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LCP slide release ("hold open") replacement

I posted this on other sites, so thought I'd add it here in case you need to replace the old flat version with the new one and need a little help:

1. Unload and remove the SLIDE (1) assembly. Set the slide assembly aside. Degrease the frame to prepare to work. Don't fight the lube; wipe it off as you go.

2. Work in a well lit area where you will not lose small parts, especially springs which could go flying if you lose your grip on them. A small bench vise with protective jaws or inserts is VERY helpful while doing this and HIGHLY recommended as you’ll need 3 hands if you’re anything like me.

3. Remove the HAMMER SPRING SEAT (34) by inserting a punch or jewelers screwdriver into the catch hole on the lower rear of the frame. Don't force it. Once you release the catch, it'll come out with simple hand force.

4. Make a loop of a small strong wire (a straightened paper clip works very well) about 1.5” in diameter and twist the ends. Catch the bottom hook of the HAMMER SPRING (25) with this wire and insert a punch or screwdriver shaft through your wire loop. Unseat the HAMMER SPRING (25) by pulling up and remove it from the HAMMER SPRING SEAT PIN (33). Allow the spring it to retract into the frame. Remove the HAMMER SPRING PIN (33).

5. Using a 1/8” punch, drift both FRAME INSERT PINS (29) out. They will drift in either direction.

6. Lift out the FRAME INESERT (12) assembly. You will hear and feel the “pop” of the HAMMER CATCH (27) releasing when it unseats from the HAMMER (23) as you lift.

WARNING: DO NOT PULL THE TRIGGER while it is out of the frame as this will unseat the TRIGGER BAR (18) and HAMMER CATCH SPRING (26).

CAUTION: The HAMMER SPRING RETAINER PIN (22), which holds the HAMMER (23) in the frame may have a loose fit and fall out.

7. Hold your finger over the body of the HOLD OPEN DETENT (21) spring to retain it in its housing and unseat the spring from the HOLD OPEN (19) using a pair of sharp nose tweezers or tiny jewelers screwdriver. Remove the HOLD OPEN DETENT (21) spring from its housing being careful so it won’t go flying and be lost.

8. Slide the HOLD OPEN (19) out of its channel toward the top of the FRAME INSERT (12) and insert the new one. Be patient and don’t force it.

9. Insert the body of the HOLD OPEN DETENT (21) spring into its housing and using a pair of sharp nose tweezers or tiny jewelers screwdriver insert the spring arm into the HOLD OPEN(19) groove. Check the operation of the HOLD OPEN (21).

10. Using a small diameter punch or flat bladed jewelers screwdriver, move the HAMMER CATCH (27) forward and hold it there against spring pressure. Insert a 1/16” punch or other small shafted tool into the hole on the right side of the frame to hold the HAMMER CATCH (27) in place. Place the FRAME INSERT (12) assembly into the frame, trigger end first, and lower into place until the HAMMER (23) engages with the HAMMER CATCH (27), then remove the 1/16” punch holding the HAMMER CATCH (27) and fully seat the assembly into the frame.

CAUTION: Hold the FRAME INSERT (12) assembly in place until you get the FRAME INSERT PINS (29) started as the spring pressure on the HAMMER CATCH (27) may cause it to unseat.

11. Install the two FRAME INSERT PINS (29) into the frame and lightly tap back into their holes.

12. Install the HAMMER SPRING SEAT PIN (33) into its housing grooves on the frame. Catch the bottom hook of the HAMMER SPRING (25) with your wire loop that you made for this. Insert a punch or screwdriver shaft into this loop and pull the HAMMER SPRING (25) up and onto the HAMMER SPRING SEAT PIN (33).

NOTE: There are two detent grooves on the HAMMER SPRING SEAT PIN (33) - use the rearward groove which will properly align the HAMMER SPRING (25) in its channel in the grip of the frame so as not to interfere with the magazine.

13. Reinstall the HAMMER SPRING SEAT (34) and reinstall the SLIDE (1) assembly.

14. Perform a complete operational check of the weapon. Recommend that you also test fire the weapon prior to carrying it as your carry gun, just to be sure.
 

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Re: LCP slide release ("hold open") replacement

A couple of questions...

How can I tell which version I have?

Is there a charge from Ruger if I want the new version?

What would Ruger charge to perform the replacement?
 

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Re: LCP slide release ("hold open") replacement

If your Slide Hold Open lever is flush to the frame, it is the old one. The new one is rounded and protrudes slightly making it easier to operate. I got a free replacement part from Ruger by calling their customer service department. Just had to give them my gun serial number and they shipped it to me in about 10 days. They did offer to replace it for free if I shipped the gun back to them, however, I don't know if they'd pay for shipping or not as I opted to do it myself.
 

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If your Slide Hold Open lever is flush to the frame, it is the old one. The new one is rounded and protrudes slightly making it easier to operate. I got a free replacement part from Ruger by calling their customer service department. Just had to give them my gun serial number and they shipped it to me in about 10 days. They did offer to replace it for free if I shipped the gun back to them, however, I don't know if they'd pay for shipping or not as I opted to do it myself.
Oh the dilemma! I do have the old slide hold. It was quite a pain to engage when the gun was new. Now it engages "relatively" easily. I'm "tool challenged" so the exchange may be beyond my perceived competence. I'm reluctant to give up my LCP for any length of time since it works great. I'm too cheap to pay for shipping for a free upgrade. I've heard it is owner-pay, but I'll need to verify that.

Maybe I'll call and get the free part and hang on to it until my confidence improves or I engage a friend to bail me out. I'll check on shipping cost policy while I'm at it. I'll report my results. Probably wont get to it for several days.
 

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Re: LCP slide release ("hold open") replacement

Well, Howard, I live in Macomb County and if you're not too far away and you get the part, I'd be happy to assist you. I just love tinkering, so I'd enjoy it. Let me know.
 

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Re: LCP slide release ("hold open") replacement

That's Macomb County, Michigan - sorry, I got confused, thought I was on a Michigan website I frequent.
 

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Re: LCP slide release ("hold open") replacement

Mine was made many months ago, and I just called Ruger and ordered a new release lever. I personally felt being thatI had it over over 6 months, that just because they made an upgrade did not mean to mean that they owned it to me free. It cost me $8 and IMO it is well worth it . Mine works great. The first worked OK but was a bugger compare dto the new design, which is hardly noticeable in the change, but its there. Good of Ruger to do it IMO..
 

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Re: LCP slide release ("hold open") replacement

I looked up some pics on google, looks identical only slightly rounded and protruding. Once you have the LCP for a while, the slide lock becomes much easier to engage -- plus, I like the flush look more. I'm keeping it as is! I keep hearing more folks are buying brand new one's with it already installed....sounds like a permanent addition.
 

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Zach and Holly said:
I looked up some pics on google, looks identical only slightly rounded and protruding. Once you have the LCP for a while, the slide lock becomes much easier to engage -- plus, I like the flush look more. I'm keeping it as is! I keep hearing more folks are buying brand new one's with it already installed....sounds like a permanent addition.
It is an in house mod change. If you like yours the way it is, leave it alone--for sure..
 

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Re: LCP slide release ("hold open") replacement

I agree with Zach and Holly, If it aint broke, dont fix it
 

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LCP_Dogg said:
Here are some pics of the new hold open installed:
That is how mine looks and it came like that from the factory. Can someone post of pic of what they perceive the OLD slide lock looks like?

Also if there is something new which is bigger, what kind of cost am I looking at to have a gunsmith swap it in?
 

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Oh... Then I think mine CAME WITH THE UPGRADED tab already pre-installed by the factory.

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Mine was test fired in August.
 

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Test fired on 9/18/08 and has the upgraded (rounded) release.

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Re: LCP slide release ("hold open") replacement

Maybe this will show the old flat style slide release a little better. OR, you can install the newest and largest version. :eek: ;D

Click on thumbnail for full size image....

 

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Maybe this will show the old flat style slide release a little better. OR, you can install the newest and largest version. :eek: ;D
Ok, is that slide release for real, or Photoshopped? ;)
 

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Yeah, WTF, is that really the new slide lock? I thought the original pics showed the new slide lock but if the one on the right above is FOR REAL the new slide lock, then NO, I don't think any of us got that from the factory.
 
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