Ruger put out a Safety Bulletin this week for certain American Pistols chambered in 9mm, asking owners to inspect theirs to see if it qualifies for a “retrofit.”
At issue is a crack that develops near the ejection port of the slide when the round count begins to exceed 10,000. The crack is caused by “premature wear of the locking surfaces between the slide and barrel,” says Ruger.
“The condition is easily identified during routine maintenance and cleaning, and the crack should be visible long before the pistol becomes unsafe to shoot,” adds Ruger.
Specific American Pistols affected will have serial number prefixes “860” and “862”, and again, this is only for pistols chambered in 9mm. It does, however, include 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 (see below),” says Ruger.
“Retrofitted and newly manufactured Ruger American Pistols will be equipped with a black, nitrided stainless steel barrel,” adds Ruger.
To learn more about the safety notice and to see if your American pistol may be affected, visit Ruger.com. A pdf version of the bulletin can also be found below: