Tuesday, May 18, 2010

The wife's (my) new S&W M&P 45

Here is a great link about the Smith & Wesson M&P 45 by Shootingtimes.com.  My wife got hers at the Bass Pro Shop.  The sales guy was very knowledgable and was very helpful.

My wifes brand new Smith & Wesson M&P 45 in it's case. 
You will also see 2 (of 7) magazines loaded with hollow points and extra grips.

Pull the slide fully tot he rear, press upward ont he slidestop while letting the slide move slightly forward thereby locking the slide open.

Frame tool

To access the frame tool, rotate it 1/4 turn in either direction and pull it out of the frame.

View from the top - through the ejection port with the slide locked open 

The manual says to use the frame tool to lower the sear deactivation lever down into the magazine well. 
I'd use some other tool to do that.  If you keep pulling the frame tool out, it could become loose and fall out of your weapon.

Rotate the take down lever clockwise

Remove the slide from the frame by pulling it slightly rearward then forward while being creful to retain the recoil spring and guide rode assembly.

Remove the recoil spring from below the barrel and then remove the barrel from the bottom of the slide.
These are the parts you will have after field stripping

Right out of the box, the pistol was great to shoot.  The grip felt very nice in the hand and the slide lock and magazine release are both in comfortable reach.  Get to the range and do some shooting.  To become comfortable shooting under stress, you need to train your muscles how to do it when your brain is thinking about what your enemy is trying to do.

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