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Old 11-27-2004, 21:16   #1
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I accidentally started to try to take my handgun apart without first uncocking the hammer. I'm not sure what to do now as the whole thing is jammed.

I can pull the bolt back but when I pull the trigger it won't fire. The bolt also gets a little tight half-way back...

When I try to pull (don't know the name of the part) the trap door type part out of the handle it just jams up and won't move...

Afraid I really messed this one up... What do I do?

Thanks
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Old 11-28-2004, 08:41   #2
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Sounds like you're down to about 3 choices:
1. Send the pistol to Ruger (after calling first for instructions and a go-ahead from the company). Their service is often free, so your cost might be limited to shipping expenses. You do not need to ship the pistol via an FFL dealer, you can do it yourself.
2.Take the pistol to a professional gunsmith and pay him to unsnarl your pistol's innards.
3.Take it to a trusted and knowledgeable friend and let him fool with it for an hour or two (I've occasionally had malfunctioning or disassembled/badly reassembled guns brought to me to be straightened out). This is admittedly the riskiest option, as many gun owners think they know a lot more about guns than is justified by the evidence. If the friend looks it over and can't remedy the problem, he'll tell you to resort to option #1 or #2 above (if he's REALLY knowledgeable about guns) rather than resort to the 3-pound hammer.
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Old 11-28-2004, 11:41   #3
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Thanks for the response... WAs just seeing if anyone had ever done this before and knew what to do.

I think I'll probably be heading off to the gunsmith...
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Old 11-28-2004, 12:36   #4
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LOL, I did the exact same thing right after I got mine a few years back. Trust me m8, keep on tryin to wiggle it back in there and it will go. It took me an hour or two but it did finally go.

And no, lol, I didnt use a hammer.

Good Luck Bro
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Old 11-28-2004, 14:29   #5
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Originally posted by YourLocalNerd@Nov 28 2004, 12:36 PM
LOL, I did the exact same thing right after I got mine a few years back. Trust me m8, keep on tryin to wiggle it back in there and it will go. It took me an hour or two but it did finally go.

And no, lol, I didnt use a hammer.

Good Luck Bro
What am I trying to wiggle back in there? The main housing spring thing that comes out of the back of the handle? It goes back into the handle and when I try to pull it out it jams up.
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Old 11-29-2004, 19:36   #6
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Yeah, me too.

I did the same thing with my 22/45 last year. I messed with awhile and was finally able to get it back to the initial condition. I can't remember exactly what I did but I didn't use any excessive force - I just tried various combinations of things trying to repeat in reverse what I thought I did to cause the original problem.

Did you actually release and then resecure the locking lever in the grip? If so, you may have jammed that little flat lever inside the grip that is supposed to seat in the circular recess on the inside of the locking lever....I think you know what I mean, its the short flat lever that you have to flop over when you secure the locking lever in the grip.

experiment to see what you can do when the pistol is held in different orientations.

you might also try giving Ruger's customer service a call. We can't be the only three guys ever to have done this.

sorry I can't be more help. good luck

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Originally posted by M1911@Nov 29 2004, 07:36 PM

Did you actually release and then resecure the locking lever in the grip? If so, you may have jammed that little flat lever inside the grip that is supposed to seat in the circular recess on the inside of the locking lever....I think you know what I mean, its the short flat lever that you have to flop over when you secure the locking lever in the grip.
lol... I still haven't had time to mess with it yet. It's still sitting in my rifle case.

What I did was I pulled the bolt back to see if it was loaded, then started to pull the piece out of the handle and it wouldn't move... And then I remembered I forgot to fire it first.
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Found a trick to work.

Just had the same problem. Pulled breakdown lever as far as I could out the back of the handle. Pointed barrel strait up, pulled bolt back like loading the gun. Released it, letting it slam home. Repeated a few times and the breakdown lever eventually simply fell out and the rest of the gun could be taken apart.
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OK I got home with the gun and tried to recreate issue and fix. The issue is there is a small metal lever on the back of the hammer. There is a small grove on the inside of the breakdown lever. The lock up issue is when this lever was not in the grove when the gun was put together, I have repeated issue and fix several times. it was luck on my last post. turn the gun on its side. slide toward you wiggle breakdown lever and play with trigger. the small lever that is jamming things up is moved around by this action. very quickly you will have the gun apart.when putting gun back together turn it upside down and look inside the slot in handle. you will see the small hammer lever you will also see the grove in breakdown lever. As you push make sure the two line up.
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