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Old March 17th, 2013, 08:11 AM   #1
 
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New SR45 striker pin

Hello all - I am brand new to this forum, but looking forward to participating with you all. I just bought a SR45 yesterday and took it to an indoor range in Morgantown, WV. I have a few questions about this weapon that I hope someone can help with. Note first that I field stripped the gun and cleaned it thoroughly prior to the range (a lesson a learned the hard way with my NIB P95!!!).

While at the range I had a 50 box of Blazer FMJ and a 50 box of Mountaineer Custom Cartridge FMJ (Grafton, WV reloads sold at the range). The SR45 ate the Blazers wonderfully without issue. The Mtneer Customs on the other hand? Bang, click, wait, eject... bang, click, wait, eject....bang, click, wait, eject. After 3 tries I stopped and put the cartidges in my S&W M&P45 for a test drive. It ate them up fairly well, with no "click" or potential hangfire....but i did have 2 FTEs in 30 rounds. The SR on the other hand didnt do well at all with these. I questioned whether it was the ammo or the striker pin (and saw good threads in this forum about this), but if the latter any recommendations for or against the Galloway springs? Is this striker pin a problem in the SR45?

Next question....I went home and field stripped the SR and now disassembled the striker pin for cleaning (I did NOT go to this level of detail prior to the range). It appeared to be clean but very oily, so I recleaned it and wiped it down,only lightly oiling the striker rod, not the pin itself. I have not fired it yet. However after reassembly, I cocked the gun with and without a magazine and noticed at different times the stiker pin was out of the hole. With an unloaded magazine - out of the hole. Without a magazine - inside (meaning pin not visible). I did not pay attention prior to disassembly if this was normal, but my M&P does not do this. I do not think I dissassembled / reassembled incorrectly, but i do not like the fact the striker pin is out when a magazine is present. Is this normal? Am I overlooking something? Should I even be concerend about this?!?!

Thanks for any direction on this...looking forward to this forum.

PS - I also own the P95, Redhawk .44 mag, Super Blackhawk .44mag and now the SR45. LOVE them ALL!




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Welcome from California's High Desert and to the Forum. Someone will have the information you need.
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However after reassembly, I cocked the gun with and without a magazine and noticed at different times the stiker pin was out of the hole. With an unloaded magazine - out of the hole. Without a magazine - inside (meaning pin not visible). I did not pay attention prior to disassembly if this was normal, but my M&P does not do this. I do not think I dissassembled / reassembled incorrectly, but i do not like the fact the striker pin is out when a magazine is present. Is this normal? Am I overlooking something? Should I even be concerend about this?!?!
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What do you mean by the striker pin is out?
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"out" as if it were striking.
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Thanks!
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First I would make sure the striker channel was cleaned well. I treat it like a barrel and use a wire brush tip on a cleaning rod followed by swabs untill clean.

I run the Gallaway heavy striker spring in both my SR9c and SR45. They work great, but do increase the trigger pull weight. If you polish the trigger reset bar or replace it with a Ghost ultimate trigger reset bar, the pull improves.
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I appreciate it. I am going to go into the channel and clean it out as you said - as if it were a barrel.

I am also going to order the Galloway spring with the smooth trigger kit...sounds like a "win-win" combo.
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"out" as if it were striking.
That's normal. After it has struck the primer, it stays out until the slide retracts and the striker gets partially recocked as the slide somes forward.

Several other brands of firearms do the same thing.

Be sure there is no ammo in either the firearm or a magazine (you need the mag in place cuz of the mag disconnect safety.)

Cycle thru the operation a few times and slowly watch the firing pin after you've pulled the trigger. You will see when it starts retracting for the next round to be fired.

I would guess the light strike you had was cuz of the oil in the striker channel. That's a common issue (not exclusive to the SR series). The striker channel needs to be clean once in a while.
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Thanks for putting my mind at ease...i cycled through it a few times and it appears fine...im headed back to the range tomorrow to test it out...im sure all is well. Will keep you all posted. Thanks again!
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"However after reassembly, I cocked the gun with and without a magazine and noticed at different times the stiker pin was out of the hole. With an unloaded magazine - out of the hole. Without a magazine - inside (meaning pin not visible). I did not pay attention prior to disassembly if this was normal, but my M&P does not do this."

Have you read your owners manual? Page 18

OPERATION OF MAGAZINE DISCONNECT
Your RUGERŪ SR-SERIES pistol is equipped with a magazine disconnect.
This device prevents firing if the magazine is removed from the pistol.

Without the magazine inserted the disconnect will prevent the striker from hitting the round and that's why you did not see the striker protruding thru the hole, with the magazine inserted the disconnect is pushed out of the way of the striker and that why you then saw the striker protruding thru the hole.
Your M&P does not have a magazine disconnect.
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"However after reassembly, I cocked the gun with and without a magazine and noticed at different times the stiker pin was out of the hole. With an unloaded magazine - out of the hole. Without a magazine - inside (meaning pin not visible). I did not pay attention prior to disassembly if this was normal, but my M&P does not do this."

Have you read your owners manual? Page 18

OPERATION OF MAGAZINE DISCONNECT
Your RUGERŪ SR-SERIES pistol is equipped with a magazine disconnect.
This device prevents firing if the magazine is removed from the pistol.

Without the magazine inserted the disconnect will prevent the striker from hitting the round and that's why you did not see the striker protruding thru the hole, with the magazine inserted the disconnect is pushed out of the way of the striker and that why you then saw the striker protruding thru the hole.
Your M&P does not have a magazine disconnect.
Correct. The firing pin will be poking out of the hole after it has "fired" a round and there is a magazine in the firearm. Oherwise the striker block is preventing that.

I though the OP was concerned that the firing pin visible after a pulling the trigger with a mag in place. That operation is fairly common.
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