Ok now I am confused. When reading the instructions for take down and reassembly they specifically mention making sure that the firing pin stop pin is in place or the firing pin when dry fired will move too far forward and damage the chamber. It sounds like the same thing you guys are talking about. Am I wrong? I don't know if it matters but this is the older A54 frame with the mag button on the right.
Also, for anyone interested, Numrich has the walnut grip panels for the A54 frame with the Ruger logo for $22.95 each. I thought I would never find grips for it and then decided to look there. Still being skeptical I called to make sure and they are in stock.