S&W .40 M&P: Opinions Please


March 15, 2009, 06:41 PM
I am looking at purchasing .40 Smith & Wesson M&P. I have fired the gun and I really like the feel. Seems very accurate. This will be my first, and probably last, handgun. I will be using it for personal protection. Can I get some opinions from the guys who know? Is this a good choice?


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March 15, 2009, 06:48 PM
IMHO, the M&P40 is a great gun. I had some light strike issues early on (I bought it about 1 month after they were released, bleeding edge technology ;)), but S&W fixed it no problem. I have not had any trouble since. Solidly built pistol with great customer service. I am extremely pleased with the pistol. The replaceable backstrap is also a plus. I'd buy it and not look back.

March 15, 2009, 07:22 PM
I trust an M&P .40c with my life. It is my carry gun, and it shoots and handles excellently. Also, S&W have really pulled out all the stops on their customer service when it comes to this gun. If you ever have any problems with it, they will fix them quickly and without hassle.

March 15, 2009, 07:46 PM
Why will it be your last handgun? I'll be the first to tell you that once gun fever hits it won't be your last

March 15, 2009, 07:58 PM
The M&P History:
The Smith & Wesson M&P (Military & Police) has always been a highly respected revolver from its introduction to today. Introduced in 1899, it became the standard by which every other medium-frame double-action revolver would be judged--as well as serving as the launching platform for one of the most influential handgun cartridges in history: the .38 S&W Special. The popularity of the M&P (aka Model 10) revolver grew so quickly that it was the most widely used police revolver in the free world.

The M&P line grew into a new brand of semi-auto handguns in 2006, and has become the biggest product launch in S&W's history. The company has been producing semi-auto handguns for more than 100 years, but it was not until 2006 that Smith & Wesson would roll out a semi-auto worthy of the M&P logo. Before embarking on the process of building a new pistol, S&W personnel conducted extensive interviews of law enforcement and military agencies, competitive shooters, and civilian gun owners. The information enabled engineers to include a number of features these varied groups thought were desirable. If you are going to build the finest modern tactical pistol, it is a good idea to get input of those who will use it.

Since, its introduction in 2006 the M&P has won more than 370 LE agency "issue weapon" contracts. (more NEW contracts than any other brand in that time period)

The NEW M&P semi-auto really is a worthy heir to the brand's name and reputation.

You cannot go wrong with the Smith & Wesson M&P and you will always have the peace of mind that it comes with a lifetime warranty.

Matt C
March 15, 2009, 08:00 PM
I just picked my M&P 40 up this morning. I put 85 rounds through it this afternoon with no issues at all. This is my first semi auto pistol. I love the feel and balance of it. A very nice gun to shoot IMHO.

March 15, 2009, 08:10 PM
Thanks for the input guys. I think that I knew the first time I handled the piece that it was the one I wanted. Bondmid003, to answer your question, I am a rifle and shotgun man. Have been all my life. I really need only one hand gun and this is my choice. Thanks again to all of you for the input . You have affirmed that this old man still knows quality in a firearm.


March 15, 2009, 08:51 PM
I'v shot the m&p 40,,,,good gun,,,,,,,,BUT before you buy it, check the XD and the XD-M. To me the ergonomics of the springfield is much better especially if you are talking about personal protection...... Contrary to what people might think, you don't have the time to aim a gun in life or death situations in civilian life. You "point and shoot".... I have the XD-M, it's adjustable grip to enhance point shooting and 16+1 capacity make it ideal.
Keep in mind that in high stress situations a persons accuracy, trained or not, can fall to 10% depending on how reactive or 'thought about' there shooting habits are. A person also tends to grip tighter during high stress also...That is why I believe in finding a gun that fits your hand and shoots where you ;point', not where you 'aim'.....

March 15, 2009, 09:00 PM
The M&P 357 would be my next handgun buy

Hungry Seagull
March 15, 2009, 09:10 PM
I own the .45 M&P.... only because it was 300 or so dollars less than the Colt Commander that I almost.... almost (Jest this close) bought. I literally flipped a coin came up on the M&P and decided someday buy the Colt for the hell of it.

It was to be the handgun that I can understand and get to know fairly quickly. I like fast.. well.. let's leave it here shall we?

March 15, 2009, 09:19 PM
Here is a little eye candy to help you decide:

My M&P40... I call this picture "Heaven is decorated in two-tones and gold-dots".

March 15, 2009, 09:34 PM
I have the M&P 40 with Crimson Laser grips and love it. IMO the feel of the gun is the best on the market. very reliable.

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