First Firearm: S&W M&P or CZ75B ?

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by Corndork2, Nov 25, 2011.

  1. Smith and Wesson M&P .40

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  2. CZ-USA CZ75B 9mm

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  1. Corndork2

    Corndork2 New Member

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    Hello to one and all!

    I am in the process of deciding on what my first firearm purchase will be. I have fired a large variety of hand guns and I believe that I know what I am looking for. I've attempted to shoot a wide variety of brands and styles, to allow me to narrow down the kind of firearm I am looking for. I have shot multiple SIG's, 1911's, XD's, Glock's, and S&W's.

    Unfortunately, I am limited to a $500 budget.

    At that price, I am extremely drawn to a S&W M&P .40.

    I was almost ready to hit the order button on the M&P, when I began reading about the CZ75B

    It is about the same price, and an all steel construction -- which is a big draw for me. I only plan on shooting at local pistol ranges, but durability of the firearm is a big purchase point for me. It's also a 9mm. I prefer a .40 (really love .45 but cant afford a 1911), but as we all know the 9mm is much cheaper to buy ammo for.

    So the question is, which would you all buy? The M&P in .40 or the CZ75B in 9mm?
     
  2. Jpyle

    Jpyle New Member

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    CZ 75 is a very good value for the money...rock solid and durable as hell. Some of the plastic parts are a bit of a turn-off but they can be upgraded over time and do not detract from the guns functionality one bit.
     

  3. nccinstaller

    nccinstaller New Member

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    If cost is a concern as far as ammo goes 9mm is quite a bit cheaper so u would get more range time for the money. It really just boils done to preferance really, both guns are solid performers and from good companies. Could always compromise and buy a m&p in 9mm lol
     
  4. Corndork2

    Corndork2 New Member

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    Ive shot the M&P in both 9mm and .40 and I must say I prefer the .40 :)
     
  5. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    You can get the CZ in .40 S&W as well if that makes a difference.
     
  6. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

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    Either would serve you well.
     
  7. dallascj

    dallascj New Member

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    I own 5 M&P's, so needless to say, I am a big fan of the pistol. However, CZ makes some outstanding guns and I don't think you will be sorry with either.
     
  8. jyo

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    Both are great---however, you can get a factory .22lr conversion unit for the CZ pistol---I consider this a major advantage.
     
  9. sweeper22

    sweeper22 New Member

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    Personally, I would chose the CZ every time. But if the M&P fit my needs better I'd have absolute confidence in it.

    Durability, reliability, and performance aren't really even issues here because they're both excellent guns on all counts. Hold each and make sure they fit your hand right. CZ 75 can have a slightly long reach to the trigger for those with shorter hands/fingers. Get the CZ if (like me) you strongly prefer the feel of a metal framed gun. Get the M&P if you value the utility of a lighter plastic frame.

    If you're still stuck, advantage goes to CZ for its massive pistol-whipping potential.
     
  10. Corndork2

    Corndork2 New Member

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    Thank you for all the suggestions!

    I decided on a M&P .40

    ... however, in a few weeks, I will also be looking at the CZ in 9mm - Most likely after Christmas
     
  11. Biohazurd

    Biohazurd New Member

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    haha that made me cheese the hell out....


    As others have said you cant go wrong with either of these fine guns. It just boils down to personal preference. I own a both in 9mm and wont be getting rid of either of them anytime soon.
     
  12. Wolfrage

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    I love my M&P40 (though I put a 357 sig barrel in it for pin shoots) but the CZ75b is great too. For a first gun, I'd probably say the CZ, though with the M&P you can swap the barrel out for 9mm or 357sig.

    Keep in mind you can easily get a 1911 in your price range, like a RIA, since you said you really would like one.
     
  13. therewolf

    therewolf New Member

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    Shot them both, prefer the CZ75.

    The S&W M&P was , simply put, uninspiring.

    I still look forward to getting a CZ75.
     
  14. Donn

    Donn Active Member

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    Have 2 M&P's, so I lean their way.
     
  15. Flat4sti

    Flat4sti New Member

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    Haha that is hilarious. i just bought one this weekend and when I was at the shop with my father I said....Man you could really pistol whip the crap outta somebody with this thing...Awesome gun haven't shot it yet, hopefully next week some time.
     
  16. 4tsmith

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    I'm a monster fan of the CZ platform but the bet is that the M&P will have a much broader range of add on's and accessories..Why not the M&P with a 22lr conversion upper later on.(S&W won,t be able to resist that for long)

    You might want to check out the S&W SD40. They seem to be a mix of M&P and (?)(can't remember the name of S&W's other polymer gun but you know the one with the rubber trigger pull)(OH YAH!!!..the Sigma) At any rate the SD's look almost like the M&P but at a better street price.Fewer features but they seem to work just as well.(only seen two on the range and the owners liked them a lot)
     
  17. Tackleberry1

    Tackleberry1 New Member

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    Never shot the M&P but my CZ75b in 9 mm is one of my favorite pistols. Great all steel gun at a great price.

    Tack
     
  18. canebrake

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  19. 4tsmith

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    I dearly love my 75b,but the old safe already has too many guns that are too large to really carry. It doesn't help to have an allergy to striker fired handguns;that however may be changing.

    This weekend I got to shoot a friends Ruger compact SRC in 9mm.Considering street price,size,trigger pull,ergonomics,accuracy,sights and box stock features I can,t think of another gun that is even close.The only thing that bothered me was how much the loaded chamber indicator protrudes from the top of the slide.(looks like an easy fix)Also got to shoot his wife's LCR in +p 38 and the trigger blew me away,what a slick little revolver.

    The problem with Rugers is if you mod the gun you can never send it back to the factory for service. They really will replace every non standard part in the gun(a local smith was drooling over the Nelson Ford trigger job on my SP101 and when I told him that I was considering a trip to the factory for a change to a three inch barrel,he nearly had a stroke.He was very stern in his warning against it.)

    Guess the point is there are a lot of options out there before you get stuck on the CZ or the M&P.,particularly in you price range.
     
  20. Tackleberry1

    Tackleberry1 New Member

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    Cane is right, check out the Hi Power, it will REALLY make you appreciate the value of the CZ!

    Tack