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Old 11-09-2012, 02:42 PM
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I have shot about 400 rounds through my 9mm Shield. When the magazine is empty, the slide rarely locks back. Ammo is usually Winchester FMJ 115gr but have used various kinds. I estimate that the slide locks back maybe 10% of the time. I haven't worried too much about it because I don't carry any extra ammo for edc but I know it should lock back.

I wondered if the recoil spring is too strong and preventing the slide from going far enough back. It does eject normally. If I rack the slide back by hand with an empty magazine, it does lock back.

Any suggestions?

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Old 11-09-2012, 02:57 PM
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does it do the same with other magazines? Ron
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Old 11-09-2012, 03:01 PM
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Yes, both magazines rarely lock the slide back.

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Old 11-09-2012, 03:07 PM
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How does the slide stop look.. wear patterns and such. I would give S&W a call about that.. Be prepared to send the pistol back to the mothership for a week or two.. Ron
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Old 11-09-2012, 04:12 PM
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Check to make sure your thumb is not riding the slide stop. Most times this is the problem.
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Old 11-09-2012, 06:36 PM
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Check to make sure your thumb is not riding the slide stop. Most times this is the problem.
That and a good cleaning might help.
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Old 11-09-2012, 06:43 PM
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I agree with patbelly..............my son had issues with this when shooting my shield I on the other hand have never had it happen to me. He adjusted his thumbs and the problem went away.
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Old 11-09-2012, 08:46 PM
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I just had this problem with my FS 9mm. It was my thumb resting on the slide release. Adjusted my grip slightly and all has been well.
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Old 11-09-2012, 09:11 PM
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I agree with patbelly..............my son had issues with this when shooting my shield I on the other hand have never had it happen to me. He adjusted his thumbs and the problem went away.
+1 for the thumb on the slide stop, it used to happen to me on a 22 pistol I use for cheap range practice. I made an ajustment with my thumbs now it locks back every time.
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Definitely check your thumb position as the others have said. This problem occurs a lot with Sigs. Doesn't take a lot of thumb interference to mess up the operation of the slide stop.
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Hmmm, call me crazy, but since no one else mentioned it, the problem COULD be your thumb position. It's a rare occurrence, that's probably why nobody else mentioned it. :-D
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Old 11-10-2012, 01:10 AM
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I think it may be my thumb position, based on these replies. I'll check after this storm passes. Thanks for the replies.

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