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Old May 17th, 2012, 04:34 PM   #1
 
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New Ruger P345 owner - Slight problem

Hello all, new to the Forum, and just received my new P345 today. No chance to shoot it, but I like the feel of it so far. I have a slight problem. I disassembled for cleaning, and when I got it back together, the Hammer pivot pin,(I think thats what its called), which is on the right side of frame to the left of the serial number, is protruding. It is not flush on the frame in its groove, but sticks out about 1/8", and is turned down somewhat. I believe it was flush when I got the pistol. Did I do something wrong? Also, the mags are impossible to seat and release from the handle of the pistol. If I seat them all the way it will be impossible to get them out. They don't budge when I hit the mag button, I have to pry them out. It was not that way before I took the gun apart for cleaning. Any help would be appreciated. Should I tap the Hammer pivot pin back into its groove, what would cause this, anyway, and why are the mags so tight...they weren't that way before I cleaned the gun. I'm sure I have reassembled correctly. Thank so much, and I look forward to speaking to you all in the future. I'll let you know how the gun shoots. Email Tac0210@aol.com Tom C.



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Old May 17th, 2012, 05:38 PM   #2
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Taco ... Welcome to the forum. The following is the correct procedure to resolve your issue (Iowegan posted it for another member with the same problem)

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.... Here's the concept .... there is a tab that extends from the rear of the ejector plate that fits in a slot in the hammer pivot pin when the ejector plate is snapped to the rear (normal operating position). The magazine holds the ejector plate in position so the tab will retain the pivot pin to keep it from drifting. It is essential to have a magazine in place when you dry fire or practice decocking. Without the magazine, the ejector plate will move forward and allow the hammer pivot pin to drift out.

BTW, the procedure you described from Ruger is wrong. Here's the correct procedure: 1. Remove the magazine. 2. Snap the ejector plate forward. 3. Push the hammer pivot pin back in place. 4. Snap the ejector plate back into position. 5. Insert the magazine. If you do it in the order you posted, it will bend the tab when you insert a magazine.

Remove your slide so you can do a close inspection. Flip the ejector plate forward and look at the tab on the back. If you ever forced a magazine in place, chances are the tab is bent forward and is not in full contact with the slot in the pivot pin. If so, here's the "fix". Bend the tab on the ejector plate rearward until it is in full contact with the pivot pin when the ejector plate is snapped back into position. If you bend it too much, the magazine won't seat without binding.

Repairing the ejector plate tab is a tricky maneuver because it impossible to see the tab contact the pivot pin when snapped back. The ejector plate is made of very hard steel and is quite brittle. That means you risk breaking the tab off when bending it. Fortunately, the ejector plate is a cheap part (under $10) so if you break it, it can be replaced.
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Thanks so much for your help. I did the procedure you described and I'm back in action.
Quote: " Here's the correct procedure: 1. Remove the magazine. 2. Snap the ejector plate forward. 3. Push the hammer pivot pin back in place. 4. Snap the ejector plate back into position. 5. Insert the magazine. If you do it in the order you posted, it will bend the tab when you insert a magazine."
The Mags slide in nice and smooth, now just want to get out and shoot it.
Thanks again. Tom C.
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Ain't this place GREAT? Glad someone beat me to the answer..Go shoot it now K? oh and welcome to this place..
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