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Old August 6th, 2014, 08:44 PM   #16
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Good evening - I just bought my MP shield 9mm today- I have took it apart and the recoil spring came off the rod! Am mad! There is no way that I can get the spring back on the rod myself. Am not sure if I can go back to the gun store that I bought it from or should I just call S&W and ask them to send me a new recoil spring assembly. What do you guys suggest?

The test round was fired 7/18/14- am assuming that the weapon was made recently.
Thank you for your advice me input.
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Old August 7th, 2014, 06:35 AM   #17
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Good evening - I just bought my MP shield 9mm today- I have took it apart and the recoil spring came off the rod! Am mad! There is no way that I can get the spring back on the rod myself. Am not sure if I can go back to the gun store that I bought it from or should I just call S&W and ask them to send me a new recoil spring assembly. What do you guys suggest?

The test round was fired 7/18/14- am assuming that the weapon was made recently.
Thank you for your advice me input.
If you only bought it a day or so ago i don't see why they wouldn't give you another rod out of another one rather than make you send it back.
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Old August 7th, 2014, 07:08 AM   #18
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If you only bought it a day or so ago i don't see why they wouldn't give you another rod out of another one rather than make you send it back.
At Academy when you buy a gun, they tell you that if you have an issue, you will need to contact the manufacturer. You can not take the gun back.

Just bought a new 9mm Shield this week (not fired yet). Just joined this forum and read this last night. Took mine down to check for any issues. Luckily none found.
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Old August 7th, 2014, 09:27 AM   #19
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At Academy when you buy a gun, they tell you that if you have an issue, you will need to contact the manufacturer. You can not take the gun back.
I guess that's ONE good reason not to purchase from Academy.
Of course... I do a field strip of all my potential purchases and give it a quick going over (checking for defects, making sure i have the Strip/Assembly down, etc) BEFORE paying.
But that's just me.
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Old August 7th, 2014, 09:45 AM   #20
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At Academy when you buy a gun, they tell you that if you have an issue, you will need to contact the manufacturer. You can not take the gun back.
I might understand not taking the gun back because of all the registration, serial number issues etc. but they should be able to swap out the spring from another Shield and deal with getting it replaced through S&W. Especially if you only bought it yesterday and haven't even fired it yet. At least I would if owned a gun shop and wanted to keep a customer.
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Old August 7th, 2014, 10:35 AM   #21
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I noticed this same issue with my 3-day-old Shield 9mm (SN: HTYXXX). I found (by accident) that I don't need to have the slide all the way back to flip the disassembly lever down, however. It has not been fired yet, so I'm not that worried about it. The odd thing is, I have no problem operating the slide fully/locking it back when the gun is assembled.
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Old August 7th, 2014, 01:53 PM   #22
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I have a newish Shield 9. Same deal- Recoil spring pretty bindey on the shaft overall and really gritty at full retract. You could also feel a slight hitch when it hit the second stage. The sharp egdes of the flat main spring seem to dig into the shaft. Use a good grease, leave it locked open a few days, fire 800 rounds through it, it's perfectly smooth and much easier to operate now. Stiff recoil spring assy is the price for containing that force in that short a distance with a minimum weight slide; It's a subcompact thing.

That all said, I do think Smith could do a smoother, better job with the assy. The sharp edges thing is poor design. I haven't bothered calling them because I know there's no replacement version, at least not yet.
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Old January 3rd, 2015, 12:04 PM   #23
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I'm waiting to receive my m&p shield 9mm, I hope S&W has fixed that problem already, I'm like you, I don't like to sit around and cry, I like to resolve the problems at the end it's my live depending on that. Great solution. take care.
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I'm waiting to receive my m&p shield 9mm, I hope S&W has fixed that problem already, I'm like you, I don't like to sit around and cry, I like to resolve the problems at the end it's my live depending on that. Great solution. take care.

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Old January 4th, 2015, 02:53 PM   #25
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my FS40 or Shield40 spring guide rods look nothing like that....if it is new take it back where you bought it and ask for a new one or contact S&W customer service and talk to them...BTW welcome to the forum...there lots of people on here with more knowledge than me that may be able to help you more
My Shield does not look like that either. I bought mine before Christamas, and it was made, according to the spent shell, on Dec. 4th 2014. It was hard to pull back the slide, and load the Magazines. I have been loading the mags every night, and pulling the slide back and leaving it all night. I finally got to shoot it today, and it shoots very well. Minimal recoil and as accurate as I can be. I really like it. My Shield has 2 springs on the slide. It is still tight, but I feel it is getting better. I feel I made the right choice.
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Old January 10th, 2015, 03:52 PM   #26
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Bought my Shield 9mm last May. It was always hard to rack and lock back for dis-assembly. It's had about 200 rounds thru it. After shooting 50 rounds today (It did shoot great and accurately), I started to take it down for cleaning and the spring just flew apart! The front pin that holds the small spring came out. It looks like it's knurled and pressed in place.
Sent an email to S&W for instructions to replace it.
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Old January 17th, 2015, 01:34 PM   #27
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My Shield 9mm guide rod spring is a bear. Pull back, hit a wall, and had to call S&W. He said go past the wall. I had to press the slide against a table and lean into it.

Bought Nov 2014

First 150 rounds had 6 or 8 failures to extract. Up to 500 and it runs ok.
COMPLAINT - The only way I can go to slide lock is to insert an empty mag and then pull.
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oh my.. Purchased yesterday stripped last night to find the spring was not only warped but the end to the rear looks like someone bent and cut with side cutters. The cut end of the spring is what touches the end of the rod. Absolutely unacceptable. This was selected by spouse for carry and I am concerned that this weapon is not of quality for personal protection. Question to others what solution has been offered by S&W? This is a new and unfired gun.

Not a happy 1st time S&W customer. Have never experienced this with Colt or Beretta.
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oh my.. Purchased yesterday stripped last night to find the spring was not only warped but the end to the rear looks like someone bent and cut with side cutters. The cut end of the spring is what touches the end of the rod. Absolutely unacceptable. This was selected by spouse for carry and I am concerned that this weapon is not of quality for personal protection. Question to others what solution has been offered by S&W? This is a new and unfired gun.

Not a happy 1st time S&W customer. Have never experienced this with Colt or Beretta.
How does it shoot?
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Angry

Not shot it yet..

Just got it home yesterday and unpacked it finding the spring issue.

Spring is really out of whack and posted pic a little bit ago in another forum.

Here is what I found.




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