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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'm just curious about the typical M&P owner. I see a lot of posts about the M&P being the first handgun for many of the ...


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Old March 6th, 2008, 11:12 AM   #1
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M&P owners - experienced or inexperienced?

I'm just curious about the typical M&P owner. I see a lot of posts about the M&P being the first handgun for many of the members here. I'm sure the free bag, free mags, and rebate has something to do with it.



So what about you? Was the M&P your first handgun? Do you consider yourself a newb or are you more experienced?
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Old March 6th, 2008, 11:25 AM   #2
 
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I'm one of those newbies.



The rebate and mags were a factor, but a small one. They were a factor in buying when I did more than a factor in what I bought.



For me the primary drivers were, in no particular order:



1) Ergonomics (I've got small hands and the interchangeable grips really appealed to me).

2) Relatively low profile/low bore axis.

3) Safe-action design

4) S&W reputation

5) Aesthetics...some autos are just ugly. The M&P isn't.

6) Value for the money. I *can* afford a much more expensive gun like a SIG, but I'd rather spend the money getting another gun.

7) Really good reviews.
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Old March 6th, 2008, 11:58 AM   #3
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My first handgun was purchased in the early 60's. First firearm in mid 50's.



I think I qualify as more experienced



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Old March 6th, 2008, 12:23 PM   #4
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I'm kinda torn, but I voted experienced. Years ago before I got married a group of us at work use to shoot revolvers. I had several .38's,& 357's and have shot alot of the friends 44's. Then a few years back I got a good deal on my 9mm but really didn't shoot much. Now I live withing a 1/4 mile of a range that I am a member of so I'm back to shooting. With all that being said My MP40 is really my 1st semi that I'm shooting alot, and I'm not shy to say that I learning alot about it & the semi. The feel & rebate played a big part on the purchase due to the fact that I was looking to buy the FNP40. That gun felt good too and I didn't find alot of bad reviews on the internet abot them. If my local dealer had not asked if I heard about the rebate that S&W was giving I would have never held the MP! Boy I'm glade he did!
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Old March 6th, 2008, 12:50 PM   #5
 
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I'm a complete newb. I had wanted to get a pistol and learn to shoot for quite a while. I had done a ton of research online and in magazines and stuff. I was all set to go to the store and pick out the one I thought I wanted and then when I started handling the ones in the store i changed my mine 10 times. then the guy handed me an m&p 40 and said this one you're really gonna like. it was over right there. I filled out the paperwork and put a down payment on the 9mm version (gotta love layaway). With the next paycheck I payed it off and picked it up after the longest 3 day wait of my life. I only have 370 rounds through it. 100 during my pistol safety class and 270 the next range trip and it has been flawless. I didn't realize shooting would be so easy. I have a feeling I'm spoiled with the ease of the M&P. I've never shot anything else except rifles and my speargun. here fishy fishy....thud.
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Old March 6th, 2008, 02:22 PM   #6
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I've been shooting pistols competitively since the late 1960's, I've shot Bullseye Pistol rated as an Expert, later I shot PPC for a number of years, shooting in the Master Class. My eyes aren't as good as they used to be, I just can't see the sights clearly enough to shoot as a serious competitor, I'm currently shooting Cowboy Action, it's not quite so competitive and is more in the fun category.
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Old March 6th, 2008, 02:25 PM   #7
 
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I purchased my first pistol back in the late 70's. I've been using them as secondaries ever since.
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Old March 6th, 2008, 02:35 PM   #8
 
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I have been shooting since 6 years old, that was a Sears .410 pump shotgun. At 18, my first handgun was given to me by my father, a Beretta model 84, .380 cal. That was 28 years ago. I carried it in the gun shop/gunsmithing business that he owned, when I was working there. I went from that to a S&W model 66, stainless .357. I ended up carrying a Glock model 19 for a number of years before I got my M&P 9mm full size. I handled for the first time in a Bass Pro shop, and I knew within about 10 seconds that I had to have one. Something told me that I would really like shooting it, and that my accuracy would improve. I was right, and it is my everyday carry.
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Old March 6th, 2008, 02:51 PM   #9
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I was relatively new to handguns when I bought mine. My Sigma 40 was my first one, which I had a couple of months before I decided to buy an M&P. That was fall of '06, and I haven't looked back. I'd had a 22 rifle before that, though.
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Old March 6th, 2008, 03:58 PM   #10
 
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Like some others I have shot handguns in the past, Colt Gold Cup, S&W 29, Dan Wesson 357 and etc. but haven't done so in 20 years. I joined a range and rented several guns including Glocks, S&W M&P 45, and Sig 226. I really liked the Sig but the cost was too much. The Glocks I could not hit the side of a barn with. The Smith 45 fit very well in my hand. I was looking for a 9mm for reduced ammo cost. The Smith with the rebate and the way it fit my hand I was sold.
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I'm a neebie. I have been looking at getting a pistol ever since I can remember. On my 21st birthday (which was just last May) I went to a gun shop with an indoor range and fired the M&P40, the XD 45, and a Glock 19. I was sold on the XD until that point. About a year before my 21st I really started looking at them and I really didn't like the Glocks, so I was really liking the XD's. One of the salesmen had put an M&P in my hands and had shown it to me, and I knew at that point it was between the XD and M&P. I decided on the M&P 40. I don't think there was any rebates, bags, or mag offers at that time, or at least they never told me about it. A month after I bought mine I saw a mag rebate, but didn't see one when I bought mine.
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Old March 6th, 2008, 05:23 PM   #12
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I started shooting at about 8 yrs old with my pops and continued to do so off and on until i left for college. I got a Ruger blackhawk for my 18th birthday, which was MY first handgun, followed by a model 15 S&W, and then last year the M&P. I voted as a newb b/c i don't shoot nearly as often as i'd like and i'm still struggling in the marksmanship dept. ops:

Anyway, that's my story and i'm sticking to it.
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Im new to centerfire pistols the only other pistol i have is a buckmark 22. the mags and check is nice but mainly i bought the M&P from searching this and other forums reading reviews and such for about two months before i went to the range and rented one. Then i fell in love with how well it fit in my hands and how acurate it was even with my lack of experience.



Mainly in the summer i shoot trap and sporting clays. but its to damn cold to shoot in the winter. So i wanted somthing i could shoot indoors when its to cold out. plus im on the road alot so maybe once or twice a week i stop at ranges on my lunch break to shoot. shooting fills me up much better.I hope somtime to try out either idpa or uspsa.
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6) Value for the money. I *can* afford a much more expensive gun like a SIG, but I'd rather spend the money getting another gun.


... or ammo and training to learn how to use the one you've got as well as you can.
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Old March 6th, 2008, 09:26 PM   #15
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So Todd, how did you vote? Just curious. 8)
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