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Old January 22nd, 2017, 06:16 AM   #16
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I think most of us agree, the slide levers purpose, is just for locking the slide open, and springs do wear out from fatigue. I`ll continue to slingshot the slide as i have always done. I`ve never used the slide "lock lever" to release the slide on any semi-auto i`ve ever shot or owned. As i`ve said, undue wear to the slide lock slot and the lever holding point WILL wear out quicker if one continues to use the lever as a release. I dont see any point to adding wear to the gun when it isn`t necessary or needed. This dosen`t mean you CAN`T use it to release the slide, its design wasn`t intended to be used that way, but many still do it that way. To each their own.
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Old January 22nd, 2017, 01:19 PM   #17
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OK all, let me try this again! I am not using the slide lock lever to release the slide and chamber a round, if you take your, unloaded shield, lock the slide back, and then pull back on the slide, you will notice the lever dropping down allowing the new round to enter the chamber when you release the slide... The lever on my 45 shield wouldn't do that and required manually pushing it down. And while what PaPow said about the boot may be true! I live in Florida so don't know much about boots. BTW this is my 3rd shield and my 7th M&P and I did have 200 or more rounds though this one.
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OK all, let me try this again! I am not using the slide lock lever to release the slide and chamber a round, if you take your, unloaded shield, lock the slide back, and then pull back on the slide, you will notice the lever dropping down allowing the new round to enter the chamber when you release the slide... The lever on my 45 shield wouldn't do that and required manually pushing it down. And while what PaPow said about the boot may be true! I live in Florida so don't know much about boots. BTW this is my 3rd shield and my 7th M&P and I did have 200 or more rounds though this one.
If you had said that to begin with, i think all of us would have looked at your complaint differently...lol

"boots"... i`m confused, i dont recall mentioning anything about boots
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If you had said that to begin with, i think all of us would have looked at your complaint differently...lol

"boots"... i`m confused, i dont recall mentioning anything about boots
Some of these whiz bangs they call gunsmiths today couldnt pour piss out of a boot even if the instructions were written on the heels.
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Old January 22nd, 2017, 03:19 PM   #21
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In the OP's defense, he did clarify the issue by post number 5:

"Sorry guys I guess I wasn't clear as to the problem. After slide lock, inserted new mag. but won't slingshot without pressing down on the "slide lock" lever."

Then we went off tangent debating over spring set and questionable gunsmiths....
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Some of these whiz bangs they call gunsmiths today couldnt pour piss out of a boot even if the instructions were written on the heels.
I totally missed that one...lol...sorry bout that...lol
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In the OP's defense, he did clarify the issue by post number 5:

"Sorry guys I guess I wasn't clear as to the problem. After slide lock, inserted new mag. but won't slingshot without pressing down on the "slide lock" lever."

Then we went off tangent debating over spring set and questionable gunsmiths....
Yep, sure did
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OK all, let me try this again! I am not using the slide lock lever to release the slide and chamber a round, if you take your, unloaded shield, lock the slide back, and then pull back on the slide, you will notice the lever dropping down allowing the new round to enter the chamber when you release the slide... The lever on my 45 shield wouldn't do that and required manually pushing it down. And while what PaPow said about the boot may be true! I live in Florida so don't know much about boots. BTW this is my 3rd shield and my 7th M&P and I did have 200 or more rounds though this one.
Call S&W and send it back.
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Shield 45

Sent it back Friday, let you all know what they say.
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Sent it back Friday, let you all know what they say.
Looking forward to your report...
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Old January 26th, 2017, 06:39 AM   #28
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Just spoke to S&W received, 3-3 1/2 weeks ? Oh well better than 8-9 Months for ATF.
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Just spoke to S&W received, 3-3 1/2 weeks ? Oh well better than 8-9 Months for ATF.
S&W has alot of guns to fix, so its a stand in-line and wait your turn.
If S&W would implement BETTER quality control, you wouldn`t have had to send it back.

Not many people will disagree that S&W will fix it right, this time,
BUT, it should have been done RIGHT THE FIRST TIME...!
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S&W has alot of guns to fix, so its a stand in-line and wait your turn.
If S&W would implement BETTER quality control, you wouldn`t have had to send it back.

Not many people will disagree that S&W will fix it right, this time,
BUT, it should have been done RIGHT THE FIRST TIME...!
Undoubtedly!

Actually (and no M&P's were involved) the only S&W's I've ever had to return (same with Colt, BTW) were for cosmetic issues.

I had to return two different recolvers made back in the '90's for finish problems. That was back when they were having the well known clear coat issues.

S&W paid for the shipping both ways, and completely refinished both, along with some free upgrades.

Whatever else you may think; S&W is a standup company that takes customer support very seriously.

I called them last year to inquire if they thought it was time to change the recoil assembly in my first M&P9, bought in July of '07. The tech asked how much I shot it, and I advised that it'd been my IDPA gun for over six years.

Long story short; he wanted sent me a couple of parts, but they were "backordered." Before it was done, I'd received two of each; recoil assemblies and striker assemblies. I know the recoil assembly costs north of $30.00, because I have friends that have bought them.

I called S&W several years ago to inquire about a nice early Model 60 that I'd picked up for a song, and before I knew it, I'd been transferred to the legend himself; Mr. Roy Jenks, the Guru of all things Smith and Wesson!

It was almost surreal, as I'd been reading acticles in the gun magazines for years either referring to, or quoting, Mr. Jenks. We discussed my pistol at length, and it was a pleasant experience that I'll never forget.

I guess this is my rather long way of saying that if you have a problem with a product made by S&W; they'll make it right. And if you treat the guy your talking to on the phone politely; you'll very likely do much better than "alright."

Oh yeah; here's a pic of my seriously fine, "top of the line, back in the day" carry revolver:



Not bad for $300.00, and it even came with my name on it, though I didn't notice that until I'd got it home:



I guess some things are just "meant to be."

And yes; I do have the original stocks that came on it...

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