I don't know why Ruger makes such an issue about selling spare parts. The policy started when Bill was above the ground, but, it continues until this day! I do not want to ship my gun back to the Ruger factory at this time. If some kind of awful anti gun bill got passed, I might not ever get it back. So, I plan to keep it close for now. There is no reason that makes sense to me, that Ruger could not sell replacement firing pins to gun smiths. That was Bill's policy, and, Ruger is sticking to it!