9mm Ruger American Pistol Safety Bulletin

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 this retrofit. View Retrofit PDF

 
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Ruger American® Pistols chambered in .45 Auto are not subject to this Safety Bulletin. Similarly, other Ruger® pistols chambered in 9mm (for example, SR9®, LC9s®, etc.) are not subject to this Safety Bulletin.

Products Subject to This Safety Bulletin

Ruger American® Pistols chambered in 9mm with serial number prefixes "860" and "862" are subject to this Safety Bulletin. These include duty (full-sized) and compact models, in both Manual Safety and Pro (no manual safety) configurations. One easy way to tell if your pistol is subject to this Safety Bulletin is by looking at the barrel. If your 9mm Ruger American® Pistol is equipped with a silver-colored, stainless steel barrel, you should follow the inspection procedure outlined below. Retrofitted and newly manufactured Ruger American® Pistols will be equipped with a black, nitrided stainless steel barrel.

Description of The Issue

In some instances (typically at round counts in excess of 10,000 rounds), the locking surfaces between the slide and barrel can experience excessive wear. If ignored, this condition will worsen and can result in a crack developing near the ejection port of the slide. If cracking occurs, it will become visible long before an unsafe condition develops. However, if the crack is not addressed and the pistol remains in service, the pistol may eventually fail to function or become unsafe to shoot.

How to Inspect Your Pistol

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Inspect your pistol, paying particular attention to the barrel/slide lockup surfaces and the sidewalls of the slide at the corners of the ejection port.

If you observe excess wear in the lockup surfaces (A and B) or a crack in the slide (C), you should immediately stop using your pistol and sign up for the retrofit. If you are unsure, we recommend that you sign up for the retrofit and allow us to inspect your barrel/slide assembly.

If you do not observe excess wear in the lockup surface or a crack in the slide, no further action is necessary at this time. Nonetheless, you should continue to monitor these areas and, if you suspect that either of these conditions is developing, sign up for the retrofit or contact Customer Service.

Ruger reminds consumers that periodic inspection of any firearm is important to ensuring its safe operation. It is important to 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.

It is important to always follow the rules of gun handling safety. Always keep your pistol pointed in a safe direction and treat every firearm as though it is loaded.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this safety bulletin, please contact Customer Service at 1-800-784-3701.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why has Ruger issued a Safety Bulletin for the American Pistol?

What models are subject to the Safety Bulletin?

What serial numbers are subject to the Safety Bulletin?

Is my Ruger American® Pistol chambered in .45 Auto subject to the Safety Bulletin?

I have a LC9®, LC9s®, SR9®, or other 9mm Ruger pistol. Is it subject to the Safety Bulletin?

How can I tell if my Ruger American® Pistol is affected?

Your Safety Bulletin mentions “premature wear;” What does that mean?

What should I do if I think my Ruger American® Pistol is affected, or if I’m not sure?

My pistol is affected and requires the retrofit; what do I have to send back to Ruger?

I have added aftermarket accessories to my pistol; will these be returned?

What parts are being replaced as part of the safety retrofit?

Will the old parts be returned to me?

How long will you have my barrel/slide assembly?

Should I send my barrel/slide assembly now?

How do I sign up my Ruger American® Pistol for the retrofit?

How long will it be before I receive a prepaid shipping label and shipping package?

Will I have to pay shipping?

Will you share or sell my contact information?

What if I live outside the United States?

Must I ship the gun to you via a Federal Firearms Licensee (or Firearms Retailer)?

I would like other service performed on my Ruger American® Pistol; can I have that done at the same time as the retrofit?

Can I continue to use my Ruger American® Pistol while I wait to send it back in?

Can you expedite my gun?

I signed up for the retrofit online, but I think I made a mistake entering my information. What do I do?

Will I get the same barrel/slide assembly back?

I want to send my gun in through a retailer or Federal Firearms Licensee (“FFL”). May I?

Is my barrel/slide assembly going to be insured, and if so for how much?

I am a retailer and would like to send in barrel/slide assemblies only. Is that possible?