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Old February 25th, 2017, 06:32 PM   #1
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Talking [Review]: New FS M&P9, new M&P owner

The TL;dr on this one is simple: I absolutely love this gun.

Talk about money well spent. Mid last year, I had a chance to fire a rental at a local range once, and I fell in love with the sick ergonomics. So after a very long wait and a not-so-small amount of money spent, I finally found an in-California M&P9 and was able to buy it a few weeks ago. Brand new! I got so lucky.

I couldn't wait to take it to the range once I finally got all my mags, cleaned it, etc. On February 4th, 2017, I made my first trip to the range with my brand new FS M&P9.

The perfect grip isn't marketing wordsmithing, that 11-degree angle IS perfect. It just feels so solid, and not at all "plasticy" like many polymers (including their SD-series of entry level semiautos). I've fired actual steel and alloy-framed guns and this felt no different. The extended beaver tail worked like magic. The recoil management can be described as nothing else but "epic."

I've read complaints about the M&P1.0 trigger and get the Apex but it's perfect IMO. Not too light (like the Glock) and not too heavy (like a stock SD). It just Feels good to pull that trigger. The reset was not the easiest thing in the world to feel or hear, BUT it was super easy to intuit. After a while, the gun and I just "became one." What my body wanted to do and how it wanted to perform just melded and instead of thinking about how to shoot, I just fired shots on target. Eventually, I "just knew" how and where to reset the trigger the same way I know how to snap my fingers.

This is an easy gun to shoot so long as your fundamentals are sound. Counter balanced grip, sights aligned, don't over squeeze and then just a steady smooth pull on the trigger landed shots on target EVERY time. This gun's accuracy is so good, you can't believe it, and it just makes you want to shoot it more! Even the stock sights look good!

It will shoot factory reloads just fine but I fed it my coveted supply of factory Remington UMC 115gr. FMJs with it's "Klean Burn" propellant to start with... Soft shooting, 1% muzzle flash. Just an absolute joy and pleasure to shoot with. A kind range mate was polite enough to lend my wife and I some of his Federal American Eagles when we ran out and it shot those 147gr. loads brilliantly also.

I keep praying some day life in California will improve, and S&W will be able to sell their M&P2.0s here because if these first generation M&P9s are THIS good, I won't be able to contain my excitement given all the advancements they've made on the trigger system. I hated the experience of installing an Apex trigger on my SD and the stock trigger on this gun is good enough so I won't be doing that again. But a Stock gun from Smith & Wesson that claims to have a more crisp break and a clear, distinct reset would be a dream.

What a fine gun. Highly recommended by me.
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Old February 26th, 2017, 03:10 PM   #2
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Congratulations on the new M&P 9. I like mine too. I like mine enough that just one wasn't good enough
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Old February 26th, 2017, 04:02 PM   #3
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Thanks for the review!
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Old February 26th, 2017, 07:34 PM   #4
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Life in CA improve? How long do you expect to live? I lived in a state not all that far removed from CA as far as being anti-gun (30 years ago). I moved. Life is too short to put up with inmates running the asylum.

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