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Old 05-12-2018, 01:54 PM
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I'm having a slight problem when putting the magazine in, I have to tap it several times before it sets right. Using the 7 round with 1 in the chamber. If I remove 1 from the magazine leaving only 6 rounds, it snaps in fine, but as soon as I put the 7 round in, it's hard to snap in. I just bought a new magazine thinking the older one was just having problems, but the new one does the same thing. Any suggestions?
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Old 05-12-2018, 01:58 PM
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They all do that ,give it a smack with palm of hand
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I'm having a slight problem when putting the magazine in, I have to tap it several times before it sets right. Using the 7 round with 1 in the chamber. If I remove 1 from the magazine leaving only 6 rounds, it snaps in fine, but as soon as I put the 7 round in, it's hard to snap in. I just bought a new magazine thinking the older one was just having problems, but the new one does the same thing. Any suggestions?


Lock the slide open before inserting the magazine. What you have isnít unusual.


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Old 05-12-2018, 02:38 PM
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Ok thanks guys. I was worried thinking that it might cause something bad when I went to shoot it.
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They all do that ,give it a smack with palm of hand
Yep. If you're trying to insert a fully loaded magazine with a round in the chamber, it will take extra force to seat the magazine. Smack it smartly with your palm. It may take a couple of tries.
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swsig has it right. In combat or under stress in a self defense situation donít baby that mag when inserting into pistol. You wonít hurt anything by putting it in hard.
When at the range or anytime you shoot you should get in the habit of doing it that way. Also, I rotate my mags every 6 months. JOMO after 50+ years of shooting.

P.S. You DONíT want to EVER have a partially seated mag when you NEED to use the gun in self defense!!!

Stay SAFE and shoot often!

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I'm having a slight problem when putting the magazine in, I have to tap it several times before it sets right. Using the 7 round with 1 in the chamber. If I remove 1 from the magazine leaving only 6 rounds, it snaps in fine, but as soon as I put the 7 round in, it's hard to snap in. I just bought a new magazine thinking the older one was just having problems, but the new one does the same thing. Any suggestions?
if it's a new gun or "newish" then yes, that's normal. What it is, is when the magazine is fully loaded the mag spring is compressed pretty much all the way and there's not much wiggle room left to compress it any further so when you insert a fully loaded mag with one in the chamber that xtra resistance you feel is the mag spring with maybe a hair of wiggle room left. lol

it'll get easier as you shoot the thing and the springs loosen up. give it time...
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Great, thanks guys. I was worried that there was something wrong with the mags. Then it happened to the new one, I thought I better ask a question on it. Now I feel better.
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I just bought my 9mm Shield last week. It does the same thing. I took it to the range Saturday. I just gave the full mag a little extra umph and it snapped in easily. It's something you'll get a feel for in time. With everything in place, the gun shoots real nice. I'm very happy with the purchase
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As you have probably noticed, the mag spring is tough. That's for positive feeding and timing that matches the slide spring. What is happening is that the top cartridge is pressing against the rib inside the slide that rakes the next round into the chamber as it slams forward. The fewer the rounds in the mag, the easier it is to push the mag home. It's just the mag spring tension and all advice above is good.
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I'm having a slight problem when putting the magazine in, I have to tap it several times before it sets right. Using the 7 round with 1 in the chamber...
One question: Are you breech-loading that first round by dropping it singly into the chamber, and then letting the slide slam into battery? If so, it may not be the best idea in the world, as it may/will damage or break the extractor on some semi-autos, 1911s, Browning HPs, Glocks, and others. I'm assuming that the same thing could happen with a Shield.

The best procedure is to chamber a round from the magazine then remove the mag for top-off, and, as everyone has advised, smack the mag back in making sure it locks into place.

Just a tip from that old uncle the family wouldn't tell you about.
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Give it a solid smack. I've taken to doing this all the time, but especially for defense guns. If you try to 'push' the mag into place until it locks, that ain't got it. Give it a smack. You'll be amazed how trouble will go away.
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Give it a solid smack. I've taken to doing this all the time, but especially for defense guns. If you try to 'push' the mag into place until it locks, that ain't got it. Give it a smack. You'll be amazed how trouble will go away.
This. I lost many seconds in an IDPA match this past weekend when I did not smack the magazine into the gun hard. I had pushed it in (what I thought was) hard, but in fact it hadn't gone fully into locked position. The mag catch spring tension held the mag so that it looked like it was seated, but it actually wasn't in far enough for the slide to pick up a round.

Lesson learned (I hope.)
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