn't be happier.
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I have had MANY light strike issues with my SR9c, as well as some other issue. This is my third time sending it to Ruger. I feel your pain. Hope you get it figured out.
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I have had MANY light strike issues with my SR9c, as well as some other issue. This is my third time sending it to Ruger. I feel your pain. Hope you get it figured out.
And did you specifically clean the striker channel on any of the slides?
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My SR9C and SR45 both had grease and particles in the striker channel. The machining of the channel was also rough to say the least. I cleaned the p**s out of it and then blasted with air. I very, VERY, lightly lubed the striker and polished the channel a bit. No light strikes at all in either gun.

I run all my Rugers very dry with the exception of the SR1911, it needs a little more lube.
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I mention this before, I had the same issues with my SR9 & SR45 & just order a extra power firing pin spring from Galloway Precision. This stopped the light primer strikes.
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I've only had one jam ever on my SR9c and that was because I limp wristed it and knew it. They are somewhat limp wrist sensitive. I bought my SR9c and SR40c shortly after they came out and are what I consider extremely reliable guns.

My philosophy on guns is that no matter who made it, I clean it, inspect it and then I clean and protect it with Froglube.

And the other poster who mentioned too much lube, is right. Most clean guns will work reliably for a time without any lube, but you're asking for undue wear and tear on your gun if you run it dry. But too much lube of any type can and does induce issues.
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How exasperating it is to purchase a highly thought of new firearm and have it not work well!! I know the feeling and it stinks.

But, MN Dog and the others are right. I have helped others with this: you must clean the striker channel before going to the range.

ENJOY the new pistol.
I'd forgotten about this issue, but McD is totally correct. For some reasons, the SR9 and SR40 (don't have experience with an SR45) both had intermittent issues with Ruger's packing/assembly lube in the striker channel. My SR9c didn't have this problem but my SR40c did, but I cleaned the striker channel before I ever fired it.

Guys are talking about stronger springs... well, if it works for you, go for it. I think the standard spring and limp wristing might combine to cause misfires and stovepipe jams. But my standard springs have served me well.

If you take a look at the Ruger videos about cleaning the SR9, they mention the importance of cleaning the striker channel, spring and plunger. In fact, they say to put it back in dry and not to use any lube on those parts. I use Froglube and it doesn't have any residue issues when used properly, so I've run mine dry and with a tiny bit of Froglube - no issues.
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