I am surprised you have the impression that the S&W M&P 9 mm is (potentially) unreliable. Granted, it is a semiauto, but all my experiences with them have been quite satisfying and with no reliability issues at all. The M&P 2.0 series is even better than the original. You may want to (re-)consider them.
I’m a fan of the M&P. Would I go to war with it? Eh… probably not. For carry and defense- yes. It sounds like you want one but have reservations. What about it in particular have you heard?
Thank you @JohnB. I haven’t ruled it out. I am still learning about all different kinds of pistols & have little experience. I do like the M&P & want a reliable pistol.
I’ve heard that the major concern is FTE. Some report up to 4 or 5 per 300 rounds fired. Those who have problems with FTE are written off for a limp wrist grip. Does your grip affect jams?
I have easily put into the thousands of rounds thru M&P’s and do not recall a single malfunction.
If you are worried about grip, the M&P 2.0 series will help some with that.
@byzpilgrim +1 for Robert’s MAC link. Grip truly is everything when it comes to how a pistol was designed to operate. Death grip = problems, especially accuracy. Loose grip= problems to include accuracy and function. Trigger time will find you a happy medium and you’ll learn to clear malfunctions quickly if the latter is an issue. (Always good training).
Wow. I feel stupid for asking now, but it makes sense.
There’s no stupid questions here Sir.
Also from SW Ohio. Just testing posting. Shoot at CCFSA.
Welcome from, hey wait you’ve been here longer… you should be welcoming me!
PS> This post came from inside your house.
Welcome, lots of people who are knowledgeable here