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WARNING | Ruger American Slides Could Crack With High Round Count

Ruger has warned that Ruger American slides could crack due to premature wear of the locking surfaces between the slide and barrel hood. The warning only covers Ruger American pistols chambered in 9mm, not the .45 caliber guns.

All Ruger American pistols with the serial number prefixes 860 and 862 should be inspected immediately for cracking on the slide especially if the pistol has more than 10,000 rounds downrange. Ruger says that the crack will be visible to owners well before the pistol is unsafe to shoot, but if a crack is detected the pistol should not be fired.

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Pistols will also show excessive wear signs on the slide and barrel hood. Checking these surfaces probably isn’t a bad idea during normal maintenance.

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Ruger will be offering a free retrofit for the pistols affected, to learn more visit the Ruger website for more details.

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Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE: RGR) has issued a product Safety Bulletin for certain Ruger American® Pistols chambered in 9mm.

Ruger has discovered that some Ruger American Pistols chambered in 9mm may exhibit premature wear of the locking surfaces between the slide and barrel which, if ignored, can result in a crack developing near the ejection port of the slide. This typically does not occur at round counts below 10,000 rounds. The condition is easily identified during routine maintenance and cleaning, and the crack should be visible long before the pistol becomes unsafe to shoot. Ruger is committed to safety and is asking owners of Ruger American Pistols chambered in 9mm to inspect their pistols for excessive wear or cracks and, if necessary, sign up for a FREE retrofit. Ruger American Pistols chambered in .45 Auto are not subject to this Safety Bulletin.

All Ruger American Pistols chambered in 9mm with serial number prefixes “860” and “862” are subject to this Safety Bulletin and should be inspected. Ruger American Pistol owners should visit the Ruger American Pistol Retrofit Website at Ruger.com/APRetrofit to look up the serial number to determine if their Ruger American Pistol is subject to the Safety Bulletin, learn how to inspect their pistol to determine whether the retrofit is necessary, obtain additional information, and sign up for the retrofit if required.

Replacement components are being built and consumers who sign up for the retrofit will be served on a first-come, first-served basis. Those consumers will be sent a U.S. Postal Service box with a prepaid shipping label and detailed packaging and shipping instructions. The consumer should return only the barrel/slide assembly to Ruger. Ruger will inspect the barrel/slide assembly and install new components as needed, free of charge. The Company will make every effort to return each barrel/slide assembly within one week of the day it arrives at Ruger.

Ruger reminds consumers that periodic inspection of any firearm is important to ensuring its safe operation. You should clean and inspect your firearm after each range session. Proper maintenance increases the longevity of your firearm and will allow early detection of worn or broken parts.


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