RUGER® ISSUES PRODUCT SAFETY WARNING AND RECALL NOTICE OF LCP™ PISTOL

October 29, 2008

Southport, CT October 29, 2008 – Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE:RGR) announces that it has recently received a small number of reports from the field indicating that LCP pistols can discharge when dropped onto a hard surface with a round in the chamber. Although no injuries have been reported, we are firmly committed to safety and will retrofit all older LCP pistols (described below). The retrofit involves installation of an upgraded hammer mechanism at no charge to the customer.

As a responsible manufacturer, we want to make our customers aware of this FREE safety upgrade. All LCP pistols bearing the prefix “370” (that is, serial number 370-xxxxx) may be affected. LCP owners can sign up for the safety upgrade or obtain additional information by:

• Visiting our LCP recall website at http://www.ruger.com/lcprecall
• E-mail: LCPrecall@ruger.com
• Fax: 928-541-8873
• Calling the LCP Recall hotline at 1-800-784-3701

The new parts are being built and we will retrofit LCP pistols on a first-come, first-served basis as soon as they are available. When Ruger is ready to retrofit a consumer’s pistol, Ruger will send a shipping label and package with instructions for the FREE return of the LCP pistol to our factory in Prescott, Arizona. Ruger will install the new hammer mechanism, plus some other functional upgrades that have been added since the LCP’s introduction, at no charge to the consumer and the pistol will be returned at Ruger expense. All owners will receive a FREE LCP magazine with the new finger grip extension as a “thank you” for their patience and cooperation.

We want to remind gun users that, for maximum safety when carrying any pistol with a loaded magazine in place, the chamber should be empty, and the slide should be closed. Any gun may fire if dropped or struck.

About Sturm, Ruger: Sturm, Ruger was founded in 1949 and is one of the nation’s leading manufacturers of high-quality firearms for the commercial sporting market. Sturm, Ruger is headquartered in Southport, CT, with plants located in Newport, NH and Prescott, AZ.
Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc.
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3 Responses to “RUGER® ISSUES PRODUCT SAFETY WARNING AND RECALL NOTICE OF LCP™ PISTOL”

  1. HAC Says:

    I have an LCP. I have confidence in it. Ruger customer service is exemplary. When I asked for the updated hold-back, they sent it to me at no charge. The LCP was the first gun I ever worked on, but I was able to make the change without much difficulty even though it is taken apart considerably to make the exchange.

    The fact that they initiated a recall when it is not clear that they were required to do so increases my admiration for the company.

    For fans of the LCP: http://LCPforum.com/

  2. Gaston Says:

    Never owned a Ruger and never will. My only “gun” issue with them has been the whole 10 round mini-14 debacle. More importantly, I know the family and have nothing good to say about them.

  3. Gunner Says:

    Gaston,

    I’ve owned several Rugers Mini-14’s included. Being in law enforcement I was able to get 30 round mags but that wasn’t a good move not selling 30 round mags. That’s the issue you mean right?
    I like the tried and true revolvers like the SP101 and GP100 for the durability. The new guns are certainly a new area for them and they could have gone further to ensure they were correct when they were released.
    I don’t know any of the family now. Bill was a standup guy but that’s been a long time ago since his passing.

    Phil


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