Ruger SR9 slide stop issue

Discussion in 'Ruger Center Fire Pistols' started by bls, Mar 16, 2014.

  1. bls

    bls New Member

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    First off hello, first time poster here, and my apologies for the length. I have several years of handgun shooting experience and in January I bought a Ruger SR9 as my first handgun. I love the gun, love how it shoots, and up until today I've had no problems with it. I've shot just over 800 rnds through it, mostly 115 gr ball and hollow point, lots of cheap stuff and reloads and it's fed everything with only a stovepipe or two in the first 100 and none after that. However, today at the range in the middle of my shooting session, the gun started locking back every shot or every other shot. I tried using other magazines and tried racking the slide without a magazine inserted and continued to have the problem, sometimes it would return to battery without issue but most of the time the slide stop would remain up as I tried to rack the slide and the gun would remain locked open.

    When I got home, I broke the gun down and when I looked into the frame I saw that the spring that retains the slide stop appeared to have come off the slide stop and was now in front of it. I tried gently pulling the spring back into place with a plastic tool but with light pressure it wouldn't budge and I'm no gunsmith so I'm hesitant to mess with the internals of the gun. I did a quick google and despite my pre purchase research found out that this was a reported issue with the gun that I had not heard about. It sounded like the solution was to send it in to Ruger to get the slide stop and spring replaced but I was really hoping to do some more shooting this week so here are my questions:

    Do any of you have any experience with this issue?

    Does this require that I send my gun into Ruger to get it fixed or would my local gunsmith be able to take care of it?

    Oh, I don't believe these things would cause the problem I'm having, but I do have a Galloway precision guide rod, striker indicator, and traction grips installed.

    I will attach some pictures of the slide stop with the detached spring. Thanks for any advice! ImageUploadedByRuger Forum1395026550.234494.jpg ImageUploadedByRuger Forum1395026562.926056.jpg ImageUploadedByRuger Forum1395026575.746848.jpg ImageUploadedByRuger Forum1395026590.282040.jpg
     
    Last edited: Mar 17, 2014
  2. DoubleR

    DoubleR Active Member

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    While I don't have any advice for you I would like to welcome you to RugerTalk! You've come to the right place :)
     

  3. waltersolbchalk

    waltersolbchalk New Member

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    I have seen the same issue on another ruger forum. I was having the opposite issue where it would not stay open. Ruger tech stated they got a batch of springs that were too short not sure if this has caused the problem but I would contact ruger.


    **** it dude let's go bowling
     
  4. bls

    bls New Member

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    Called Ruger, described the problem and the girl on the phone said to send it in. It's with Ruger now, I will update when I get it back. I sent it in without the magazine disconnect and with the Galloway grips, recoil spring and guide rod, and striker indicator installed so I'm interested to see if they do anything related to all those like replace the magazine disconnect... Thanks for the replies, I hope that my SR9 comes back to me as a reliable gun. I really had hoped to make this my bedside gun but it's gonna take a thousand or so rounds without issue for me to trust it again...
     
  5. dug23

    dug23 New Member

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    I had this issue right out if the box with my sr9c... Not being to tinker, I just grabbed a small screwdriver and popped it into place. No known issues to date. This was last weekend. And I have put 100 rds through it since with no issues.....
     
  6. bls

    bls New Member

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    Got the gun back last Monday (solid 1 week turnaround so good on Ruger for that) and was able to get to the range yesterday to give it a few hundred rounds. Ruger replaced the slide stop assembly and now my SR9 appears to be back in perfect working order, but I'm going to be keeping a close eye on it until I've got a couple thousand trouble free rounds through it...

    As far as the overall service goes, I'm very happy with Ruger. I received the gun back securely bagged and packaged in a Ruger box, with both my magazines and a little cleaning cloth they seem to be giving out to Ruger owners whose guns have had this issue. They did replace my magazine disconnect (so now I have two of them sitting in my spare parts bag) but aside from noting the parts on the packing slip, Ruger left my aftermarket parts alone. Here is what the return receipt and shipping statement said:

    ITEMS REPLACED: MAGAZINE DISCONNECT (MISSING ON RECEIPT), SLIDE STOP ASSEMBLY

    ITEMS REPAIRED: N/A

    FOR YOUR SAFETY RUGER RECOMMENDS NOT REMOVING ANY OF THE PARTS INSTALLED FOR SAFETY PURPOSES.

    AFTER REPAIR, PISTOL WAS FUNCTION FIRED 34 ROUNDS WITHOUT MALFUNCTION.

    DEAR RUGER CUSTOMER:

    PLEASE ACCEPT THIS COMPLEMENTARY RUGER CLEANING CLOTH AS OUR WAY OF SAYING THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT OF RUGER FIREARMS.

    WITH WARM REGARDS,
    RUGER CUSTOMER SERVICE DEPARTMENT


    I'm attaching a picture of the cleaning cloth and a pic of the correctly installed slide stop spring.
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