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Why the Smith & Wesson M&P is Superior to the Glock 19

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The Glock 19 and the Smith & Wesson M&P, head-to-head.

Glock is a great company that makes great guns. I own a Glock 42 (an absurdly fun little pistol) in addition to a few other handguns. I have never had any problems with a Glock, and I think they’re absolutely stellar firearms. I just happen to like my Smith & Wesson more.

The Smith I’m referring to is the Tactical M&P edition, which is slightly different than your standard M&P. This particular pistol was a police issue weapon I was lucky enough to pick up secondhand at a gun shop for a stellar price.

The first difference between the Glock and the S&W is simple – weight. Glock’s are made with a lot of plastic. Some gun guys don’t like it, but I personally like the light-weight heavy duty polymer Glock uses. It’s especially useful in smaller guns, like the Glock 42, and has become the company’s trademark.

S&W made this gun out of metal – stainless steel to be exact. While some of the newer M&P models are built with a polymer frame and steel slides, this bad boy is all cold hard metal.

In ways, that’s a good and bad feature. The extra weight means the kick from a decent .40 round is reduced, but it also makes carrying this gun as a concealed weapon a bit more arduous. Even with that caveat, I still prefer the slightly heavier S&W over the Glock.

Other features, such as a weighted trigger, night sights, and an 11-round mag (S&W manufactures mags that can hold up to 15 rounds) come with this gun, making it a viable hunting option as well, if you happen to be one of those guys who loves to hunt with handguns.

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Really, it comes down to a personal preference, and I think I’ve found mine with this fabulous S&W weapon. If you haven’t had the chance to fire one of their .40 guns, I highly suggest doing so and seeing if you like the feel of the gun a bit more than what Glock makes.

All in all, the S&W M&P is a better gun for me than others, but I’m in no way taking away from the excellent weapon that is the Glock 19.

What is your preference? Leave a comment below.

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Why the Smith & Wesson M&P is Superior to the Glock 19