Option #1. Buy a new Smith & Wesson M&P Pro 9mm. This would be a back-up to the one I already have. I've got a lot of rounds through my M&P and I'm afraid it's going to need some work soon. I can imagine it breaking down at a major match and me not having a back up. If I pull the trigger on this option, then I will be committing myself to shooting my M&P 9mm regularly, both in IDPA and USPSA. The advantages to this are: 1) I've already got the equipment for this pistol; 2) it's a 9mm so I don't have to buy new dyes for my reloader; 3) 9mm rounds are less expensive; 4) I've spent a lot of time practicing and competing with this gun already; 5) the only extras I would have to buy are: a Dawson Precision FO front sight, a DP FO rear sight, and a Apex Tactical AEC trigger kit (all of these to match precisely what my current M&P); and 6) I can easily add a magwell and special basepads to shoot this gun in ESP division in IDPA. This is a really attractive option to me. I can just work on getting really, really good with this gun. I'd be shooting Production in USPSA and in IDPA I could shoot SSP and ESP. I like the idea of sticking with one pistol for a few years and perfecting my game with it.
|M&P Pro .40 cal|
Option #3. Buy more bullets, brass, primers, and powder. I'll do this anyway!
I guess I really need to decide what my goals are this year. Do I want to do a lot of USPSA shooting (in Limited Division)? Or do I want to do a lot of IDPA shooting with my 9mm – in both SSP and ESP – with some USPSA Production shooting? It appears like the main thing that commends the .40 cal to me is doing more USPSA Limted shooting. But I'm not sure how interested I am in that. Is it worthy buying new reloading dyes, different bullets, etc? I don't know.