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Old 05-24-2017, 9:50 PM
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Default Need recommendation for gunsmith for 3rd generation S&W

I have a 3rd generation S&W auto that does not reliably lock the slide to the rear after the last round. I have tried four mags, both factory and aftermarket, and the problem is consistent. I would prefer to find a competent gunsmith in Ventura County to avoid shipping.
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Old 05-24-2017, 10:59 PM
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Will the slide lock back when you manually retract the slide on an empty magazine? I'm assuming the pistol is clean. Does the notch in the slide look rounded off at all? How about the slide stop itself? Does that look damaged?
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Old 05-27-2017, 11:53 AM
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The slide does not lock back on an empty magazine when the slide is manually retracted. The pistol is clean. I will have to go inspect it to answer the other questions.
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Old 05-27-2017, 1:57 PM
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Type and brand of ammo you're shooting when slide fails to lock back on last shot?

Approx how many rounds fired through this pistol?

Ever change mag springs, recoil spring or any part(s) of the pistol?

Are you an experienced pistol shooter or beginner?
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Old 05-27-2017, 3:19 PM
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You might ask around and see if anyone nearby has a 3rd Gen Smith that locks back reliably. See if they would meet up to try out your mags, and you theirs, to see if it is a mag or pistol issue, before you spend any money on a gunsmith.
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