Finally went to the range yesterday, I went through about 40 rounds & had several "ftf's" & "fte's". Shell casings were flying every which way & I got hit in the head a few times. I was using WWB 115 Grain, the range officer believed the because the pistol was new that the springs in the mags were really tight. I'm a novice & this is my 1st pistol "brand new". I'm hoping I just need to break it in, a couple people at the range recommended only loading about 5 rounds per mag for the 1st 500 rounds. The date code on the slide says "NWR", I believe it was manufactured this year. I didn't want to keep shooting anymore with the issues I was having & my friend having brought some rifles with him. Should I just keep going through a few hundred more rounds & breaking it in?
I just bought my first Steyr S40A1 within the last two weeks. I like it so much that I'm seriously thinking of buying another one just so I can wear one on each hip. By far, one of the very best value/best shooting pistols that I have ever purchased. I'm completely serious about buying a 2nd one. Congrats on your new M9A1. I am sure that you will love it.
First of all, field strip it an' clean the f**k outta all the pieces, inside and out. Ya prolly got some gunk in/on 'em from the factory. Firearms manufacturers don't like ta pack 'em up an' let 'em rust in transit or on the shelf!
IMHO, 1st time cleanin' is essential:
-field strip it.
-let the parts soak in some warm soapy water an' then air-hose 'em dry and lube with CLP, or if ya really wanna get the ball rollin', spray all the parts down with Simple Green or some other mild degreaser and toothbrush all the surfaces clean an' let 'em soak a bit in some warm water an' air-hose 'em dry.
-CLP the Hell outta all the parts an' air-hose the CLP back off. The CLP residue will be sufficient for your break-in if you clean and lube during your break-in outtings.
The tolerances on Steyr products are tight to begin with an' ya gotta let the mating surfaces hone themselves to perfection. How much lube you use will depend on your shooting habits, 100 rds atta time or 500 rounds atta go, or if you take time to clean an' lube between mags of downrange time. <shrug>
You get the idea.
And, you have the new extractor so the head-knockers are a bit of a surprise, makes me think ya got gunk in the extractor channel.
What ammo are ya usin'? That could be an issue, as well.
Steyr 9x19MM pistols are designed for 124 gr. NATO ammo, or around +P specs. After the break-in period, lighter loads are more apt to perform with greater cycling reliability.
Steyr products are works of art an' ya gotta "grok" 'em.
I spoke to Jeff Reece a few weeks ago & explained to him my issues. He overnighted a ups box and replaced the extractor indicator, spring & pin. A week later I had it back. Took the M9-A1 out last weekend for the 2nd time. I went through 110 rounds of WWB 115 grain & 50 rounds Geco 124 grain. I had 1 fte with the Winchester 115 and no problems with the Geco 124. Ejection looked with the 115 grain but looked better with the 124 grain. I know I need to break the Steyr in some more but now I'm very happy with it.
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