A little over a month ago I reported a rather unusual failure with my Smith & Wesson Shield. After determining that there was nothing wrong with the ammunition, I decided to send it to Smith & Wesson in the odd chance that something was off with the pistol. A little over three weeks later, the gun is finally back, and there really isn’t much to report. Smith & Wesson checked out the gun and tested it, but didn’t find anything wrong with it.
So What Happened?
Somehow the ammunition gods decided that on that day, with that particular medium quality Fiochhi round, that my Shield would feed in such a way to completely lock up the gun. As I mentioned in my first update, I’ve since tried the failed round (which was in spec) and more rounds from the same box, and they all fed without issue.
Good to Go?
So where does that leave me? Well first I think it’s worth pointing out that if this had been a failure to feed or a failure to extract, it wouldn’t have been a big deal. Those failures are easy to clear, and are fairly common. I would have made a note of the failure and moved on. Completely locking up the gun is a different story in my book, hence the additional follow ups and Facebook discussion.
Since I now have over 1,000 rounds through the gun and this is still the only failure, and it happened with a round that seems to have a history locking up small guns (anecdotal evidence from Monderno readers), I’m going to put another couple hundred rounds through the gun and start carrying it again.
You could say I missed it.