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m&p40 vs 1911's

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by cgarofalo, Jan 2, 2011.

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  1. cgarofalo

    cgarofalo Member

    Whats the difference besides the frames and slimness of the 1911?;)
  2. Narwhal

    Narwhal Well-Known Member

    To paint with a really broad brush, the M&P is more reliable but 1911's are generally more accurate due their single action trigger. If you compare the .40 to the .45, the M&P will hold twice as many more rounds, 16 for the M&P 40 vs 8 for the typical 1911. The M&P 40 is also about 25% lighter, which means it will be easier to carry but also be more prone to recoil. This is offset a little bit by the weight of 15 rounds in an M&P magazine.

    Also, the M&P usually has no safeties, although thumb safeties, magazine safeties, and internal locks are available should you desire them. The 1911 has the thumb safety and the grip safety.

    Overall, the M&P is generally more abuse tolerant, reliable, easier to field strip/clean, offers more firepower, and easier to carry. A 1911 is more accurate, easier to shoot, a bit more versatile since they can be carried cocked or uncocked, and offers more firepower per shot but less firepower overall.
  3. cgarofalo

    cgarofalo Member

    Thanks 4 the reply. Im doubting about the m&p40 reliability since I have a new one and put 200 rds already and had 2 FTF. May be the ammo? may be a lemon m&p? may be the break-in period? Dunno...
  4. G27RR

    G27RR Well-Known Member

    They are quite different and it would take a while to point out everything. The Smith is striker fired vs hammer fired, for one thing. Polymer vs steel or alloy frames, double stack vs single stack magazines, no grip safety vs grip safety, etc. I have an M&P40, and it's probably a good duty or HD gun, but I choose to carry a 1911 due to slimness and the ease of shooting it well.


  5. Lucas_Y

    Lucas_Y Well-Known Member

    An apple and an orange. Both are fruit, but both are different.
  6. Jaywalker

    Jaywalker Well-Known Member

    That's an excellent functional rundown. Very nice.
  7. Skylerbone

    Skylerbone Well-Known Member

    In a word everything. One is not meant to be at all similar to the other.

    The 1911 in its original form had standardized, interchangable parts and could be stripped down to a pile of parts using a spent casing and the pistol's parts alone. Today, you would likely pinch yourself for finding an aftermarket part to replace anything that breaks.

    The M&P uses the concept of modular components that allow quick change out of part groupings, an interupted rail system (which also allows the frame rails to be replaced if worn or damaged) and a polymer frame to reduce weight. It is quicker to field strip but a detail strip requires a punch, hammer and pliers to remove the roll pins. It also features a ramped barrel that aids in feeding.

    The 1911 is generally speaking a great shooter, has an amazing trigger feel, longer sight radius and will require little to be an enjoyable shooter.

    The M&P in my opinion (I own 3) is very accurate in its own right, has a terrible, heavy, gritty trigger which is easy to remedy, can be fitted to different sized hands, has less muzzle rise and is significantly lighter at 24 oz. vs 40 oz. for a govt. 1911.

    The M&Ps have proven themselves to me having now put some 4,000 rounds through them combined, more than half of those through the 40 S&W, without a single failure. I have used: 1 box of Rem. UMC, 1 box of Hornady Personal Defense and around 2,500 reloads including LSWC, Hornady XTP HPs, Nosler HPs and Berry's Plated.

    Before ditching your M&P, I would suggest evaluating the barrel ramp and your lubrication habbits. I know a guy who was convinced that heavy moly grease slathered on his 1911 would make it shoot smoothly. All it did was keep it from functioning and spattering everyone with grease everytime it did shoot.

    Neither the 1911 nor the M&P needs more than a few drops of oil to run properly.
  8. Skylerbone

    Skylerbone Well-Known Member

    I might add that while the M&P does not have an exposed hammer and is listed as a double action pistol that unlike most poly guns the striker is fully cocked before the trigger is depressed so it's technically firing single action. Pistols like the Glock are partially cocked and the trigger finishes cocking the striker before releasing the sear.
  9. Narwhal

    Narwhal Well-Known Member

    In regard to the OP's reliability problem with the M&P, what kind of failures are you having?

    Either way, I'd give it more than 200 rounds. take it up to 500 and see what happens. I've 5 M&P's with 10,000 rounds downrange and can count on one hand the number of failures I've experienced, and none that couldn't be easily remedied with a tap rack.
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  10. 9mmepiphany

    9mmepiphany Moderator

    First do you mean FTF as in Feeding or Firing?

    How old is your M&P40?

    Which ammo were you using?

    After their initial teething problems, the M&P has a pretty good record for reliability. It helps that it was designed around the .40 cartridge.
  11. Fastcast

    Fastcast Well-Known Member

    Um, one's a century old battle proven classic, the other, just another plastic. :cool:
  12. cgarofalo

    cgarofalo Member

    Well, I bought my m&p40 last week from my local authorized S&W gun dealer. SO its a new gun out of da box.
    The problem was Failure to Feed. The first day I fired 100 rds of Fiocchi 180 GR FMJ (blue box) and Not a single Failure to Feed occured. Next day,(after I cleaned my gun) went to the range again BUT with 100 Rounds of Fiocchi 170 Grain FMJ TRUNCATED (red box) and 2 Failure to Feed Occured.
    Later that day I shot around 25 rds of Federal Classic 180Gr HP with no problem at all.
    Ill see if I can post pics of the ammo. Aniway, you can google pics and they will show up!!
  13. cgarofalo

    cgarofalo Member

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  14. cgarofalo

    cgarofalo Member

  15. sigbear

    sigbear Well-Known Member

    This Is A Joke Right?

    I don't own a M&P but have shot mannnnnnnnnnny, do own a S&W 1911 though.

    I went on a tour of the S&W factory last summer with a bunch of guy's and after the wonderful tour we went to the firing range and shot a M&P 9mm, 1911 in 9mm and 1911 .45.

    We put the M&P away real quick after shooting the 1911's and all of us picked the 1911 .45 as a favorite of the 3. Not even one guy in our group picked the M&P over either 1911

    You must not have shot a 1911 alongside the M&P, you couldn't have.

  16. cgarofalo

    cgarofalo Member

    So, any toughts about?
  17. Hagen442

    Hagen442 Well-Known Member

    The M&P Platform is Modern Tuperware.
    The 1911 Platform is the Classic.
  18. Trigun

    Trigun Well-Known Member

    A 1911 is a gun that combined art and workmanship, at the same time give you good accuracy and reliability that is a gun that American must have. M&P is a tool, a shooting iron that give you the same function just like a 1911 but is no eye candy.

  19. Narwhal

    Narwhal Well-Known Member

    Stick with american made ammo for another few hundred rounds and see what happens with your M&P. That's my only recommendation. Break in is seemingly real for some pistols. I had an H&K USP that was constantly failing to feed for the first 300 rounds. After that it magically worked at 100%. Most of my failures with M&P, rare as they have been, have occurred when they were new. After 1000 rounds or so, reliability seems to increase.
  20. Skylerbone

    Skylerbone Well-Known Member

    There are things that can be done to improve function on a shorter timeline and you'll find them posted all over the Internet. That said, I won't disclose more as damage may result and that simply isn't worth it. Be patient, practice, practice some more and be aware of the opportunity to practice malfunction drills when they happen in real time.
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