Yesterday marked the end of the T&E period for my pair of Smith & Wesson M&P’s (9 and Shield9) and I had a choice to make. I could write a check and keep them or I could take them to UPS and send them home.
Obviously by now you know I wrote the check.
The M&P Shield shouldn’t be a surprise, I have blogged quite a bit about how well thought out I thought the size, form, fit, function of the Shield are.
At less than an inch wide it is easy to conceal. The finger sleeve allows you to get a full grip. It is flat sided so your hand doesn’t milk down the grip when you squeeze it. The completely unnecessary safety, has a very positive disengagement that will make it unlikely to be inadvertently applied. It is positioned perfectly to make it easy to sweep off, if you choose to use it, but it sits perfectly between the joints in my thumb to keep it out of the way shooting. Most importantly they “fixed” the trigger!
The full-size M&P is a bit more of a shock.
I love the idea of the beaver tail, but the curvature of the grip makes takes it out of play for me. I hate the surprise reset. The grip is a little too long for me to conceal well. It only has about .5″ of a sight radius edge on my Glock 19. Worst of all… My model has a magazine drop safety that makes it absolutely worthless for competition!
So why did I buy it?
First… I really like the idea of having a carry gun and competition gun in the same platform
Second… I didn’t own a Smith & Wesson and wanted to
Third… I really like the way the M&P magazine drops free and how well I reach the mag release.
Fourth… The M&P line of pistols as the ability to pistol version of the adult lego’s AR and it could be fun addressing all of my issues with the gun (mag drop safety, grip shape, sights, TRIGGER)
Lastly… Its design lends itself very well for the addition of white light and laser for carry.
I requested the guns to try to replace my Glock 19/PM9 combination for carry and find the ultimate carry solution. I didn’t.
Instead I now have a Glock 19/M&P Shield9 combination, which I do think is a step up, and a project M&P9.
More than ever now I want a mid-sized, 15rd M&P9. Specifically I want it to have the Shield trigger, no drop-safety, a flat sided replaceable back strap and a Warren/Sevigny Carry sight. Please Smith & Wesson!