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Smith & Wesson M&P Slide Stop Assembly

Description: Smith & Wesson M&P Slide Stop Assembly. This slide stop assembly is created of a matte blued steel and is a factory original part from Smith & Wesson. The slide stop assembly is designed for the M&P 9 / 45 and the M&P 40 / 45 Compact models of pistols from Smith & Wesson chambered in 9mm, .40 S&W, & .45 ACP respectively. The slide stop assembly allows the slide to be locked open thus exposing the chamber of the pistol. This assembly is perfect for use in an emergency replacement stash and can be great to have in the spare parts chest. This item is proudly made in the USA by Smith & Wesson.

Models Fit:

  • M&P 9
  • M&P 40 Compact
  • M&P 45
  • M&P 45 Compact

Note: It is recommended that all Smith & Wesson parts be installed by a qualified and trained gunsmith

Manufacturer: Smith & Wesson


  • Brand:Smith & Wesson
  • Caliber:9mm,.40 S&W,.45 ACP
  • Finish / Color:Matte Blued
  • Firearm Type:Pistol
  • Material:Steel
  • Models Fit:Smith & Wesson M&P,Smith & Wesson M&P Compact
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Re: Aftermarket M&P slide release

Postby Kelvar » Tue Jul 15, 2014 2:43 pm

This was heavily alluded to above, but it wasn't said explicitly, and I think it is important to spell things out sometimes, if for no other reason than we may have some lurkers (or regular members) who could benefit from an explanation.

The following is not really what the OP is asking about, but it touches on an issue that may be of interest to those who are just now learning about using firearms for self-defense.

The issue is what is the best way to reload a pistol--safely and reliably. We're talking about an emergency reload here (do they still call it that?). This is when your magazine ran dry, you've ejected the empty and (hopefully) quickly replaced it with a new, fully loaded, mag. Unlike in Hollywood movies, most pistols have a helpful feature where the slide locks back on an empty magazine after the last round is fired. This means there's no surpise or doubt about whether your pistol is empty--it is empty. So no Tequila Sunrise/Matrix cinematic moments where someone pulls a trigger only then to learn that he's run out of ammo. More importantly, this means reloading is a bit faster. Just ditch the empty, replace with a loaded mag and get the slide forward--somehow. You can either engage the slide release or you can rack the slide to achieve this effect. For practical (i.e. self-defense) training, most experts teach that it is better to rack the slide by grasping it over the top, gripping the slide with your hand like an upside down taco.

The reason is that shootouts are scary as Hell (or so I've read and firmly believe--others here can speak from personal experience, but I can't). When a human gets scared, we get a big rush of adrenaline. From an evolutionary perspective, it is easy to see the benefits of this response, but there is a downside, too. Adrenaline really messes up one's "fine motor skills". This means that doing anything calling for precise finger movements is more difficult. For this reason, the more one can use bigger, less precise, movement, the better. So the taco grip racking motion is much easier to do under stress than thumbing the slide release. Yes, know that thumbing the slide release isn't that hard when you're at the range and worried about nothing more than to see how quick you can reload. I trained and practiced that way myself for years. It worked great. But I wasn't getting shot at.

One might say, "well, I'll just use the slide release and do the taco rack if I'm ever in a gunfight." But history shows that when the shit hits the fan we fall back to routine, to whatever our brain is used to. Train like you fight, fight like you train. This is also why you shouldn't worry about where your empty magazine goes--who cares? If you survive, if you win, then maybe you can go look for it. In the police academy I was told a story about some state troopers who had been in a gunfight. They had trained shooting basic paper silhouette targets in which they simply stood there in a nice isosceles or modified weaver stance and blasted away at their targets with their revolvers (yes, this was a long time ago--even before my time). They also made a habit of taking their empty shellcasings and putting them in their pockets (so they wouldn't have to police their brass afterwards). When some of these troopers got in a gunfight, guess what they did? They pulled their weapons, stood right there, and fired at the bad guys. I won't get into what's wrong with that, because that's another topic. But there's another interesting point. Some of the troopers were murdered in that gunfight and when their bodies were searched--guess what? Some of them had empty shellcasings in their pockets. You know, shell casings they could have just dumped on the ground. But they spent valuable seconds pocketing them instead.

Long story short, train the way you should fight. Now, I don't know if what I call the taco rack is universally accepted, but it seems to be most commonly accepted among folks who know what they're talking about. Using the slide release is fine for sport or competition, though. I'm guessing that's why some companies offer the larger, more prominent, slide releases. BTW, from my limited experience, I do think the release vs. rack debate is a minor one, and either one is probably fine, because I used to be quite proficient with thumbing the release. (Admittedly, it was a much larger release on a much larger framed pistol than we typically see nowadays). But when it comes to something this serious, I figure I'll do everything I can to stack the deck in my favor. If the experts say rack vs. release, then that's what I'll do.

On topic, I'm afraid I don't know a source for what the OP seeks, but I don't criticize him for looking.

[Edited to point out that my response is not purely on topic, but of great concern to new shooters and very closely related to this issue.]

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LinkPosted: 12/19/2018 10:15:26 PM EDT

Maybe it's tolerance stacking but there is no way in hell my right side is ever going to release the slide under "normal" pressure, and the left side I usually ride down hard with both thumbs. I've shot thousands of rounds, plus polished some contact areas, so I'm not buying the "it'll break in" bit. That's just them getting you out of their hair. It's a shit design compared to any other pistol I've owned. Love the gun, don't get me wrong, but when it takes twice the parts to do something twice as shitty, someone needs to go back to engineering school!

LinkPosted: 12/19/2018 11:27:25 PM EDT
Tag, my 2.0 has a few thousand rounds through it and the right side release is next to impossible to manipulate.
LinkPosted: 12/20/2018 1:33:50 AM EDT

The slide stop has been beefed up from the 1.0 but still not recommended to use it as a slide release. We have not had any 2.0 slide stops break yet but as you all have mentioned they are extremely stiff and low profile.

I'm a big believer in charging the slide to release it. It's a bit slower but more consistent and reliable.

LinkPosted: 12/20/2018 8:26:52 AM EDT

Not sure why mine have loosened up enough to use them, luck I guess ?  However I'm a sling shot guy when it comes to releasing the slide. The M&P's are my first pistols with the ambi slide stops so being a lefty always have trained without using them.  Never switched a mag release over either, to many years shooting to change now.

LinkPosted: 12/20/2018 8:32:09 AM EDT
Mine isn't all that stiff, on either side.  My Shield on the other hand...
Stupid question, you aren't trying to drop the slide with the slide stop lever on an empty mag, are you?
My first gen guns would drop the slide 100% of the time when you slam a full mag home.  Doesn't promote good practices, but makes for super fast reloads.

Slingshot is the way to go to drop the slide anyway...
LinkPosted: 12/20/2018 11:11:43 AM EDT
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The slide stop has been beefed up from the 1.0 but still not recommended to use it as a slide release. We have not had any 2.0 slide stops break yet but as you all have mentioned they are extremely stiff and low profile.

I'm a big believer in charging the slide to release it. It's a bit slower but more consistent and reliable.

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All true for sure, it definitely doesn’t seem designed as a release, stiff and nearly flush.Mine is for competition only though where going over the top feels like time has stopped haha.  I just deal with it and bite my left thumb into it hard and it goes
LinkPosted: 12/21/2018 9:20:06 PM EDT

It does feel like more of a simultaneous slide release.

LinkPosted: 12/22/2018 12:55:06 AM EDT

It's is advertised as a a benefit and ambi release. Why else would it be added on the right side for left handed use? It's intended use is as a catch and release. Just a poor design I suppose. The newest Remington polymer 9mm and another of the new models "Ruger American?'  also have this problem. The SIG 320, FN's, Glocks etc. all function flawlessly. As a lefty I've always used my index finger on the right side too, but if they are selling this feature it needs to work.

LinkPosted: 12/30/2018 4:09:13 PM EDT

Well, I'm glad that I am not the only one that is less than impressed with that stop..................mine, in way less than 200 rnds got so it might or might not hold when manually activated.............My thought was simply to live with it as I do not look forward to a back and forth with S&W's customer service................my at hand solution was to simply use the right hand side to activate the device......now I find that the left MOSTLY (not always) will engage................shitty design...........have only used S&W stuff since my late teens & I'm pushing 80 now and I gotta state that in truth and fact the engineering on this new stuff sucks shit!!

Just for openers, the vaunted new trigger is a hulluva joke...............I got mine down to acceptable after much trim and fit...............pull was plus 5 and creepy as hell..............now it's a crisp break, but still, on average, 3.3/4 lbs...............love the gun,,,,,,,,,,,,love the ergonomics  but truth be told it coulda stood one helluva lot more finessing and quality control.

Still, anyway you look at it it beats hell out of those butt ugly glocks............I refuse to capitalize shit like that!!

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Hmmm thank you for this. Like I said in the other post, I pulled the gun out and hit the slide stop and it was actually easier than I remember. I have just never regularly used it to avoid wear. I also want to train universally because I would hate to use my 9mm shield and mess up my reload. The 9mm shield slide release is not going to budge.

I just wish the M&P 2.0 Manuel specified pressing the slide stop as an intended option by the manufacturer. I read in another forum that they did make significant changes that were not addressed in the Manuel. The good thing is if for some reason I could only use only my right hand (like you said in the other post, it’s not ambidextrous), I would be able to release the slide. I wonder if S&W made this release feature a real slide release, but they don’t want the life time warranty to cover the slide lock being worn down :thinking:.

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