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I have started work on an M&P Compact 9mm with night sights that I will eventually put up for sale. I have been experimenting with different types of contours for the front of the slide. I have included a couple of pictures of the slide before and one of where I am currently. I still have to radius around the ejection port and then I will most likely have the slide, barrel, slide stop assembly, takedown lever, extractor and coil pins hard chromed. I also plan on stippling the frame, a smooth, crisp trigger job for carry (4.5lbs) I am going to try and post periodic pictures as things progres.











 

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I have finished the slide contour and have sent the items pictured below plus a couple other parts for refinishing I hope to have them back by next week. I will be starting on the frame modifications next.



 

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Thanks choochboost, I have done many, many Glock’s (I would post a couple but I am not sure if that would go over to well) but I have only done 10 or eleven complete M&Ps, to include refinishing, I do a lot of trigger work on the M&P and stippling or texturing. I am a gunsmith in the central Ohio area and have been seeing more and more of the M&P so I am in the process of putting together a list of services for my web site in the very near future. I am stippling the frame for the M&P9c as we speak and I will post some images when it is complete.
 

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Hey all, I have almost finished the stippling and I am looking for some input, I stippled the front strap and the back strap. My question is should I stipple the area outlined in red? Also if I stipple under the trigger guard I am afraid it will tear your fingers up after a day at the range so should I leave it as is? I may not follow all the recommendations but it would be interesting to know what others prefer.



 

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BoomBoom said:
I have finished the slide contour and have sent the items pictured below plus a couple other parts for refinishing I hope to have them back by next week. I will be starting on the frame modifications next.





I am probably ALL ALONE here, but I kind of like the way the gun looks at this stage. It would certainly be different and unique
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Choochboost, I think I understand what you are saying but this being a compact model I don’t think that would be practical. The gun was designed for conceal ability and adding that much length on to the grip of the gun would defeat its purpose. I am thinking a full size M&P might be a better choice under those circumstances.
 

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No, I'm talking about the space between my strong hand fingers curled around the grip and the heel of my strong hand at the backsrrap. With a thumbs forward grip, I want my support hand wedged in that space having contact with the frame which is why I'd want the stipling within the "red-zone". Does that make any sense? I'd take a picture of what I'm talking about but my wife lost our camera. :?



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OK... now I know what you mean, if you could have seen my mental picture from your last description. Do you have a compact and if so where does your forward thumb contact the frame? I like the side stippled as well. Dan had a good point though; he usually doesn’t do the side because it tears some people’s sides up when they have their gun concealed and in my case rubbing on my big old love handles all day
 

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Actually the back strap area is a tad softer than the frame itself so it isn’t as bad but if you used an aggressive stipple I can see how it might. I have a Don Hume H721 holster for mine and it puts a strip of leather between the gun and me.
 

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First off, AWESOME!!!!! I want all of that done to my slide.
Is there a way to leave the polished look without fear of rust? I read somewhere that you have to finish it because of high carbon content or something like that. Did you have to add metal to the front of the slide? It kind of looks like you had to.

Secondly, I'd leave out the extra stippling especially under the trigger guard but my hands are a little sensitive.

Good job, glad to see others customizing the M&P.
 

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I like the stipling just like it is...as others have said, leaving the side smooth makes is a lot nicer on your clothes and or side when carrying. I personally am seriously considering smoothing down the texture under the trigger guard...even what is there kind of chews up the side of my middle finger that rests there.

All in all, I think the gun looks great. I look foward to seeing what you are offering to the rest of us on your webpage...please let us know when that info posts.
 

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Hey Readyme, I have posted the different M&P services I am offering on my services page. Just click on "custom Smith & Wesson M&P" on the front page and it should take you to my M&P services. If there is something you are looking for that isn't listed just give me a call.
 

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Hi BoomBoom..have you tried just polishing the slide and leaving it that brushed stainless look...do you have any pics of your custom M&P work?....nice job
 
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