A thanks to Smith and Wesson
Not sure which forum to put this in, but it is a kind of general topic so here seems like a good spot. At The Ohio State University, we have a pistol club, we get together once a week and fire .22's (S&W 41's and Ruger Mark II's) in the basement of the ROTC building on a 50 foot range. Not the best, but for people who can't have guns on campus or drive to the range everyweek, some practice with a weapon is better than no practice. Anyways, I'm one of the officers for the club and frequently serve as a range officer. One Thursday evening last year, I released the slide on a 41 down onto the first round in a magazine, and to my amazement the gun went off. Finger was off the trigger, the weapon had slamfired, thankfully it was pointed downrange, so aside from my pride nothing was hurt. Even though nobody noticed, it was still rather embarrassing to me, so immediately I red flagged the gun, and made sure I didn't hand it out to anyone else for the next couple weeks (I'da hated to give that to a new shooter and have it slamfire on them). Apparently it had also happened a week or two before and no one bothered to red flag it, but it was mentioned to us after I did
The truth is our guns get shot a lot, and don't get as much love as they need. They get cleaned about once a quarter, so 3-4 times a year, and most have at least 100 rounds shot a week. We don't really get money from the school, and most of the weapons have been around a while. Anyways, over the summer the club's President and Vice-President got a hold of Smith and Wesson, who not only took all of our Model 41's and cleaned and did any other repairs neccessary for any of the weapons. They also donated several sets of eyes and ears for us to use, as well as giving us cleaning supplies.
I know Smith has a lifetime warranty policy, but I'm not even sure who the origional purchaser on our weapons was, and they made sure to get them all back to us as soon as they could before school starts, plus all the free gear, which helps to keep membership fees down. I have since shot the slamfire 41 (its one of our two short barrelled ones that is supposed to be a 1911 trainer, and those are the ones I try to get), and it functions much better than it did before we sent it back. Just thought I'd share my appreciation for S&W with the rest of you, because good actions, just like bad, deserve to be known, and usually aren't.