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Chromebonez
08-16-2016, 8:14 AM
Hey guys, I just encountered my first problem with the M&P Shield and would like to share to help others.

When I first got my shield, one of my concerns was if it would be okay to dry fire. Looking around, I'd find answers like, "dry fire to your hearts content", "it won't hurt a thing", "I do it all the time never had a problem", "Use snap caps just to be safe." etc etc. but bottom line was, the majority of people seemed to agree it was 100% okay to dry fire. Even S&W website says its okay to dry fire.

Anyways, I dry fire practice A LOT and today while doing so with my Shield, I noticed the tip of the firing pin broke off and came out the barrel. Before you guys go off on me saying bad things, I'm not bashing the pistol, it's a great pistol hands down and I would categorize this as more of a user error. Searching online, I've found I'm not the only one who's had problems with firing pins breaking specifically for the M&P line.

I contacted S&W told them what happened and no questions asked, they sent me a new firing pin at no charge and told me it is not recommended to dry fire the pistol A LOT. Smith and Wesson's costumer service? A1:gunsmilie:. Moral of the story, "USE SNAP CAPS JUST TO BE SAFE!!" :oji: Now, here's some pictures because we all love pictures of guns.

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edgalang
08-16-2016, 8:32 AM
I still think what you're doing is fine. Better to dry fire a lot than none at all IMO.

Seaweed02
08-16-2016, 8:42 AM
I still use Snap Caps to dry fire in all of my guns, except for my 1911's. I even use them in my revolvers even though I know it won't hurt them a bit. I just can't help it, and it makes me feel better about practicing while sitting at home. Thanks for the info OP. And great pictures. Did you stipple your grip yourself?

Click here
08-16-2016, 8:51 AM
the moral of the story ===> keep dry firing. I mean I understand stuff breaks but it's really a non issue.

CenCal45
08-16-2016, 8:51 AM
I still use Snap Caps to dry fire in all of my guns, except for my 1911's. I even use them in my revolvers even though I know it won't hurt them a bit. I just can't help it, and it makes me feel better about practicing while sitting at home. Thanks for the info OP. And great pictures. Did you stipple your grip yourself?

Looks like rubber Talon grips to me.

OP thanks for learning this one the hard way on my behalf:D
Just bought a relatively new Shield and was planning on doing lots of dry firing without snap caps but not anymore haha

Chromebonez
08-16-2016, 9:36 AM
Thanks for the info OP. And great pictures. Did you stipple your grip yourself?

Thanks, sadly it was taken with my iphone lol. It is indeed the talon grips mentioned by CenCal45, I personally think the talon grips make the shield ugly but sweat and rain were becoming a problem gripping this little pistol. I just cut out the lines in the grip to make it look a little better to my liking.


OP thanks for learning this one the hard way on my behalf:D
Just bought a relatively new Shield and was planning on doing lots of dry firing without snap caps but not anymore haha

Always glad to help man, Definitely pickup a few snap caps, they are useful at the range too. Randomly put one in your mag and you will see the demons come out when the gun doesn't go off but you pull the **** out of the trigger anticipating the recoil:rofl:. Have fun with your new shield! :cheers2:

ArkinDomino
08-16-2016, 9:51 AM
Nice.

Pintail
08-16-2016, 9:56 AM
Thanks for the heads up . . . time to start putting those snap caps to use.

Don Nguyen
08-16-2016, 3:51 PM
Good to know. Is it somewhat common to see firing pings wear/break like that from regular use as well?