Firing Pin Spark


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Brass Rain
July 21, 2011, 03:09 AM
So last week I turned 21 and picked up a Smith & Wesson 442 (which I love even more than I had thought, by the way) and noticed a tiny spark when dry-firing. I turned out all the lights, checked empty once again, and dry-fired while looking at the rear of the cylinder from the side, and notice a little spark arcing across from the firing pin to the cylinder. Is this something any of you have observed before? Is it something to contact Smith & Wesson over? It doesn't seem like it would effect function at all, it's just something to note.

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csa77
July 21, 2011, 11:14 AM
My S&W 340pd used to do the same thing when it was new. mine no longer sparks but I also have around ~300-400rds though it

its actually quite common on the SC frame S&W's I hear.

Sunray
July 21, 2011, 03:25 PM
"...when dry-firing..." You may be seeing the firing pin hitting the frame or the aft end of the cylinders. Smith will likely not do anything. A proper trigger job can fix it. Isn't terminal though.

bhk
July 21, 2011, 04:29 PM
This is often discussed over on the Smith and Wesson Forum. It is rather normal in the 442 and 642 series and no big deal at all.

VA27
July 21, 2011, 04:38 PM
Haven't you heard? The new 'lock' Smiths are piezo electric! They are dual function firearms that will fire regular ammo and the new primerless ammo soon to be on the market!

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