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I was showing the polymer frame of my M&P 9mm to a friend who is in the plastic's industry, and he spotted this.











Should I send everthing back to Smith and Wesson, or just ask them to send me a new part?

The item is listed on Brownells as a "locking block" for $15.

They may be interested in seeing this and pehaps changing the design so the two stress risers don't align, but I just want to get the gun fixed without sending it away for 6 weeks.



This may be something for other M&P owners to look out for.
 

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Ask S&W if they will send you the part. Email them the pics, and tell them you cant be without it for along time.
 

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I'd send it back in a heartbeat. I have well over 10k in my 40 with no problems. I actually lost count at about 7k.
 

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So I sent it in, and they got it back to me in less than two weeks.

For my trouble they also threw in a free magazine and an extra empty chamber indicator (orange platic thing).



I am impressed.



It appears they test fired it.
 

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I'm starting to get a little concerned--cracked frame insert and broken strikers!!



Anyone finding any of these things should notify S&W ASAP so they can find out what the problem is and make the necessary engineering changes.



Same with the front of the receiver not running parallel with the slide, I have waited a long time for S&W to come out with a good product that could take on Glock and I hope these are aberrations and not some kind of system problem.



Heck, I’ve been trying to find a compact WITH a mag disconnect but can’t, so now I’m just going get one without it and start doing my share of the testing…
 

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People simply tell more about their good experiences than bad. They use internet forums as a place to find answers to their problems. Take a look over at Glocktalk and see how many complaints and problems people have. It is every single forum...
 

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People simply tell more about their good experiences than bad. They use internet forums as a place to find answers to their problems. Take a look over at Glocktalk and see how many complaints and problems people have. It is every single forum...


Excellent point.
 

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Since I’m new to handgunning, I've just been shooting the cheapest stuff I can find. Mostly 115 gr Winchester white box.

I did run a box of Fiocchi that seemed a little hot, I think it was also 115 gr, but I never looked for any other specs. Recoil wasn't noticeably different, but it had a bigger flash.



As far as I know, there have been no other ones with this problem, I wouldn't start getting nervous that this is going to be an issue that plagues M&Ps.



Yes, I have noticed that the frame slightly curves away from the slide, but considering the complexity of the part, I'm not surprised. Probably when they first came up with the concept, every mold shop in town thought it would be impossible. Smith and Wesson probably invested greatly in developing the technology to mold this part. Should Smith and Wesson have spent the more money on development and delay production a few more years just to eliminate cosmetic issues that most people don't see? I don't think so.



If the warpage were in the other direction, then the complaints would be about much more serious issues.
 
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