As much as I love my Smith & Wesson M&P’s, there’s one “feature” about the gun that I cannot stand.
How it “auto-forwards” the slide upon inserting the magazine.
Or more specifically, how this “feature” is unreliable.
Sometimes it goes forward, sometimes not. Usually it goes forward if you insert the magazine hard enough (i.e. the action depends upon forceful insertion). But I’ve had times where I slammed a magazine home, strong enough to have expected it to go forward, but then it didn’t.
And most of the time when the slide goes forward it strips and chambers a round. But I have had a few times when it didn’t.
So is this a feature? or a bug?
If this was a gaming rig, I might be happy with it and try to finagle the gun to be more reliable about auto-forwarding. It certainly makes things faster. Because, it’s just a game and if I blow the game, it’s not the end of the world. But even in a game, it’s preferrable for things to be reliable and consistent.
But for a gun that I use for personal protection? Oh, that matters more. To have things behave in an inconsistent manner? That could be fatal.
So what’s the solution?
Keep your training the same. Keep the same motion. Insert the mag, rack the slide. What’s the worst that can happen? it jacks out a round onto the ground. Meh… it’s just one round.
The only time I’ve found that to be a problem? If I’m trying to run a particular drill that requires a particular setup and losing that round throws things off. So my solution is to look at the drill and adjust; if that means I put one more round in so I can afford to lose it, fine. If that means I adjust the scoring slightly to compensate for the loss of round, then so be it. Whatever. In the end, I’d rather ingrain solid, reliable habits.