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    First gun

    We just bought my wife her first gun and I was wondering if there was anything we needed to do to the gun before we took it the range for the first time. It is a m&p 40c. We are pretty new to guns and she is going next weekend to renew her license and I wanted her to shoot this new gun before she went. Thanks for any of the replys.

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    It should be good to go out of the box but go ahead and break it down and make sure its well oiled.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grassman2852 View Post
    We just bought my wife her first gun and I was wondering if there was anything we needed to do to the gun before we took it the range for the first time. It is a m&p 40c. We are pretty new to guns and she is going next weekend to renew her license and I wanted her to shoot this new gun before she went. Thanks for any of the replys.
    A brand new gun needs to be torn down and cleaned. It's covered with a preservative grease that stays put in the store and protects with even a small amount, but is too thick for reliable cycling. In addition, the stuff attracts dust and dirt far worse than lighter lubes, so it will quickly foul with powder residue. Follow the instructions to field-strip the gun, then remove this grease from the slide, barrel and frame, and lube the gun with your regular gun oil and/or slide grease. A little dab'll do ya; don't over-oil the gun or you'll end up with a gooey mess.

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    I'm fairly new to handguns too and from what I understand (which I very well may be wrong), the only guns that are good to go out of the box are the new Glocks....someone correct me if I'm wrong though.

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    The 2 M&P's that I purchased were good to go out of the box but I would not have known that without removing the slide and looking.

    It doesn't hurt to get to know your weapon a bit prior to use.

    Have either of you been through a weapons safety and familiarization course?

    If not that would be a prerequisite to firing IMHO.

    Have fun but stay safe.



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    Thanks for all the replys I guess if I had read a little more in the book that came with the gun I would have read about it coming with the preservative oil and needing to change before the first shot. I also did take the slide off when she first got the gun and saw that there was oil there but was not sure. And like I said before she has taken her concealed license test and about to renew I am not sure how much safety they teach you in that class but I know that I need to take some kind of safety class since I have not been around guns that much and never have been trained.

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    comendable thinking

    grassman2852: Sir; you would do well going to a 'refresher' type school with the Miss'ss.
    Most of the CC classes that I've attended have spent all their time talking about the 'risk' in CC.
    Not a one spent any time with makes repair; disassembly, or cleaning.

    Follow up with your experiences

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