Racking it wrong?

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    Racking it wrong?

    I have a new S&W 915 (9mm, 15 rounds), and the theory is to:
    1. Insert a magazine;
    2. Rack the slide;
    3. Decock the hammer;
    4. Pop out the magazine;
    5. Add another cartridge to the magazine;
    6. Reinsert the magazine; and
    7. Ride off to protect the world (joke).

    Problem is, when I pop out the magazine, as often as not a loose cartridge falls out after the magazine is dropped, or the magazine is removed with the top cartidge about halfway slid forward. In use, the weapon performs flawlessly (though I only have a box or two through it).

    What am I doing wrong?

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    Same mag every time? Just a guess, sounds as if the mag lips may be worn or too wide. At any rate you should not be getting a loose round.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paymeister View Post
    Problem is, when I pop out the magazine, as often as not a loose cartridge falls out after the magazine is dropped, or the magazine is removed with the top cartidge about halfway slid forward.
    My CZ75 would do this all the time too. I'm not sure I figured out the cure. It was annoying because, when loaded at full 15+1, every time you'd do a chamber check, the top round in the mag got pulled a little more forward, and a time came when it ended up loose inside the gun.

    However one way around it: don't load the mag all the way and insert and rack. Load one round only, then insert and rack. Then remove now-empty mag and load all the way and insert.

    Even so, do a few chamber checks and then remove the mag to make sure the top round stays in place.

    Cheap insurance is get a new mag.

    If this is a CCW weapon, this must be understood and debugged before relying on it. If your gun gets a double feed after one round, it could be most unfortunate.

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    The next cartridge might be pushed slightly foward in the magazine, but it should not be loose. Unless the 915 has some weird quirk I dont know about.
    It sounds like a mag problem to me.
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    i had this problem for a little while. here was my solution
    i have 1 full mag, and 1 mag with only 1 round in it.
    insert 2nd mag, rack slide, eject, insert 1st mag, done
    no probs then.
    also saves you the hassle of reloading the last round if u have a tough mag spring

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    I wouldn't carry it with a problem that can cause a failure to feed. Change mags to start with to see if it goes away.
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