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Donk310
12-28-2009, 11:14 PM
I was messing around with some stuff in my safe when I accidentally dropped a polymer framed pistol from the top shelf to the bottom of the safe. Upon its retrieval I noticed that the frame of the safe took out a huge chunk of the polymer frame. Is there anything I can do about this? The pistol still fires... but it doesn't look as cool as it used to. In fact... I want to just throw it away now.

leelaw
12-28-2009, 11:15 PM
What is the make of the pistol? I could take it off your hands :D

Donk310
12-28-2009, 11:17 PM
What is the make of the pistol? I could take it off your hands :D

Its not the best. Its a Sigma 40.

retired
12-28-2009, 11:31 PM
Its not the best. Its a Sigma 40.

You know, that may have improved the performance.:D

vta
12-28-2009, 11:42 PM
you mean you can't even use a sigma to throw at things without it failing? :D

tdaughg
12-29-2009, 1:58 AM
im no polymer engineer but i do sell plastics for a living so i have a pretty decent knowledge of plastic. from what i've been able to tell all of the polymer gun parts are made of materials that are darn near impossible to stick to which means you cant glue it back together. if glues would work then normal cleaning solvents would destroy the parts so its a bit of a catch 22 situation. if you could find someone that could weld it back together you might have a chance of it holding but with all the energy the frame absorbs your probably still looking at a 50/50 chance of it holding.

sorry to be the bearer of bad news but you might be out of luck on this one.

GunDog
12-29-2009, 6:44 AM
It'd be interesting to know what they have to say.

SJgunguy24
12-29-2009, 6:53 AM
Send it back to S&W and see if they will warranty the frame. It shouldn't be anything to pop the number off and slap it on a new frame as send it back.

zman
12-29-2009, 8:26 AM
Its not the best. Its a Sigma 40.

You know, that may have improved the performance.:D

you mean you can't even use a sigma to throw at things without it failing? :D

Somebody here owes me a keyboard! :rofl2:

mcholak
12-29-2009, 8:32 AM
S&W has the best warranty in the business from what I've heard. My guess is they won't just replace it, they will probably smooth out the trigger for you as well.

Legasat
12-29-2009, 9:52 AM
I'll bet S&W will repair or replace for you.

yelohamr
12-29-2009, 4:54 PM
S&W has the best warranty in the business from what I've heard. My guess is they won't just replace it, they will probably smooth out the trigger for you as well.

I took my Sigma .40 to the range today for the 1st time. I had heard the stories of the "bad" trigger pull, but mine seems to be perfect. It's smoother than my old Model 19.

P08
12-29-2009, 5:44 PM
a dog at my m&p 45, ruined it in less that 30 seconds. S&W replaced the frame for free -no questions. They are the best.

BamBam-31
12-29-2009, 6:33 PM
a dog at my m&p 45, ruined it in less that 30 seconds. S&W replaced the frame for free -no questions. They are the best.


Wow, that's impressive customer service if true. Might have to bump up the M&P to the top of my buy list now. :D

OP, sorry about the pistol. Bondo, perhaps? :p

Greg-Dawg
12-29-2009, 6:48 PM
Send it to Smith. They'll replace it.

Donk310
12-29-2009, 8:43 PM
a dog at my m&p 45, ruined it in less that 30 seconds. S&W replaced the frame for free -no questions. They are the best.

Cool. I called them today. They seemed to be closed for the holiday season. But I will do that. I also took it out to the range today. Guess what... it still goes pow pow and on target. Guess all the reliability talk is just crap!

Seesm
12-29-2009, 8:51 PM
I was messing around with some stuff in my safe when I accidentally dropped a polymer framed pistol from the top shelf to the bottom of the safe. Upon its retrieval I noticed that the frame of the safe took out a huge chunk of the polymer frame. Is there anything I can do about this? The pistol still fires... but it doesn't look as cool as it used to. In fact... I want to just throw it away now.

Donkey I will TAKE it... $80 site unseen..

Trendkill
12-29-2009, 9:52 PM
a dog at my m&p 45, ruined it in less that 30 seconds. S&W replaced the frame for free -no questions. They are the best.


What kind of a hell dog ruins guns.....????

Good thing "Chompers" didn't inadvertently lodge 230grns in his skull or yours.


Be carefull...:eek:

BlackonBlack
12-29-2009, 9:58 PM
I have always been curious about how they would repair a polymer frame. Aren't the frames made from a resin injected in to a mold. I cant imagine you an just glue it together. it wont be as strong as you'll always see the repair work.

Have them send you a whole new frame. hell new gun

BlackonBlack
12-29-2009, 9:59 PM
Donkey I will TAKE it... $80 site unseen..

Donkey don't listen to him. I'll give you 90

Donk310
02-16-2010, 8:49 PM
Send it to Smith. They'll replace it.


They didn't do it. Oh well. I will just shoot it the way it is. Nice lil' pistol but I wont buy another.

Seesm
02-16-2010, 8:59 PM
They didn't do it. Oh well. I will just shoot it the way it is. Nice lil' pistol but I wont buy another.

They would not replace it?
Did they try to charge you?

What would it cost to fix it?

Donk310
02-16-2010, 10:16 PM
They would not replace it?
Did they try to charge you?

What would it cost to fix it?


They simply told me that there was nothing they could do and that it could not be repaired. I really don't want to believe that. I can not possibly be they first person who has broken a polymer frame. I think I just got the wrong person. I will try again in about a week.

walter
02-17-2010, 1:03 AM
good, its not a glock.i knew it wasnt. glock ftw!

five.five-six
02-17-2010, 1:14 AM
replace the frame with one from a 1911, then get a new slide to match


problem solved

railroader
02-17-2010, 5:59 AM
They simply told me that there was nothing they could do and that it could not be repaired. I really don't want to believe that. I can not possibly be they first person who has broken a polymer frame. I think I just got the wrong person. I will try again in about a week.

Somebody could do a fix. They modify glock frames. The problem is by the time you would pay shipping both ways and pay for the repair it wouldn't be worth it. It also wouldn't look factory any more. Mark

bsg
02-17-2010, 6:04 AM
sorry this happened to you; i know it's a heart breaker....

mossy
02-17-2010, 10:56 AM
can you post pic's?

Ultimate
02-17-2010, 11:09 AM
I smell something.... :troll::tank:

gadjeep
02-17-2010, 11:19 AM
This?
http://swittersb.files.wordpress.com/2009/07/duct-tape.jpg

Black Majik
02-17-2010, 11:21 AM
S&W Sigma > Glock

K1LLROI
02-17-2010, 1:35 PM
Doesn't S&W have a lifetime on this?
It amazes me that even with a chunk missing it still fires:confused:

Donk310
02-17-2010, 2:46 PM
Doesn't S&W have a lifetime on this?
It amazes me that even with a chunk missing it still fires:confused:

Chunk is from trigger guard.

JBird33
02-17-2010, 3:51 PM
S&W Sigma > Glock

Usually what you say makes sense. This time it is not the case.

Black Majik
02-17-2010, 6:44 PM
Usually what you say makes sense. This time it is not the case.

It was a tongue-in-cheek comment saying Sigmas look better than Glocks, thus worthy to own. :D

(Reference to other thread currently going)

dirtnap
02-17-2010, 6:53 PM
Post a pic already!

Post a pic and I might have a trick that will fix it, mums the word until I see the damage. No promises, it's just an idea. :)

1911su16b870
02-17-2010, 8:57 PM
I know some plastics are "weldable", you can heat them up to melting and using similar material rods, melt them into that plastic. I don't see why you couldn't do that?

JBird33
02-18-2010, 5:28 PM
It was a tongue-in-cheek comment saying Sigmas look better than Glocks, thus worthy to own. :D

(Reference to other thread currently going)

Gotcha! I was thinking of making a similar comment (sadly I was not on my toes enough to catch yours!)

I like that he will never own a Glock but now owns a cracked-framed Glock copy with a 67 pound, 80 grit trigger.

That one was my tongue-in-cheek ;) Just a little less...subtle. :43:

Nynvolt
02-18-2010, 6:31 PM
[QUOTE][I like that he will never own a Glock but now owns a cracked-framed Glock copy with a 67 pound, 80 grit trigger.

/QUOTE]


Hahaha Thats what I was thinking exactly! I just didn't want to say anything :p

Donk310
02-18-2010, 6:39 PM
[QUOTE][I like that he will never own a Glock but now owns a cracked-framed Glock copy with a 67 pound, 80 grit trigger.

/QUOTE]


Hahaha Thats what I was thinking exactly! I just didn't want to say anything :p


Sigmas are sexy. What can I say? Will most likely wait for the sexy XDM to replace it.

JBird33
02-18-2010, 7:30 PM
[QUOTE=Nynvolt;3829908]


Sigmas are sexy. What can I say? Will most likely wait for the sexy XDM to replace it.


I do like the XDM. Wish we could more easily get our hands on them in this stupid state.

SJgunguy24
02-18-2010, 7:56 PM
I know some plastics are "weldable", you can heat them up to melting and using similar material rods, melt them into that plastic. I don't see why you couldn't do that?

I've looked into this, not gonna work AFAIK. There's something else in the make up of the frame. If you melted down another frame and used that as your filler rod that might work but the heat could change the plastic.
I've done a bit of poly welding.

M47_Dragon
02-18-2010, 8:13 PM
Bondo?

SJgunguy24
02-18-2010, 8:32 PM
Bondo?

Seriously, drill and pin the chunk that broke off and use epoxy.