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For those who have purchased the M&P compact and have used the pistol to the point of break in, how reliable has the pistol been? Was there a learning curve for Smith, which they have now resolved?



Regarding shootability, what type of feel does the pistol give you when firing? I find the XD-9 sc to be top heavy, flippy, and I tend to shoot to the left. How does that experience compare with the M&P 9 compact?



I own a M&P 9 service. I have found the pistol very reliable after the initial break in period. There was one trip back to Smith to smooth out some of the grinding in the trigger and since then it has been a pleasure to shoot. Is the M&P 9 compact like this?
 

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I purchased the M&Pc9 in February and have since cycled about 500 rounds through it. Ammo types have been a mix of UMC and Golden Saber. I haven't mixed it up since is a defensive weapon, I don't care if it can eat all types of ammo including handloads.



I can honestly say I have not had a single failure of any type in over 500 rounds. I have not had a failure to feed or fire or any problems whatsoever.



The size of the grip is nice with recoil and the high hand hold (relatively speaking) helps, too. I would not call recoil "snappy" but this isn't a .22. Muzzle flip is slight and I am able to watch the front sight throughout cycle. (Whereas I can't on a .38 snub).



The trigger is a little strange to me since I have previously been a manual safety kinda guy. Trigger pull in mine has been reasonably smooth and I believe it has improved since I started the break in period. My groups have certainly improved and I would like to attribute that to the gun (since I'm still the same lousy shot I was).



I suspect there will be dissenters, but I can honestly say I have been nothing but pleased with the M&Pc9. I picked up a PM9 for my daily CCW but spend most of my range time with the c9. (the PM9 is a more "carry a lot, shoot a little.")



I'd be interested in other responses as well.

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I have the M&P9 and the M&P9c. The M&P9 is for me the most comfortable range gun I own and I can shoot it for several hundred rounds at a time. I shot the M&P9 1000 rounds the first time out and the M&P9c 600 rounds it's first time. Both guns have been completely reliable with no failures of any kind. The compact has much the same feel but you have to keep in mind it is a compact and will not feel as comfortable as it's big brother (i.e. shorter back strap cuts down a little on stability).

I had an XD9-SC and had the same problems, excessive muzzle flip and I shot low left with it. I think the slightly longer barrel of the M&Pc aids me with better accuracy and the M&Pc has much the same ability to reacquire the target after each round making double taps a breeze. I like the M&P triggers a lot. Too me they are very light and crisp, but I work with my hands and all my hobbies have to do with working with my hands so I can crush a goats head in my palm so I might not be the best judge of trigger pull. :mrgreen: IMHO all things considered it is more gun for the money than the XD or a compact Glock, the only thing missing is a sleeve adapter for the service model mags, even though I don't think it is necessary.
 

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The bigger quetion is, how does he KNOW he can crush a goats head?!?! eww.



But back on topic. I have a M&P 9c and it has been totally reliable so far. Recoil is light and it is a blast to shoot.
 
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