As I discussed here, I had to send my Smith 9c back to the factory. The magazine catch design is defective and the pistol drops mags.
Not a good feature in a self defense carry pistol! Certainly not a good feature in a law enforcement carry pistol either.
Yesterday, without notice, and lucky we were home to sign for it..... the Big Brown Truck brought a package. My 9mm had returned home.
Smith and Wesson enclosed a one sentence letter. They replaced the magazine catch. Checking out the pistol, that is exactly what they did. No more, no less. It now has a new catch, of exactly the same design as the previous one. The only difference being the new catch might have a coating on the metal part. Maybe. Perhaps.
It might just be a darker type of steel for all I can tell. If it's a coating (and I think it is) then it's pretty thin as the steel clearly shows through it. There seems to be no other difference. Engagement tension feels the same, release distance still measures a hair over .030", and it does not leave me with supreme confidence.
I wish I could say otherwise, as I really like this pistol. I like it a lot. I would like to say it's the best carry weapon I have ever owned (and I used to say that), but now I can't honestly make that report.
I'm going to put another five hundred rounds or so through the weapon on the range and re-evaluate it. I will probably carry it a while as well, and watch it closely. Maybe I will regain the confidence I had in it.
We'll see. I'll report here whatever the case.
I plan on examining the magazine catch for wear on a regular basis. I'll photograph it and chronicle the results right here on the blog for all the world.