The Smith & Wesson M&P (Military and Police) is a polymer-framed, short recoil operated, locked breech semi-automatic pistol introduced in the summer of 2005 by the American company Smith & Wesson. It uses a Browning-type locking system. While targeted at law enforcement agencies, the M&P is also available on the civilian market
This is one of the best Pistols I have had the pleasure to own. I like the fact of a 4 in barrel with a short grip. It shoots excellent right of the box. The trigger is very smooth thus aiding in second and third shot placement ergonomics were a key focus in the design of the firearm, and as a result, three interchangeable palmswell grips are included (small, medium and large), as well as the firearm featuring an ambidextrous slide stop and reversible magazine release.
As I stated in one of the earlier posts, you can’t go wrong with a .45 for accuracy and stopping power. I have had some range time with this pistol and shot various hollow point ammo through it. I have found that Horniday TAPs seem to run the best with the most accuracy and felt recoil.
Smith & Wesson makes a variety of calibers and configurations for the M&P line. 9mm, .40 s&w, .357 sig and .45. With or without night sights or laser grips, The more additions do raise the price of the pistol but I think its well worth it.
Capacity: 8 Rounds
Action: Striker Fire (Double Action Only)
Weight (No Mag): 26.2 oz.
Barrel Length: 4″
Overall Length: 7.125″
Overall Height: 4.8″
Empty Mag: 2.7 oz.
Full Mag: Approx. 9.4 oz.
Grip: 3 Interchangeable Palmswell Grip Sizes
Trigger Travel: Rest to fire – .300
Trigger Reset: .140 (approx)
Trigger Pull: 7lbs +/-
Material: Polymer Frame, Stainless Steel Slide, Barrel & Structural Parts
Slide & Barrel Finish: Black Melonite® 68 HRc
Site Radius: 6.3″
Front Sight: White Dot Dovetail
Rear Sight: Steel Low Profile Carry