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Old April 5th, 2017, 07:09 PM   #1
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March 27th I purchased my first handgun. I already owned a rifle. A Savage 30.06 that I use for deer hunting.

Only handguns I had previously ever fired were just at the virtual range at Gander.

I talked to my friend in the motorcycle club who works at Gander Mountain Academy, is a NRA Instructor, and a M&P Certified Armorer and it came down to either a M&P9 M2.0 with thumb safety or a M&P 9 Sheild with safety even tough he prefers non safety. I decided on the M&P9 M2.0 with thumb safety.

My friend showed me how to field strip and clean the gun when I went to his house to also help him with his Garmin.

Tonight I went to Gander for a lesson with my friend. He was correcting me a few times on uncross your thumbs. Through the course of shooting we discovered the sight were off from the factory. He shot a few rounds to verify and then he used a rod to verify. He did not have his tools with him so we will fix the sights on Saturday.

Even with the sights off I was shooting well enough that I would have qualified the shooting portion of a CCW class.

Even with the sights off I had good consistent grouping putting nice big holes in the paper and the not hitting dead on target is a mechanical problem we will fix.

Tonight we also changed grip to the small as we were leaving.

I purchased two additional magazines and an Alien Gear OWB holster since I could get get a simple answer out of Alien Gear if it would fit a IWB with the thumb safety. (If any one knows please speak up)

I also purchased a Liberty HDX 250 safe, hearing protection, Blackhawk range bag, 3,000 rounds of range ammo, 150 rounds of Hornady Critical Defense. My bifocal glasses count as my eye protection.

Latter this month I am taking intro to dynamic defensive handgun and first week of May a CCW class.
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Old April 5th, 2017, 07:21 PM   #2
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The thumb safety on the M&P is so low profile I can't see and problems with that holster at all.

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Old April 5th, 2017, 07:35 PM   #3
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The thumb safety on the M&P is so low profile I can't see and problems with that holster at all.

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Thanks. I guess I can give it a try at least since they have their 30 days on it. Just have to figure out how to get that past the wife She was not impressed when FedEx dropped off 60 lbs of lead today.
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Good move on the classes! Welcome to the forum!
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Welcome aboard!

I think you made a good purchase, I have the M2.0 4.25 barrel, no safety model and love it. It sounds like you went "all in" to the shooting sport with your purchases. I think you made a wise choice in going with the M2.0 over the Shield. Full size pistols are generally easier for the first time shooter to shoot. As for the safety, don't let the "the only safety you need is between your ears gang" (that I'm sure will be along any moment now) dampen your spirits, you can train yourself to operate so it will become second nature to flick it off in your draw stroke, shooters have been using them for over a century on the Colt 1911.

Again WELCOME and enjoy your new sport!
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Don't sweat havng the safety. Live with it for a while and see if you like it. If not, they are easy enough to remove. Personally, I added one to my M&P since I'm used to using a safety on a 1911 and feel better about having one. But different strokes.....
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Good on you for signing up for some real training!

Too many don't ever do that; and target shooting at the range isn't training, it's target practice. Big difference.
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Good on you for signing up for some real training!

Too many don't ever do that; and target shooting at the range isn't training, it's target practice. Big difference.
Exactly ^^^^^^^ .....!!!!
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I am used to training. Especially with the motorcycle. Even though I have been riding for countless years I still take an Experienced Riders course almost every year along with recertification for medic first aid classes every two years.

Taking the intro to dynamic defensive course was my friends suggestion since he knows I primarily purchased the handgun for home defense.
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I am used to training. Especially with the motorcycle. Even though I have been riding for countless years I still take an Experienced Riders course almost every year along with recertification for medic first aid classes every two years.

Taking the intro to dynamic defensive course was my friends suggestion since he knows I primarily purchased the handgun for home defense.
Plus you can usually get a nice discount on your insurance when you have a current ERC.
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I think you made a great choice. I don't have the 2.0 but, after buying a M&P9 to train my daughter, I 4was so impressed that I now have a Shield 9 and a M&P 45 to go with it. Enjoy.

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Here is a picture of the results of the second time shooting.

I am shooting a little bit low as can be seen on the 1 and 2 target.

My arms were also a bit tired after the 150 rounds in 1 hour.

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