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Old 03-19-2017, 08:31 PM
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I bought a new Shield custom shop 9mm yesterday. Today I took it out to fire a few rounds. The first round fired hit the target a coke bottle at 10 yards. However I had a major problem. The spent shell ejected but the slide locked back and I mean locked it is immovable. The slide release does nothing. I am an experienced shooter do not limp wrist I am left handed so do not ride the slide stop. I plan on calling S&W in the morning but any ideas?
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Old 03-19-2017, 08:38 PM
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Some people have that issue, it look like there is a spot on the barrel that catches on the slide. The best solution is to call S&W.
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Old 03-19-2017, 09:05 PM
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With such an immediate problem returning it to your dealer or to S&W directly makes sense. It is a warranty issue.

However, since you asked, it seems you may be willing to fix it yourself if it is simple and quick. Without knowing more, I'd guess you can.

The Search function on these boards sucks, making it hard to easily find similar threads that already cover almost every topic/problem.

From just within the past week on your same experience:
New 9mm M&P Shield - slide getting jammed back.

Shield slide sticking back

In short, there may be a lack of clearance between the sides of the barrel immediately in front the square chamber and the corresponding area in the front slide barrel hole when the slide is back contacting the breech.

Get it unstuck by covering a piece of wood with a couple of rags and while holding the gun vertically, barrel down, gently tapping the muzzle on the wood until the slide releases and comes forward.

Then remove the barrel from the slide. Remove a little material from each side of the barrel. Do not relieve the slide hole. Reassemble with a little grease. Rack your slide hard. If it doesn't stick, shoot it.

If the problem is not resolved, there is a different problem. Send it back. Your minor effort on the barrel area should not interfere with your warranty claim.

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I had that problem the first time I shot my shield. I was totally bummed and started doing research on here. I referenced the thread that Shield9mm mentioned, but also saw some who had success with a good, thorough cleaning.

I field stripped mine, and cleaned it within an inch of it's life. After I've taken it to the range 3 more times and put about 400 more rounds through it. No issues at all since.

I also found that certain types of ammo would cause some FTE's or jam ups...seems like the 124 gr or higher shoots like a dream but it's hit and miss with 115 target rounds.

Not sure if this helps at all, but that's been my experience.
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I have sent it back to S&W. After researching on this and other sites it appears this is a common and ongoing problem. Shame on S&W for continuing to ship pistols with this issue. They know there is a problem but continue to compound it especially from the Performance Shop. It should be called the schlock shop.

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