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DRAB_81
09-03-2012, 12:07 PM
I recently bought a M&P Shield 9, and the ONLY thing I didn't like about it was the external safety. I didn't want to remove the mechanism completely, and I needed a way to disable it. I trimmed off the little tab that blocks the striker, which was a surprisingly simple operation. I'm absolutely 100% happy with my M&P Shield now.

I got a little ahead of myself, and forgot to take pictures of the safety lever in stock form, but here's what it looks like now. The side opposite the external lever had a tab that extended about 3/8" inward. I cut it off with a dremel, polished it smooth, and touched it up with a sharpie.

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c297/rabara9/8D46F353-16A5-4D07-9339-EBC55F7C46FE-788-000002E2DD48A187.jpg

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c297/rabara9/5D882398-46C7-481D-8A43-286D9914DBE6-788-000002E2A08FAD08.jpg

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c297/rabara9/4EC7B0E2-E09D-4E33-A5C6-5BCAA6862A8F-788-000002E2ACBC23BC.jpg

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c297/rabara9/35BB5FD7-CF22-44E5-B92C-8184810A5FDB-788-000002E2BF359192.jpg

Here's a short, crappy iPhone vid of me dryfiring it:

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patrickstarfish
09-03-2012, 12:16 PM
Nice! I've always made a modification to my guns to fit me, and my preference.
Is this a California model Shield? I don't see the the LCI and mag disconnect safety coming into play.

DRAB_81
09-03-2012, 12:39 PM
Nice! I've always made a modification to my guns to fit me, and my preference.
Is this a California model Shield? I don't see the the LCI and mag disconnect safety coming into play.

I have the standard model, I don't think the CA model has been released yet.

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c297/rabara9/A7135AEC-712F-4F80-A49E-A3185B3C5EAA-788-000002F34A5D9AF5.jpg

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c297/rabara9/3A5CAAE1-11B9-47CB-BB00-320F5E184D08-788-000002F2D9E05C41.jpg

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c297/rabara9/3214B1AC-9077-4427-94AE-CE82EDB76A92-13231-0000145723C757A5.jpg

patrickstarfish
09-03-2012, 1:19 PM
If I can't find a local dealer that can do SSE for the Shield, then I will just have to wait for the CA model to roll in next month.

With the CA model, I am going to modify the LCI and the Mag disconnect safety...

The standard Shield looks great. Congrats.

Post up a range report if possible.

Thanks for the pics!

DRAB_81
09-03-2012, 1:30 PM
If I can't find a local dealer that can do SSE for the Shield, then I will just have to wait for the CA model to roll in next month.

With the CA model, I am going to modify the LCI and the Mag disconnect safety...

The standard Shield looks great. Congrats.

Post up a range report if possible.

Thanks for the pics!



Here's the short range report I posted:
http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?t=614741

Bug Splat
09-03-2012, 1:55 PM
If I may make a suggestion, cut off the safety lever that sticks out of the pistol. Having it there may give another shooter the false sense of security. You and I are alike in that we don't like external safeties but I know some people live by the stupid thing and put trust in it. It may be best to just remove the temptation for others who may ask to shoot your gun.

eviioiive
09-03-2012, 2:02 PM
+1 cut the thing off if you're going to disable the safety... this is one of the worst mods ive seen

DRAB_81
09-03-2012, 2:16 PM
+1 cut the thing off if you're going to disable the safety... this is one of the worst mods ive seen

I figured somebody might chime in with something like this.

If I'm not the one shooting my gun, I'm right next to the person shooting it. Wherever my guns go, I go. I'm not worried about giving myself a false sense of security. Also, If you don't want to have a Negligent Discharge, keep your booger hook off the bang switch. That's the first thing I learned about firearm safety, and the first thing I go over with a new shooter.

I won't cut off the thumb lever, because I don't want a gaping hole in the side of the gun. It's already big enough with the lever there. I also don't want a loose part just floating around inside the frame, without having any control of it. All I did was make this gun like every other M&P out there (with no manual safety anyway).

MrOrange
09-03-2012, 2:23 PM
I wouldn't make that mod in an everlasting PAD scenario, let alone in California.
(Post Apocalyptic Doom)(The Road, etc.)

Good luck in prison.

DRAB_81
09-03-2012, 2:31 PM
I wouldn't make that mod in an everlasting PAD scenario, let alone in California.
(Post Apocalyptic Doom)(The Road, etc.)

Good luck in prison.

I hope you're kidding. If not, I'll mirror your "WOW... JUST WOW" comment. I don't know whether to laugh, or puke.

Distro
09-03-2012, 2:37 PM
I wouldn't make that mod in an everlasting PAD scenario, let alone in California.
(Post Apocalyptic Doom)(The Road, etc.)

Good luck in prison.


Good luck in prison for putting laser grips on your gun in California.

patrickstarfish
09-03-2012, 2:53 PM
I wouldn't make that mod in an everlasting PAD scenario, let alone in California.
(Post Apocalyptic Doom)(The Road, etc.)

Good luck in prison.

That's a little OE. (Overexaggerated) In a PAD scenario, whenever that is, later than sooner, hopefully, I would take a functional/reliable weapon, regardless of safety tab or lack of a safety tab. I wouldn't be picky in a PAD situation.

Prison is more realistic. And what is the percentage of getting prosecuted for gunsmithing?

Like I mentioned earlier, a little OE.

Just sayin...

InGrAM
09-03-2012, 4:10 PM
Don't listen to the dissenters OP. That tiny safety is a feature that S&W should have never added. They could have added a safety like the one on the full size M&P line of pistols and it would have been a hell of a lot better.

It is a good mod as long as it doesn't hurt reliability of the firearm, which I highly doubt it would. I hope someday soon S&W makes an M&P shield without the useless safety but I am not going to hold my breath.