Glad to hear you like it, a co-worker just bought one as well. Haven't gotten to take a look at it yet but they seem to be well liked.
This is the very first gun I have ever bought, but it won't be my last. I bought this gun basically to get the basics down, take some shooting/safety courses and use for target practice (since .22lr ammo is inexpensive compared to others). First let me say, for a .22 auto pistol, this isn't a bad choice for a first time gun owner. Is it the best, probably not. Is it adequate? Sure! Second, it doesn't like cheap bulk ammo at all! Federal has issues feeding after about 50-75 rounds. CCI mini mags will feed all day with no failures. But I bought all the ammo I could find when I bought the gun a week ago. I bought 200 rounds of CCI mini mags and 550 rounds of Federal bulk ammo. I will only buy CCI from now on, when I can find it that is. Third, for less than $400 this pistol looks and feels just like the M&P 9, 40 and 45. This is a great training tool that costs way less to hone your skills. While I'm no pro, I was burning up an 8" target from 30' and 40' consistently. This gun is great out of the box with one exception. The rear sight could have been better like what comes on the bigger caliber guns. All in all, I'm happy with my purchase. I do plan to buy a 9mm of the same exact gun as well as a 9mm G19 Gen 4 Glock. I'm hooked on this hobby now for sure. I only wished I hadn't waited so long to get into it...
You made a good choice. It's not unusual for .22 pistols to like hotter loads. You might try the cheap stuff again after you put a few thousand rounds through it. Sometimes, the recoil spring will weaken just enough to let slightly lower powered rounds cycle.
I am in the same boat too! I just bought/shot my first handgun - m&p 22 lr. I am going to get as much range experience as I can with it. Maybe in 6-12 months I will be moving to either a m&p 9c or 40c. Let me know what you end of getting as your 2nd gun and how you feel about your decision.
Thanks guys. For a first gun it's not too bad. Very easy to shoot and is pretty accurate out of the box. I went back to the gun store today where I bought the M&P and he showed me a FNX 9mm and I gotta be honest, I am liking it a lot! So I may lean that way when the time comes.
Im thinking about getting my brother one of these. I like S&W i have a couple and i like how they tear down. The 15-22P that i have has the best design of all the firearms i own.