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My M&P9C Home Defense Pistol

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Old May 30th, 2016, 05:01 PM   #1
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My M&P9C Home Defense Pistol

I bought this M&P a few months ago. At the time I had a Ruger American Pistol that was full size for my home defense and night stand pistol. I like the Ruger American but did not like it as my night stand pistol for home defense. The American did not have a safety on it, I traded it for this M&P9C because of the 9C safety, for my night stand weapon I want the added feature of the safety so I do not accidently pull the trigger while reaching in the dark on the night stand searching for the gun. Plus if startled while a sleep I want the extra step of releasing the safety. The 9C has a safety like a 1911 which is very easy to actuate and a safety that I am use to. Anyway here are some picture of my blinged out home defense 9C. I really like this pistol for the use I have it for. I carry a Glock 43 some but the most I carry a Glock 26. That relegates the 9C for home defense, the light laser combo works very well and an excellent addition for home defense. The next gun purchase will be a M&P 9 5" slide model or a Ruger American again after they atrt offering the safety option.







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Old May 30th, 2016, 05:42 PM   #2
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Very nice, thanks for sharing.
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Old May 30th, 2016, 07:08 PM   #3
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I like it. Now since it's for home defense go ahead and get a 17 round mag for it with an x-grip adapter!
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Old May 30th, 2016, 08:52 PM   #4
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Nice! You can also extend that 17 round magazine with a 10 round extender. Here are some mag' possibilities.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/oi2jplkrvg...83%29.JPG?dl=0

Since I carry my spare mag in a slung pack (Maxpedition Fatboy) the extended mag is no big deal. The guns first mag is a normal 12 round. If I can't handle the problem with 40 rounds something is clearly wrong.

BTW, Taylor Freelance never envisioned that use for their extensions before I did it. But it works fine. Just use the 17 round spring with the extension. Check it over time to see if it takes a set, I haven't tested it long term yet.
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Old May 31st, 2016, 07:48 PM   #5
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The 9C is a great pistol, hands down the best and most versatile pistol I own. But if your pistol is a night stand gun you need to ditch those fiber optic sights and get some Tritium night sights. Yeah they glow pretty during the day, but they're dead at night.
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Old May 31st, 2016, 10:23 PM   #6
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kdweaver,
I do take the gun to the range which is what the fiber optics are for. Believe me with the light and laser the night sights are not needed. Plus in the dark I want to see who I am aiming at. Believe it or not I do not remember the exact number but it is very high. That most of in home (self Defense) shooting are of family members. I would rather be killed my self than accidently shoot a family member.
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Zredwire,
Thanks I do have the 15 round Magazine. I did not care for the looks of the 17 round magazine so I just bought the 15 rounder. I keep that close also.
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If you go tell any firearms instructor that your sights are not needed he's going to tell you you're wrong. A flashlight is a must, but I believe it should be handheld and not attached to the firearm, I don't want to have to muzzle sweep my loved ones to shine a light on them. Lasers are garbage for self defense, they just aren't practical in real situations where your target is moving quickly and your adrenaline is pumping. If your light fails what are you left with? Absolutely nothing. Fiber optics are great for a daytime range toy, but you need night sights if it's a home defense weapon.

Not trying to argue or burst your bubble, just trying to give some constructive criticism. Good luck
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Hey, it's your gun so do what you want, but I want sights that I can see at night just in case everything follows Murphy's Law all at once. Glowing phosphor from radioactivity is what I'd trust.

But set it up however you wish. We're just trying to make it as "bulletproof" as possible for you.

BTW, I have a TLR4-G on my home gun also, but it's only there as a 2nd backup type flashlight/sight. I can point the gun and be within inches of where I intend the impact point to be without using any sights out to about 15 yards. That pretty much covers my home and I would expect any potential encounter to be much closer than that, requiring no sights at all.

If you want a handheld light that is extremely bright and definitely won't break the bank, the Chinese made Convoy C8 type light is quite impressive and I don't impress easily. I've been testing flashlights now for about 8 months. It requires 18650 type rechargeable batteries, but that move should be made anyway for performance alone. They are clearly far superior batteries. The light is less than 6" long and uses only one cell, but I've been testing them for months now and I've never seen any light with the performance of this one for it's size. On high beam it easily reaches out to 100 yards, and does so brightly, while having good spill over light in a wide angle. Indoors it will brightly light a room. I think I got mine for <$20 shipped from T-Mart. I like these lights so much that I have 3 of them. The only downside? There for awhile the base caps where the electronics lives had quality issues. I had to have 2 replaced. They did so without question. The lanyard is also pretty cheesy. But that's easy enough to replace if you really want a lanyard. We use flashlights a great deal in rural Maine and a battery lasts at least 2 weeks and I'm going to not recharge one, as a next test, for 3 weeks. I think they'll be good for a month without recharging even at my high usage rate, and I use the test light quite a few times every day. Just in case they haven't fixed the electronic problem be sure you register with T-Mart so that you can make a complaint and get a new light. It's impossible to do w/o registration. Oh, other convoy lights that they have are even smaller and use the same Cree LED, slightly less bright due to a smaller reflector. They are in our cars and they hold a charge requiring recharging, just because I'm anal about it, more frequently than every month. When I do charge them they always show a charge at the very highest end and only charge for a few minutes typically. If you want more information and some pix, or links, let me know.
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Guy's I have night sights on my carry gun. I have checked them in the dark and with my eye's I have problems picking them up, even brand new ones and good sights. I like the light and laser and if the perpetrator is moving and moving fast try holding that light and or using those tinny night sights to follow them.
I appreciate the constructive criticism but I like the light Laser combo. Could it fail, Yep. Just as a regular flashlight could. At close range you probably will not have time for laser or sights either one.
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True, at close range you won't need either. You might not even be able to extend your arm, but may need to keep the gun near the waist and shielded by the hips. Then the laser might be worth alot, but at that range, again, it's just point and shoot.

It sounds like you're all set then.
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Training trumps all types of sighting devices. I took an instinctive shooting pistol course years ago (I think they call them combat shooting courses these days), and it was the best money that ever spent on a pistol course. I still practice the skills learned.
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I bought this M&P a few months ago. At the time I had a Ruger American Pistol that was full size for my home defense and night stand pistol. I like the Ruger American but did not like it as my night stand pistol for home defense. The American did not have a safety on it, I traded it for this M&P9C because of the 9C safety, for my night stand weapon I want the added feature of the safety so I do not accidently pull the trigger while reaching in the dark on the night stand searching for the gun. Plus if startled while a sleep I want the extra step of releasing the safety. The 9C has a safety like a 1911 which is very easy to actuate and a safety that I am use to. Anyway here are some picture of my blinged out home defense 9C. I really like this pistol for the use I have it for. I carry a Glock 43 some but the most I carry a Glock 26. That relegates the 9C for home defense, the light laser combo works very well and an excellent addition for home defense. The next gun purchase will be a M&P 9 5" slide model or a Ruger American again after they atrt offering the safety option.










Looks good. Another thing you can do us with the safeties if you want. You can remove the one on the right side of the gun (assuming you are right handed) and custom trim the one on the left. You can't really screw up anything because it is replaceable. S&W sent me the plugs for free when I called so it will have a finished look. I love your stippling. It doesn't look that grippy but looks really nice.
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Nice looking bedside pistol for sure
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But you're willing to point your weapon-mounted-light, therefore your firearm, at a family member?
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