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Old February 19th, 2017, 10:14 AM   #1
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Basic question about racking not covered in manual: once racked, how to return to shooting position (no ammo in chamber)?
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Old February 19th, 2017, 10:26 AM   #2
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Welcome to our little corner of the web!

If I understand your question you are basically asking how to unload it?

In that case, remove the magazine, then retract the slide to eject the live round, that's all you have to do.

If I didn't understand your question correctly, please give me some more information.
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Old February 19th, 2017, 10:48 AM   #3
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Thanks forn quick reply. My question was how to return slide to original position. I finally tried the "slide release" but I had to press it very hard to finally release the slide. There must be a better method.
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Old February 19th, 2017, 03:10 PM   #5
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Thanks, Owen, greatly appreciated. As I am a total newbie (other than once at the range with a Glock), I will have some super basic questions over the coming months like the one above about releasing the slide release.
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Old February 19th, 2017, 03:10 PM   #6
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Not to pick on you too much, but the answer is in your owners manual.

The reason the slide release didn't work very well, simply, the M&P doesn't have a slide release, it has a slide lock, but it was never designed to release the slide, which is why it was so hard to operate.

When you pull the slide to the rear and the slide locks in the open position, to release the slide, you remove the magazine, then pull the slide slightly to the rear and it will release and go all the way forward, this is what is called the slingshot method.

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Old February 19th, 2017, 03:34 PM   #8
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Thanks, the "slingshot method" hit the nail on the head but did not find that in the manual.
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Old February 19th, 2017, 07:31 PM   #9
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Look in your manual for the section 'Loading', its usually the last paragraph in that section:

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"Pull the slide to the rear and release it, allowing it to carry fully forward."
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Welcome to the forum! Ask all the questions you need to ask.

If you don't have ammo in it it probably won't hurt to let it go forward with full velocity, but I like to hold onto the slide to slow down the slide a bit. I just don't like to needlessly stress the parts. With ammo in the magazine never allow the hand to ride the slide forward.
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Old February 20th, 2017, 03:53 AM   #13
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G56:
Thanks forn quick reply. My question was how to return slide to original position. I finally tried the "slide release" but I had to press it very hard to finally release the slide. There must be a better method.
Yes Just pull the slide back a little and let go, that will bring the ammo into the chamber and you are ready to shoot. Hope that is what you were asking. The Slide Release will loosen up a little and you get used to it but many do not use that, just pull back on the rack and let go, it goes to the position of ready that way.
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Yes Just pull the slide back a little and let go, that will bring the ammo into the chamber and you are ready to shoot. Hope that is what you were asking. The Slide Release will loosen up a little and you get used to it but many do not use that, just pull back on the rack and let go, it goes to the position of ready that way.
Correct... the best method, slingshot it.
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