M&P 45 range report and issues


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Old 07-11-2011, 05:25 AM   #1
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I finally got to put some ammo through my new M&P 45. Fired Winchester 230gr FMJ beautifully except for one problem. The slide didn't lock back, not once during the whole range day. This thoroughly disappointed me and my first thought was "Should of just bought another Glock".

The problem wasn't a magazine issue because it didn't lock back with both magazines that came with the gun. It's obviously the slide stop and should be an easy fix. I know S&W will take care of it. Other than that, it's an accurate gun, great ergo and smooth draw. We shot cans and melons so I don't have any target paper to show you guys but here's a photo of a melon that I shot with a Winchester Ranger LE .45 hollow point.



Well whats left of it anyway....



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Old 07-11-2011, 05:28 AM   #2
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Nice! Bummer about the issue you have with it though, but atleast you know S&W will take care of it.



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I have a similar issue with my M&P 9. The slide locks open after the last round in the magazine, but it racks the first round of the next magazine as I place it into the pistol with a little authority. Note: I never said that I touched the slide release. This seemed to be a quirk of my pistol until I read this range report.

The pistol performs wonderfully other than that. Feels great, shoots accurately. Three magazines worth of rounds at 15 feet and I can punch a palm-sized hole out of the center of a paper target.

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Sorry to hear about your .45. I have the same gun and I've had no problems....so far.

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I'll keep you guys updated on this

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This is not a malfunction. As I understand it the M&P is designed to release the slide when a loaded magazine is inserted. And, IMHO it is a good feature for a duty weapon.

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OK, if you insert an empty mag into the mag and rack the slide, does it lock back then?

This may be shooter induced issue. As you shoot, the mag gets depled and the gun gets lighter. The last round fired leaves the gun very light and more prone to "limp wristing".

Lighter framed guns (alloy and polymer) are more prone to this than steel framed guns. Try a good solid, locked wrist and elbow, hold before you go sending it off.

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OK, if you insert an empty mag into the mag and rack the slide, does it lock back then?

This may be shooter induced issue. As you shoot, the mag gets depled and the gun gets lighter. The last round fired leaves the gun very light and more prone to "limp wristing".

Lighter framed guns (alloy and polymer) are more prone to this than steel framed guns. Try a good solid, locked wrist and elbow, hold before you go sending it off.
That's a good point, I'll test that out later, Thanks for the info robocop.
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We just went to the M&P at work. We have not seen that issue with the slide not locking back on the last round. I do notice on a mag reload if you really slam the mag in the slide will go forward. I've noticed it on my compact as well. However if I don't slam the mag in the slide stays back. Sounds kinda common in the M&P. Hope you get your issue worked out. I've heard Smith is pretty good about taking care of their customers.

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Make sure that your thumb is not on the slide stop.



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