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Old January 30th, 2017, 08:20 PM   #1
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Gunsmith Recommendation Needed ... Porting ...

I picked up another M&P 2.0 today, but I purchased the 5" in 40 S&W this time around.

My question ... I'm thinking about using this gun for IPSC Open Class this coming season.

One thing it definitely needs, for faster recovery is porting.

Do any of you know of any gunsmiths that do Magna Port style ports on semi-autos, and return the finish to the original color?

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Old January 30th, 2017, 10:18 PM   #2
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Have you checked with MagNaPort?

I think the finish is DLC, so you might have to ship it out twice if MagNaPort can't take care of it for you. But the only part that will need refinishing is inside the ports themselves where they remove the metal to cut the ports.
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i believe that S&W routinely recommends MagnaPort to owners inquiring about barrel porting.
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Old January 31st, 2017, 08:04 PM   #4
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i believe that S&W routinely recommends MagnaPort to owners inquiring about barrel porting.

That is correct. I checked with S&W today, and that is who they recommended.

However, the downside is .... Magna Port does not return the finish back to it's original state, and S&W won't tell you who can re-finish the frame to original.

So ... until S&W tells me who is their 'Proprietary Finisher' ... I won't be getting it done!
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Old January 31st, 2017, 08:27 PM   #5
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How about a compensator instead?

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Old January 31st, 2017, 11:44 PM   #6
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That is correct. I checked with S&W today, and that is who they recommended.

However, the downside is .... Magna Port does not return the finish back to it's original state, and S&W won't tell you who can re-finish the frame to original.

So ... until S&W tells me who is their 'Proprietary Finisher' ... I won't be getting it done!
The only part that will need refinishing is inside the slide ports. That's going to bother you to see stainless steel? Are you serious? After the first range session just don't clean the slide ports and they'll be blackened. It's not like MagNaPort is going to change anything easily noticeable. But I shoot my guns and I don't make love to them. To me they're just tools. I suppose it's a matter of perspective; different strokes for different folks.

If it bothers you that much you might need to google DLC coating and take the bull by the horns and get it done on your own... Or not; as you wish. If it bothered me and I wanted a modification, having someone tell me "No" wouldn't stop me. I would make it my mission to make my gun "right" for me.

Just to put this into perspective.... When I first began competitive shooting, decades ago ('70s), I was a bullseye shooter. Custom fitted target grips were few and far between if one could afford them. I couldn't, but I could afford a can of "Plastic Wood" and I had a Dremel. So I made my own grips for my hand built over the puny factory grips. Many of us did back then, at least on the team I shot on. I even coated mine with brush on latex. They weren't pretty but they were certainly functional. To my mind it's what works vs what's pretty. Shoot it and the pretty fades away as soot and such grabs hold of it.
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How about a compensator instead?

I live in communist NY, we cant have threaded barrels anymore. So screw on compensator's are history here.
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How about a compensator instead?

Yeah ... I'll pass on the Comp. I don't intend to add length to the pistol ... just lower muzzle rise for faster follow ups. I know a Comp will add weight, but it won't keep help as much as the Magna Port would due to the 'Closer to Center Line' placement of the ports.
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So ... until S&W tells me who is their 'Proprietary Finisher' ... I won't be getting it done!
I'm pretty sure S&W does their own finishing...but maybe I'm misunderstanding you.
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I'm pretty sure S&W does their own finishing...but maybe I'm misunderstanding you.

They do not. Per the CS rep ... they send all of their slides to have them done elsewhere. That didn't make much sense to me either, but that's what I was told.


On a positive note ....

I spoke, again, to a different individual at Mag-Na-Port and she said that the cuts would NOT need to be refinished.

They don't Mill the cuts, but rather ... they are cut with a laser! So, there's no need for refinishing. At any rate ... I was thinking of just going ahead and doing it regardless of whether or not it would need to be refinished. It might add to the look to have silver cuts from the stainless. At any rate ... I put enough rounds through my pistols anyway so it would be blackened in short order.

Now ... it's a toss up between whether I want the "Auto Port" cuts for $160 or go ahead and do what Jerry Miculek does to all of his 5" guns and have the "Quadra Port" for $260. I think the 4 port would be better on the 5" barrel. If it was a 4.25 model they wouldn't be able to "Quadra Port" because there isn't enough room.

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Gee! What a surprise!

Actually they do it by EDC.
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Gee! What a surprise!

Actually they do it by EDC.

That's my understanding as well.
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I live in communist NY, we cant have threaded barrels anymore. So screw on compensator's are history here.
Can you permanently solder or pin and weld the compensator in place?

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Yeah ... I'll pass on the Comp. I don't intend to add length to the pistol ... just lower muzzle rise for faster follow ups. I know a Comp will add weight, but it won't keep help as much as the Magna Port would due to the 'Closer to Center Line' placement of the ports.
A compensator should be much more effective than porting.
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