Anyone have a Smith & Wesson M&P 9mm Compact?


December 18, 2008, 10:59 PM
I was at the gun store today and was looking at quite a few guns and this one in particular stood out. I've shot the fullsize before, how different is the recoil on the compact? Anyone have any issues with feeding or anything with it? Also do any loads seem to shoot particularly well through it? Also what holsters work, either IWB or OWB? Thanks in advance.

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December 18, 2008, 11:17 PM
Hey Mike - I picked up my 9mm M&P compact a couple of months ago and it is a great gun. Recoil is manageable, even with +p loads. I have a full size in .40 and for a .40 the recoil isn't bad, but the compact isn't as snappy as my full size. I've put WWB, blazer brass, speer gold dots, through it without a single failure. I highly recommend it, especially if smith is still doing their free mag promotion. (but don't count on them coming quickly - still haven't recieved mine.) Out of the box it was much more accurate than I expected. This was my second compact so I assumed there would be a learning curve - not with this gun at least for me. If you get it you won;t be disappointed. Good luck!

December 19, 2008, 12:06 AM
Don't hesitate... The M&P9 Compact is a fantastic firearm. I chose mine as a 2nd M&P to compliment my M&P 40 FS. I had a hard time deciding between the 357 sig and the 9mm, but after reviewing reams of ballistic data, I decided that the 9mm is just as effective (man-stopper) and WAY cheaper to operate.

Have fun and be safe.

December 19, 2008, 08:24 AM
Just bought one. I shot it for the 1st time last Wed. I bought the 40C. I have a FIST ultra thin kydex IWB. ( I ordered the holster 1st:) )

I love it. Really a mild shooting gun.

The Lone Haranguer
December 19, 2008, 09:26 AM
I got one in Dec. 2006 and it has run flawlessly. Recoil is fairly gentle. The only negative point is the slide width - it is not as comfortable to carry IWB as a slimmer gun. I use a UBG "Canute" for carry.

December 19, 2008, 10:20 AM
I have the M&P 9MM compact and the 40 cal, both good guns but mine don't like the cheap ammo

December 19, 2008, 01:39 PM

I have the M&P 9MM compact and the 40 cal, both good guns but mine don't like the cheap ammo


I have never had a feed issue (IF ammo feeds are the issue) on any of my M&Ps, even the cheap bulk stuff. I do one thing on all my semi-autos that really ensures a consistently good round feed. And that is to polish the ramp. This is one of the things that S&W does to the M&P's that are sent in for the performance trigger job.

If you have access to a dremmel and get the small-case polish kit it would be well worth it to do.
(Only do this if you are comfortable with basic gun smithing)

December 19, 2008, 05:52 PM
I was considering the M&P compact vs full size and went with the full size, but I shot both of them in 9mm and really liked how the compact felt. There is not that much more recoil than the full size M&P and it has excellent accuracy. It's a great gun and I probably will pick up a compact as well at some point for carrying purposes.

December 19, 2008, 10:37 PM
gglass- Yes it is a feed problem. Thanks for the possible cause and the fix.
I do have a dremmel and a
small-case polish kit

December 20, 2008, 12:00 AM
I have both a full siz and compact M&P 9mm. They are both good, and the compact has almost the same recoil as the full size. Like somone else said, the slide is a little thick. But it is a nice gun, and reliable.

December 21, 2008, 11:28 PM
I've carried an M&P 9C for the last two years or so. It is a great shooter. Soft shooting and one of the easiest weapons to shoot well that I have ever handled. It is a little bulky for its size but it is very comfortable to carry in a thin kydex holster. The only ammo I've found my M&P doesn't like is the Federal 147gr ammo. It does fine with everything else. The hotter the better too. Hotter faster ammo seems to make it run even better. Search my name and you'll find quite a bit of input on my M&P.

December 22, 2008, 12:20 AM
Mine has been fantastic so far!

Works as well as my Czs or Glocks. Costs a lot less than a G19, too.

I also got 2 free 17 shot mags.

The 9C makes a good carry gun.

or even house gun.

December 22, 2008, 03:00 PM
Very nice CZF. What kind of holster is that? Also, does it take 17 rounders? They guy at the gun store said it didn't, but I've heard once or twice in the past that just because you work at the gun store it doesn't mean you necessarily know everything :neener:

December 22, 2008, 03:07 PM
I have the 40C. Recoil is very managable. The 9C should be even more tame.


December 22, 2008, 03:36 PM
I have the 9c. Shoots like a dream. Likes WWB FMJ and really seems to like 147gr HydraShoks. Mine is very nice. Perceived recoil is next to nothing...much better than my 642 .38 shooting non-+P. Quick follow-ups.

Love mine. This may be blesphemy but I do wish it had the thumb safety. All three of my autos are striker-fired. Kind of wondering about the safety factor of the SA/DA vs the Glock or M&P pre-cocked system.

Regardless, love the it shoots, how it functions, how it points, and how it fits.

December 22, 2008, 06:55 PM
DeSantis S&W logo holster from the S&W Website, but no longer offered.

I like my High Noon in the bottom photo better.

December 23, 2008, 02:33 PM
Sorry could you give me the specific model on the High Noon CZ?

The Lone Haranguer
December 23, 2008, 08:38 PM
Mike, that is a High Noon Skin Deep. (

December 24, 2008, 12:17 AM
Mike, that is a High Noon Skin Deep.
Thank you kindly.

December 24, 2008, 12:35 AM
Don't own one, but I have shot the M&P's and M&P compacts quite a bit in .40 and 9mm. They are solid pistols. I'm not a big fan of anything that lacks an external hammer, but I would carry a M&P or M&P compact and be perfectly OK with it.


December 24, 2008, 10:29 AM
I would like to update my December 19th, 2008, 10:20 AM posting. The feed problems with cheap ammo on both of my S&W M&P's has been corrected---polished the ramps---problem gone, they eat the cheap stuff now.

December 24, 2008, 11:44 AM
I bought one a few months ago. It eats whatever I give it. No malfunctions. Recoil is mild. Ergos are great, much more comfortable than my Glock 26. With the small palmswell back strap the grip feels 1911'ish. I haven't looked at holsters yet.

The my only gripe is the sear deactivator switch. But I can get over it.

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