Problems with M&P
I read about the follow problems with M&P.
Machining problem with slide
Magazine drops-I think this was on earlier models
Based on the hundreds of reviews I have read, it seems like they are very reliable overall.
I am thinking about getting the 9mm compact before the special is over.
I have a full sized 40 and I have had zero problems. Your right that there were some mag drop problems. I have heard of a few cracked slides but I believe they are on early models as well with high round counts.
I have enjoyed mine quite a bit. I don't carry it much since I picked up my PPS, but it has been 100% reliable and pretty darn accurate.
IIRC the machining problem affected a very small number of slides. I want to say it was due to a piece of tooling at the end of its service life, but I lost the link to that bit of info long ago.
My M&P9c is low round count, I've had it maybe 2 months and shot ~500 rounds through it. I had 1 ftf in the first 50 rounds, no problems since. No cleaning, only lube. My M&P9pro has about 4000 rounds through it in a little over a year, only malfunctions were ammo related.
This thread lists pretty much every problem accounted with the M&P platform. Most have very simple fixes and are very rare. Once Apex Tactical releases their striker and extractor upgrades I think most of the problem areas will be eliminated. The Apex upgrades have been a game changer for the platform IMO.
Good to hear since I just picked up my M&P c 45 yesterday. The build date was 3/11/10. I did notice it has a new rear sight.
One thing you must bear in mind is that the internet has no consciousness of time. A problem with a firearm that happened years ago will live on as if it happened today.
Yes, early M&Ps had some issues (as most firearms do) and from recent reviews, those seem to have been cleared up. S&W offers a lifetime warranty, so buy one and make them live up to their warranty if need be. The M&P is on my list of possibles, too.
My understanding is that the pistols with the stepped rear sight includes all fixes and are good to go.
None of my five M&P's has ever giving me a single problem... Maybe I'm just lucky.
My M&P Stable:
M&P9 Pro Series (x2)
Bought my daughter a 9c,and I have a 45c,never had a glitch from day one
Remember, too, that there are a metric ton of them in extreme use. And the guys running them hard are the kind of guys that are not shy about reporting problems.
For such a relatively new platform, they are pretty darned good.
I have never had one issue. I love M&P's
I had a little over 5,000 rounds through my M&P45 full size and compact. I owned them about 6 months and loved the guns, not one single problem. I swear by 1911's, so the M&P45's weren't getting much use, so I sold them. I get more use out of the M&P standard size. I've yet to do the apex upgrades, but will some time soon.
Like I said, not one single problem of any kind with any of them. the full size 45 had the magazine safety thing and the thumb safeties, no issues. The compact had only the magazine safety, I believe. No issues with that one either, other than my pinky finger getting bit where the magazine met the frame.
The M&P is the only polymer gun I'll own. I've owned a good number and the M&P is exactly what I like. Quality, very high grip, very soft shooting, etc. The M&P is actually one of the only guns I'll own and shoot besides 1911's and a Hi-Power.
I trust them. I expect the cheaper parts may break after 20,000+ rounds, but they're very cheap and very easy to fix.
NASH: I've got to say that my M&P 9mm compact is by far my favorite pistol. It is by far the most accurate, easiest to shoot pistol I have owned. I even like it better than my XDM, and I LOVE my XDM lol
Get the M&P!!
I've got a 9 full size and 9c and have had no problems with thousands of rounds.
Not a Smith and Wesson auto fan, but have never heard anything bad about them since they worked out the bugs in early production.