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Looking for a decent gunsmith on LI

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#21 DeepBlue



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Posted November 23 2019 - 08:47 AM

Sounds like it's short stroking or a mag problem.

Check ejector and extractor

Is it is happening with multiple magazines?

May just need a deep cleaning and a lube

To date, I changed recoil spring and put fresh springs into 2 mags that were experiencing these issues. No effect. Next, I thoroughly cleaned everything including the chamber. I normally clean after every session but don't ever use a wire brush for the bore, but I did use one now. Seems to have changed things a bit, but was still having issues. Last thing I did was get a new mag and here is what I started seeing after a thorough clean.


This happens much more frequently with the old mags but also happened a few times with the new mag. My next step was to detail strip everything and clean inside and out. Ran into a bit of a snag. Can't seem to remove the slide pin holding the block in place. It looks like a simple procedure, but mine just wont come out and I won't force it... anymore.



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Posted November 23 2019 - 08:56 AM

Awesome, I guess you have a local FFL that can assist.


A few friends recommended an FFL on Staten Island. I've never used this one before. Have some concerns. This is not a typical transaction and requires a bit more high touch. FLL has to call S&W for me, get a shipping label... etc. Seems like a PITA for an FFL and I'm not even sure if they count this as a chargeable transaction.

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Posted November 23 2019 - 09:00 AM

Was this all one lot of ammo? May be slightly light loads. Gun and magazine(s) clean? After that:

1st check- take barrel off (for easier access and safety) does live round drop freely into chamber?? If you dry fire a rimfire, if can damage the rear of the chamber.

2nd- If round is free in chamber, replace recoil spring. Wolff has recoil calibration kits- https://www.gunsprings.com/index.php  that include several different springs for under 20 bucks. Trial & error will tell you which spring to use.

I'm willing to bet that this will solve your problems.

Different lots of ammo, I tried a several different brands recently, all standard velocity are now having issues. Only thing that worked fine were high velocity. Which are not recommended for Model 41. 


I never dry fire rimfires but I cannot guarantee that it never happened with this pistol. My guess would be that it has a number of times.


Here is something that could be relevant. I typically used a bore snake vs rod/patches to clean the bore. This worked fine for 5+ years for this pistol. I only switched up to rod/patches/brush once I started having these issues. Chamber looks good though. A round goes in and comes out just fine.

#24 TJ Ironhorse

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Posted November 23 2019 - 12:00 PM

Wow... had no idea.
I'm in NYC though. Hence, things might be a bid different for me. Will have to look into that. 
Still would be great to find a decent gunsmith in close proximity. Sadly, a very good gunsmith I was dealing with for ages has passed away recently.

Disregard my posted information. If you’re in NYC, that scenario wont work. I don’t believe they can deliver a handgun to your residence like they can in Nassau/Suffolk counties.

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Posted November 26 2019 - 12:01 PM

Was just going to post for the same advice for a Walther P22.  round chambers but doesn't go bang.

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Posted November 26 2019 - 04:34 PM

Have a local gunsmith or machine shop do a vibrasonic cleaning in a hot solution.
Standard velocity ammo is waxy and the stuff can build up everywhere, including areas you can't reach with a brush.

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Posted September 09 2020 - 02:19 AM

Am new on here please how do i get a new P226 .

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