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Old February 7th, 2011, 05:41 PM   #1
 
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Unhappy Problem with SR40

Hello,


I just bought my first Ruger SR40 and I'm having a little issue with the gun.
1st. I don't have the slide all the way to the back.
2nd. I have a magazine with around 10 bullets inside.
3rd. I pull back and forward the slide in order to put a bullet in the chamber but 3 times out of 5 the bullets always get jam with the firing ping and the slider does not move all the way forward.

This is the same mechanism that I always use when I have my Smith and Wesson and I never have any issue. I try two different brand of ammo and still getting jam.


I have a pictures showing how the bullet get stuck. Now I lose the confindence in the gun because I believe that the day that I need to use it I will not be able to do it quickly and I dont like to keep a bullet in the chamber.

I already clean the gun twice. I only shoot two full magazines with this gun and from the very first moment was doing the same.

If someone can help me out I will be appreciated.



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Old February 7th, 2011, 05:51 PM   #2
 
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I have a different problem. I CAN'T FIND ONE!!! No one around me has one for sale! They aren't even sure if they will order it when it will come it!

I would take it back and ask them to cycle a snap cap in it. As stated above, I haven't handled one but it may just be the stronger spring that you aren't used to. The slide needs to go all the way back and then let it go, don't ride it home at all. I would be shocked if it left the factory as a jam-o-matic.
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Welcome to the forum. You say you have the slide not all the way back and you then forward the slide ?. If you mean you are going back just far enough to clear the mag and then coming back forward while still holding the slide that might be your problem. The slide should be taken all the way back and let loose to slam forward just as when it fires. Did it jam like this when firing ? or did it operate fine and only do it when you worked the action manually. If it jams when shooting as well it may need to go back to Ruger.
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What ammo are you using?
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Welcome to the forum from the Seattle area.


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I am using Federal Ammo
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After I got the first round into the chamber I don't have any issue with the gun. My problem is getting the first one into the chamber.

I try pulling the slice all the way to the back and let it go. Sometime works fine for 7 or 8 rounds and got stuck in number 9 or 10.

When I'm firing the gun never got stuck. Just putting the first round.

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I've had my SR40 for about 3 months now, never had any problem with it.
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I just bought my son-in-law a SR40. We cleaned it and hand cycled ammo through it. Every other round jammed. Tried diffrent ammo, same problem.
He took it out this last Sat and it improved a bit. About evry 4th shell jammed. He fired about 70 rounds with various ammo.
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CON 43 hit the nail on the head. I have an SR40 and can tell you from experience that you have to pull the slide all the way back and LET IT GO and it will strip a round just fine. When I first go mine, I did what you are describing and it would not strip a round and load. Finally realized that you have to pull the slide back and let it with AUTHORITY. Now have over 1000 rds through it. I have not had the first problem with it. Great gun. You will enjoy it.
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I just bought my son-in-law a SR40. We cleaned it and hand cycled ammo through it. Every other round jammed. Tried diffrent ammo, same problem.
He took it out this last Sat and it improved a bit. About evry 4th shell jammed. He fired about 70 rounds with various ammo.
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The next item id look at is the magazine disconnect. On my SR40, it had a peculiar problem of disabling the weapon even with the magazine secured in the well.My first time loading and firing the weapon the trigger went 'click'.Thinking it was an ammo malfunction I tap, racked, and as soon as I tapped the bottom of the magazine I heard a hollow 'ting' noise in the slide. The weapon fired every round except the 14th one jams.Tap, rack,keep shooting. Next magazine, same problem the trigger clicked with no fire. This time I tap the magazine, same 'ting' noise, and I decided to keep firm pressure on the magazine to prevent ANY movement.The gun fired all 15 rounds no problem. That's when I broke down the weapon and tossed the magazine disconnect. This hasnt happened with either of the SR9's ive owned.

I mention the magazine disconnect because , to me, the SR40 magazines are very loose in the frame of the gun.While on my SR9 theres small to no amount of magazine play in the frame, the loaded SR40 sounded like a meringue if I shook it hard enough.Bought an aftermarket magazine at Scheels thinking its the factory mags that are loose but nope, the aftermarket mag rattled in the frame too.That loose fit plus the spring-loaded pressure of the mag disconnect could be causing you some problems with the gun not firing intermittently even though the mag is seated, and Id take it out to see if it solves any problems.

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Okay i have your solution. it has to go back to Ruger. I had the exact same problem out of the box and they ended up having to replace the extractor. There are a few others on this forum that have had the same issue. It took me 3 weeks to get it fixed and returned. good luck!
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The range officer at my LGS recommended something after I was having a similar problem with my SR40. Open the silde all the way and then lock it open. Insert the magazine and close it using the slide stop, what I call 1911'ing it. Gotta agree with an above poster in that I never had to do that with the used and probably abused SR9 from the rental cabinet. Just popped the fresh mag in and gave it a good rack and ready to go bang. YMMV of course but that helped my 40 with the initial loads. Now I think I do have the same ejecter problem as above and if it happens after my next range trip, its off to AZ with it. No trigger issues that I, an admitted newbie, can pick up and Ive got SR9c and a new Savage 22 rifle to keep me occupied while the 40 is on vaca in the desert sun. Hope that helps
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Thanks for the input. We will have to bucket some time to go out to the range. In cycling the slide we tried everything to get it to feed everytime. The best we could come up with was a very quick snap of the slide (trying to mimic the natural operation of the slide) That worked best. Pulling the slide all the way back and releasing worked the least for us. Also trying the 1911 slide stop procedure proved much to difficult with a new pistol. it took two hands to push it down.
Again thanks for the 411.
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Hello,


I just bought my first Ruger SR40 and I'm having a little issue with the gun.
1st. I don't have the slide all the way to the back.
2nd. I have a magazine with around 10 bullets inside.
3rd. I pull back and forward the slide in order to put a bullet in the chamber but 3 times out of 5 the bullets always get jam with the firing ping and the slider does not move all the way forward.

This is the same mechanism that I always use when I have my Smith and Wesson and I never have any issue. I try two different brand of ammo and still getting jam.


I have a pictures showing how the bullet get stuck. Now I lose the confindence in the gun because I believe that the day that I need to use it I will not be able to do it quickly and I dont like to keep a bullet in the chamber.

I already clean the gun twice. I only shoot two full magazines with this gun and from the very first moment was doing the same.

If someone can help me out I will be appreciated.


I had the same problem with my SR40. I called Ruger, they emailed me a prepaid return label. It took 2 weeks for the repair / replacement of the extractor.

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