This is a discussion on Help me choose please - M&P 9c vs XD9 subcompact within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by Thunder71 M&P Shield sounds like it was made just for you. I have the XDM 9 Compact, M&P 9C and M&P Shield, ...
Nightstand, I've tried to carry it and I just can't do it. Shield and M&P 9C I can all day long.
I agree with with getting the M&P 9c, Made in the USA.
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Thanks for all the replies! Made in the USA does is definetly a plus on the S&W. It's really hard not to be impulsive with the xd in a pawn shop locally - trade in the LC9 put up a little cash and walk out with it today without my pocketbook taking a big hit- it's very tempting as I liked them both so much. I am leaning towards the S&W though.
I appreciate all the help!
Palmetto arms has a sale
m&p 9 or 40
Compact or fs for $399.
can't go wrong
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Dude, I'd hate to be behind you in line at a fast-food counter.
By just holding the M&P 9c and the xd subcompact empty in the store I was saying I like the feel of the M&P out of the 2 but wanted to shoot them before choosing, I was suprised how much I liked shooting both.
Part of me still thinks I should consider the Shield...I live in FL where it's hot most of the time. Females often have a harder time concealing than men. Everyone says it's wonderful. But I've seen women conceal larger guns and I know it can be done. I've got a couple great larger cover shirts I can throw over a tank top with shorts. I just really like the feel of the 2 slightly larger ones I've looked at.
(and although I will NEVER buy a handgun based on the color, the 9c has removable backstraps, the Shield does not. I can get glitter backstraps for the 9c and bling it out )
Check PM You can always add pieces of old bicycle inner tube to add to a small grip to aid you while braking it in or to keep on it. I use 3 piece on mine. 3/8" covered by a 1" and 2" trimmed to fit. Makes for a nice sticky grip and a bit thicker in the center of the grip too.
Reading this, a lot of people recommend the M&P, but I have the XD 9 service model (16+1, 4" barrel) and absolutley love it. Shot the M&P, but did not like it as much. I carry the XD 9 everyday IWB with no issues. Carry it all day and I know it is there, but it is not uncomfortable. I like the bigger gun over the compacts and sub compacts. However, what works for you may not work for me and vice versa. My 2 cents
To add another voice to this - I started with a KelTec PF9. It shot okay but I hated shooting it. Got a Full Size M&P45. Loved it and would still have it but I couldn't afford another gun so I traded it to my brother-in-law for his Glock 23 (he made me an offer I couldn't refuse) and then I turned around and traded it off for a M&P40c (with safety but I would prefer without but I can live with it to be back in the M&P). Bought my wife the M&P shield 9mm and I got a chance to fire it and a Shield 40 side by side and the recoil was such that I couldn't distinguish a difference. For me, I love the 40c but if I could go with a Shield 40, I would do so because it is just a bit easier to conceal and is lighter. I will eventually buy one, but this time I'm keeping the 40c and will ADD the additional gun when I can afford to. And I'll be getting a full size M&P45 again at some point.
I just love the feel of the handle in my hands compared to all others I've felt. I went to a gun show recently and I tried everything I could get my hands on and nothing felt as good to me. So, of course, I would say get the M&P. It is so easy to take down and clean and I even like it better than the Glock because I hated the little spring loaded thing you had to press on the Glock whereas the takedown lever on the M&P just is easier to use in my opinion.
and I like the looks of it.
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i love my M&P9c. i think i found my perfect CCW.
got the DeSantis mini scabbard for it. wish i would have discovered this holster a few years ago.