Fact or Crap?

Looking for people’s opinion on this…fact or crap?

Did S&W design it that way, or is it a happy mistake?

Evidence I’ve gathered:

1. Watching Magpul’s Dynamic Handgun, Costa says that S&W designed the M&P that way. He also said that Beretta designed the M9 the same way.

2. Owning a Beretta 92F, I thought I’d try this when I did Firearms last month. For me and my Beretta, it worked. For one of my classmates and his Beretta 96 Vertec, it worked. As a matter of fact, I got to where putting the mag in would get the slide to release 19 out of 20 times. The catch I noticed is hitting the bottom of the frame at a rough angle when you put the mag in.

Obviously I’m not going to rely on it happening when I reload, be it gunfight or practicing at the range. I’m not going to keep reinserting the mag and hitting it until it goes home. I noticed that if it does happen, my immediate reflex is to start to rack the slide as usual. I think of it as an added bonus rather than a sure-fire way of reloading.

So, readers, whats your opinion?

Fact that it was designed that way? Crap that it’s just random luck?

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One Response to “Fact or Crap?”

  1. It’s odd that this gets posted and I post my M&P thoughts on my blog. Coincidence (the M&P post was written a few days ago and queued).

    If I get a chance to play with an M&P this weekend, I’m going to try that. We’ll play “bug or feature”.

    Frankly even if it is a feature, I’d still do like you said: not rely upon it because even in the video it wasn’t 100% and I’d rather have muscle memory that worked on any gun.

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