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Old 04-13-2014, 11:06 AM   #1
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Default New M&P 22 owner...now what?

I just put down a deposit on my first handgun. When I get it, is it good to go? Can I go to the range and start using it? Is there a break-in period? Does it need to be cleaned first? How often should I clean it?

I am very familiar with the pistol as I have rented one many times during my evaluation process. I've never own a firearm before so any advice is appreciated.

Thanks in advance!



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Old 04-13-2014, 11:47 AM   #2
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Yes to all of your questions, except the one about cleaning frequency. I like to clean my guns within a couple of days of them having been shot, however, if I know I'll shoot them again, within a week or so, and they aren't too dirty, I'll forego cleaning.

I like to pull each gun out of my safe atleast once a year to inspect it and give it a light oiling.


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Well I imagine who ever you purchased it from will be more than willing to teach you how to break it down for cleaning. A inspection and pre cleaning (more less oiling) is also a great idea before shooting a new firearm of any type.

After this I would most definitely put some rounds through it. The more the merrier.

Of course, after shooting you will want to do a cleaning and inspection. We have some good write ups on various cleaning techniques if you want to check our write up forum section.

Enjoy your pistol and more importantly be a responsible owner by educating yourself in firearm safety and general knowledge of its functions.
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Congratulations on your purchase! I have the 9mm and 9c versions and love them.

Proper handgun etiquette:

1) Get pistol home and caress it so it knows its loved

2) Field strip pistol and clean and lubricate well

3) Reassemble pistol

4) Take to the range and shoot the snot out of it

5) When home and you have time, re-clean the pistol

6) Rinse, repeat.
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Step one is the most important step. Don't forget to caress it! (Safely)
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Keep your 22 clean and it will serve you well!


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With any new gun, I recommend learning how to break it down and clean it appropriately, and then reassemble it properly.

New guns usually arrive to gun shops with oils that are more for protection during storage than for lubrication and often in such large amounts that they can actually gum up with shooting, more than a simple thin coat would.

.22 Rimfire semi-autos can be picky about ammo, especially early in their use. So, be prepared to try several brands of ammo early in your use of a new .22. They usually get less finicky with age and use.

With .22s I tend to go more rounds before doing full cleanings, but I do lube them and wipe them down after each use. Since .22 LR ammo is no corrosive and they shoot lead they are not hard on the bore.

Other than that enjoy the new pistol.
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Most Umerax guns tend to not like hollow points. Clean it well and enjoy.

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Congratulations on your purchase! I have the 9mm and 9c versions and love them.

Proper handgun etiquette:

1) Get pistol home and caress it so it knows its loved

2) Field strip pistol and clean and lubricate well

3) Reassemble pistol

4) Take to the range and shoot the snot out of it

5) When home and you have time, re-clean the pistol

6) Rinse, repeat.
Item 5) When you get home "Make time to clean it."
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Go here and there are videos on the gun from S&W. Just click on the appropriate video.
http://www.smith-wesson.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Product4_750001_750051_833059_-1_773655_757781_757781_ProductDisplayErrorView_Y


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