In the market for a new handgun, looking for opinions.

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by Todd_, Mar 30, 2012.

  1. Todd_

    Todd_ New Member

    Hey everyone!

    So I think I went about getting my first guns in a backwards order. I now own a 16" PSA middy AR15 and a Mossberg 500 with an 18.5" barrel, collapsable stock, side saddle shotshell holder and a streamlight tlr-1 mounted on the end with a remote coil to the forend. Both of those I am proud to call my own and yet I do not own a handgun.

    I'm not looking for a 1911 for my first handgun. I have shot quite a few at the local range on their $1 handgun rental Wednesday's and have arrows it down to three..... I think....

    1.) Smith & Wesson M&P9 FS
    2.) Springfield XDM
    3.) Glock 17 or 19

    I know most of the above have strikingly similar specs and whatnot, I'm having a hard time "pulling the trigger" on any.

    The glock has the timeless perfection reputation, but I hear they have an issue with all guns with serial numbers EAAxxxxxx through EZZxxxxxx and they aren't handling the issue too well. The pistol also feels a little funny in my hand, the grip and the angle don't feel quite natural. I'm sure that would work itself out with lots of drills and practice and if it were really heads and shoulders above the rest I would deal with it, but I don't really think the glock has that much more, is any, to offer than the other two.

    The springfield XD or XDM. I haven't shot this gun very much, but it seems to have a superb reputation. I'm not sure if I am a fan of the blackstrap safety, but otherwise this gun feels pretty good in my hands. Shoots well.

    The S&W M&P9. This is my favorite so far. I don't know why, but this gun seems to really melt in to my hands. It feels by far the most natural, almost like and extension of my arms when I'm shooting. I understand that S&W had a big bomb when they originally released the Sigma and a lot of people were skeptical of the M&P series when it launched. I'm hoping any quirks have worked themselves out by now with the M&P and I am seeing a LOT of my LEO friends who were die hard glock users switching to the M&P for their duty weapon. These guys trust their lives on their guns, and to me seeing such a large number switch to the M&P speaks volumes.

    I could use some information of anyone has any comparing the three, calling out any major issues or malfunctions that have been fixed or more importantly ones that haven't been fixed yet, and just some general opinions from those who shoot much more than I do.


    (and no, I'm not just asking this to troll or stir some old pot of "here we go again" comparison threads. I want legitimate info, user feedback, and NO CHILDISH BICKERING!!)
  2. whtsmoke

    whtsmoke New Member

    M&P 9 would be my choice, I have one and it is accurate and reliable. Triggers on them are not bad and get better as you go.

  3. frostyone

    frostyone New Member

    I love my XDM 9mm. I have had it for a few years now with a few thousand rounds through it with no problems at all. It is more accurate than me and fun to shoot. The reason I chose that over the glock was that it simply felt better in my hand. You can't go wrong with the glock either. I personally like the back strap safety because it ensures I need a good grip on the gun to make it go bang. That is also similar to my every day carry 1911.
    It sounds like you have it narrowed down to 3 great choices. Go with whichever feels best in your hand.
  4. Sicilian13

    Sicilian13 New Member

    I'm in the same boat I'm getting my handgun premit in two weeks and consider all 3 guns as possible choices, but leaning towards the glock
  5. niteglock

    niteglock New Member

    G19 or XDM9. Both r great. XDM looks cooler. But I like the glock trigger better. I had an XDM for bout 2 yrs. sold it. Needed money and had too many 9mm's. But I'd buy another if I had the money too. This time it would be the compact 9 or 45.
  6. nickel1911

    nickel1911 New Member

    Great choices. Although I haven't had any experience with the xd, I've read plenty of good things about them. It also doesn't hurt that the xd was rifleman magazine's handgun of the year a couple of years ago.
    The m&p is an excellent handgun. IMO the ergos on the m&p can't be beat. As I have big hands I chose to go with the large back strap with mine and it fits perfect. The reliability on my m&p has been 100% and it has eaten anything I've put through it so far without a hiccup. It was actually my first handgun also. I went into the shop having done all my research on the glock and left with the m&p lol! After putting 50 rounds down range with both the glock and the m&p, (both rentals) I was sold on the m&p. The trigger out of the box also feels better IMO.
    The glock is a household name for a reason. Its reliability and brilliant simplicity. I own a g22 rtf and like my m&p, seems to eat everything I feed it! As for the ergos, it's not as good as the m&p IMO, but I overcame that by trying to fix another issue. My rtf was I little too aggressive on my hands after putting a couple hundred rounds down range, so I add a hogue rubber grip sleeve with the palm swell. Two birds with one stone! The grips are no longer too aggressive and it now FITS LIKE A GLOVE! The aftermarket fit is definitely on par with the m&p now. Another BIG + for the glock is the aftermarket parts that are available and the ease in which you could modify it yourself. That has to be my favorite part about the glock. The ability to easily mod this firearm to fit you.
    I'm sure you can't go wrong with any of these three choices! good luck and congrats on your first handgun purchase!
    Last edited: Mar 30, 2012
  7. Overkill0084

    Overkill0084 Active Member

    Truthfully, you would be fine with any of your choices.
    I have an XD and it's a quality pistol.
    The S&W M&Ps are developing a very good reputation and are making inroads into the LE market. If I were in the market for a polymer pistol, I would give them serious consideration.
    Nothing wrong with Glocks. I simply don't think they are particularly special. They have earned a solid reputation for reliability over a number of years. IMHO, the others have closed the gap to the point that it is a matter of personal preference. The Cult of Glock fanboys have pretty much turned me off to to any chance of ever buying one, but then I get contrarian some times just to spite people. But it's not the gun's fault.
  8. JTJ

    JTJ Well-Known Member Supporter

    You have already eliminated the Glock because it does not feel right in your hand. Glocks dont fit me well either. I have an XD and it is a good pistol. I have handled the M&P and I would choose it over the XD based on feel. As you stated it melts into your hand. A pistol has to point naturally and feel comfortable in the hand. You will be more accurate and have less felt recoil with a well fitting pistol.
  9. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

    Todd, i own a SA XDm40, so i could be biased on it as an option! but you have already made your choice, whether you know it or not. the M & P! if this one just feels right and natural in it's way it fits your hand, then that's the one to go with. because how a pistol fits your grip, will be a large factor in how well you can control recoil, which in turn will factor in as to how accurate you can shoot it. any of the three choices would be a good first pistol, but the one that fits the best would be my suggestion and choice. i have shot many Glocks, but have never owned one, but with their excellent reputation for reliability, they would for me always be an option. the M & P, haven't had the chance to hold or shoot one yet, as they seem pretty scarce in my area, but i am reading very good reviews and reports about them, enough that i would possibly take a chance with one, if it felt right in my hand. the XDm, well i am pleased with mine so far, that definately another one in a different caliber would be considered. just my thoughts, and good luck with your choice.
  10. sweeper22

    sweeper22 New Member

    They're all fine guns.

    I prefer the XDm. I like the addition of the grip safety, and don't even notice it when I'm shooting. XDms are a bit heavier than Glocks, which is about the only diss I can think of.

    Pick each up, let your hand tell you what it likes best. Then consider the features (weight, safeties/controls, etc) that matter to you. That'll pretty well point you in the right direction.

    I can't think of any legitimate reason to discourage you from buying any of the three models.
  11. levelcross

    levelcross New Member

    Depending on the intended use,

    For self defense I like all 3 in this order
    G19,M&P9, XDM

    If you feel the need for an external safety the M&P can be found with one and the XDM has the grip safety.

    The XDM just feels like a double decker bus in my hand, but that is just me as a buddy loves his with a passion and hates my Glock.
    I also have a M&P9C and wish I had gotten the full size as the grip is just a hair small for my paws, my daughter carries it now.

    Hope this helps some, good luck with what ever you get.
  12. utf59

    utf59 New Member

    They're all great guns, but for me, it comes down to the triggers.

    In my hands: XD(M) > Glock > XD > M&P

    But I think you've answered your own question:

  13. Todd_

    Todd_ New Member

    Thank ALL of you for your input. I was really hoping to hear exactly what all of you said, that they are all reliable guns and one have any MAJOR flaws that would disqualify it from the running. I think I'll be getting the M&P9 FS just us to the fit. Later down the line I can see myself owning all three, but to start I think the M&P is what I'm looking for.

    Once again, thank ALL of you. You guys are the reason I come to this forum more than any other, and I really appreciate all of you taking your time to help me out.
  14. niteglock

    niteglock New Member

    No prob brother. Let is know how it goes.
  15. nickel1911

    nickel1911 New Member

    Great choice. Good luck and enjoy!
  16. mkett39

    mkett39 New Member

    Should try a FNP or FNX. also.
  17. therewolf

    therewolf New Member

    Not for nothun', but many folks claim the backbone to any decent

    (shooting) gun collection is a decent 22LR rifle and pistol.

    Hi-Standards are extremely pricey recently, but Ruger MKs(I,II,III),

    Buckmarks, etc.

    For my money, a Beretta 92A1, if you have to go larger, because as

    yet, I've no faith in polymers as working parts. YMMV...
  18. Jstrong

    Jstrong New Member

    Walther ppq,you'll never look back.

    ---Shoot To Thrill---
  19. Werminator

    Werminator Member

    Perhaps one of the SR9 models offered by Ruger? I shot a G19 a couple weeks ago and again this morning but I strongly prefer my SR9 over both the Glocks I shot. The large grip of the Glock feels too big for my comfort. I also like my pistol to have a redundant safety and we all know the Glock has only the trigger shoe safety, which Ruger put on the SR9 along with a standard on/off safety right above the shooter's thumb. I did like shooting my buddy's XD45 but in a heat of the moment situation I am afraid it may not be possible for me to take the firm grip on the gun required to depress the backstrap safety. If the 3 you listed were the only options on my plate I would jump to the M&P but I feel you are missing out on a number of great offerings from Ruger, FNH, Kahr, Walther, and many others. Again, I love my SR9 which I did not purchase without lots of homework and rounds down range through other guns. Just more food for thought...
  20. Demonlx

    Demonlx New Member

    How ironic!...I just traded my Ruger SR9 in for a Gen3 Glock17!!....But ya no worries the SR9 is a great gun!..I put 1000 rounds through mine without a single malfunction!..It's a very impressive gun but just make sure you get a post recall gun preferably with the D shaped msg release . I had a O shaped mag release on mine and I had to use 2 thumbs to drop the mag..Also on pre recall SR9's they have bad barrel peening problems..Just a little heads up from a fellow Ruger fan.