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Yes, it is easily removed by drilling out the two rivets holding it to the frame.

I've had my gunsmith take three off for me. Next to the internal locks I despise those idiotic rails the most.

S&W use to have black plastic plugs you could put in the holes. I simply left mine open with no problems.

The finish under two of the three pistols was fine. On the third, the rail had been poorly installed and subsequently moved a bit. It left some wear marks on the frame. Check Gunbroker periodically. Some agencies ordered TSW pistols without the rails, and subsequently there are no holes in the dust cover.

With S&W giving away free M&P pistols to different law enforcement agencies to increase their market share, many of these rail free TSW's are coming on the market. Hope this helps! Regards 18DAI.
 

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Another question I have is --- If I take the rail off, does it mess up the balance of the gun? Will taking off the rail void the warranty of the gun?
 

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No, in my experience it made no difference in the pistols balance.

As to the warranty, if that is a concern, you could send it to S&W and have them remove it.

I don't support the current company calling itself S&W, so I had my very talented gunsmith do mine. Regards 18DAI.
 

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As far as the warranty goes, in theory, it should be no different than you changing out the stock grips. IMO.
 

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Thanks for the insight guys, I will call Smith and see what they say. If turns into a hassle, I will just leave it alone and hope the CPD approves the use of a weapon light for regular patrolman ( police officer for all those pc people ).
 
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