I have had the issue with “failure to lock back” with my shield 45. It’s been an inconsistent issue since I purchased it. At first I did have to address the bigger recoil (it’s not bad, but it’s different than 9mm). I am not having limp wristing issues, but failure but failure to lock back still occurs. I’ve figured out it is where my hand comes in contact with the slide release. The 9mm shield slide release is very stiff and it’s virtually impossible to ride it. The Shield 45 slide release is functional and sensitive.
My first handgun was a PC smith and Wesson Shield 9mm. Few months ago I wanted a spare carry gun. I wanted to stick with the same feel and system. I ended up getting the shield 45. The shield 45 is my carry gun %99 of the time now. I shoot my shield .45 very well now. I was really happy today. I’m keeping small groups, and I stay on target with rapid fire. My issue is I don’t really want to change my grip if it works… but riding close to the slide will will cause failure to lock back… then I run the tap and rack drill simply to lock back and empty gun than start the reload.
I know that was a lot. I just wanted to discuss this. Not sure if it’s a big deal, I’ve heard people have this happen some times. I watched a carry trainer video on how to fix it, but that would mean changing my grip from when I first started shooting a few years ago.