I purchased my M&P 9 (MPHxxxx) last week and had not had an opportunity to take it to the range until today.
I've always been a devout Glock guy. I have owned a Glock 17, and I currently own the "dreaded" Glock 22 and the Glock 26 sub.
I was impressed with the M&P. I think it is a great addition to the polymer family and I'm proud to have one in my collection. I can honestly say that I feel it will shoot better than I am capable of. I put 100 rounds through it at lunch, so it's had close to 120 through it total. I have not had the first "burp" out of it so far, which is what I had expected.
I was shooting at 10 yards and began immediately pulling them down and to the right. This was definitely due to shooter error, as I began grouping fairly decently after the first magazine.
I was using cheap practice ammo (Winchester White Box), but the gun has a lot of potential. Hopefully my shooting will improve enough to really put this gun to the accuracy test.
Overall, I'm pleased with the M&P. I think it is fantastic piece. It is easy to field strip and clean. It has a crisp trigger. The cocking serrations are fantastic. The interchangeable palm swells are a bonus!
The only disadvantage I have found so far with this weapon is the slide release. I have had many experiences with tight slide releases before, but this one takes the cake. I finally resorted to pulling back on the slide to let it go into battery. I've never had this problem with Glock or any of the 1911's I have owned and shot. I am hoping this problem will go away as the weapon is broken in.
Kudos to S&W for producing such a fantastic weapon. I expect this weapon will earn its share of the polymer market.