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Old March 5th, 2017, 02:25 PM   #46
 
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So Ruger CS wasn't as great as others have said in your experience ?
They were friendly on the phone (one time, a guy had shot my pistol and spent about 10 minutes talking about it with me), and they were fast; so I can't complain about their service. But, the bottom line for me was that I had to send it back three times for service, and the problems kept reoccurring. I just didn't have time for that.



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Old March 5th, 2017, 03:19 PM   #47
 
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They were friendly on the phone (one time, a guy had shot my pistol and spent about 10 minutes talking about it with me), and they were fast; so I can't complain about their service. But, the bottom line for me was that I had to send it back three times for service, and the problems kept reoccurring. I just didn't have time for that.
I sure hope my experience is better than this.
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I've driven I-20 across Louisiana more times than I care to count...that drive will convince you that the Earth IS flat!!!
Lol, I live in West Monroe. Yes, I-20 from the MS river to Monroe will make you want to gouge your eyes out. About 80 miles of flat farmland and some trees.
Where I spent some of the best years of my childhood, Ackerman MS, is where my mom and step dad still live. I take highway 165 North from Monroe up to Highway 82 in Arkansas. Highway 82 passes within something like 10-15 miles of their home. From Mer Rouge Louisiana to just east of Greenwood MS is even worse, it's about 130 miles through the exact same terrain at a lower speed limit.

For the record, my flat Earth comment is intended as a bit of a self deprecating jab towards myself. Meaning, my thoughts and beliefs on this issue could be completely *** backwards despite plenty of documentation to the contrary.
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Does anyone know if the striker channel can be cleaned without breaking down the slide ? Perhaps spray cleaners ?
Best to just not do that. Yes, it'll flush the gunk out, but probably not all of it. Plus, unless you get it to drain out completely, you could compound the problem. If you're unsure of how to do it, I'll eventually be posting a close up and detailed video walkthrough of disassembly, just haven't gotten around to it. It's really not that difficult once you learn how to do it.
Also, you should consider possibly going with a dry lubricant or none, as many solvents can damage synthetic materials, and synthetics also normally have some lubricative properties.
I'm using synthetic gun oils on all metal surfaces (have to protect against rust around here), except where dry lubricants seem to work better as attested by other consumers. In this case, I use PTFE dry lubricant spray. Polytetrafluoroethylene, AKA Teflon. We're all familiar with Teflon to one degree or another due to it's use in cookware. But it's also slicker than graphite and silicone, and is corrosion resistant. I'm not sure how it performs in comparison to graphite and silicone in that department, but being slicker and corrosion resistant due to it's hydrophobic properties (repels water), and readily available and convenient for me to obtain, it's a good choice for me. It's also solvent resistant, so I don't have to worry too much about overspray with the oils.


Mag release issue. I've seen a few complaints of accidental magazine ejections. We haven't had that problem, but we have had difficulty inserting magazines. Had to rock them front to rear. That almost seems to be a mag issue, as the problem disappeared once we got the guns broken in well, but reappeared for both of us when we bought spare magazines. I haven't investigated the problem, as all four of our mags are well used at this point and the problem disappeared months ago.

CS. I think Ruger probably is still one of the best out there in the CS department. But QC? It seems many manufacturers are suffering lately in that department.
What many people know but don't really think about is, we're living in a gun boom. Production, sales, and background checks are higher now than they've ever been in my lifetime. I was born in 1984 and will be turning 33 in September. The sharpest increase took place during pretty much all of Obama's presidency and appeared to begin to taper off a bit after 2014. Hence some choices of firearms and ammunition started to become more available for many of us after 2014.
Congrats, Obama. He never made it any secret that he would have loved to further restrict gun ownership and/or outright ban gun ownership by the public. He often tried to phrase it in a favorable way, but he never hid it. Luckily, his hands were tied pretty tightly, and fear mongering by gun lobbyists rammed ownership into high speed and engaged the afterburners, which made it even harder to ban what his administration considered "non sporting" firearms due to their sudden overwhelming popularity. As manufacturers try to keep up with a sudden boom for demand of any product, be it cars, tools, tooth brushes, home appliances, even kids' toys, QC will suffer some. It's inevitable. That's where CS has no real choice except to step up their game to retain customers. Browse any gun board on the net that's been around for 5 years or more and you'll notice an increase of complaints and negative reviews during that time frame. Partly because consumers are not only more vocal than ever and it seems 2016 was the year of butt hurt all across America, but also because QC and production across the board really have been struggling to keep up with demand.

Here's an interesting read on how Ruger's stock surpassed gold and they quit taking orders at one point. I haven't fact checked this, but I'm sure we've all seen the "sold out, no backorder" flags on guns and gun products online in the past several years.
http://teejaw.com/sturm-ruger-stock-...-last-5-years/
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Thanks for the reply . I'll be looking for that break down video .
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Here is a short one on YouTube I found helpful. It is a little tricky getting it back together.

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Great information. No problem with my LC9s but will keep this for future reference.
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Here is a short one on YouTube I found helpful. It is a little tricky getting it back together.

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At least this guy shows the hole in the striker sleeve that you need. I'm trying to upload my own video now that I did last night, it's much more in depth and also has close up detail like this one. I did the best I could.
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Great job Cowboy. Thanks!

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Thanks for staying up late to do that vid. Hope you got some rest after all.

Between the TK vid and yours, I think we all have a good idea of what to look out for. I shot fifty rounds of Independence aluminum and a dozen or so rounds of brass last night. I'll carefully inspect for shavings when I clean my sPro later today.

Thanks for the tips!!!
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Y'all are more than welcome. I'll be trying to upload some more videos over time on different guns, things I've done to them and simple repairs. I'll be doing one on getting that front sight to stop drifting. I've promised another forum a video on how I shortened the trigger pull on my FNS, I'll also be throwing in why folks may NOT want to do it.
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Well, my LC9s came back from Ruger yesterday. Nine day turnaround, I was happy about that. Two shiny new nicks on the top of my slide, I wasn't happy about that. I hope the bluing pen I ordered from Amazon will hide those.

Anyway, they replaced the guide rod assembly (which had already been replaced), polished the feed ramp (looks very nice) and "repaired the internal trigger pin" (not sure what that entails). They fired 50 test rounds with no problems and sent it back.

So I cleaned it last night and removing the striker was pretty easy once I realized that I had to put the punch in the hole and pull toward the front of the slide. They didn't say anything about cleaning the channel, but I didn't find much in there, just a little soot.

Went to the range tonight and fired 200 rounds of Speer Lawman 147 and 25 rounds of Speer Gold Dot 147 without a hiccup. Including their testing, that's 275 rounds without a malf, and this little guy is officially out of timeout, although it's still on probation.

While I was at it, I put 70 rounds through my SR9c. I consider myself an average shooter at best, but 10 rounds into a 4 inch circle at 5 yards in about 6 seconds. Jeez, I love that gun!
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I hope all stays good with it!
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I hope all stays good with it!
Me too.

And thank you for your contributions to this thread. I've learned some things I didn't know before and I hope I'll be able to keep this pistol running well.
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While I was at it, I put 70 rounds through my SR9c. I consider myself an average shooter at best, but 10 rounds into a 4 inch circle at 5 yards in about 6 seconds. Jeez, I love that gun!
Good luck with the LC9s. Mine became the backpacking carry once I purchased a SR9c. The SR9c is indeed a pleasure to shoot.
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