Slidelock - Very Hard to Release!

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Old July 20th, 2009, 01:35 PM   #1
 
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Hi All,

I have both the M&P 9c (4400 rounds through it so far), and the M&P 9fs (700 rounds through it so far). The problem I have is that the slidelock on both is very hard to release, almost impossible with either thumb (use combat grip with both thumbs forward). I need to release my grip and push down with both thumbs, one on each side, and then regrip the gun. Not very helpful for fast reloads!! Anyone else ever have this problem, and how did you fix it. Other than that, I love both guns, but particularly, the fs 9. Any help would be appreciated. It is strange that both guns have the same issue.
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Old July 20th, 2009, 02:50 PM   #2
 
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Some are tight when new. It will loosen up. Next trip to the range, load your mags with 5 or fewer rounds, so that the release gets some more repetition. The more you use it, the quicker it will wear in, and the easier it will get.
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Old July 20th, 2009, 03:49 PM   #3
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Both the slide and release were sharp and dug into each other on my 9 and 40. They will eventualy wear smoother but I chose to use a fine stone and 600 grit wet/dry sand paper to speed the process. The 40 has processed around 20,000 rounds with no ill effect from the help I provided and the 9 at least 10,000.
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It has been said it is more reliable to rack the slide thanuse the slide release. Just a thought
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Old July 20th, 2009, 07:37 PM   #5
 
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i rack the slide on all of my gun. when in a fight you will lose fine motor skills and is better and easy to just rack it.
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Oh don't start that silly argument again. It has nothing to do with the OPs question.



It is NOT more reliable to rack the slide. Do what you do best, because I've seen more of my students and active personnel mess up the slingshot than thumbing the slide release.



BOTH are fine motor skills.



Edit to add: Don't accept Dogma as absolute truth. Things are constantly evolving, and dogma only holds us back.
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Originally Posted by clearshot7' post='217726' date='Jul 20 2009, 05:35 PM
Hi All,

I have both the M&P 9c (4400 rounds through it so far), and the M&P 9fs (700 rounds through it so far). The problem I have is that the slidelock on both is very hard to release, almost impossible with either thumb (use combat grip with both thumbs forward). I need to release my grip and push down with both thumbs, one on each side, and then regrip the gun. Not very helpful for fast reloads!! Anyone else ever have this problem, and how did you fix it. Other than that, I love both guns, but particularly, the fs 9. Any help would be appreciated. It is strange that both guns have the same issue.


Ditto on what the guys said above regarding use and the release loosing up. Also do some dry firing and work the slide release to give it some exercise.



I also would check if it is clean inside the frame and lube both sides where there is contact. This seemed to work for me early on and now the slide releases like butta'
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Old July 21st, 2009, 02:44 PM   #8
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Oh don't start that silly argument again. It has nothing to do with the OPs question.



It is NOT more reliable to rack the slide. Do what you do best, because I've seen more of my students and active personnel mess up the slingshot than thumbing the slide release.



BOTH are fine motor skills.



Edit to add: Don't accept Dogma as absolute truth. Things are constantly evolving, and dogma only holds us back.


Well said.
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Originally Posted by RobMoore' post='217766' date='Jul 21 2009, 03:45 AM
Oh don't start that silly argument again. It has nothing to do with the OPs question.



It is NOT more reliable to rack the slide. Do what you do best, because I've seen more of my students and active personnel mess up the slingshot than thumbing the slide release.



BOTH are fine motor skills.



Edit to add: Don't accept Dogma as absolute truth. Things are constantly evolving, and dogma only holds us back.
No matter who is right...............................



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To the OP:

+1 or is it +3 on the clean and if needed (lightly, ever so lightly sand with 600+ grit).
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My 9c was a bit stiff at first, keeping it lubed with break in time it has smoothed right out. (approx. 500 rds.)



Side note, my 40c would auto forward from day one, slapping in the mag released the slide.
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I too had the same problem with my 9FS. I could not get the slide to release with just my thumb out of hte box. I don't think I have as many rounds through mine as you do but mine has loosened up with only about ~200 rounds through it. Although I was doing alot of dry firing with snap caps also. Maybe investing in some snap caps and dry firing it will help it break in faster.
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My M&P9 FS was the same way out of the box. After I took it to the range and put about 300-400 rounds through it, the slide release ran silky smooth thereafter. It seems like your pistols should be broken in by now and have loosened up. I clean and lube mine according to the manual and after I clean it I rack the slide a few times. Best regards!
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It has been said it is more reliable to rack the slide thanuse the slide release. Just a thought




BS. It takes more time to rack the slide than to just let the gun do the work. BUT, if you pick one method stick with it and practice it. Regardless of whether or not you lose your fine motor skills you will revert to your training in a time of crisis.
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Old December 17th, 2009, 12:54 PM   #14
 
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I personally do not believe the whole fine vs gross motor skills debate,



Anything that you do with your handgun is technically a fine motor skill,

Pulling the trigger and hitting the mag release theoretically could be considered a fine motor skill.



Since the base root of the argument is time, one method over the other will not save you any more or less amount of time if you do not train to your method.



That's very odd that your release is still that stiff after so many rounds. Like users about you mentioned it should wear down over time. How often are you dry firing and working on reloads?
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I just have to put this on here the#1 answer in the site call a S&W CSR they will hook you up. I just had to say it sorry
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