Ruger has announced that some of their rimfire Ruger American rifles are being recalled.
The issue is a possibly missing vent hole that allows gas to escape during certain malfunctions such as a ruptured case or obstructed barrel.
Here are the details from Ruger’s recall page:
WHY ARE YOU RECALLING THESE RIFLES
We have determined that Ruger American Rimfire™ rifles chambered in .22 WMRF (Magnum) and .17 HMR manufactured between November 17, 2013 and January 8, 2014 were manufactured without a vent hole. This hole appears just below and behind the serial number on the left-hand side of the receiver. The hole does not serve any function during normal operation of the rifle, but is a safety feature and may help vent gas in the event of a problem such as a ruptured case head or bore obstruction, for example. We want to recall the rifles and add the vent hole.HOW TO DETERMINE IF YOUR RIFLE NEEDS THE RETROFIT
First, only Ruger American Rimfire™ rifles chambered in .22 WMRF (Magnum) and .17 HMR within the serial number range 830-34831 to 830-43880 are subject to the recall. IF YOUR RIFLE IS CHAMBERED IN .22 LR OR FALLS OUTSIDE OF THIS SERIAL NUMBER RANGE, IT IS NOT SUBJECT TO THE RECALL. If you do have an Ruger American Rimfire™ rifle chambered in .22 WMRF (Magnum) or .17 HMR, you need only examine the left side of the receiver, just below and behind the serial number. If there is a hole there (Figure 1), then you do not need to return the rifle. If there is no hole (Figure 2), then the rifle should be returned.Although we have not had any reported incidents involving the rifle, and it is perfectly safe during normal operation, we discovered that the rifle was manufactured without a vent hole that was part of the design. The vent hole does not serve any function during normal operation, but may help relieve pressure in the event of a ruptured case head or bore obstruction, for example.We would like to arrange the return of the rifle to have the vent hole machined into your rifle. We will pay all costs of shipping and will return your rifle to you within a week of the day it is shipped to Ruger.We recognize that this is an inconvenience so, as a thank you, we will include an extra magazine, a $24.95 value, at no charge to you when we return the rifle. For Connecticut residents (only), we will send you a ShopRuger.com gift certificate in lieu of the magazine.Pretty nice of Ruger to include the extra magazine and cover all shipping costs up front. If you think your rifle is one affected by the recall, visitRuger’s recall page for instructions on how to send your rifle in to Ruger.