M&P40 Help Please...

Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by ZeusEcho, Jul 5, 2009.

  1. ZeusEcho

    ZeusEcho Member Lifetime Supporter

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    So I finally got my first pistol, a S&W M&P40. :D

    I'll be headed to the range tomorrow but I don't know if there is anything I should do before shooting the gun for the first time. Does it need to be oiled or anything? Also what about cleaning it after I'm done?

    I'm not a novice shooter, just a noob owner.

    Any tips would be greatly appreciated. :)
     
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  2. IGETEVEN

    IGETEVEN New Member

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    Everything he said about the M&P, except the Glock information. You can file that Glock intell in case you change your mind about the M&P, but most unlikely. :p
     

  3. ZeusEcho

    ZeusEcho Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Cool, thanks man. Just curious why specifically you prefer to shoot the Glocks?

    My father in law has a Glock 40 (I think the G23?) so I'll be able to shoot them side by side.
     
  4. dnthmn2004

    dnthmn2004 New Member

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    First, great choice in your first handgun. It was my first handgun also. Its now my daily carry.

    I would make yourself very familiar in the mechanics of it so your not fumbling with it at the range. Clean it and oil it according to the manual. Have fun at the range - of course follow the four rules of firearms and your range's rules. Once you get home, clean it and oil it according to the manual.
     
  5. UnderFire

    UnderFire New Member

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    Smith&Wesson's M&P series are great firearms. I own a .40c model.
    The break-down and assembly is so simple, I love it. You've already got the best advice on the pre-range trip. I agree with the above advice totally.
    It always cracks me up when I see someone buy a new firearm and ask to go on the range with it right after purchase.:eek:

    Anyway, lets get down to some serious stuff....
    are you planning on going to the range with your two cute friends!!;)
     
  6. ZeusEcho

    ZeusEcho Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Why do you need to clean and lube a NEW gun before shooting it? It does not come from the factory ready to go?

    LOL...would be nice to go to the range with the cuties the avatar, but they are just some random internet babes. :D

    I posted a range report in the RR Forum.
     
  7. UnderFire

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    For one thing, the gun has been tested at the mfg, before being packaged, so the barrel has some fragment remnants left behind that need to be cleaned out. Another thing the mfg. doesn't know if the firearm is going to sit in some warehouse somewhere waiting to be used or if it's going to be sold & used right away, so the machined parts are covered with a heavy oil even grease like. If someone starts to use their new firearm without removing this grease like material it can start to melt during use at the local range causing problems such as; excessive heat, chambering malfunctions, etc.

    It's always best to clean a new firearm thoroughly before use. Some mfg's suggest cleaning before use and also after the first 250 rounds have been ran through it before continuing with more rounds.
     
  8. WDB

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    It's already been expressed but a feild strip and clean is a good idea more than cleaning what is already a clean firearm (pistols are cleaned by S&W after the test fire round). It will help you get familar with the mechanics of the pistol and improves your confidance. I clean my firearms after every trip to the range, it's a good time to look for wear and a well cleaned firearm preforms better.

    Let us know how your first outting goes and what you think of the pistol. I own a couple M&P's and truly like them.
     
  9. ZeusEcho

    ZeusEcho Member Lifetime Supporter

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    OK thanks man. I knew it should be done but just didn't know the exact reasons. ;)
     
  10. UnderFire

    UnderFire New Member

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    reread his last post...:rolleyes:
     
  11. WDB

    WDB New Member

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    I just did
     
  12. stick_man

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    The M&P is a great handgun, but on many of them I have heard the triggers are kind of ugly for a while. It is not a real clean, crisp break at first, but I noticed a marked improvement in mine after the first 100 rounds or so. I have heard that after 250 or so it has polished itself up a bit and is pretty nice.

    Indeed, the only complaint I have about my MP40 is the trigger (but it is not too bad now after 200 rounds and improving). I have been able to get pretty decent groups out of some cheap (relatively) Blazer Brass rounds as well as the WWB that I have been using to break in the gun a little. After about 500 rounds or so, I will start checking for accuracy loads with it.

    When all is said and done, I believe the M&P is one of the finest polymers out there on the market today. It was a tough choice between it and the XDm but have never regretted the decision to go with the "made in USA".
     
  13. ZeusEcho

    ZeusEcho Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Yeah man, same thing here about the trigger but I knew that going into it- it's no 1911 that's for sure. My groupings have improved allot already and I'v got about 330 rounds through it now.

    I shot my father in law's Glock 40 the same day and didn't notice that much difference except I like the feel of the M&P a little better.

    Made in USA is always a good way to go :D