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Slide lock reload

The ninja thing to do: use slide release, it’s fast.

Racking the slide is kind of universal. And the slide release on my M&P is . . . oh wait, doesn’t have one. And that’s why I stick to racking the slide. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with using the slide release if you have one.

And, like Caleb, I’ve cut my hand using that method on the sharp rear sights on the Gunblog 45

15 Responses to “Slide lock reload”

  1. Jim S. Says:

    Actually, if you want to be Uber ninja, if you aggressively seat the magazine of a Glock the slide goes into battery automatically.

  2. aczarnowski Says:

    A rare M&P like yours is probably worth more than you paid for it. Every one I’ve seen has a slide release. On both sides even.

  3. SayUncle Says:

    No, you’ve seen a slide stop. It doesn’t release. At least, mine doesn’t.

  4. Fred Says:

    Mine does. And if I’m aggressive when I seat the mag, it’ll drop the slide for me.

  5. aczarnowski Says:

    That sounds broken. But I’ll try both mine when I get home to remove this feeling that I’m imagining things.

  6. SayUncle Says:

    Hmm. I’ll be interested in that too. Mine has never worked. Of course, I’ve never really tried it except lightly a couple of times.

    Let me know.

  7. TomcatTCH Says:

    I’ve seen gun companies call them “slide stops”, but they generally work as a slide release as well.

    The rest of the internet seems to think the S&W M&P has a slide release.

    Is yours broken?

  8. Tam Says:


    Huh. Mine releases. From both sides, even.

    Yours must be broken. Get it replaced under warranty or order part number 940-000-979AE from Brownells.

  9. Tam Says:

    PS: If it wasn’t intended to be used as a release, why would they put one on both sides? 😉

  10. texasaggie2005 Says:

    My M&P45C will release from either side. It was extremely difficult at first, but it has eased up as I used it more.

  11. Jack Says:

    Both sides would be nice.

    As a lefty this slide stop issue has a bit of a wrinkle. Though I can drop the release with my trigger finger, but depending on the weapon going over the top with the off hand is easier.

  12. SayUncle Says:

    Hmm. Either it has issues or I’ve been doing it wrong.

  13. Heather Says:

    When I seat my mag (even not so aggressively) in my M&P, the slide goes into battery. It got me yelled at a few times by an NRA instructor. I told them to try and it did the same to them. Suckers.

  14. Caleb Says:

    I was told by a dude that shoots M&Ps in USPSA that some of them have slide stops that need to “wear in” before they’ll work reliably. One of my .40 Pros had that problem until I dropped a couple thousand rounds through it.

  15. mariner Says:

    With the round counts in USPSA, that shouldn’t take long.

    [zigs away]

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