S&W 40 Cal Shield problem
I have about 400 rds thru mine so far. It shoot everything I can load into the 2 factory mags without a problem, However The sights are way off. First run of shot were 4 inches left and 5 inches low. I drifted the front sight over some, about to the limit and it still shoots 2 inches off center and low on the paper at 15 yards. I have tried every load from 180 gr to 130 gr loades, reloads and new same deal. I have noticed and it seems maybe linked to the sights being so far off, the brass head area is really beaten up, even factory new stuff. Like some one hit it with a claw hammer or repeated reloaded ammo. The breach face seems smooth enough, the barrel threat as well. I am an avcid shooter and I can keep most of my guns on the center mark without a problem. Even had a range guy put it in a ransom rest, same deal low to the left even with the front sight driven to the extreme? Groups are also about 3 inches at 15 yards as well. My Glock 27 will just about shoot one hole through the other, same deal with my Kar PM40. I have started the process to send it back to Smith for a fix. I will post the results when it comes back, if they tell me what caused the problem. Oh and by the way a friend has a 9mm shield, it shoot awsum right out of the box, right on the money? Never had any problems with S&W guns. But this one just seems like it was made on a saturday night or something. Any suggestions before I send it off would be swell. Thansk everyone for this great forum! XGUNNR
M&P Shield 40 -- New Gun, New Problem...
I love my Shield 40! Got about 300 rounds through it now and no problems. Third mag through the gun was the 7 rounder and I thought I had a drop issue after the first round. But after some investigation I found my left hand was gripping to tight over my right hand and activated the mag release mid cycle. I know this because I recreated the issue. I have since adjusted my grip and grip location and no issues since.
I as well noticed my shots were landing low and to the left, but I hadn't fired a gun in a while and chalked it up to handling issues. I will focus on dialing it in next trip. My friends 40 shield and his wife's 9 shield fire on target. Maybe I'll have him shoot mine since he is a competition shooter he may have different results.