First 600-700 rounds where flawless.
here's a copy of the letter I enclosed
Steyr Arms Inc.
5977 Steeplschase Blvd.
As per our previous telephone conversations, please find enclosed my Steyr M40-A1 pistol (serial number xxxxxxx) along with 2 magazines and case, copies of my Police ID and FFL license. Additionally I have enclosed a small amount of spent brass from my last range session
Per my conversations with you please be advised that this pistol has approximately 1000 rounds through it. 99% has been Winchester 165 grain target commonly available in the white box through Wal-Mart. Other rounds have been PMC ball ammo as well as Speer Gold Dot, Remington Golden Saber, Winshester SXT. No re loaded ammunition has been fired through the handgun.
This firearm was 100% flawless through the first 600-700 rounds with no failures at all. Recently it began to exhibit failures to extract. Initially I had one per 175 rounds. After a deep cleaning of the pistol and cleaning of the magazines the pistol had the same issues in the next 200 rounds at the rate of 3 failures in 200 rounds. After speaking with Alan and performing the possible fix he recommended I returned to the range with 300 rounds of ball and 20 rounds of Golden Sabers. Today I had one FTE (fail to extract) at approximately round number 45. These failures are usually a round extracting halfway with just a small portion of the brass remaining in the chamber. Additionally I had one complete failure to extract leaving the brass completely in the chamber requiring removal using a rod, this round was not stuck and was easily removed. I also had two more failures to extract that were easily cleared, and two failures to eject as a horizontal stove pipe. A second Police Officer also fired the gun with me and had 2 failures to extract and one failure to feed with the round stuck nose down on the feed ramp.
As this is one of my two authorized duty weapons (the other is an older M series Steyr) I am obviously concerned about reliability. Any help with this weapon will be greatly appreciated.
Upon diagnosis and repair please return the firearm to me at the address shown on my FFL.