Why such a difference in price btw M&P9/Glock 17?

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  1. Big D

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    Hey yall. Here recently I've been looking into purchasing another 9mm handgun. I am an active duty LEO for a county agency in southern Georgia. My department issues the Glock 21C, which I have grown to love. I have found Glocks to be one of the easiest handguns to shoot well with the proper training. That said, I want either a M&P9 or a Glock 17 for my personal handgun for lower ammo costs. I have found the M&P9 with factory night sights and 3 mags for $399. The same package Glock 17 comes out to around $477. Both of these prices are with the LEO discount. I am asking myself why the Glock is more. Is it the name? Don't get me wrong, I love the Glock, but that extra $70 or so bucks could go to ammo if I purchased the M&P9. I have handled both, and have shot the Glock 17 before. The M&P did seem a tad bit more ergonomic, but I am used to the Glock trigger after carrying one for close to four years on the road. Any suggestions?
     
  2. breakingcontact

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    Glocks usually are a little more expensive. If youre a Glock guy and happy with them id stick with it. If the $70 difference matters then buy used
     
  3. Teachu2

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    Many folks spent that $70 improving the M&P trigger.
     
  4. IlikeSA

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    It may be worth your time to give the Glock factory near Atlanta a call. They discount for LEO and you can skip the middle man.
     
  5. breakingcontact

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    I resemble that comment. But my trigger is better than the Glocks staple gun trigger.
     
  6. beamon

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    Same could be said for why do Sigs cost more than both M&P and Glocks? Of course, when governmental entities buy it's via the bid process and then it's largely a case of which vendor is hungriest.

    Remember, too, that every Austrian Glock costs more to get to the end user than guns made by S&W in this country.
     
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  7. jmr40

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    If you already use a Glock you will be much better off sticking with that brand regardless of cost.
     
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    All I can add is that I've had an m&p that jammed, but never one of my Glocks. You usually get what you pay for.
     
  9. FireInCairo

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    Most people would recommend a trigger job on the M&P out of the box to make it what it should be. The Glock could be easily polished for .25 cents and give you an even better trigger. So there's your $$$ difference.
     
  10. ritepath

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    2 minutes on a worksharp and you can smooth out the "problem" M&P trigger.

    Or just shoot it, and be happy...after all it's still a crappy striker type trigger.
     
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    Yea... what he said. ^^^^

    I don't see how either trigger could be considered better than the other.

    However...... isn't S&W putting the better triggers in all their M&Ps now?
     
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    I think IlikeSA might be on to something.....

    From the Glock website: Please call your GLOCK District Manager or GLOCK Commercial Manager for questions about other possible purchasers, or for a list of law enforcement distributors that can supply you with GLOCK “Blue Label Pistols”.

    Just trying' to save you $70.......;)
     
  13. herrwalther

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    Because one of them is a firearm worth having and the other one is a Glock.
     
  14. Big Shrek

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    From a guy who has both Glocks and S&W semi-auto's...

    Get the M&P deal. The only thing better is a lightsaber... :evil:

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    Gunblast has a nice writeup of the M&Ps strong points...far more eloquent than I.
    http://www.gunblast.com/SW_MP9.htm
     
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    Yes, and their triggers blow.

    Russellc
     
  16. RussellC

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    yup.
     
  17. Big Shrek

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    One other thing of import to LEO's...the M&P has a mag safety...
    meaning that if you and a suspect are struggling for your gun,
    you can drop the mag and it won't fire...

    Unlike a Glock...which is going to fire that one bullet in the chamber and ruin your day.

    Since the changeover from Revolver to semi-auto, more cops have been shot with their own Glock
    than any other pistol...and that statement is backed by FBI data.
    I love my Glock, but I also know its weaknesses & limitations far too well.

    And BOTH need a trigger job out of the box. Let's be honest here.
    same principles apply to almost any semi-auto pistol...
    and the same techniques for a trigger job are used on nearly all of them.
     
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    And more Crown Vics have been wrecked by cops than any other model in the last twenty years. Usually happens when the vast majority are using the same product.
     
  19. jon_in_wv

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    Shoot both and decide which you like better. The nonsense about the triggers is just that, nonsense. I've put over 10,000 rounds through my M&P 9C and the only weapon I've found to be it's equal, for me, is the 3913 with it's DREADED da/sa trigger. Both are fine weapons so whatever fits you best it best for you. Glocks, as you can tell, have a rabid following of kool aid drinkers who will pay whatever price they ask so they ask more. S&W is still trying to grab more of the market. That is probably why the Glocks cost more. As far as I'm concerned I'd save the money and get the M&P.
     
  20. Onward Allusion

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    If you use a Glock for duty, it would make sense to have one for personal use.
     
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    I actually prefer the look and feel of the M&Ps to the Glocks, and find the XDs even more attractive, but the checkering is too aggressive for me. My wife prefers her M&P9c to the others, and we both carry Shields often.

    For me, though, the proof is in the shooting. In a poly-framed pistol, I shoot Glocks more accurately and much faster than the others. And shorter is best - my G30 only gets beaten out by my G26.

    Try 'em all, shoot what you like best. A Glock shouldn't cost more than the much more complex M&Ps and XDs, but the market has spoken and that's that. Glock charges more for a simpler gun, and they are still backordered.
     
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    My M&P doesn't have a mag safety.....I would go with the Glock even though I enjoy my M&P.
     
  24. Phaedrus/69

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    Then suck it up and buy an HK!:evil:;) Try the VP9 and you'll instantly loathe the staple-gun trigger on your Block.:D
     
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    What did a staple-gun ever do to you to deserve that?
     
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