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Old 04-03-2013, 02:04 AM
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How many rds to break in a shield 9mm?
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When I got my 9mm Shield, I put one magazine through it and then qualified on our off-duty course (76 rds) with no trouble at all. So far, zero malfunctions period.

I guess that means the break-in period is none?
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Before I carry a gun for protection I like to put a minimum of 100 rounds through it. If there are no failures I usually start carrying it as a CCW.
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I put at least 250 FMJ through mine before even experimenting with various brands of Carry rounds. That's pretty much SOP for any of my new pistols.
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I Just got my shield last night! Haven't even had a chance to shoot it yet. My lgs says the only problem I may have is a rough trigger. I think 200 to 250 rounds will take care of any issues you may have with this gun. It was worth the wait I hope!
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I qualified with my 9c and those were the first rounds I EVER put through the gun. Not a single problem and a perfect score to match.
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I put at least 250 FMJ through mine before even experimenting with various brands of Carry rounds. That's pretty much SOP for any of my new pistols.
Agree. A Shield (or other M&P) should need minimal break-in, but I need to be comfortable that it's running properly and will run properly with defensive ammunition. 200 rounds of your chosen defensive ammunition has been the rule of thumb.
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I put a coupla hundred thru it before I started to carry it. I didn't do them all at once. I found time for distractions along the way.
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I have always fired from 100 to 200 rounds before I put anything into the carry rotation. My Shield breezed through the first 100 and I was comfortable with it at that point.
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I have always fired from 100 to 200 rounds before I put anything into the carry rotation. My Shield breezed through the first 100 and I was comfortable with it at that point.
That's confidence testing, not break-in. Testing is obviously the wise thing to do.

But M&Ps need no break-in at all.
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I put at least 250 FMJ through mine before even experimenting with various brands of Carry rounds. That's pretty much SOP for any of my new pistols.
I was told by a reputable local gunsmith that today's NIB S/A's need close to 500 rnds down range for a good break-in. Minor malfxns during the first 500 rnd period not usually a huge concern. Similar to what someone else mentioned, when I buy NIB it takes close to 500rnds before I add the handgun to the 1st String Team. Otherwise, sometimes I buy used & takes around 100rnds (w/attention to detail F&S CLP) fired, then I'm confident to add to my EDC roster.
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I Just got my shield last night! Haven't even had a chance to shoot it yet. My lgs says the only problem I may have is a rough trigger. I think 200 to 250 rounds will take care of any issues you may have with this gun. It was worth the wait I hope!
Hey, what a coincidence bought my Shield 40 yesterday afternoon. However, before OTD I had the Apex DCAEK & TruGlo GRN 3 Dots installed. Yet, generally I like to go thru 4-5 boxes of ammo (WWB 100 ct) before a new handgun of mine becomes one of my EDC. My EDC is based off of associated weather apparel & general place of travel.
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How many rds to break in a shield 9mm?
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The gun is either in good working condition or it's not... If it's not, send it back. I think breaking in a gun in is a myth. We're talking about a gun made to shoot 100,000+ rounds. If you could wear down the metal with a hundred rounds you purchased the wrong gun.

If you really must "break" in your gun fill it with glass beed media from a sand blaster and shoot 1,000 rounds. Then it may show some signs of wear and tear.

I was just kidding ^ Don't do that.

Make sure you can shoot it acuratly and that it works. When you feel you can bet your life on your shooting skills with your new gun then go ahead and carry the gun. Your really breaking yourself in... not the gun...

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Small metal burrs can cause problems, but can smooth off or break off rather quickly with use. Polymer burrs can do the same.

Also, just because a gun doesn't malfunction doesn't mean that it's not breaking in.
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My M&P 22 had some initial failure to feed, failure to eject and stove pipe issues in the first 100 rounds. Those were because I hadn't fully cleaned the gun, ammo selection and grip.

I learned those lessons and then bought my Shield .40. Cleaned it, proper grip and 100 rounds of NEW ammo through it without any problems.

Should be fine for you as well. Try it out before you start carrying.
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Most 1911s need a break in. M&P's, Glocks, Sigs, etc: shoot them. If you need to put a couple hundred rounds down range to build your confidence in the gun, so be it.


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