Fan of the Smith & Wesson M&P? Well these new babies are out and it makes their already great pistol even better. Check out the review.
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Two weeks ago at the Smith and Wesson factory, I got my hands on something truly exciting, and the day has finally come that we can talk about it. That pistol is the M&P M2.0, a terrific new version of an already great pistol design. And, with a base price of $599 MSRP, it is extremely affordable.
It is exceedingly rare that a company listens carefully to all the wants of its consumers, and actually puts those features in its next generation of product. I am very happy to report that S&W is one of those companies.
What was wrong with the M&P 1.0? Nothing, actually. The guns ran great, lots of people loved them, and they carved a section of market away from other polymer striker-fired pistols. A significant section of market for that matter. But it has been 10 years, and we expect some things to change in that kind of time frame. And every weapons system is a trade off. They all have strengths and weaknesses; it is inherent the game. Smith and Wesson has apparently been dropping the forum comments directly to the engineering department, because just about every request for a modification to the M&P I have ever heard of has been addressed.
- Chambering: 9mm or .40
- Barrel: 4.25 or 5 inches
- Grips: Interchangeable inserts
- Action: Striker-fired
- Finish: Matte black or FDE
- Capacity: 17+1 (9mm), 15+1 (.40)
- MSRP: Starting at $599
WHERE IT COUNTS
Let’s start with what I see as the most radical change. The polymer on the 1.0 M&P was not as stiff as on a Glock, and because of that you felt more recoil on the M&P. It’s not a well-known fact, but the frame of a Glock actually twists under recoil, which absorbs some of the recoil force. Less stiff should make more twist, i.e. less recoil, but in didn’t really work out that way in the M&P 1.0. Something was slightly “off” in the equation when it came to perceived recoil. Maybe some minor element of the geometry of the frame’s shape, or something else. It was subtle, but if you held a Glock and an M&P side by side, you would feel more recoil in the Smith.