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Smith & Wesson M&P Semi-Auto Pistols



If you own or work on any of these extremely popular new guns, this is the course for you. AGIs Senior Instructor and Master Gunsmith, Robert Bob Dunlap, guides you through the intricacies of the new S & W M & P Semi-Auto Handgun. This gun is not only becoming the gun of choice for many Police and Sheriffs departments, but is the hottest new gun on the IDPA competition circuits.


Bob uses a cut-a way gun to show you parts identification, proper cleaning and lubrication, and step-by-step instruction in design and function, including: sights, locking systems, sears, and triggers. Being a new gun, he also tells you potential trouble spots to keep an eye on. The cut-a way is a standard .40 S & W model, but he also uses a new M & P 45 with the optional thumb safety, mandated by the Military and some Law Enforcement Agencies.


If you want the quick course on how to get this hot selling new addition the American Law Enforcement and competition scene apart, back together, and operating as intended, then this course is for you (if you want the long course, look into our basic 108 hour Professional Gunsmith Course.)


Among the items covered are:




  • Discussion of previous "plastic" guns, beginning with the Glock, and Smiths first response, the Sigma
  • Some good points of the Sigma
  • Origins of the "M & P" name at Smith & Wesson


Design & Function


  • Explanation of the "locked breech, cam locking" system and demonstration of its operation in this gun
  • Demonstration of its striker firing system, activation of its firing pin blocking safety plunger, and the disconnect operation
  • Observation thru left side cut out of the interaction between sear and striker
  • Demonstration of trigger safety tab
  • Is the thumb safety necessary, or even desirable
  • Showing of "cast in" steel rails and slide stop, and its desirability
  • Area of concern regarding feeding issues in high speed reloads when the mag is "slapped" vigorously into the gun or "limp wristed" during shooting
  • Extractor "blow-out stop" shown and its desirability explained
  • Good support of case shown
  • New slide release tab for disassembly shown. Allows removal of slide without pulling trigger to decock striker
  • Internal mechanism of trigger safety tab shown
  • Operation of trigger bar shown
  • Operation of disconnector shown
  • Manipulation of slide releasing lever by magazine catch shown
  • Operation of slide hold open shown




  • Extensive disassembly, parts not removed have removal described
  • How S & W keeps the firing pin from being pneumatically cushioned
  • How the interchangeable grips work
  • Why you need to be really careful when you remove the mag catch not to bend its spring


Cleaning & Lubrication


  • AGI cleaning & lubrication methods shown, along with the reasons for their use




  • You are going to need a slave pin to get the trigger assembly back together, watch this part first to get the dimensions
  • What you need to be careful of when you put the slide back on
  • Making sure, you have no parts left over


Final Thoughts


  • Potential problem areas and what to watch for
  • Strong points
  • Would "The Great One" buy this himself? Take a look and see for yourself


If you noticed how often the terms "explanation," "shown," and "visual demonstration" are used, you may be getting some idea of why this course is necessary for any Smith & Wesson M & P Auto Pistol owner, or someone who intends to be.


How much does your Professional Course cost? The answer can be found in our intro pack. We recommend to anyone considering our Professional Course that they get the Introduction to Gunsmithing Packet as this packet includes a video with a sample gunsmithing lesson. It also includes an Enrollment Form that lists the costs of each Course level available as well as the material covered in each level.

Do I have to pay $7 s/h on each retail video? No, we discount shipping on multiple video orders. The new website calculates shipping based on weight and destination. In most cases, the actual shipping is less than listed in the catalog.

Is there a time limit to complete your course? No, our course is self-paced. As you complete sections of the course and submit your tests, we provide certification of completion for that portion of the course.

Can I become certified by taking your retail courses? Answers vary. If you are intending to purchase all the videos in our Law Enforcement Armorer's Course, for example, as long as you buy the test separately you can obtain a Certification as a Law Enforcement Armorer once you complete the testing successfully. Otherwise you would need to purchase one of our certified professional courses in order to obtain a profession Gunsmithing certificate.

What does your Professional Gunsmithing Course Introductory Lesson cover?The Introductory Lesson is one hour and includes complete information on how to get started Gunsmithing. You will also learn how to insure reliable auto-pistol feeding and how to prevent jams, checking and adjusting "range" on Smith and Wesson revolvers, how a gas system works on a Colt AR-15, AR-7 trigger repairs, timing and understanding cartridge stops of a Remington 870 and much more! 

Are your Courses guaranteed? Yes! The American Gunsmithing Institute is proud to offer a 100%, "Bulletproof Guarantee." We are so sure of the quality of our Courses and products that you may return any item purchased directly from AGI for a full refund (less shipping) for up to 90 days after purchase date. Defective DVDs and videos will be replaced for up to 1 year. The only question we will ask is: "How did we fail you?"

Does AGI offer other Certified Courses aside from the Professional Gunsmithing Course? Yes. We also offer a Certified Machine Shop Course, complete with Lathe, Mill and general Machine Shop instruction. Additionally AGI offers a Certified Welding Course and a Certified Locksmithing Course.

What do the Disassembly/Reassembly Courses cover? AGI offers D/R Courses that clearly demonstrate the complete process of disassembly and reassembly step-by-step. The Courses use close-up views to provide comprehensive instruction. Each DVD Video Manual covers one specific model or family of firearms and is indexed to help the user quickly find the information that they are looking for. At the price of only $19.97 each (plus s/h), these video manuals are must have support information for anyone who owns one of these firearms.  

What do the Armorer's Courses cover?AGI's Armorer's Courses teach you how to disassemble, maintain, repair and reassemble your choice of the 51 guns featured. These videos are packed with exclusive information and are equal to a complete Factory Armorer's Course! While our Disassembly/Reassembly Courses contain invaluable information, our Armorer's Courses contain so much more. Master Gunsmith and AGI Instructor Robert "Bob" Dunlap explains design and function using exclusive factory cutaway firearm models, giving you close-up details of the internal functions you would not otherwise be able to see. All AGI Armorer's Course DVDs include a FREE printable schematic!    

Are your Instructors experienced in their fields? Absolutely. Master Gunsmith and AGI Senior Instructor Robert "Bob" Dunlap is a widely respected authority in the firearm industry and spent over 35 years as the senior instructor at Lassen College's internationally known Gunsmithing School. Master Gunsmith Gene Shuey is a world class custom gun builder, former world class competitive shooter and current trainer specializing in 1911 and Glock pistols, IPSC limited and open class guns, and high-end custom rifles. Darrell Holland is a well known custom rifle builder, writer and lecturer who is always inventing new performance shooting products. Ken Brooks is a graduate of the renowned Gunsmithing program at Lassen College and continues his journey by working full time for Bob Dunlap. Gene Kelly is the President of AGI and the Gun Club of America. He graduated from Lassen College's Gunsmithing program and worked as a Professional Gunsmith prior to founding AGI. T.R. Graham is a NRA Certified Pistol Instructor and is a known authority, author and Gunsmith specializing in Glocks and other handguns. Master Armorer John Bush is an AGI Instructor and a consultant to manufacturers and importers of military firearms, and is certified as an Expert Witness in firearm cases.

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