GUN NEWS & RECALLS
Starting January 1st, 2019, a new state law will take effect requiring a 72 hour waiting period before picking up any handgun or long gun.
The Illinois State Police have scheduled maintenance on their systems for December 31st and January 1st. We will be unable to process any FOID Card Applications during this time.
Ruger has found that on certain 9mm American pistols, premature wear can cause a crack to develop near the ejection port of the slide. While this doesn’t generally occur below round counts near 10,000, it is easily inspected for and the retrofit to repair the problem is free and simple. It is also of note that the crack will be clear and visible long before the firearm becomes unsafe to shoot.
These issues are only present on certain Ruger American pistols in 9mm that have a silver barrel. Any models with a black nitride barrel, or guns in calibers other than 9mm, shouldn’t have any need to inspect.
Three spots on the firearm can be inspected for excess wear. The first is the top of the barrel hood where the barrel meets the slide. The second area is on the slide, likewise where the barrel and slide meet. In each of these areas, some wear is expected, but evidence of heavy wear or repeated impacts between parts are indicative of the issue. The third location is on the slide on the right side at the back of the ejection port. In this area, look for any signs of cracking. If any of these are evident, the gun should be sent in.
For information on which serial numbers can be affected, a video demonstrating the inspection process and what to look for, or more details on getting the retrofit, head to Ruger’s Safety bulletin here:
Kel-Tec has found that a number of Sub-2000’s manufactured in 2017 had received faulty heat treatment on the steel tubes used for the barrel, and run a risk of rupturing during fire.
To identify if your firearm is affected, please check the serial number on Kel-Tec’s website at https://recalls.keltecweapons.com/.
If you are a customer who is affected by the recall, stop using the firearm immediately and follow the instructions on the website.
Smith & Wesson has found that the version of this pistol with the manual thumb safety can have that safety unintentionally engaged by shooting recoil. This occurs with ammunition that produces a high felt recoil, and will not allow the next round to be fired until the safety is manually disengaged.
Smith & Wesson has already improved the design of the pistol so that recently manufactured firearms will not have this issue. If your firearm may be affected, click here or follow the link below to see if your serial number would be subject to an upgrade. If so, follow the instructions on the page to have your pistol upgraded.
Link to the S&W Page: https://www.smith-wesson.com/mp-380-shield-ez-consumer-advisory
Ruger wants to assure its customers and long-term shareholders that the company is now required to prepare a report on the company. In no way will the shareholder decision affect the company’s products or business which is lawful and protected by the Constitution.
They remind us that they strongly support the Second Amendment not because they sell firearms, but because they cherish the rights protected by it, and that to allow those rights to be diminished for political expediency is not the approach that the company will be taking.
Ruger’s corporate brand video can be viewed on their website at https://www.ruger.com/videos.html?vid=268808233&cat=3682966
SIG SAUER, Inc. has determined that a limited number of rifles in the SIG716 DMR®, SIG516® Carbon Fiber and SIGM400® Predator models were built with a two-stage SIG SAUER trigger that may have an improperly heat-treated hammer. Over time this could result in a trigger malfunction creating a significant safety hazard.
SIG SAUER is issuing a mandatory recall to replace the hammer and trigger assembly in these specific rifles. This recall does not affect any military or law enforcement rifles or any SIG MCX®/SIG MPX® products. SIG SAUER will correct any of the affected firearms at no cost to the customer.
To determine if a specific firearm is affected by the recall, go to https://www.sigsauer.com/support/safety-center/rifle-safety-warning/ and utilize the serial number identifier and visual inspection instructions.
If you are a customer who is affected by the recall, stop using the firearm immediately and follow the instructions on the website or call SIG SAUER Customer Service by dialing 603-610-3000, option #1.
Have the rifle’s serial number available. Contact: SIG SAUER Customer Service (603) 610-3000
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