Help...Ruger LC9 problems (new out of box)

Discussion in 'Ruger Center Fire Pistols' started by Buckmark79, Jan 22, 2013.

  1. Buckmark79

    Buckmark79 New Member

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    Does anyone know how many rounds it takes to brake in the LC9?? Took it to the range, right out of box, and about every 4th round the cartridge was getting stuck in the chamber. (not a double feed) just getting stuck. I went through 100rd box of just standard 115g white box. Range officers was stunned and said to put at least another 200 rounds in to break it in more. I would never think a Ruger would need this much breaking in. Has this happened to anyone?
     
  2. bhale187

    bhale187 New Member

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    Did you clean and oil it before that trip to the range?

    The round left in the chamber would suggest (IMO) a bad extractor, but its strange that its not picking up the next round and causing a lock back with the new round trying to get into the chamber with the spent round that's left there.

    Did you have anyone watch closely to see if the slide was short stroking or if its going all the way back? If you aren't getting a full cycle of the slide I would say you got a box of bad ammo. And that would explain it not extracting the spent round while also not double feeding.
     
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  3. SHOOTER13

    SHOOTER13 RETIRED MODERATOR Lifetime Supporter

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    Welcome to the Ruger Talk Forum !!
     
  4. Oneshotwill

    Oneshotwill One Shot Will

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    I have a SR 40 and run a couple hundred rounds through, have had no issues with it.
     
  5. 1Popeye1

    1Popeye1 New Member

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    I've never had a FTF or FTE on my LC9
     
  6. Buckmark79

    Buckmark79 New Member

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    Well whats happening is the slide will get locked back and when I look into the chamber, there is a fresh round just stuck in the back of the barrel, sitting on top of the next round in the mag. Im so confused. Im going to go back in a few days and if it keeps doing it, im going to just send it back to Ruger. But thanks for your response!

     
  7. Buckmark79

    Buckmark79 New Member

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    No...I guess i'm just used to my Glocks just running new out of box. But the range officer lubed the crap out of it and still did the same thing.
     
  8. randym03

    randym03 New Member

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    I think the problem is in the Mag. if it is locking back like it is empty. Check it out closely. If not Ruger does have excellent customer service. I know this because I bought a used super red hawk and someone had overtightened the screw for the elevation adjustment when they put on the scope. I couldn't get it to stay on target more than 2-3 shots at a time, very erratic groups. Very frustrating. Sent it in to Ruger and they found it fixed it and went through it checked the chamber and crown at no charge to me. That's a good company.
     
  9. glock26USMC

    glock26USMC New Member

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    Welcome to the forum, enjoy the community !!
     
  10. bhale187

    bhale187 New Member

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    OK, I misunderstood originally.

    Try shooting it with your off hand, it sounds like your hitting the slide lock/slide release during recoil, its a pretty common problem on the LC9.
     
  11. PackingPastor

    PackingPastor LC9 (my only Ruger . . . so far)

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    I've not had that problem, but, after putting about 300 rds through mine, I started having a problem with the slide failing to lock back when the mag was empty, but only every once in a while. Anyone have that problem?
     
  12. chipinsc

    chipinsc New Member

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    I have only run a couple of hundred through my LC9's but I havent had any issues with ftf or fte etc I just need to get used to the long trigger pull
     
  13. Buckmark79

    Buckmark79 New Member

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    Great! I will try that!
     
  14. Slowpoke

    Slowpoke New Member

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    Hello
    I'm coming in from the Kel Tec group.
    Lots of older guns.
    P11, colts , etc,
    Found a 18 year old P89 which is great. All metal.
    Even gun this old had not been fired and broke in,.
    Read lots of items about bad ammo etc, but a common thread problem with me has been relaxing a little too much and creating misdeed problems.
    A NRA instructor was at the range one day and I was having problems and he instantly identified the problem, limp wristing.
    Try to find the you tube demo with all kinds of brands showing misfire, feeds where this guy uses the pistol sideways to show the action involved.
    Convinced me the problem is more with skill than pistols.
     
  15. rcampbell

    rcampbell New Member

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    long trigger pull Was my only prob, but after 2000 Various rounds and no Problems at all, you get used to the pull.
     
  16. Gwgw60

    Gwgw60 New Member

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    I've had 1000 rounds trouble free shooting from the beginning. Given this, I have no perspective on a break in period and was not aware there was one. I did put a couple hundred rounds through before I was ready to trust it for carry.
     
  17. Slowpoke

    Slowpoke New Member

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    I also never gave much thought to "breaking in" a gun but it makes sense.
    Getting close tolerance parts to lap in so too speak.
    That process gets a little more sensitive because the residue from the ammo will fill in the clearance faster because its tight to start with.
    The P89 that I had found, never used , worked good, was clean as new but, had few miscues at about 200 rounds. Cleaned good , then went about 750 rounds and started same things. Cleaned, all good. You can not get away from cleaning, but need will get longer between times as gun wears/ breaks in. Even Glocks work better with cleanings.
    All weapons will be different on cycle requirements.
    Ask any one from the service about weapons jamming.
     
  18. lafayettela

    lafayettela New Member

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    ^^^ This ^^^ - except there are 4 LC9s in my family and have never had a FTE or FTF - or any other issue for that matter.
     
  19. TJB63

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    I've had an LC9 now for about a year and never had a single issue, It's seems to eat whatever I put through it including the crappy Wolf steel case.

    I think someone else here had a good thought, You may be engaging the slide lock while shooting, it happens more often then you'd think.

    I had a PF9 Kel-Tec I bought a few years ago that I had nothing but problems with, mainly rounds nosediving into the magazine, everyone told me I was limp wristing which is funny because I never had that problem with any of the other 50 or so handguns I own, Got rid of the PF9 for the LC9 -- I've since bought a more recent production PF9 and it has been every bit as reliable as the LC9 - I think I just got a lemon first time around, But I sold it to my brother with a full understanding of the problems I was having, I'm not even sure if he's shot it yet to verify. I suspect it was more a Magazine issue than anything, Kel-Tec sent me a new mag that was a little different than the ones I had, I never had any problems with the new magazine.

    Anyway, The LC9 seems to be a great gun, I find it good enough to trust my Life on as it has become my EDC gun.

    TJB
     
  20. Buckmark79

    Buckmark79 New Member

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    Awesome man! Thank you. I'm going to give it a few more trips to the range and if it still does it..... Then it's back to Ruger. And will all the crap that's going on right now, they should get to fixing it by 2014 hopefully lol. But thanks again man I will be aware of that