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Old 04-15-2012, 14:31   #1
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M&P Shield owners - please look

This is a picture of the feedramp on my M&P Shield. It has a ton of horizontal machine marks on it. On my other M&Ps the feedramp has been sanded/polished so the machine marks are gone and the feedramp is very smooth.

If I run my finger nail over the ramp I can easily feel the machine marks.

On your M&P shiled is your feedramp smooth, or does it have machine marks on it?

I haven't shot the pistol yet so I have no idea if it will affect the function, but my other M&Ps have very smooth ramps.

I did the best I could with the picture, but the feedramp is pretty shined up so the reflection makes it hard to take a pic of it. It is shiney, but the machine marks from cutting in the feedramp are all there.

The dark areas on the edge of the feedramp aren't really there, it is just an effect from taking the picture and the light. The complete feedramp is shiney.

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Old 04-15-2012, 14:46   #2
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Old 04-15-2012, 15:06   #3
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SHoot it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I am going to shoot it tomorrow.

I was just wondering what other M&P Shield owners are seeing on their pistols.
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Old 04-15-2012, 15:06   #4
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Id say shoot it first and if you have any feeding issues send it back








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Old 04-15-2012, 15:07   #5
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I never worry about machine marks on polymer service pistols.

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Old 04-15-2012, 15:12   #6
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Id say shoot it first and if you have any feeding issues send it back
I don't think it will have any problems with FMJ but hand feeding a wide mouth HP, such as a HST, and the bullet definitely hangs up. Of course hand feeding and actually shooting are two different things. I was just wondering what other owners are seeing.
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Old 04-15-2012, 15:15   #7
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Old 04-15-2012, 15:23   #9
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I've read those lines on the feedramp are there to prevent the Shield from being as reliable as a Glock.

Just kidding. I second the notion that it is dremel time

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Old 04-15-2012, 15:37   #10
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Of course hand feeding and actually shooting are two different things.
Yes, they certainly are.
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Old 04-15-2012, 15:38   #11
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Figure that S&W is in a hurry getting these things to production. I like feedramps to be nice and smooth personally. But if it shoots ... well who am I to judge?

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Old 04-15-2012, 15:43   #12
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Just shoot the damn thing. It's not a nice presentation grade pistol, it's a gun meant to stick in your pants and save your ass when you need it. It will get dirty, covered in grime and sweat, banged around on everything...who cares what it looks like? I doubt it will effect function. Go shoot it a lot and once it proves reliable carry it. Damn the looks!
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Just shoot the damn thing. It's not a nice presentation grade pistol, it's a gun meant to stick in your pants and save your ass when you need it. It will get dirty, covered in grime and sweat, banged around on everything...who cares what it looks like? I doubt it will effect function. Go shoot it a lot and once it proves reliable carry it. Damn the looks!
Correct. If you want you can polish the feed ramps. Google how to polish feed ramps for more info.

M&Ps are extremely mass produced pistols, not custom 1911s, there will be machine marks.
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Old 04-15-2012, 16:07   #14
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This and let us know how it does.
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Old 04-15-2012, 16:07   #15
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The feed ramp on mine looks smooth and polished, no machine marks at all.

Mine has seen 150 rounds so far, so I suppose there could have been light marks that were removed by repeated firing...but I doubt it if the marks on yours are deep enough to feel.
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No such thing as absolute reliability. The gun with the smooth feedramp always will be more reliable than the gun with the coarse feedramp.
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Dremel it with some Flitz. That's the first thing I do with all my pistols.
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Old 04-15-2012, 17:09   #19
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Old 04-15-2012, 18:28   #20
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Before you dremel, how about you call S&W who will fix it for free and pay shipping back and fourth.
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Old 04-15-2012, 18:55   #21
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I would not polish it yourself. Any other issues, and you may have warranty problems for doing that. If it is a problem, contact S&W, and send it back...
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Old 04-15-2012, 20:21   #22
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I never worry about machine marks on polymer service pistols.

Just shoot it
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Old 04-15-2012, 20:33   #23
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Having gone to more than a few armorer's course taught by the manufacturers all I have to say is that if it feeds fine, leave it alone.

If a weapon has functioning problems the feed ramp is rarely ever the cause. Gunsmiths and manufacturers can make a lot of money making people think they got a sweet pistol by polishing that feed ramp. It is pretty easy to do if you know what you are doing and they can charge a bunch for it. If you don't know what you are doing it can become very expensive fast.
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Old 04-15-2012, 20:49   #24
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Mine is smooth.
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Old 04-15-2012, 22:02   #25
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A q-tip, semichrome polish, and a little patience is all that's needed for a polished feed ramp. Using Dremel risks changing angles and causing problems.

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