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Should my wife buy an M&P 9mm?

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by ithaca_deerslayer, Jul 16, 2012.

  1. She has an XD she likes for IDPA but is stuck in ESP division. If she got something for SSP instead, I think she could make Marksman the next time she tries :)

    Glock 34 gen 4 is my pick for her, but the grip is bigger than ideal for her small hands. I've read on GT that the M&P might have a smaller grip. Anyone have the actual grip circumference and trigger reach comparison numbers?

    She shoots my 17 gen 4 as well as her XD. The big unkown is the M&P. I don't think we know anyone who has one she could shoot to try. Maybe I should put the word out, in case they just aren't bringing it to our local club matches.

    Thinking the M&P9L, for the 5" barrel and long sight radius. Don't think the PRO is sold in the NY 10 round mag setup. Although maybe we could special order one without any mags if I paid enough. Is the PRO worth getting for big bucks over the 9L?

    Any other IDPA SSP division allowed guns you'd suggest with a small grip for a woman, at least 10 round mags, a long sight radius, and preferably no transition between the first and subsequent trigger pulls?

    Thanks :)
    Last edited: Jul 18, 2012
  2. bigchuck83


    Nov 12, 2011
    Tulsa, Okla.
    the m&p 9 with the small backstrap installed feels pretty dang small i normally used the large grip insert. Owned the mid size version with 4.25" barrel and it was a good gun i just found something i wanted more at the time. I am sure the M&P 9L would be good as well.

  3. Can it be shot without any backstrap? Would that make it even smaller, like it does with a Glock?
  4. Jim Watson

    Jim Watson

    Jul 10, 2001
    No. But you get three backstraps instead of two and bare gun as with Glock.
  5. WarEagle32


    Mar 15, 2011
    I'd sure try to find someone that had one for her to try if I were you! I'd go far and rent one if I were you. I like Glocks and XD's a little better. But I'd bet if she handles the other polymers well she would most likely handle the Smith well too!
  6. Rustin


    Oct 12, 2011
    Central Ohio
    I know the trigger reach is shorter. Don't forget about APEX tactical trigger upgrades if your wife ends up with an m&p. TSA has experience with APEX if you want to give him a shout.
  7. ChicagoZman


    Jun 29, 2010
    The M&P 9 is a joy to shoot if it has a good trigger (about 1 in 10 in my experience). And if the trigger isn't good, an APEX kit will fix it.
  8. gtoguy


    Oct 3, 2008
    Excellent gun !! Crap trigger. Go to Apex. That's what I did. You won't be sorry.
  9. itstime


    Apr 9, 2006
    Mine shoots one. She likes it a lot. The small insert makes it really small.
  10. If you cared to go up in the caliber, you could put her in a 35 Gen4. The small backstrap or no backstrap will make the grip width 3mm shorter than a Gen 3. That may be just enough for her.
    Last edited: Jul 18, 2012
  11. bac1023


    Sep 26, 2004
    The M&P's backstraps switch out. They aren't just added to the base gun like the gen 4 Glocks, so no.
  12. My 17 she has tried is gen 4. The grip and trigger reach is more than her XD, and not quite comfortable enough for her.

    She can shoot single well aimed shots from 25 yards, ok. But it is the rapid follow up shots on multiple targets where the large grip perhaps gives her some trouble.

    While I believe that with enough effort, she can accomplish a lot with a Glock 34, such as make Marksman or better in IDPA, maybe a smaller grip would help :)

    As to .40? Are you kidding me? There's no way she's ever going to .40. She sees absolutely no need for that caliber in our household. .357 mag for hunting, yes. 9mm for range and self-defense, yes. But .40 for anything, no way :rofl:

    Me, I wouldn't mind a Glock 27 .40 for the fun of it. Also a Glock 20 10mm :)
    Last edited: Jul 18, 2012
  13. My wife started out with an XD9 shooting steel a couple of years ago. She shot a friend's M&P9 Pro and decided she had to have it. She like it and shot it better than her XD. I had some trigger work done on the M&P and she liked it even better.

    My wife has very small hands. She was consistently shooting low. She was about 6" low at 25 feet. She was doing plenty of dry fire, but just couldn't get on target with the M&P.

    She reluctantly shot one of my Gen4 17's. She instantly was drilling out the center of the targets. She's now using her own Gen4 17 with a kit in it for steel, IDPA, and USPSA.

    She's tearing it up after the switch.
  14. Cool.

    Did the M&P shoot low from the bench, too? If so the sights were off, I'd guess. If not, then probably was something about the grip that didn't agree with her.

    Interesting that your wife found success with the Glock. I still have the Glock 34 as one of the top suggestion for my wife. But I guess there no telling which gun will agree with an individual shooter :)

    When my wife rushes shots, like under the clock, she tends to dip the muzzle. Anticipating recoil is what is going on, I suppose. So, she may drop a few IDPA headshots into the top of the body. If she slows down, she keeps them on target. I'm not saying a change in gun is going to fix that :) I'm not sure if she does that less with the Glock. Maybe?

    Alright, slow conclusion here. She needs to shoot a qualifier with my Glock 17 g4, just to see where she is with it. Then she can also think about getting the M&P if she wants.

    It kinda occurs to me that she won't know if she is going to be dipping the muzzle until the stress of trying to qualify.
    Last edited: Jul 18, 2012
  15. Sights were dead on. She'd shoot 6" low. I'd grab gun, bang bang bang center hits.

    It was one of the most frustrating things ever. She didn't even have a flinch that I could see when she was dry firing. Not even a couple of my Master class USPSA buddies could figure it out.

    The only thing we could see what that because the trigger on the M&P is more hook-shaped than that of the Glock, she was dipping the gun just as the shot broke.

    When I mean consistent, I mean I could take a straight edge and draw an up/down line on her targets and the shots were perfectly aligned. Her left/right was spot on. She was just shooting everything low.

    That problem has disappeared now that she's shooting the Gen4 17.
  16. TheJ

    TheJ NRA Life Member Lifetime Member

    Jan 24, 2011
    More importantly IMHO, then thickness the full grip is... The trigger reach or lop on my M&P with smalled palm swell is over 4MM shorter than my cocked Gen 4 Glock with no back strap added.

    So IMHO the M&P is easier to have good trigger control then a Glock for some people with smaller hands. This has been my experience. YMMV
  17. Wash-ar15


    Sep 15, 2007
    switch the grip for a larger one and see what happens.
  18. Rustin


    Oct 12, 2011
    Central Ohio


    4mm is a HUGE difference for those with small hands. Heck,it was a big deal for Glock to make their pistols 2mm shorter, so 6mm shorter overall than a Gen3 Glock sounds like a winner.
  19. Well all I can say is once I shot my M&P the Glocks never felt good again in my hand and my wife hates the feel of Glocks. So we are now Glockless and at one time I never thought that would happenend but the M&P won me over.
  20. Bren

    Bren NRA Life Member

    Jan 16, 2005
    Why not? I used to shoot ESP with SSP guns because there was less competition, but for the classifier, it is harder. I predict she'd prefer the M&P as soon as she shot it.

    If she learns the technique of holding the trigger at the break point before the final sight picture, and learns that the sights don't have to be perfect, she'll classify easily.
    Last edited: Jul 19, 2012