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    S&w m&p 45

    I am a 1911 kind of guy, although I have quite a few revolvers as well. But 45 ACP is my favorite and in a 1911. But I was thinking I should get with the 21st century and get one of those new fangled polymer auto pistols. So I went to my local gun shop and looked over a Glock and a M&P. I have to say, the triggers are probably the biggest complaint I would have. I did not like the Glock at all. It is just not my style. But I liked the M&P better, it seemed to be well built and the slide was nicely sculpted. But what say you, do these things hold up and are they as accurate as a 1911? Not sure, I might just get a Les Baer or something similar. Let me know what you think.
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    I have been considering the same. Though to fill that void I recently purchased a MP 45 Shield to placate the "bigger" handgun void for now with the probable intentions for going to a 10 round 45 later on. The Shield will be my primary carry piece for now. Sig makes a good gun but I think the S&W is the way to go. If you can find a range that will allow you to test fire one is the best way to determine it IMO.
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    I bought an M&P 40 5" a little over a month ago. While the trigger isn't in the same realm as my 1911 I can already shoot it as well. One nice thing is that the grip angle of the M&P is the same as the 1911. I've owned a number of double stack handguns and the M&P has been the best fit thus far for me.

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    I got the M & P Compact 1.0(older version) in .45 acp a few weeks ago. It shoots and works great. It's accurate when I shoot it at 25 yds. I like the fact that it has a 4" barrel, and holds 8 rounds in the mag. It's a smaller, lighter 1911 for all practical purposes. I'm also with you on the trigger. I don't like Glocks actual trigger as I seem to get bit on my trigger finger when firing. I know that a lot of people complain about the hinged trigger on the M & Ps, but for me, I don't even notice it when firing. I really like this pistol.

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    M&P has an upgrade aftermarket trigger from Axis I believe. I'm shooting a XDM 45 with a PRP trigger and it is superb! Not 1911 superb but gets close.
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    I have the M&P full size .45acp that I bought new abut 5 years ago. I upgraded the trigger but other than that I have done nothing but shoot it. Never had a problem with it and it is accurate. I like the 1911's better than pretty much any other pistol other than maybe a revolver and would not trade a nice 1911 or revolver for the M&P 45 but as a addition to those it is great. It is the gun I keep in my truck and in my office.

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    I am a 1911 guy and fell into a Sprinfield XD 45 deal. It isn't as intrinsically accurate and even with some work on the trigger will not be as good as my 1911's. With that being said I can shoot as well in rapid fire practice as my 1911's. I really like the XD even though I din't think I would tell I shot it. Maybe you can find a range that rents them and try a few of them out to see if you like them. Buying a Less Baer wouldn't be to bad either!!!
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    I also have the M&P Full Size 45acp. WONDERFUL gun!!!! Arguably the best design made today. Shoots like a dream, never fails, easy to handle, decent sights, very accurate.

    We shoot empty fabric softener jugs at 50 yards all the time. The trigger gets better with use, I did NOT alter my trigger.

    This applies to all handguns: If you learn to shoot well with a stock trigger, you learn to shoot anything well and become a better shooter.

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    April 3rd they just came out with the 45 Shield with a 4" barrel in 3 configurations. Almost glad I didn't know it before buying my 45 PC Shield 3.3". Would have made the decision so much harder between the two.

    https://www.smith-wesson.com/firearm...d-m20-4-barrel

    https://www.smith-wesson.com/firearm...l-optics-ready

    https://www.smith-wesson.com/firearm...d-barrel-slide
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    Quote Originally Posted by Golphin View Post
    I have the M&P full size .45acp that I bought new abut 5 years ago. I upgraded the trigger but other than that I have done nothing but shoot it. Never had a problem with it and it is accurate. I like the 1911's better than pretty much any other pistol other than maybe a revolver and would not trade a nice 1911 or revolver for the M&P 45 but as a addition to those it is great. It is the gun I keep in my truck and in my office.

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    That sounds right to me. I would not care about getting a polymer gun messed up, but one of my nice 1911s is not gonna be a truck gun!
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