This is a discussion on Are there any Shield issues? within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by cj The two issues I've ever seen mentioned are magazines dropping in some of the .40 models during firing (although I believe ...
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My personal experience with the .40 Shield... First range trip, the 7 round magazine fell out every time the gun was fired... Sent back to S&W... Got it back last week with a new 7 round magazine... Back to the range this past weekend. The gun performed beautifully through 150 rounds with no more magazine problems. Only problem was the paint dot fell out of one side of the rear site. ARGHHH! Not a biggie but frustrating just the same. Still though, I found the gun to be accurate within my abilities and easy/comfortable to shoot. Will definately keep the gun just wish QC was a bit better.
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The right rear sight on mine lost its white dot. Looking on the S&W forum, this appears to be a fairly common problem, but is easily fixrd with a dab of white paint.
Other than that the only problem is that my wife wants mine.
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My SHIELD9 hasn't has a single issue. At this point nearing 1500 flawless round of various ammo, including reloads. S&W answered everything I wanted in this small package and I can't complain one bit. Finding the magazines for decent price is a different story. Only thing left on my wish list is a 12~15 round extended magazine I can carry in my pocket.
the only problem i have seen is I CANT FIND ONE!!!
The only problem with the Shield? It doesn't come in .45
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Personally love my 9 Shield. Could not imagine getting rid of it. In fact, I have another on order.
buut, after reading a few of the "solutions" posted by the Wags over there, I called Smith & Wesson on the phone.
A fine customer service representative named "Peter" had a new rear sight on the way to me before the call ended.
Kudos for S&W.
Again on the S&W forum, there is discussion about "Slide out of battery" condition. Simply put, if you ooch the slide back about 1/4" and gently let up the slide may not come back to battery. The issue here might be the mags, IDK. You won't feel a trace of it without a mag in the chute. With a loaded mag in place you can feel definite resistance. With a round in the chamber the resistance is even greater. The rather annoying buzz is that the slide may get ooched back somehow without your knowledge and fail to return to breech.
This has nothing to do with normal operation. It has to do with pulling a closed slide back just far enough to cock, and then letting go very, very slowly.
My first hand experience is that mine exhibits this to some degree more or less. I could reproduce it when new. I can't make it happen anymore. The return to breech is a little feckless maybe, but it returns every time.
There may be some replacement mags in the offing from S&W. It is nothing to me but I wouldn't mind an improvement.
Other than being unable to find a second one (Hubby shot mine today while we were at the range and wants one now--copy cat!)?
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Over 2K rounds through my Shield 9 so far. No issues, I'm just waiting for more night sight options to come out.
The first two range trips out with it I really put it through the ringer. It handled so nicely, concealed so well and shot so softly I figured there had to be an issue somewhere. If there is I still haven't found it.