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I have put about 300 rounds of FMJ 230 grain ammo through my new 45 Shield, and have had the slide lock back prematurely 3 times (where there are still rounds in the magazine). That’s only 1% of the time, but enough to give me pause about using as an EDC.
I can confirm it’s not my thumb hitting the release lever as I always lock my thumbs down when firing. I called S&W and was surprised to hear them say that they recommend using 185 grain bullets, not 230 grain, in the Shield — which seems to seriously limit the gun. They offered to look at it, but said they didn’t think they would find anything.
Has anybody else experienced the premature lock back issue with the 45 Shield? And if so, any fixes — beside using lighter rounds? Seems like a stronger slide stop lever spring would do it, but I haven’t been able to find any.
Thanks in advance for any help you can offer. If this continues, I will likely feel the need to get something else, which would be a shame since I really like the 45 Shield in every other way.
 

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First of all, new gun i assume, did you clean AND lube the weapon before you shot it for the first time...?
I hardly think the 230grn rounds have much to do with it at all. I have friends that shoot with me, they`re not having any issues using 230grn in the shield 45`s.

S&W customer service told you that they probably wouldnt find anything...??? Thats bullshit..! They have to offer right up front to get that firearm back and make sure its ok and safe, which i`m sure that they did..but to tell you that they might not find anything...??? Them telling you that (if they really did say that to you), thats just looking/waiting for a lawsuit to happen in MY opinion. And for them to tell you not to shoot 230grn rounds in it...??? Funny i must have missed that particular message in the owners manual when i read one.
 

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I`ve seen limp wristing cause slide issues... poor grip technic... (???) I dunno...
Just throwing ideas out there... cant see how your shooting the gun from here...sorry
 

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Thanks PaPow, I was equally perplexed by the response -- especially since I had heard such good things about S&W CS. And yes, I was really told what I posted, with the caveat that they said 230 gr was the max for the gun and that they recommended 185 gr in order to avoid the problem. Which to me is the same thing as saying not to shoot 230 gr ammo.

BTW I can say with confidence that it's definitely not a limp wrist issue :)

Thanks for the input, sounds like I should try again with CS and hope for better results. Who knows, maybe they are trying to cut down the number of returns or something. I heard it is up to a 4 week wait now -- or something like that.
 

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Thanks PaPow, I was equally perplexed by the response -- especially since I had heard such good things about S&W CS. And yes, I was really told what I posted, with the caveat that they said 230 gr was the max for the gun and that they recommended 185 gr in order to avoid the problem. Which to me is the same thing as saying not to shoot 230 gr ammo.

BTW I can say with confidence that it's definitely not a limp wrist issue :)

Thanks for the input, sounds like I should try again with CS and hope for better results. Who knows, maybe they are trying to cut down the number of returns or something. I heard it is up to a 4 week wait now -- or something like that.
Up to a 4 week wait, tells me S&W has some serious quality issues. If i were you, i would call them back... maybe you might get to talk to someone different that will actually give a **** about the customer. The people that answer the phone are surely NOT the people that are fixing the product. Ask to speak with an actual tech, or maybe their supervisor. Squeaky wheel usually gets the grease...so to speak.
 

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Thanks PaPow, I was equally perplexed by the response -- especially since I had heard such good things about S&W CS. And yes, I was really told what I posted, with the caveat that they said 230 gr was the max for the gun and that they recommended 185 gr in order to avoid the problem. Which to me is the same thing as saying not to shoot 230 gr ammo.



BTW I can say with confidence that it's definitely not a limp wrist issue :)



Thanks for the input, sounds like I should try again with CS and hope for better results. Who knows, maybe they are trying to cut down the number of returns or something. I heard it is up to a 4 week wait now -- or something like that.


Have shot NOTHING but these various 230gr rounds (at least 500) through my 45 shield and NOT once has it MALFUNCTIONED in any way.
Shooter related issue or weapon needs clean and lubed. IMO.



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Old thread, but what was the outcome??
Did you send it back? Any more premature slide lock backs?
I remember reading that some ammo, while within spec, if just a hair longer than others and could cause the problem you're having??
 

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Don't limp wrist it.
 
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