My diagnosis: CHEAP GARBAGE AMMO
Note the following from the article:
I fired 120 rounds that day at the range. 100 rounds of Remington UMC ammo and 20 rounds of Corbon JHP +P. I experienced three of the same malfunctions with the Remington ammunition
No problems with the Corbon. Coincidence?
My son and I fired the weapon on August 13 with 50 rounds of Winchester White Box and 50 rounds of Blazer Brass, both 230g ball factory ammo. I had one malfunction with the Winchester ammo, and my 16 year-old son had the same malfunction with the Blazer Brass
Again, the cheapest ammo you can buy.
I have had similar problems using cheap ammo with my G26. I would get the occasional FTE (Failure To Extract) when I was positive I was not limp wristing. This was ALWAYS when I was using a low end ammo such as Winchester white box, Remington UMC, Blazer, or Wolf, all which are notoriously underpowered. I never had one problem with higher priced self defense ammo.
Reading the forums it seems to happen a fair bit with sub-compact models. I agree that it is unfortunate that the issue exists, but you can’t blame a malfunction on the gun itself, when you are feeding it garbage.
I’d like to see a few hundred self defense rounds ran through that G36. I would be willing to bet there would be no issues at all.
From what I have read, I don’t believe Glock should have lost the lawsuit. That said, the situation should never have even reached that point. I would have liked to see them step up earlier on (after the 2nd set of issues) and apologize to Chris about his G36, and offer to exchange it for another gun. If they would have done that, both parties could have saved a lot of time and effort over something so trivial.