SR-556VT Recall

WHY WE ARE RECALLING THESE RIFLES
We have determined that the disconnector in the two-stage trigger system on our SR-556VT™ modern sporting rifles was not properly heat treated by a vendor and that the disconnector can wear prematurely. This, in turn, can result in an unsafe condition in which the rifle delays firing (there is a delay in firing after the trigger is pulled) or doubles (discharging once when the trigger is pulled and again when the trigger is released). Although no incidents have been reported from the field, this is an important safety issue and we are therefore recalling the rifles.

HOW TO Determine IF YOUR RIFLE NEEDS TO BE RECALLED
This disconnector is used only in the two-stage trigger system found in the SR-556VT™ models and no other models of the SR-556® are affected by the recall. However, at this point, all SR-556VT™ rifles manufactured to date are subject to the recall. The SR-556VT™ is distinctive looking as it is equipped with a fixed stock, brushed stainless steel barrel, Magpul® MOE® pistol grip and extended charging handle on the left side. Thus, if your rifle looks like the picture below, it IS subject to the recall. If you have any other model SR-556®, then your rifle IS NOT subject to the recall. If you have questions about whether your rifle is subject to the recall, you can contact our Newport Customer Service Department at 603-865-2442.

Next Steps
We would like to arrange for the return of your rifle to have the disconnector replaced. (The instructions are outlined below.) We will pay all costs of shipping and expect to return your rifle within two weeks of the day we receive it. 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.

FAQs

We have determined that the disconnector in the two-stage trigger system on our SR-556VT™ was not properly heat treated by a vendor and that this can wear prematurely. This, in turn, can result in an unsafe condition in which the rifle delays firing (there is a delay in firing after the trigger is pulled) or doubles (discharging once when the trigger is pulled and again when the trigger is released). Although no incidents have been reported from the field, this is an important safety issue and we are recalling the rifles.

Not at all. We discovered the issue as part of our routine inspection process and are simply being proactive; we take safety very seriously.

SR-556VT™ models only are being recalled. These are very distinctive looking in that they have a fixed stock, brushed stainless steel barrel, Magpul® MOE® pistol grip and extended charging handle on the left side.

Again, only SR-556VT™ models are subject to the recall. If you do not have a SR-556VT™, then your rifle does not have the disconnector (which is used only with our two-stage trigger) and is not subject to the recall. The serial number range for SR-556VT™ rifles subject to the recall is 590-32501 through 591-18704. If the serial number of your SR-556VT™ falls outside this range, then it is not subject to the recall. As soon as we obtain replacement parts, we will post pictures so that you can distinguish a "new" disconnector from an "old" disconnector.

Yes, we will replace the disconnector.

No, we are simply bringing the rifle up to factory design specifications.

Please see the instructions below regarding "HOW TO ARRANGE TO HAVE YOUR RIFLE RETROFITTED."

We are fully prepared to bring your rifle up to design specifications at no cost to you, so we are not offering refunds. However, we do understand this is an inconvenience, so when we return the rifle to you, we will give you an extra five-round magazine, free of charge. That's a $24.95 value.

No. We are not offering trades. We are fully prepared to bring your rifle up to design specifications at no cost to you, so we are not offering refunds. However, we do understand this is an inconvenience, so when we return the rifle to you, we will give you an extra five-round magazine, free of charge. That's a $24.95 value.

Please have the rifle retrofitted before you sell it. If you decide to sell it before you have the rifle retrofitted, which we advise against, please inform the purchaser of the recall or direct them to us so they can arrange to have the rifle retrofitted.

No. We will send you a shipping package and shipping instructions so the rifle can be returned to us at our expense. We also will perform the retrofit and return the rifle to you at our expense, so there is no cost to you.

We expect to have the rifle back to you within two weeks of the day we receive it.

Yes, provided the location is manned and you hand it to a live person. We do not recommend leaving the rifle at an unmanned location.

No; we expect to return your rifle within two weeks of the day we receive it.

Not at this time as we are focusing exclusively on the recall. However,
• If you have questions about revolvers, rifles, shotguns or the Charger pistol, you may call 603-865-2442.
• For information regarding pistols, please call 928-778-6555.
• For Sportswear and Accessories, contact 888-220-1173.

Please call 603-865-3100 and leave the requested information. We will arrange to have the guns returned, perform the work required and return them to you.

For each gun you return, we will provide a free extra five-round magazine at no charge, which is a $24.95 value.

We only want the gun itself. Please make sure it is completely unloaded and keep the magazine, lock, instruction manual and any accessories. When we send you the shipping package, we will also send detailed instructions describing what we want you to send.

No. We will arrange to have your rifle returned directly to us via FedEx.

Yes; however, that will require additional time and a two-week turnaround time may not apply. Also, customary charges for parts and labor will apply, but we will not charge you any shipping or handling charges.

How to arrange to have your rifle retrofitted
Step 1 - Contact us via email, phone or fax and provide your name, address, telephone number, best time to call and the serial number of your rifle.

Provide your information by one of the following:
Email: recall@ruger.com Phone: 603-865-3100 Fax: 603-863-6165

Step 2 - We will verify that your rifle is subject to the recall and will send you a packing container, detailed instructions and shipping label so you can send your rifle to us FREE of charge.

Step 3 - We will retrofit your rifle and expect to return it within two weeks of the day we receive it.

Thank you,
Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc.