As modern firearms have taken storm, in every imaginable configuration, size, style, and caliber; the trick when shopping for a new asset to your collection or mix should be focused on fit and function.
Fit first: Why? Simply this - your comfortable grip and correct sizing in your, or whomever will be the primary user of the firearm, hand has everything... say that again... Everything! to do with the ability to correctly maintain a solid sight picture; as well as have the control and steady realign that is crucial after recoil to place follow up rounds in a consise group and correct placement. If your buying a firearm for your wife or partner, don’t buy it based on your hand, grip, and ability to control and maintain a site picture during firing. Take them! Fit the firearm to their requirements and needs. Why do I mention this with these Smith & Wesson models? Because they offer an excellent package for adjusting the grip size and configuration of the firearm so it can be efficiently used by multiple people. The M & P line has a really nice grip setup along with controls placed so that whether you have a large or small grip, the controls are convenient, and the grip adjustment sections allow correct sizing. All adding to control and comfort. Which in a short time with this line will equate to accuracy, speed, and confidence in use. All necessary, and much needed factors, if and when a high stress situation arises and the firearm may have to be used when the focus is on situational analysis, rather than trying to keep a solid grip, or losing a controlled grip after a fired round and the resulting recoil. Fit is KING!
Now Function: There isn’t much that needs to be said about S&W’s M&P line function. Of all the newer model firearms introduced in the last 10 years (I don’t think M&P are 10 yet?) this line is one of the smoothest and nicest firing lines I have used. In all calibers the controls are excellently placed, the function is smooth, the reliability is typical S&W (excellent), and the sight picture is clear and an easy pick up. As well, the safeties and trigger set are well thought out, and provide for home defense, ccw, range, or all three. Pick one! - 32 minutes ago