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S&W M&P problems

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by lcb97269, Nov 17, 2009.

  1. lcb97269

    lcb97269 Milwaukie, OR Life Member Lifetime Supporter

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    This may be old news here but thought it wouldn't hurt to keep people informed, just in case it isn't old news to some.

    SHERIFFS DEPARTMENT BROADCAST ANNOUNCEMENT

    TRAINING BUREAU WEAPONS TRAINING

    TO: ALL SWORN PERSONNEL

    SUBJECT: OFFICER SAFETY ALERT - SMITH & WESSON M&P PISTOLS


    RECENT DEVELOPMENTS HAVE FORCED A DEPARTMENTAL RE-EVALUATION OF THE SMITH & WESSON 9MM M&P SEMI-AUTOMATIC PISTOL AS AN AUTHORIZED OPTIONAL HANDGUN FOR SWORN PERSONNEL.

    EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY, THE SMITH & WESSON 9MM M&P FULL SIZE PISTOL IS NO LONGER AN AUTHORIZED OPTIONAL ON-DUTY PISTOL.

    EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY, THE SMITH & WESSON 9MM M&P COMPACT PISTOL IS NO LONGER AN AUTHORIZED OPTIONAL OFF-DUTY PISTOL.

    SINCE FIRST APPROVAL AS AN OPTIONAL PISTOL ON DECEMBER 10, 2008, THE FULL-SIZED AND/OR COMPACT VERSIONS OF THE 9MM SMITH & WESSON M&P PISTOL HAVE BEEN DEPLOYED BY 49 SWORN PERSONNEL ON AND OFF DUTY. ONE OF THESE PISTOLS WAS DELIVERED NEW WITH AN IMPROPERLY MACHINED BARREL THAT WOULD NOT EJECT SPENT CARTRIDGE CASINGS. ANOTHER OF THESE PISTOLS EXPERIENCED A BARREL FAILURE IN MID-APRIL OF THIS YEAR. AFTER FIRING LESS THAN 10,000 ROUNDS OF TRAINING AMMUNITION. THIS PISTOL BARREL BROKE INTO TWO PIECES JUST AHEAD OF THE FIRING CHAMBER.

    ADDITIONALLY, A SIGNIFICANT NUMBER OF DEPUTY ACADEMY CLASS #377 RECRUITS WITH ISSUED NEW SMITH & WESSON 9MM M&P FULL-SIZE PISTOLS HAVE EXPERIENCED PHASE-2 PISTOL MALFUNCTIONS, CAUSED BY SPENT CASINGS FAILING TO EXTRACT FROM BARREL CHAMBERS, DURING THE PAST TWO WEEKS OF TRAINING. CLASS #377 RECRUITS WILL BE ISSUED BERETTA 92FS PISTOLS ON WEDNESDAY APRIL 29, 2009, AND THEIR M&P PISTOLS REMOVED FROM SERVICE.

    PERSONNEL SAFETY AND RELIABLE EQUIPMENT REMAIN OUR PRIMARY CONCERNS.


    DIRECT ANY QUESTIONS TO LIEUTENANT MICHAEL C. REYNOLDS MCREYNOL@LASD.ORG OR SERGEANT DAVID NELL DANELL@LASD.ORG AT THE B.C. RANGE.


    LEROY D. BACA, SHERIFF KBL/SNDG
     
  2. elsullo

    elsullo Portland Oregon New Member

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    This was all resolved a year ago, if I recall. There was ONE incident involving hot reloads and the inevitable kaboom. The rest of the problem was from "lead-free" ammo used in their training range which would not cycle properly. ONLY that ammo at that one range was causing any problem, if I remember correctly. Rumors were that Glock was helping to spread this false alarm. There are LOTS of reasons to shun S&W, but that gun is universally regarded as excellent and hundreds of thousands of people carry it with confidence. By the way, I do not have one and would not get one. I am simply amazed at how bad information becomes immortal and continues to circulate on the internet.........................elsullo :(