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September 10, 2011, 11:59 PM
Do you carry one?

How does it feel/fit?

Mostly looking at the compact models. What is the difference in magazines with the one with the safety vs the one without, they look different.

September 11, 2011, 12:00 AM
With a good IWB holster, the compact hides well under a not overly loose t-shirt, and the full-size hides well under a structured polo shirt or unbuttoned outer shirt. (I have both, and use a CompTac Minotaur when I carry either.)

Edit: Feel and fit are subjective, but with 3 sizes of backstrap you are likely to find one that feels ok. (Each M&P comes with 3 backstraps.)

September 11, 2011, 05:00 AM
I have the M&P mid size 45acp. Perfect carry, 10+1, 100% reliable, easy to carry, shoots great ! I have one and buying another. I have the thumb safety only one side with Crimson Trace last grips, never an issue. I have two other full size 9mm M&Ps, really enjoy their pistols.

September 11, 2011, 06:35 AM
The difference is a finger extension is on one and the other has the standard magazine floor plate.

I carry the 45c very frequently in an IWB holster at about the 4 o'clock position. I'm 6'00'', 180lbs and it doesn't print unless I'm bent over for whatever reason. It's a great gun, I recommended it to my dad as his first gun (he was insistent on getting a compact 45; don't think this is the first gun that came to mind...) and he loves it too.

September 11, 2011, 09:02 AM
Safeties have no impact on magazine length; they are separate issues.

Some M&Ps have magazine disconnect safeties, but you can get them without those.

Some M&Ps have thumb safeties, but you can get them without those.

M&Ps are highly modular, and you can get rid of thumb or magazine safeties without much difficulty.

You can get M&P .45 magazines in 8, 10, and 14 round capacity. 8rds sit flush with the compact grip, and will not fit into the full-size. 10rds sit flush with the full-size grip, and can be used in the compact. 14rds have a magazine extender that abuts the bottom of the full-size grip, and leaves a gap between the extender cover and the grip of the compact, but can be used in both grip sizes.

jolly roger
September 19, 2011, 09:56 PM
I have a M&P 45 Compact. Just a bit bigger than a Glock 19 but carries very well and shoots very accurately. Mine is without safety and mag disconnector.

September 19, 2011, 10:06 PM
I'm actually looking at the M&P45c as a possible semi to carry in the near future. I had the chance to shoot one at my local gun shop, the owner's gun actually, and I was very pleased with it. Squeezed a few rounds off slowly to get a feel for it, then a few more two shot drills. Point of aim was point of impact, and the sights came up quickly and naturally. The interchangeable backstraps helped it fit well, and recoil was very manageable.

September 20, 2011, 06:34 AM
I just bought a 45 C........

Cant wait to get it and shoot it

I plan on CCW in a Supertuck... have the holster, dont yet have the gun.

October 5, 2011, 04:18 PM
As a long time 1911 guy, as indicated by my name, I have been carrying this rig for a couple of months. It is 100% reliable with anything I feed it, and carries and shoots great. It weighs about the same as a Colt Defender empty, and holds a total of 9 shells.


October 6, 2011, 09:27 PM
I carry the full size. I have no problem at all with it.

I have tryed a few different holsters, and the Crossbreed Supertuck is turning to be my favorite.

October 7, 2011, 03:58 AM
I have an M&P 45 full size, and an M&P40c. Both have thumb safeties. I carry them in Blade-Tech Nano holsters, in the appendix position. The thumb safety makes me feel better, when appendix-holstering a striker-fired pistol.

I'm 6'3" and 230lbs (34 waist, thankyouverymuch). I find the FS 45 is a bit harder to conceal, but actually more comfortable, even though it has an extended threaded barrel. The compact creates a hot spot; for me the longer 45 doesn't.

If you think you might want a thumb safety, go ahead and get one. If you don't like it, it can be removed, but a safety cannot be added to a pistol that didn't come with one originally.

They're excellent guns.

October 8, 2011, 07:45 AM
I also own a M&P45c, and carry it about every other day. I switch off between my G19 gen 3 and the 45c. It is a great pistol, and conceals VERY well. I purchased the thumb safety model, and decided I did not want it anymore(to function more like my glock, KISS), so I looked at a couple videos online and removed it. It is very easy to work on an M&P, especially removing the thumb safety. And I purchased the frame plugs(to plug the holes where the safety was) from speedshooterspecialties.com. A few days later I found out that if you call S&W they will send them for free, if you ask nicely. :)

The moral to my blabing is you should buy one. It is an excellt pistol, you will be more then satisfied if you bring an M&P45c home with you. For CCW, or bedside duty, either will be a perfect job for it. smitty704