I have a Shield on-order right now... the last couple of posts here are a good reminder to me to check on the frame (especially from the pin hole upward, above the trigger) periodically.
I've always had great experiences with S&W customer service, and have read many posts on the S&W forum extolling their customer support. I am sorry to hear that sns3guppy's experience has been otherwise.
Originally posted by maxwayne: There is not a single thread about failure over at the S&W forum in the area about Shields.
Search harder. There are threads about the failures; I've participated in several. I just st re-read one a few days ago addressing five such failures.This message has been edited. Last edited by: sns3guppy,
I came across a Shield 9 2 or 3 years ago for 270 new and couldn't pass. Put around 500 rounds of 115 gr fmj through it in one range trip and it shot pretty good. My lady shot it very well. Thought it would be a good pistol for her or maybe I would carry. She shot my all stainless 229 in 40 and lost all interest in the shield. I couldn't see carrying it over my 239 so I sold it. Didn't conceal any easier for me and never felt good in my hand. It seemed to be a decent pistol for under $300. The cracked frame issue is quite no bueno though. I won't buy one again, but to each his own if it is reliable and you shoot it well.
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I should have know better. Argg!! Picked up the shield for an excellent price 2 weeks ago($249 w/ rebate) I wish I would have just stopped there. I've spent more on some mods than what I paid for the gun. But honestly it pretty awesome at this point. Dropped in the apex trigger kit, added some ameriglo idots sights, added the magguts mag springs to add +1, +2 to my 7/8 round mags, and some talon grips. Oh well, as I said, really pleased with it. It will be replacing my 938 as my backup carry gun/deep concealment option. Really a pretty quality shooter and very soft shooting as well for a little gun.
Not a lot of time this morning, but a few threads from the s&w forum which apparently don't exist, found with a quick search. On the last one, some of the posts are mine. Many more posts are out there from various owners, some with pictures, some without.
Often the reports are dismissed outright (that would never happen...people lie on the internet), or the responder claims that s&w will take care of it (they don't). There's nearly always a plethora of responses that say it can't happen because mine has X number of rounds through it and didn't blow up, or s&w uses dupont plastic and that can't fail. It's often blamed on reloads. In nearly every case, it was factory ammunition, and while most were .40, a few were 9mm.
Originally posted by sns3guppy: I bought one of the Shields on sale recently, got it from Palmetto for 319, and applied for the rebate. I already had a Shield; it's a broken paperweight in my safe, having split the frame with less than 200 factory rounds through the pistol. That one was a .40. I decided for the price, I'd try a 9.
Sorry you had a problem with a previous Shield.
Sorry you were disappointed with S&W's service.
Hope your new Shield works out for you.
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