Whats a good price to pay for a brand new S&W M&P 9mm, 40, or .45?


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Downr@nge
September 21, 2010, 03:31 PM
Reason I ask is because I've finally, after MUCH research, chose what will be my first gun. I plan on getting an S&W M&P 9mm or .45. Haven't decided the caliber yet but I am heavily leaning towards the 9mm since the ammo is cheaper, plus, I want a Kimber Pro Carry II as my second gun and that's in .45.

I went into a local gun shop yesterday and asked how much the Smith & Wesson M&P's are and he told me $699 brand new. Being that I did some research on the gun, I had the idea it would run around $500 brand new.

My question is, is $699 a good price? Is that too high? What would be a good price on a brand new one?

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mstrat
September 21, 2010, 03:53 PM
I don't know what a good price is since I've never shopped around for one, but the generally-cheaper of my two local shops has them for $555 or $580 for 9 or 45 respectively.

The more expensive shop (that I try to avoid, but sometimes can't since they have a bigger selection) has them for $630 and $695.

If I were looking to buy one today and only found it for $695, it would come down to "How bad do I want this?" ;)
If I was really itching for it, then i'd swallow the cost and not look back. Done that a few times.

Buckeye
September 21, 2010, 03:57 PM
Vance's in Columbus Oh has them this month M&P 9mm for $469

Downr@nge
September 21, 2010, 04:52 PM
Please forgive my ignorance on this but is it legal to purchase a handgun in a different state than the one I have my permit in (NJ)? Like, if I find the gun cheaper in PA or MD, can I purchase it there and bring it back to NJ?

Skylerbone
September 21, 2010, 11:29 PM
Downr@nge, they won't let you out the door once you flash that Jersey ID. A handgun can be shipped to a licensed dealer who holds an FFL (Federal Firearms License) when purchased out of state. You'll have to OK that with the dealer before hand and negotiate a price. Perhaps showing him someone else's price might incline him to lower the price to something reasonable rather than the $31 off full retail being offered.

My first M&P was on sale for $550 but I had a discount coupon (Cabelas) for $75 off making it a good deal. There was also a $50 mail-in rebate (and there still is).

My second was a used but like new 9mm compact. I paid $425, a bit much but I wanted one for the wife to try out.

The third was a 9L which runs a bit more than the standard M&P. I paid $530 for that one through a local gun shop I frequent.

The 40/357/9 M&Ps in Full Size and Compact all tend to run the same size, the Long, Pro and Pro Series will all be more as will the .45ACP.

Have a look at the following to get an idea on current pricing, keeping in mind these are internet prices and may be less than a small local store can offer: http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/advanced_cat_search.php?cated=26&manufacturers_id=31&ITATR_list%5B1%5D=1914&ITATR_list%5B2%5D=&ITATR_list%5B3%5D=&ITATR_list%5B4%5D=&ITATR_list%5B5%5D=&ITATR_list%5B6%5D=&ITATR_list%5B7%5D=&ITATR_list%5B8%5D=&ITATR_list%5B9%5D=&ITATR_list%5B0%5D=.

If your local dealer is willing to do a transfer, it will generally cost you an additional $35 plus what he charges. I would push for a better deal or perhaps take a drive to a smaller town in-state.

One note about the M&Ps and ammo cost, the 40 S&W isn't much more to shoot than 9mm and provides much more flexibility as several barrels are available to change calibers. You can buy a 357Sig barrel that will work with your 40cal. for about $80. You can also buy a 9mm conversion barrel for about $150 that will drop in and needs only a new 9mm magazine for proper function. If you buy a 9mm anything, you will have to purchase an entire slide assembly AND magazines to shoot 40/357. The 45 is not interchangable with its smaller siblings.

wow6599
September 22, 2010, 06:53 AM
$508 shipped - http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php/manufacturers_id/31/products_id/38991

And don't forget - http://www.smith-wesson.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Category4_750001_750051_757993_-1_757992_757992_image

jon_in_wv
September 22, 2010, 07:47 AM
Over 600 bucks is way too much. I paid $580 for mine years ago and I've seen so many a lot cheaper than that. You can order the firearm cheaper from out of state and have it shipped to an FFL. Better yet, move out of NJ to a gun friendlier state!

Kingofthehill
September 22, 2010, 08:03 AM
Socal and San Antonio Texas, a good price for a NEW M&P of any size/caliber is about
$525-$550....

Honestly though, i love buying Used guns. Most of these guns for sale are hardly touched or have seen maybe 500rds. 99% of people can't damage a gun like this in such a short period of time.

I paid $375 for a full size, night sight .357 sig. then a factory .40 cal barrel for $40. that is a direct drop in with nothing else required to turn it into a true .40.

I paid $400 for a Compact M&P .40 (used), and I paid $425 for a compact M&P 9mm.

the used markets can offer up such good deals that i have a hard time buying new

Downr@nge
September 22, 2010, 12:03 PM
Skylerbone, thanks a LOT for that info! Since reading your post, I've settled on the M&P .40 since its cheap and convertable.

Thanks to all who responded! You guys are great!

LeLynn
September 23, 2010, 12:27 AM
I got my full size M&P40 new in box for $469, less then a year ago at a local shop. It was not on sale.

Skylerbone
September 23, 2010, 01:04 AM
Welcome to the family Downr@nge. Here's a link for some great accessories including the Apex tactical sear and ultimate striker block everyone raves about. I put them in my first M&P then did the other two myself. http://www.speedshooterspecialties.com/catalog/display.php?category=Smith+%26+Wesson+M%26P+9%2F40%2F357

I can't get enough of posting my pics; )

http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=127496&d=1284181352

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