Ruger Issues Product Safety Bulletin for Ruger American Pistols

Ruger American Pistol (Right Side)
Ruger American Pistol

U.S.A.-( 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 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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Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc. is one of the nation’s leading manufacturers of rugged, reliable firearms for the commercial sporting market. As a full-line manufacturer of American-made firearms, Ruger offers consumers over 400 variations of more than 30 product lines. For more than 60 years, Ruger has been a model of corporate and community responsibility. Our motto, “Arms Makers for Responsible Citizens®,” echoes the importance of these principles as we work hard to deliver quality and innovative firearms.

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victor j engel

I was wondering why Ruger did not make the new American handgun in 45 cal with a 15 rd capacity magazine. I liked the look and feel of the firearm and the trigger was great. Remington came out with their RP 45 with a 15 rd mag. Just wondered why. I would have bought the Ruger instead of the Remington.


It is available in 45 auto already. Or did you mean specifically the mag capacity?


Love my ruger!

Dale Lozano

I, own an Ruger American it’s about 2 yrs old and no sign of wear and tear as of yet ! But then again I, only shoot 200 rounds at a, time… Every 2 months !

James Clark

I have the american.45 I think it’s great. Never have problems with it. It’s very safe and reliable.

Avery Mcneal


grim reaper

I own several ruger pistols and rifles, but Beretta is my favorite, 92S Wilson combat


Why does Ruger always have a new safety bulletin or recall? I can’t seem to find nearly as many with S&W, Glock, or even Springfield Arms. What is the problem with this American company?

Ronnie Foy

Because Ruger tries to head off problems when aware of it. Other manufactures will not do anything that might dampen sales. Ever since I can remember, Ruger has had a customer service department no other company can match.

Ken J. Bower

That why I like Kimber!

Gert Hoyt

Hi! I Just Bart a rugar lc9s 9mm a year ago.Im not sure what the serie no# is. Hope it’s not one off them. If it is . what do I have to do? Hope to here from you soon. And thanks for your time.


They need to fix the trigger safety as well, before someone gets killed. If a finger is not fully on the trigger safety and applies a slight bit of lateral force the trigger will lock and not allow the user to fire the gun. This will give a bad guy plenty of opportunity to kill the user of the Ruger American pistol.

I am thankful our military heroes are not forced to use this piece of junk.


Hold your weapon properly and it won’t be a problem.


I carry the GP100 357 7 rnds
No worries, solid hammer if need be:)

Ken J. Bower

That why I like Kimber!

Texas Charlie

I was a long-gun guy since I was knee-high and only just recently bought my first pistol; the Ruger Security 9. This is not the first pistol I have ever fired, but it is the first with an ‘on the trigger’ safety. I have had ZERO PROBLEMS with firing the Security 9. The trigger safety feels so natural that I don’t even realize that I am pressing it. I have never had a single malfunction, let alone one that was caused by not fully depressing the trigger safety. Not sure what issues you are having with your trigger safety, but… Read more »