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Does the S&W M&P offer enough lefty features....

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by andre66, Aug 4, 2008.

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  1. andre66

    andre66 Member

    Nov 10, 2007
    to make it worthwhile buying over a Glock? I am torn between the two pistols, i like the simplicity of the Glock, but i am left handed so the M&P's ambi controls make it a difficult decision.

    I have fired the M&P once and it seemed fine, and not had the opportunity with the Glock but i like how the Glock feels in my hand.

    If any other lefty's out there have had any experience with both pistols i would appreciate your opinions on them.
    Thank you
  2. Quoheleth

    Quoheleth Member

    Mar 7, 2007
    The Land of Bowie, Crockett, Travis & Houston
    I think so - that's why I got my MP9 this past winter. It's without a manual safety, so it's completely ambi-friendly. And, I might add, I like the mag release on the left side, so that's a non-issue for me. Slide releases are on both sides, but - again - I only use the left-side release w/my trigger finger.

    IMHO, it's about as ambi-friendly as it gets.

  3. The Lone Haranguer

    The Lone Haranguer Member

    Jul 30, 2006
    Johnson City, TN
    One out of two ain't bad

    I have both pistols but am not left handed. I can however push the Glock's magazine release with my left trigger or middle finger to drop the magazine, although not very easily. An aftermarket extended - or one from a model 34/35 - mag release might make this easier. I can release the slide from locked quite effectively with my left trigger finger. Again, an extended slide stop would probably make this easier. Or you can dispense with it altogether and jack the slide by hand when reloading. There are still times when you need to manually lock the slide back (e.g., double feed stoppage, "showing clear" for a range officer), and I did encounter some difficulty there.

    The M&P, as you know, has an ambidextrous slide stop and reversible mag release. I think that would probably work out better for a pure left-hander.
  4. Josh Aston

    Josh Aston Member

    Apr 12, 2006
    Mountain Home, ID
    Even if it didn't have the ambi features it's still a better gun than the glock.
  5. giddonah

    giddonah Member

    May 11, 2008
    don't have any experience with a glock, but I love my M&P9c. First thing I did was swap the mag release.

    I noticed yesterday that the slide release was very stiff on the right side and didn't drop the slide like I'm used to, but the left side worked just fine. Maybe a one-time thing, I'll post if it happens enough.

    I look forward to a full size M&P in .45 in the future.
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