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Old 03-18-2017, 06:37 PM
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Why does the manual tell you not to remove the rear slide plate and the striker assembly to clean it out any debris that may be in there. It specifically states not to do anything beyond the normal field strip?
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Old 03-18-2017, 06:42 PM
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Manual? You don't need no stinking manual....

I suspect it because in the typical cleaning process nothing beyond that is needed. But in the age of Youtube...
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Old 03-18-2017, 07:46 PM
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The more complicated they make it the more screwups people will do. Some guys can screwup just about anything....

It's easy to take out. Utube videos detail the process. Go ahead and clean it out if you like to.
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Most of the time, for most people, if you're careful about cleaning around the striker hole don't get an abundance of cleaner/oil into it, you'd probably never need to remove the striker and clean that channel.

I got mine in 2012 when they 1st came out, checked the channel once a couple Years ago and it was clean. Unless I start getting consistent light strikes, I probably won't bother to check it again.

Basically though, it comes apart the same as a Glock, or an XD.

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Old 03-18-2017, 09:06 PM
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It specifically states not to do anything beyond the normal field strip?
because they don't want people messing around with the striker block safety, I've cleaned the striker channel once after I installed the apex duty carry kit on the pistol.
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I pull the striker out every couple range trips and check it out. So far I haven't seen anything in there to worry me. On the other hand, there are folks that just can't seem to take things apart correctly and even worse those that aren't scared to take things apart knowing good and well they can't get them back together. If you're capable then by all means go for it if it makes you feel better but if it's beyond your skill level then just leave it alone if it ain't broke.
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The manual is for the average shooter who does not have the tools nor experience to go deeper into the internal workings of the gun. That is probably over 90% of S&W customers. The manual is not wrong, it just saves both the average owner and S&W a bunch of headaches.

If everything was smooth, polished and clean from the factory in a mass produced gun, curiosity as to how your gun works might be the reason to disassemble the slide components.

However, being a mass produced gun, there will be debris, sharp edges, rough surfaces, migrated lubrication, fouling, dirt from carrying or any other items of like quality in the recesses of a slide. Will they amount to producing a malfunction? Probably not, but the likelihood is increased.

In particular, the channel that the striker block rides in has been rough on every M&P I've worked on (7), and most had a sharp edge up inside the slide where the tooling cut the hole. Removing the striker assembly is one of the steps to removing the striker block. Polishing the striker block channel and the part of the striker channel that intersects it has done a great deal to improve trigger pull on each gun.

I routinely completely disassemble a slide before shooting it to polish everything, clean everything, and lube it properly. I am sure everything is assembled correctly and functioning correctly when I first go to the range. Good confidence builder.

I do a detail strip of the whole pistol for regular maintenance at about 1,000 rounds. Takes about 30 minutes. Worthwhile. The manual doesn't say to do this either, but probably a majority of their guns never reach 1,000 rounds fired.
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Old 03-22-2017, 10:45 AM
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I bought a used Shield recently, and had to send it into S&W the next day. The striker would stay protruding out of the breech face after a trigger pull, and stay this way while chambering the next round. I am glad that the protruding striker caught the rim of the first round I tried to chamber, or else it may have fired upon seating.

In the notes from S&W, it said that the striker assembly was assembled wrong. I assume this was by the previous owner. S&W replaced it though, so it may have been defective as well.

Overall though, this is why I think they discourage the end user from getting into disassembly of this area.
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I do a detail strip of the whole pistol for regular maintenance at about 1,000 rounds. Takes about 30 minutes. Worthwhile. The manual doesn't say to do this either, but probably a majority of their guns never reach 1,000 rounds fired.
I've owned my M&P 2.0 FDE w/ 5" barrel since 2-24-17 and yesterday went over 4k rounds through it already!
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