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Old 03-08-2017, 05:36 PM
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For a newbie with a M&P kit, what accessories would the experts recommend picking up and where?
I was thinking of getting a mag loader and wondered if I should add anything else?
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Old 03-08-2017, 05:45 PM
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My humble suggestion to a newbie (was one myself a few short years ago) is assuming the new gun is not a .22, then yes you can pick up a mag loader (Uplula). After that, spend your time and $$ on ammo & practice, perhaps some lessons, and learn & use proper techniques to get some confidence and competence.

As experience builds then consider what else you may need or want; also ties to what you plan on using the gun for. Such as carry, range toy, home defense, and so on.
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Old 03-08-2017, 05:56 PM
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Congrats CMA and ranger17 is spot on.

Ammo ammo ammo. I asume you have shooting glasses, muffs/plugs, cleaning kit, decent range bag
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Old 03-08-2017, 09:08 PM
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Congrats CMA and ranger17 is spot on.

Ammo ammo ammo. I asume you have shooting glasses, muffs/plugs, cleaning kit, decent range bag
Thanks to Ranger27 & SmithNWesson for useful tips. I will pick up the Uplula mag loader. I'm just beginning to be able to load the mag by hand and will get better with practice. I think my wife will use the loader.
I have the glasses and muffs. What cleaning kit and range bag do you recommend?
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Old 03-08-2017, 09:19 PM
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You will need more mags for that ammo.
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Old 03-08-2017, 09:29 PM
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You will need more mags for that ammo.
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How many mags (and which one) do you usually take to the range?
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Uplula works fine. Someone at the range got away with mine, so I replaced it with one of these cheapos. Comes in many colors... Works just as well!!! $8.99

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Old 03-11-2017, 02:06 PM
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A few years back I probably wouldn't have given much thought to a mag loader, but seems like tendonitis has found a new area to bite me - my thumb. If you're going to shoot a lot, that might be a good investment. For anything else, I'd first look for someone in your area offering quality handgun training for new shooters. A good instructor showing you how to perform the techniques correctly to begin with saves a lot of otherwise wasted ammo trying to do it yourself. Depending on what what the pistol is going to be used for, extra magazines, holsters, belts, and sights should come next, but only after you've gotten some help getting started. I will back up a bit in that if the range kit came with a holster, you might want to acquire a decent sturdy belt from which to support the pistol. Having all that in hand before you go to attend a class will made the whole experience a bit more comfortable. If you don't want to spend too much money, get a 5.11 1.5 inch trainer or operator belt (I don't remember exactly what they call them...) Best wishes!

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Old 03-11-2017, 02:11 PM
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[QUOTE=jim46ok;139504184]Uplula works fine. Someone at the range got away with mine, so I replaced it with one of these cheapos. Comes in many colors... Works just as well!!! $8.99

Great recommendation. I just bought one of these on eBay.
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Old 03-11-2017, 02:13 PM
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A few years back I probably wouldn't have given much thought to a mag loader, but seems like tendonitis has found a new area to bite me - my thumb. If you're going to shoot a lot, that might be a good investment. For anything else, I'd first look for someone in your area offering quality handgun training for new shooters. A good instructor showing you how to perform the techniques correctly to begin with saves a lot of otherwise wasted ammo trying to do it yourself. Depending on what what the pistol is going to be used for, extra magazines, holsters, belts, and sights should come next, but only after you've gotten some help getting started. I will back up a bit in that if the range kit came with a holster, you might want to acquire a decent sturdy belt from which to support the pistol. Having all that in hand before you go to attend a class will made the whole experience a bit more comfortable. If you don't want to spend too much money, get a 5.11 1.5 inch trainer or operator belt (I don't remember exactly what they call them...) Best wishes!
Great Post. I will be taking at least one class. And when I get to this aspect later in the summer, will look into this belt and also look for a holster.
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Old 03-11-2017, 02:26 PM
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Great Post. I will be taking at least one class. And when I get to this aspect later in the summer, will look into this belt and also look for a holster.
Thank you!

And while I'm still dispensing advice, I should tell you that while I hope your new M&P runs 100 percent reliably, always remember that S&W's warranty service is excellent. If you experience any horrendous problems beyond what might remotely occur during break-in assuming that you're keeping it properly lubed and shooting decent ammo, all it takes is an email to customer service and they'll send you a shipping label. I think that is the most expedient option to getting your gun back up and running if it breaks, and doesn't cost you anything,
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My PPQ's came with a mag loader. Works OK but not as good as the Uplula. My Uplula works on all of my handguns including HK, SW, Sig, Beretta and even my single stacks (Shield, 1911s). A definite "must have" IMO.

Otherwise, lot's of ammo, range time and a few classes are all you need.
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Old 03-11-2017, 07:55 PM
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What cleaning kit and range bag do you recommend?
Check out brownells.com or walmart (not all have gun accessories)

Hoppes is a good brand for cleaning kits.

As far as bags go it really depends on you. I prefer backpacks and am eyeing a S&W M&P backpack.. A little pricey but i have gone the cheap route and regretted it.

Have you cleaned your gun yet? Check out youtube for some tutorials if you need help. I've learned a lot from youtube, just be careful...one video i saw had a guy over lubricating his gun
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For a newbie with a M&P kit, what accessories would the experts recommend picking up and where?
I was thinking of getting a mag loader and wondered if I should add anything else?
When I buy a new gun the first accessory for it (if a semi-auto) is at least 3-4 additional mags. Then come a holster. I think everyone else has covered all of the other bases pretty well.
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Does training count as an accessory?
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When I buy a new gun the first accessory for it (if a semi-auto) is at least 3-4 additional mags. Then come a holster. I think everyone else has covered all of the other bases pretty well.
Hi USN:
For extra mags, the only thing I could find on Amazon was
SMITH&WESSON M&P SHIELD 9MM FACTORY ORIGINAL 8RD MAGAZINE for $40 and don't even know if that is right for M&P 9.
What would you recommend?
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Here's where I buy mine.

SMITH & WESSON MAGAZINES : Greg Cote, LLC

Make sure you get the correct ones including any capacity limits if applicable.
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Saudade:
That is a great resource. I will buy there. However, I was confused because the dealer offers 3 different versions (at 3 different prices) of the M&P9 9MM 17 ROUND MAGAZINE. Two offerings say "full sized" and one doesn't. How does one choose which magazine to buy?
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If your M&P is the fullsize (4.25 inch barrel) then you need the fullsize mags. Some places may not specify since 17 round mags are full size. There are reduced capacity mags (15 and 10 round) for restricted states but those just about always specify. You slide should read M&P 9 up by the front sight.

The M&P9 Compact says M&P 9c up by the sight. These too generally specify Compact. Full size mags will fit the compact, just stick out a bit more. Compact mags will not fit the full size.

Finally, the Shield will also say so up by the sight. Shield mags will not fit the full or compact.

Here are the three of them all together.



(and yes, there are FOUR lights!!)
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Does training count as an accessory?
Should. The first one....
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4 lights makes for very few shadows!!
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[QUOTE=Saudade;139507003]If your M&P is the fullsize (4.25 inch barrel) then you need the fullsize mags. Some places may not specify since 17 round mags are full size. There are reduced capacity mags (15 and 10 round) for restricted states but those just about always specify. You slide should read M&P 9 up by the front sight.

The M&P9 Compact says M&P 9c up by the sight. These too generally specify Compact. Full size mags will fit the compact, just stick out a bit more. Compact mags will not fit the full size.

Great, I will check this out carefully before I order.
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I have 4 mags for each pistol and will get 4 more for each. I normally get my mags from mag warehouse but I will always shop price.
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Good prices here too on mags.

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44mag.com is my go to.

44MAG.com - Smith & Wesson

.40 cal mags are $23 for black or tan base plates
9mm are $23 and $30 for tan base plates

Shipping is $5.
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For what it's worth, I get 5-7 mags per pistol. I pre- load them before I go to the range, 2 with my carry, self-defense load (until I've had 100 flawless rounds with that ammo), and the others with FMJ target ammo. If you get rid of a pistol, mags are easy to sell.

Practice (with good habits, by training by an experienced instructor if necessary) is the best accessory.
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+1 on the uplula mag loader, literally the first thing I bought after buying my first gun

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[QUOTE=jim46ok;139504184]Uplula works fine. Someone at the range got away with mine, so I replaced it with one of these cheapos. Comes in many colors... Works just as well!!! $8.99

I tried this same loader but it did not fit over my M&P9 fullsize 17-cartridge magazine. What mags are you using with this cheapo loader?

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