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Smith and Wesson M&P 9mm


Hi Guys. This is the Smith & Wesson M&P 9mm. Smith and Wesson did have some problems that they addressed with some of the early models. Including upgrades to the barrel, Slide-stop, and the trigger bar to improve it’s tactile reset. These are 4 1/4 inch barrels with 5R rifling instead of the standard 6 Land and Grooves. But on the early models the barrels had a 1:18+ twist, and there were reports saying that the pistols were failing to Anyway, I think somewhere around 2013 they did increase the twist rate to 1:10 which they claimed fixed the problem, and we’ll talk about that more in a minute. I purchased this one in 2015 and it has the double dots, or double dimple on the barrel, indicating that it does have the various changes up to date, including the 1:10 twist rate. By the way, check-out the thickness of this barrel. Okay, moving on to the feed ramp. well,… it’s okay! It’s not as good as some, but it is better than others. There IS a MILDLY abrupt transition while stripping off and chambering a round. But the good news is, I haven’t had any kind of feeding problems, so even though it’s not
exactly Lamborghini(esque), it certainly has been adequate. How about chamber support. Well.. I think it’s excellent. And for those who care, this brief moment is just for you. The extraction and ejection on this pistol are outstanding. I hope I can roll-in a good picture of the high quality extractor here because is a beautiful beast. This is a very well machined, hardened stainless steel slide with with boldly scalloped serrations on the sides. The later models are finished with some-kind of incredibly durable mystery coating. So at this point I think I hear you saying.. “what about the Guide Rod?” Alright, well.. how about a hardened stainless steel full-length guide-rod, with a high quality single encapsulated recoil spring. Let’s move forward to the contoured front-end. There’s just a subtle bit
there to help with Re-holstering. Smith & Wesson has included some excellent, high quality three-dot painted sights, Both sights ARE drift adjustable, but I’ve been told that they are machine pressed in there super tight! Definitely not a bad thing unless you want to switch them out for some reason. Then it’s recommended that you have it professionally done. The front post is 99% outstanding, but the sight face is just a tiny bit grabby, and.. I’ll just leave it at that. The rear sight is a nice low profile ramp style Semi-Novak(ish) site, also milled from that same high quality steel. The sights are pretty quick to pickup visually, and present an excellent sight picture with a very natural perspective. The sight radius on the standard full-size 9 is a generous 6.4 inches, and the pistol came from the factory shooting square on the money, using a variety of different ammo. As with most pistols of this type, the slide and frame run slightly awkward against each other. The slide rides a bit above the frame, potentially allowing dust to enter. So if you tend to play in the dirt a lot, that may be an issue you may want to consider. Okay, before moving on, there is one more gripe I have internally. To field strip the pistol; remove the magazine, make sure it’s empty, lock the slide back, rotate the take-down lever, then you double check the chamber making sure there’s no ammo in there. Then you can either return the slide home and pull trigger like normal. OR, you can
eliminate the need to pull the trigger by extracting the frame tool (or just use your finger,) and engage the sear deactivation lever, then remove the slide. “That’s the Sear Deactivation
Lever there” Okay, so here’s my small gripe, It seems like if you’re this far into the
pistol, you should be 100% confident the gun is unloaded, and pulling the trigger in a safe direction is a non-issue. I’m all for safety first, but it seems like this is a little over the top. As I mentioned before this is a striker-fired pistol, but this model has no striker status indicator, which is fine since it also doesn’t have a de-cocker, So it’s just treated as if it’s loaded and cocked as ALL guns should be. So anyway, the striker
firing mechanism is outstanding, and primer strikes are excellent. So, there’s no tactile loaded chamber indicator on this model. Most of the M&P pistols have a small peep-hole instead of a mechanical Loaded Chamber indicator. So you can kinda eyeball it in good lighting, but the small hole makes it nearly useless in low light conditions. The front of the trigger guard is not squared nor textured, so if you like to wrap your off-hand index you might be disappointed with that. For me, the size of the guard is great, and will probably be fine for people with large hands in medium sized gloves. Some people say that they think the trigger is just fine, and some people are annoyed with it even after the significant improvements made by Smith & Wesson. It has kind of a “hinged” trigger safety that isn’t especially horrible, and even though I do prefer the more common “split-trigger” style, After you get used to it, you just kind of ignore it and you almost don’t even notice it any more. Almost… See the hinged set-up not only feels a little odd initially, but it contributes to what I’ve been calling the bump and grind trigger-pull. It was most noticeable during the break in period. When the hinge is stretched,
it’s meant to raise a safety latch on the rear of the trigger up and beyond the frame
opening to allow it to pass through. If you don’t have sufficient pressure low on the
trigger face, you’ll feel that safety latch slightly bump the frame. That’s followed by
a fair amount of gritty pre-travel until you hit a stiff 7 pound wall to overcome. Then
you get the typical striker-fired spongy break. On the up side, there’s very little over-travel due to the integral
moulded “stops” on the trigger and the frame. Then during the release you have a very decent
short and tactile reset. Now moving on to the grip. I’m actually very happy with the
grip on this pistol. It has the 18 degree Grip Angle that I think most people like,
and in my opinion the ergonomics are excellent. There’s a really nice, non-aggressive texture
on the front and back strap with a lighter texture that stylishly “feng shui’s” through
the center of the grip. If you rotate and remove the frame tool from the grip, you can easily
swap-out the medium back-strap for an included larger or smaller one. It does have a voluminous
beaver tail there, so if you have large hands, I think you’ll appreciate that. Anyway, what
I really hear you saying is “let’s talk more about redundant safety mechanisms” It does
NOT have a grip safety, for me that’s a slight plus. I’m not opposed to all the safety mechanisms
the cool kids are talking about. In-fact I opted for the frame mounted thumb safety which
is ambidextrous. I know haters gonna hate, and some people think the only safety they
need is between their ears, but I like the frame safety and it is optional for those
that don’t. Even though it does stick way out there, I’ve never found it to be in the
way. It’s functionality is absolutely awesome, It’s very easy to manipulate, and the placement
is about perfect for accessibility. It has a very good three groove Accessory Rail. I’m
not sure if it’s the NATO spec, or Mil-Standard Picatinny. The ambidextrous slide-stop is
a bit difficult to manipulate, but it is out of the way, and doesn’t seem prone to accidental
engagement so I guess it’s fine. The mag release is not ambidextrous, but you can swap it to
the opposite side if you like. The functionality and location of the release is also excellent.
There’s been no problems with accidental mag drops, or with the mags not dropping free.
There’s no magazine disconnect so it will fire a chambered round without a mag inserted.
The mag-well has a pretty small flare for funneling, but in combination with the frame
tool acting as an guide as well, it makes that process go pretty smoothly. The magazines
seat really well and have a very good positive engagement, and a really good solid fit. They’re
a little stiff when trying to get the last rounds in, but that’s just good strong spring,
so it’s not a big deal. The standard package comes with two round, quality blued steel
mags. Smith and Wesson occasionally runs specials where you can get extra mags with the purchase
of the pistol, but unfortunately I missed out on that. Additional mags are going to
run you about $30. Okay, so the overall fit and finish on the gun is awesome except where
noted above. The machining, assembly, and coating are excellent. There’s no binding,
scraping, pinching or biting. As far as weight goes, at 24oz, it’s right in there with it’s
competition like the Glock 19, SR9, PPQ, VP9, and the XD Mod 2. Also, with it being a polymer
pistol, I figured I’d do a limp wrist test and it performed flawlessly. I shot out to
about 75 yards and experienced no problems with bullets tumbling or keyholeing. At 25
yards I didn’t notice any significant problems with wild flyers that couldn’t be attributed
to me or the goofy rest that I had set up. I bought this pistol back in April 2015, and
I’ve put a decent amount of rounds through it. I’ve told you all the good, bad and ugly
on the pistol that I could fit in the video, But the real questions are, would I recommend
it to you guys.., to friends, to family members, would I buy it again, and would I entrust
my life to it? My answer after all the testing I’ve done so far is an enthusiastic yes. It’s
an excellent pistol with a few very minor hitches. Most of which aren’t even probably
that noticeable to most shooters. If these pistols are good enough for Military and Police
straight out of the box, they’ve gotta have a few things going for them. Not only would
I recommend this pistol to long-time shooters, I’d recommend it to both male and female first-time
buyers as well. It’s a good solid shooter and I expect it to last a long time. I’m confident
that anyone who picks one up will get a lot of enjoyment out of it. So what’s in the box
and how much is it? It pretty much comes with the standard equipment. You get the USA made
9mm all greased up like a thanksgiving butterball. “And remember not to use Gun-Scrubber on the
slide. “You get a plastic hardshell case which is nice on the outside, but unfortunately
it’s pretty crappy on the inside. There’s a spent shell-casing, gun lock, manual, etc.
As of fourth quarter 2015, you can get these with the two 17 round mags for about $425.
Another nice thing about buying a popular brand name pistol is that you can easily find
lots of after-market parts and accessories. They’re not always cheap but they’re there
if and when you need them. Okay, that’s it.. I hope this helps. And as always, thanks very
much for watching, I do appreciate it. Please remember to Like, Share, Subscribe, and comment.
Now here’s some blank space and some music where I’ll add annotations later if necessary.
Take care guys. Rez-out.

7 thoughts on “Smith and Wesson M&P 9mm

  1. hey brother great break down of the M&P I love mine conceal carry it all the time back home in Texas but now that I'm stationed in California not to much….Look into these extension if you haven't already. I have two on my mags they are called Taylor Freelance again great vid

  2. Watched your hacked-down version. Your review covers all I wanted to know. Your integration of narrative and video was pro. It was all better than sootch00 and hickcock45. But very few can hit a target after sundown with iron sights. Except Miculek.

  3. Res–Really excellent "detailed" video which was appreciated. I hate polymer and striker fired pistols, but having said that bought a shield a few weeks ago for summer carry. It seems to be like it's big brother to include the ridiculous sear deactivation lever! I've only put 150 rounds through it to include "hard" primered zqi NATO ammo with 100% reliability. It's a good pistol for concealed carry but will never replace my canik c100.
    Again, an excellent review of a pistol that doesn't look like a "block"; yeah a Glock!

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