Don't misunderstand my comment about the stovepipes. Yes, there were quite a few when the MK-III was new, but these have subsided to 1 maybe every 300 rounds. I've put appx 3000 rds through it. The CCI Select seems to have helped. If it was break-in, I'm happy to be past that. I'll give another bulk brand a try, and will also try removing the LCI just for the sake of seeing how it will perform w/o it. Good info though. BTW, the pistol was bought new and the Mrs. loves it. I wouldn't consider it defective in any way, especially since it's doing so well now. I've been shooting for a long time and ammo quality does matter. This was my first Ruger and I'd definitely buy another.