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Old November 16th, 2016, 12:26 PM   #1
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Just purchased 9 mm Shield. I am a novice and this was my first pistol purchase.Cleaned and lubed pistol before using and shot only 30 rounds through it due to time restraints. Did a field strip and cleaning after the 30 rounds. Went out today and put 120 rounds through it. Had the slide freeze part way back during firing ( half way through the magazine). Had recoil spring checked and looked fine. Actually, the shop put in a older spring and that seemed to cure that problem. Had 3 light strikes all together( before and after spring replacement). Each light strike was with a different brand of ammo and no reloads. Had the shop check out pistol and everything looked fine to them. No FTF and FTE's. I know the pistol is new and has only 150 rounds through it and therefore is not broken in yet but it seemed that since there was 2 different problems I am concerned. The shop said they would send it back to Smith and Wesson. Has anybody else had more than one problem with their new shield?. Like I said, I am a novice and this kind of worries me. Would you all send it back or would you have put a few 100 more rounds through it?
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IMHO put another couple hundred rounds through it and see what happens.
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Old November 16th, 2016, 07:39 PM   #3
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If you just bought it, then it's still under warranty. Send it back to S&W. They will give you a shipping label, and they will pay for return shipping. I just got mine back, took about 3 weeks.
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None of my M&P's, including Shield models, have ever required any "break in."

Send it back.
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Old November 17th, 2016, 03:11 AM   #5
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The Shield has been sent back. Maybe I was limp wristing to cause the slide to lock up but, the problem that worried me was light strikes with 3 different brands of factory ammo.
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Like G56 said, shoot it some more, not just for breaking in the pistol (which non of my M&P's have ever needed) but also for breaking yourself in since you say you're a novice shooter. Also, Shield's have a really small grip which can compound shooting problems, especially for those with larger hands.

Here's a pretty good video of how to grip your pistol.
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Thanks for the video. How do you explain the light strikes with 3 different brands of ammo? I can see where limp wrist and riding the slide can cause slide problems but how would limp wrist cause light strikes? Are they related?
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Thanks for the video. How do you explain the light strikes with 3 different brands of ammo? I can see where limp wrist and riding the slide can cause slide problems but how would limp wrist cause light strikes? Are they related?
For the light strikes there could be gunk in the striker channel, or it has a weak striker spring, which I doubt is the case unless you've fired many thousands of round through it. When cleaning the breech face you need to be careful and try not get solvent and/or lube in the striker hole, and you don't lube the striker or striker channel. I'd pull the striker and make sure it and the striker channel is clean.

Cleaning the striker channel is pretty easy and one of our members robkarrob has a
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I have never had any problem with any of my M and P guns..Shield or Bodyguard. They Shoot what my wife's Kimber won't. Hope you get it shooting the way you want...
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For the light strikes there could be gunk in the striker channel, or it has a weak striker spring, which I doubt is the case unless you've fired many thousands of round through it. When cleaning the breech face you need to be careful and try not get solvent and/or lube in the striker hole, and you don't lube the striker or striker channel. I'd pull the striker and make sure it and the striker channel is clean.

Cleaning the striker channel is pretty easy and one of our members robkarrob has a youtube video showing how to do it.
Yes, I knew about this prior to cleaning and made sure I stayed away from the striker hole area. Actually only wiped that area out with dry Qtips. Maybe the whole problem was limp wristing but had shot a different shield 3 times without problems.
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Just purchased 9 mm Shield. I am a novice and this was my first pistol purchase.Cleaned and lubed pistol before using and shot only 30 rounds through it due to time restraints. Did a field strip and cleaning after the 30 rounds. Went out today and put 120 rounds through it. Had the slide freeze part way back during firing ( half way through the magazine). Had recoil spring checked and looked fine. Actually, the shop put in a older spring and that seemed to cure that problem. Had 3 light strikes all together( before and after spring replacement). Each light strike was with a different brand of ammo and no reloads. Had the shop check out pistol and everything looked fine to them. No FTF and FTE's. I know the pistol is new and has only 150 rounds through it and therefore is not broken in yet but it seemed that since there was 2 different problems I am concerned. The shop said they would send it back to Smith and Wesson. Has anybody else had more than one problem with their new shield?. Like I said, I am a novice and this kind of worries me. Would you all send it back or would you have put a few 100 more rounds through it?
1) I would be looking at the take down lever spring...
sounds like it might have jumped out of position and jamming in the slide rail.

2) As for light strikes...
slide might not be going back into full battery. See my first note 1)
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Just purchased 9 mm Shield. I am a novice and this was my first pistol purchase.Cleaned and lubed pistol before using and shot only 30 rounds through it due to time restraints. Did a field strip and cleaning after the 30 rounds. Went out today and put 120 rounds through it. Had the slide freeze part way back during firing ( half way through the magazine). Had recoil spring checked and looked fine. Actually, the shop put in a older spring and that seemed to cure that problem. Had 3 light strikes all together( before and after spring replacement). Each light strike was with a different brand of ammo and no reloads. Had the shop check out pistol and everything looked fine to them. No FTF and FTE's. I know the pistol is new and has only 150 rounds through it and therefore is not broken in yet but it seemed that since there was 2 different problems I am concerned. The shop said they would send it back to Smith and Wesson. Has anybody else had more than one problem with their new shield?. Like I said, I am a novice and this kind of worries me. Would you all send it back or would you have put a few 100 more rounds through it?
Congrats on your purchase of an excellent pistol. I see you sent it back to S&W for service. I`m sure they will fix the issue IF they can duplicate it. If it comes back from S&W and does it again, my suggestion would be to put a drop or 2 of SYNTHETIC motor oil or "GUN" oil on the solid shaft in the center of the recoil spring assy where that shaft enters the outside spring retainer. Also, if the center of the SLIDE has a series of scallops on it where it rides on the top of the incoming round, you need to use a Dremel tool to polish that surface to a smooth finish. Not all pistols have that issue, but the polishing is per S&W customer support. They told me if i sent mine to them that is exactly what they would do. I hope S&W fixes it for you.
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Thanks PaPow and dblb for the suggestions. If it isn't fixed when it comes back, I will look into these suggestions.
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Thanks PaPow and dblb for the suggestions. If it isn't fixed when it comes back, I will look into these suggestions.
Your welcome Gary. Please let us know how it works out.
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Thanks PaPow and dblb for the suggestions. If it isn't fixed when it comes back, I will look into these suggestions.
You are welcome, Gary

Keep us informed on the results from S&W.
As far as the takedown lever spring goes, the Shield
does NOT have it. It IS installed on the 9c up to the
Core models.

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