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Old 01-06-2017, 06:26 PM
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I bought a .45 Shield about 2 months ago and am delighted with the handling, trigger, grips, and accuracy. However, I've had a recurrent malfunction about every 20 rounds. About 3-4 rounds into the magazine the slide gets stuck without actually being locked back. If I drop the magazine, the slide goes forward. If I rack the slide the short distance left, the round feeds but sometimes jams at a 45 degree angle. This problem is independent of ammo type or magazine.

Any thoughts? I have not yet called S&W hoping that this would be a break-in problem, but it happened today and round count is above 300.
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Anyone have this problem or have any thoughts?

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Since it is brand new.......If there are no concerns about ammunition, (does this with factory ball ammo) proper grip,( or somehow impeding the slide with your grip) cleanliness and/or adequate lubrication, I would give S&W Customer Service a call. 1-800-331-0852
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Proper lubrication? A new pistol, shooting quality ammo should not have such issues. If application of a decent oil doesn't solve the problem, you might try light white grease on the bearing surfaces, if that doesn't work, then a call to S&W Customer Service is probably in order.

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Mine did that, S&W fixed it in 3 week turnaround. Call S&W and get a return label by email to send your Shield to them for repair. Put a note in the box explaining the problem as you have written here.
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Just got mine back from S&W for the second time for a similar problem- mine would lock back on a partially full magazine on a regular basis. Only difference was my slide actually locked back, not stick back. First time they replaced the slide lock which didn't help at all and the second time they replaced the locking block which appears to have cured the problem. Just put around 150 rounds through it at the range with only one early on lock back and no further issues. Will need to put another 100-200 rounds through it before I consider it reliable for carry.
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Old 01-08-2017, 04:25 PM
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Thanks for your replies. This is not a lubrication or "limp wrist" problem. I'll call S&W tomorrow; it sounds like I'm not the only one to have this issue.
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I bought a .45 Shield about 2 months ago and am delighted with the handling, trigger, grips, and accuracy. However, I've had a recurrent malfunction about every 20 rounds. About 3-4 rounds into the magazine the slide gets stuck without actually being locked back. If I drop the magazine, the slide goes forward. If I rack the slide the short distance left, the round feeds but sometimes jams at a 45 degree angle. This problem is independent of ammo type or magazine.

Any thoughts? I have not yet called S&W hoping that this would be a break-in problem, but it happened today and round count is above 300.
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Thanks for your replies. This is not a lubrication or "limp wrist" problem. I'll call S&W tomorrow; it sounds like I'm not the only one to have this issue.
Contacting S&W is probably the best course of action, so please keep that in mind if you read the rest of my post.

I had multiple malfunctions as you describe with my 45 Shield. What I found was the round that caused the stoppage had nose dived enough that it was getting caught under a ledge on the locking block. Here's a photo that shows where the ledge is located (unfortunately, the photo does not show how substantial the ledge is):

I didn't feel like sending my pistol back (it had already been back for about 4 weeks to fix an out of the box cosmetic issue), so I just modified my locking block and I've not had a re-occurrence of the stoppage.
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