View Full Version : Doesn't Ruger cast their frames and slides
30th December 2004, 12:40
in similar fashion to R.I.A.?
I have 2 R.I.A.'s and like them both a lot. What's the big deal, they seem like well made guns to me........ :)
30th December 2004, 13:01
As far as I know, Ruger does used investment castings and this is done at their Pine Tree Foundry. A well made and properly heat treated casting is fine. Ruger slides seem to be bulkier than 1911 slides, so I am still leary of cast 1911 slides. Caspian refused to make a cast slide for the 1911, but they have very few returns of their cast frames.
7th January 2005, 10:38
Several years ago, I owned an old Ruger Security Six .357 revolver. The shop owner from whom I bought it told me it was "one of the early ones, machined, not cast". I called Ruger about this and was told that ALL Ruger arms use cast parts to some degree, in the case orf revolvers including the frames. The technique is there, and has been in use for some years with success...Rugers have a reputation for toughness and long service under heavy use.
I own a RIA that has never malfunctioned and would not part with it.
24th February 2005, 17:40
I work on Ruger Mark II alot. We use them for our collegiate shooting program, and I am the designated armourer. (That means I can get one apart, and put it back together, and the darn thing will still work) Anyway, some of our pistols are 10 years old, some where purchased last semester (actually replaced under warranty from ruger, thats another story) Anyway, many of the internals are cast on both the old and the new. BTW, we have an estimate 1 million rounds through two of those pistols, and they still function perfectly. The trigger pulls start to get rough after that much use though :)
27th February 2005, 22:06
The trigger pulls start to get rough after that much use though
' thought they get smoother after so many shots?
28th February 2005, 12:27
After some use, they do get smoother, but after enough use, the sear begins to wear a groov in the hammer, making the trigger pull heavy and creepy. The only way to fix it is to replace the hammer(which is a cast part), and stone the sear back to its original shape. Keep in mind these pistols average 450-550 rounds through them per week. BTW, they will still shoot in the x-ring if the triggers are kept decent. They are a very rugged, well built gun. We also have some much newer sig trailsides that we are not nearly as happy with. Some parts are wearing very badly. The slide stops are inoperative after fewer than 10,000 rounds. (We do not drop the slide from the stop, we pull the slide back to release it) They are very accurate, but it seems not nearly as durable.
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