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This is a discussion on M&P owners - experienced or inexperienced? within the Polls forums, part of the Smith & Wesson MP Forum category; I voted inexperienced. I bought the M&P as my first gun 2 years ago. Now I believe I have 5 guns. I'm learning more everytime ...

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View Poll Results: Do you consider yourself to be:
experienced with handguns 266 72.68%
relatively new to the handgun world 100 27.32%
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Old September 20th, 2012, 10:17 AM   #46
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I voted inexperienced. I bought the M&P as my first gun 2 years ago. Now I believe I have 5 guns. I'm learning more everytime I go shooting.
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Old October 15th, 2012, 09:43 AM   #47
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I got a deal on it because the Pawn shop sold my Bersa I had reserved when I came to pick it up. This is my first handgun but I'm not really new to shooting. Love my Smith and Wesson and I wish I could shake the guys hand that bought that Bersa.
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Old October 15th, 2012, 10:14 AM   #48
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Been shooting since the middle 50's. Bought my first handgun around 1964.
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Old October 15th, 2012, 12:04 PM   #49
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Shot revolvers way back in the day, the 60's and then got married to a woman that absolutely detested any type of firearm. Took me quite a while to wake up and smell the coffee to realize I was in the wrong relationship. Now, both my wife and I are concealed carry permit holders and both have the 9c. We took the safety classes and then shot a lot of rentals at the range to narrow down what we wanted. Ultimately, we both like the feel of the M&P and were both very comfortable with the compact rather than the FS.

I think I can now say that the family that shoots together stays together.
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Old October 15th, 2012, 08:38 PM   #50
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I got my first handgun in 1967 when I was 13 or so. But, I would say I didn't learn much about shooting a handgun until about 4 years ago after taking training at Sig Academy. After decades of 'shooting', I had my eyes opened and for the first time actually learned what was possible.

So, 40 years of shooting, 4 years of actually learning to shoot.

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Old October 16th, 2012, 11:03 AM   #51
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Voted as a newcomer.

Had shot a lot of other people's guns, but was never all that interested in handguns. That changed about a year go, so I started doing research; got busy for awhile, but in recent months picked up where I left off, took a beginner's class, rented a lot of guns of various calibers and sizes. Eventually narrowed it down to the Glock 19 and the M&P 9c. Had one last 'shoot out' and the M&P won, mainly on ergonomics; purchased it only a few weeks ago. Have put a little over 300 rounds through it so far with no issues, and am enjoying it a lot.
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Old October 16th, 2012, 07:12 PM   #52
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I'm a newcomer to handguns. I grew up with a .22 rifle and a Remington single shot 20ga. My wife and I decided we needed a couple of handguns and she asked me to pick one out for her. After much research lurking on this forum and other places, I decided on the 9mm for her. The gun being ambidextrous and the different size backstraps were the intial selling points, but when I got to shoot a .40 Pro with a 9mm Storm Lake conversion barrel I was sold. The 10 or so rounds I fired went right where I aimed.

About a month later, after researching whether I wanted a .40 or a .45 I went and bought a .40 Pro. The extra rounds and the lower price per round were the factors there. Also, most of the LE guys I talked to carried .40's, that didn't hurt.
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Old October 18th, 2012, 05:18 AM   #53
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New to semi-automatics. I've had a revolver for many, many years, and a rifle for longer than that (I still have my Ithaca single-shot, lever action .22, and one of the first Ruger 10/22 produced -- circa 1964 or 65).
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Old July 12th, 2013, 10:58 PM   #54
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I've been shooting handguns for over 40 years. I might have picked up some knowledge and skills along the way. I have been a reloader and a competitive shooter. The last time I moved, I threw out a room full of trophys, cups, ribbons and plaques. Most I couldn't even remember where I won them. I did hang onto a few memorable ones though.

I still love handguns!!
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Old July 18th, 2013, 10:00 PM   #55
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Not either-or . . . both-and

The problem with polls are that they don't cover all the options. I had a lot of experience 30 years ago - then kids and work and life got in the way - now I'm back. I don't quite feel like a rookie, but I sure do like the new firearms over my old S&W Model 36, Colt Woodsman 22 and the others. (And 30 years later I can afford whatever I want!)
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Old July 19th, 2013, 06:46 PM   #56
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I'm a reclaimed newb to pistols. Grew up shooting shotguns, 22 rifles and a high standard 22 pistol (stolen by loser step brother). Got out of guns for about 20 years, then started hunting again. Wanted to get a pistol, ran the normal questions with friends who shot. Had shot glocks with a friend many times and thought I would get a 19. Wanted to get something the wife would shoot also. We rented a 19, 9c, and xdm9. I liked the 19 and 9c. I did not like xdm9. The 9c fit the wife's hand best so that is what I got. I am very happy with the decision and have no regrets. I've had it for about a year and only been able to shoot about 500 rounds. Haven't shot much in the past 6 months because its so hard to find ammo and want to keep what I have on hand. I have been able to pick up some ammo, so going to have to shoot very soon. Saving for an AR and some upgrades to the 9c right now or I would have bought a M&P 40 by now.
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Old July 20th, 2013, 03:39 PM   #57
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Old fart here. Started shooting PPC in 1977 iirc, got out of the infantry in 1982 & started shooting ipsc in 1988 or so. Carried primarily 1911's & .357 revolvers for over two decades, until switching to 9mm glocks in 1999. Respected & admired the functionality of the glock platform; to me it's the AK-47 of handguns, which is both its strength and its weakness. Like the ak, it's phenomenally functional while managing to be stunningly non-ergonomic.

Never was a fan of Smith autos in the past. For decades I was pretty monogamous with 1911's (mostly Colt & Detonics) for autos, and Smith J and L frames for revolvers, until the switch to glocks at least. Just never found a smith auto that I could either like or in many cases, trust. The M&P reminded me too much of the Sigma series for me to take it seriously for quite a while, but when I realized they were completely different and finally gave one a try, I was instantly sold. That was just last year; now have three of them (two 9FS and one 9C) and assuming they keep behaving as well as they have, I have no intention of going back to glock or 1911 either one.

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