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It looks like the rod is sintered metal. If it were dropped, over time the cracks can form. Call SteyrArms, assuming you are in the US. Don't email, CALL them. www.steyrarms.com
 

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I'll stick with the dropped part guess.

Take a nail, make sure it's straight, measure the diameter of the original striker rod guide end, and file or sand the nail head to fit. You can get the retaining ring in the other end the same way. Other than the spring load, there are no other forces on this part so the substitution should last the life of the weapon.

I've had problems with injection molded metal pieces from my Steyr, but also with a Smith & Wesson. Sintered parts don't like shock is the conclusion I drew. Most weapons manufacturers are moving to MIM since it produces either finished parts, or parts that are nearly finished with only minor second operations necessary. Owners should think of them as essentially ceramics, not from composition, but because they're sensitive to shock.
 
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