Trying to decide if I want the XDM 9mm or the M&P 9mm. I like the feel of both of them but have not got to hold them at the same gun shop yet. The M&P seems lighter and according to specs I have found it is. What are the pros and cons of each gun?
I like the M&P being an American made gun. Here the price difference is about $50 less for the M&P.
M&P all the way. It's made in America, and doesn't have that silly grip safety or loaded chamber/striker status indicator. Better balance in my hands as well, but might not be for yours. The interchangeable backstrap is an added plus.
Yes, the XD is a fine firearm and it might well be the best handgun to ever come out of Croatia, but I've used them and have never been impressed one bit.
We will pause here for a moment to let all the ones who take the comment above personally to come out....
As for a match barrel -- the match barrel might be more accurate if you clamp it in a vise, but you have to shoot on a very, very high level in order for a match barrel to make a difference on something that is not a match gun in the first place. Don't fall prey to marketing......
My vote is for the M&P as well. Although I have never owned a XD, I held both when I was looking and the M&P just "felt" better in my hand. The XD felt a little blockier in my hand. I now have both a M&P9 and a M&P9c.