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New to M&P, advice on my new M&P 9.

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Old July 25th, 2016, 08:48 AM   #1
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Question New to M&P, advice on my new M&P 9.

Traded my Walther P22Q (with lots of spare parts) for an M&P 9 mm. (Almost traded for a Shield 9mm with thumb safety).

The box is Blue and has store or ship info on bottom for Feb. 2016, he said he purchased it in May and fired 51 rounds through it (has 3 mags 17rds.)

So it looks like it a newer gun as I was told.

What do I need to get or do? I see some buffer thing sold on eBay cliams extend life?

Thought about tritium sights, do I need elavation adjustable rear sight or just a HiViz light-pipe front sight. Thinking about Tritium front/rear. Later on might buy a grip laser.

Later, not now but should I consider any Apex stuff like trigger etc.?

Are there any wear spots I should lube well or keep an eye on? Should I use clp, dry lube or?

I watched a video on YouTube of a thumb safety being added to a model without. Any parts list of what need for this or is this gun safe without? I just always liked manual safety as backup in some situations.

Ok any advice please let me know, Thank You and glad to be on the forum and an M&P owner!
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Old July 25th, 2016, 09:47 AM   #2
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Welcome to our little corner of the net!

My first recommendation would be to put a few hundred rounds through it before you do anything.

The most popular mods are one of the trigger kits from Apex Tactical, that is all I have done to 2 of my 3 M&P's, my Shield has no mods of any kind. I really like the carry kits from Apex, smooths out the trigger nicely.
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Old July 25th, 2016, 10:04 AM   #3
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Yup. Shoot it a lot first. I eventually put on a threaded barrel, silencer, light, RMR, Apex trigger kit and RAM.
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Old July 25th, 2016, 10:12 AM   #4
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Welcome to the addiction.

For sights, you don't NEED anything but one thing you'll find out is a lot of people prefer blacked out rear. The good thing about that is you can just cover up the rear to see if that's what you like. If not, no money spent.

For the trigger, I'd say you can definitely get used to how it is now and it may not matter to you. Otherwise, if you don't have the cash for a kit, buy the USB. That's the one part that makes the biggest difference.

Lube, just treat the M&P like any other weapon. Give it what it needs, as it needs it. Generally, it's gonna be the same spots as any other pistol.

The thumb safety on an M&P is one of the more divisive issues. It's more of a pain to add one, than to remove one. Then you have the whole "does my gun need a thumb safety" philosophy. I'm of the opinion that if you NEED a thumb safety, you should probably reevaluate how you handle it, where you place it in your home, and wether or not your kids, if you have any, need to be educated and discipline. BUT the thing about the M&P thumb safety is that it sticks out far and is easy to engage. Mine would actually engage while shooting so I ripped it out. In my opinion, and acknowledging that I don't have experience with at least 40-50% of pistols out, it has got to be one of the poorest designed thumb safeties, EVER. They got it right, on the shield.

SO, do as the guy above me said and go shoot the heck out of it. Find out what you want to do to it, but know that out of all of the things you can do to it, only about 1% is actually a necessity.


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Old July 25th, 2016, 10:24 AM   #5
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Thanks everyone, I got some ammo on hand and targets to take out back soon. Luckily we have a couple acres and people shoot out in this area everyday with no complaints since its the agricultural district. Both my brothers and my mother all have a few to several acres on the same road nearby (we all bought houses near each other, lol)

I didnt know they made a threaded barrel for a silencer on this gun...

if i black out the rear do i leave the front stock? I did like the HiViz I had on that P22Q that I traded for this M&P 9. I almost ended up trading for a Shield but may get one later if I end up liking this gun.
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Old July 25th, 2016, 11:13 AM   #6
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Agreed; shoot it a bit first before you do anything, but I will say, it doesn't need any sort of buffer.

For carry, I use the Apex sear and striker block.

For games, I used the Apex CAEK.

All five of my M&P's still have their stock triggers and sights.
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Congrats and welcome to the forum!

Dittos on the shooting of it. You'll figure out what you need or what is snake oil.

What is the guns job going to be? Tell us that and maybe we'll have better tuned advice. But for now just shoot it.

It gets lubed like any other gun no special considerations.

I use a product that's in a vat and cleans, then the parts drain and as it dries, after the gun is assembled, turns to a dry lube as slick as grease. And I cannot remember it's name at this time. It's the easiest way to care for a gun that I've ever discovered. But any normal lube will work. :-) So without a name that helped, didn't it? :-) I'll think of it by and by.

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Old July 25th, 2016, 06:33 PM   #8
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Welcome to the forum from Middle Tennessee. I love my Shield 9mm, just the way it came out of the box. I could have gotten one without the safely but I always loved having a safety on a weapon. I carry mine at times and then I carry my Bodyguard 380 which I love. I wear glasses and I have learned to focus on the front sight only..the back ones are somewhat of a blur. From my military training I learned to point and shoot, works for me.
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Welcome to the Neighborhood!

Enjoy shooting it! The other stuff will work itself out!
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Old July 25th, 2016, 08:03 PM   #10
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I taped the rear sight and testing unloaded it seemed faster to aquire the target. But might look at night sights.

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Welcome to the club. I haven't posted in a long time but my recommendation is to take all of the money that you want to spend on upgrades and use that money for ammo, range time, and classes.

Figure out what you want to use the firearm for and upgrade accordingly. If it's going to be for range use then you can go wild on target sights, a hand fitted barrel from g&r tactical, and an apex trigger kit.

If you're planning on using it for home defense I recommend night sights, maybe some CT grips, and definitely a weapon mounted streamlight or surefire,

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Old July 26th, 2016, 08:13 AM   #13
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What are good sights for home defense and range practice? I mostly just have rifles and 2 revolvers which one i sold. Only Auto I had was the .22 i traded for this M&P 9. I will end up looking for a carry gun too but want a sub compact for carry. (Had I waited a day to hear back I might have traded for a Shield but water under the bridge, I think I did good on this M&P 9 with 3 mags for a Walther P22Q, I listed for trade for compact or sub compact carry gun, but this gun was so new and I liked how it felt in my hand so I traded figured be Home Defense and range gun & buy a carry gun new at gun store later)
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If you want another carry gun...have you looked at the Bodyguard 380? Nice and compact....
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What's it wearing for sights now? I haven't heard many complaints regarding the factory sights for those whose eyes work with them (younger eyes) .

Personally I like a micro red dot and a laser backed up with irons, but that's because my eyes stopped working nicely with iron sights many years ago. But you didn't say that it was a CORE, so unless you want to get the slide milled it's iron sights for you.

I have heard good things about this, but I haven't seen one.
https://seeallopensight.com/product/pistol-sight/
It might also use your factory dovetail. You'd need to look into that.

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