How to: Smith & Wesson M&P Shield 9mm Magazine Cleaning

 

How to Disassemble and Clean your M&P Shield 9mm EZ Magazines

Why do I need to clean the Shield EZ magazine?

Shield EZ Magazine

One of the most common failures in a gun is the magazine. If it does not do its job properly, your gun will not be fed ammunition and you may be unable to shoot. If you are using your M&P Shield for self defense or home defense, you need it to work EVERY time!

Where to purchase additional, extended or replacement M & P Shield EZ 9mm magazines, as well as other accessories.

Brownells.com carries everything you will need for your Smith & Wesson M & P Shield 9mm Pistol.

The good news is that cleaning a magazine is not difficult, nor does it take more than a few minutes. There isn’t much to a magazine, but it is critical to be sure it is put back together properly or it will not function.

I am going to take you through this relatively simple process step-by-step, in addition to pictures, so there are no problems.

Here is a disassembled Shield EZ magazine so you can see all the parts:

Shield Magazine Parts Diagram
Shield Magazine Parts Diagram

How to Disassemble & Clean Shield EZ 9mm Magazine Video

Here are the steps, then I will repeat each one with a close-up picture:

  • Remove any ammunition from the magazine, then away from the area.
  • Disassemble the butt plate from the magazine tube.
  • Remove the spring from the tube.
  • Remove the Load assist button as well as the follower.
  • Clean all parts.
  • Wipe the spring with a cloth that is damp with gun oil.
  • Reassemble the magazine in reverse order.
Unload the Shield EZ Magazine
Unload the Shield 9mm EZ Magazine

Depress the Button with a punch or other tool.
Depress the Button with a punch or other tool.

Push the Butt Plate forward while depressing the button
Push the Butt Plate forward while depressing the button.

Keep your thumb on top to prevent the spring from launching the Butt Plate Catch across the room.

Slowly let the spring out of the top of the magazine tube.
Slowly let the spring out of the top of the magazine tube.

Remove the spring from the magazine tube.
Remove the spring from the magazine tube.

Slide the Load Assist button to the bottom.
Slide the Load Assist button to the bottom.

Carefully remove the Load Assist button from the magazine tube as shown.

Remove the follower from the bottom of the tube.
Remove the follower from the bottom of the tube.

Clean all parts using plastic-safe cleaner such as Original Gun Oil
Clean all parts using plastic-safe cleaner such as Original Gun Oil

Reassembling the M&P Shield 9mm EZ Magazine

After you clean all the parts, now it is time to reassemble your Smith & Wesson Shield 9mm EZ Magazine. you will basically perform the above steps in reverse order as shown below.

Place the follower into the bottom of the tube.
Place the follower into the bottom of the tube.

Line up the L-shaped notch in the follower with the notch in the tube.
Line up the L-shaped notch in the follower with the notch in the tube.

Insert the Load Assist Button into the notch.
Insert the Load Assist Button into the notch.

It should now look like this.
It should now look like this.

Here is another angle of how it should look.
Here is another angle of how it should look.

Slide the button and follower to the top of the tube.
Slide the button and follower to the top of the tube.

Hold the follower and button in place as you insert the spring as shown.
Hold the follower and button in place as you insert the spring as shown.

Insert the Butt Plate Catch into the end of the spring as shown.
Insert the Butt Plate Catch into the end of the spring as shown.

Press the Butt Plate Catch into the bottom of the tube as shown.
Press the Butt Plate Catch into the bottom of the tube as shown.

While holding the Butt Plate Catch with your thumb, start sliding the Butt Plate onto the tube.
While holding the Butt Plate Catch with your thumb, start sliding the Butt Plate onto the tube.

Carefully slide Butt Plate over the  button on the catch.
Carefully slide Butt Plate over the button on the catch.

Slide Butt Plate on all the way.
Slide Butt Plate on all the way.

Button should pop into place and the bottom of the magazine should look like this.
Button should pop into place and the bottom of the magazine should look like this.

Ok, you are all done! now your Smith & Wesson M & P Shield 9mm EZ magazine is clean and ready to go. If you have any questions or suggestions, please leave a comment in the comment section below.

Thanks for checking out my article on cleaning the Shield EZ magazine. also check out these articles:

How to Disassemble and clean a Shield EZ 9mm pistol

How to Fix a Stuck Slide on an M & P Shield EZ 9mm pistol

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