Another Shield 9 FTE

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Old January 21st, 2013, 10:18 PM   #1
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Another Shield 9 FTE - UPDATE: FTE Fixed

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Ok, so after polishing the chamber and feed ramp I shot about 350 rounds between 2 range sessions with mixed ammo. Anything from low powered hand loads to SD +p ammo. I've had no more FTEs since. I say this issue has been resolved! YAY!

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Hey guys,

I know there was at least 1 person on this forum with FTE issues and a few others while searching online. But there wasn't a real solution other than blaming ammo or the shooter. Also when people have sent theirs to S&W, there is no update that I can find on what s&w did to fix the issue or even if any fix was found.

So I've put about 350-400 rounds through my shield since I got it back in December and have had numerous FTEs with all kinds of ammo. Winchester whitebox 115gr, S&B 115gr/124gr, Federal 115gr, Winchester Ranger 147gr, etc...
I've tried 6 different magazines and all of produced FTEs. And just in case the shooter is at fault, I've had other shooters shoot it as well with similar results.

I'm thinking about calling S&W tomorrow, but I would love to avoid sending it to them and waiting a while for them to "fix" the issue. (if it has to be done, it has to be done i guess)
I snapped some pictures of today's range trip where in 50 rounds produced 5 FTEs. Maybe this is as simple as polishing out the chamber?





And this is how the next round sits in the magazine after firing a shot




Also, If I do have to send to back to S&W, do I need put the factory sights back on or am I good to go sending as is with the amerigo sights?

Thanks for the help guys.

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Old January 22nd, 2013, 08:55 AM   #2
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Thanks for those great pictures.

I would suggest polishing the chamber, being careful not to overdo it. The idea is to smooth it out and NOT to make the chamber any bigger.

The M&P Shield has a problem with the design of it's extractor, I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for S&W to address it because so few even notice it. The pivot pin hole is milled too far back on the extractor, allowing a gap where it grabs the casing, and toward the rear of the part where the unsupported blue spring can clearly be seen. There isn't a fix for this yet, hopefully someone like APEX will offer us something for a reasonable price.

The only thing I've come up with so far is installing a solid pivot pin, but that only improves it a tiny bit. My next attempt will involve milling a larger hole and pressing in an offset bushing. They haven't left me much material to work with.

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Old January 22nd, 2013, 10:59 AM   #3
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I own 3 shields (2 in 9 and one in 40). I have well over a thousand rounds through my first one, probably 5 to 6 hundred through the second one and 300 though the 40. I have not had any FTF's. Might be just a bad gun, or maybe I have just gotten lucky.
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Old January 22nd, 2013, 12:46 PM   #4
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Thanks for posting those pics. I am having the EXACT same problem with my shield as I posted a couple days ago. I contacted S&W and they said it had to do with the remmington fmj ammo I was using. They said remmington had been outsourcing a lot of their ammo and that they've had a lot of issues with it. They said to try the Winchester white box ammo and see how it goes with that. It's good to know that the white box ammo didn't work either and you still had the same results. If you do decide to send it to S&W, let us know how it turns out!
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Old January 22nd, 2013, 02:24 PM   #5
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I contacted S&W and they said it had to do with the remmington fmj ammo I was using. They said remmington had been outsourcing a lot of their ammo and that they've had a lot of issues with it. They said to try the Winchester white box ammo and see how it goes with that.
It's hard to believe they would tell you that, since a self-defense firearm should function properly with any factory ammo. On occasion it just takes a little work to get it there.
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Old January 22nd, 2013, 03:06 PM   #6
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I also had the exact FTE problem along with ejected cases hitting me on the head and arm. I had 4 FTE's within 25 rounds using 147 gr Remmington FMJ. I sent the pistol back to S&W and they replaced the extractor and polished the feed ramp. I have not had an FTE since. Part of the problem is with the STRONG recoil spring. I do not have strong wrists so limp wristing is a problem. I believe this amplified the FTE problem and caused the ejected cases hitting me. Starting to loosen up after 800+ rounds.
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Old January 22nd, 2013, 05:48 PM   #7
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Well, thanks for the input! I performed a very mild polish of the feed ramp and chamber.

Then took it out. First shot, FTE. and then it happened once every mag for 4 mag changes.
I then bought some Winchester Ranger 124gr. T-Series +P. Ran 2 mags of that through. Not a single problem.
After that, I ran 150 rounds with 3 FTEs, which is A LOT better than my previous rounds. (FTE, roughly 1 ever 10 rounds)

It now seems that anything that's a bit hotter will now not fail to eject anymore, but whimpier (is that even a word?) round will still have some issues. But it seems to be getting better.

Going to do another round of polishing then off to test again later this week. I'll keep the thread updated.
I may also end up ordering a new extractor from S&W as well.
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Old January 22nd, 2013, 06:01 PM   #8
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Shield 9 FTE

After putting several hundred rounds of Federal through my Shield 9, I switched to Remington. The first 75 Remington rounds yielded 4 FTEs. I spoke to the range supervisor who thought it was ammunition related. I have 250 Remington rounds that I will feed to my PX4 Compact. Back to Federal for my Shield 9 now that the ammo shortage has abated.
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Here's a picture of my polish progress in case anyone wanted to see. Polishing feedramp and chamber. It's a bit tough to get a good picture of the chamber polish.



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Why is it hard to believe that s&w would say that? I talked to the guy over the phone and that's exactly what he said. Don't know why you would call me a lier...that's what this forum is for isn't it? To discuss each others problems? I'm just trying to find a solution to our problem...
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I don't think KRWeiss is calling you or anyone a liar. I highly doubt that.
How I read that statement was that he is shocked that S&W would tell its customers that their "self defense" pistol is not reliable enough to eat any factory ammo.
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Old January 23rd, 2013, 11:22 AM   #12
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Why is it hard to believe that s&w would say that?
I already answered that. If what they were telling you was true, then the WWB should have fixed it, right?

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Don't know why you would call me a lier {sic}...
Not sure where you're going with this, I was suggesting they were blowing smoke up your wazoo, no one even implied that you were being dishonest. Although I must admit, your defensive/combative response gets me thinking maybe somethings up.
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Lol, oh the beauty of the internet. Obviously, I misread what you really meant by your response to the post. Sorry I came off as an a$$hole, not my intention.
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Alright, I think I got it fixed now. I'll go back to the range next week to confirm one more time before i call it completely fixed.

So I polished the chamber and feed ramp a bit more, not too much more. Cleaned up the gun, then took her too the range. Fired about 150 flawless rounds (knock on wood). I was using ammo I knew caused FTE's at the prior range trip and I also brought along weaker hand loads that work great for my M&P FS in competition type games.

All ammo fed and ejected, what a satisfactory range trip
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Took it out for another range session with 200 flawless rounds. i'd say this is resolved
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