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Hi, I just joined the site here, and while I've been shooting pistols for years, this would be my first M&P. I have a few questions that I'm hoping to get some help with.



* Does the MP45 have the mag safety? If so, is it on all, or only some models, and how do you tell before you buy?



* Are the standard Novak combat sights pretty good, or do people usually find it necessary to swap them out for something else?



* If you get a model with tritium night sights, what brand of sights are they using?



* If you get a 45 with the one-sided ambi thumb safety, how hard is it to switch the safety to the other side of the gun?



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I will try to answer the ones I know about:



husker_t said:
Hi, I just joined the site here, and while I've been shooting pistols for years, this would be my first M&P. I have a few questions that I'm hoping to get some help with.

Thanks!


Welcome!



husker_t said:
* Does the MP45 have the mag safety? If so, is it on all, or only some models, and how do you tell before you buy?


Yes, but only if you want it. They can be purchased either way. The SKU number will tell you, but it is best to ask. There is a link here somewhere to all the SKU's. I will try to find it later.



http://mp-pistol.com/boards/viewtopic.php?...ght=sku+numbers



husker_t said:
* Are the standard Novak combat sights pretty good, or do people usually find it necessary to swap them out for something else?


Don't know about everyone else, mine have been fine, but I am going to go with night sites as this is my HD weapon.



husker_t said:
* If you get a model with tritium night sights, what brand of sights are they using?


I am not positive, but I think they are most close to Trijicon.



husker_t said:
* If you get a 45 with the one-sided ambi thumb safety, how hard is it to switch the safety to the other side of the gun?


It appears to be fairly easy. You can download an owners manual from the S&W website that tells you how to do it.



Let us know if you decide to get one...and give us a report back!



(edited to add SKU link)
 

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husker_t said:
* Does the MP45 have the mag safety? If so, is it on all, or only some models, and how do you tell before you buy?
Like tsix said, some SKUs (models) do and some don't. If worse coms to worse they can be disabled. My state requires them and I'm working on getting rid of it. Anyway there is a SKU for with mag safety and without, with internal lock and without, with night sights and without and just about every combination.



* Are the standard Novak combat sights pretty good, or do people usually find it necessary to swap them out for something else?
I've always considered Novak to be the gold standard in carry sights but I'm far from an expert. Luckily we have an excellent combat shooting instructor or two on here. I'm sure Todd or somebody can advise you. Note that Novak is working on a drop in adjustable version, but good luck getting information. Novak may actually have the worst web site in the world.




* If you get a model with tritium night sights, what brand of sights are they using?
I believe that they are standard Trijicon SA37. I prefer the Trijicon SA37Y with a green dot up front and yellow dots in the rear sight. That way there is no confusing them in the dark. Optics Planet sells them for $109 shipped. The problem is that the Y version is backordered at the Trijicon factory. Highly recommended for a home/self defense pistol.



* If you get a 45 with the one-sided ambi thumb safety, how hard is it to switch the safety to the other side of the gun?
The beauty of the ambi safety is that it's on both sides. :wink:



By the way the right side of the safety has to come off if you add laser grips. I'm not sure how hard that is.



One last thing. The .45s come from the factory with super stiff triggers. Don't worry they wear in. Mine dropped 2lbs in 200 pulls of the trigger and is now pretty sweet.
 

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Thanks for the replies.



On the safety, I must have misunderstood. I was led to believe from what I read earlier, that the "ambi" safety was not dual-sided, like a 1911 ambi safety, but that it would WORK on both sides. In other words, you have to switch to the right side if you want to use it there. Is that not the case?
 

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Thanks for the replies.



On the safety, I must have misunderstood. I was led to believe from what I read earlier, that the "ambi" safety was not dual-sided, like a 1911 ambi safety, but that it would WORK on both sides. In other words, you have to switch to the right side if you want to use it there. Is that not the case?
I have one right in front of me... trust me it's on both sides. :wink:



It's the magazine release that can be switched. I'm no southpaw but I almost wonder depending on ingrained habits if I'd move it. I have small paws and can barely work the release with my thumb. I'd be tempted to try using my 'go to... finger' and see if it sped up reloads.
 

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sholling said:
[quote name='husker_t']Thanks for the replies.



On the safety, I must have misunderstood. I was led to believe from what I read earlier, that the "ambi" safety was not dual-sided, like a 1911 ambi safety, but that it would WORK on both sides. In other words, you have to switch to the right side if you want to use it there. Is that not the case?
I have one right in front of me... trust me it's on both sides. :wink:



It's the magazine release that can be switched. I'm no southpaw but I almost wonder depending on ingrained habits if I'd move it. I have small paws and can barely work the release with my thumb. I'd be tempted to try using my 'go to... finger' and see if it sped up reloads.[/quote]



Thanks for correcting my "Ambi-Safety" misfire, scholling...the risks of relying on memory when you're 50 something... :oops:
 

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Here's is a pic of my 45 with the ambi-safety next to my regular 9mm.



The safety (red) when up/on blocks the trigger bar (blue) from moving rearward to engage the striker. In this pic the safety is in the down/off firing position.



 
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