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GOOD EVENING VIEWERS!!!!



I'm picking up my MP-45 tonight or tomorrow with plans on hitting the range on Sunday.



This will be my first Auto Pistol. Could I get some sage advice on how to prep the gun to make it's first outing as good as possible?





Clean? If so - how far in do I go?



Dry fire? If so - how many times and just WHAT exactly am I making better through the dry firing I'm reading about?



Load the mags to just 7-8 for a while or go full load and max out 10's right off the bat?







AT THE RANGE



Anything I should look for first mag?



First few mags in?



Thanks in advance,

Fred
 

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GOOD EVENING VIEWERS!!!!



I'm picking up my MP-45 tonight or tomorrow with plans on hitting the range on Sunday.



This will be my first Auto Pistol. Could I get some sage advice on how to prep the gun to make it's first outing as good as possible?


Take a class to learn how your pistol works, the various problems that can occur, how to make and determine it is safe, and how to care for the gun. Seriously, this is your BEST choice.





Fred_Scuttle said:
Clean? If so - how far in do I go?


The manual shows how to field strip for cleaning. You did read it right?



Fred_Scuttle said:
Dry fire? If so - how many times and just WHAT exactly am I making better through the dry firing I'm reading about?


Dry Fire is important to get used to the gun. What it makes better is YOU.



Fred_Scuttle said:
Load the mags to just 7-8 for a while or go full load and max out 10's right off the bat?


Designed for 10, load to 10. Heck, load the ten, chamber and then load one more. That is how the gun was designed to be used.



Fred, I don't want to sound harsh, but please consider taking a class, or at least get someone to go with you that knows what they are doing. Too much could happen. For example, do you know what to do if the gun just goes click? What if it goes off, but the sound is too quiet and the slide doesn't cycle?











AT THE RANGE



Anything I should look for first mag?



First few mags in?



Thanks in advance,

Fred[/quote]
 

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Hello.



This is the first hand gun I've OWNED, not - by far - the first I have fired, including both Auto's and revolvers and rifles.



I may edit my post to make it clear I'm asking SPECIFICALLY about the MP-45 (but seeing as this is an MP forum I thought that was a little implied ).



I was not asking HOW to field strip or clean it - just *IF* the users here RECCOMEND cleaning it before it's first trip to the range.



Dry fire for getting used to the gun - OK - I can understand that - although from the other topics I've read on here it seems that people are using dry firing to smooth out the trigger action if I read them right?



And no - I do not own the gun as of this minute, I mentioned in my post I'm picking it up this PM or tomorrow, so I DO NOT HAVE THE MANUAL IN HAND. I realize there will be MUCH GOOD in the manual - but nothing takes the place of advice from friendly fellow owners. ( If every piece of wisdom possible was in the manual - forums like this would be quite rare. )







I appreciate the convern for my safety - and luckily none of those problems have happened with the friends guns I've gone to the range with, or with my Marlin Camp 45. But I'm sure over time it will. I'm not going there alone - my grizzled bud with his 'trunk'o'guns' as I laughingly call it is coming along.



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A field strip cleaning is good enough. I like to over lube a new gun for a while. i.e. run it wet!

Load the mags to capacity as soon as you get them because you will want to relax the spring. That 10th round can be a booger to get in for a while.

Dry firing will improve the trigger but so will 500 to 1000rds.
 

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just field strip clean and lube. The more you squeeze the trigger (dry or hot) the better it will get to about 500-600 rounds. Good bore scrub and another field strip cleaning after your range to inspect. Load mags to ten and let 'em sit for a while!!



Have fun and congrats! :wink:
 

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Good Evening Viewers!!!



Well - after a breakdown, scrub and lube and re-assembly I was off to the range on Sunday.



Took 30-50 rounds for the insertion of the mag to engage the slide forward to work each time, works flawlessly now.



Trigger feelt great from the first round - either just to my liking already or I have one of the newer 'non-crunchy' ones.



Shot off the first 100 rounds or so from a sand bag rest - and at 25 years outdoor kept most to the size of a CD, not bad for me at least. Spread out over 5 targets or so.



Next 100 I shot freehand to get a 'real world use' feel for my ability. Not impressive - but I'll be returning for more practice.



Had about 5 FTF - all were with SPEER Gold Dot Hollow Points out of about 50. Remington 230gr's FMJ's shot straight through 150 with no problem in the slightest.



Recoil was what I expected given the guns light weight - tradeoff for the fit and feel and durability of the material I'm sure. Carrying the gun the weight is perfect - would be great to flip a switch and have it 'transform' to an all steel 1911 when being fired - then 'poof' back to it's self, but I'm very happy non-the-less. Plus - in the future I think I'll be keeping the 230gr for my Camp 45 and try some 180's or 200's for the M&P.



Sgt. Scuttle Out!
 

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When I got my MP45 on 9-10-07 I put 100 rounds threw it right out of the box, and in

the rain. It performed flawlessly, and still does 600 rounds later. Very plzed with this gun.
 
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