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Old 08-11-2017, 07:03 PM   #51
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The gun arrived to them last Friday, which was the last day of their 2 week shop closure for the employees to have a summer vacation.

I hadn't heard anything and inquired today as to the status. I was told that the barrel has been replaced and its shipping today.

1 week turn around is pretty good, but all i gotta say is this thing better be bloody perfect.
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Old 08-11-2017, 08:02 PM   #52
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Been following your thread-best of luck.
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Old 08-15-2017, 02:11 AM   #53
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Well, I got the gun back from its SECOND trip to the factory because of the "smeared" rifling and canted front sight.

Supposedly they installed a new barrel. Sight looked mostly straight so I looked at the rifling, it was "better" but still smeared and one of the roughest forcing cones i have ever seen. I'd say the "smear" of the rifling was reduced by 50% or so, but its still clearly present.

I figured that means they think its fine to fire. So, I went and ran 300 rounds through it, various factory loads, .38spl and .357. I noticed I was hitting a little right, so adjusted the rear sight a few clicks. Got better, but then later I noticed it again. I chalked it up to me being new to the N frame and the trigger etc. I had one light strike but not sure why, i am going to say it was the ammo.

When I got home I noticed it looked light the front sight drifted left slightly. I wiggled it with my finger and oh joy:

It literally fell RIGHT out. Like, i didnt have to tap it, i didnt have to press with all my might, I literally pushed it right out with one finger.

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Sigh. Yet again, I guess this is what $1000 buys after they had THREE opportunities to make it right....once from the factory, once on the first trip, once on the second trip....and the gun still is less than 100%.

I dunno, I'm dumb founded. Can I put the sight back in with loctite? Can I stake it with a punch and then fit it back in myself? Yes. Should I have to? No. Thats the whole damn point. Each time it comes back less than 100%, I convince myself to overlook or cope with one or more imperfections, and then I find yet another issue.

I'm so over this, I'm going to sleep on it before I do anything rash, but I think its time for a refund and to take my business elsewhere. Some stuff just ain't meant to work out, how many signs does a guy need?
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Old 08-15-2017, 02:20 AM   #54
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Wow, just wow, What has happened to the once great name of Smith & Wesson?? My newer S&W revolver, isn't near the quality of my older ones, but nothing like that, it's just sad, they have come to this!!
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Old 08-15-2017, 02:31 AM   #55
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it has become apparent to me that the core competency of Smith & Wesson is in base level production quality guns, and not in anything that is custom or even remotely expanded or improved upon.

Time for a Ruger Redhawk 8 shooter....
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Light strike is probably because the strain screw is loose.
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Light strike is probably because the strain screw is loose.
1 non-ignoted round out of 300+, it doesnt seem like the issue is the strain screw, which is and has been tight.

But its all a moot point anyway because I no longer desire to own this epic POS
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If you still have the contact info for the supervisor I would make a heated call.
Either whole new perfect gun or all money back.
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If you still have the contact info for the supervisor I would make a heated call.
Either whole new perfect gun or all money back.
I think that's the approach I will take.

I don't even know if I want a new gun anymore like...how many signs do I need? This doesn't seem like it's meant to be
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Wow dude I just read through all your updates. I've had horror stories myself (e.g. Taurus PT145) but nothing quite like this, especially at the custom gun price point. I can empathize with the extreme level of disappointment you are feeling though.
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