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Hi, this is my first post, and I'm considering an M&P 9 if I can get a couple of things cleared up. I have been watching this gun ever since it came out, and keep expecting it to take off like the proverbial house afire with LE due the combination of price, features, and S&Ws excellent treatment of LE customers.

1. Couple of questions: I nearly bought the XD, but the trigger reset is way beyond what I can easily adapt to. Is the factory M&P reset much better, or will I probably want some work done to improve it?

2. Right side slide stop-I don't "slingshot." The gun is for me, a lefty, and a young lefty student without much strength in his hands yet. Is the new larger slide stop on the right side also? Or will I be forced to "slingshot" slide closure? I don't do the slingshot thing as I have too many years of using my trigger finger to release the slide, and if I slingshot a S&W auto I have had the de-cocker down fail to fire. I can go through a half mag of TRB drills before I realize what I've done...

3. The bore axis is closer to a Glock 17 than an XD, right ?(another reason I didn't buy the XD).

4. I know the mags for the M&P and 5900 series won't interchange. How about mag pouches-close enough that my Kytacs will fit?

5. Is the slide slimmer than the slide on a Glock 17? Sure looks a lot trimmer. I haven't held one side by side-just thought of this.

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Hi, this is my first post, and I'm considering an M&P 9 if I can get a couple of things cleared up. I have been watching this gun ever since it came out, and keep expecting it to take off like the proverbial house afire with LE due the combination of price, features, and S&Ws excellent treatment of LE customers.

1. Couple of questions: I nearly bought the XD, but the trigger reset is way beyond what I can easily adapt to. Is the factory M&P reset much better, or will I probably want some work done to improve it?

2. Right side slide stop-I don't "slingshot." The gun is for me, a lefty, and a young lefty student without much strength in his hands yet. Is the new larger slide stop on the right side also? Or will I be forced to "slingshot" slide closure? I don't do the slingshot thing as I have too many years of using my trigger finger to release the slide, and if I slingshot a S&W auto I have had the de-cocker down fail to fire. I can go through a half mag of TRB drills before I realize what I've done...

3. The bore axis is closer to a Glock 17 than an XD, right ?(another reason I didn't buy the XD).

4. I know the mags for the M&P and 5900 series won't interchange. How about mag pouches-close enough that my Kytacs will fit?

5. Is the slide slimmer than the slide on a Glock 17? Sure looks a lot trimmer. I haven't held one side by side-just thought of this.

Thanks!


1 - The reset seems to be right at about 1/8"......or so. Some folks have expressed a desire to further "refine" that, but for me, it beats the snot outta the XD's reset....I really like it as is, out of the box.



2 - The new slide "release" is ambi...no worries. I don't know for sure whether or not it is default out of the factory though.



3 - I agree.



4 - Don't know.



5 - I think you're probably correct...I don't own a Glock, but have shot my fair share of them. From what I can recall, the slide seems equal or just a tad slimmer.
 

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1) better than a stock XD, but nowhere a near an XD with a good trigger job.



2) The extended slide stop is on both the right and left. BAd news for lefties is that the left side stop is not as long as the left side stop (the one's righties use), and the catch is on the opposite side. It's still a bit of a lady to release with your left hand. Still easier than the stock release is for a rightie though... by a good margin.



3)significantly closer to a glock 17. I'd argue damn near identical.



4) The M&P mags are a bit bulkier than most. It a glock mag will fit, so will they. Mag pouches made for narrower mags like CZ/witness/baby eagle mags wont fit them. Dunno where the 5900 fits in there.



5)the widest part of the slide is dimensionally very close to the glock. however, unlike the glock, the slide has more rounded edges, and indentations. So it's sort of slimmer. They are dimensionally very similar to the 17/22. The M&P is slightly longer due to the beavertail.
 

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M&P-9 mag are very close the Beretta-92/96 mags.



I use the HKS mag loader designed for the Beretta - #941.

For what its worth, the loader also does S&W 915, 946, 59xx and 69xx series mags.
 

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oops...

Kept reading here till I slipped and fell off the fence. Ordered the 9mm. It will be here as fast as Davidson's ships to my local handler. Darn, more holster shopping....
 

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I can reccomend a crossbreed for comfortable IWB, and a blade tech OWB if you can take the wait.
 

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I've tried a couple of IWB, and am not the most comfortable with it. I think I need more pant and less waist. If I try IWB again, I'll do the Cross-Breed, though. I bought BTs for two guns, but you are right about a wait...and getting a LEFT-handed holster from them required too much time and work. I have Comp-Tac for other guns-excellent product delivered quickly. Probably down to a Comp-Tac based on past experience or I may try Talon Tactical guy's stuff since he hangs on this forum.
 
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