6 Most Common Springfield Ronin Problems And How To Fix Them

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I’ve put the Springfield Ronin through its paces. From target practice to real-world application, I’ve run this firearm in various environments and situations. My experience has given me insights into this firearm’s strengths, but more importantly, its weaknesses. I’ve encountered a number of common issues, some of which have interfered with my shooting experience.

During my testing, I encountered problems such as the firearm not returning to the battery, issues with reloading, slide lock problems, magazine inconsistencies, instances of jamming, and even rust. 

I’m here to present these common problems and provide easy-to-understand solutions. Let’s dive in!

Springfield Ronin Problems & their Solutions

Problems FacedSolutions Proposed
Not Returning To BatteryAdjust the extractor tension and check the round seating.
Reloading ProblemApply sizing lubricant appropriately and trim cartridges.
Slide Lock ProblemsStrip the pistol and check for possible obstructions.
Issues with the MagazineAllow new magazines time to break in and maintain cleanliness.
Jamming ProblemsSwitch ammo brands and lubricate key areas.
Rust ProblemsClean the rust off and apply oil.

Top 6 Springfield Ronin Problems & How to Fix

1. Not Returning To Battery

As testers of the Springfield Ronin, we’ve seen this firearm strut its stuff and, frankly, fall short. One issue that consistently cropped up was the firearm not fully returning to battery. 

After firing the round, the slide would hang back and wouldn’t budge. I tried everything from gently nudging to downright tapping the back of the slide with a mallet.

Even firing the round wasn’t smooth. Initially, I chalked it up to cheap range ammunition, but the problem persisted even with higher quality ammunition. 

The inability to move the slide, especially in critical situations, was troublesome, impacting the overall operation of the firearm.


So, what did I do? I got my hands dirty and found an effective solution. I started with checking the extractor tension. 

A minor adjustment there, and I was onto something. I pulled the barrel and dropped several rounds into it to further validate. I wanted to see how the rounds seated themselves. 

And what do you know? It worked. A proper check on the extractor tension and trying out the seating of the rounds in the pulled-out barrel helped resolve the ‘not returning to battery’ problem. 

2. Reloading Problem

When it comes to my hands-on experience with the Springfield Ronin, I noted an issue that many users might encounter – a reloading problem. 

I observed that the sizing lubricant could sometimes be too much, leading to larger dents and decreased cartridge capacity. 

This overuse could, in turn, increase pressure buildup and potentially cause case splitting due to cartridge stress. 


So, how did I tackle this problem? By understanding that reloading isn’t just about the steps but also about the careful application of the sizing lubricant and proper handling of the gunpowder. 

The fix lies in maintaining the right balance – neither too little nor too much sizing application. I found that trimming cartridge cases to the gun’s specification significantly mitigated the reloading issues, reducing the chances of hazardous pressure buildup. 

Remember, careful trimming and precise application of the sizing lubricant are key. This solution helped me, and I believe it’ll help others overcome the reloading woes too.

3. Slide Lock Problems

While testing the Springfield Ronin, I found myself grappling with yet another hiccup – slide lock problems. I noticed that the handgun’s slide would occasionally lock when drawn back. In an ideal scenario, it should only lock on an empty magazine. 

But in my case, it was happening during the shooting. I realized that the most common culprit behind this was my thumb inadvertently riding up and pulling up the slide lock. 

These irregular slide locks hindered my shooting experience, making the firearm less reliable in those quick-draw situations.


I tackled this by focusing on the fundamentals. My fix started with stripping the pistol and running the slide back and forth without the barrel. 

I then inserted a mag to check if any of them were positioned too high. Furthermore, I tested the safety by moving it up and down while the slide was off. 

I found this helped me to identify what was catching, considering the slide rides on the frame. 

I also made sure to run the slide forward and backward with the barrel out while inserting the slide stop. 

4. Issues with the Magazine

While handling the Springfield Ronin, I encountered some challenges with the magazine. Upon loading 4-5 rounds, the spring pressure would get so intense that it started to distort the thin material of the magazine. 

This issue was indeed a pain, hampering the smooth loading and operation of the firearm. 

Additionally, I noticed that some rounds wouldn’t fully sit against the magazine’s back spacer, which ran the length of the magazine. 

This snag prevented the pistol from cycling properly, fully removing the round from the magazine or charging completely.


So, how did I overcome this obstacle? It took me some time to realize that the issue was typical with brand-new magazines. The springs just needed some breaking in. 

I found that underloading the magazine, at least until the spring had a chance to acclimatize to the pressure, was beneficial. Regular cleaning of the pistol and both the exterior and interior of the magazine also seemed to alleviate the issue. 

For a magazine that wouldn’t seat, pressing down harder until it was sufficiently worn did the trick. 

If that didn’t work, I resorted to loading it with one round less to prevent overloading the magazine spring. Simple adjustments, but they made a significant difference.

5. Jamming Problems

While putting the Springfield Ronin through its paces, I ran into a common issue among firearms – jamming. The cause? Improper ammo choice or using ammo that wasn’t quite right for the firearm. 

Such incompatibility can indeed throw a wrench in the smooth operation of any firearm. But that wasn’t all. 

I realized that certain faults within the gun or magazine components, like a damaged extractor or excessive magazine spring tension, could also be culprits behind the jamming. 

These glitches made the shooting experience less than ideal, and troubleshooting them became my top priority.


I tackled the jamming problem systematically. I started with basic adjustments such as changing the ammo brand and ensuring my handling was correct, particularly avoiding limp-writing. 

Once I had confirmed that my magazines were in good working condition, switching ammo became the next step. And guess what? These simple solutions did make a difference! 

Furthermore, applying some lubricant to the magazine’s feed lips and the chamber seemed to provide some additional smoothness. With patience and a methodical approach, I found that overcoming the jamming issue was indeed achievable.

6. Rust Problems

I also grappled with rust issues during my field test with the Springfield Ronin. A challenge that many firearm users might not associate with the operation of a gun, but nonetheless, it’s a significant one. 

I noticed that poor maintenance was a leading cause of rust on the firearm. Leaving the rifle exposed to the elements, like rain, without proper cleaning afterward invited rust. 

I’ve been there, too, so I understand how easy it is to overlook this aspect of maintenance. But unfortunately, it does lead to problems down the line.


So, how did I deal with this rust issue? Well, the first step was disassembling the weapon. A bit tedious, yes, but crucial in combating rust. I checked each component carefully, setting the damaged ones aside. 

Using a brush and high-quality gun solvent, I cleaned the rust off. This process was meticulous, but the results were well worth the effort. 

Finally, I lightly applied gun oil or grease to the cleaned surfaces, making sure to avoid areas where lubricants could cause problems. This preventative measure helped me keep rust at bay, ensuring the firearm continued running smoothly.


The Springfield Ronin, despite its weaknesses, is a firearm of substantial quality and performance. And when armed with the knowledge of handling and mitigating common problems, I’ve found that the firearm is a reliable companion in the field.

Yet, with a touch of patience, I’ve managed to find straightforward, effective solutions to each problem.


Where are Springfield Ronins made?

Springfield Ronins are made in the USA.

What is the difference between Springfield EMP and EMP Ronin?

The main difference between Springfield EMP and EMP Ronin is the color palette of the frame and slide are reversed in the Ronin, and the frame is treated with a satin silver Cerakote finish.

How long is the barrel on a Springfield Ronin?

The barrel on a Springfield Ronin is 5 inches long.

Is the Springfield Ronin drop safe?

Yes, the Springfield Ronin is drop safe due to a lightweight firing pin and heavy-duty firing-pin spring.

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I'm Micheal, an avid shooter and hunting enthusiast from Texas. I'm a recreational shooter who loves to spend time at the range and enjoy learning about new firearms and gears. I love to write about guns and share my passion for shooting with others.

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