Editor’s Note: Since this article was originally published, an update to the gun recall has been issued. The new information is included below.
This is a health hazard situation: there is a reasonable probability that the use of guns from a particular manufacturer can cause serious injury and adverse health consequences.
Ruger, one of America’s most popular gun manufacturers, has recently discovered an issue with all Mark IV pistols (including 22/45 models). These only apply to pistols manufactured prior to June 1, 2017. They have the potential to discharge unintentionally if the safety is not properly engaged.
If the trigger is pulled, while the safety lever is in between “safety” and “fire,” the gun may not fire properly. If the safety is then fully engaged into the “fire” option, it may or may not discharge.
There have been no injuries reported with this issue. However, Ruger is still offering to retrofit all “potentially defective” pistols with an updated safety mechanism at no charge.
Ruger lays out instructions for their gun recall, specifying how you can determine whether or not your pistol needs the retrofit.
“All Mark IV™ pistols produced prior to June 1, 2017 are potentially affected and therefore are being recalled. This includes Mark IV™ Target, Hunter, Competition, 22/45™, 22/45™ Lite and 22/45™ Tactical models.”
“These models bear serial numbers beginning with “401” (2017 models) or “WBR” (2016 models).”
If your gun’s serial number begins with 401 or WBR, it needs to be retrofitted for your own safety. You can locate the serial number by checking on the location specified below.
Ruger spokesperson Mark Gerny specifies that Mark I, Mark II, and Mark III pistols are not affected by this recall. In addition to this, some newly manufactured Mark IV pistols are also not subject to this defect.
“Newly manufactured Mark IV™ pistols will begin with serial number “500.” Thus, if you have a Mark IV™ or 22/45™ pistol with a serial number beginning with the number “5,” your pistol is not subject to the recall.”
“Mark IV™ and 22/45™ pistols retrofitted with the updated safety mechanism are easily identified by the letter “S” in the white safety dot that is visible when the safety is engaged.”
According to Ruger, if you send the pistol in for retrofit, you don’t need to send the entire pistol.
“We only want the grip frame assembly. It is not necessary for us to have the barrel/receiver assembly to perform the retrofit. Because the barrel/receiver assembly is the serialized component, not requiring its return simplifies the process and will enable us to more conveniently and quickly return the grip frame assembly to you.”
“Please follow the instructions in your instruction manual to separate the barrel/receiver assembly from the grip frame assembly. Keep the barrel/receiver assembly, magazines, lock, instruction manual, and any aftermarket accessories.”
“When we send you the box and shipping label, we will also send detailed instructions describing what we want you to send and how to send it.”
In addition, you must also remove any and all aftermarket accessories before returning the grip frame assembly to them. Ruger highly recommends if your pistol is one covered in the gun recall, don’t use it until it’s retrofitted.
They urge you to contact them immediately. You can enter your Mark IV serial number in the link here to see if it is defective or not, and to discover if you’re eligible for a free retrofitting.
UPDATE: Ruger issued this update on July 5, 2017, regarding retrofit kits used to correct the gun recall.
Thank you for your patience as we work through the Mark IV™ recall. We now have parts in stock and have started shipping boxes to U.S. consumers. Please keep in mind that we are shipping boxes to consumers on a first-come, first-served basis. When you receive your box will depend upon when you signed up for the retrofit. We are working diligently to retrofit consumers’ grip frame assemblies as quickly as possible and will make every effort to return your grip within one week of the day we receive it. We sincerely appreciate your understanding!
If you know anyone that owns a handgun, please share this gun recall notice with them IMMEDIATELY.