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Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by umc180gr, Mar 23, 2008.

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  1. umc180gr

    umc180gr Member

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    Hey, I need some advice here. First time out with my new S&W 442 and after a few cylinders I had a problem. I was shooting UMC 130gr ammo and with a full cylinder it was just cycling with no firing on live ammo. I emptied it and found that the firing pin was still coming out so I am confused. I tried those rounds again later and they worked. Any advice before I contact S&W? Try some different ammo or do you think it is a gun issue? Not good to not have confidence in your CCW choice.
     
  2. scubie02

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    the firing pin could be broken and depending on how the end is positioned at any given time would determine if it went off
     
  3. Virginian

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    When it doesn't go off when it should, it is always a very good idea to stop right there and see where everything is relative to everything else. I would suspect a timing problem. Now, whether it's dirt or a part problem, I don't know, but with a new gun, I suspect the gun. Big time. I wouldn't hesitate to call S&W.
     
  4. michael_aos

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    My brand-new 642 did something similar.

    Took it to the range and it wouldn't actually fire.

    Confused the heck out of me. Ran it all the way around the cylinder about 3 or 4 times and it finally started hitting primers.

    It's worked great ever since.

    :scrutiny:

    Mike
     
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    Based on the experience I had a couple of years ago when I bought an S&W 340Sc, S&W isn't properly lubing or cleaning up their revolvers before they leave the factory; mine was DRY inside, and there were a few burrs that shouldn't have been there. I stripped it down and did a mild trigger job on it myself (used the Jerry Miculek video Trigger Jobas a guide) and after lube and reassembly it's been 100% ever since.
     
  6. umc180gr

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    Thanks for the advice guys. I ran it on Sunday and it worked fine. I'll try some lube and see if that also helps. Thanks
     
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