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Old 01-08-2010, 06:55 PM
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I just bought a SW40VE and first had the opportunity to fire it last night. The first shot of the clip fired, the empty was ejected, and a new round was chambered perfectly. However, when I pulled the trigger, nothing happened. I ejected the cartridge, and the gun fired properly, but again would not fire the second round. Anyone have any ideas what the problem may be and if there is an easy fix?
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what? fire, then no fire, fire, no fire, etc.? seating/mag issue. did you try the other clip that came with the gun? reload clip(s)? e-mail or call S&W warranty.
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what? fire, then no fire, fire, no fire, etc.? seating/mag issue. did you try the other clip that came with the gun? reload clip(s)? e-mail or call S&W warranty.
Tried both clips. Like I said, if I eject a round a chamber another manually, it will fire. I don't even hear the firing pin click when I pull the trigger. Leads me to believe that the firing pin is not resetting. Anyone else have any ideas?

BTW, already emailed Frank at the Texas repair center to ask what I need to do.
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Could be the trigger bar (linkage) not actuating or fully engaging the striker. Meaning an out of spec. part. Send it back to Smith.
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Did you buy your sigma New or Used? Sounds like your trigger bar is not reseting, make sure the bar is seated under the sear block pin, and the spring at the trigger assembly is providing an upward tension on the bar.
If the pistol is used then anything is possible.(backyard gunsmiths)
If the pistol is new then S&W should take care of it. I have not heard of any "bad eggs" lately though.
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Did you buy your sigma New or Used? Sounds like your trigger bar is not reseting, make sure the bar is seated under the sear block pin, and the spring at the trigger assembly is providing an upward tension on the bar.
If the pistol is used then anything is possible.(backyard gunsmiths)
If the pistol is new then S&W should take care of it. I have not heard of any "bad eggs" lately though.
Bought it new. Just disassembled the whole trigger mech and reassembled. I'll give it a shot tomorrow.
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Any other suggestions?
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Yes. Since the gun is new, S&W will without question fix it free and pay shipping both ways.
Either contact S&W or one of their service centers immediately. It is clearly a failure to reset.

By the way, you are using commercial ammunition aren't you? Wimp reloads will also cause a faiure to reset. Lack of lube on the rails can also cause problems.

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Thanks for the replies.
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I had a few light strikes in the first 100 rounds. Sent it back and has spit out 1500 rounds without a hiccup!
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I would clean and lube the gun according to the owners manual, get a different box of factory ammo and give it another try. If the problem still exists then a call to S&W and a pick up tag is in order.
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Sounds like it's doing what mine has at times..
The trigger gets to the rear of it's travel before the
striker is released. In the case of mine, I think part of
it was the razor sharp edge on the striker. It seemed to
keep it from releasing if you did a slow pull.
This will usually not happen with a "fast" pull if this is
the case. With mine, it's only when doing a slow pull.
What I tried is very slightly rounding the edge of the striker
so it wasn't so sharp. It seemed to help quite a bit.
Try slow and fast pulls.. I bet it almost never does it on a
fast pull. Thing is, I like to use a fairly slow even pull.. :/
Anyway, I think little striker/ seer polishing will likely cure
the problem. You might want to send it in if it keeps doing it.

BTW.. In the case of what mine is doing, it is not a reset
problem. When mine would do that, you could release the
trigger, and then try again with a fast pull and it would
fire no problem.
If it's doing what mine was doing, it gets right to the edge
of firing, but you run out of enough trigger range to the rear
to lower the seer over the edge of the striker, so to speak..
So it doesn't release the striker. But if you try again with a
fast pull, it will fire, as you are using more momentum to
get it to clear.
I imagine very slightly lowering the seer height would do the
same. IE: polishing it down a bit.. That would very slightly
lower the amount of trigger pull needed to release the striker.

Pardon my explanation.. I'm not really a gunsmith or even
play one on TV.. That's just the conclusion I came to when
mine was doing that. Slightly taking the sharp edge off the
striker seemed to do the trick in my case.

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