If you put diesel fuel in your gasoline-engined truck & found it wouldn't run, would you expect the truck's maker to replace your truck?
If it wasn't the gun, Smith & Wesson has no obligation whatever to act as your agent in dealing with Federal, they have no obligation whatever to replace your gun, and your expectations are unrealistic.
No blemish attaches to S&W.
Deal directly with Federal & go from there.
Expect nothing further from S&W beyond their kind offer to sell you a new one at a discount price. Which WAS a kind offer. They've already gone farther with you than they had to.
Last edited by DPris; February 20, 2013 at 02:02 PM.