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Old 03-22-2013, 01:59 PM
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Picked up a new SD9VE, took the mother in law out to shoot it. We only put about 70 rounds through it. I'm hoping the issues clear up after a couple hundred rounds.
Are these common problems during break on with this model?

Had 3-4 failure to feeds.

About the same number of stove pipes, that may have been mil limp wristing though.

Pistol not going to slide lock after last round, but does when pulled back manually.

And the empty brass comes straight back, lands on right arm, chest, face and a couple went in the hood of the sweatshirt.

Other than that, fires real nice, just hoping these are break in issues.

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Old 03-22-2013, 02:15 PM
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work on your grip, also some ammo has issue in mine drippling out as opposed to flying out a few feet. did you take the magazine apart and clean them? Some guns require trial and error good luck to ya
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Old 03-22-2013, 02:18 PM
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I can't really speak to any of the things you mentioned because I have approx 650 flawless rounds through my SD9 VE.

In regards to the FTF and stove pipe issues, I have read on this forum that a lot of that is probably due directly to the ammo you're using.

Again, I can't speak to it directly because I have fed my pistol a variety of ammo and it's eaten it all.

Good luck with the issues moving forward.
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Old 03-22-2013, 02:19 PM
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Most of those issues can be attributed to the type of ammo you're using. You can polish your feed ramp to cut down on feed issues. Also, take a look at the profile of the ammo you're using. Different ammo, different shapes. Stove pipes can either be limp-wristing or underpowered ammo. This also can cause feeding failures since the slide may not go back far enough to catch the next round. Slide lock on last, again, limp-wristing or underpowered ammo. For ejection issues, it could be your ejector, take a look at it and see if it's loose or positioned wrong. Also can be attributed to limp-wristing. Make sure you clean and lube the gun properly.

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Old 03-22-2013, 02:21 PM
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Used 2 different brands of FMJ, did strip it down and lube before shooting it.
The empty brass went the same places for both of us.

Didn't do anything to mags besides load them, the springs are stiff in them!
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Old 03-22-2013, 02:25 PM
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Most of the ammo used today was freedom munitions, I'll strip it down to clean and lube well and try again with just winchester white box. I have used the freedom munitions in my 39-2 with zero problems, but some guns are picky than others
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Old 03-22-2013, 06:34 PM
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Mine loves Freedom Munitions, but do not even get close with PMC.
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Old 03-22-2013, 08:42 PM
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Most of the ammo used today was freedom munitions, I'll strip it down to clean and lube well and try again with just winchester white box. I have used the freedom munitions in my 39-2 with zero problems, but some guns are picky than others
My guess the 39-2 doesn't have as stiff a recoil spring as the SD making extraction and ejection easier.

My SD9VE was flawless so I would expect yours will be too.

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Old 03-23-2013, 11:41 AM
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FTF and Stove piping first 50 - 75 rounds through my SD9VE, then I read the limp wristing etc.. comments here and have put ~400 rounds through it with no FTF or stove piping. My wife ~300 rounds same results.. Great firearm!!! White box, Remington and Magtech...
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Old 03-23-2013, 12:52 PM
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Picked up a new SD9VE, took the mother in law out to shoot it.
I have all sorts of malfunctions around my mother-in-law too...


J/K....it sounds like it may be limp-wristing, as has been mentioned. These guns seem to be solid shooters, with problems rarely being reported. Next time you go to the range, try a variety of ammo and check your grip...if the problems continue, ask the RO or another shooter to try the gun, and see if they have the same issues. If so, a trip to S&W may be necessary.
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Old 03-23-2013, 05:36 PM
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Just got a new SD9VE and had same problems with it. So now I have 2 stinker Smiths:

Bought one of the original SD9s

But the Sigma, Shield & M&P have been excellent, so guess good with bad...
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I have not had any problems with my SD9VE

I've owned it about 6 months and have only put 100 + rounds through it.

But not one problems.

I've started carrying it as my truck gun.

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Just received my new sd9ve. On vacation this week. Plan to goth range and try it out.
Question. Is it proper to release the slide with thumb release and let it slam or is it better to ease it forward?
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Old 03-29-2013, 08:35 AM
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just pull back and let go! Don't use the slide stop to release the slide it could cause problems down the road with the slide not locking back on a empty mag.
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Old 03-29-2013, 10:41 AM
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Just received my new sd9ve. On vacation this week. Plan to goth range and try it out.
Question. Is it proper to release the slide with thumb release and let it slam or is it better to ease it forward?
You do not want to ease the slide forward. Always slingshot it, otherwise you may have feed/battery issues.

As for using the slide lock lever as a release, I've never seen or heard of anyone who has had problems due to that. It's perfectly fine. It may cause a minor bit of wear on the actual stop where it contacts the slide, but that wouldn't prevent it from stopping the slide after the last round.
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Thank you for the info. Just didn't want to damage it
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Old 03-30-2013, 01:00 AM
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From what I understand on other semi autos, do let it slam on/to a loaded chamber. Don't use the slide release on an empty chamber, this may not affect poly frames though.?
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From what I understand on other semi autos, do let it slam on/to a loaded chamber. Don't use the slide release on an empty chamber, this may not affect poly frames though.?
Every time you shoot the gun it drops closed under spring power.
At the end of every stage, all competitors drop the slide and snap the gun to prove it is empty.
After they get broken in so the slide catch releases easily, most just punch it, snap it, and holster.
At a typical sanctioned match, around 20,000 rounds of ammo are fired by 150 competitors.
Of course they bought the guns to shoot, not for display pieces.
I don't get the worry about damaging or wearing out a gun by using it for the designed purpose. Buy 2 identical guns: one to use and one to look at that will always look new.

All the problems described in the original post are typical of new shooters who do not know how to hold a gun. Taught a beginning handgun class yesterday with two students who caused all of these malfunctions in my loaner gun. Had the whole class try the same guns to prove it was simply operator error after they kept insisting they needed " a gun that worked!!" Worked fine for everybody else. After listening to the coaching, the two students found the "guns suddenly got better."
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Ejection issues same as you. Called S&W, they're sending me shipping with insurance and was told the casings shouldn't be flying straight back at my face. I have burns from this and not a happy camper. Aside from that pistol fired consistently, easy to handle and was accurate. I still love my beretta 92A1.
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Old 07-12-2013, 10:54 AM
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My non-ve SD9 has been generally reliable, but with two major exceptions. I tried a box of Dynamic Research frangible ammo. It would not run the stuff, even after the gun was broken in.

Second, if I load the magazines with 16, and put one in the pipe, I tend to get jams after the first and second shots from each mag.

If I just put 15 in, I have used many different brands of fmj ammo, and it is extremely reliable.

As for the brass ejecting straight back, could that be an ejector issue?
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As for the brass ejecting straight back, could that be an ejector issue?
More than likely it's your extractor that needs to be adjusted.
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I can't really speak to any of the things you mentioned because I have approx 650 flawless rounds through my SD9 VE.

In regards to the FTF and stove pipe issues, I have read on this forum that a lot of that is probably due directly to the ammo you're using.

Again, I can't speak to it directly because I have fed my pistol a variety of ammo and it's eaten it all.

Good luck with the issues moving forward.
I use only Federal 115 grain...no problems...I love it...
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