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BarryNiven 08-15-2011 01:36 PM

New Shooter
I got interested in shooting, so took a local two part class on the basics that started in the classroom and ended on the range. In between I stopped by the gun shop to get a gun. I ended up with a S&W MP9; in part because one of the backstraps made the gun feel fantastic in my hand; in part because the salesman strongly endorsed it even over more expensive items. (Which maybe means he really like it, or maybe means that he got more commission on a cheaper item.)

I'm a horrible shot, but the gun seems fine. :) No jams, recoil seems totally benign. The trigger reset had an odd two stage feel at first, but seems to have smoothed out in the first 200 rounds fired through the gun.

I just need to get better hearing protection or get used to all the loud noises involved in shooting. Makes me jump and with live rounds I'm still milking the gun half the time in anticipation of the loud bang; even though dry firing I'm rock solid. As a side note, I can also endorse exercises with fake training rounds to expose one's mistakes with live ammunition as well as a good instructor for identifying one's problems.

Anyway, was looking around on the web and found you folks. Wanted to stop in and give a new person's impression of the MP9. Seems to shoot bullets just fine. :)

Gojubrian 08-15-2011 01:44 PM

M&P's are great guns. Looks like you have a winner there.

What kind of hearing protection are you using now?

When you get a chance, we have an introductions forum. You can visit there and let us get to know you better if you'd like. Welcome to FTF!

canebrake 08-15-2011 02:09 PM

Drop in to the Introduction section and say hi.

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BarryNiven 08-15-2011 05:25 PM


Originally Posted by Gojubrian (Post 563298)
M&P's are great guns. Looks like you have a winner there.
What kind of hearing protection are you using now?

I'm using an NRR thirty headset. Part of it is just me. Loud noises have always made me jump. I expect that regular time on the range will cure me of that. But I'm also going to double up and start using ear plugs as well. I can't see where it will hurt.

Thanks for the pointer to the intro forum. Intro posted.

Thanks for the pointer to the BPI ear plugs. I'll get some on order to give them a try.

Gojubrian 08-15-2011 06:51 PM

What type of ammo are you using and at what distance?

Some folks here have helped improve my accuracy greatly with their helpful tips. :cool:

WDB 08-16-2011 12:35 AM

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Congrats, you did chose a good pistol. It is one of my favorite in a polly frame. Practice is the key along with some instruction for a new shooter. Two things I would suggest to get your shots in a tighter group, only load five rounds in the mag, this gives you five reference shots to review what isn't working while you reload the mag. Many shooters tend to send a lot of rounds down range with out checking the results and adjusting. Second use a target like this to discover what's not working with your mechanics. Good luck

goatrat 08-16-2011 12:22 PM

You shooting at an indoor or outdoor range? The -BOOMS- arent quite as impressive at an outdoor range. Beyond that just keep on trucking and eventually it wont bother you as much.

BarryNiven 08-16-2011 04:17 PM

All good advice. When I'm at the range with a partner, I have them load up 5 rounds and 2 training fakes. When I'm by myself, I fire sets of 5 just as you describe. Shoot 5, look at the 5. Figure out what I'm going to try to adjust. Shoot 5, etc.

I'm low left, so it's all about trigger control and moving the gun as I'm pulling the trigger. The fakes just make it crystal clear. Me dry firing the gun, no movement. Me hitting a fake, gun moves as I tighten up.

More practice required.

pioneer461 08-16-2011 07:19 PM

M&P is an excellent choice.

I would recommend signing up for an advanced shooting school before bad habits set in.

Always wear hearing protection. I didn't when much younger, and now only have about half of the hearing the Good Lord gave me.

BarryNiven 08-17-2011 05:27 PM


Originally Posted by pioneer461 (Post 564223)
M&P is an excellent choice.

It seems perfectly good. 9mm seems to be a good 'middle of the road' cartridge. The gun gets strong reviews. The changeable backstraps give me a chance to change the feel if my view of what's important changes. I certainly like firing it, though I will like it more when I stop getting an adrenaline rush from shooting.


Originally Posted by pioneer461 (Post 564223)
I would recommend signing up for an advanced shooting school before bad habits set in.

I think that's right. Given that the first time I ever fired a gun was a week ago, I'm going to try to get to the range a few more times and correct the problems I know about and then go back for more instruction. I'm not so sure if I'm interested in the 'next class' or a 'repeat class' or just some private instruction from a gun coach for an hour or two. I guess the choice will swing on whether or not I am able to fix the problems I know about myself. If I can get to a grouping with which I'm satisfied then I'll probably go for 'next class'. If not, private instruction or repeat class.

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