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This is going to seem like a stupid question, but I am new to the mp family (just bought it today, first gun purchase) and I am getting different info from various sources.
I have been told, have read, have been instructed to fire a few hundred rounds through my new pistol before doing ANYTHING else, from many people that are far more experienced with firearms, pistols, striker fired pistols, etc. The first thing I did after buying the gun was bring it home and read the manual in detail. In the manual from S&W it says to clean and lubricate the gun before firing any rounds through it, as it has been lubed/oiled specifically for shipping and storage purposes.
I am naturally inclined to follow the manual's instructions, for obvious reasons, but I thought I would double check first.
On a side note, I did decide on this particular gun after trying dozens of handguns of varying calibers, over many months (and many dollars) at various ranges and courses, this purchase was not done on a whim, if it matters to anyone.
Thanks in advance to anyone spending time to answer my query.
 

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Welcome to our little corner of the web!

Here's your best advice, the guy that told you to shoot it before doing anything else...don't take his advice as he has some bad habits.

As the owner's manual says, clean and lube before you do anything else, that's the one that counts, pay close attention to that one. I may have some disagreements with the owner's manual from time to time, but for the most part they are spot on.
 

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Welcome to our little corner of the web!

Here's your best advice, the guy that told you to shoot it before doing anything else...don't take his advice as he has some bad habits.

As the owner's manual says, clean and lube before you do anything else, that's the one that counts, pay close attention to that one. I may have some disagreements with the owner's manual from time to time, but for the most part they are spot on.
This.
 

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What they wrote.

Welcome to the forum.
 

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ABSOLUTELY CLEAN & LUBE IT BEFORE YOU SHOOT IT...!!!!!!!!!!!!
Each one of these guys that posted before i did, these guys are the guru`s on here.
Anything you wanna know, these guys are the ones to ask...PERIOD
 

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For me field stripping, cleaning and lubing is part of the fun of shooting.
 

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Welcome to our little corner of the web!

Here's your best advice, the guy that told you to shoot it before doing anything else...don't take his advice as he has some bad habits.

As the owner's manual says, clean and lube before you do anything else, that's the one that counts, pay close attention to that one. I may have some disagreements with the owner's manual from time to time, but for the most part they are spot on.
I concur with G56.
 

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Welcome to our little corner of the web!

Here's your best advice, the guy that told you to shoot it before doing anything else...don't take his advice as he has some bad habits.

As the owner's manual says, clean and lube before you do anything else, that's the one that counts, pay close attention to that one. I may have some disagreements with the owner's manual from time to time, but for the most part they are spot on.
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clean it first, it will take 15 minutes, why not....
 

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generally speaking i agree with cleaning and oiling first. However on occasion and since theres a indoor range at the shop i have bought many guns from over the years, i might buy a box or 2 of shells and shoot a new gun before heading home with it. IMO the only issue this might have is a misfire or ftf fte due to lack of lube or manufacturing oils grease preservatives "gunk" in the works, certainly not harmful to the gun.
 

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generally speaking i agree with cleaning and oiling first. However on occasion and since theres a indoor range at the shop i have bought many guns from over the years, i might buy a box or 2 of shells and shoot a new gun before heading home with it. IMO the only issue this might have is a misfire or ftf fte due to lack of lube or manufacturing oils grease preservatives "gunk" in the works, certainly not harmful to the gun.
Bad advice... cleaning a new gun is not only the right way to do it, you would also see if there might be any problems with it before you shoot it for the first time.
 

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generally speaking i agree with cleaning and oiling first. However on occasion and since theres a indoor range at the shop i have bought many guns from over the years, i might buy a box or 2 of shells and shoot a new gun before heading home with it. IMO the only issue this might have is a misfire or ftf fte due to lack of lube or manufacturing oils grease preservatives "gunk" in the works, certainly not harmful to the gun.
I agree, I have shot modern pistols without cleaning and lubing. I shot a semi auto mossberg shotgun without cleaning it first and I had nothing but problems with it because of the packing grease once I cleaned and lubed it properly I had no issues. Having the experience that I do now if I knew I was buying and wanted to shoot before heading home I'd just bring a rag and a small bottle of oil, break down the pistol and give it a wipe down and lube at the shop...
 

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Welcome to the group and Congrats on your new M&P, they're great pistols!

I clean mine prior to their maiden firing. The way I look at it, it gives me some intimate & personal time looking over all the dodads & doohickeys hidden by the sexy outer coverings! :D

Many people go straight to the range with their new prized possession(s) and have a great time without any failures. But some aren't so lucky and have issues....then...they come on here and go on a rant about how crappy their brand new prized possession is and ask if anyone else has had the same issue(s)! Then when asked if they cleaned and lubed it prior to shooting it they generally say "no". They are told to clean and lube and shoot it again to see if that fixes it...and what do you know...many come back and say all is well, cleaning it fixed the issue(s)!

Like I said, I clean & lube before shooting any new purchase and use quality range ammo for their first range outing. I don't want to put a ding in my confidence of the new pistol just because I didn't follow the manufacturers recommendation and/or used crappy ammo.

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Welcome to the group and Congrats on your new M&P, they're great pistols!

I clean mine prior to their maiden firing. The way I look at it, it gives me some intimate & personal time looking over all the dodads & doohickeys hidden by the sexy outer coverings! :D

Many people go straight to the range with their new prized possession(s) and have a great time without any failures. But some aren't so lucky and have issues....then...they come on here and go on a rant about how crappy their brand new prized possession is and ask if anyone else has had the same issue(s)! Then when asked if they cleaned and lubed it prior to shooting it they generally say "no". They are told to clean and lube and shoot it again to see if that fixes it...and what do you know...many come back and say all is well, cleaning it fixed the issue(s)!

Like I said, I clean & lube before shooting any new purchase and use quality range ammo for their first range outing. I don't want to put a ding in my confidence of the new pistol just because I didn't follow the manufacturers recommendation and/or used crappy ammo.

ymmv
THAT...!!!!!! ^^^^^^^^^^^^^
 

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I would definitely clean and lube first, i bought my brand new 2.0 5in FDE model a few weeks back got home field stripped it, was very dry i really didn't see any lube. I think if i would have pulled it from the box and started shooting it may have had some malfunctions it was really dry. I always clean and lube a new gun anyway makes me feel better lol.
 

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Bad advice... cleaning a new gun is not only the right way to do it, you would also see if there might be any problems with it before you shoot it for the first time.
This ^^^^^^^^. I get the grease and dirt out of the barrel before I want to shoot rounds through it. You have a brand new barrel, and how you break it in will make a difference in how it shoots.

I even go so far as to shoot 5 shots, then clean the barrel. shoot another 5 and clean it, then I'll shoot 2 mags through it, and clean again. I'd never just shoot a new or even used pistol without breaking it down and cleaning it first.
 

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This ^^^^^^^^. I get the grease and dirt out of the barrel before I want to shoot rounds through it. You have a brand new barrel, and how you break it in will make a difference in how it shoots.

I even go so far as to shoot 5 shots, then clean the barrel. shoot another 5 and clean it, then I'll shoot 2 mags through it, and clean again. I'd never just shoot a new or even used pistol without breaking it down and cleaning it first.
Can`t go wrong with that method my friend! :thumbsup:
 
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