The fact is that I absolutely love the M&P slide shape and agressive serrations, 3.5" barrel, novak sites. The grip never felt anything nearly as comfortable as the XD grip which felt like a glove, almost second nature. The M&P mag release is crummy when compared to the smoothness and ease of access on the XD. Also I strongly prefer the grip safety on the XD for nothing more than piece of mind that there is no way its going off accidently in my pants when I conceal it. I wish there were a way to combine the best features of these two pistols because you would end up with a world beater. To top it off, design the slide stout enough for 40S&W +P and in doing so allow for 'kits' so you can easily change over to 357Sig and 9mm.