Okay, it's time for a mixed review on the M&P.
JD bought me the M&P for Christmas so that I could have a lighter 9mm for range and carry should I choose.
I chose the M&P after months of battling it out between the Glock 19 and the M&P. I liked the reputation of the Glock, but wished it were just a TINY bit smaller (and I did not want a 26) and I really didn't like the finger grooves on the Glock. I have tiny fingers and they proved to keep my hand lower than I wanted it. I also didn't like how thick the grip was on the Glock. Again, I have very small hands and the Glock grip is the Glock grip. The only way to change it is to put slip on grips over it but that only makes the grip bigger.
I had shot all of the M&P models when a S&W Rep brought them to the range I used to work at and I loved them all.
The decision was made, I got the M&P 9c.
Then I took it out to shoot it.
I got one 100-round box of Winchester White Box and my husband got two boxes of Remmington 9mm for his H&K P7 (we were kind of making a 9mm day out of it).
We were shooting outdoor, in just above freezing weather conditions with a pretty good wind and I was wearing gloves.
Right from the get go I was having a few feeding problems. The cartridge would get half into the chamber and not seat fully and the slide would fall on the cartridge.
Racking the slide seemed to do nothing as it would fail to extract the cartridge and attempt to feed the next and I'd instantly be stuck with a double feed type of jam.
I dropped the magazine, the round fed and I pulled the trigger... Nothing.
DARNED MAGAZINE DISCONNECT..
Let me tell you, that's going to be one of the first things to go.
Annoyed with my coat interfering with my stance as it was pulling on my shoulders, I removed my coat and rapid-fired a whole magazine into the target.
Not only did I get GREAT results in my group but the gun worked perfectly for the entire string of fire.
Confused, I went back to slow fire.
More failures to feed and failures to eject and extract.
I reassessed my grip and stance trying to make sure it wasn't me or limp wristing and when I was sure that it wasn't I was still confused by the feeding, ejecting and extracting problems.
I tried another string of rapid fire (since it seemed to work before) and EVERY SINGLE ROUND was a problem, mostly due to failures to extract and/or eject spent casings.
Frustrated, I gave it to JD to look at and he put a magazine through it only for it to work perfectly (although if memory serves us both correctly he used his Remmington Ammo, not my WWB).
He was very happy with how it felt in the hand and I was ticked that it worked so well for him.
He put another magazine through it and it worked wonderfully.
By this time we were out of ammo and we had to leave (also we were all pretty much frozen to the bone, especially since I took my coat off).
Even with the problems I have to say that this gun was VERY comfortable to shoot (when it did shoot). I was very disappointed with its failures because I was getting great shots with it.
I had a wonderful target with a beautiful hole COM and in the head. The double taps were easy and aiming the gun was as natural as pointing a finger. It came right back on target and was a joy to the hand even after 100 rounds.
Also, this was right out of the box. I had not, as of yet, cleaned or lubed the M&P so that may have also had something to do with it.
Of course I won't carry it until it has proved itself 100% reliable, and at about 300 rounds, if it's still having problems it's going back to the factory for some diagnostic medicine.
This is my first striker-fired gun and it's taking a little getting used to, especially with not having the visual confirmation of a hammer falling.
I'm going to have to get to know this gun a little better before I trust my life to it, but I'd be happy to carry it, if only it worked!
Every gun manufacturer puts out a few lemons in their time and most modern companies go through a lot of trouble to make sure they fix ailments in their firearms. I have no doubt that these issues would be addressed if I sent the gun back and if that's what it takes I'll do it.
I love the gun, I love how it feels. The trigger isn't as nice as my 1911, but one of the best striker-fired ones I've ever felt. The interchangeable palm swells are fabulous for people who have small hands (like me) and it really is a very comfortable shooting gun.
Once its reliable it will certainly find a place among my carry guns.