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    Just purchased a Smith & Wesson Model M&P 45 Pistol

    I Just purchased a Smith & Wesson Model M&P 45 Pistol and pick it up this Tuesday afternoon, anyone else have the same? seems like a good pistol, the grip is really comfortable, and I can get Crimson Trace Laser sights for the Grip, which i like because it is built in, not an external lazer. Any comments? Cant wait to shoot it now.........



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    Quote Originally Posted by cowboyridn View Post
    I Just purchased a Smith & Wesson Model M&P 45 Pistol and pick it up this Tuesday afternoon, anyone else have the same? seems like a good pistol, the grip is really comfortable, and I can get Crimson Trace Laser sights for the Grip, which i like because it is built in, not an external lazer. Any comments? Cant wait to shoot it now.........



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    Congrats. I don't have the .45 (yet.... ), but I do have a M&P .40 (with an additional .357Sig barrel). Great handgun. It fits my hand well and shoots great. I think you'll be happy with it. After you put some rounds through it, let us know what you think....

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    i think you should return to the gun store immediately, it's obviously an errant transaction if you didnt buy one for me!

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    I have the full size 9 and the 45C. The total fire power is the same for each, applying the formula 2X9 = 45
    Both great guns, especially after you run a couple hundred rounds through them. Rather than messing with the take down tool in the grip I use an eyeglass screwdriver. Be sure to follow the instructions regarding the little take down lever in the mag well.

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    I have the M&P .40 I like it. Just remember without a mag you cant fire a round in the chamber. I belive its that way on all M&P pistols

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    Great Gun! I have an M&P .40 and I actually just bought a 2nd one 2 weeks ago. I have never ever had a single misfire, jam, stovepipe, or any other malfunction... I would most definately trust my life to it, and it is my carry gun. I'm sure you will enjoy this handgun as much as I do. Btw, if you do use the take down tool in the grip, make sure you slide it ALL THE WAY UP into its hole before locking it into place, I will turn itself into place if not seated right, but it wears the notch off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elysium View Post
    I have the M&P .40 I like it. Just remember without a mag you cant fire a round in the chamber. I belive its that way on all M&P pistols
    Mine you can. I think the "mag safety" is required by some states. Something to consider as you travel between states if you have a multi-state reciprocity carry permit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elysium View Post
    I have the M&P .40 I like it. Just remember without a mag you cant fire a round in the chamber. I belive its that way on all M&P pistols
    Actually, the exact opposite is true. The gun will fire with the magazine removed. If you get confused, read the white lettering on the right side of your slide- "Caution: capable of firing with magazine removed"

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    I sold alot of the 9mm version when I worked at the Gun store, excellent pistol ! The Ladies really like them due to their slim grip.
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    Quote Originally Posted by McX View Post
    i think you should return to the gun store immediately, it's obviously an errant transaction if you didnt buy one for me!
    I got one of them..........................just sayin

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    Quote Originally Posted by rotorhead View Post
    Actually, the exact opposite is true. The gun will fire with the magazine removed. If you get confused, read the white lettering on the right side of your slide- "Caution: capable of firing with magazine removed"
    They are offered both ways
    Mine has the mag safty I actually like having it when performing the Wisconsin vehicle transport shuffle several times a day

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    Quote Originally Posted by cowboyridn View Post
    I Just purchased a Smith & Wesson Model M&P 45 Pistol and pick it up this Tuesday afternoon, anyone else have the same? seems like a good pistol, the grip is really comfortable, and I can get Crimson Trace Laser sights for the Grip, which i like because it is built in, not an external lazer. Any comments? Cant wait to shoot it now.........



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    I can't say much for the M&P, as I am not a fan of guns without an exposed hammer. I will say that I do like the fact that this gun is a double action, hope you never need it, but it could save you some day. Everything I have read about the M&P line looks good.
    I also am a big fan of Crimson Trace Laser sights. I got it on a .38 Spl. and a .45 ACP. I keep them set for close targets (about 15-20 feet). At that range, I don't need to get the gun to eye level to be able to hit my target. I do wish the grips were in green laser, but I guess we have to wait a little longer for that...

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldschool View Post
    They are offered both ways
    Mine has the mag safty I actually like having it when performing the Wisconsin vehicle transport shuffle several times a day
    Ahh my mistake.

    I haven't seen any of those versions down this way. Y'all up there must get the special treatment sorta like California.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rotorhead View Post
    Ahh my mistake.

    I haven't seen any of those versions down this way. Y'all up there must get the special treatment sorta like California.
    yes we are sooooo blessed

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    lol

    Well, I don't mean to make light of a bad situation. Sorry about that. Some of that stuff just seems so foreign to me, that's all.

    More toward the OP- grats on the M&P. I have the .40 cal version and it's been a flawless gun thus far. Great for every day carry, shoots well, fits well, easily cleaned, no issues whatsoever with feeding, etc.

    I haven't shot the .45 version yet but I can imagine that it's just as good. Have fun with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rotorhead View Post
    lol

    Well, I don't mean to make light of a bad situation. Sorry about that. Some of that stuff just seems so foreign to me, that's all.


    No offense taken

    To be clear the mag safety is not a requirement in Wisconsin.
    I just like the feature because we have to unload and incase every time we enter a vehicle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AaronS View Post
    I will say that I do like the fact that this gun is a double action...
    Getting technical about it, the M&Ps are actually single-action striker fired guns. The slide must be racked to re-cock it.

    I switched to an M&P9 full size with thumb safeties last fall. I've put at least 1000+ rounds through it of various ammos and only had two failures, and those were with the cheapest steel cased rounds I've used (so 99% certain it wasn't the gun's fault.) I like the incredibly low bore hight and interchangeable grip sizes, and the increase mag capacity over my previous carry gun is a welcome thing. They are fantastic guns, and they've built up quite a following in the few years they've been out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AaronS View Post
    I can't say much for the M&P, as I am not a fan of guns without an exposed hammer. I will say that I do like the fact that this gun is a double action, hope you never need it, but it could save you some day. Everything I have read about the M&P line looks good.
    I also am a big fan of Crimson Trace Laser sights. I got it on a .38 Spl. and a .45 ACP. I keep them set for close targets (about 15-20 feet). At that range, I don't need to get the gun to eye level to be able to hit my target. I do wish the grips were in green laser, but I guess we have to wait a little longer for that...
    They are striker fired, so not DA. The only striker fired pistols that are DA are made by Taurus, like my 24-7 OSS. That being said, I agree with you on liking an external hammer. That's why I carry 1911s or my Hi-Power. Still, the M&P is a fine weapon and I would have bought one in .45ACP had it offered the "second strike" capability of the 24/7. Like all Smiths, well made, 100% reliable and good capacity in .45. I have a SIG Lite laser/light that fits perfectly on the rail of the 24/7 or my full sized SIG 1911 rail model. While I'm more accurate with iron sights, a laser when you hear a noise at 2 AM is very comforting--especially with a 130 lumen strobe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rotorhead View Post
    Actually, the exact opposite is true. The gun will fire with the magazine removed. If you get confused, read the white lettering on the right side of your slide- "Caution: capable of firing with magazine removed"
    Yeah I have a model that cannot fire without a mag and has no little white letters. My S&W bodyguard 380 does however have those letters. I belive the mag safety was made for LEOs to be able to eject the mag in case of a struggle. Id rather be able to fire without a mag. that is my only complaint about the M&P that I have.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gunslinger View Post
    They are striker fired, so not DA. The only striker fired pistols that are DA are made by Taurus, like my 24-7 OSS. That being said, I agree with you on liking an external hammer. That's why I carry 1911s or my Hi-Power. Still, the M&P is a fine weapon and I would have bought one in .45ACP had it offered the "second strike" capability of the 24/7. Like all Smiths, well made, 100% reliable and good capacity in .45. I have a SIG Lite laser/light that fits perfectly on the rail of the 24/7 or my full sized SIG 1911 rail model. While I'm more accurate with iron sights, a laser when you hear a noise at 2 AM is very comforting--especially with a 130 lumen strobe.
    IDPA considers glocks DA, as does glock.

    I dont agree, but thats what they say, lol. I'de give them 1 1/2 action maybe

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    Quote Originally Posted by apierce918 View Post
    IDPA considers glocks DA, as does glock.

    I dont agree, but thats what they say, lol. I'de give them 1 1/2 action maybe
    If you have to work the slide in any manner to "recock" it's not DA. I know they call the "safety" trigger DA, but true DA fires every time you pull the trigger. Taurus uses "second strike" which sounds cooler and is truly SA/DA even though striker fired. Funny thing about the 24/7 is that I prefer the DA pull to the SA pull. Very smooth, if a little long. The SA is too gritty, but then I'm used to SIG 1911s.
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    My Smith & Wesson SW99 is striker fired and DA/SA. It has a decocker and no manual safety. It's smooth in both modes because I disassembled the mechanism and fluffed & buffed some sharp edges and rough spots.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gunslinger View Post
    If you have to work the slide in any manner to "recock" it's not DA. I know they call the "safety" trigger DA, but true DA fires every time you pull the trigger. Taurus uses "second strike" which sounds cooler and is truly SA/DA even though striker fired. Funny thing about the 24/7 is that I prefer the DA pull to the SA pull. Very smooth, if a little long. The SA is too gritty, but then I'm used to SIG 1911s.

    If this is all true then I have to change my opinion of the M&P. With out that second primer hit (true DA) I would not carry one. If you have to rack the slide to get the "hammer" to hit the round again, it is not DA at all. The only non DA guns I carry are 1911.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AaronS View Post
    If this is all true then I have to change my opinion of the M&P. With out that second primer hit (true DA) I would not carry one. If you have to rack the slide to get the "hammer" to hit the round again, it is not DA at all. The only non DA guns I carry are 1911.
    Hey $.02 is just 2 cents...
    I can see that. On the other hand, if it fails to fire the first time I want to rack it again to clear the round out for a fresh one anyway. If it didn't go bang the first time, I want it out of there to give another round a chance to make me proud.

    I understand wanting to give it another chance by simply pulling the trigger though like a true DA should let you, though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by davegran View Post
    My Smith & Wesson SW99 is striker fired and DA/SA. It has a decocker and no manual safety. It's smooth in both modes because I disassembled the mechanism and fluffed & buffed some sharp edges and rough spots.
    Yeah, that's the bastard child of Smith and Walther. Nice gun, but I believe they copied the Taurus mechanism--including the decocker to move to "DA" mode. Nothing wrong with copying a good design. Can't think of any other striker fired that have 2nd shot capability. Glock's design is so old, why change it.? Plus, it works pretty well and hard primers on quality centerfire ammo are quite rare.

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