A few questions on S&W M&P .40C


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SWModel19
April 1, 2007, 02:19 AM
I just bought a .40 compact, and while I was there, I mentioned that I already owned a .40 full sized. The dealer told me that the mags from the full size would fit the .40c. Cool. Does anybody know if S&W or somebody aftermarket makes a sleeve for the full size mags to fit the compact, similar to the way that Springfield did for their full sized mags in their compacts?

Second, I'm wondering if anyone knows if and where to get an S&W (or again, if there is an aftermarket) extended compact baseplate separate from the magazine. I find that I *can* grip the pistol comfortably with the short mag by curling my pinky under the mag, but I prefer the extended baseplate. I don't want to have to buy a new mag just to get another one with the extended baseplate. I haven't fired it yet, so I don't know if this curled pinky thing will actually work.

And finally, I noticed on my full sized, the sear drop lever is kinda "C" shaped (one gun mag write up called it a shepherds crook shaped thing) . In my compact, it is kinked, but then sticks straight out, kinda like this:

http://i103.photobucket.com/albums/m151/history_prof/MP40A.jpg
Should I worry about this? In my full sized it is shaped like this:
http://i103.photobucket.com/albums/m151/history_prof/MP40.jpg

The first image is an edited version of the second to show the shape of the lever. The original is from http://www.gunblast.com/SW_MP.htm

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Coronach
April 1, 2007, 11:22 AM
1. No idea, but it is an obvious enough upgrade that if S&W doesn't do it, someone will soon enough. I will be buying one as soon as I can find one after I buy my M&P40C.

2. I suspect this can be ordered from S&W.

3. Hmm. No idea, but I suspect that it doesn't matter. The gun is working properly, yes? If so, it's not interfering with anything in the "up" position. The only other potential problem would be if it snags on the way up when you insert the magazine...again, something I think you would have noticed.

I'll look the next time I play with a 40C.

Mike

lunde
April 1, 2007, 05:31 PM
That lever looks the same as in my M&P9c, meaning that it is straighter than the M&P one. My three M&Ps also match that M&P one, meaning that it has a hook at the end. So, I guess this difference is normal.

SWModel19
April 1, 2007, 06:39 PM
Thanks for the feedback, fellas. I haven't fired it yet, but I have cycled a few mags through it, and they all cycled fine. When a magazine is inserted, the "hooked" one on the full sized sits on the magazine right under the exposed casing, and the "straight" one on the compact sits on the magazine just to the left of the exposed casing. Either way, it isn't in the way of the slide, so I guess it was just some engineer eliminating a step to save a few seconds/pennies in the manufacturing process.

As to my other questions, I suppose the best place to ask would be at Smith and Wesson?:o I've had good customer service from them in the past, and always enjoyed chatting with their guys on the phone.:)

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