Earlier this year, I rented an M&P 9mm at a range in Vegas. I had heard a lot of positive reviews about them, so I thought I'd give 'em a go.
I wasn't impressed. They are talked up for having good ergonomics, usually compared to a Glock.
Well, I didn't find this pistol any more ergonomic than a Glock, and I found that the trigger was seriously lacking. A lot of slack, and no perceptible reset. It didn't do anything that my Glock couldn't do.
As the year moved along, I decided that I wanted another .45 ACP, and posted about it. Somebody mentioned the M&P, but because of my first impression, I wasn't buying.
I went to several gun stores to check out H&K and Sig pistols. I couldn't really find what I wanted, and I was having a hard time finding a fit for my small hands. While I was at the gun store, I had time to kill so I asked for a M&P .45.
The clerk handed me a .45c. It was ok, I mean it didn't jump into my hand or anything. I dryfired it, checked, I mean, searched for the reset. My second impression was the same as my first. Kinda blah.
I asked which backstrap it had, as it was a bit of a reach for the trigger. Turns out it had the medium one. At my request, they dug out the box and put the small backstrap on. Now, I'm interested
The smaller backstrap was an improvement, not much, but a bigger improvement to me than the Glock Gen IV backstrap options.
Through the next week or so, I did some recon on the M&P. Lots of forum reading, YouTube watching, etc. I read a lot about the Apex offerings to help out the trigger. It seems that the trigger is what most people are complaining about. I discovered that Larry Vickers and Magpul Dynamics both endorse the M&P. MD actually migrated from Glock to M&P. And everybody who's anybody got some kind of Apex modification done on their pistol.
I have previously done business with Grant, at G&R Tactical, when I bought my AR. He carries the M&P in his store and speaks highly of them on m4c. So I emailed Grant about what I wanted and triggers mods, etc. His replies were short, but to the point and helpful.
I went ahead and ordered the M&P mid size .45 ACP, the DCAEK installed, and an extra 14 round magazine from G&R Tactical. Got it all for about the same price as a Glock in my neck of the desert.
Nothing really out of the ordinary to write home about:
Here it's riding in my Remora made for a j-frame, but fits my SP101, G23, and now my M&P .45, nicely:
I took it out yesterday and ran about 75 rounds through it. WWB fmj and jhp. It was boring reliable, had one failure to feed, but I attribute that to user error. I found it very accurate, and it pointed very well.
Summary. I am very glad that I gave the M&P another shot. The Apex parts made all the difference. There is still a bit of slack, but it breaks just as clean as my 1911 The reset is still not as tactile as a Glock, but it's discernable. It's not as short a reset as my 1911, or Glock, either. In fact, I found as I was going back and forth from M&P to 1911, that I prematurely let fly a couple of shots with the 1911, due to it's much shorter reset.
The M&P backstrap system, in my case, is better than the Glock. Now, I understand that this is purely subjective; it is impossible to build a one size fits all pistol, although people try. Another plus to the M&P trigger, is the geometry. The Glock trigger is v shaped, with the safety lever in the front, which adds to the length of pull. The M&P trigger is smooth, and curved. Although my finger still doesn't perfectly reach, at first, the geometry of the trigger allows my finger to naturally fall into place by the time I point in. Every other semi-auto that I've shot, I have had to alter my grip, giving up recoil control for trigger control. I think this pistol is gonna work for me
It carries very nicely. I prefer the appendix position, and I find that the M&P is as easily carried as a G23, although a tiny bit bigger.
I'm really looking forward to putting this pistol through some more rigorous shooting. I have no reason to doubt that it will fly very well. My biggest fear was that I would regret selling the Glock to experiment with something that gave me a negative 1st impression. But, I am glad that I did. It took 3 impressions, though
Don't discount the M&P. A little APEX magic, happy thoughts, and pixie dust; a fine shooter makes.