I've been wondering about S&W's M&P series. Not sure if anyone else saw the episode of "How do they do that" on television where they went inside the S&W facility to show their current production process, I was pretty impressed! Back in the mid 80's I had two S&W semi auto's but quickly traded them both in, the quality & accuracy just wasn't there. I always loved their revolvers but those first "Sigma's" were less than impressive. It would seem that they stepped up their semi-auto production and now seem to be building higher quality pistols. They certainly have an attractive price and if they're accurate then it might be something I'd consider. Taurus is another "underdog" that once made lackluster semi-auto's but are now making high quality polymer's. My 24/7 .40S&W is a good example of today's improved manufacturing processes. It shoots much more accurate than any of my Glocks and has the "heft" of a quality weapon instead of their past lightweight "toy" like feel. The M&P's also seem like quality weapons worthy of a closer look.