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Old 09-22-2015, 04:15 PM
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I replaced my stock guide rod with a steel guide rod (17lbs.) and after the last shot on the first mag the slide didn't lock took the steel guide rod out put the plastic one back in and it locked on the last shot on only one of the mags. ***! how can i fix this issue?
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Old 09-22-2015, 07:35 PM
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Few things...
Is the guide rod brand new? It should require a break in period, but something to consider.

Hand position, your hand may have prevented the slide lock from engaging.

How many times did it happen with the steel guide rod?

Personally, after installing my 22lb guide rod in my SD40VE I racked the slide back over a hundred times and left it locked back for 24hrs.

One last thing, make sure the follower is making complete contact on the slide lock lever. A portion of the follower helps push the slide lock up in the lock position.
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Old 09-23-2015, 12:24 AM
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Clenceo,
thank you for the help. the slide is brand new I will lock it back asap.
I am left handed so that wasn't the issue. I did put an empty mag in and racked the slide back several times and it locked. it happened every time i fired the weapon.
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Old 09-23-2015, 02:01 AM
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I'm a lefty too. I had to get used to adjusting my trigger finger so that it wouldn't bind up the slide lock. Just to clarify...On your first post, you stated that after the last shot (first magazine) the slide didn't lock back. Then you installed the plastic guide rod and it locked back after last round. (different magazine)
Second post you at the end seems like you're stating its locking back after each time you fired the weapon.

Per your first post: if its not locking back after the last round, it can be hand position. Try shooting right handed unsupported if you feel comfortable. If it doesn't lock back after last round, take the slide off, insert an empty magazine and check if the magazine follower pushes the tang on the slide lock up. Insure that there is adequate contact. (see picture: tang/follower portion is circled in red, it's an M&P. Almost identical design)

If its locking back after every shot, again use your right hand unsupported. Your left knuckle may be pushing the slide lock up causing your issue. Also pull up on the slide lock (slide off) it should snap back down with some force.

Hope this helps.
(keep offending magazine separate to help with the diagnosis)
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Old 09-23-2015, 03:13 PM
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Ok I will do that as soon as I finish the 24hr. break in with the new guide rod spring assembly(tonite) and I will go through the steps you suggested.
I will give an update as soon as I finish the tests.
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Old 09-23-2015, 10:05 PM
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You can also check the contact of the magazine follower to the slide release first. If all checks out, install the slide and lock it back.
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Few things...
Is the guide rod brand new? It should require a break in period, but something to consider.......I racked the slide back over a hundred times and left it locked back for 24hrs.
I've dealt with several SD9VEs. I've learned to leave the slide locked back for an entire WEEK. They suddenly become super-reliable after that.
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Ok that's what's next for me! I'm gonna go rack and lock then go to the range next week!
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And yeah it is a new guide rod/spring assembly.
from Galloway.(17lbs.)
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I bought my first S&W and it was a SD9VE, I am used to Beretta and bought a Glock last year and was very happy with it. Bought the SD9VE because it was so similar. It was brand new and took it to the gun range later that week. It constantly jammed getting 1 to 7 shots off between jams. I used different ammo manufactures with same results. I registered the gun with S&W around 5 days after purchase. Sent now 3 requests to S&W to advise me of what to do. I have gotten no response back. What do I do? Plus who do you start a new forum, I could only reply to one.
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Nick:
I suggest you Call CS. Sending an email is almost mute & void! They are quite busy and I don't think they have the time to answer every email.
If you talk to a representative I think they will take care of you. Their CS is excellent!

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Compressing a spring does not "break in" the spring. Repetitive compression and de-compression is what needs to happen. I would shoot it to work that spring.

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Were you having problems with the stock spring and guide rod?

You are aware that Smith and Wesson take it upon themselves to give you a lifetime warranty on your gun right? If you are using factory ammo and just plain wear out the gun, they'll replace any part that wears out or breaks. Don't change parts as a preventative measure. Shoot the heck out of that gun and if something wears out or breaks because the guide rod or spring was too weak, S&W will replace it.

The SD9VE is made for any type of 9mm ammo within SAAMI specs so you don't have to worry about shooting 115g or 124g. Have fun with the gun and don't overthink it.

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Old 10-28-2015, 07:05 PM
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I hear what you're saying, but being under warranty doesn't make it the best shooter for me. I've had ejections that I felt were too soft, and racking jams. Trying to figure out a good combo of round, spring, etc. I'll stop changing when I get what I want.

I appreciate your trying to save me money, or whatever. But, what do you care what others spend on their guns, really. I mean really?
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Whatever floats your boat. Your money, your choice.

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I bought a 20 lb stainless spring, because the stock spring seems to be for 115 gr rounds. I also got Talon grips, which I LOVE. And, my new break down lever is the bomb. Thanks for letting us novices participate.
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I've had ejections that I felt were too soft, and racking jams.
If you are having soft ejections, you go to a weaker spring, not stronger. If you are getting racking jams, something else is wrong like limp wristing. Try shooting with a "death grip" resting on sand bags. I know that is not realistic but it will tell you whether or not a stiff grip makes a difference. Watch videos of experienced shooters and see how much the gun jumps when they shoot.

I admit I can't control a gun that well myself, but a lot of times people feel insulted of their strength when they are asked whether or not they are limp wristing their gun. It's not a matter of outright strength, it's a matter of technique. Sort of like why a skinny little girl can water ski while a big football player can never get up out of the water onto the skis.

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Put a small dab of silicone caulk on the top of the magazine follower, where it catches the slide stop. It's not pushing it up and enough to catch the slide well. May have to reapply every so often.

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