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S&W M&P 380 EZ QUESTION

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Post by Pete92FS » Mon Jul 02, 2018 4:01 pm

Oldgringo - I noticed you said in your World Cup post you had a S&W M&P 380 EZ. There was an article in one of the latest Guns & Ammo magazines about this pistol. One of the things mentioned was that it was supposed to be easier to rack than your normal semi-auto pistol. Made me think about my wife who has weak hands and can't rack a semi-auto. Is it that much easier to rack? Has anyone else had any experience with one of these?
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Post by BCGlocker » Mon Jul 02, 2018 4:32 pm

I bought one as a rental gun for beginner shooters. One of the reason for purchase this particular gun was it was very easy to rack the slide. One can easily rack the slide with one finger position on the front edge of the front sight. it is easy to shoot and recoil is soft. Good pistol for a novice.
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Post by puma guy » Mon Jul 02, 2018 4:51 pm

Pete92FS wrote:
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Oldgringo - I noticed you said in your World Cup post you had a S&W M&P 380 EZ. There was an article in one of the latest Guns & Ammo magazines about this pistol. One of the things mentioned was that it was supposed to be easier to rack than your normal semi-auto pistol. Made me think about my wife who has weak hands and can't rack a semi-auto. Is it that much easier to rack? Has anyone else had any experience with one of these?
I haven't shot one, but I have handled one at my LGS and they are indeed EZ to rack. I wish they'd come out with that model earlier. My wife tried about every locked breech .380 made and settled on a Glock 42. If this pistol had been available then I feel certain she'd have chosen it over the Glock.
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Post by tk1700 » Mon Jul 02, 2018 5:00 pm

Pete, Very easy to rack. I work in a gun store and I've seen at least 50 people handle the 380 EZ and every one of them is surprised at how easy the slide is to work. Also, comes apart easy and you can see the internal hammer. We've sold several to women for that reason.

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Post by gtolbert09 » Tue Jul 03, 2018 8:27 am

I have 2 of them, one with the thumb safety and one with out. They are both very easy to rack the slide. My wife prefers the one with the thumb safety. she loves to shoot it. she doesn't have a lot of strength in her wrist\hands so this was the perfect solution for her.
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Post by Oldgringo » Tue Jul 03, 2018 8:52 am

Pete92FS wrote:
Mon Jul 02, 2018 4:01 pm
Oldgringo - I noticed you said in your World Cup post you had a S&W M&P 380 EZ. There was an article in one of the latest Guns & Ammo magazines about this pistol. One of the things mentioned was that it was supposed to be easier to rack than your normal semi-auto pistol. Made me think about my wife who has weak hands and can't rack a semi-auto. Is it that much easier to rack? Has anyone else had any experience with one of these?
Mine has the thumb safety and yes, it is not only very easy to rack, it is also very easy to shoot and to CC.


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Post by NotRPB » Tue Jul 03, 2018 9:39 am

I prefer thumb safety ... but check this :https://www.smith-wesson.com/mp-380-shi ... r-advisory

https://www.smith-wesson.com/mp-380-shi ... r-advisory

M&P®380 SHIELD™ EZ™ Consumer Advisory

Like any firearm, the function of the M&P®380 Shield™ EZ™ Manual Thumb Safety pistol can be influenced by the type and quality of ammunition used with the pistol. In the case of the M&P 380 Shield EZ Manual Thumb Safety, we have found that in very rare circumstances, ammunition that produces a high level of felt recoil can cause the manual safety to move from the fire to the “safety on” position during firing. Should this occur, you will not be able to fire the next round unless and until the manual safety is reset to the fire position.

At Smith & Wesson, we are committed to designing and producing firearms that meet the highest quality and performance standards. To ensure that every Smith & Wesson handgun meets our standards for reliability and performance, as of April 4, 2018, we have engineered the manual safety so that it will be less susceptible to the influence of ammunition weight, velocity and loads. Any M&P 380 Shield EZ Manual Thumb Safety pistol produced before April 4, is eligible for a no-cost upgrade. To determine if this consumer advisory applies to your pistol, please utilize our serial number verification tool.

If your pistol is subject to this advisory, please call Smith & Wesson at 1-800-331-0852 or email us at MP380EZAdvisory@Smith-Wesson.com. A FedEx return label and shipping instructions to facilitate the return of your M&P 380 Shield EZ pistol will be mailed to you promptly. If you have any questions, you may call 1-800-331-0852 for more information.


WARNING: READ AND FOLLOW THE WARNINGS IN YOUR OWNER’S MANUAL. NEVER USE “PLUS-P” (+P), “PLUS-P-PLUS” (+P+); OR RELOADED AMMUNITION WITH THE M&P 380 EZ. ALWAYS USE FACTORY MANUFACTURED AMMUNITION PRODUCED TO SAAMI SPECIFICATIONS.

Please enter the serial number below :

https://www.smith-wesson.com/mp-380-shi ... r-advisory
https://www.smith-wesson.com/mp-380-shi ... r-advisory

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Post by oljames3 » Tue Jul 03, 2018 11:19 am

Karl Rehn, of KR Training, bought two of the EZs for his students to use. He reviewed the pistol.
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Post by Pete92FS » Tue Jul 03, 2018 1:07 pm

Thanks everyone for your input. Looks like this may be the way to go for my wife.

Anyone know of any ranges in the Houston area that has one as a loaner?
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Post by gtolbert09 » Tue Jul 03, 2018 1:09 pm

NotRPB wrote:
Tue Jul 03, 2018 9:39 am
I prefer thumb safety ... but check this :https://www.smith-wesson.com/mp-380-shi ... r-advisory

https://www.smith-wesson.com/mp-380-shi ... r-advisory

M&P®380 SHIELD™ EZ™ Consumer Advisory

Like any firearm, the function of the M&P®380 Shield™ EZ™ Manual Thumb Safety pistol can be influenced by the type and quality of ammunition used with the pistol. In the case of the M&P 380 Shield EZ Manual Thumb Safety, we have found that in very rare circumstances, ammunition that produces a high level of felt recoil can cause the manual safety to move from the fire to the “safety on” position during firing. Should this occur, you will not be able to fire the next round unless and until the manual safety is reset to the fire position.

At Smith & Wesson, we are committed to designing and producing firearms that meet the highest quality and performance standards. To ensure that every Smith & Wesson handgun meets our standards for reliability and performance, as of April 4, 2018, we have engineered the manual safety so that it will be less susceptible to the influence of ammunition weight, velocity and loads. Any M&P 380 Shield EZ Manual Thumb Safety pistol produced before April 4, is eligible for a no-cost upgrade. To determine if this consumer advisory applies to your pistol, please utilize our serial number verification tool.

If your pistol is subject to this advisory, please call Smith & Wesson at 1-800-331-0852 or email us at MP380EZAdvisory@Smith-Wesson.com. A FedEx return label and shipping instructions to facilitate the return of your M&P 380 Shield EZ pistol will be mailed to you promptly. If you have any questions, you may call 1-800-331-0852 for more information.


WARNING: READ AND FOLLOW THE WARNINGS IN YOUR OWNER’S MANUAL. NEVER USE “PLUS-P” (+P), “PLUS-P-PLUS” (+P+); OR RELOADED AMMUNITION WITH THE M&P 380 EZ. ALWAYS USE FACTORY MANUFACTURED AMMUNITION PRODUCED TO SAAMI SPECIFICATIONS.

Please enter the serial number below :

https://www.smith-wesson.com/mp-380-shi ... r-advisory
https://www.smith-wesson.com/mp-380-shi ... r-advisory
I sent the one I have with a thumb safety into S&W and got it back 10 days later. From what I can tell they replaced the Safety lever with one that has a deeper detent in it. I don't use +P ammo, but that's what was causing the Safety issue. I guess some folks don't read the manual cover to cover. :)
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Post by flowrie » Tue Jul 03, 2018 7:58 pm

After reading this thread again today I ran the serial number on the website and determined my 380 EZ needed the safety fix.
Called S&W and they promptly sent a shipping label to me via email.
Shipped it an hour later.
Will let you know when it is returned.

The safety did in fact re-engage twice when I took it to the range last month.
I assumed it was me, not the gun.
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Post by SQLGeek » Tue Jul 03, 2018 8:58 pm

Pete92FS wrote:
Tue Jul 03, 2018 1:07 pm
Thanks everyone for your input. Looks like this may be the way to go for my wife.

Anyone know of any ranges in the Houston area that has one as a loaner?
I think G2G in Rosenberg does.
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