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Does the M&P 40 use a striker like the Glock, or a partially cocked internal hammer like the HK LEM pistols. I am asking because one benefit of the partially cocked hammer is that a bad strike can be handled by simply pulling the trigger again. A bad strike on a Glock means you have to rack the slide and eject the round. I am not trying to bash Glock (or any other brand in this camp). I just think HK's LEM is an interesting evolution and I wonder if the M&P uses it. Please feel free to mention any disadvantages to the LEM that I may have overlooked. Thanks.
 

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HK;s LEM is not an internal hammer design. I can partly understand double strike capability, however I don't feel it's as important in real life combat. In reality I would rather just rack the slide for another round than take another chance on a dud round....so what do you do when it doesn't go off the second time????
 

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so what do you do when it doesn't go off the second time????
then you rack the slide




I myself like to have restrike capaility (which M&P doesn't have) but I like the gun enough for it to be a non issue...



btw you can reset the striker on M&P by pulling the slide back 1/2 an inch (without ejecting the round) than you could try it again - not useful in SD case but is what I would do if I heard a 'click' after I pulled the trigger at the range.
 

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In a SD situation, I still say it's safer and faster to go ahead and rack the slide the first time rather than take another pull on the trigger to find it's still a dud. There have been documented police shootouts where during a shootout officers continued to pull the trigger on their revolvers after all 6 shots had been fired rather than reload due to stress. I can see that same thing happening anytime you count on second strike capability to be a lifesaver. One might actually pull the trigger several times instead of one more resulting in an unsuccessful effort to get a shot off.
 

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All of the really good trainers that I know teach students to tap/rack/bang (or some variation of this) if you pull the trigger and the gun doesn't go off. It is the most reliable way to get the weapon back in the fight. If you get that ungodly loud click, you don't know if you are outta bullets, have a bad primer, slide failed to go completely into battery, etc. Tap the base of the mag, rack the slide, bang on the back of the slide with the heel of your hand, and try again. Anything else has a very high disaster factor.



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