Is this your first handgun? Semi-auto pistol?
I've read your account and a few things are not completely clear THOUGH it does sound like the gun is malfunctioning.
"Just purchased a 709 slim for my wife. Took it home and cleaned it thoroughly, except for the magazine. Using PMC 9mm lugers - decent ammo in my experience - what grain and type of bullet - 115gr FMJ most likely but post up.
and my first pull what do you mean by pull? Magazine in, racked slide to chamber a round then pulled the trigger? ended in bullets ejecting from the gun. Did the round fire, the slide cycled and a round from the magazine fail to chamber - this is not clear Once it got down to 5 bullets in the mag, the gun seemed to handle fine. How did it get to 5 left in the 7 round magazine? I shot two full rounds without any problem, You fired two rounds then what? reloaded the magazine (that had 3 left in it if I'm keeping up) but my wife and son had several times when the bullet ejected (I am guessing this from a video that I took and you can see the bullet coming over her right shoulder. Bullet ejected when a round was successfully fired - is it a loaded round or an empty case in the video? She took two shots and the third was dry the 3rd failed to fire and remained in the chamber? . They also had to reload several loads manually by pulling the slide back. One time the slide would not go forward all the way and I reluctantly gave it a push. This is NOT the way to chamber a round - lock the slide back insert a loaded magazine then release the slide - this (or manually and fully racking the slide) will seat the bullet in the chamber - firing a round that is NOT properly seated is dangerous. I also had one bullet that partially loaded and the next bullet jammed behind it not allowing the slide to go forward. Sounds like you have both feeding and ejection issues - more clear info is required.
Needles to say my wife doesn't trust this gun. I have read several other threads about cleaning out the magazine good, which I am going to do as soon as I get home today..." Yes - look at the magazine - every gun that you buy should get a 100% check even if it appears to be properly cleaned, lubed and cared for.
I'm not a gunsmith, not even a gun expert but I've had a 709 for a couple of years now (among my guns) and what you seem to be describing sounds like there is a potential for defects BUT you need to eliminate user error first.
Have a look at my comments - rather than respond directly to them it might be more helpful to take a breath - talk to the others that were shooting and make a clear, bullet pointed timeline of what happened. Make your language as clear as possible - welcome to the forum. There are a lot of helpful/knowledgeable folks here AND a lot of 709 owners.
**Good words from Moondawg - you can accelerate the break in period a bit by racking the slide a few hundred times to simulate rounds fired - loading and unloading magazines can also help them come to normal operation as can leaving them loaded overnight OR longer.
orry for the confusion. Yes I am a newbie and probably dont have the the tech speak down yet.
Let me try to respond to your questions one at a time:
1. Dont know the grain, but I will find out.
2. Pull meant: Magazine in, pulled back the slide, DID NOT PULL TRIGGER, the bullet ejected out the top.
3. It got down to 5 in the magazine after the above happened TWICE. no shots were fired
4. It appears to be a loaded round that ejected AFTER the empty shell discharged
5. I dont know if the third failed to fire, but when she pulled the slide back it put a bullet in the chamber and it fired.
6.They DID NOT chamber the round, they simply pulled the slide back to load the next bullet. That is what I mean by the word "Manually" Sorry.
Thanks for the help.
I feel certain that she "limp wristed" the gun and that is what caused the jam since it never happened to me once.