The market for 9mm pistols has a variety of high-quality options to choose from. This often makes it hard for specific models to stand out. However, Smith and Wesson’s M&P series has been standing out since its introduction to the market in 2005. It has since become a favorite of police departments and firearms enthusiasts alike.
What’s New With the 2.0?
An updated version of S&W’s modern classic, the M&P9 2.0, was released in 2017. The new model brought a number of upgrades to the table.
While the M&P9 was mostly loved by its owners, the trigger of the previous model was purported to be its only major downside. The updated version has introduced a crisp trigger that strives to give a lighter trigger pull with a tactile reset that feels right to use. The grip has an improved texture that wraps around it offering better stability and comfort for users. They are also continuing to offer palmswell inserts in four sizes. They are basically attachments that change the size of the grip to help people with hand sizes ranging from small to large. Dovetail rails have been installed to allow for easy adding of attachments.
Does It Still Maintain the Greatness It Had Before?
All the improvements aside, there is a lot more to the gun that hasn’t been covered. The gun has been loved since 2005, and there is a lot backing that up.
The action of the gun takes after Glock’s lead when they popularized striker-fired actions decades ago. Traditionally, there were two actions. Single action, where the hammer is cocked manually or by the movement of the slide and then the trigger is pulled to release the hammer in two separate actions. The other was double action where the pull of the trigger both pulls back and releases the hammer at once. Generally, single action triggers have easier and smoother trigger pulls because pulling the trigger is only completing one action.
Double action/single action (DA-SA) striker fired handguns offer a combination of the two. When the pistol is loaded and ready to go, but not yet fired, the hammer is not cocked. When the trigger is pulled, the hammer is cocked and released like a double action. After the first shot, the movement of the slide cocks the striker with every subsequent shot. After the first shot, it functions like a single action.
This is great for daily carry by both law enforcement and civilians. When it is in double action “mode”, the longer trigger pull means the handgun is less likely to go off accidentally. Once it is put to use, it has the benefits of the smoother trigger pull that comes with a single action handgun. Striker-fired handguns like the Glock 9mm and the M&P9 2.0 are incredibly popular among law enforcement since they outperform others on the market.
The individual parts of the gun are engineered for improved performance as well. The furniture of the gun is made of polymer which is standard on many modern guns. The chassis beneath the polymer frame is designed to distribute the force of firing in ways that improve reliability and recoil.
It is also incredibly comfortable to shoot. The design of the M&P9 makes it feel perfect in your hands while shooting. Many shooters who are bigger or smaller than the average person have an uncomfortable time shooting because firearms are generally designed to be one size fits all. The palmswell inserts offered, from small to large, allow shooters with any hand size to feel comfortable shooting. It is one of the most ergonomically designed handguns you’ll find on gun store shelves. Also, the magazine release is accessible for right handed and left handed shooters equally.
Some gun owners are looking for firearms that they will enjoy taking to the range and will feel safe having next to their nightstand. For people looking to practice their rights to concealed carry, they often have more specialized concerns. Firearms that are too large with be clumsy to carry. Firearms that have too easy of triggers can be safety liabilities. They also need guns that are easy to withdraw, aim, and fire.
In my opinion, the standard M&P9 2.0 is great for concealed carry. However, the M&P Shield is essentially designed to be the daily carry version of the standard M&P line. It is a full inch less in width than the standard model. It comes with a single stack magazine and a 19-inch barrel in service of the shorter length. It still offers the ease of use, reliability, and quality design of the standard line. The 9mm ammo it uses is thought by many to be ideal for concealed carriers because it is small enough to be easy to control in the heat of the moment while still packing enough to heat to protect yourself against potential threats. The DA-SA trigger mechanism described previously makes their line of firearms great for concealed carry.
Still Not Sold?
Firstly, let me mention that S&W offers a lifetime service policy and a limited lifetime warranty. They believe in the robustness of their products.
The M&P line includes a few more models to choose from. We already went over the M&P9 2.0 and the M&P Shield. Their M&P line includes a sub-compact version. In my opinion, the Shield is a better choice if you’re looking for a concealed carry weapon, but the sub-compact may appeal more to some. They still offer the original M&P9 design. It is only slightly cheaper though, and I believe the improvements are worth the upgrade. They also offer weapons in .45 and .40.
The military and the police tend to have a good eye for picking weapons to become the new standard for their forces. I believe what they see in the M&P9 is much like what they saw in Colt’s 1911 and Eugene Stoner’s AR-15: a dependable firearm that is crafted for performance.
Jay Chambers – Pro Free Speech Writer, Disaster Survivalist, Business Owner. Believes in Resiliency and Self Sufficiency in an Increasingly Unpredictable World.