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I disagree that the accuracy would be significantly different. I know long distance rifle shots can have variance with the cold bore shot vs. follow up shots, but I do not think this effect would be noticeable in a handgun.
Secondly your reasoning that a second shot is not needed IF you put your first shot in the right place is correct. However, that is a very large IF. IF you hit the bad guy between the eyes he will stop, but statistically the one shot stop from a handgun is largely a myth.
While the chances of surviving a head shot are certainly lower and many people who have survived were rendered unconscious and needed lots of medical attention in order to survive others have had bullets skirt their skulls and needed little medical attention. Some were even able to continue fighting (the story of the soldier shot in the tooth comes to mind).
There are no guarantees. Not even with head shots.
Don't expect any type of shot to stop an attacker (even if it is statistically likely), just keep shooting until he stops.
Welcome to the forum.
Please don't buy any gun on the advise of a salesman. They get paid to push product, any product, sometimes it's what's not selling, just to move inventory.
As far as the 40 not being accurate on followup shots. I've never heard that one before! That's on your ability not the gun.
I also would suggest the Glock 19 over the 26. I have a 26 and a 17. The 26 has never been much easier to conceal for me than the 17. I've been seriously considering selling my 26 since I carry 17 much more often.
Thank you for the suggestion sgb.
After reviewing all of the posts, watching the trillion reviews online of all of my choices and putting them in my hands at the gun shop, the M&P 40C really stood out and is everything I was looking for! I can't wait to buy and shoot it.
40c is a great choice, as long as you're comfortable shooting it and able to shoot well. If possible, find a range that rents them and shoot at least 50 to 100 rounds before you buy. I equipped mine with CT laser grip and haven't looked back.
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Thanks, I'll have to look into not only finding a place that rents, but finding the time to rent it! Looking forward to it though!
Chose a weapon that goes bang EVERY time!
My dept. recently switched to the S&W, M&P .40 so I am forced to retire my 1911 duty pistol for the past 15 years. I bought the M&P 40c for a "back-up" so they are compatible. I do not find the .40 to be any more difficult, just different. I have only put 400 rounds through the M&P 40c but it performs very well at this point and I am happy with it if I can't carry my 1911. Good Luck
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If you are an inch higher after the first shot who cares. The .40 is the dominate cartridge in law enforcement how do they manage?? When the poop hits the fan trust me recoil will be the last thing on your mind. As for the p 250 I think they have got it finally worked out. In that same price range there is the 2022 I personally know it is good to go. I had a 229 and loved it . My best friend carries it now and I would love to have it back. I now carry a hk p30 in .40 and a glock 23 both really nice. The 27 has a great following one of my range buddies carries it and it brings a heck of alot of fire power in such a small package. The 2022 that I suggested is almost identically the same size as your 229 so it might not be what you are looking fore. I hope this helps.
+1 on the Sig P239, on paper it looks like it comes up short in a lot of categories. But after I held and shot one it just works!
All my 239 I have are in DAK, takes a little time to get the feel of the trigger but for CC it is the platform I am most comfortable