You’ve never had the rattle while holding down the striker block? I thought this was common practice, but I’m not sure if this is true for all striker fired guns. My other M&Ps do rattle, but this gun is also a 45 (not sure if that makes a difference). I’m also not sure if this is really an accurate test for all guns.
What’s insane is I know I’ve heard the test and read you can test the firing pin by holding the firing pin block down and shaking the slide… a rattle is a sign of clean chamber. But I cant find anything on it now . Wonder if it was just internet mumbo jumbo.
I’d like to take the striker out one more time and really get everything out, but the Shield .45 rear plate is absolutely insane to get off. I had to have an extra set of hands with pliers to get it off (@KillJoy) while I held the striker assembly back. For My other pistols this is an extremely easy process.
I wiped everything down with patches and cleared the channel out with a Q-tip. Put it all back together. So all should be fine. I’m just really obsessive about ensuring proper function from my self defense tools.
I really think if I try to get it out again, I may damage the striker assembly and the rear plate.
Remember to leave the striker channel DRY… so once you cleaned and lubed it, run Q-Tips several times to be sure all is dry.
And I’m wondering why you experiencing rear plate removal so hard. It works exactly same way as regular M&P and it’s so easy…
Perhaps there is something wrong with striker? Have you checked all parts? Nothing broken or missed?
From what I’ve read online, this is very normal for the Shield 45. It goes in at a very weird angle and it fits very tightly. It is not the same design as the other M&Ps. Most people end up using a screwdriver or a hammer to help out. This is my biggest complaint with the gun. I should be able to remove that plate easily for maintenance.
I also read the Shield 45 uses a unique striker block, so I wonder if that also plays a role in if I would get a rattle or not like other models.
It’s not a very popular gun these days. It was a big deal when it came out, but now there’s just not a lot information on it.
Seriously though, I bought the 45 shield as a fun back up carry gun, it’s a great shooter. I’m tempted to go back to 9mm every now and again, but most of my training has been with this Shield 45 . It’s easy to carry, and I shoot/ manipulate it well. Just wish I wasn’t OCD about this darn striker rattle .