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I have a Shield 9mm. I have probably put 1000 rounds through it. I have been extremely satisfied....until yesterday.

I'm still fairly new to firearms.

I went to my local indoor range to practice. I took 300 rounds with me. Some white box and a bulk pack of UMC (250 rounds). I call it bulk but it was actually 5 trays of 50 in a yellow box. All 115gr fmj.

I have 3 magazines and an ulplula (for reference to about how fast i could move)

I burned through the first 250 rounds in about 35-40 minutes. Then when I got into the last tray of UMC I had 4 FTE in like 35 shots.
Part of me thinks that the ammo was a "special cause" since I can sort of stratify exactly when the issue cropped up. I also hate blaming FTE on ammo BUT...the shields track record for FTE has been superb.

The nature of the FTE was odd (to me). I would classify the FTE into 2 categories.

1. They werent exactly stove piping. I suppose it would be similar to a stove pipe. I have attached an image.
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I had 2 of these style.

2. I didnt get a picture of the second style unfortunately. The casing was still resting inside the barrel but it looked like it had been extracted maybe 4/5 of the way. So it was basically sitting on top of the next round to be taken to battery (hope im using term correctly) when the slide returned. This caused the slide to lock in position, i'm assuming because the follower couldnt advance the next round from the magazine. This condition was VERY hard to clear. I couldnt pull the slide back by hand until i removed the magazine and the magazine was very difficult to get out. Basically worst possible condition if i was in combat.

I have considered the following:

a. the firearm looks like it is in good shape (to my amateur eyes) when i inspect it. The extractor shows no unusual signs of wear or damage.

b. it's possible that I was limp wristing since I had been shooting more than normal for me at one time and I was actually drawing and holstering some in between shots trying to learn the technique. I've never had a limp wrist shot and feel like i have it pretty firm. But i also never had trained like i was, i.e. draw, safety off while acquiring, 2 shots, holster, repeat. I could see where I may have gotten sloppy/tired near the end.

c. could the ammo have a "light" load that could have caused the weapon not to cycle correctly?

d. my reaction to a FTE was awful.

I'm very new and hate to postulate with so little personal knowledge.

I will hit the range again soon but I was just out of time and ammo that day to try more tests.

Now I am questioning my primary when 2 days ago i was 100% confident.

Thoughts?

Thanks in advance
 

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Is it dry? If it needs a little lube, that could be the issue. When a gun is dry the slide might not, well, slide as well as it should.

Limp wristing is definitely a possibility, as well.

I'd say it's one of those two things before I'd say it was the ammo. If it was a light primer strike, then I'd be more inclined to go with ammo. But for an FTE, me thinks probably not. Personal opinion.
 

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ive seen that type of "stove piping" on shooters with light handloads, but the firearm was a glock shooting 40sw sooo, if it was me and my gun, i would have the recoil spring looked at, see if its still in specs, if not the spring than probably just an ammo glitch
 

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thanks for the responses.

It "shouldnt" have been dry as i had cleaned and lubed it per manufacturer spec a few days before. But I suppose if i shoot a few hundred it could go dry. I always try not to over lube. Maybe I'm not getting enough on.

I'll have somebody check the spring.

thanks again.
 

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Lot of things going on and no photos of the face of the firing pin or slide. You fired a lot of rounds that are considered dirty by many. Unfired powder or incomplete combustion of powder can leave a lot of residue.

I would not loose faith in the gun as a carry weapon. In combat a full load out of ammunition is only 250 rounds so you shot a lot of ammunition. Fatigue could be a factor and only you know that answer.

Take a good hard look at the face of the firing pin and make sure there is not a lot of brass built up causing the casing to sit uneven allowing the ejector to slip off the cartridge.

Take a look at the rim of the cartridge making sure no irregularities. Relax and enjoy shooting.

Respectfully,
Bill
 

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115gr UMC is weak junk, and if you're using cheap low quality oil like Hoppe's or Remoil that immediately cooks off during the first mag; you already know what the problem is.
 

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manolito,

great comments. I will check the face of the firing pin.

I wasnt sure if what i shot was considered a lot or not. Should i be cleaning some during practice if im going to shoot 200+?

Also, just saw another thread about lube. Maybe i need to find something else to use. I'm just using whatever came in a hoppe kit from gander mt :p

thanks again
 

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115gr UMC is weak junk, and if you're using cheap low quality oil like Hoppe's or Remoil that immediately cooks off during the first mag; you already know what the problem is.
I actually typed my other response while you were typing yours about Hoppe. Guess i better find something else. Worth a shot.

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It might be worth your time to pull out the extractor itself and give it a good cleaning. That's worth doing whether it's your problem or not.
 

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Umc is some of the weakest dirtiest ammo out there. Try froglube I use it on my shield an every other gun I own, love the stuff.
 

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I actually typed my other response while you were typing yours about Hoppe. Guess i better find something else. Worth a shot.

Thanks
Of all the responses in this thread, synx is likely the one with the answer. I like to avoid 115 gr from any manufacturer but using it from UMC is just asking for trouble.
 

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I think limp-wristing, &/or lack of sufficient lubrication are both definite possibilities. I am not familiar with the Shield, so I don't know whether or not Shields need to run "wet" or not. That being said, the picture you supplied sure looks like "limp wristing" to me. As far as your description of the 2nd type of failure, it resembles the issue I had with my CZ when it was new. This leads me to think your issue may well be connected to the recoil spring.
 
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That looks and sounds like ammo. The shell didin't have the recoil energy to cycle the slide and eject the cartridge. I find Seller and Beloit, or Finocchi, to be slightly hotter - UMC isn't impressive, and with the ammo shortage, there is a rush rush rush. Take your gun apart, clean, and oil/lube it, and use a better ammo.

Remington UMC Ammo 9mm Luger 115 Grain Flat Nose Enclosed Base Box of ...... look at stats
 

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I use synthetic grease from Harbor freight on the slide rails,it stays put unlike oil and once you start shooting and it warms up it really starts lubing stuff.anything that slows up/restricts slide movement can cause FTF FTE issues
 
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I will take UMC over win white box any day of the week. With the exception of win's 5.56 rounds. But for pistol, I like win white box less than wolfs.

Agree re the lube. Though I will say, I took an M&P Compact 9mm thru fighting pistol, and you cook off 1,000 rounds in two days. I shot a hundred or so the night before class, and didnt clean the weapon till after the first day, and all I used was breakfree clp. It ran great.

After that, I switched to high temp bearing grease for the contact points & trigger pivot, breakfree on all else.
 

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more great responses. thanks. I inspected the gun quickly at lunch and it definitely seemed on the "dry" side. Id say mostly due to me not understanding how much and what type of lube to use.

Like i said, i just grabbed the basic stuff at a big box. I'll have to look around and see if i can find something more substantial.

Then i'm going to go shoot another 300 and see how it does. If it gives me more issues, then i'll really dig into the spring and extractor. They "appear" to be fine but i'll have somebody more qualified to check them.
 

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I stopped buying Winchester white box and anything made by Remington a long time ago.
Winchester has been very inconsistent and seems to have more recalls for things like "missing flash holes" than anyone else and Remington is just crap.
I stick with Federal, CCI/Speer, PMC flavors most of the time.

There's lots of good lubes out there.. The Slip2K has been pretty good to me.
 

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manolito,

great comments. I will check the face of the firing pin.

I wasnt sure if what i shot was considered a lot or not. Should i be cleaning some during practice if im going to shoot 200+?

Also, just saw another thread about lube. Maybe i need to find something else to use. I'm just using whatever came in a hoppe kit from gander mt :p

thanks again
Ideally you should easily be able to shoot that many rounds without cleaning anything.
 
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