You will be pleased with the M&P9
Congratulations on getting your Conceal Carry. I too, recently got mine, and I think it may have been my proudest day (second only to the birth of my children)
My first weapon ever, and the one that I carry daily is the Smith and Wesson Full-Size M&P9. I am a little bigger than you at 5'10, but it carries very nicely in an IWB holster, in the small of my back. I bought a left-handed Uncle Mike's, and it draws with my right hand from inside the waistband. I find that a T-shirt tucked in, with a button down shirt worn loosely over it, conceals it very well. I might not wear that combination to the beach, but it works fine for summer evenings here in Georgia.
Before I bought the M&P9, I did not have a lot of experience with handguns, but I did my homework, and talked to some professionals. I am SO extremely happy with the choice that I made. I can't imagine having found a better pistol. I am however, also considering buying the S&W M&P 9 Shield. It is nice, and it will carry concealed VERY well. It feels so good in my hand.
Good luck on your choice. If you do go with the M&P9, I think you will be glad you did.
Originally Posted by vicioustruth