M&P 9c or M&P 9fs to go with M&P 9 Shield?

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Old June 4th, 2012, 09:01 PM   #1
 
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I'm going to own a Shield in 9mm. This is set in stone. I'm also going to own another M&P in 9mm, but can't make up my mind between the 9c and 9fs.



I'm more a fan of "mid-size" guns than I am full size. For example, I greatly prefer the G19 to the G17. My natural tendency is to lean toward the 9c as it is a better CCW backup (I always consider CCW the most difficult task asked of a handgun) than the fs. However, I know the 9fs is just a wee bit smaller than a G17 and I'm sure it would make an outstanding home defense/range gun and would be more of a different gun from the Shield than the 9c would. Given that I shoot the 9c and 9fs equally well, what are your opinions on the best M&P combo?



In all honesty, if S&W made a M&P sized between the compact and full size (like a G19 or PPQ), I'd be all over it.
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Not enough difference in size between the 9c and the Shield. I'd definitely get a 9FS. I plan on swapping my 9C down the road for a Shield.



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I'm going to own a Shield in 9mm. This is set in stone. I'm also going to own another M&P in 9mm, but can't make up my mind between the 9c and 9fs.



I'm more a fan of "mid-size" guns than I am full size. For example, I greatly prefer the G19 to the G17. My natural tendency is to lean toward the 9c as it is a better CCW backup (I always consider CCW the most difficult task asked of a handgun) than the fs. However, I know the 9fs is just a wee bit smaller than a G17 and I'm sure it would make an outstanding home defense/range gun and would be more of a different gun from the Shield than the 9c would. Given that I shoot the 9c and 9fs equally well, what are your opinions on the best M&P combo?



In all honesty, if S&W made a M&P sized between the compact and full size (like a G19 or PPQ), I'd be all over it.




It seems like the big difference between the FS and the C is the barrel length, as you can get to FS capacity with the regular sized mag and and XGrip. So if you ever think you might need the smaller size of the C vs. the FS, then go with the C as it will likely shoot just as well at the distance you're talking about....if you think the slightly longer barrel and sight radius is more important, go with the FS.
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I'd go with the FS. But, you know you will end up with all three down the road.
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I'd go with the FS. But, you know you will end up with all three down the road.




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I'll probably end up with all three, and 5" Pro, too.
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I'll probably end up with all three, and 5" Pro, too.


The FS 9L is part of the family and you can't forget the M&P 22 cousin for cheap plinking. It's never ending...
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The M&P 22 is near the top of my list!
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The M&P 22 is near the top of my list!


Don't expect a tack driver (M&P 22) like the FS and c's in center fire. It's fun to shoot, cheap to shoot and keeps getting better the more I shoot it.
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Don't expect a tack driver (M&P 22) like the FS and c's in center fire. It's fun to shoot, cheap to shoot and keeps getting better the more I shoot it.
I'm not. Just looking for a lot of trigger time and fun and something to eff around with in the woods. All in a superbly ergonomic package.
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The shield is a back up gun,to a fs 9mm or even a 9c.I wouldn't waste my time with the shield but get a fs 9 and a 9 c for back up.Better yet get a full size 45 and a 45c for back up.I prefer full size pistols over sub compact pistols for ccw.The shields only advantage over a 9c is its a little smaller and lighter The 9c wins in all other ways.I actually find all this uproar about the shield pretty funny.As always these are just my own opinions and I stayed in a Holiday Inn Express last night.
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I wouldn't waste my time with the shield...
LOL, whatever you say pal. My M&P40 Shield sure conceals nicely, I will no longer switch to a .380 ACP for summer carry.
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The shield is a back up gun,to a fs 9mm or even a 9c.I wouldn't waste my time with the shield but get a fs 9 and a 9 c for back up.Better yet get a full size 45 and a 45c for back up.I prefer full size pistols over sub compact pistols for ccw.The shields only advantage over a 9c is its a little smaller and lighter The 9c wins in all other ways.I actually find all this uproar about the shield pretty funny.As always these are just my own opinions and I stayed in a Holiday Inn Express last night.
My favorite M&P is actually the 9c. Love how it feels and it likes me back. I like the FS a lot, too, and really fell in love with a 5" Pro model. However, I made the "mistake" of trying the Shield in a IWB holster and it was just so much more comfortable and concealable that I had to try it out. After shooting it about as well as anything I've ever shot, I knew I had to have one. It is a sweet CCW that can be carried easier than any other M&P.



I think if I really did what my heart wants, I'd EDC a Shield 9 and carry the 9c whenever the situation allows. I'd have a .45 FS for HD backed up by the 9c and a 5" 9 Pro for the range. At thus point, though, I'm sticking with 9mm models to make it more practical for all the practice, training and lessons I'll do. I will have a .45 eventually because I want one and think every American should own one.
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For actual carry and back up, I'd go FS with the c for back up. Just because the FS mags will fit the c if the FS would fail (for some unknown reason).



It would be easier than down loading a double stack mag into a "single stack" mag if you are in a rush. Or carry all three and use the Shield as a surprise.
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Ive got all 3 plus a pre-27 (from 1952), 357.

Im looking for another Shield. Might get the 40 this time. but I will have another.
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I'd go with the FS. But, you know you will end up with all three down the road.
That would be me. Compact 9 was first. Second was a FS, got a deal I couldn't refuse. Picked up a Shield about three weeks ago. Like them all, have no plans on getting rid of any, but if I could only have one, it would be the 9c. Very concealable with the short mag, but accepts FS mags with a grip adapter for more capacity. A little bulky for summer carry, but like I said, if I could only have one.....
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Not enough difference in size between the 9c and the Shield. I'd definitely get a 9FS. I plan on swapping my 9C down the road for a Shield.
I think there is a pretty nice difference. The M&P Compact holds more ammo and feels a bit better in the hand; the Shield tucks into IWB like butter.

I recommend buying both, like I did - and this is from an XDM fan!
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I find the comments about "summer carry" so interesting. I live in Florida so its summer carry all year round! I switched from carrying a compact to basically a full size. I think it depends on the person though, I'm a big guy so it's easier for me to carry big guns I guess, but once I tried it, I liked it. I have the xgrip + FS mag for the 9c, so I can switch between compact and FS mag quick. I have an extended barrel too, but that's up in the air right now.

Do you guys switch to a "summer carry" because its easier for you to conceal bigger guns with the clothing, or is it a heat and sweat type thing ?
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You want to carry an m&p9 fullsize and a 9c as backup? In plain clothes? Where and how do you plan to carry these pistols?
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