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Old June 30th, 2016, 03:07 PM   #1
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Unhappy Hard time getting used to Shield.

I bought a new Shield 9mm about 5 weeks ago and the first time shot it good, for me anyway, had a horrible experience with it the second 50 rounds due to a broken magazine spring and this time after replacing the spring in the magazine had zero failure to feeds, but, I had three failure to fires. They did fire on the second attempt though. My question is: is it the gun not firing the ammo or just the ammo not firing? Like I said, it fired the second time I pulled the trigger. It happened three times out of fifty rounds. It was Federal ammo that I got at the gun range,so it wasn't reloads, nor was it the expensive stuff. I am new to shooting, (5 months once a week) especially S&W, I do have a Glock 19 & 23 and have about 2500 rounds though them without ever any failure of any kind, so I'm confused as to be blaming it on the gun or the ammo for the misfires. Why would it not fire the first time but fire the second pull of the trigger?
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Light strike and or hard primers.
I would chalk it up to the ammo.
If it continues in future Id be concerned.
Take it out and get several hundred down range then you'll know if it is gun related.



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Old July 1st, 2016, 03:48 AM   #3
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Could be either, but usually it is ammo. I would try something else. Also understand ammo manufacturers make mistakes in production. I personally 6 boxes of mid range ammo that had no powder in as many as 3 rounds per box.

Second strike firing is usually a high primer, at least in my reloads.

Check and make sure the FP is not damaged and FP channel clean (do not not lubricate this ever). This for sure will cause light primer strikes.

It is also possible it is the gun, but I would try different ammo first.
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Possibly when you "oiled it up good" before your first range trip, and with subsequent firing, you've got some lube build up in the striker channel.
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You didn't mention what brand ammo you were using.
If you want to rule out ammo, stop by WalMart and pick up on some Federal Champion, or Winchester. They both have a very good track record for reliability in the Shield.
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Old July 1st, 2016, 07:47 AM   #6
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That's possible. I was so impressed the first time I shot the gun, even though it was just 50 rounds. The second time was bad ,but, found out it was the magazine that caused the failure to feeds, so I give that a pass even though I shot "not so well" but that's my fault not the guns but it had zero failure to fires like it did this time. I think it must be the ammo. The crappy shooting is my fault. I know I need more range time with it. I just started to get where I was getting proud of shooting my Glocks and now I have to start learning to shoot something different. Oh well, I'm looking forward to the challenge. I'm looking at that little M&P22 Compact now.
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Next time it happens, hold the muzzle down range for 15 seconds. Then check the cartridge for a light primer strike. Then if your cleaning of the striker channel doesn't fix it, it will be time to call S&W customer service. This sound like an easy to fix problem. Good luck!
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