New EDC: M&P9c

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    New EDC: M&P9c

    Well, I bit the bullet last week and spent the money on a used M&P9c.

    I grew up around firearms, hunting my whole life; however, when it came to semi-auto SD pistols, I had virtually no experience (outside of 50 rounds through a friends gun here and there). So, when I got my CWP a while back, I knew I wasn't sure what I wanted and also knew that I would probably end up wanting something different once I got some experience with it. With that in mind, I purchased a Ruger P95 because it was economical, reliable, and mid-sized.

    The P95 was, and still is, a great gun. It has been very reliable and I intend on keeping it and using it still, especially when I may have to leave it in the truck. However, living in South Florida, it's hot and I'm usually not wearing clothing conducive to effecitively concealing a gun of it's size. Furthermore, I decided I wanted a DAO, striker fired pistol without a safety instead of a DA/SA with a safety.

    With this is in mind, I started researching what my options were. I've had the opportunity to shoot some Glocks and knew they just weren't for me. I like everything about them EXCEPT the way they feel and shoot. I shot just 10 rounds through a G22 once and my hand felt uncomfortable (borderline hurt) afterwards. So, I narrowed my search down to a Springfield XD9c and a Smith & Wesson M&P9c.

    I've always been a Smith & Wesson fan - I grew up shooting their revolvers and was introduced to SD guns on a 6906. So, the M&P was a natural candidate. I also love Springfield 1911's and know them to be a reputable SD firearm manufacturer. Through my research, I came across the X&D and thought it was a very neat concept - I really liked the grip safety idea in a DAO striker fired pistol. With my two candidates established, I made a range trip.

    Fortunately, at the range I frequent, range time and rentals are free on Friday's. Even better, they have both a M&P9c and an X&D9c available for rent. I rented and put 50 rounds through each. The results were:

    Accuracy: While I'll hit the paper out to 25 yards on every shot, I'm a crappy shot with a semi-auto pistol. With that said, my accuracy for both pistols was pretty similar, but, it wasn't that big of a consideration either since I wasn't counting on 1" groups at 15 yards with either.

    Reliability: As expected, neither gun so much as hiccuped; and, I doubt these guns are very well taken care of seeing as they are rentals.

    Aesthetics: It's a concealed carry gun - who cares!

    Overall Feel: The M&P felt 'snappier' to me, in all honesty - the trigger and the recoil. However, the X&D felt somewhat 'mushy' - the trigger and the recoil just felt plain odd. However, the M&P grip was much more comfortable to me - as the XD felt a little wider - and in general, the M&P just felt better to me.

    So, I went with my gut and purchased an M&P9c from a member on the forum here. I received the gun today and put 100 rounds through it and couldn't be happier. It goes bang everytime I pull the trigger, I shoot it more accurately than my P95, it feels great in my hands despite being a small gun and me having larger hands, and it conceals great and feels almost unnoticeable after lugging around my P95.

    I'm a happy camper!

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    I liked the one my wife had for a few weeks.

    Much better trigger for me than a Glock, but lacked the sex appeal of a CZ.

    I'm glad to see the M&P gaining ground in the LE market.



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    Congrats on the M&P. Glad that you enjoy it
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    Nice choice. I've really liked all the M&P's I've tried. Very good ergonomics, and they seem highly reliable. Some of the shooters I go out with have them and on range days I've never seen one FTF or FTE.
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    You just can go wrong with the M&P9c that is my EDC and I love the little bugger! It's like a no brainer pick, M&P's and Glock's just give you excellent reliability/firepower/weight/durability. Now the summer is winding down I will have to carry the the bigger brother M&P9 OWB just because I can!
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    Great choice. I'm impressed by them. My daughter has about 1400 trouble free rounds through hers now. The trigger has smoothed up quite a bit. It's accurate and she shoots it well.
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    Nice firearm.
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    It's better to have it when you need it then need it and dont have it.

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    Great choice, that is what I got for the wife, and I have the mid-size.45. Great guns, I don't think you will regret your new purchase.

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    Thus far, I couldn't be happier with it! It hides so well in an IWB that even a 'trained' eye couldn't find it on me most of the time.

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