I think I'm going to buy an M&P9 4.25" this weekend

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    I think I'm going to buy an M&P9 4.25" this weekend

    I have been looking high and low, and haven't been able to find a local shop that can get their hands on a 4.25"n Pro Series, so I think I am going to pickup the standard version and then do the night sites and trigger work on my own. I've always been a Glock and Kahr guy, but have been admiring the M&P's from a far for quite some time now.

    I'm still trying to decide on which night sights I want to go with, but know I don't want to go w/XS Big Dots for this gun (I already have them on my Kahr P9 and love them). I find that when I am doing basic range work (getting back to the basics: draw, trigger pull, breathing etc) I do better w/3 dot sights. I have Meps on my G19, and think that may be the dirrection I go...

    Regarding the trigger work, do you folks thinks it's even worthwhile to make any changes from the stock trigger? I have been looking into the Apex DCAEK. Their website claims "The kit itself is engineered to be drop-in and should require NO further gunsmithing (however, armorer or gunsmith installation is recommended". I looked around, and there are plenty of videos on how to do it (some by Apex), but I am a little aprehensive about doing this myself. Has anybody done this job themselves? I am pretty handy and mechanically sensible, but I have absolutely no gunsmith training.

    Any input you guys have regarding suggestions for sights, and the trigger work woruld be greatly appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dbramhall View Post
    I think I'm going to buy an M&P9 4.25" this weekend
    I think you should.

    In regards to sights, (I'm just a bumpkin btw, not an expert) I prefer Trijicons. Big Dot often covers up my entire target, and others brands look too bright and fuzzy to me. The trijicons seem distinct and just bright-enough in low light. I also found an armorer that would do the front and rears for $20 a gun. Yes, I could probably do it myself, but this way I don't worry about some miserable gash across the slide. I'm not a fan of messing with the trigger on any carry firearm.
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    I own the M&P compact. So far I've been very satisfied with my stock 3 dot sights.
    I did send mine off for a trigger job. It had a gritty feel which probably would have gone away with use/break-in but I hated the reset.
    I was not comfortable doing trigger work on my EDC. For both reliability reasons as well as the legal implications if I did become involved in a shoot.
    I sent mine to Burwell Gunsmithing, if you Google Burwell, you will find he is the most prominet M&P doctor on the web. For $65.00 I got an OUTSTANDING trigger. Breaks clean and crisp at 4 1/2 lbs and the reset is not quite as good as a 1911, but it's dang close.
    I just can't say enough good things about Dan Burwells trigger job.

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    I did the Apex DCAEK kit myself. Very simple just take your time. It made a vast improvement in the M&P trigger.

    I have the factory 3 dot sights. I do like the look of the VTAC sights; though I haven't shot with them yet. Viking Tactics, Inc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dbramhall View Post
    I have been looking high and low, and haven't been able to find a local shop that can get their hands on a 4.25"n Pro Series, so I think I am going to pickup the standard version and then do the night sites and trigger work on my own. I've always been a Glock and Kahr guy, but have been admiring the M&P's from a far for quite some time now.

    I'm still trying to decide on which night sights I want to go with, but know I don't want to go w/XS Big Dots for this gun (I already have them on my Kahr P9 and love them). I find that when I am doing basic range work (getting back to the basics: draw, trigger pull, breathing etc) I do better w/3 dot sights. I have Meps on my G19, and think that may be the dirrection I go...

    Regarding the trigger work, do you folks thinks it's even worthwhile to make any changes from the stock trigger? I have been looking into the Apex DCAEK. Their website claims "The kit itself is engineered to be drop-in and should require NO further gunsmithing (however, armorer or gunsmith installation is recommended". I looked around, and there are plenty of videos on how to do it (some by Apex), but I am a little aprehensive about doing this myself. Has anybody done this job themselves? I am pretty handy and mechanically sensible, but I have absolutely no gunsmith training.

    Any input you guys have regarding suggestions for sights, and the trigger work woruld be greatly appreciated.

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    i have the pistol youre looking for... pro series 4.25 9mm, i also bought a standard full size M&P 9mm

    i gotta tell you, the apex trigger is better than the pro version.

    get the standard and get the apex, i installed it myself its awesome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sinzitu View Post
    I did the Apex DCAEK kit myself. Very simple just take your time. It made a vast improvement in the M&P trigger.

    I have the factory 3 dot sights. I do like the look of the VTAC sights; though I haven't shot with them yet. Viking Tactics, Inc.
    I was looking at the Viking Tactical sights, but can't bring myself to shell out $214 for them...

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    Quote Originally Posted by glockrocker View Post
    WHY!
    I love my Glocks, but the M&P feesl better in my hand. I don't plan on getting rid of any of my Glocks, but figured I'd try something new.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stubborn View Post
    I own the M&P compact. So far I've been very satisfied with my stock 3 dot sights.
    I did send mine off for a trigger job. It had a gritty feel which probably would have gone away with use/break-in but I hated the reset.
    I was not comfortable doing trigger work on my EDC. For both reliability reasons as well as the legal implications if I did become involved in a shoot.
    I sent mine to Burwell Gunsmithing, if you Google Burwell, you will find he is the most prominet M&P doctor on the web. For $65.00 I got an OUTSTANDING trigger. Breaks clean and crisp at 4 1/2 lbs and the reset is not quite as good as a 1911, but it's dang close.
    I just can't say enough good things about Dan Burwells trigger job.

    I do not regret buying my M&P, I am as happy with it as any handgun I've ever owned.I believe you will be very happy if you decide to buy.
    Thanks for the tip on Burwell Gunsmithing! I am looking at their site now.

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    M&P is a great pistol. Enjoy either one you buy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dbramhall View Post
    Thanks for the tip on Burwell Gunsmithing! I am looking at their site now.
    I went ahead and had the stippling done on mine while he had it. I figured I might as well while I was paying shipping.

    M&P.jpg I don't know how well you can see from a crappy phone picture, but the spare mag is the factory texture.

    He did the backstrap, frontstrap, trigger face, magazine finger extension, mag release and I had him "create" a finger rest on the frame. The texture is really nice on a hot, sweaty Florida day at the range.
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    My M&P Pro 9 in 4.25" with Trijicons is 10 months old with about 8,000 rounds through - generally 124gr FMJ's and JHP's both off the shelf and hand loads.

    3 yards to 100 yards/day and night/quick or slow = no failures and solid accuracy.

    Only issue is my eyesight - I cannot see the Trijicons very well in bright sunlight. May replace with alternative.

    Very happy and recommended as it is my daily carry and work weapon.

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    Gunbroker has two Pro series listed.

    Now finding the M&P Spec ops or the two barrel threaded set is becoming an adventure in moving.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tacman605 View Post
    Gunbroker has two Pro series listed.

    Now finding the M&P Spec ops or the two barrel threaded set is becoming an adventure in moving.
    I saw those, but I have not bought a gun online yet.

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    Don't know if this helps, but see if you can get the "Range Kit". It comes with three mags, a very good Bladetech holsters and a dual mag pouch and reloader. It's the best del in town.
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