Ruger has discovered that a small number of SR22 pistols may have right and left frame inserts that are not properly secured together. In rare circumstances the condition may render certain internal safety mechanisms ineffective and the pistol has the potential to discharge upon decocking. SR22s that may be exhibiting this condition will intermittently exhibit a “slack” single-action trigger.
A “slack” single-action trigger occurs if, while operating the pistol in single-action mode—with a magazine inserted, the slide forward, and the manual safety disengaged—a trigger pull does not encounter resistance and the hammer does not fall. Potentially affected pistols include any SR22 pistol with a serial number of 369-40078 or lower (including all SR22 pistols with an “SS” prefix). Owners of an SR22 pistol that has ever exhibited one of the conditions described above, should immediately stop using the gun and sign up for the Safety Retrofit as outlined in the Safety Bulletin [PDF]. If you have never experienced either condition, your pistol is not affected by this Safety Bulletin.
Although only a very small number of pistols appear to be affected, Ruger is committed to safety and would like to examine all SR22 pistols that have ever exhibited a slack single-action trigger or discharged upon decocking.
Full details about what to look for and how to sign up for the retrofit also appear on a special page on Ruger’s website. It also contains answers to Frequently Asked Questions, a video demonstrating the inspection process and other helpful information.
Retrofit and shipping costs will be paid by Ruger. Pistols sent for the service will be test fired by the company to ensure the process is complete to its satisfaction.
The FAQ also explains, “If you experience a slack single-action trigger while shooting, do not attempt to engage the safety lever to remedy the situation. Keep the pistol pointed in a safe direction at all times. Remove the magazine and lock the slide to the rear. Visually and manually check the chamber to ensure no ammunition is present in the pistol. Carefully close the slide and engage the safety lever (note, the hammer will fall to decock the pistol). Sign up for the retrofit at Ruger.com or call Customer Service at 336-949-5200. Store your pistol safely and do not attempt to use it until we have performed the retrofit.”