Originally Posted by austin92
I'm looking to upgrade my carry gun to an m&p. I know I want a full size as it will b a range gun and I live in an open or concealed carry state. The apex trigger kit will soon fallow it's purchase as well. I've found a few part numbers I'm interested in, just not sure what's best for me and what I should look to pay for each. I know I'd like some night sights so the VTAC (209920) appealed to me but I'm not convinced on the FDE color and I'm not sure how the Viking warrior sights compare to trijicon. The carry range kit (209330)) seams like a good package but not sure what to pay for it and what gun options come with it. If I were to purchase the standard m&p I don't know if I should look for one with a safety (206300) or with out (209300). My current carry gun has no safety and that doesn't bother me. I also see they have one with factory crimson trace lasergrips (220071). I noticed their pro series, one with Novak sights and a 5" barrel (178032) and the standard 4.25 (178036) with unnamed night sights. Thoughts and opinions appreciated
Sorry, by and large I can't help too much. I do have an M&P9c as my carry gun and I love it. Here's what I have to say for your decision, though.
As I understand, the VTAC is quite a bit more expensive. I would think you can just buy the standard, throw some aftermarket sights and an Apex trigger job in there, and probably still come out cheaper than the VTAC. Just guessing, anyway. So in that regard, what are you paying for? The color. Personally I don't like the color. But that's just me. Being in the military, I get enough tactical stuff everyday. So don't need to add "tacti-cool" into my civilian life too.
Regarding the thumb safety, I definitely recommend against one since that's what you're used to. Also, personally I just don't like a thumb safety. One more thing that can go wrong in a heat of the moment situation, and actually happens a lot too from what I've heard.
Also, the Crimson Trace grip seems like one more thing that you can save money on by putting on yourself, vice buying it installed.
Basically my advice is get the cheapest model that suites you and go from there.
Great guns. Love mine, and my wife loves her full sized 9mm.