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Old Yesterday, 03:46 AM   #1
 
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I bought a SR-9 back in January and have about 300 rounds through it so far. I took it out this past weekend to practice. Two different times while firing the first round from the magazine the firing pin never struck the primer. You can feel the trigger break and release the firing pin. After removing the mag. and clearing the chamber, I inserted the mag. back in and chambered the next round. With no problems it fired the next round in the mag. I contacted Ruger about this problem and they asked if the slide was locked open while inserting the magazine. I could not recall how I loaded it when the first malfunction happened, but I do remember when the second malfunction happened. The slide was open when I inserted the magazine, I then pressed the slide release which chambered the round. Customer service told me that this pistol is not designed to chamber a round using the slide release and that it possibly is the cause of my problem. Has anyone ever heard of this?



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A lot of companies call it a "slide stop".....not a slide release
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It has a magazine disconnector, sounds like the mag is not seating properly.

You can remove the mag disconnector to test it.

I do not recommend removing it for anything other than testing purposes.

If the mag is not seated properly, or malfunctioning you will feel as if the trigger fires but the mag disconnector stops the firing pin from hitting the primer.
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It sounds like the magazine disconnector is not being pushed out of the way sufficiently when the magazine is seated. The SR-series guns will "fire", i.e. the trigger will pull normally and you will hear a click but the striker won't hit the primer if the magazine disconnector is not pushed out of engagement by the magazine.

It should have nothing to do with how the slide is dropped. Try seating the magazines somewhat aggressively and see if it solves the problem.
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Just remove the disconnect and leave it out. That way the gun will fore a chambered round even if the mag is out of the gun.

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Any chance the issue could be the ammo and not the gun?

The slide lock being released vs slingshotting should make no difference with the trigger set
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I think the guys above are correct. It sounds like a possible mag disconnect issue. As far as using the slide stop as a release, my take is this: If you look at certain pistols like the 1911, Beretta 92, Ruger P89, HK USP, etc., their slide stops are made from substantial pieces of steel with grooves on top, clearly indicating that they serve both functions, stop and release.

If you look at pistols like Glocks, M&Ps, SRs, American Pistols, Sig 320s, etc., the slide stops lie pretty flat against the frame and are made of sheet metal. The consensus seems to be that in these pistols the stop is just that, a stop, and is not really designed to be used as a release, though it can be done. I think slingshotting the slide is the ticket on these pistols, though I agree with GP and Paladin that I don't think this had anything to do with the malfunctions you experienced.

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Any chance the issue could be the ammo and not the gun?
Not very likely. The OP said the rounds that didn't fire had no firing pin dent in the primer. That makes it extremely likely the magazine isn't depressing the magazine release sufficiently.
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Thank you everyone for your input!!!! I believe the best option is to send it in to Ruger. I am only using the factory mags provided from them. So if it is the disconnect or even the magazines provided that are at fault they can diagnosis it properly. I absolutely love this pistol and want it to be my primary carry. Unfortunately I have some trust issues now should it be needed in a life threatening situation. I still am confused about Ruger's customer service response "do not load it by releasing the slide". Again thanks to all.
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Not very likely. The OP said the rounds that didn't fire had no firing pin dent in the primer. That makes it extremely likely the magazine isn't depressing the magazine release sufficiently.
Good point. I missed the fact that "the firing pin never struck the primer".
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Yep, best to send it to Ruger and let them figure it out.
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Semi autos are supposed to be loaded, and reloaded, by pulling back the slide all the way, and releasing it. This supplies the force to adequately push the next round into the chamber. The "slide lock lever" is there to lock the slide open, not to release it when reloading. Train to use the firearm for whatever you intend to use it for. If you plan to only use it for plinking, target shooting, or one of the many fun shooting games, use the slide lock lever however you want, many do. If just for the aforementioned, you can get it "fixed," to your satisfaction. If however, you plan to use the pistol for self defense, pull the slide back and release it. This is a large muscle movement, as opposed to a fine motor skill, which may not work, and could get you killed in a shooting situation.

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