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Old July 24th, 2016, 05:08 PM   #1
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Has anyone else experienced this? My 45 Shield mags are really hard to load - it's almost like the follower doesn't have enough room in the mag body and doesn't move freely up and down.
I have not seen this on my 9mm Shield or any of my other guns for that matter. Maybe I need to spend a day unloading and loading them but they shouldn't need any break in. Haven't tried shooting it yet since I just got it today but I wouldn't expect great reliability based on the sticky follower movement, so I am concerned. Anyone else had this issue on the 45 Shield?
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Old July 24th, 2016, 06:32 PM   #2
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My 45 mags are pretty stout to load being brand new. I expect they'll loosen up with use. My other Shield mags were similar. Last round can be a toughie until the springs are worked in a bit.

My followers don't feel sticky or irregular when unloading the mag by hand. But I have been known to polish followers in new mags before. I use 1000-1500 grit wet sandpaper and lightly buff the contact surfaces. Some followers have mold lines that can cause binding. I don't believe these S&W followers do but I haven't disassembled them at all yet.

Some Shield owners were having trouble with defective mags springs. If you disassemble your mag and the spring has an odd bend to it you'll know what the problem is.

Keep us posted on your findings.
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Old July 25th, 2016, 10:15 AM   #3
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Thanks Holmes. Went to the range today and fired 125 rounds of mostly FMJ and some JHP. I had just a few problems with ramp diving bullets but I think those are normal break-in issues. Brass hitting me in the face/head was the main issue I had, I may need to get the extractor tuned or something. But the followers definitely didn't cause any jams- and they loosened up over time. It was easy to load 5 but the 6th round is a real bear. I cant get in any more than that (why does the 7th witness hole say "+1" rather than "7"...?)
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Old July 25th, 2016, 11:41 AM   #4
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Has anyone else experienced this? My 45 Shield mags are really hard to load - it's almost like the follower doesn't have enough room in the mag body and doesn't move freely up and down.
I have not seen this on my 9mm Shield or any of my other guns for that matter. Maybe I need to spend a day unloading and loading them but they shouldn't need any break in. Haven't tried shooting it yet since I just got it today but I wouldn't expect great reliability based on the sticky follower movement, so I am concerned. Anyone else had this issue on the 45 Shield?
Same issue with many of my S&W Shield mags, so much so that I take new ones apart immediately, clean the inside of the metal body with windex, rubbing alcohol, (anything you can put on a glass and watch it disappear in seconds), stick a rag, paper towel, whatever to wipe the insides clean while still wet, then I either hit the inside with powdered graphite or triflow (spray dry lube with Teflon in it).

The problem I have had is you can feel the sticky inside new mags, something from the manufacturing process I think. This clears it up and the followers slide without sticking and the insides of the mag feel smooth and clean, not sticky.

Feel a new one inside before using and you can feel the tackiness.
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Old July 25th, 2016, 12:51 PM   #5
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Shot the 1st 300 rds through mine yesterday.
Used my UpLula to load the mag (only used the 7 not interested in the 6 at all will be for sale) which makes it easy. I did load a couple times by hand and 6&7 are tuff. My 40 shield mags were stiff out of box but have gotten better as time goes on. These will likely as well.

Anyone willing to trade their 7rd for a 6rd or interested in buying one lmk. I Will NEVER use it.


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Ran another 150 rounds today. The mags are much better and I can fully load the 7 round mag now. However I am still seeing ramp dives with JHP and FMJ- where the round goes straight into the feed ramp rather than into the chamber. If I pull back on the slide it then feeds properly but I probably had 10 or 12 in 150 rounds so it's not reliable enough to carry daily for self defense.
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