Uncle Malice, no offense, but you are quite the S&W fanboy, aren't you
Actually, I'm primarily a Glock fanboy.
But I also have grown to greatly appreciate the M&P design as well. I will say that I really like Smith & Wesson as a company (today).
They did a lot of unsavory things back in the old ban days... and lost a lot of people's respect. I think they've done a tremendous job of regaining their reputation and today - they are sticking to their guns, so to speak. If they fail us a second time, there will be no third chance, I can guarantee you that. For the time being, I wholeheartedly support S&W - both their products, their customer service, and the company philosophies.
Hrmph... that kinda sounds like a fanboy rant, I guess.