I took my new Smith & Wesson M&P 9mm VTAC out the other day for the first time. Just thought i'd share my feedback on the gun. This is actually my first M&P and I am really liking it so far.
Function of the pistol was perfect and did not have one hiccup on my first range trip out. I only went through 250 rounds due to time constraints, but it fired flawlessly right out of the box.
Ergonomics on this pistol are superb. I am using the smallest backstrap and it feels like it was molded for my hand. Trigger is actually better than I thought it would be. It breaks pretty clean at exactly 6.0 lbs as tested by my trigger pull gauge. The trigger reset is not as positive as say a glock trigger, but it is still nice and I had no problem utilizing it to shoot accurately. For some reason, the factory VTAC trigger feels smoother to me than a standard M&P trigger. I'm not sure if it's all in my head, maybe someone can confirm this? I do have the Apex Forward set sear trigger kit on order, so I will post results when that comes in. (I am a 1911 guy at heart, so I'm hoping I will really like the new trigger setup)
I will also say that the "feature" where the slide automatically slides forward and chambers a round when you slap a loaded mag in is neat. I will not depend on it, but I was able to replicate the function 100% of the time when I held the gun at a 45 degree angle and jambed a loaded mag into the gun and hit the bottom of the back strap with the palm of my hand. Neato.
My only gripe or thing that I need to get used to is the sight picture with the stacked VTAC sights. I'm used to a 6 o'clock sight picture, so with the sights being extra tall...I was holding pretty much a 12 o'clock sight picture when looking at the top fiber optic dots. If I tried to utilize the tritium (bottom dots) and put those directly on target, I would hit a bullseye every time. (same hole accuracy) Although it was a slower target acquisition.
I do not think the sights are overly busy as some have mentioned after fondling it in the gunshop. In practice, in low light the tritium dots stand out and the fiber optics fade away. Vice versa in daylight... outside the fiber optic dots glow extremely bright and the tritium are not noticeable.
I hope to get some more outdoor range time next week so I can train with the sights more. But so far, I am really impressed with the M&P lineup and I don't know why I waited so long to get one!? It may be one of my new favorites.
First target shot with the gun. Needed to get used to the sights.
At this target, at 10 yards, I put the top of the front blade at 12 o'clock on the second ring.
subsequently....If I put the tritium front dot on POI at the same distance, it yielded these results...(we are only looking at the center paster here. All the other shots around the cardboard are from previous shooters. The gun range really needed to change out their cardboard. )
Couple more pics of the gun...
Happy new member of the family!