How should I clean an M&P?


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jawman
February 4, 2013, 09:30 PM
Hi everyone.

I currently own a Sig P226, and will soon be the owner of an M&P9C and an M&P40 fullsize. Unlike my Sig which has a steel slide on a steel frame, the M&P has a steel slide on a polymer frame, so I'm not sure how that changes things when cleaning and lubing.

For example, currently when I clean and lube my P226, I use Magnalube PTFE grease and I grease the rails as outlined in this link: http://grayguns.com/lubrication-of-sig-sauer-pistol-rails/

However, the M&P has a polymer frame and a steel slide, so how should I clean and lube when dealing with polymer? These will be my first polymer pistols. Is it okay to use Hoppes #9 on polymer? Should I continue to grease the rails or should I only use oil? Help!

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cfullgraf
February 4, 2013, 09:41 PM
On the S&W M&Ps there is a steel chassis inside the polymer grip. So the slide rides on steel rails.

Fred_G
February 4, 2013, 09:42 PM
Hoppes gets along with polymer. The slide will mate with metal on the polymer lower. I think once you have it in hand and field strip it, you will see what to do.

I love my M&P 9C.

bds
February 4, 2013, 09:47 PM
M&Ps are stainless steel with Melonite surface hardening treatment (similar to Glock's Tenifer process which is not used for models made in the USA).

Similar to cleaning and lubing Glocks, I separate the slide from the frame and remove the barrel/recoil spring assembly to field strip. I use Hoppes #9 solvent/copper bore brush/detail brush to clean the fouling and apply Breakfree CLP on 4 slide rails and the striker release point on the frame. After reassembly, I cycle the slide several times and lock the slide back and apply one drop of Breakfree on top of the barrel where it makes contact with the slide and cycle the slide a few more times. I wipe off any excess lube.

For me, M&Ps have worked well even dirty. I shoot jacketed/plated/lead reloads and if I don't have enough time for a detailed cleaning, I will just clean the barrel/check any fouling build up by the extractor and wipe off any loose fouling with a paper towel and lube before reassembly.

Backpacker33
February 4, 2013, 09:53 PM
I'll echo "bds."
We have a son who is a LEO, issued 9mm S&W M&P. He, and I, clean it just like bds sez. I reload all types of bullets, too, and usually leave mine dirty, but well lubed. No problems!

JTQ
February 4, 2013, 10:12 PM
Yes, your M&P will have a steel slide running on steel rails. Conversely, your SIG most likely had a steel slide running on aluminum rails.

Here is how Hickok45 cleans an lube's his Glock with Ballistol. It is simply a CLP product, there are a bunch of quality CLPs available. You can use just about anything you want.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZf4mUM10Vc

RON in PA
February 5, 2013, 05:23 AM
Read the section in the M&P owner's manual that pertains to cleaning and lubing the gun. All you need is CLP.

ku4hx
February 5, 2013, 07:56 AM
Read the section in the M&P owner's manual that pertains to cleaning and lubing the gun. All you need is CLP.
If you're missing a manual you can likely get it here:
http://www.stevespages.com/page7b.htm

PoPo22
February 5, 2013, 09:01 AM
Just try not to "overthink" the issue, if you put as much lube on it as you did your "full metal" pistol then you have in all likelyhood exceeded what is "necessary". That will not hurt it or normally cause any functioning issues but it may simply be "overkill".

I am a "1911" guy from many years back and still prefer it and love the design (carried one "on-duty" for many years). About 2 years ago our dept. decided that they needed to dictate exactly what weapons we carried and chose to issue M&P's. The M&P's are fine weapons and are almost "stupid proof", so unless you are putting too much oil in the sear area I don't think you can go wrong.

Sorry, my point is that when we spoke with the S&W rep's they advised that the weapon is designed to be functional with minimal cleaning and with minimal lube, so you almost "can't" screw it up. Don't "overthink" it, just have fun and enjoy it. Good Luck

col_temp
February 5, 2013, 02:17 PM
From experience PoPo22 is right.
M&P like to be lubricated. But do not overdue it! A light spray or the drops as suggested is good enough.

Now if we were talking about the M&P 22 it's a different story. Those need to be welll lubbed.

HKGuns
February 5, 2013, 06:50 PM
As you would any other pistol, with solvent and a brush.

jawman
February 5, 2013, 06:57 PM
As you would any other pistol, with solvent and a brush.
Thanks troll.

HKGuns
February 6, 2013, 08:19 PM
Troll? Coming from Chicago? Get some time in life and on this forum before throwing out insults.

ku4hx
February 6, 2013, 08:21 PM
Troll? Coming from Chicago? Get some time in life and on this forum before throwing out insults.
+1 Well said.

Inebriated
February 6, 2013, 09:25 PM
Thanks troll.

Excellent way to get assistance.

jawman
February 6, 2013, 09:54 PM
Troll? Coming from Chicago?

What does where I currently live (not even from Chicago) have anything to do with it? That's pretty myopic. I'm sorry if I offended you but I thought you were just trying to be a smart ass. Well apparently I was wrong. My apologies. But you have to concede that your post was pretty obvious and "duh" and not of much help based on the question and details that pertained to it (just look at the other replies vs. yours). Obviously, solvent and a brush are going to be used in the cleaning process, but my question was more than just that.

Get some time in life and on this forum before throwing out insults.

Not even going to bother with this one.

Recon Ron
February 6, 2013, 09:55 PM
Hoppe's is fine on my 40FS and some days I'll grease other days I'll oil, its all good.

danoam
February 7, 2013, 03:52 PM
I use Hoppes or clp on mine. For clp I like G96 just because of its smell. I put a small drop of oil on each of the four rails and then reassemble.

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