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Old March 4th, 2012, 10:17 PM   #1
 
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Broken SR22 Take Down Lever

Some of you may have read my comments in another thread regarding what happened with my SR22 yesterday at the range.

Briefly, I just purchased this gun on Monday, Feb. 27, 2012 and 6 days later March 3, 2012 it was my 4th trip to the range with this fun gun. To this point the gun had functioned flawlessly, absolutely no failures of any kind and I loved it. However on round number 1095 , the slide flew off about 10-15 feet down range.

The take down lever was always super tight before and I was not having issues with it like others had reported. But when this happened, the take down lever was open and there is now a big chunk taken out of it. It really was simply a complete failure of the part. (I think that the take down lever and the guide rod should be made of metal.) After putting everything back together, the take down lever will not stay shut. As soon as I rack the gun back the lever pops open and the slide pops off the rear.

I'll be giving Ruger a call first thing in the morning. I know that they will make it right, but I'm a little sad about this as I love Ruger guns and have never had any issues with any other gun from them.

Anyway, I thought that I would post some pics so you all could see the damage that was done and watch out for any cracks or breakage in the same place on your own SR22P.








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Bummer. Not good on the take-down lever. I am keeping an eye on mine through 800 rounds everything OK so far. As you say, Ruger will make it right but still not anything you want to have to deal with.

Plastic guide rods seem to be the wave of the future. They do not tend to get permanently bent, as plastic returns to its original shape while metal stays bent. That is why the Beretta M9/92FS went to plastic guide rods, which are said to resist desert grit and sand better than metal.
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Bummer. Not good on the take-down lever. I am keeping an eye on mine through 800 rounds everything OK so far. As you say, Ruger will make it right but still not anything you want to have to deal with.

Plastic guide rods seem to be the wave of the future. They do not tend to get permanently bent, as plastic returns to its original shape while metal stays bent. That is why the Beretta M9/92FS went to plastic guide rods, which are said to resist desert grit and sand better than metal.
I got my Glock 17 in 1991, it came with a plastic guide rod & it's still going strong.

Keep us informed on what Ruger says & does about your SR22P

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Mine still hasn't failed yet. I almost hope Ruger issues a recall for these guns. I absolutely love the gun, but constantly worrying if it'll blow up doesn't leave me a lot faith in the current design.
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I just got off the phone with Ruger. Took some time to get through, but once I did I spoke with a very nice lady. They have already sent me a shipping label via email and said they will take a look at it and get it fixed for me. Expected turn around about 3 weeks. So, hopefully this gun will be back on the range again in 3 weeks and I'll give it another "shot". :-) Sometimes refurb products are actually better as they have to pass a better quality control inspection. I hope that will be the case here.


I understand what you all are saying about the plastic guide rods being a norm now days. And they do work good if everything else on the gun is lined up and functioning correctly.
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I put another 625 rounds through mine today...no issues, but am really keeping an eye on that lever now. I guess I'm not enjoying waiting for a catastrophy to happen, so I had a little bit of fun with the gun. Set a target at 25 yards. With just a turn of the height adjustment screw, I was on paper and in the middle of the small shoot n see target. Had I not ran out of ammo from torture testing, I would have set one out at 50 yards. For now though, I guess I should start enjoying the gun rather than worring about it.

This has to be one of most fun little .22s I've owned and really enjoy shooting it more than some of my other guns.

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I should mention, I have noticed a small area in which there appears to be wearing on the the curved part of the takedown lever on the side that goes into the frame. It almost looks as if something round like a spring is catching on it... hint hint Ruger.
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Just received a call from Ruger.

They have had my broken SR22P for 1 week now and I was told that someone else at Ruger (can't remember the name they gave me) wanted some time to look at it and check out the gun and that it would probably take a long time. So instead of making me wait they would like to send me a new SR22P instead.

Everything you hear about the great customer server at Ruger is true. So, thanks Ruger!

(I just hope the new one lasts longer than 6 days.)
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Interesting. Yours looks like my brothers did when it broke. Did you shoot in very cold weather? His was always shot when it was in the 20s. The chips have the same brittle look to them.
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I should send mine into them to see why mine's been fine for over a thousand rounds and counting and why so many have failed..
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Interesting. Yours looks like my brothers did when it broke. Did you shoot in very cold weather? His was always shot when it was in the 20s. The chips have the same brittle look to them.
I only had a chance to shoot it in an indoor range before it broke. I doubt that it ever had a chance to get below about 65 or 70. I think that the plastic is just not the right composition or material for a part that appears to take a real beating and it just can not hold up. I even wonder if the recoil spring in them is too weak and gives out too soon and then causes the slide to hit the take down lever too hard until it fails.
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I should send mine into them to see why mine's been fine for over a thousand rounds and counting and why so many have failed..
Mine made it over a thousand before failing (1095 shots). Up until that point I was loving it, no failures of any kind and figured that I was in the clear and was not going to have the issues everyone else was. I was wrong.
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Just received a call from Ruger.

They have had my broken SR22P for 1 week now and I was told that someone else at Ruger (can't remember the name they gave me) wanted some time to look at it and check out the gun and that it would probably take a long time. So instead of making me wait they would like to send me a new SR22P instead.

Everything you hear about the great customer server at Ruger is true. So, thanks Ruger!

(I just hope the new one lasts longer than 6 days.)
Thats a good sign! Sounds like they're taking your sr22 in as an example to study and research why the part failed so they can come up with something better. I'm figuring they they will probably make new ones out of a different type of polymer that has the properties to avoid failure.

I can see the troubles in making this little part work. Too hard of polymer and it will break, Soft of polymer and it will mushroom out with each hit of the slide. Its a game to find the polymer to work!

My best Idea: An aluminum takedown latch with a rubber face. Strong enough not to break but yet soft enough with the rubber face to cusion the slide hitting it.
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For those who broke their levers:

Was is cold out? Plastics do become brittle when cold.
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>>Was is cold out?<<

No it wasn't.... indoor range. Take-down lever needs to made of something other than cheesy plastic.
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