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I recently purchased the M&P 45 and also own the M&P .40; they are identical looking, even the clips. I was at the range and loaded the 45 and .40 clips. Just before I was ready to load the 45 and shoot I started talking to someone for a minute and got distracted. After I was done I grabbed a clip and shoved it into the 45, and racked a round into the chamber. I put a bead on the target and pulled the trigger. I felt no recoil and just heard a thud!. I realized right away that something was wrong, so I popped the clip out and realized that I had loaded the .40 clip in the 45. I removed the round from the chamber and the brass pretty much had come apart. I disassembled the 45 and inspected everything and it looked ok. I'm now going to mark my clips in such a way that this won't happen again. Just wanted to share my experience with everyone else.
 

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That used to happen occasionally to me when I had a full line of Glocks. I wound up using different colored magazine bases for each caliber.



A little tacti-cool spray paint, or neoprene cushions could do it for you.
 

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Clips can be thrown away after use, Magazines are not.



Clips are used to load magazines. Magazines load guns.



As for the mismatched mag, there is a very good reason why one of the safety rules is to never deal with more than one caliber at a time. While your error turned out fairly well, some errors will not.
 
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