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Old February 14th, 2012, 10:04 AM   #1
 
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SR22 Slide Damage

Hello All!

I am new to the world of pistol shooting and decided that a .22 was the best way to get introduced to the hobby. After talking to a couple of friends, I chose the SR22 for my first pistol. I bought it on Saturday, cleaned it, lubed it, checked the barrel to ensure it was tight, and took it to the range. I put 300 problem free rounds through it and it shot really well. I was very pleased with the performance of the pistol.

I took it home to clean it and noticed that my slide was pretty nicked up. The damage is at slide catch and along the rail. It looks like something is obviously rubbing but I can't figure out what as I don't see any wear on any other parts or the magazines. Has anybody else seen this and know what might be causing this? Will I have to send my new toy back to Ruger? Thanks in advance for any help.

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Old February 14th, 2012, 10:54 AM   #2
 
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I have a small worn dot in the same section as yours but nothing I was even going to cover up. It is not that bad. I would contact them and ask for a options.
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Wow, I'm kind of at a loss here. I'm not sure what would cause that? Can you take it back to the gunstore and have their smith look at it? Looks like your slide is contacting the slide release incorrectly somehow. All I can say is that is not normal. Did you buy the gun NIB (New in Box)?

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Thanks for the replies. Yes, the gun was NIB, cleaned and lubed before firing, and function checked just fine before going to the range. When I manipulate the slide, I do not see anything coming into contact except the slide stop, so it must be the way the stop is catching the slide.

I am going to contact Ruger and see what they have to say.

Other than this, I LOVE the gun. It shot like a dream at the range and had no problem with any of the ammo I fed it. It was really fun to shoot and if you like to shoot a lot this is a great gun to own.

Thanks

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Yes, that pistol needs to go back to Ruger. Please let us know how it goes.
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I'm guessing its the slide lock lever. I read another case where someone had the same issue and it was the slide lock that had a sharp edge. Should go back to Ruger though to have it fixed. While it may not effect function, that kind of damage deserves to be repaired by the manufacturer.
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Contact Ruger. I had the same issue with mine and they sent me a return label to UPS Next Day Air it back to them. Sent it off today. I'll let you know what they tell me is the issue and the remedy.



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Contact Ruger. I had the same issue with mine and they sent me a return label to UPS Next Day Air it back to them. Sent it off today. I'll let you know what they tell me is the issue and the remedy.



Thanks for the info. I sent them an email, I am sure they will take care of me in a similar manner.
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If the back side of the slide lock lever is sharp, it will do that.

I removed the slide, pushed up on the slide lock and used a very small file to round the back (not the side facing the muzzle end) edge. Takes just a few seconds to do it.

I'd rather fix small issues like this than be without the firearm for a few weeks.
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I'd rather Ruger fix it since it is only a month old. I have other guns I can shoot in the meantime while it is away, so no biggie.
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It looks like you might be missing the small reinforcing pin at the back of the cutout in the slide. This pin helps to prevent gouging by the slide lock.
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Apparently the Walther P-22 has a similar issue with the slide lock lever.

There are pictures in this post that show the wear on a Walther slide:

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I owned a Walther P22 for about three months. Shot a few hundred rounds though it, then traded it for the Ruger SR22. The P22 was very picky about ammo type. It favors high velocity rounds. It will fail frequently on the cheaper bulk stuff. For me the ability to shoot cheap ammo was a major reason for purchasing a 22 pistol. So I was not impressed after learning this.
FYI: Adding a silencer to the Walther increases back-pressure and allows it to cycle most ammo types reliably.
However, the real reason I parted with the Walther was due to a common problem that the gun suffers. The slide deforms with use. When I first noticed this problem I sent it back to Walther. They later returned it to me stating that the deformation of the slide was "normal".
I didn't like that answer. So bye bye Walther.

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The problems of the Walther P22 are well known to Walther and long time owners. So well known that there is even a Walther P22 bible that explains all the mods needed to make it chamber and fire consistently. IMO, a new gun should work correctly from the factory. Call me picky.

The truth is the SR22 is a better interpretation of the Walther P22. I think the Walther is more tacti-cool, but in the real world the SR22 is better thought out and works better. I usally keep my guns for life. That I sold the Walther so soon should tell you something.

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I'd rather Ruger fix it since it is only a month old. I have other guns I can shoot in the meantime while it is away, so no biggie.
While I can imagine you'd rather have Ruger fix it, since the slide already has some serious marks on it, I believe Mndoggie's idea would be a good one for those that are inviestigating the SR22 and possible check this out to be an option prior to shooting, maybe to prevent such a situation to begin with.

I would imagine Ruger would put a new slide on the returned guns, at least I hope they would.
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I would imagine Ruger would put a new slide on the returned guns, at least I hope they would.
That's what I'm hoping for. I imagine they'll do what mndoggie is saying and round the edge of the slide catch to prevent further issues and (hopefully) replace the slide. They might even go back to the manufacturing process and come up with a work around to prevent future SR22Ps from doing this.
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This is why I'm waiting on my SR22. 6 Months from Intro always works out the kinks. Id rather just by an extra mag than have to get it th hard way.
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