Smith and Wesson M&P .45


May 27, 2008, 12:27 AM
Folks, sorry if this has already been discussed. I have tried using the search function but it keeps giving me a return of no results found.

I have a question I would like some help with. I currently own a M&P9C that I use as my daily carry weapon. I like the handgun a lot and would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone looking for a compact 9mm. Matter of fact, I like it so much that I am now looking at purchasing at least one M&P .45 caliber firearm.

My only problem with the M&P is that its trigger pull is both a little grainy and, as is the case with most factory triggers, a little too heavy once the slack is removed. I have recently found a gunsmith specializing in the M&P series that claims to be able to remove most of the slack, smooth out the trigger action, and reduce the trigger pull down to my desired 4 pounds.

The gunsmith's claim is that once he is done with the firearm the trigger will be similar to that of a 1911. Having cut my teeth on 1911 model firearms, that is exactly how I would like the trigger to feel.

To those of you who have this firearm, have any of you had such work done?

Besides the small issue I have with the trigger, I absolutely love this line of sidearms. Even with the factory trigger I still plan on eventually purchasing the entire M&P line of handguns.

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May 27, 2008, 01:10 AM
I just ordered my M&P 45 last week, and can't wait to pick it up. From everything I have read, the trigger pull gets MUCH better after a few hundred trigger pulls (dry or live fire).

If you aren't satisfied with the trigger after it breaks in, it is very easy to do a trigger job on the gun. There are even some instructions online of how to do it yourself. If you would rather have it done professionally, the two most popular M&P gunsmiths are David Bowie and Dan Burwell. Their websites are listed below.

There is tons of information at the M&P forum.

Gary G23
May 27, 2008, 07:47 AM
I own four M&Ps. I have owned several 1911s. There is no way a pivoting trigger will ever have the same feel as a straight pull 1911.

The best M&P trigger job I ever felt was done by Dan Burwell.

May 27, 2008, 09:30 AM
My advice based on how my 40c has broken in: radius the firing pin block (I bought a pre-radiused one from Burwell and swapped it myself), lube and shoot it in. Only 200 rounds made a huge difference in mine, and it's continued to smooth out more.

But it'll never be like a 1911, IMO.

May 27, 2008, 10:41 AM
I have a MP 9c and a fullsized MP 40. Great pistols! Both are very dependable and accurate with great ergonomics. My MP 9c is my primary ccw.
IMHO, I would rather have a little more trigger pull on my carry gun, especially if it doesn't have a external safety. Just as a slight safety feature. I had thought of sending my MP 40, (since it's not usually used as a ccw) off to Dan Burwell for a trigger job but never did do it. I've heard he and Bowie both do a very good job.
For a fun and competitive range pistol I would rather have a lighter trigger. My next pistol will be the S & W MP 9Pro with a 4. to 4.5 lb trigger, 5" barrel, and fiber optic front sight.
You may already know about the MP forum but in case you don't, you can go there for a lot of info on the MP's.

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