This is a discussion on M&P 2.0 rear of slide side to side movement within the MP Pistol Tech Help forums, part of the Smith & Wesson MP Forum category; Hey all, I'm sure you are all sick of this post/question, but I just picked up a 2.0 4.25in m&p. I've owned a few before ...
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|March 10th, 2017, 09:24 AM||#1|
Join Date: Mar 2017
Location: Warrenton mo.
M&P 2.0 rear of slide side to side movement
Hey all, I'm sure you are all sick of this post/question, but I just picked up a 2.0 4.25in m&p. I've owned a few before but never really took notice to what I'm noticing now. The rear of the slide, and a very small amount on the front rails, has side to side movement. I can shake the thing and the rear will audibly rattle side to side. I'm very picky, as I'm sure most of us who spend very hard earned money on a pistol are. I've put about 500 rounds through the pistol, and I can out shoot my custom competition glock 19 with it as far as accuracy. I guess what I'm getting at is, is the side to side movement normal? Will it just get worse with usage? Does it even matter if it gets worse? It's about 1/32 of inch of movement..
|March 10th, 2017, 11:56 AM||#2|
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Weeki Wachee, FL
1/32" movement, and the pistol shoots accurately.
If it was mine; I wouldn't worry about it. I honestly have no idea how much lateral play any of my M&P's have, as I've never "checked" them.
Reliability and accuracy are important to me. Whether I can wiggle parts or not; not a priority.
|March 10th, 2017, 08:24 PM||#3|
Join Date: Jul 2016
i agree with what Rick said, 1/32nds is nothing to worry about. I own many M&P`s, they all have some side to side play. Some more than others, i`m not concerned about it at all. Its a combat pistol, i would worry if it DIDN`T have a little play. You want a combat pistol to be loose, so it wont heat lock on you. (heat lock is my own term for a gun that locks up from many firing cycles, others terms of it my vary)
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|March 13th, 2017, 10:59 AM||#4|
Join Date: Nov 2008
If it shoots better than your custom Glock 19, then you are just tilting at windmills.
Some guns like the 1911 and a few others really benefit from very tight fitments between the frame, barrel and slide, as they work in concert. Most polymer guns could never achieve such a tight fit, and it is not really a necessity for a tight fit between the frame and slide. The real accuracy potential is found in the slide to barrel fit on your M&P during lockup. This is why aftermarket barrels from Apex and others really improve the accuracy on M&Ps, after they have been properly filed to exactly fit the barrel hood to the slide. If you go over to the Walther forums, you will find users complaining about the sloppy slide to frame fit (far worse than any M&P), yet nobody can say that the PPQ is a slouch in the accuracy department. Again, it is the slide and barrel fit that matters.
There will always be play in the slide when the pistol is in an uncocked state, and this pretty much goes away when it is fully cocked and the mag is inserted.
Last edited by gglass; March 28th, 2017 at 08:10 AM.
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