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M&P 9c or 40c??

Discussion in 'Smith & Wesson Club' started by streakpi, Oct 22, 2011.

  1. streakpi

    streakpi Meat on a Steek

    May 15, 2009
    SO, my friend (a distributor) got two M&P compacts in - and he is willing to give them to me at dealer cost: $400 out the door. I originally wanted a 9c but the three that he has all come with safeties and regular stock sights. He ALSO has three 40c with stock sights.

    Soooo...he said I can get either for that great price...but can only guarantee one of them to me until Tuesday - he has a demand for both calibers!

    I've shot the 9c...has anyone shot both and have some notes to share with me? I carry a G23 so don't mind the .40 round but had my heart set on a 9mm. I simply don't want a gun with a bit more recoil...if possible. Not excited about a safety either - I have no guns with safeties and probably would never engage it.

    Opinions? Thanks - either way, I am getting one at this price...I've waited too long.

  2. ponders


    Jun 16, 2011
    Minot ND
    i have 9c for carrying and am carrying it as we speak ... very comfortable i love it plus u can buy a 40 barrel and mags and interchange them and have both in one best of both worlds !
    Last edited: Oct 22, 2011
  3. BWT


    Apr 27, 2010
    +1 with ponders
  4. streakpi

    streakpi Meat on a Steek

    May 15, 2009
    I hear the opposite - that you can't use a .40 barrel in the 9c - but you can use 9mm barrel in .40c. I will do some research on that issue.
  5. Z71bill


    Feb 19, 2007
    You can buy a special conversion barrel that allows you to shoot 9MM in a 40 -

    You can not just put a barrel from one gun into the other - even though you can put a 9MM M&Pc barrel into the M&P40c slide - I WOULD not feel comfortable shooting it this way. It is a little bit loose. The 40 barrel will not even fit into the 9MM slide.

    I have a conversion barrel for my M&P40 full size. This one is for the 40C.

    No barrel allows you to shoot 40 from a 9MM S&W M&P -

    I also have both a 9c and a 40c - like them both -

    I have arthritus in my hands & wrists.

    Shooting 100 rounds of 40 gives me a sore wrist - I can handle 100 rounds of 9MM with very little soreness.

    For me the 9c allows me faster ACCURATE follow up shots - and is a 12+1 VS 10+1 in the 40c.

    If I had to choose and could only have 1 M&P compact it would be the 9MM.
    Last edited: Oct 23, 2011
  6. streakpi

    streakpi Meat on a Steek

    May 15, 2009
    I've got the conversion barrel (.40 to 9mm) in my G23 and now carry/shoot 9mm rather than .40. Guess it is just me - I shoot much better with the 9mm. I just bought the M&P 9c with a couple extra mags minutes ago - I didn't want a .40 which I could put a 9mm barrel in since I really didn't want to buy a .40 in the first place :) Makes sense in my mind!
  7. Linux3


    Dec 31, 2008
    9MM ammo is way cheaper than .40 SW.
    So, the more you practice the better you are and if you can practice more with 9MM than .40 SW the 9MM is the better choice.
  8. bac1023


    Sep 26, 2004
    I prefer 9mm.
  9. streakpi

    streakpi Meat on a Steek

    May 15, 2009
    I bought the 9mm version. Shot it a couple days ago - love it!

  10. tc215


    Jun 30, 2010
    Never shot the .40, but I really like my 9c.
  11. fastbolt


    Jun 9, 2002
    CA Central Coast
    Congrats on the 9c. ;)

    I bought the 40c a couple years ago.

    Having invested no small amount of range time with it, and having since then tried a couple of 9c's belonging to a couple of other instructors, if I had to choose again ... I'd pick the 9c.

    I have an equal number of 9's & .40's, though, meaning several of each. I tend to prefer 9mm, all things considered, and I'm still sort of waiting to find that "ideal" (for me) compact or subcompact .40 sometime. No hurry.

    The harder I work with my .40's the better I do with my 9's. ;)

    Besides, I own and use almost as many .45's as I do 9's & .40's combined ... :whistling:

    I actually own more .38's & .357's than I do either 9's or .40's, too.
  12. mist


    Aug 15, 2010
    I guess I did it the hard way. I have the 9C, 40C and 45C; all without magazine disconnect or external safety. Love them all, but the 40C is my favorite. The 9C and 45C had crummy stock triggers. They were cured by the Apex Tactical hard sear and ultimate striker block.