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Bought mine from CSL instructor in Dallas. Love the size and weight. Been checking out this site since I got it on 12/15, but just got first chance to get out to the range.

I'm no expert by any means. This site has been very helpful. My only other hand gun is a Baretta 92.

This little thing definitely takes some getting used to. Difficult to hold and rough on the hands after a few magazines, but like I have read - you can't beat the size.

Gunsmith recommended shooting a bit with a few drops of oil and then a little F&B afterward.

Started with 100 FMJ (as recommended) but realized they were flat nosed (WalMart). Couldn't get through a magazine without failing to extract and jamming the next round up (FTE?). Also noticed first round seldom went in without a nudge on the back of the slide.

Tried to 50 WalMart JHP. Pretty much same problem. Maybe a little better.

Finally tried the intended ammo - Silver Tips. Gave up after 12 rounds. Gun hated them.

Left it with the gunsmith to do some F&B but still won't get through a clip of Silvertips.

Hate to say it, but some of it may just be my grip. Going to try to go through the full F&B and lube on the site here. I'm sure it will help.

Love the gun, but gotta make it shoot! Nowhere near giving up on it yet.

Like the idea of porting and the look, but does it really help on this small of a gun? Would really like to make it easier for my wife to shoot. Also like the Cera-Guard at APW. Any who has done these please comment.

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First, limp-wresting will never cause a fail-to-extract problem where the extractor is slipping off the case rim with the case still in the chamber.

And I seriously doubt a F&B is going to fix it either, although polishing the chamber might be a good idea.

Most likely cause is a loose extractor spring screw.

Ask your gunsmith guy to de-grease the threads with solvent and put it back together with Blue Loctite.
That will most likely cure the problem.


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rcmodel, thanks for the reply. Glad to hear I'm not limp wristing. You've spared my manhood.

Also mean to mention that I did notice a new flat spot on the head of the recoil spring guide. Is this normal? Only have about 200 rounds through it so far.

The gunsmith cautioned against breaking it down too often due to the fragile spring holding the assembly pin. Is this thing that fragile?

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NO, the spring isn't fragile at all.
I have never heard of one breaking or wearing out.

The problem comes if you don't hold firm pressure on the plastic grip on each side of the pin when you pry it out.

The spring sets in a pocket milled in the side of the aluminum frame, and is only held in place by pressure from the side of the plastic grip.

If you try to pry the pin out with no grip pressure, it will flex away from the frame and allow the spring to slip out of place.

When you take the pin out, squeeze the frame between your thumb and fingers and then kind of "wiggle" the pin until the spring works it's way up out of the groove in the pin.

If you pry it out with one fell stroke, the grip may flex and let the spring pop out of place.

Once you get the hang of it, you can take the gun apart all you want without hurting anything.


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Agreed that it might well be a loose extractor screw and you might tip your smith to check that first. If he's not used to working on these, he may be unaware of this very common and easily resolved issue. Also, do as RC said regarding the assembly pin, and always disassemble to clean and lube after shooting. I've had mine apart scores of times.
 

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Just got mine back last week from A,P, & W for cerraguard and porting. Also had the barrel chromed. LOVE 'EM!

The black satin cerrguard looks great. The porting is a work of art. Very, very well done, and let me tell you, it makes one whale of a difference in felt recoil. I shot it side by side with my HC P3AT, and decided then and there to get it ported, too.

I sent the gun in on Nov 23rd, and got it back on Dec 22nd. All after having been told it would be 8-12 weeks. The people at A,P, & W were great to work with.

Do it. You will be so glad you did!
 
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