Recalls…stop raggin’ on Ruger!

Lately, something has been getting my goat. It’s the ragging on Ruger for their two recalls.  I was listening to a podcast (The Urban Shooter over at Gun Rights Radio Network) when a caller basically stated that they were thinking of getting an SR-556 but then decided to wait for the second version due to Ruger’s recalls.

What irks me, is that Ruger has done the right thing. They have been very pro-active with regards to their recalls; both of which only affected a limited number of early firearms. And few, if any, havereplicated the recall situation for the SR9.  The pre-recall versions of the SR9 probably exceed the drop safety on a lot of firearms out there.

For some reason, the gun community has locked onto ragging on Ruger for their recalls. The only reason I can think is because Ruger has been very up front and open with their recalls. Putting it in huge print on their website, buying adds, etc.

But many other firearm makers have had recalls. And a few companies probably should have had recalls.  Smith & Wesson has had a number of recalls. And I’ve seen numerous posts of Walther P22’s with cracked slides.  Why does the firearm community not rag on S&W in like manner?

Maybe Ruger should have done what Sig Sauer did.  Bury it on their website. No alert even visible on their homepage. And then call it a free upgrade.  And please tell me which is worse?

A case where if a dropped firearm hits just right, at the perfect angle with just enough force it might accidentally discharge? Or the possibility that simply engaging and disengaging the safety could cause and unintential discharge?

Under certain conditions, it may be possible for the lever not to be completely engaged in the safe position. In this condition, the gun will not fire when the trigger is pulled. However, when the safety lever is moved to the off position, the hammer may fall, with the remote possibility that the gun could fire unintentionally, thus creating a risk of injury or death.”

I know what my view is. The first will be avoided by good handling of a firearm. The second will not, and is therefore a thousand times more dangerous. I think the gun community should put pressure on SigSauer to make their recall notice a little more front and center.

Anyways, the following post is to alert you to a few recent recalls:

Be safe…and don’t rag on a company for being pro-active.

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  1. I’ve heard the same thing from people. “I’d get a Ruger AR, but…”

    Tools. Massive tools, with no technical understanding of the inner mechanics. Save for the piston system, which has nothing to do with operation outside of cycling, there is NOTHING on the Ruger SR-556 that is new, or not already time-tested. The trigger group does not introduce any new mechanisms. Neither does the safety selector. Nor the bolt or carrier. Every one of those items are being built to the same spec that dozens of other companies build them to, and has been around for 40+ years.

    Of all the Hogue, Magpul, and Troy goodies on the rifle, and despite lowers and uppers being sourced from outside, Ruger is making every component of the fire control mechanism themselves. Why? Because they’re taking full responsibility for it. No passing the buck. And while some idiot might say, “Where THERE’S where the problem will be!”, I would answer that’s remarkably insulting to think that Ruger can’t make a quality unit on a design that’s not exactly a secret.

    It wouldn’t surprise me if we saw Ruger lower parts kits available, once the market calms some more. Lord knows they (Ruger) have a reputation for durability, and I’ve seen my share of broken and sheared pins from cheaper companies and imported Chinese knock-offs.

    Kudos to Ruger for “mainstreaming” the evil black rifle, and for having the wherewithal to accept full responsibility on the fire control. It’s the only piston gun I’ve considered buying, to-date.

  2. Excellent points. I would not hesitate to purchase any of the new Ruger products.

  3. If there isn’t anything new or that isn’t time tested then why can’t Ruger seem to get it right the first time? Their new SR22 is experiencing take down lever failures. Another gun from Ruger with problems.

  4. Many manufacturers have recalls. S&W have had a number, and far far far worse than Ruger’s. (I consider a firearm that fires when you put the safety on to be EXTREMELY serious vs an unusual case of dropping that might cause an accidental discharge. I am not supposed to be dropping my firearm to begin with, I am supposed to use the safety.)

    Ruger is just very vocal and open about their recalls. Buying adds, posting them on their front page, etc. Most of the others bury the recalls and merely send out a notice to registered owners. Trying to minimize the recall recognition.

    I personally prefer Ruger’s handling of recalls and respect them for that.

  5. No problem with what you said. I’m just wondering why they can find the flaws in their products before the public does. That applies to all gun manufacturers.

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