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Ever since I took an intro to machining class in college, I’ve been in love with finely machined things. So when Scott Folk at Apex Tactical sent me these pictures last night of my M&P slide, I let out an audible giggle. All the machining is done and Scott should have it off to get the Melonite finish restored so that I can have it back in hand by the beginning of 2013.

This gun actually started as Nick Leghorn’s M&P 9. He picked it up for a song, but didn’t like the stippling that had been done to the grip by the previous owner. Being the gracious guy I am, I offered to take it off his hands so he wouldn’t have to suffer the shame of having an ugly firearm hanging around. Around the same time, Scott saw my review of the Leupold DeltaPoint and shot me a rather innocuous email.

Did I talk to you about low mounting Leupold Delta and Trijicon RMR optics on M&P slides? We’re just now starting to do that on our new Haas and if you’re interested in doing it on one of your guns, let us know.


I just got married, and I know I probably shouldn’t be spending money on this sort of thing, but this is my first “just because” gun. Literally everything else in the safe can be justified in one way or another (some are a stretch), but this one is just for fun. I’m not good enough to run in the Open Class at local matches, and I’m not sure that I’d feel comfortable carrying this either. Nope, this gun is just for fun. A range toy and a beautiful piece of machining from one of my favorite gunsmiths.

Expect a second round review of the DeltaPoint once I’ve shot a couple hundred rounds  or so and then a review of the handling characteristics and general shootability of my M&P along with a cost breakdown so you know what you’re getting into if you choose to do a similar build.

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  1. Very nice. Just might be the extra push I need to get a 2nd m&p9 this weekend. Can’t wait to see the finished build.

  2. drooolllll good thing you put that in the title, I covered my keyboard first.
    I am a machining wannabie. If I could pitch the cash I would have a full shop tomorrow. I love machining..
    Can’t wait to see the finished product!

  3. Why didnt you get the front dove tail filled in? Or keep the rear dove tail? Seems kind of silly to get this custom work done just to either have that hole there, or a single sight.

    The delta point doesnt look to be tinted at all, similar to a EOTech, is this so? One of the things I dont like about the Doctor MRDS on my FNP45T is that it is slightly tinted and effects the ability to see targets in low light environments

  4. Hmm I wonder how that would look on a 5″ 1911 slide on a 5″ frame and a 6″ barrel with a suppressor??!
    Oh the ideas jumping around in my head!! You guys are going to get me in trouble again over gun modifications! LOL!! My compact 1911 got rebuilt and a little custom work not even a month after I got it brand new.
    She(the GF) was not happy!!!!
    Oh well, I guess if I do get in too much trouble I can use the cash I will save for more guns and tools!

  5. Any update of the M&P with the Deltapoint? I’m interested in this setup and would like to see your review!

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