It seems that it needs a break in period. When I first bought it (3 months ago) 2 o 3 rounds a magazine did not seem to go in the entire way or they went in at an angle and jammed that way. About 400 rounds later things have gotten progressively better. Last week I fired 130 rounds and only 3 rounds did not seat the entire way into the breach.
I have to take my thumb and push the slide forward about 1/4 inch to push the round in the entire way. What bothers me is that my cheaper Beretta 32 cal has never had one single malfunction but my more expensive Walther is not near as reliable. I know this is a good Pistol but I just can't depend on a Pistol that jams that often.
Have you ever seen this?
That sounds a tad scarey...does it do it when you are shooting or only when you first chamber a round. I assume it is the later as you probably would not notice after the first shot, and if it was not closing all the way seems like you would definantly notice it! Please do not take this wrong but when I first started chambering the first round I would carefully close the slide instead of pulling it back and letting it go full force...how do you do it?
I had a similar problem with a brand new 40S&W P99 and called the warranty branch first. They sent me a FEDEX label and the necessary numbers for a return. Call first is my advise. Didn't cost me a cent.
Did talk with the Gunsmith at the S&W Headquarters this morning and he said that it simply needed some more break in time. It has gotten less and less the more rounds I fire through the Pistol. I also use range reloads and because this a very tightly made pistol it probably does not have the play and room for error a Glock or other pistols have.
I am going to fire another 100 round before I decide.
I used Walrep (S&W service for Walthers) and sent my P22 in for service in Jan. About a 1 week turnaround time, door to door; real fast. And they fixed the problems!
When I called S&W (the phone number on the service card that came with the P22), they gave me their Fed Ex Account # & instructions on what to put on the Fed Ex sheet.
Couldn't take the time off to drive it over to Springfield, 2 hrs each way.
On another note, have not had any issues in >1000 rnds with the P99 9mm.
Problem solved........... buy factory ammo, range reloads always have sucked, and always will suck. If you are shooting range reload .40's, you take the chance of having some MAJOR problems.
Would you buy a $70k Mercedes, then shop around the convenience stores for the cheapest gasoline you could find?
Got an another email from Walther Headquarters and they said that I should fire another 500 rounds through my P99.
That was what I was hoping to hear, I am pretty sure it is a ammo and or breaking in situation here.