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Old 08-27-2012, 10:56 PM   #1
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I just got my m&p40 a few days ago, and my slide release is very stiff. I have to use both my hands to push it down. Is this normal, and is there a fix to make it smoother. Hopefully all it needs is oil... Mind you i am not weak. I have played with an m&p40 before and this was not a problem. Assistance much appreciated



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Old 08-27-2012, 11:04 PM   #2
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We were taught to simply pull the slide rearward and let it snap forward on its own power.

That method works better for me personally.

But I think your slide release may just be stiff. If it doesn't loosen up in time, perhaps see your 'smith?



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We were taught to simply pull the slide rearward and let it snap forward on its own power.

That method works better for me personally.

But I think your slide release may just be stiff. If it doesn't loosen up in time, perhaps see your 'smith?
It moves just fine by itself. It's just when the slide is back. I think it may be because of the spring tension forced on the one point makes it stiff possibly binding. But it's not that big of a deal because I can just pull the slide back. I really was just wondering if it's normal or how to make it move more freely
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StoneCat is correct! You should teach yourself to do what is called and hand over loading and function technique with the weak hand. For example if you are right handed you simply with the slide locked back and a full magazine in the pistol. Cup your hand over the top of the slide palm down with your fingers on the right side of the slide and your thumb against the left side of the slide in front of the rear sight. *And with your thumb facing to the rear then simply squeeze your hand pull the slide back slightly and let it (Fly Forward) loading the top round from your magazine. You need to learn this technique since in a crucial loading situation when fine motor skills go to H---! You could have problems finding the slide release anyway. StoneCat is dead on with his advise! So even though the Slide Release will work smother in time we do not suggest using it for loading!

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all the new sr9's ive held have been this way very hard to press...but to me its nothing because ive trained myself to pull the slide rearward by using the over hand way. its universal. no matter what pistol you have you rack the slide back and it will load, or clear a jam the same everytime. there is a lot to be said about muscle memory. so back to the point. yes the slide stop is probly just tight because its new.. my opionion as if you should use it to release the slide. i think you should try to train the other way... but thats just me

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Hmm never thought of it that way. That's a good point and I'll start training myself that way. Thanks for the info

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no problem. once i heard it, it made since to me so i did it.. before i always used the slide stop. now its great cause any pistol i grab i can do it to.. hehe.

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all the new sr9's ive held have been this way very hard to press...but to me its nothing because ive trained myself to pull the slide rearward by using the over hand way. its universal. no matter what pistol you have you rack the slide back and it will load, or clear a jam the same everytime. there is a lot to be said about muscle memory. so back to the point. yes the slide stop is probly just tight because its new.. my opionion as if you should use it to release the slide. i think you should try to train the other way... but thats just me
I agree releasing the slide with slide stop is for the movies. You should always rack the slide with your weak hand.
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I call it a slide catch, this way I use it to lock it not to release it.

Even when I'm doing a dry run with the pistol I use it while still pulling the slide back... 2nd nature.

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I just got my m&p40 a few days ago, and my slide release is very stiff. I have to use both my hands to push it down. Is this normal, and is there a fix to make it smoother. Hopefully all it needs is oil... Mind you i am not weak. I have played with an m&p40 before and this was not a problem. Assistance much appreciated
The catch on my new 9 shield is very stiff. I didn't notice it cause I had pulled the slide back as mentioned by others.
I only have shot 103 rounds with it.
A friend that knew I had just bought the gun wanted to check it out. I cleared the weapon and handed it to him with slide open. He tried his hardest to use the slide release button an it took him a few tries. I told him I always rack by slightly pulling back on slide and letting it go. I had no idea this was the "correct" method. He acted like I should do it his way. I blew it off and now I have confirmation of my common sense.

I have noticed even over the last 10 minutes before this post that it loosened up quite a bit by actually using it. I would prefer it to be a more positive catch than easily releasable so I stopped messing around and holstered my weapon.


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