Originally Posted by steven_b46
Originally Posted by http://web.utk.edu/~giles/third.html
The Semi-Auto trades on the success of the original revolver's name and replaces the failed SW990 in S&W's lineup.
The M&P has a magazine disconnect safety (optional on special order). I prefer a weapon without this feature. I do understand that it can be a life-saving safety feature. Some folks drop the magazine, and think that the gun is safe without checking the chamber. This is using a mechanical device to correct a training issue. There are also some who like a magazine safety for police work, in the theory that if an officer is about to lose his weapon in a struggle, he can drop the magazine, buying a bit of time to reach for his backup gun. Early production had a number of unexpected magazine drops, avoid used.
Other features include:
steel sub-chassis in polymer frame
Frame rails are easily replaced if damaged (without frame replacement)
Heavy slide dust cover to resist damage if dropped
Beavertail grip frame to reduce potential for slide bite
Grip inserts include palm swells as well as back strap differences
Ambidextrous slide stop lever
Reversible magazine catch button
Large, robust extractor
Stainless steel recoil guide rod assembly
Beveled barrel hood
Through-hardened stainless steel barrel & slide (no zone tempering)
Fairly accurate. One feature I do like is that you don't have to pull the trigger to disassemble as the M&P comes with a sear release. But the texture of the grip rubber is a little too neutral for my tastes (ie. sweat, mud, oil would reduce firmness of grip contact). M&P has a soft trigger reset. The 6.5 lb trigger pull and 17rd grip size would rule this one out for you.
My personal 9mm preferences are for Walther P99 (best grip, most accurate for me) or SA XD subcompact (best flexibility CCW, billet internals).
M&P - 15
AR-15A2 clone with A2 flash suppressor, 16" barrel with 1:9 twist to stabilize 40-73gr bullets, CAR type collapsible stock, STANAG mags, in standard and tactical variants. Tactical is a picatinny flattop, SOPMOD compatible with Troy folding sights. One of the better AR specimens and shoots reasonably well.
ARs not my choice for black rifle. Direct impingement gas system, 5.56 ammo. Designed for full auto capable engagements to 300 meters without cover but implemented as semiauto. Prefer gas piston semi-auto or bolt and 7.62 ammo to hit varmints even when they are on the other side of a tree.