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Gun manufacturer issues massive recall saying pistols could unintentionally discharge


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SOUTHPORT, Connecticut — One of the biggest gun manufacturers in the world is recalling a popular pistol after discovering the firearm could discharge unintentionally.

Ruger recently found that all Mark IV pistols manufactured prior to June 1 have the potential to discharge unintentionally if the safety is not utilized correctly.

According to Ruger’s website, if the trigger is pulled while the safety lever is midway between the “safe” and “fire” positions the pistol may not fire.

If the trigger is released and the safety lever is then moved from the mid-position to the “fire” position, the pistol may fire unintentionally.

Ruger anticipates only a small percentage of pistols are affected and no injuries have been reported.

“Ruger is firmly committed to safety and would like to retrofit all potentially affected pistols with an updated safety mechanism,” Ruger wrote in a recall notice.

The gun manufacturer has listed the following pistols under the recall notice:

22/45 Lite
22/45 Tactical

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If you purchased one of the pistols built prior to June 1, with the serial number beginning with 401, you are asked to immediately stop using the gun and contact Ruger even if you have not experienced any issues.

Ruger says, not all pistols are affected by the safety recall, but asks consumers to check serial numbers.

If you own a Mark IV with the serial number starting with 500, the problem has already been addressed.

For further information visit Ruger’s website.