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Old January 21st, 2017, 12:02 PM   #1
 
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SR9 issues out of box

I recently bought a ruger SR9, seemed like it had good reviews. I didn't do a deep clean on the weapon before taking her out, just lubed her up. First two mags went well, after that, 2 short strikes, 1 stove pipe, and 6 failure to resets. I understand a weapon having a malfunction here or there, but that many with only 100 rounds! I'm gonna break her down and clean her real good and try again but should it malfunction like that fresh out of the box?



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I recently bought a ruger SR9, seemed like it had good reviews. I didn't do a deep clean on the weapon before taking her out, just lubed her up. First two mags went well, after that, 2 short strikes, 1 stove pipe, and 6 failure to resets. I understand a weapon having a malfunction here or there, but that many with only 100 rounds! I'm gonna break her down and clean her real good and try again but should it malfunction like that fresh out of the box?
Too much lube will cause reset issues. Two areas (trigger bar reset and the striker) should run almost dry.
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I seldom have problems out of the box I use my sonic leaner to clean it first then a very light lube.
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What would be the cause for the light strikes then? The second time it happened, I would rack a new round in and she refused to fire. I ended up breaking her down, pretty much looked for defects and reassembled her and she fired, but continued to fail to reset.
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What would be the cause for the light strikes then? The second time it happened, I would rack a new round in and she refused to fire. I ended up breaking her down, pretty much looked for defects and reassembled her and she fired, but continued to fail to reset.
Too much oil/grease in the striker channel.
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What would be the cause for the light strikes then? The second time it happened, I would rack a new round in and she refused to fire. I ended up breaking her down, pretty much looked for defects and reassembled her and she fired, but continued to fail to reset.
My SR9c acted similarly when it was just out of the box. I ended up doing a full strip of the slide and found some metal chips in the striker channel. It took a blast of air plus a deep clean with a long q-tip to get it all out. A used some dry dry lube (not much!) and cleaned the rest of the gun normally. It's has been good since then for a few 1000 rounds.
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Clean the striker

Mine did that when I just took it out the box and fired it. Go to the Ruger site or YouTube and remove the striker and clean out the grease. I haven't had any issues since. If that fails call Ruger. Good luck, I love mine.
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So it seems the common denominator here is the striker, going to take down the slide and try that, thanks for the advice
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So it seems the common denominator here is the striker, going to take down the slide and try that, thanks for the advice
I would say yes, when you remove the striker assembly use an arisol cleaner like Birchwood Casey’s Gun Scrubber and use the small straw and spray from the firing pin hole side, holding the slide vertical. Then use a q-tip to wipe the channel out, until you see nothing on the q-tip. Then use a can off compressed air to blow dry and any fuzz from the q-tip out. Do the same with the striker assembly
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OP, all good advice. I have three Ruger semis and I had heard about how they come with a ton of factory grease when purchased NIB. So I thoroughly cleaned them before firing. The 9s have been completely reliable and the SR22 will have occasional failures but acceptable considering what it is.

Double the number of Qtips you think you'll need and then double that number again - you'll be surprised how much grease you remove.
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I recently bought a ruger SR9, seemed like it had good reviews. I didn't do a deep clean on the weapon before taking her out, just lubed her up. First two mags went well, after that, 2 short strikes, 1 stove pipe, and 6 failure to resets. I understand a weapon having a malfunction here or there, but that many with only 100 rounds! I'm gonna break her down and clean her real good and try again but should it malfunction like that fresh out of the box?


It's a good idea to do a deep strip and clean of ANY new firearm, I don't care who the manufacturer is. They come with a preservative grease in them, not a lubricant. My new Browning Hi Power was especially covered after its assembly in Portugal.

But to answer your question at the end of your post. While your gun was fresh out of the box it wasn't really FRESH, since you didn't clean it well especially the striker channel. If you review most the SR9/40 posts about light strikes, they seem to have "dirty striker channel" as a common denominator.
This is called "operating experience" in most industries. Reading other people's OE can keep you from doing the same mistake they did. It's an easy way to learn.
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What would be the cause for the light strikes then? The second time it happened, I would rack a new round in and she refused to fire. I ended up breaking her down, pretty much looked for defects and reassembled her and she fired, but continued to fail to reset.
Welcome. Did you break it down/assemble it in accordance with the owners manual?
The "SR" series has a few steps in disassembly & re-assembly that are specific to them.
Watch the videos on Rugers website, they are very informative.
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Definitely a good idea to clean everything before shooting. Products used in manufacturing need to be removed. I always clean & lightly lube any gun before shooting it the first time.
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I did break it down and reassemble it in accordance with a video online. Seems to be a pretty standard take down procedure. Performed a functions check on the weapon and she appeared to function properly.
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One thing though, when I cleaned the striker shaft, there didn't appear to be any large amount of grease inside the weapon. Which concerns me, due to the fact that was my reasoning for the failures. Still have to fire it again, so I can't judge until I do that.
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