Smith & Wesson M&P®380 SHIELD™ EZ™ CONSUMER ADVISORY

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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.

Stay informed and Stay Safe

Stop The Bleed (Save a Life)

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Class date: April 25, 2018

Class Time: 6pm-8pm

Cost: $30.00

Today we live in a world where terrorism, the actions of unstable people, and the dangerous impulses of friends and relatives are very real and becoming increasingly more frequent.

Massive bleeding from any cause, but particularly from an active shooter or explosive event where a response is delayed can result in death. Similar to how the general public learns and performs CPR, the public must learn proper bleeding control techniques, including how to use their hands, dressings, and tourniquets. Victims can quickly die from uncontrolled bleeding, within five to 10 minutes.

However, anyone at the scene can act as immediate responder and save lives if they know what to do. We here at SSD Tactical Training, Inc. have certified instructors to each you the techniques to save a life. 

Stay Prepared, Stay Alive!

Smith & Wesson Issue Alert On M&P 380 Shield EZs With Thumb Safety

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Smith & Wesson makes good guns. Its history is full of quality firearms that have served millions well. However, no one can get it right all the time, and it looks like the venerable firearms manufacturer has a problem with one of its models. In particular, the .380 M&P Shield EZ with a thumb safety.

From the alert:

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 on our consumer advisory page. CLICK HERE to navigate to that page.

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.

I think it goes without saying that this is a problem. Granted, it’s better than the weapon firing when it should be on safe, but this is the kind of thing that could be a potential disaster if you’re using a firearm in a defensive situation.

It sounds like an issue with +P or +P+ ammo versus standard pressure stuff, but it behooves all owners to check the loads you’re carrying in your M&P 380 EZ to make sure you don’t have this issue. If you’re not going to take advantage of the free upgrade, that is.

Now, some people don’t trust standard pressure .380 to do the job if needed. Well, if that’s the case, then maybe you should step up to a 9mm or something bigger rather than trying to run something stronger than the weapon can handle.

Within the comments, I fully expect people to suggest .380s that can handle +P or +P+ just fine without an upgrade. If so, that’s an option as well.

Or, again, just take advantage of Smith & Wesson’s upgrade.

In the meantime, be careful with your M&P 380 EZs. No one wants to pull the trigger and not hear a bang, regardless of the causes.

SSD Tactical Training, Inc. up coming courses.

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SSDTT Weapons LogoIf you’re lookng for hand to hand self-defense training or firearms training check out our up coming training schedule and classes at www.ssdtacticaltraining.com or at our online store at http://shop.ssdtacticaltraining.com/ We will be offering the following courses:

1. (Live-Fire) Massachusetts/ Connecticut Firearm Safety Course to apply for your pistol license

2. Intermediate Level Pistol Course           3. Advanced Level Pistol Course

4. Tactical Shotgun Course                            5. Tactical Rifle Course

6. Civilian Tactics Course                               7. Personal Defense Course

8. Empty Hand Combatives/ Firearm Retention Course

9. Stop The Bleed (Save a Life). Instruction on wound packing and Tourniquet use.

Stay prepared, Stay Safe

Stop The Bleed (Save a Life)

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Help save a life and Stop the Bleed! Click HERE to register and pay for the course.

Great training for School Teachers, janitors, parents, DPW workers, etc.

Today we live in a world where terrorism, the actions of unstable people, and the dangerous impulses of friends and relatives are very real and becoming increasingly more frequent.

Massive bleeding from any cause but particularly from an active shooter or explosive event where a response is delayed can result in death. Similar to how the general public learns and performs CPR, the public must learn proper bleeding control techniques, including how to use their hands, dressings, and tourniquets. Victims can quickly die from uncontrolled bleeding, within five to 10 minutes.

However, anyone at the scene can act as immediate responder and save lives if they know what to do. We here at SSD Tactical Training, Inc. have certified instructors to each you the techniques to save a life. 

Stay Prepared, Stay Alive!

Security and Self-Defense Consulting.

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Our mission at SSD Tactical Training, Inc. is to increase firearms safety and self-defense tactics to our clients as well as enhance the personal safety and awareness to individuals seeking additional training. Safety is our #1 priority.

We offer the following courses:

  • Armed or unarmed Facility Security Training (Corporate, Church, Residential Security, Etc.)
  • Empty Hand Combative Self-Defense (Personal protection of self and others)
  • Less than Lethal Training
  • Firearm Safety courses which meet the requirements to obtain your License To Carry Pistols/Firearms (LTC)/ Firearms Identification Card (FID) permits in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, NH, FL and many other states.
  • Intermediate and Advanced, Self-Defense Firearms education and training.
  • Force-on-Force reality based scenario training (Real life situational training)

Our instructors have Law Enforcement/ Military backgrounds with years of experience. They are NRA certified firearms instructors, Massachusetts/ Connecticut State Police certified firearms Instructors and police academy Use of Force, Firearms and Defensive Tactics instructors, as well as Simunition Force-on-Force instructors.

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Don’t let today be your day – our motto is “IF IT’S POSSIBLE, IT’S PREVENTABLE”!

 “The only source of knowledge is experience”.

                                                             “Albert Einstein”

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Civilian Tactics Course

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SSD Tactical Training, Inc

Our Civilian Tactics Course is designed to teach civilians the essential skills necessary to identify a possible threat, to protect yourself and family in and outside your home from violent encounters, understanding situational awareness and how not to put yourself in the wrong place at the wrong time!

The course involves three levels; Completion of all levels is required to advance from one level to the next. Each level focuses on personal safety and reinforces the essentials of self-defense shooting.

The course includes classroom, live fire range time (Utilizing your guns and 200-300rds of ammunition), practical instruction and Force-on-Force scenario based training (using Simuntion equipment).

Course Summary

  • Classroom Instruction
  • Live Fire Range Exercises
  • Reactive Shooting
  • Point and Shoot Drills
  • Utilizing barricades for cover
  • Cover v. Concealment
  • Weapons carriage
  • 540 degree awareness
  • Entries (In Home)
  • Recognition of threat and transition drills
  • Hallway clearing/ Room clearing (Home Protection)
  • Cornering
  • Formations (Patterns of Movement)

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