Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Dry firing a Ruger Mark I pistol

From the FYI department...

I contacted Sturm, Ruger support to find out if it is safe to dry-fire the .22 Standard/Mark I pistol. Here is their response. Short answer, yes.

Comment / question:

I was given an old Ruger Mark I by my father, and I wanted to know if dry firing will damage the pistol. Your FAQ mentions that this is a safe operation on the newer Mark IIIs and .22 pistols generally, but does not say anything specific about its predecessor.

The firing pin in the Ruger .22 pistols is of the inertia type and dry firing should cause no damage to the firearm as long as the firing pin stop is in place in the bolt (refer to information regarding “To Unload” and “Reassembly” in the instruction manual). When handling the firearm, ensure compliance with all warnings and instructions contained in the manual and be especially careful to keep your firearm pointed in a safe direction. If you should need further assistance please call our Service Department at 928/778-6555 between 8:00 - 4:00, MST Monday thru Friday, at a time convenient for you. A Ruger Representative will be happy to help you.

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