Zeusecho the M&P .40 is an amazing gun, it is very easy to handle and shoot with. It has ambidextrious controls and a switchable magazine release as well (the reason I got it is because I shoot better lefty). It does have a long trigger pull though... but as stated in the posts above, that can be viewed as being a good thing as there are no safeties on the gun besides the trigger safety. The slide is well designed also with nice grooves to grab onto when racking the slide (unlike many glocks and springfields I've handled). Plus when/if you ever decide to get a flashlight or laser site it has the standard rails for accessories and attachments.
However, I personally regret getting the .40 now that I look back. The reason being is that I love to hit the range! Ammunition costs are killing me! If its your first gun, the M&P is a good choice but I would recommend a 9mm. The 9mm high capacity clips (not legal in Cali) load 16+1 rnds (1 more than the .40) which means just one more round of fun before you have to stack another magazine. And on the self defense issue... when it come to self defense, a 9mm hollow point is gonna do almost just as much damage as a .40 when you unload several rounds into someone...
The costs of ammo are such a problem for me that I even ordered a custom barrel 9mm downconvert from storm lake barrels... Hopefully there are no problems with it!!! I have my fingers crossed...
Good luck with the gun searching. Kimbers are amazing
and Cowboy Bebop is awesome as well
Texas is where it's at!
Last edited by Angrypoonani; 03-11-2009 at 07:21 PM.
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