Smith & Wesson M&P9
I prefer the M&P9 of the choices you have listed.
you gotta remember that these polls are more of a popularity contest and "what do you own?" than "whats the best?".
Glock has the most market share so it wins...followed by XD...
having said that,i cant knock a Glock 19(or 17 for that matter),im a fan.
...but i would go with the M&P-9 personally.
i have no experience with the XD other than holding them.
true,but many will vote despite limited or no experience with all of the options.
for example,i voted without having shot the XD...or even touched the SR9.
My "personal" choice is,was the XD. I have shot the M&P, Glock, and XD. The M&P didn't light my fire. Very well made relatively accurate example of S&W quality. If you like the feel of an M&P, you should be quite happy with one. The Glock was the fastest shot to shot of the 3 brands. You can really burn the powder with one. I would love to be carrying one right now. But, I have the worlds shortest index fingers. I'm not small mind you, 5'10" and 190 lbs, but mother nature had fun with my hands. That led me to the XD. So far I am very pleased with it. It shoots what I have put through it well. Scott Springer will likely get to play with it this winter. Not because it really needs anything, I just like to modify stuff because I can. I am going to order another XD next week. A 5" 9mm that too will be "Springerized". The Glock is a great weapon. If you have normal size hands, go for it. You won't be sorry. To me the M&P has nothing over the XD and Glock. The Ruger isn't in the running. I don't consider it in the same class as the other 3. I shot 3 stages with one, and that was enough. My Ruger revolvers have always been top notch. My favorite revolver in fact. They need to get the cheap feel out of their SR9, if they are going to run with Glock,S&W, and XD.
so did we help you get off the pot, as you put it?
did you buy anything yet?
No, not yet. I have a bad habit of agonizing over expensive purchases. I'm pretty sure though that I will end up with the Glock 19.
just get the glock17 from budsgunshop at $500 +S&H
you will be very happy
and great peace of mind
I give a vote for the underdog M&P with 3 different backstraps. I dont like the grip angle on Glocks. I almost have to bend wrist downward to line up the sights and can shoot tighter groups with an MP than with the XD. SR9's have that recall issue. Ive read that many shooters had theirs fire on full auto at the range. Wonder if Ruger is covering that up by saying "if you drop the gun it will fire" instead of the auto issue...M&P, Glock, and XD are all fine guns. They all say "bang" when squeezed over and over. Get the gun that fits you. You should also take a look at the new XD-M
Not familiar with the SR9 however I would recommend all three left, the XD, Glock, and M&P I swear by S&W but I also swear by glock, I've had problems as of late with my XD-40 though, my first XD and it's been problematic, I think I'll stay away from XD's, that's my personal opinion/experience with these firearms to help you make your decision.