M&P compact in 9mm or 40?

M&P compact in 9mm or 40?

This is a discussion on M&P compact in 9mm or 40? within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I know, I know - the caliber 9mm vs 40 debate has been beat to death... but what I want to know are peoples' opinions ...

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    M&P compact in 9mm or 40?

    I know, I know - the caliber 9mm vs 40 debate has been beat to death... but what I want to know are peoples' opinions about the 9mm vs 40 in the S&W M&P compact version specifically.
    I've only shot a 40 cal Beretta 96 a few times - all of my guns are 9mm or 380ACP, so I really don't have much exp. with the 40.
    How would the recoil in the M&P compact be with each round and is the 40 cal controlable in a 3.5 inch barrel with a short grip?
    Or recoil being about the same... who would just pick the 9mm because with good HP ammo the ballistics are about the same but you get 3 more rounds with the 9?


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    Here we go again! Pick what works for you period.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stetson View Post
    Here we go again! Pick what works for you period.
    Thanks for the sarcasm... but I'm not looking for a "stopping power of 9 vs 40 caliber" debate - I wanted to get feedback specifically on how the S&W M&P compact pistols handled in these 2 calibers repectively - I'm not going to have the opportunity to shoot both and compare before I buy.
    I've heard that 40's shoot "snappy" with slower follow up shots in compact pistols, but I've also heard that the M&P pistols (compacts included) have great ergonomics and tame recoil in all calibers well. That's what I'm looking for real world feedback on....

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    I have both the 40 and 9 in full size and compact. I usually carry the 40 cal sub over the 9. I feel more comfortable with the 40 over the 9. It is up to you as far as preference. I find I am more accurate with the 40 cal than the 9mm for some strange reason. I use the extended mag with it and tuck it away in a comp-tac ctac slide.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TSquare View Post
    I use the extended mag with it and tuck it away in a comp-tac ctac slide.
    How does the M&P compact feel when you carry IWB with the CTAC? (that would be my likely pick of IWB holsters) Is it too thick to be comfortable IWB?

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    Nothing beats the ctac. it is very thin, adjustable, and will carry anywhere you put it. i think it is actually the thinnest carry holster i have ever used. I have several ctac holsters for various guns, m&p, xd, glock, 1911. I always use the ctac.
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    I recently picked up a M&P 40c and absolutely love it. I just last week shot both that gun and my G19. I would say that the recoil was slightly more "snappy" with the M&P, but very controllable. I shoot the M&P 40c much better w/ faster f/u shots than the G27. If you primarily have 9s & 380s, I would go for the 40cal for diversity. It is a great platform for that caliber. Plenty of info over at the M&P forum.
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    I have the fullsize and compact M&P in 9mm. My opinion is biased, as I have never had any range time with the .40's and own the 9mm versions. I like the 9mm round. It is easier for me to control (YMMV) and cheaper, which comes in handy when you shoot a lot.

    I do not have the CTAC, but I do have the Infidel and like it alot.

    As slimjim mentioned, the M&P forum is an excellent source of information pertaining to all things M&P.

    Lets us know what you decide. You really can't go wrong with an M&P!

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