I was at the range last night with a couple of neophyte shooters (who both did very well!) and took the opportunity to put a few dozen rounds through my 357 sig M&P compact. I still love the way this gun shoots. For a little gun shooting a rocket of a cartridge it has pretty reasonable recoil and is very accurate.
After the problems last time, I took the time to disassemble and clean it thoroughly. I was overly generous with the lube even, as that ended up spraying my face for the first few shots. (I hate when I do that....) First couple mags of factory ammo work fine, so that's a start. First magazine of reloads works well as well. I'm starting to get excited. I took the time to makes sure my cases were perfectly clean and I used a slightly higher powder charge with this batch.
|You can see the slide just out of battery in this pic|
So I haven't ruled out my reloads. It could also be another problem. I'm going to try some different factory ammo and run a couple hundred rounds through it. My reloads work perfectly in my other 357 sig, but if this M&P compact has a tighter chamber or something a bit off with the extractor it could very well cause it to not work with my reloads if they are a bit out of spec. I just hate dropping money on new factory ammo. What I have now I got a great deal on ($11 a box), about half of what it goes for normally. Oh well, next time I order ammo I'll add some 357 sig to my bill.
If it keeps having problems I think I'm going to try sending it to S&W to see if they can fix it. It's a real shame, if the gun worked 100% it would be a fantastic carry gun.