I have had my Smith & Wesson M&P 9mm pistol for close to 5 years. It has proven itself reliable, accurate – a joy to shoot. I have fired a few thousand rounds and when I pick it up – it feels like an extension of myself.
A defensive pistol selection is often approached like buying a new car – with excitement, much research, and wondering how “cool” it will make you look. Name brand is often a deciding factor. Well, several years ago when I walked into a local gun shop to buy a pistol – I was certain that a Glock 17 was going to be it. The guy behind the counter showed me the Glock and asked if I wanted to see any other options. I looked at a Sigma, Springfield XD9, and the M&P. As soon as the M&P was gripped in my right hand – I knew it was the one. It just felt right.
Nothing against the Glock. I actually owned a First Generation years ago and I would buy a Gen 3 or Gen 4 if the deal was right. I also own an XD9 that I picked up just after Christmas. It, like the Glock, is a great gun. I truly believe that most any modern defensive pistol such as those already mentioned as well as several others will serve most all of us just fine.
Want a FN9? Get one. Like the 1911? Get two. Think the Taurus PT-92 will feel “just right” on your hip? Snatch it up.
But……the M&P 9 is mine. There is a reason why there are so many cars, trucks, and SUV’s – let alone motorcycles: Everyone has individual needs, wants, and tastes and no one pistol choice will make everyone happy.
So – what defensive pistol floats your boat?