First time with a new gun. Outstanding!
Now do yourself a favor. The next trip to the range practice CQB (~4 meters) distance and closer.
Here's how this "NEW Stuff" works.
Success builds success! Get at least two Champion Police Silhouette Targets
(I call them bottle targets because "Any where in the bottle stops them!")
Start at ~2 meters (~7ft) and don't worry about the long rangers hitting targets at 50ft! You are now shooting at the range that ~45% of PD attacks occur. Shoot until you put them all in the bottle! When you get comfortable, try shooting with one hand and don't sight shoot, point shoot. Load the mag with only five rounds. This will give you additional practice with slide lock back, mag swap and reload to get back on target. (It also stretches out your ammo) DO NOT
rush! Take your time, be deliberate and as the muscle memory builds, the times will drop off. Trust me!
Shoot a box or two, concentrate on hitting the bottle. Ignore the other shooters and do everything deliberately so you can review your routine as you go.
stew about tight groups! I believe in multiple traumas to multiple systems. More holes in = more blood out! Lower the blood pressure and you stop the threat!
Next, set your second "bottle target" at ~4 meters (CQB or ~12.5 ft) and start over with the same drill as above. This distance is where ~50% of PD attacks occur.
Just remember you may have doubled the distance from your attacker BUT
you have NOT
doubled your time to react!!
Things happen way too fast to think when you are put into a PD situation. If you are going to carry, or just use the gun for home defense, you need to build this muscle memory to save your life.
Now if you bought the S&W M&P 9c for target/competition shooting just forget everything I said!
There's your Range Homework! Now get out there and make us proud!