To extract and eject a chambered cartridge

When the automatic pistol is fired, the same gas pressure which drives the bullet forward also acts thru the cartridge case to push the bolt to the rear. That action causes extraction and ejection of the fired cartridge case. But, when the bolt is operated by hand, there can be a failure to extract the cartridge from the chamber, or a failure to eject the cartridge clear of the pistol. These failures usually are the result of the bolt not being pulled rearward vigorously, coupled with an...

Lubrication warning

Firing a pistol with oil. grease, or any other material even partially obstructing the bore may result in damage to the pistol and injury to the shooter and those nearby. Do not spray or apply lubricants directly on ammunition. If the powder charge of a cartridge is affected by the lubricant, it may not be ignited, but the energy from the primer may be sufficient to push the bullet into the bore where it may become lodged. Firing a subsequent bullet into the obstructed bore may damage the...

Service and parts policy

Before shipment, every Ruger firearm is inspected and test-fired to ensure that it conforms fully to our specifications and standards. If you have any question with regard to the performance of your pistol, please write to our Southport, Connecticut Service Department, fully describing all circumstances and conditions involved. If you should return your pistol to the factory for repair, or order parts for it, please comply with the following suggestions for prompt service Ruger Automatic...

To reassemble

Rear end of the grip frame, the barrel-receiver is properly aligned. If alignment is not achieved by hand pressure, then it is necessary to strike the muzzle of the barrel with a plastic hammer or wood mallet. Maintain pressure in a downward direction on the receiver when striking on the barrel muzzle. CAUTION Bccause the barrel muzzle must not be damaged in any way, it is essential that any hammer applied to the muzzle be plastic or wood. 4. Grasp the mainspring housing assembly and press the...

Handling warning

Do not load the pistol until you are ready to use it, and unload it immediately when you have completed shooting. (See also UNLOADING WARNING in this Manual.) Exercise utmost care and caution at all limes when handling any firearm. The firearm should be carried and handled so it will not be dropped or struck. With the safety off (in the position) the pistol is in the rcady-to-firc mode. Therefore, as in any firearm, any blow or jar which is of sufficient force to actuate components of the...

To load and fire

Practice this important aspect of gun handling (with an unloaded pistol) until you can perform cach of the steps described below with skill and confidence. But before you do anything with the pistol, first read completely thru this Manual. 1. Using your thumb, push the knurled maga ine catch at the bottom of the grip frame to the rear and pull the magazine down out of the grip frame by its grooved foot. (Sec Figure I and Figure 2.) 2. Put nine (9) or fewer .22 calibcr Long Rifle cartridges into...

Sight adjustment

MARK I MODEL The Target models are equipped with a rear sight that is adjustable for elevation and windage. Each click of the sight adjustment screws (either windage or elevation) will move the point of impact of the bullet approximately Va at a range of 25 yards. The height of the front sight has been set to take best advantage of the elevation adjustment in the rear sight. The Elevation and Windage screws on the adjustable rear sight should be turned only with screwdrivers that exactly fit...

Firing warning

When firing ihe pistol, be sure thai other shooters and bystanders arc well clear of the shooter and a safe distance to the rear. Empty cartridge eases are ejected from the pistol with some velocity and could cause injury to any person who is standing in their path. Left-handed shooters should be particularly cautious concerning ejected cartridge cases and powder. All shooters should wear shooting glasses when firing the Ruger Automatic Pistol. The bolt of the Automatic Pistol moves rearward...

Warning to parts purchasers

Ll is the pure taker's responsibility to be absolutely certain that any parts ordered from the factory are correctly fitted and installed. Firearms are complicated mechanism and IMPROPER FITTING OF PARTS MAY RESULT IN A DANGEROUS MALFUNCTION. DAMAGE TO THE FIREARM. AND INJURY TO THK SHOOTER AND OTHER PERSONS. The purchaser and installer of parts must accept full responsibility for the correct adjustment and functioning of the pistol after Such installation. PARTS LIST AND SUGGESTED RETAIL...