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    I backed away at the last minute from the .380 EZ when I read on the S&W forum how they were having many stovepipe the last round in the mag. They were talking magazines, but many had tried that with no success. It's a great concept if they can get this to work.
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    +2 on what Griz said -- I was gonna get one for my wife, but backed out for the same reasons.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Old Man View Post
    James, maybe they will send you something extra like an extra mag or gift certificate when they ship it back? Trying to think positive amidst the aggravation of sending a new firearm back to the manufacture!
    It would be nice. I think S&W will get it sorted as they have always been pretty good. Just hoping the fix doesn't involve a much heaver recoil spring.
    Seems thats the weak link but will see.
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    I had a friend who got the ez 380 and that thing was great, no problems what so ever so thats why I jumped the gun and got her the 9mm.
    Ether way you got to give props to S&W for trying to address the problem with shooters having a hard time working the slides. It has become diffident for my wife since all the chemo. BTW she is doing chemo again.
    She used to could run what ever you handed her just fine and would even shoot my 44mag and 45 colt with monster loads lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grizzly2 View Post
    I backed away at the last minute from the .380 EZ when I read on the S&W forum how they were having many stovepipe the last round in the mag. They were talking magazines, but many had tried that with no success. It's a great concept if they can get this to work.
    I have two .380 EZ's and neither exhibit this behavior.
    Me: "..and that brings us back to the age old question, how much ammo should you carry or how much is enough, doesn't it? Lol "
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    The age old questions answer is carry more, not less. For if more isn't enough, less surely won't be. lol"

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    Quote Originally Posted by halem1 View Post
    I have two .380 EZ's and neither exhibit this behavior.
    My friends ez 380 works great

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    I'm very glad that many do and I'm sure that even the majority do. There were just too many citing problems for me to take the gamble right now. Just like the new Python. Maybe it has problems and maybe not, but there are over 134 pages of discussion over on the Colt forum about a few issues with it. I like to wait until all the bugs are worked out before I buy something. I hope Mr. Nelson's comes back working perfectly and is a blessing for his wife who now needs just such a firearm as the EZ. Prayers for her healing and recovery are also needed and will be prayed for.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grizzly2 View Post
    I'm very glad that many do and I'm sure that even the majority do. There were just too many citing problems for me to take the gamble right now. Just like the new Python. Maybe it has problems and maybe not, but there are over 134 pages of discussion over on the Colt forum about a few issues with it. I like to wait until all the bugs are worked out before I buy something. I hope Mr. Nelson's comes back working perfectly and is a blessing for his wife who now needs just such a firearm as the EZ. Prayers for her healing and recovery are also needed and will be prayed for.
    Thank you sir and God bless you

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    Well it should arrive at S&W tomorrow.


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    I didn't have problems with my EZ .380 through several hundred rounds - until 2 times ago at the range and the the last round in one (out of 6) magazines stovepiped. Came home and gave the magazines a good cleaning, especially the followers. Next time, no problems. Then the next time I had stovepipes from two of the magazines. Turns out that my nearest and dearest had helped me by loading my magazines but put only 7 rounds in each one instead of 8. SO this time I asked him to make sure that each mag had 8 rounds. And guess what? No malfunctions.

    I always clean my guns if they look even a little bit dirty, but the past have not cleaned my magazines very often (if ever). I got so totally spoiled shooting my Glock 9mm's, which rarely needed to be cleaned and had magazines that literally never, ever got dirty even after years of serious shooting and being dropped on cement, gravel, dirt, etc.

    But I absolutely cannot shoot double stack guns anymore and don't dare try to shoot any caliber higher than .380 if I want to keep what ability I have left in my left hand. The right hand got "retired" as my strong shooting hand 2 or 3 years ago but does OK as a support hand. Yes, I wear very good, substantial shooting gloves: PIG brand.

    The old stuff ain't fun.

    I currently have a younger friend (she's not quite 70 yet) who wisely chose a S&W .22 compact for her first gun. She will be getting ready to move up in caliber sometime and is doing OK now with recoil when she shoots my various .380's. She thinks she wants to buy a 9mm and I really would like her to try the EZ in 9mm IF it works reliably for most people. Fortunately she is in no hurry. She is not thinking in terms of self defense (yet). She just "likes to shoot!"
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    Quote Originally Posted by ShooterGranny View Post
    I didn't have problems with my EZ .380 through several hundred rounds - until 2 times ago at the range and the the last round in one (out of 6) magazines stovepiped. Came home and gave the magazines a good cleaning, especially the followers. Next time, no problems. Then the next time I had stovepipes from two of the magazines. Turns out that my nearest and dearest had helped me by loading my magazines but put only 7 rounds in each one instead of 8. SO this time I asked him to make sure that each mag had 8 rounds. And guess what? No malfunctions.

    I always clean my guns if they look even a little bit dirty, but the past have not cleaned my magazines very often (if ever). I got so totally spoiled shooting my Glock 9mm's, which rarely needed to be cleaned and had magazines that literally never, ever got dirty even after years of serious shooting and being dropped on cement, gravel, dirt, etc.

    But I absolutely cannot shoot double stack guns anymore and don't dare try to shoot any caliber higher than .380 if I want to keep what ability I have left in my left hand. The right hand got "retired" as my strong shooting hand 2 or 3 years ago but does OK as a support hand. Yes, I wear very good, substantial shooting gloves: PIG brand.

    The old stuff ain't fun.
    I hope they get it fixed and back soon.

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    Keep us posted. I think as a rule we should wait longer to buy new firearms, especially non Glocks. I waited over a year to buy a P365 when the bugs seemed to be ironed out. No issues. The EZ is a great concept, S&W should take care of you.

    Best of luck to your wife, I'm not religious but I am thinking about her and wishing her a speedy recovery.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bm303 View Post
    Keep us posted. I think as a rule we should wait longer to buy new firearms, especially non Glocks. I waited over a year to buy a P365 when the bugs seemed to be ironed out. No issues. The EZ is a great concept, S&W should take care of you.

    Best of luck to your wife, I'm not religious but I am thinking about her and wishing her a speedy recovery.
    Thank you and I sure will

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    Ok I got the gun back from s&w and was very disappointing, they had a list of things they "repaired" including polishing the feed ramp. I could catch a finger nail on the feed ramp with this freshly polished feed ramp. The gun did the same exact thing as before- would fail to eve strip a round from the magazine.
    I figured since they didn't wouldn't or couldn't fix it the firt time around then I wasn't sending it a second time so I worked on it my self.
    The gun absolutely would not feed Winchester pdx rounds before so that is the round I use to test my progress. You can not stop the gun from feeding right now even if you ride the slide up to 100% chambered with the winchester pdx rounds.

    Anybody having issues with there Ez shield 9mm may wont to give the following a try as it worked great for me.

    1 polish the feed ramp.
    2 polish the breach face ( mine was rough).
    3 polish the extractor and lightly break the edge that makes first contact with the cartridge.
    4 other compress the mag springs completely for an extended period of time or tweak the mags. Now if you tweak the mags only do it on the far end (where the actual bullet faces) and no more than 1/16 to a 1/8 of that curved feed lip or else your mag may not be able to hold the bullets properly. but anyway just slightly widen the lips about 2 thousands of an inch, If you chose to mess with the feed lips be careful and only the forward edge. and finish up by polishing up any marks you marks on the mags if you make any.

    Please don't follow this because I said so and really don't if your not mechanically inclined. When I say polish Im taking about flitz poling with a felt wheel and not really any metal removal. I don't think the mods I have made will even void the warranty - huh what a joke that was sending it back to S&W.

    My ez shield 9mm now feed as smooth as butter, you cant keep it from feeding and I'm sorry but a gun used for self defense has to be able to function with a little limp wristing especially if it is marketed for folks who don't have the strength to work a slide.
    I hope this helps. I am so disappointed with S&W on this gun with there repair and checking it off as passing there test.
    I am no gun smith but did work with a class 3 dealer years ago (learned a lot) and I just applied a lot of the same fixes as was used on open bolt guns as they chamber and fire a round in one big cycle. No my gun don't fire when the slide closes lol.
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    @NelsonHolsters THANK YOU, James, for the report of what you did to fix that 9mm Shield EZ after S&W didn't get it right!

    Now I can tell my friend that it might be a good 9mm gun for her to have - if she can find one to rent first to see how she does with the recoil. She is getting used to the recoil of my Shield .380 EZ, so is getting close to being ready to "step it up a notch." She is still working on getting all the basics right every time while shooting her S&W .22 compact and is in no hurry.

    And, BTW, she is the one who bought that other holster that you made for a Bersa BPcc........it works with the M&P and also with the shield.......so the two of us have matching holsters: Mine is left handed and hers is right handed!
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