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I just got the EZ 9mm yesterday and went to the range; had multiple feeding issues and I tried different ammo— same results. I’ll be call S&W tomorrow and sending it back. Very disappointing.
 

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I purchased my EZ9 thefirst of June. Took to range and had similiar issues. Was using 115 g Blazer Brass and 124g American eagle. Would fire one or two rounds and the slide would not go back into battery. Coulf slightly tap the rear of slide and it would move the round into the chamber. Tried again next day and same situation. Out of 50 rds probably had 15 hahang ups. Returned to S&W. They had it a month, replaced the barrel. Went to range, same issue with new barrel. Sent to S&W again, got it back last week. It looks like they replace everything in it this time. Took to range this week. There was a improvement. Shot around 150 rounds. Wasn't counting but still had probably a dozen plus hang ups. I think a earlier poster is correct about the loading ramp. The round had moved maybe 1/4 forward in the mag and it looked like the end of the bullet was wedged against lip of the ramp.
Don't know what to do at this point. Really like the pistol and got it for the easy slide and comfortable shooting. Don't know if ramp can be tweaked (don't like altering factory stuff) but I don't think I could carry for self defense and feel it would be reliable. Guess I may end up taking a loss and selling.
 

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Took a closer look at the pistol this morning. I believe an earlier poster is correct about the upward angle of the barrel in relationship to the round being feed into the chamber. Loaded a mag with several rounds and eased the slide forward to pick up the round and chamber it. The tip of the bullet would actually wedge against ramp and not slide all the way in. Tap the slide slightly and it would chamber just as when I was firing the gun. Unfortunetly I think the firing hangups are caused by the angle of the barrel feed ramp and the weeker recoil spring. Seems like a lot of people have used Blazer Brass ammo in their EZ's and it has worked fine.Going to take the suggestion of loading mags and letting sit and not loading 8 rds when shooting to see if that helps. I really don't want to send back to S&W again since they pratically rebuilt the entire gun and it still have issues. My guess is using hotter ammo also might help????
 

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@northwest Did you polish the feed ramp? It has become "almost automatic" for us to polish the feed ramps on our guns. A tiny bit of Flitz on a felt Dremel tip at medium rotating speed can work wonders.

The only feed ramps I don't polish right away are the few that have a black finish on them and look really smooth and shiny.

I got a brand new M&P .22 compact a week or so ago, and the feed ramp had a tiny burr along one side, outside edge. I could see it and feel it but hubby couldn't. It still needed to be smoothed out! She got polished before making her first range trip. She shoots very well with no bobbles or mis-anythings.
 

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As I reported earlier in this thread, after several hundred rounds of various factory ammo without any malfunctions with my wife's EZ9. I was out with a friend today, shooting his M&P 9 and he brought some reloads made with blue bullets. a percentage of them would not chamber all the way and kept the slide from fully closing by about an eighth inch. Turns out the bullets were a couple of thousandths oversized. Check your ammo.
 

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As I reported earlier in this thread, after several hundred rounds of various factory ammo without any malfunctions with my wife's EZ9. I was out with a friend today, shooting his M&P 9 and he brought some reloads made with blue bullets. a percentage of them would not chamber all the way and kept the slide from fully closing by about an eighth inch. Turns out the bullets were a couple of thousandths oversized. Check your ammo.
I do not own any reloads. All my ammo is brand name, popular loads. 115 ball ammo worked most of the time. Jump up to 124 and problems increase. Jump up to 147 and allot of problems surface. Self defense ammo is a nightmare.

The 9EZ is advertised as a self defense handgun. This is bogus advertising because SD ammo for many of us is a nightmare. I would not call this a SD handgun. It is a plinker at best. I spent hard earned money on a gun that is advertised as SD but cannot consistently shoot SD ammo. This is a problem.

No one should have to do any modification, polishing or twinking of a new gun. If the gun works well and one wishes to improve something, that is fine, but I should not have to do anything to a new gun. No different from buying a new car, appliance or anything else. It needs to work right out of the box or it gets returned for either a new gun or money back.

Why is S&W any different? I am out ammo (money) and time in trying to correct something that should not need correcting. S&W has had my gun for 7 weeks without a word. I owned it for 3.5 weeks.
 

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No one should have to do any modification, polishing or twinking of a new gun. If the gun works well and one wishes to improve something, that is fine, but I should not have to do anything to a new gun. No different from buying a new car, appliance or anything else. It needs to work right out of the box or it gets returned for either a new gun or money back.

Why is S&W any different?
My opinion is the same as yours about a new gun should work properly out of the box. Most of mine have. The exceptions have been the EZ and the Ruger Mark IV 22/45.
My EZ has worked properly except for those random stovepipes on the last round in a magazine AND the fact that I can NOT load a new magazine with one round remaining in the chamber. Those EZs seem to be a crap shoot when it comes to getting one that is a GOOD ONE.

The Ruger gave me a lot more problems than the EZ has done, and it went back to Ruger twice (or was it 3 times? Can't remember for sure) and I had to spend hours and hours "tweaking" the magazines, in addition to the minimum required $200 or more in after market parts.

If you go to the Ruger forum and read all the posts about what is "required" in aftermarket parts to make some of their guns work, you would not think that S&W is different. In fact, my impression is that there are more Ruger guns that do not work satisfactorily out of the box than there are some other brands.

Check it out and see what impression you get. Just saying.

I do agree, and have stated so in many posts, that the EZ's are not reliable SD guns, but they sure are fun range toys. I truly feel sorry for people who do not have extra money for toys, but need to carefully shepherd their funds for guns that actually will be good for self defense. Truly.
 

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I do not own any reloads. All my ammo is brand name, popular loads. 115 ball ammo worked most of the time. Jump up to 124 and problems increase. Jump up to 147 and allot of problems surface. Self defense ammo is a nightmare.

The 9EZ is advertised as a self defense handgun. This is bogus advertising because SD ammo for many of us is a nightmare. I would not call this a SD handgun. It is a plinker at best. I spent hard earned money on a gun that is advertised as SD but cannot consistently shoot SD ammo. This is a problem.

No one should have to do any modification, polishing or twinking of a new gun. If the gun works well and one wishes to improve something, that is fine, but I should not have to do anything to a new gun. No different from buying a new car, appliance or anything else. It needs to work right out of the box or it gets returned for either a new gun or money back.

Why is S&W any different? I am out ammo (money) and time in trying to correct something that should not need correcting. S&W has had my gun for 7 weeks without a word. I owned it for 3.5 weeks.
That’s exactly right, and AFAIC; spending money on bogus “recommended break-ins‘ for xxx number of rounds is crap too; even when ammo is readily available (which it currently is not for many new shooters).

Every M&P I’ve ever owned has been reliable out of the box from round one, but it’s becoming fairly obvious that the EZ models are not reliable. My uneducated guess would be that, in an attempt to be “EZ” for anyone to rack the slide and load the mags; they’re woefully under-sprung.
 

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Just a update. I polished the feed ramp as shootergranny suggested. Went to range Out of 48 rounds had 12 hangups. took another look at the repair orders I had recieved. First time sent in they replaced barrel.Second time looks like the only thing they did was range test it shooting more mags than before. I was wrong, they did not replace anything the second time around. I think it may be a magazine problem. Some folks have not had any issues with their EZ's. Looking at a loaded mag there is apprx 1/8 gap between the tip of the round to be loaded in chamber and the next round. When the slide moves forward to pickup #2 round it forces the tip of bullet down (instead of leaving at a upward angle) and the tip of bullet lodges against the loading ramp. Thats my opinion? I checked loaded mags of my original shield and Springfield Arms XDE. In both cases the #1 round is held firmly agains #2 round and remains at a upward angle for loading into chamber. Anyway thats my two cents on the subject. Have contacted S&W but don't know if I want to wait another 6 to 8 weeks for them to look at and send back in same condition.
 

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I just got off the phone with S&W. They have had it going on 7 weeks and have not even looked at it.
Sorry to hear that Ziggidy. Very frustrating.

I have been polishing my feed ramp each time it has gone to the range since I got it back from S&W. They only replaced the barrel. I also very lightly lubed top of followers on mags and and little oil under the feed lips. Used Ballistol and wiped it off very well after applying. On, I believe, three range trips I have had only 1 stovepipe and 1 or 2 FTFs after shooting five mags on each trip. No issue with my 115g Hornady critical defense rounds. Not sure if what I did helped or just the additional shooting. Either way the EZ is now my backup and I have a new M&P 2.0 9mm Compact. 4 inch barrel.
 

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Sorry to hear that Ziggidy. Very frustrating.

I have been polishing my feed ramp each time it has gone to the range since I got it back from S&W. They only replaced the barrel. I also very lightly lubed top of followers on mags and and little oil under the feed lips. Used Ballistol and wiped it off very well after applying. On, I believe, three range trips I have had only 1 stovepipe and 1 or 2 FTFs after shooting five mags on each trip. No issue with my 115g Hornady critical defense rounds. Not sure if what I did helped or just the additional shooting. Either way the EZ is now my backup and I have a new M&P 2.0 9mm Compact. 4 inch barrel.
In general; putting any lube anywhere on or in the magazine is a bad thing. Your experience is just more proof that the recoil spring is too weak on these guns.
 

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I agree on the lube and springs Rick. I read someone did it and had luck. Also, someone roughed up the follower tops and had luck.

Kinda just swinging in the wind here with it.

If I can keep it to one FTF every 5 mags, I can live it. Since it is now a back up.

Maybe it will get better. I leave the mags loaded.
 

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Another idea for feeding issues:

Someone somewhere suggested pulling on the magazine springs to lengthen them. I had hubby do that and he pull TOO FAR and I thought the springs were ruined, but they went back in the magazine OK. I have not shot that gun much since then, but when I did everything seemed to work OK. At that point in time.

Since most people agree that there is not enough tension on the springs, you could try pulling them to lengthen them somewhat and see if THAT helps. Also, "someone, somewhere" said S&W sent the new magazine springs and new followers and the new springs were noticeably longer than the old one. So that is another possible idea.
 

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“Pulling” the springs to strengthen them is only a temporary condition, as the springs will soon return to their “set” length.

Any easy test to check mag springs is to remove the follower and spring, then put 2-3 rounds in the mag body. Replace the spring and follower, and go shoot it.

The rounds under the mag spring keep the spring compressed more. So if the pistol now functions reliably with that mag; you’ve solved the problem, and need stronger mag springs.
 

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Knowing me I would take the Mag apart and never get it back together correctly.

I shot another 4 Mags yesterday and had one FTF. I can live with that for now.

My new gun, in signature, continues to shoot flawlessly.
 

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Despite some that report no issues with the EZ, it seems there are many reporting issues.
Maybe the same people that have trouble racking a normal slide are limp wristing it ?
That along with a weaker recoil spring would compound the feeding problems.
I have heard the limp wristing excuse but in the case of my gun it is not just me having the same problem. My husband and son have also had it happen to them more than once. I think it's more of a mass producing issue. You're going to get issues. Mine is being looked at by s&w so I'm hopeful!
 

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I have heard the limp wristing excuse but in the case of my gun it is not just me having the same problem. My husband and son have also had it happen to them more than once. I think it's more of a mass producing issue. You're going to get issues. Mine is being looked at by s&w so I'm hopeful!
Good luck.
 

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Can you get a stronger RSA for the EZ? I bought the EZ because of my arthritis. But, have found I can easily handle my M&P 2.0 Compact with the 4 inch barrel.
 

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Well, I received my EZ today, back from S&W. I won't be able to check it out until next week....I'm hoping all is well.

What they said they did was repair the extractor and polish the barrel and chamber; that's it.

My only question is how would the extractor cause a FTF, if the ammo was getting caught on the feeding ramp. I'm not a gunsmith amd it's very possible my question is juvenile, but I do not understand it. The gun worked almost always with 115 ball ammo but had a lot of feeding issues when I went to 124, 147 and SD ammo.

Well, we will see next week when I check it out. Here's hoping.
 
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