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Old 03-21-2009, 04:56 PM   #11
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Results of all your help!! I bought a S&W M&P 9mm compact. What a beauty! Great to feel and that is what I am going to carry for concealment. I know there are so many ways to go now and thanks to everyone who helped me. I will be changing some of my wardrobe but it is worth it! I am going to my arms class Monday to work on dialing in my targets! I think I have made the wisest decision and look forward to a great session.
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Old 03-21-2009, 05:57 PM   #12
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As a S&W stock holder, I think you have made an excellent choice. Remember to read the book of words in the box and that you will be limited to the use of +P and standard pressure ammo only. The guns are not apparently rated for the +P+. I recommend the use of Speer 124 grain Gold Dot JHP +P for carry ammo. Buy 100 rounds and shoot just enough to verify that it works well in your new M&P9C. And, stock up on extra magazines. They do wear out. I generally like to have a dozen for each of my autos but with these guns, that is a bit beyond the pale.
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Old 03-21-2009, 11:34 PM   #13
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Howdy reelgirl,

Congrats maam on your newest purchase. I too think you could have done much worse in your choice. I also second the suggestion to go with the Speer 124gr Gold Dot HP as you self defense load. I would only add I use that same round in either standard or +P velocities, and do not feel the bad guy would be able to tell the difference between the two loads as long as I do my part and put the rounds where they belong.

Please don't be bashful either maam. Normally we ask the member who has made a new purchase to share their thought with us, once they have had the chance to shoot it. So I would ask you to do the same once you have been able to shoot your newest Smith.

Also if you have more questions on ammo, practice techiques, weapons - whatever, please feel free to ask them.


P.S. I do understand that ammo can be very difficult to find right now too. I do prefer the Speer 124gr Gold Dot HP as my first choice for carry purposes. But if I can not find it, I would also suggest the Remington 124gr Golden Saber, Winchester SXT, Federal Hydra-Shock or any other main line ammo offering.

But I would suggest you shoot enough of the round you choose to carry to make certain it functions well in your pistol, and POA-POI is not an issue. Anytime you change brands or bullet weights of your carry ammo, I would suggest you again shoot enough rounds to verifty proper functioning and sight alignment. Please do not assume because a 124gr JHP of brand A worked great for you, that a 124 gr JHP by brand B will work just as well - shoot it to be sure maam.

I also second the suggestion to get extra magazines. How many is up to you, but I suspect their price and availability will only continue to worsen as time goes on too. So I would say as many as you can afford while they are still fairly easy to find.
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Old 03-22-2009, 09:23 AM   #14
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Thanks so much on your suggestions. I would be happy to share after I have shot my new pistol. That will be Monday night. Thank you for the tips on ammo. Another addition is I am able to obtain two free magazines from S&W. I think owning stock in any good gun manufacturer has got to pay off eventually. Thanks again!
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Old 03-22-2009, 10:46 AM   #15
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Great choice, Reelgirl. Happy shooting!
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Old 03-22-2009, 11:07 AM   #16
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Hello reelgirl,

I apologize for being so late to this thread, but I have followed it with interest.

First, congratulations on your purchase of the M&P Compact 9mm! If it fits well in your hand and feels comfortable with the manual of arms, then you've already have a handgun that will do well for you.

To echo my dear friend twoguns post, we hope that you can post a thread under the General Semi-Auto section on your first hand shooting impressions of the M&P Compact. We would dearly enjoy hearing about it!

As for dressing around concealed carry, most of us have to make some important wardrobe decisions, i.e. trouser design, jacket length, and holster selection. What make's it worst is changing physique, age, and weapon choice!

Where I live, in the Winter, I can conceal a full length handgun under a sports coat, and in the summer carry a compact length pistol under a full cut "aloha style" shirt. Most of my fashion and clothing decisions are based on concealed carry.

The only thing I haven't figured out is how to carry a pistol in a bathing suit when I walk three blocks down to the Atlantic Ocean?

It's all good and congratulations on your new handgun!


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Old 03-22-2009, 07:14 PM   #17
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Like Chris, I'm a bit late to this thread...

First, I want to welcome you AND your husband to the forum. It's got great/knowledgable membership and is probably one of the most courteous sites on the internet.

As an instructor, I often tell my students a defensive handgun must fit, have a managable trigger, and be in a suitable defensive caliber. Sounds like you have that covered with your small S & W 9mm.

My wife is a petite 5'1" and finally chose her S & W M-60 .38 Spec. with the 3" barrel and full underlug. Great little revolver and it got her away from her .380 ACP Beretta.

Enjoy your new pistol and welcome to the forum.


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Old 03-23-2009, 01:06 PM   #18
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Compact 9mm M&P, eh? Sounds good!

All best and good shooting with your new handgun.

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