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My M&P Shield nightmare.


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As most of you are aware, PSA has been running a fantastic deal on M&P Shields.  The price was so good that I decided to purchase two.  One was for me, and the other was a Christmas present for my girlfriend.  I took mine to the range today to see how it performs.  Holy s***.  This thing is the biggest (or smallest, depending on how your look at it) p.o.s. I have ever shot.


I only had eighty rounds with me today.  Out of those 80, I had 20 failures.  TWENTY!  Fifteen were light primer strikes, and five were slide lock-back failures.  That is a 25% failure rate, and 50% on the slide not locking back at empty.  As a side note, It is interesting that I put those 15 rounds with the light primer strike in my G19, and had no problems.


I was so troubled by my experience that I traded away the other brand new Shield I got for my girlfriend.  I upgraded her to a G19, which I know will go bang when the trigger is pulled.  While I am fairly certain I got a lemon, which I will be contacting S&W about, I have become so disconcerted that I will never purchase another S&W product, at least in the near future.

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Break in perhaps on his?

Very possible. Recoil spring on mine was STOUT out of the box.

I have read people getting light strikes with their Shields using WWB ammo. Wouldn't happen with any other ammo. Also, some folks have had the recoil spring get a small kink or bow in them. Hangs up on the slide just enough to keep it from going fully into battery.

Still sucks. It's hard to put faith in a carry gun giving you light strikes. Edited by jimmydeuce
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That sucks man, S&W for about a decade has had major quality control issues, M&P's are no exception. I love the Shields though, it is worth the gamble on hoping you get a good one. My 40 Shield was flawless, if I had known there were 9mm barrels for $75 that dropped in I would have kept it. I just thought I wanted a 9 instead.
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I bought a shield about a month ago and just got to the range with it last week...put about 100 Rd though it, a mix of range reloads and Remington umc....Both 115gr. ..No issues here either...Good luck getting it addressed and resolved...
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Bummer. Did you clean it first?


While it might not be the best practice, I have never cleaned a firearm before using it, and I have never experienced any problem that is even remotely close to this.  In regards to a break-in period, if a gun is going to perform so abysmally during the first hundred or so rounds, then it is not a gun that I want.


Anyway, I emailed S&W, and let them know of my frustration with their product.  I am pretty sure they will take care of the problem.

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