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I finally picked up My Full size MP-40 from layaway finally yesterday.Its an early run gun, serial # MPA50XX, Got it as a test & evaluation gun from a law-enforcement supply store, really low price, low amount of rounds thru it also.I haven't even fired it yet, but one thing that I must change, is the slide release, unless you have King-Kong fingers you can not access it without altering your grip.One of the sales guys showed me a later production run guns and it had the newer improved slide release, and its the difference between night and day.He placed an order for the newer release for me and they will notify me when it comes in so it can be swapped out.Other than that slight issue I am impressed with the piece and can hardly wait to fire it. :wink:
 

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Get the updated striker also..



I prefer the old style stop to the newer one.
 

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I agree with JESTER about the slide release. My MP9 has the newer one with the "hump" on it and after about 600 rounds i've had 3 failures to lock open on the last round b/c my thumb was riding the slide release. I shoot with thumbs forward grip, but have had to screw around with it a little to try and avoid the problem recurring. Not a bit deal in the sceme of things, but annoying none the less. If you give the mag a generous shove when reloading it'll release the slide on its own, no need for thumbing the slide release.

Just a couple thoughts before you spend $$$ where you might not need to.

As far as the striker, i'll defer to JESTER on that.
 

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When you say "he ordered it" does that mean you will have to pay for it ?

Call S&W and see if you can send it in.

They will probably pay shipping both ways and update it for free.

Also mention the striker and it would not surprise me if they

took care of you in that dept also.
 

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Info on updated striker....

So whats up with the striker ? did they have an issue with it too ???? :?:
 

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after finally firing my M&P40 I really didn't even miss using the slide release after a reload, Just like we're trained with our G-locks, we "sling-shot the slides after a reload.
 

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I also have an early .40 and used a stone on the slide release. It is not so bad anymore. My 9 has the later release and although I have not activated it erroniously some of my friends have. It required a bit of stone work also. FYI.



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hitman488 said:
after finally firing my M&P40 I really didn't even miss using the slide release after a reload, Just like we're trained with our G-locks, we "sling-shot the slides after a reload.


Yup, you're right. That's the way to charge the gun, not with the "slide release". We were instructed in our fighting pistol class taught by Tactical Response that "slide release" was a misnomer and is really a slide lock and shouldn't be used for any other purpose. The only gun designed for charging the gun with the release is the SIG.
 

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Yup, you're right. That's the way to charge the gun, not with the "slide release". We were instructed in our fighting pistol class taught by Tactical Response that "slide release" was a misnomer and is really a slide lock and shouldn't be used for any other purpose. The only gun designed for charging the gun with the release is the SIG.
There's nothing wrong with using the slide release or slide lock, whichever name is preferred. FWIW, HK calls it a slide release on their USPs, and it works great.
 

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[quote name='ske1eter']Yup, you're right. That's the way to charge the gun, not with the "slide release". We were instructed in our fighting pistol class taught by Tactical Response that "slide release" was a misnomer and is really a slide lock and shouldn't be used for any other purpose. The only gun designed for charging the gun with the release is the SIG.
There's nothing wrong with using the slide release or slide lock, whichever name is preferred. FWIW, HK calls it a slide release on their USPs, and it works great.[/quote]



Other than you're not fully compressing the recoil spring to strip the round from the magazine and push it fully into the chamber at maximum force. I wasn't saying it won't work, just that it wasn't proper. BTW, if you've watched any of the instructors on the toob during the various self defense programs, none of them use the slide release to charge the gun.



To each his own I suppose but I'll be charging mine by racking the slide, thank you.
 

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FWIW



Using the same reasoning as applies to shooting weak hand, you might want to practice using the slide release occasionaly. If your weak hand is hit in that undesirable but could happen gun battle you might still need to go through a reload cycle.



If the release is too hard to operate, as my M&P's were on receipt, you need to know and make appropriate corrections.



Enjoy



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