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the slide release or catch on the right hand side of my pistol is all most impossible to disingauge does any body else have the same problem



also the back strap take down tool as fallen out twice with me at the range



and last week the hex set screw for the rear sight backed off while i was shooting at 100 yard steel plate at the range
 

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The stock slide lock is pretty hard ot release. You aren't the only one. with the gun empty, lock it back and try depressing it with your off-hand.



After doing this about 10 times, there should be a shinier spot. Polish that up some and it should be easier to disengage.



however, I don't think it is intended to be easy to disengage. S&W makes an extended slide stop that is supposed to be easier to deal with.



As for your "tool," does it still have the nubbin on it that retains it? I know the sample I saw at the gun store had had it's nubbin yanked off by someone muscling the thing rather than reading the manual.



The nubbin on mine, although theoretically unmolested is starting to shear. However, I let people check it out at a safe table at a match while I was shooting, so one of them might have gotten all macho on it.
 

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The slide release is that way on all of them. I have read that if you call S&W they will change it out to an extended release via warranty. Give it a shot, I have not had the chance yet (A.K.A I always forget to call).



As far as the tool falling out, that seems to be a huge issue to me, I would call S&W about it as well. Mine never falls out.
 

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thank you ill take a look at the tool to see if i screwed it up if i need to can i order a new one from s&w
 

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chadc said:
The slide release is that way on all of them. I have read that if you call S&W they will change it out to an extended release via warranty. Give it a shot, I have not had the chance yet (A.K.A I always forget to call).



As far as the tool falling out, that seems to be a huge issue to me, I would call S&W about it as well. Mine never falls out.
Can you give us an update when you get this done? I want to have this done when I pick mine up.
 

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Sending it off Monday. Going to the range this weekend or I could have sent it off today. I just called S&W, they are paying to have it overnighted to them, and to do the switch. Will give you more detail next week, or whenever I get it back.
 

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Hi all , we got the new Slide releases in last month and they are great. As many already know the original can be a pain . The new ones are pretty much the same as the old ones only they have a little more of a ledge on which you can push down on.
 

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I am still debating if I should send mine in to get the slide release put in it. :?
 

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well I just got my call tag for my broken striker. I'm having the slide release put in while it is there. I'll give you my honest opinion when I get it back.
 

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Having been a 1911 shooter most of my life, I had little use of the over hand technique to release the slide. Until I acquired an M&P 9, now the over hand technique is quite useful
. Problem solved.



Seriously the little lever is called "slide lock" on the M&P, just as Glock shooters have learned. Use it as such, an extended "slide lock" will only give you problem with having unintentional slide locking back when the magazine is still loaded or not having the slide lock open when the magazine is empty. Again, many Glock shooters have found the extended slide lock on the G34 and 35 to interfere with proper grip of the pistol and having the gun does weird things when the shooter's thumb or support hand comes in contact with the extended lever during recoil. Many serious Glock shooters replaced the extended doodad with standard one.
 

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In On Target magazine - May/June 2006 Issue, Massad Ayoob wrote:



"I discussed [the slide release problem] with Ernie Langdon, fomer National IDPA Champ and head of governmental sales for Smith & Wesson, and Joe Bergeron, head of the auto-pistol production for the company. Both assured me that they were on top of the problem, and that extended ambidextrous slide releases were already in production."



He worked with a large test team of experienced shooters. This was the only complaint they had about the pistol. They loved every other aspect of the M&P.



-Mike
 

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killer said:
the slide release or catch on the right hand side of my pistol is all most impossible to disingauge does any body else have the same problem



also the back strap take down tool as fallen out twice with me at the range



and last week the hex set screw for the rear sight backed off while i was shooting at 100 yard steel plate at the range
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The right slide release on mine was hard. I polished the slide and the release lever with a Dremmel tool buffing wheel and compound in the area where they contact. You can use a magnifying glass to see machine marks at these points. This made a huge difference.



Then I shot a lot of 5 round groups with only loading 5 rounds in the clips. This was to increase the amount of times the catch would engage and hopefully help seat it in. it worked. Couldn't ask for it to work any better now.
 

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The right slide release on mine was hard. I polished the slide and the release lever with a Dremmel tool buffing wheel and compound in the area where they contact. You can use a magnifying glass to see machine marks at these points. This made a huge difference.



Then I shot a lot of 5 round groups with only loading 5 rounds in the clips. This was to increase the amount of times the catch would engage and hopefully help seat it in. it worked. Couldn't ask for it to work any better now.


Can you display an image of what you have done? If you have an image file but cannot display it, then please consider sending the image file to me and I will upload it to my web site for display on this forum. ([email protected])



Thanks

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I had the same problem from my new m&P with a slow to operate slide lock. I guess i will have to work with it and in time get use to it.
 

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chadc said:
The slide release is that way on all of them. I have read that if you call S&W they will change it out to an extended release via warranty. Give it a shot, I have not had the chance yet (A.K.A I always forget to call).



As far as the tool falling out, that seems to be a huge issue to me, I would call S&W about it as well. Mine never falls out.


Cant they S&W just send you the Ext slide release and you install yourself?
 

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The issue is the same for all of the older version guns. My MP 40 is one of the First run guns #MPA5xx8, I waas told with all the newer guns they have put on the updated slide release.
 

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Slide Release

I have a M&P .40 and a .40c. The slide release loosened up on both after a couple hundred rounds (usually loading five rounds at a time).
 

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I have a .40c and mine started off impossible to release, but after 750 rounds i can easily do it with my thumb. But that extended slide release sounds nice, might look into it anyway.
 
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