Sturm, Ruger & Co. issued a safety recall for the .22 rimfire Mark IV pistols manufactured prior to June 2017, amidst concerns over possible accidental discharges
On Thursday, June 8th, 2017, Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. – one of America's most prominent manufacturer of sport shooting and defensive firearms – issued a mandatory safety recall notice affecting all Mark IV .22 rimfire sport shooting pistols manufactured prior to June 1st, 2017.
The company recently discovered that the pistols have the potential to discharge unintentionally if the safety is not utilized correctly.
In particular, if the trigger is pulled while the safety lever is midway between the "Safe" and "Fire" positions (that is, the safety is not fully engaged or fully disengaged), the pistol may not fire when the trigger is pulled.
However, if the trigger is released and the safety lever is then moved from the mid position to the "Fire" position, the pistol may fire at that time.
Although only a small percentage of Mark IV pistols appear to be affected and the Company is not aware of any injuries, Ruger is firmly committed to safety and would like to retrofit all potentially affected pistols with an updated safety mechanism. As a responsible manufacturer, Ruger wants to make its customers aware of this free safety upgrade.
All Mark IV and 22/45 pistols with serial numbers beginning with “401” (2017 models) or “WBR” (2016 models) are subject to the recall.
Owners of Ruger Mark IV pistols should visit the official Ruger Mark IV Recall website to check the serial number of their Mark IV or 22/45 variant and verify if it is subject to the recall, sign up for the recall, and obtain additional information.
The new parts are being built and Ruger will retrofit Mark IV pistols on a first-come, first-served basis. When Ruger is ready to retrofit a consumer's pistol, a prepaid USPS box with a shipping label and detailed packaging and shipping instructions will be sent to the consumer. The consumer should return only the grip frame assembly to Ruger.
Ruger will install the updated safety mechanism, and return the grip frame assembly, free of charge. All retrofitted grip frame assemblies will be returned with a free magazine as a “thank you” for consumers' patience and cooperation. The Company will make every effort to return each pistol within one week of the day it arrives at Ruger.