So I got a couple of P2P's yesterday. I am pretty sure I know what I am buying. I haven't shot in a few years and had a Glock 19. I ended up selling it. So one permit is going towards getting another because I miss it. The other permit I think I want to buy an M&P 9. I have read tons of great things on this firearm but there are multiple versions and I can't seem to find a good comparison on the differences. I would consider myself between novice and intermediate. These will be used for home defense, range, and I may push myself outside of my comfort zone and try out some competition. I am definitely not close to being good for competition, but I hope that will help me get better.
So here are my questions on the M&P:
1. Should I go ported or not ported? In my research it just seems the porting reduces recoil. Any other pros or cons?
2. Is it worth the extra coin for the Pro or better to buy the base and switch out the trigger and optics?
3. 5" or 4.25"? I am leaning towards the 5" for the longer sight radius and less flip.
4. The C.O.R.E version is slotted for certain sights. Is this worth getting?
Thanks in advance for your opinions and help!