Smith + Wesson M+P 9c: Maybe the ultimate CCW pistol!
The Smith + Wesson 9c 9mm compact.
This model also comes in a .40 for those who prefer.
My experience, so far: This pistol is remarkably easy to carry and functions flawlessly. I have about 1500 rounds through mine so far and find it quite easy to shoot well.
There are only two features that are taking some time to get used to...
The sights are three dot fixed carry type units. Not bad, and the sight picture is not hard to deal with. On the other hand, in rapid shooting the three dots are a bit difficult to line up fast, with all three being exactly the same. The center dot on the front sight would be better suited as orange, or perhaps the whole blade should have an orange insert. This is easily dealt with.
The main feature that takes getting used to is the total lack of an external safety. The pistol has a nifty trigger that, combined with internal design, makes certain the weapon will only fire if the trigger is pulled on purpose. That part is nice, but being forced to remember sweeping the safety off is not required will take some of us 1911 fans a little while.
A real surprise was the accuracy I got from this cut down duty gun. Holding groups under two inches at 50 feet was no problem at all from the bench. One inch groups were common. That says something for the quality of the design and construction.
The pistol has the same natural pointing grip angle as a 1911, and fast double taps at 20 feet found 95% of the hits on the center of a 1/3 scale IDPA target.
The only real flaw noted after many rounds down range and months of daily carry was a small one. Yes, the pistol is polymer and stainless with a matt black finish. It's pretty much corrosion proof, and thats great. MOST of it is anyway..... the rear sight being an exception. It's blackened steel and can rust when exposed to summer sweat from a deep concealment holster. A Daily wipe down takes care of the problem, but a stainless sight on a stainless pistol would be a nice touch.
My advice..... if you CCW carry and like the calbers offered, you'd be hard pressed to do better than the S+W compact M+P models.
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