Student gave me a gun Saturday.

Student gave me a gun Saturday.

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    Student gave me a gun Saturday.

    I had a pretty big class on Saturday for a church. There were 28 people of all age ranges and abilities, that turned out to be a pretty good group of folks.

    Anyway one of the students, an older gentleman ended up giving me a S&W gun during the range portion of the class.

    Now before any of you get too excited, it was a S&W SW9M, and the reason he dumped it is because the gun wouldn't shoot. I mean wouldn't shoot at all. I didn't spend any time trying to figure it out due to time constraints, I simply told the wife to go get a 9mm and magazine out of the range bag for him to use.

    So, now that you all are deflated, what should I do with the gun. Should I even attempt to try to take it apart and find out what is up with it, or simply turn it into scrap metal. I have no desire for this gun, even if it does have a S&W mark on it. (BTW, not bashing S&W, just this particular model gun).

    If I took the time to figure it out, I guess I could give it to someone I didn't really like a whole lot that needed at least some sort of gun.

    I could try to mount sights on the side of the slide since it is lacking sights on the top of the slide for the most part, then I could practice my gangster shooting.

    I could make a setup like Mythbusters use to fire it from a distance and load it with progressively stronger loads to find out exactly how much it takes to give it a complete and total failure.

    What would you do with it?
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    If I was you - I would give it to me......... I'd love to have it...

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    I would take it apart and see if I could fix it or just use as a learning experience for a complete tear down rebuild. If by chance you could figure it out I would return to the guy.
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    Disassemble it!

    See what's wrong. Broken firing pin? Etc?

    It's definitely worth using as a learning tool and then, like someone else, said, return it to the guy that gave it to you if it's not some huge expense to fix. What better way to show someone what the community of owners is REALLY like?

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    If you can't fix it - you could make it permanently unusable and use it as a demo gun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BurgerBoy View Post
    If I was you - I would give it to me......... I'd love to have it...

    Burgerboy beat me to it!!
    But if he passes.......I'm a hoarder! I'll find a good warm spot for it.. Heck, I'd even carry it!
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    Take it apart but if I recall don't take out the pin over the trigger, just the one to the rear.
    Also why not ship it S&W? I know its probably not worth the shipping.

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    Like already mentioned...see what's involved in fixing it. It would be a nice gesture to return it to the gentleman.
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    OK I will admit it. I have one ( in .380 ) that I purchased as a bug. Probably the last gun out of my safe that I would grab.
    It does have some good advantages, simple just point and pull trigger. Small conceals any where. I believe it has a very short use or life span, I think 2,000-3,000 useable life. So its a disposable item. Use it junk it. That one probably has 2001 shots thru it. Mine has 300 rounds thru it and I can't say I would trust my life to it but I don't carry .380 any more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thunder71 View Post
    If you can't fix it - you could make it permanently unusable and use it as a demo gun.
    +1

    OP is an instructor, right? Take it apart, remove the firing pin, and paint the whole thing orange. Buy a magazines worth supply of snap caps; boom, you've got a great dummy gun for your students that isn't just a plastic mock-up. The can actually work the slide, draw, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Romans5.8 View Post
    +1

    OP is an instructor, right? Take it apart, remove the firing pin, and paint the whole thing orange. Buy a magazines worth supply of snap caps; boom, you've got a great dummy gun for your students that isn't just a plastic mock-up. The can actually work the slide, draw, etc.
    That is a good idea. Some of those non working all rubber blue guns can cost a pretty penny. With this you can say "Got it, got it cheap."
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    Hey BurgerBoy that was my line dang it
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    can I get in line?
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    I'd have my local gunsmith take a peek at it. Might be a cheap fix. I know my guy wouldn't charge me to take a look. That's another reason to take good care of your LOCAL shop

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    I would contact Smith and Wesson and send it for service. Or, even better, find the original purchaser and have him send it, because the warranty technically applies only to him. But it might not matter, because likely Smith just wants these to go away and will gladly dispose of it once it gets there; I've found a few stories where people claimed that they sent such guns for service and Smith replaced them with a new gun, an SD9VE or even a Shield. Either of which would be a vast, vast improvement.
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