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Old 03-20-2012, 04:53 PM   #1
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M&p .45

This is probably a case of buying the cart then shopping for a horse. I had an Insight Tech M6 light/laser in the safe...and nothing to hang it on. So I went to the store and looked over the likely prospects and found a NIB M&P 45. I have not bought any of the Sigma/99/M&P guns because I had Glocks and they satisfied the plastic gun niche in my safe. After looking the M&P over I realized that it is a well made and attractive weapon and I took it home with me. The action feels a little stiff for me but I suspect that will ease after some range time. I am in new ground here. I am used to teraing the Glocks down and reworking them and I am not comfortable doing that with the M&P. Yet! I think I'm gonna like this S&W.
 
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Old 03-20-2012, 05:00 PM   #2
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After many years of "pretty good" S&W finally came up with a real winner.
A good many LE departments are buying the M&P and are very happy with them.

Glock seems to be loosing at least some market share and I suspect the reason is that Glock hasn't kept up with updates to the design.
They've been very slow to adopt advances like interchangeable grip inserts and are still using the long-outdated hooked trigger guard that no one has used for years.
It seems Glock has done a lot of work on different calibers, but left the basic design as-is.
Other companies, like S&W have come up with very good upgraded features and these are hits with the users.
 
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I agree

Glock began to lose me when the Gen 4 came out. Interchangeability of grips/insert, etc aren't really too big an issue for me. The trigger guard was. I expected to be handling another S&W "Glock" clone when I picked up the M&P .45 but was pleasantly surprised to realize it wasn't one. It is a "large" pistol and sort of puts me in mind of my 1st M645.
 
 
Old 03-21-2012, 11:04 AM   #4
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Trigger Job

I was concerned a little by the scratchy trigger on the M&P and having no idea how to work on it I wanted to shoot it and see if it would smooth up, even a little bit. I thought that if I put 100 rounds, even 50-75, through it it "might" get a little better. Smith must have added some "wonder grease" in it or added a self-installing trigger job... It got appreciably better after 10 rounds. I only shot the one magazine through it because I was running behind but if it got that better then I have great expectations for this pistol. Just ordered a range holster and shoulder holster for it.
 
Old 03-23-2012, 04:28 PM   #5
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I have Smiths in M&P 9 and 45C.

The 9 is a big gun for a 9mm. However it shoots anything I can get in the magazine without bobble. It has never failed me.

The 45 Compact was at first finicky about cast lead SWCs. However, I have either found the magic COL or something has worn in to make feeding them a sure thing.

The triggers are great for out of the box pistols. Each required a little breakin before smoothing out. A friend has an M&P 40 with the after market APEX sear. It breaks good but the trigger is too light for for me for a service type weapon. The metal Novak sights are great. I put a gold dot on the .45.

Everyone asks for a comparison with Glocks. I like Glocks a lot, but probably will not buy any more after all of mine wear out.

The Smiths do have traditionally rifled barrels that are safe to shoot with soft cast bullets. Internet lore has it that lead is to be avoided in Glocks. Must be true if you read it on the internet.

They are different guns and feel different. One or the other, however, will suit you to a tee. My next gun will likely be a full size M&P 45.
 
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