I purchased a SW1911PD w/crimson trace about 2 years ago and have only put about 200 rounds through it. While reassembling the gun after cleaning, I accidentally dropped the gun from waist level and the front of the frame impacted the concrete range floor at my PD. As a result, the frame cracked off on each side about a 1/4 to 1/2 inch. I called SW and explained the issue and they told me to send it in along with a letter explaining the issue. It costed me $60 to FedEx overnight it to S.W.. About 2 weeks later I get an invoice in the mail for $445 (LEO discount applied).
I call S/W back and talk to a rep who says that the damage was my fault since I dropped it. I explain to him that it occured during reassembly after cleaning and that the gun should not be damaged from a 3 foot fall. I don't know if the scandium alloy they use is a weak material or what. I've dropped my cell phone from distances much higher and have no damage. How is it possible that such an insignificant drop could cause this damage? I could understand if I ran over it with a tank or dropped it out of an airplane like a Glock but a 3 foot fall, C'mon!
Anyways, if you were on the fence about buying one of these scandium guns, my advice is to stay away from it unless you plan on putting it in a velvet lined case that is only inches from a carpeted floor.
The durability is unacceptable. At least I know not to ever consider using this as a duty gun.
If you agree with me that this hould not have heappened then please pass the word to anyone you know who is considering this gun.
Here's a link to the model I have: