In the past few days I have had a chance to speak with 2 representative from Smith & Wesson and I asked them both… Do you think we will ever see a Mid-Sized M&P?
Both of them told me no because…
“The M&P 9c is so similar in size.”
Since When the Balloon Goes Up! is data driven, I went and looked at the data. After all, that is the reason that we have our on-going survey posted asking “what other WTBGU! readers carry?” and we refer to it often. It helps us determine what topics and gear we cover and what models we support in the store.
Of the nearly 290 responses we have had to date, 117 people identified that they carried polymer pistols with 5 or more responses. The Glock 19 is the far and away most popular.
If it was just that, I would chalk it up to the fact that both of the primary authors of this blog carry Glock 19’s and we both compete with Glocks… maybe our readership is just Glock biased?
Then the Ruger 9c is claimed to be carried more than the M&P 9c! That is hard to explain.
|Kahr PM/CM9||13||Single Stack||9mm||6||4.00||5.42||0.90|
|Glock 23||9||Compact||40 S&W||13||4.99||7.36||1.18|
|S&W M&P 9C||8||Sub-Compact||9mm||12||4.30||6.70||1.20|
|S&W M&P 9||6||Full-Size||9mm||17||5.50||7.63||1.20|
|Ruger LC9||5||Single Stack||9mm||7||4.50||6.00||0.90|
|Glock 27||5||Sub-Compact||40 S&W||9||4.17||6.49||1.18|
|M&P Shield||5||Single Stack||9mm||7||4.60||6.10||0.95|
The 9c is larger in every dimension, has less aftermarket support, doesn’t have a real full size competition option, nearly never gets mentioned on the blog and it carries less rounds.
Then I got to wondering, is it that people just prefer the slightly larger size of the Glock 19 to the other models?
Since it is a virtual dead heat between the Compact Size, in this chart defined as a Compact Glock, which is the smallest gun I can get a full-firing grip on and the, and the Sub-compact double stacks I didn’t think that was the case.
Until I looked at what guns Glock 19 carriers compete with…
1/3 compete with the gun they carry.
Another 1/3 use a larger Glock
2/3 of the remainder use a 1911, which I have to assume is a nostalgia or class choice
The rest is split between Smith and Wesson and Springfield
Since I carry and compete with a Glock 19, I have to assume that I draw a readership that does the same so I am back to maybe my results are indicative of the whole picture.
So here is the question… Why do you think the M&P 9c seems to be under represented in these numbers?
Are you a biased bunch, drawn by the fact that Lee and I shoot Glocks? — Or – Is the M&P 9c truly that much less popular? If so, why? (Too small to compete with, too wide to conceal, carries too much ammo, mushy stock trigger, don’t like the grip…)