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need input on S&W M&P9

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by UniversalFrost, Feb 18, 2013.

  1. UniversalFrost

    UniversalFrost Well-Known Member

    was looking at getting an xdm in 9 (already have several xd's) , but just came upon a really good deal on a near new M&P9 (full size) locally (so Face to Face and no sales tax or dealer transfer fees)....

    never really paid attention to the M&P series of pistols, since i am a beretta shooter and most of my "plastic" picstols have been glock or xd...

    I am starting to see more M&P guns at the ranges , but never stopped to ask questions or shoot one...

    input from past or present M&P9 users would be appreciated... for the price i dont think i will past this up (could always flip it if I dont like it) , but help is appreciated on what to expect and what to tweak
  2. cfullgraf

    cfullgraf Well-Known Member

    I have an M&P9Pro (5 inch) and a regular M&P9. I like them both.

    I did instal an APEX kit in the M&P9 and it makes the trigger better than the M&P9Pro.

    I have not had any shooting issues with either of them.

    If it feels good in your hand, I do not think you will be disappointed in an M&P.
  3. digsigs226

    digsigs226 Well-Known Member

    I have an M&P9c for my EDC and I have been really pleased with it. It has superb ergonomics and reliability. I have put hundreds of rounds through it, including reloads, and have yet to see it fail. It is also incredibly easy to disassemble and clean.

    I would definitely recommend it, plus it's made in the USA!

    If you do end up getting one, look into getting the APEX DCAEK trigger kit, it is a relatively simple install, and a great improvement over the stock trigger.
  4. justice06rr

    justice06rr Well-Known Member

    I have owned a M&P9 (it was my very first pistol ever) and a M&P40. They are excellent pistols. Never had a problem with them. In my opinion they have best quality over Glock's and XD's (I've owned those too).

    Plus they are American made, and Smith&Wesson has one of the best lifetime warranty I know of. Buy with confidence!
  5. Ankeny

    Ankeny Well-Known Member

    I had an M&P 9 Pro. Recent manufacture with the new barrel. Still, it exhibited horrific accuracy so away it went. The 5 inch Pro has earned a reputation for hit and miss (pun intended) in the accuracy department. The 4 inch models don't have the issue.
  6. dacavasi

    dacavasi Well-Known Member

    One of the best 9's in that price range out there. I've got about 2k rounds of various flavors through mine without one hiccup of any kind. Mounted XS big dot sights on it about a year ago, it is a real shooter...
  7. allaroundhunter

    allaroundhunter Well-Known Member

    I prefer any M&P over an XDm. IME, the XD line (including the 'm' series) do not have exceptionally great triggers, even when compared to the M&P that some don't like.

    I shoot my M&P9 FS in competition, and just to try to get a feel for the difference, I shot a friend's XDm9 (5.25" bbl) at one and I was very relieved getting my M&P back in my hands ;)

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  8. Shuler13

    Shuler13 Well-Known Member

    APEX DCAEK and RAM and your M&P will be top notch. After that, add some stippled grips and a light. Even without, it's a winner, but that is my preference. ImageUploadedByTapatalk1361253796.425072.jpg

    Then start shopping for the 9c.
  9. Havok7416

    Havok7416 Well-Known Member

    I have an M&P9c that I occasionally use as my carry piece. It does a fine job and has given me no reason to complain.
  10. gpjoe

    gpjoe Well-Known Member

    I have an M&P9c that was my first carry gun. It is reliable and accurate. I don't carry it much anymore as I prefer carrying a thinner pistol, but it is still used regularly at the range by my wife. She says it's "hers" now. It's a great little pistol.
  11. Sam1911

    Sam1911 Moderator

    The only concern I'd have is in finding out (if you can) why exactly the guy is selling it.

    One of the biggest recurring problems with the M&P9s (especially the Pro series, it seems) is with seemingly un-fixable extraction problems. I know more than a few competition shooters who've sold off M&Ps after multiple trips back to the factory trying to get the guns to run consistently. (One of my best pals, a master class shooter who puts something like 20K rounds a year downrange, has owned and sold off three after repeatedly swearing he'd not go down that road again!)

    The only other problem I know of is the light primer strikes issue which seems to be fixable, at least temporarily.

    I don't know how you ensure you aren't buying someone else's problems but that is something to be wary of.
  12. UniversalFrost

    UniversalFrost Well-Known Member

    guy is selling because there is more month than there is money for February ... (been there done that long ago)...

    he ran it at a few local matches and scored decent scores so no problems with the gun

    other than that nothing wrong with the gun and he is a stand up guy and i have bought and sold with him in the past.

    he did mention wanted to trade for a G19 3rd gen at a later date , but i said i got cash now (i only have a 2nd gen anyway)..
  13. Bushpilot

    Bushpilot Well-Known Member

    I've been very satisfied with the performance of my M&P 9, even though I’m generally not a striker gun fan. I found it to be very accurate, surprisingly so, and completely reliable. I really like the finish on the M&P's. The barrels and slides are melonite coated which has a very high hardness rating. This makes them very smooth as well as wear, scratch and corrosion resistant. I also like the fact that they have a stainless steel reinforced chassis imbedded in the polymer frame. They are slimmer than the Glock which I find to be a big plus as well. As far as light primer strikes are concerned, this is really a problem that is common to all the striker guns, not just M&P’s. Although, I haven't experienced any light strikes in my M&P yet. I find when this problem is reported the cause is frequently that the owner has lubricated the striker channel or over lubricated the entire pistol, allowing lubricant to get into the striker channel, which then attracts a lot of crud.. The striker channel is meant to run dry on an M&P. Over all, I’d say give the M&P a shot, I doubt you will be disappointed…
  14. Sam1911

    Sam1911 Moderator

    I'll totally concur on accuracy and shootability! If you don't run into the reliability issues those guns are fantastic shooters!

    I shot my very best time ever on the IDPA Calassifier match with a standard M&P9 that I borrowed on a whim, and shot cold. Fantastic, very shootable gun.

    Breaks my heart to see them go down.
  15. 340PD

    340PD Well-Known Member

    I only have the single stack Shield. Great firearm.
  16. mooner

    mooner Well-Known Member

    I own an M&P 9 pro 5" and M&P9C. Both are completely reliable and plenty accurate. I highly recommend them to anyone. Some complain about the trigger, but I have come to like it. If it is gritty (most are when new) a little stoning on the trigger bar where it contacts the sear. The trigger bar is a stamping and has rough edges. These rough edges are what makes the grittiness as they come in contact with the sear. Light stoning with a fine stone removes the rough edge and makes the trigger much smoother.
  17. ny32182

    ny32182 Well-Known Member

    I have about 21.5k through my 9 Pro 5", and also have multiple friends who have shot them through a season or more of competition.

    FOR ME, the biggest gripe overall is the slim frame; I have larger hands and much prefer the width of the Glock frame. That is very subjective of course, but even the "full size" M&P frame is small by fullsize standards. It is very narrow for a double stack frame. I've "bandaided" this with lots and lots of grip tape wrapped all the way around the grip witht he small backstrap in place.

    Other nitpicks based on my personal experience with the gun over the last year:

    -The functional weak point is the sear, and specifically the sear reset. If it gets overly dirty even with all stock parts the sear can start failing to reset, and it will happen easier with the lightened aftermarket sear springs that are all the rage these days. The symptom of this when it starts to happen is intermittent, either doubles, and/or "dead trigger". The fix is taking the sear out, and cleaning/drying under it every 5-10k. There is no equivalent part in the Glock, (where the trigger bar engages the striker directly), and therefore the Glock trigger system is simpler, and more robust.

    -It does not strike the primer as hard stock for stock as a Glock. I ran about 15k Wolf primers (hardest on the market) in two Glocks with nary a problem. My M&P, between several boxes of primers, two different stock striker assemblies so far, and perfectly clean/dry striker channel, maintains about .5% light strike rate with Wolf primers. Using any other brand will correct this, so it is not that big a deal for anyone who didn't buy close to 50lb of wolf primers once when they were on sale.:what:

    Other than that there is a lot to like about it and I plan to shoot mine all year again. The finish is tough, aftermarket support is second only to Glock, parts are available, and you can do virtually anything you need to do to it yourself (just like a Glock).

    I've read all the bad accuracy and extraction problem stories on the internet, but I can say my pool of local shooters has yet to see any of this.
  18. powder

    powder member

    Had a 5" Pro and could not get used to the trigger, nor could I get used to dumping more money into it with the Apex kits. Shot OK, but for half the money I can self-tune any Glock to have a 200% better trigger system, for feel preferences.
  19. ATLDave

    ATLDave Well-Known Member

    I've got an M&P9, standard length, with thumb safety. I think the ergos are great, and it has been so reliable for me that it has become my bedroom HD gun. Mine was accuracte out of the box. For the first couple hundred rounds, it tended to throw brass straight back at me, but it has since abandoned that habit; apparently, that's somewhat common as a break-in issue.

    Hilton Yam has written quite a lot about them, so you can read his stuff to really dive deep on them, including the good and the bad (and the fixes for the latter if you decide to do that).
  20. rodinal220

    rodinal220 Well-Known Member

    My FS M&P 9 range kit model couldn't hit the broad side of a barn. It patterns rather than groups. It will also at it own will vertically string shots from time to time,especially on slow fire drills. It has so far been 100% reliable but a bit lazy in ejection.I sent it back to S&W and they sent it back saying it was "in spec",I would like to know if their spec is one minute of garbage can lid.
    My Chinese 213 9mm will out shoot the M&P FS as will any other 9mm platform I own.

    Even Larry Vickers has publicly stated that S&W has screwed the pooch on this line.

    Mind you,the accuracy issues seem to be with the FULL SIZE 9mm model and not the 357sig,40s&w,45acp or the Shield.

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