To the OP...
All the rhetoric and internet "truisms" (translated "BS") aside, do not discount the M&P.
My M&P 9 is over 4 years old. I have around 18,000 rounds through it. No malfunctions, no part breakages, same barrel, and still run the original two magazines.
I have extra recoil springs for it, but the original still works as good as the day I bought it.
I also have an M&P 45 Compact for EDC. It has also never malfunctioned, or had a part breakage. Not as many rounds through it as the 9mm though.
I don't know the complete number, but a lot of law enforcement agencies are moving to the M&P. Smith's website lists a bunch. Including Washington State patrol. WSP moved from H&K USP 40's to M&P 40's a couple years ago.
Don't misunderstand, I love Glocks, own them, shoot them, but the M&P series is "the" gun for me.
VIGILIA PRETIUM LIBERTATIS
"The price of liberty is vigilance"
America is at an awkward stage. It's too late to work within the system, but too early to shoot the bastards.