I've owned an M & P 9c for 15 months and I love it. It is my winter carry gun with Hornaday Critical defense or Federal HST's.I trust it. I have about 700 rounds through it, no malfunctions ever with any type of ammo. It shot a little low at first, but sight compensation has cured that.I also own an SR9,but only for a month,so the jury is still out.
The M & P is a great pistol and very highly recommended by me.
I've had an M&P9 for 4 years. The pistol initially had a real accuracy problem. But I will say that the pistol has learned to shoot much more accurately and will now do sub 2" groups at 15 yards. The pistol is pretty insensitive to ammo. The POI will move a little with bullet weight and mv, but I haven't seen any problems with function over a variety of bullet/powder combinations. The trigger has been good out of the box.
Last year I bought an SR9. Getting a nice, smooth trigger took a little work. The pistol did not like the loads I was using in the M&P and needed higher velocity loads to cycle. The barrel leaded and the accuracy was no better than 6" at 15 yards. I found that 115gr FMJ (Montana Gold) loaded to produce ~1150 fps solved all the function problems and the pistol learned to be very accurate, maybe better than the M&P.
Although I'm not a great fan of 9mm, I like both my 9mm pistols. They are both reliable and know how to shoot accurately. I believe, overall, the M&P may be a better pistol, largely based on the ammo insensitivity.
These are defensive firearms and are not built to the exacting tolerances of target firearms. However, once you get out of the realm of ammo problems, accuracy is something done by the shooter.
I'd take the M&P over the SR9 every day. The SR9 is a good gun, the M&P is a great gun. BTW I own both an SR9 and a M&P9c. My M&P has over a thousand rounds through it in the short time I have owned it without a single issue. My SR9 has been back to Ruger and still shoots brass in my face. It also has failure to eject a dozen or so times.
I'm not a big fan of the SR9. I like it's look but when holding it I just did not like the way it felt, I choose the P95 over it. My friend has the M&P and loves it. I think I would go with the M&P if price does not matter.
I've had a 45 M&P for a year now. I have to say it's quite a gun. I decided to purchase a new duty weapon and got the M&P. The trigger pull was horrible coming in around ten pounds. Mine shot low and to the left for the first 500 rounds. It did shoot tight groups though.
I've read that 500 rounds is close to the break in number for the M&P. Just after that, I felt the trigger pull ease up and groups tightened up. Two other people shot mine and it shot the same way for them. It's possible that I was pulling it a little left.It will be sent to S&W for a performance trigger job soon. I have never had a single fail to feed or misfire. It gobbles up anything you can put in it.
I can recommend it as a fantastic weapon. The price was fine for me. I got the LE model with night sights for around six bills. There was a rebate at the time and I opted for the two extra mags instead of the money.
I haven't put the trigger on my M&P on a gauge, but it isn't particularly heavy and would guess around 6-7 lbs. I know a number of IDPA shooters who switched from Glocks to M&P's. They've had the trigger job by Burwell Gunsmithing. The trigger is not lighter but is a tad crisper and has a quicker reset.
Since I don't shoot IDPA and am not going to use the M&P as a target pistol, we do good enough at 25 yards, better at 15 and at self defense distances, more than well enough.
My wife and I just completed a handgun safety course. The first night I rented a Sig Sauer 226 9mm for her. She had several jams, several fail to eject, one stove pipe, and the slide never did stay open after the magazine was emptied. A few of these might have been her fault (limp wrist) but I was disappointed since I had heard great things about Sigs. I will give them the benefit of the doubt and say we got a lemon. The second night we rented a S&W M&P 9mm for her. She liked this gun a LOT more - no problems what so ever. After class, we bought another box of ammunition and went back to the range so I could shoot it, thinking maybe I would buy one for her. It shot very nicely and I was surprised how much less perceived recoil it had than my P944 40 cal. If she decides she wants her own gun, it will most likely be an M&P or an M&P compact.
I've got two M&P's, both full size. One in 40S&W and the other in 45ACP. I haven't had any problems with either one. I like them both and have about a 1000 rounds through the 40 and a couple of thousand through the 45. I think they are worth the asking price.
I almost posted the same exact thing, Sam, until I read this .... from Wikipedia ...
These particular P220s (or Browning BDAs) will have the stamping scroll which reads 'Browning Arms Company Morgan, Utah and Montreal PQ' on the left hand side of the slide and 'SIG-Sauer System Made in W. Germany' on the right-hand side with the serial number scrolled beneath. It was offered for sale in 9 mm, .38 Super (a rare model), and .45 ACP. However, all modern P220 variants are only available in .45 ACP.