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Hi everyone, I am new to MP-Pistol and for that matter, new to handguns as well. I've been doing some research and a lot of window shopping, and I think I've decided on the M&P 9mm, just not sure if I want the compact or full size. Can you all help me make that decision? Also, how much should I be paying for them, and where would I get a good deal? Ok, last question: if I buy online, (gunbroker) for example, can I still get the $50 rebate and 2 free mags? Thanks a lot in advance.

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Online at Bud's guns for 463.00. Yes, you still get the 50 and the mags, go to S&W's website to get the form.
 

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What will you be using it for? Have already shot both or at least held both?
 

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If buying online I say buds it is a new gun and you get an actual store receipt which will get your rebate. If you are new I highly suggest a full size it In my eyes the full size will fit you a lot better seeing as you are still new. You cannot go wrong with either but it will be an easier transition with the full size IMHO...
 

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dont bother with the compact, unless...



A) you are a freakishly tiny person. if you have the hands of a 5 year old child.

B) this is intended as a ccw peice.



i have the .40 full size AND compact. they are both good guns, by all means. but when i go to the range, I only bring my full size. it's much better for that purpose. if i'm shooting for points, i find this one more accurate... i shoot better with it.



however, when i carry... i find full size a little uncomfortable for my personal taste, so i carry the compact. this IS accurate for a compact... but then again, I'm not trying to shoot for an "X" the size of a quarter. I'd be shooting for center mass and the destruction of human meat.



so pick... comfortable carry or fine tuned target shooting.
 

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f-bomb said:
so pick... comfortable carry or fine tuned target shooting.


I would agree with this, although, I do not have the compact. I do have the full size in 9mm and I don't have any problems carrying mine, holstered inside the waistband.



I like knowing that the protection I carry for CCW is the same gun I practice with at the range.
 

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micah said:
I like knowing that the protection I carry for CCW is the same gun I practice with at the range.


+1



I carry my full size M&P9 without trouble in an IWB holster. However, the suitability of a particular pistol for a particular mode of carry is so dependent on body size, shape, belt, holster, experience, clothing, environment ... it's really hard to tell someone else whether a full-size M&P will work or not.
 

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ToddG said:
[quote name='micah']

I like knowing that the protection I carry for CCW is the same gun I practice with at the range.


+1



I carry my full size M&P9 without trouble in an IWB holster. However, the suitability of a particular pistol for a particular mode of carry is so dependent on body size, shape, belt, holster, experience, clothing, environment ... it's really hard to tell someone else whether a full-size M&P will work or not.[/quote]



i fully agree with both of you...



i would RATHER carry my full size... but have a touch of discomfort in doing so. We dont know that the poster couldnt carry it comfortably.



but just as generic, impersonal advice... I'd say the compact is a bit easier to carry at least.



anyhow, 100%, if you CAN handle carrying the full size... go that way.
 

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I would also add, how much are you going to carry? Also where are you from? Why i ask these two questions? Because if you are going to carry everyday, I would buy a compact. Even know you can carry a full size, if you main purpose is a daily ccw weapon a compact would be better for that. And the reason I ask where you are from is, it is harder to ccw in summer clothes that it is jeans and sweatshirt. Just my 2 cents, I would also look at other companies. The sig 229 and glock compacts are not as big as the full size m&p, but not as small as the compacts. Also for a glock 19 you will have a lot more ccw holster options.
 

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At your experience level, I would highly recommend you get the full size, save the compacts for when you have more experience.















And by the way.....

 

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Wow, thanks a lot for all the quick replies. Well let's see, I'm a student and live in a some what safe neighborhood (Gainesville, FL). I can't have any weapons on campus, and probably won't carry on a regular basis. So, from what you all have said the full size seems like the way to go. I'm gonna wait and contemplate it for a little while to make sure I make the best choice. Am I right in saying that most people would suggest buying from buds online? Again, thanks a lot to everyone, you all are great.
 

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buds seems like they have good prices... ive never ordered from them though.



but, hell... with those prices, get me one too.
 

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Bud's has been great for me - I've ordered two guns through them. If you have any questions or concerns, call Gurney - helluva nice guy.
 

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Bud's has been great for me - I've ordered two guns through them. If you have any questions or concerns, call Gurney - helluva nice guy.


Gurney is a great guy and knows his stuff when it comes to firearms....I have personally purchased my last 5 handguns from him directly....the only guy around that I would go to
 

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I just got mine from Shooters in Jacksonville,FL. Not too bad a drive for you and it was 419.99. Mine was 440 shipped.
 
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