Looking for a m&p .40

Discussion in 'M&P Forum' started by austin92, Jun 3, 2013.

  1. austin92

    austin92 New Member

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    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
     
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  3. JW357

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    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.
     
  4. sdiver35

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    The VTAC sites are made by Trijicon. I have the VTAC and my wife has the two-tone regular M&P. I prefer the dual sites on the VTC.
     

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  5. austin92

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    Just needed one opinion against the manual safety so I won't be getting it now. Thank you. So can I have the vtac sights put on a standard m&p? I was leaning away from the vtac but wasn't sure how their sights compared to standard trijicons. What are the "dual" sights exactly?
     
  6. austin92

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    No body has night sights that can give some input?
     
  7. sdiver35

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    Dual sights meaning the have night sight inserts on the bottom and fiber optics on top - best of both worlds. Yes you can buy the VTAC sights and have them put on a standard M&P, but they run around $250 a set.
     
  8. austin92

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    So wouldn't you aim high with one and low with the other? Do you or anyone have pics of the Viking warrior sights?
     
  9. austin92

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    I know there's more than 2 m&p owners on here... Lol
     
  10. sdiver35

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    It isn't enough to notice for me, but at distance maybe a little.
     

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  11. austin92

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    I was thinking like dual rears and single front lol. But you think they're worth the money compared to standard trijicons?
     
  12. jr1113

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    Just got M&P vtac love the gun. The tan finish and and Viking sights are awesome think the flock just got put back in the safe for awhile
     
  13. austin92

    austin92 New Member

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    Mind if I ask how much?
     
  14. mikeMP

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    Hey guys. I have a M&P 40 that I installed the APEX DCAEK and the polymer trigger. It's definitely way better. But my gun was manufactured in 2011 and S&W has improved the sear and striker since then. All that is needed to make the trigger really awesome on the newer guns is to polish the internal metal parts that are metal on metal. I did that on my sons 9mm M&P and my friends 40. It's honestly as good as the Apex trigger now.
    There is a YouTube video that shows a guy polishing the parts. Search M&P DIY trigger job.
    No need to file the sear on the newer guns though.
     
  15. austin92

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    I did intend on breaking down the m&p when I get it and having my sw40ve next to it to compare them internally as well as polish some things up after a little research. What actual abrasive material did you use to polish?
     
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    I used 3M 3000 grit foam backed sandpaper and a Dremel buffer with a very fine polishing compound.
     
  17. austin92

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    Anyone have an opinion on if the range kits are worth it? Or what they go for?
     
  18. austin92

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    Guess I'll just get the standard m&p
     
  19. mikeMP

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    Sorry, just saw your question about range kits...I think they are a great value depending on what you pay for them. I saw one online for $508 or something. As hard as it is to find magazines getting three in the kit is a good thing. I have a upula loader and it's good to have when you are doing a lot of shooting. The blade tech holsters are good from what i've heard. (I don't own one), Nice case, Dual magazine holder. I would have bought one when I bought my M&P 40 if the gun shop would have had one.