First post here, but I have been lurking and hopefully learning. Today is a great day to register here and introduce myself because I purchased a new M&P full size 9MM today. It’s a self / home defense gun, bought from grabagun.com for $470 and change. My FFL charges $10, so my total cost is $480. They shipped it today so, so far I am pleased with them. I’m a civilian but was Army Reserve uh ... well ... 23 years ago. I have been shooting a few times this year and was totally sold on a Glock 19, until I had it and an M&P 9 at a range this summer. The M&P just fits my hand better and had less muzzle flip. The Glock just “felt weird” to me. Enough about that, the next step for me is to pursue self / home defense training and possibly CCL. I may get another one for my wife. I am so proud of her, I took her shooting at the local range and rented the M&P9. After giving her a rundown on how to hold and fire, I gave her a mag with a single round in it. She shot it and kinda sorta yelped “there’s fire coming out of it!” and was a tad freaked out. Well I reassured her it was ok. I then shot a few mags full and she gently asked me if she could shoot more. She ended up shooting 50-75 rounds and now she wants to go back to the range (heh heh … mission accomplished). I am considering getting a Blackhawk Serpa level 2 "paddle" holster, but will now head to the accessories forum for advice. Merry Christmas all!