Hello All, I have been involved in the shooting sports hobby for about 15 years or so, I have bought, sold and traded many a gun. I had, and still have, a great fondness for the 1911's, I own a few 1911's, 2 SA XD's, Of course a few S&W revolvers, they will always be here, But I accidently obtained a M&P 9C in a trade, I was impressed, now I have to get more of these guns. I just looked at a few M&P 45's and all I can say is, "I have to go get one." I read most of the posts on here about the 45's, I also read the GunBlast review, and I have much more faith in GunBlast than any magazine, as GunBlast does not recieve advertising dollars from S&W. I have seen the talk about poor quailty finish on the M&P 45's extractor & slide, it's not a big deal as far as the metal itself is not defective, it's a steel part with a less than perfect finish, which is OK with me as long as it functions as it was intended to. I figure if the slide and metal components are not finished very well I can send it to Robar or Tipps and make it look pretty. No range around has one for rent, as all 2 of the ranges here in SW FL suck anyway, to rent one, but I can't imagine it is much differnet than the other full size M&P's. So I guess the other gun I got from the dealer that wanted my S&W 586 bad enough to give me a NIB SA XD 45 Tactical is going on GunBroker tonight, and A new M&P 45 will be taking it's place. Just looking for opinions from M&P 45 owners on the gun, and thumb safety, likes, dislikes ect... Happy shooting All.