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Old 12-28-2019, 11:56 PM
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I purchased a Shield 9EZ today and when getting it home the first thing i did was sit down to get accustomed to it. When attempting to disassemble it I locked the slide back, checked the chamber and removed the mag, rotated the take down lever, release the slide, pulled the trigger.

This is where I messed up. The slide moved forward 1/8 inch and locked. The slide wont go forward or back it this point.

After reading the instructions (crazy right) I think I was holding onto the grip safety during this process.

When I try to move the slide I can see the grip lock move slightly as the slide moves slightly but nothing moves more than slightly.

I cant find anything that shows how to release the slide in this case so does anyone have any information on this?

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Old 12-29-2019, 12:35 PM
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Don't pull the trigger, try and pull the slide back to cock the gun then try it again.
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Old 12-29-2019, 02:54 PM
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Don't pull the trigger, try and pull the slide back to cock the gun then try it again.
The OP has tried every thing he knows? he's thinking he's got the grip safety mechanism bound up blocking the slide, and locking it up?

Any more info OP, how about some pictures, I'm not familiar with the mechanics of the EZ??
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Old 12-29-2019, 03:37 PM
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Default Early Shields did something similar.

The recoil spring liked to jump beyond where they were seated against barrel lug. Mine did it, the factory fixed it so that wouldn't happen. But I think the slide came forward more and left the guide rod sticking out an inch or so.
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Old 12-29-2019, 03:49 PM
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If the slide only moved 1/8" then the grip safety is not holding it, it would have to moved more like an inch. He said he pulled the trigger, well on mine the trigger will not fall with the slide in that position, it has to be almost all the way off before the trigger will fall. Something else has to be wrong.
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Here is a picture of the slide forward and the grip lock in. The slide will not move either way.
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Manual says thumb safety should be on before disassembly. Will the thumb safety go on with hammer in fired position? P31 of manual shows hammer in fired position: I suspect this will block you from moving slide forward off of frame. This means only direction for slide to go is backwards. Thumb safety on, grip safety disengaged.....hand off of grip safety, jiggle slide backwards. Do you get any movement?

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He is correct, if the hammer is in the fired position the slide will not come off until it is cocked. Did you hear the hammer fall when you pulled the trigger. It should have not fallen if everything was correct. Mine dd not have the safety so I can not try to get your results. Safety of not it should not have been able to fire.
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Success at last!!
With enough fidgeting and wiggling i got the grip safety to disengage and the slide to move correctly.

Lesson learned: KEEP YOUR HAND OFF THE GRIP SAFETY WHEN DISASSEMBLING!!

Thanks everyone for their help.
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... Lesson learned: KEEP YOUR HAND OFF THE GRIP SAFETY WHEN DISASSEMBLING!! ...
... and read the manual prior to operating your firearm.

Smith & Wesson shouldn't design a firearm that "locks up" just because you have a safety engaged ... bad design S&W ! ! !
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... and read the manual prior to operating your firearm.

Smith & Wesson shouldn't design a firearm that "locks up" just because you have a safety engaged ... bad design S&W ! ! !

While it would be nice to live in a perfect "EZ" world, manufacturing shouldn't be asked to "Idiot proof" everything because it would only help people become better Idiots. No offense intended to anyone in this thread.
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Old 12-30-2019, 04:24 PM
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Interestingly, you can find yourself in the same predicament on any 1911 that uses the Swartz type firing pin safety that is activated by the grip safety. Don't ask how I found that out.
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I donít think the pulling of the tigger is needed with the EZ to remove the slide.


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I donít think the pulling of the tigger is needed with the EZ to remove the slide.


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If it works the same as a 380EZ then you definitely DON'T want to pull the trigger. It's an internal hammer gun, not striker fired.
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Success at last!!
With enough fidgeting and wiggling i got the grip safety to disengage and the slide to move correctly.

Lesson learned: KEEP YOUR HAND OFF THE GRIP SAFETY WHEN DISASSEMBLING!!

Thanks everyone for their help.
I have this exact same problem. The grip safety is engaged. What was the trick to fix this issue?
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ALWAYS ALWAYS !!
Read the owners manual. Gun,chainsaw,lawnmower,computer etc.. Just Sayin.
It took my son 30 years to figure that one out.
I’ve had a few OH S—T ! moments in my life also as I’m sure most of us have.
Glad you got your issue resolved!

Be SAFE and Shoot Often!

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I have this exact same problem. The grip safety is engaged. What was the trick to fix this issue?
I too have the same issue. Any assistance from the forum would be greatly appreciated.
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The manual warns against pulling the trigger when trying to take the EZ 9 apart.

When reassembling it you are not supposed to depress the grip safety.

Glad you got it back together. Next time RTFM first.
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Thanks for reminding us to read the manual again...
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If your slide got stuck, you have to give it a hard smack to dislodge the slide from the grip safety. Which is usually the last thing I want to be doing with any firearm. But, that's what my guy at the gun shop did to get it loose when showing me a demo model.

The same thing will happen when putting the slide back ON, if you depress the grip safety. Not just taking it off.

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