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Old February 20th, 2017, 05:36 AM   #1
 
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What the heck has happened to my LC9s?

Purchased my LC9s new in October, and it now has about 850 rounds through it. In the first 550 rounds, it had 1 failure to feed at about round 300. Since then it's all gone bad. In mid January, I had 2 failures to eject in 100 rounds. At the end of January, I had 1 failure to feed in 100 rounds. Then, this past Saturday I had 2 failures to feed in 100 rounds. The first was nose up on the feed ramp, but the second actually stovepiped. I've never seen that before.

This being a pretty snappy and very small pistol, ever since that first failure at round 300, I've been paying close attention to my grip, limp wristing, etc. It gets cleaned after every range session, and I took the mags apart after the mid January session and cleaned them thoroughly. It's not me, it's the gun. And needless to say, it's now out of my carry rotation. I know I need to speak with Ruger CS, but they haven't been open since Saturday. In the meantime, I figured I'd throw it out here.



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Maybe time for a fresh recoil spring assembly.
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Soak your magazine in mineral spirits and let dry. See if that doesn't take care of the problem.
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Soak your magazine in mineral spirits and let dry. See if that doesn't take care of the problem.
Why do that instead of taking it apart and cleaning it?
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Sorry to hear about the problems.

Maybe a silly question, but are you using different types / brands of ammo? Does it seem that one particular brand or type is more problematic than others?

Also, on the rounds that fail, do you see any damage to the nose or case?
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Sorry to hear about the problems.

Maybe a silly question, but are you using different types / brands of ammo? Does it seem that one particular brand or type is more problematic than others?

Also, on the rounds that fail, do you see any damage to the nose or case?
The only ammo this gun has ever seen is Speer Lawman 147 and Speer Gold Dot 147. For the first 550 rounds I only had the one FTF, so I don't think there's an issue with the ammo. I haven't noticed any damage.

As far as the recoil spring, 850 rounds seems awfully low to need a new one.
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The only ammo this gun has ever seen is Speer Lawman 147 and Speer Gold Dot 147. For the first 550 rounds I only had the one FTF, so I don't think there's an issue with the ammo. I haven't noticed any damage.

As far as the recoil spring, 850 rounds seems awfully low to need a new one.
Never heard of any problems with Speer but it couldn't hurt to try some different brand of ammo. But based on what you've described so far, sounds like your pistol might need to go back to Ruger. If there's a problem, they'll fix or replace.
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If there's a problem, they'll fix or replace.
Yeah, we have seven Ruger handguns and two of them have had to go back. Both of them came back good to go.

Ruger's CS is the best, which is why we have seven of them.
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The only ammo this gun has ever seen is Speer Lawman 147 and Speer Gold Dot 147. For the first 550 rounds I only had the one FTF, so I don't think there's an issue with the ammo. I haven't noticed any damage.

As far as the recoil spring, 850 rounds seems awfully low to need a new one.
On a subcompact, that short of a spring life is not unusual.
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I change my springs out for GP about every 500 rounds. It really appears that may be your gun problem. Buy new springs and guide rod before calling Ruger. You can still use it later. If you still have problems, send in the gun to Ruger with the old spring and save your new spring for a spare as Ruger will most likely replace the spring for you before sending it back.
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On a subcompact, that short of a spring life is not unusual.
You know, I'll give that a shot. It's not like new springs will go to waste.
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On a subcompact, that short of a spring life is not unusual.
Well, "Hope springs eternal"...actual springs, however; not so much
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Talked to Ruger CS today. The guy thought that the recoil spring shouldn't need replacing after 850 rounds, but he's going to send me one anyway. I also marked my mags to see if it's isolated to a specific one. Should have already done that.
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Got the new recoil spring from Ruger yesterday and went to the range today. Fired 150 rounds and had 3 malfunctions. The first 2 were nose up failures to feed from the same mag. The third was the slide locking back even though the mag wasn't empty. It was a different mag. Guess I'll be calling CS on Monday.

I also put the first 150 rounds through my new LCR 22lr. That thing is a blast to shoot. I'm an average shooter at best, and cylinder after cylinder I could put 8 rounds in 8 seconds into a six inch circle at 9 yards.
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Got the new recoil spring from Ruger yesterday and went to the range today. Fired 150 rounds and had 3 malfunctions. The first 2 were nose up failures to feed from the same mag. The third was the slide locking back even though the mag wasn't empty. It was a different mag. Guess I'll be calling CS on Monday.

I also put the first 150 rounds through my new LCR 22lr. That thing is a blast to shoot. I'm an average shooter at best, and cylinder after cylinder I could put 8 rounds in 8 seconds into a six inch circle at 9 yards.
The slide locking back on a non-empty mag has happened to me a few times. I was befuddled until I found a YouTube by Justin Opinion trying to figure out the slide lock-back challenge. Turns out I may have been guilty of the same offense of engaging the slide lock inadvertently. After changing grips, no problems at all.


I've not had failure to feed problems with either my S or S-Pro, so I'm no help there.

The LCR22 is a cool idea...just too spendy at retail. Need to find someone who doesn't want theirs any more.
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