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Old April 16th, 2010, 04:18 PM   #1
 
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I'm new to this forum but have seen concerns regarding dry-firing the m&p 9 until as late as 2009. Has this issue been resolved? Ordered my wife a 9 JG, we'll be picking it up Mon. I do a lot of dry fire with my Ruger single six since the manual says its okay. This seems to have improved my trigger press and would like to be able to practice with the M&P also. BTW, I also have a 9 Pro on order and plan to dry fire this gun as well. Should I use snap caps? Thanks in advance for any advice you may have. I think this site is great and very informative. It helped me to decide on the M&P instead of Sig or Springfield. Not to mention the fact that both my wife and I think the M&P both fits and looks great. Here in Hawaii it takes 2 trips to the gun shop, 3 trips to HPD, and a 14 day waiting period before you get the handgun. Really don't want to screw the gun up dry firing before we get to take it to the range because of dry firing.



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Old April 16th, 2010, 06:26 PM   #2
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Snap caps are a must for any dry firing.



I'm old school and was tought NOT to dry fire anymore than I had too.
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Snap caps are a must for any dry firing.



I'm old school and was tought NOT to dry fire anymore than I had too.
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Old April 16th, 2010, 07:08 PM   #4
 
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Thanks for the advice, will use snap caps as much as possible when dry firing. They can be hard to come by here in 9mm. Does anyone have any opinions/experiences with the 9 JG, (wife's) or the 9 Pro? We're looking foward to shooting both and would appreciate any advice/cautions regarding the two.



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Old April 16th, 2010, 07:08 PM   #5
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Yes, absolutely use snap caps. Do that and the M&P is perfectly OK to dry fire.
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Old April 16th, 2010, 07:27 PM   #6
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I've dry fired my M&P without snap caps thousands of times and its been fine.
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Old April 16th, 2010, 07:57 PM   #7
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Originally Posted by rmhawaii' post='253123' date='Apr 16 2010, 10:08 PM
Thanks for the advice, will use snap caps as much as possible when dry firing. They can be hard to come by here in 9mm. Does anyone have any opinions/experiences with the 9 JG, (wife's) or the 9 Pro? We're looking foward to shooting both and would appreciate any advice/cautions regarding the two.



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I have the FS 9, FS 9L and the Pro 9. Read the manual. Get acquainted with all the safety features. Inspect, clean and relube the weapon as perscribed. Give it some break in time (500+ ???) rounds before you start to get too worried about trivial things. Be SAFE and DON'T be afraid to ask ANY questions here if you need help. This IS the best place going (second to none) for knowledge and help involving anything with all the M&P's.



All mine were tack drivers right out of the box. Would I buy them if I had to do it over ? Yes, in a heart beat.
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I have the FS 9, FS 9L and the Pro 9. Read the manual. Get acquainted with all the safety features. Inspect, clean and relube the weapon as perscribed. Give it some break in time (500+ ???) rounds before you start to get too worried about trivial things. Be SAFE and DON'T be afraid to ask ANY questions here if you need help. This IS the best place going (second to none) for knowledge and help involving anything with all the M&P's.



All mine were tack drivers right out of the box. Would I buy them if I had to do it over ? Yes, in a heart beat.


Thanks again for the advice, will follow the manual and post our experiences with the new guns. Thanks also for the great forum, again, we appreciate any advice that you may have to offer. We will definitely be asking more questions as things come up.



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Thanks again for the advice, will follow the manual and post our experiences with the new guns. Thanks also for the great forum, again, we appreciate any advice that you may have to offer. We will definitely be asking more questions as things come up.



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Snap caps....s&w rep told me to use snap caps...I was one the first ones to have a firing pin break on me in not one but 2 guns I own for duty. So I can say I'm an expert in firing pins. I just received the new revision firing pins and had no problems with them.
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Can someone tell me more about the firing pin issue ? I often dry practice at home without snap caps. And is there any place where I can find the manufacture date of my M&P9 with the serial number ?



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Can someone tell me more about the firing pin issue ? I often dry practice at home without snap caps. And is there any place where I can find the manufacture date of my M&P9 with the serial number ?



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If you look in your box there should be an envelope with a fired casing in it. There will be a test date on that envelope.



The latest design striker is silver in color. If you lock your slide back and look at the underneath side of the slide you will see the leg of the striker. It will either be black or silver. You can buy new strikers for $30 and they are easy to change.
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Can someone tell me more about the firing pin issue ? I often dry practice at home without snap caps. And is there any place where I can find the manufacture date of my M&P9 with the serial number ?



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If by chance you don't or can't find the small envelope with the test fire case. A real easy way is look on the end of the case it came in next to the serial number to the right is a (should be)four didget number. 7123 8123 or 9123. The first number 7-8-9, are the year manufactured. The 123 (or what ever numbers) are the day of that year.
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I have never dry-fired any of my pistols .........







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If there is even a chance that dry firing without snap caps may damage the striker and if it is known that dry firing with snap caps will absolutely do no damage to the striker, then the logical answer is to dry fire only when using snap caps.
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... and if it is known that dry firing with snap caps will absolutely do no damage to the striker, then the logical answer is to dry fire only when using snap caps.


They have been known to break with and without use of snap caps. Keep a spare on hand and call S&W if you ever break one. They'll send you one if you convince them you can replace it.
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