LEAKED: What Is the Smith & Wesson “M2.0”? Possible NEW Rifle or Handgun!

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On the heels of the new FBI-inspired Glock 17M, and the possibility of the fifth Glock generation being right around the corner, it has been revealed that Smith & Wesson may also be about to introduce an update to its very successful Glock-derived Military & Police line of handguns. The company has recently trademarked the term “M2.0” in the category of bags and accessories, and according to soldiersystems.net this is in preparation for a launch of a new handgun line:

A source who wishes to remain anonymous told us the new pistol line is to be dubbed M2.0. M2.0 is a response to criticisms of the original M&P series pistols, and is designed with a host of features that will allow the M&P series to better compete with stock Glocks. Our source cited changes to the design, including an improved trigger and full-length guide rails, intended to increase overall functionality, reliability, and out-the-box accuracy.

An updated version of the M&P from Smith & Wesson shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone who has been paying attention to recent competitions and contracts. Smith & Wesson (presumably with a modified M&P) was reportedly considered for the FBI contract, and the company submitted a design to the US Army’s Modular Handgun System competition as well. It seems very likely that the Massachusetts company will release new handguns based on those submissions onto the civilian and law enforcement markets sometime in the future. Speculating based on trends of new handgun models sporting what used to be “premium” features as standard, maybe a new Military & Police line would feature extended magazine and slide releases, wider magazine funnel, and of course the most important feature: A better trigger.

At this point, though, speculation is all we have.



Nathaniel F

Nathaniel is a history enthusiast and firearms hobbyist whose primary interest lies in military small arms technological developments beginning with the smokeless powder era. In addition to contributing to The Firearm Blog, he runs 196,800 Revolutions Per Minute, a blog devoted to modern small arms design and theory. He can be reached via email at nathaniel.f@staff.thefirearmblog.com.


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  • Derrick Delgado

    I heard that the only thing different with the M&P 2.0 series of pistols is that each one will come with a 10% off coupon good for any Apex Tactical trigger.

    • Rabies

      My M&P Pro with apex trigger, already feels like cheating.

  • Don Ward

    Updated Model 3 Schofield Revolver…

    GOOOO!!!

    • Kevin

      This, I would actually buy.

    • A.WChuck

      Want!

  • Kevin

    Yay, another striker fired plastic brick. Woohoo…

    • Jack Burton

      Usually I’d agree, but if there’s one striker-fired plastic brick I’d
      like to see improved upon it is the M&P. They already have great
      ergos, a nice optional thumb safety and a level of support really second
      only to Glock at this point. This is welcome news.

    • andrey kireev

      Any new gun can bring something to the table… the more choice, the better… even if it’s another polymer frame striker fired gun….

      • Kevin

        True, but standardizing what is already aftermarket or standard for another company is like everyone bringing green bean casserole to thanksgiving. At that point the only thing that’s different is who brought it/the brand name.

        • andrey kireev

          But that’s how Capitalism works, my friend… If demand is there, people will buy it. If something offers more bang for the bang or more features, people will buy it =)

  • Anonymoose

    I hope it’s their version of the P320, in .22, 9mm, .40, .357SIG, .45, and 10mm. Smith & Wesson is a big enough octopus of a company that they could actually turn out caliber conversion kits for a modular gun (unlike SIG, which might have some conversions for the P320, 556XI, and MCX somewhere, Colt, which has only ever sold 3 16″ versions of the LE901 and a rare “3-gun” extended/bolt-on version of their now-outdated 6940, and Shrubmaster, who was beholden to Remington and unable to get their ACR off the ground).

    • JumpIf NotZero

      The next M&P will be modular.

    • Sunshine_Shooter

      *Scrubmaster

  • gltydg

    Fingers crossed for next generation all steel pistols, a la 4506… One can dream…

    • Anonymoose

      I could go for a steel-framed M&P45 longslide.

      • Reef Blastbody

        >steel-framed M&P10MM longslide
        ^FTFY

        • Anonymoose

          If I can go back and forth, even better!

        • Reef Blastbody

          Although, if a steel framed M&P replacement was as beefy as the 3rd gen S&W semis (5906, 4506, 1006, etc) your hypothetical steel frame M&P 45 longslide would make a very nice .460 Rowland host as well.

      • Scott

        While you’re getting that longslide .45, be sure to also get “da Uzi nine millemetah”.

      • gltydg

        Agreed, but the fishscale serrations have to go. An all stainless steel striker-fired pistol? Does such a gun exist? Sounds awesome.

        • Anonymoose

          You used to be able to get steel and aluminum Glock frames, and I believe Kahr makes one in 9mm.

      • bmstylee

        Just buy a 2011. All steel, high capacity, and long slide variants should be available.

    • Porty1119

      DA/SA .45 with a steel frame? Yes please.

  • Geoff Timm

    How light can you get a trigger? 4.5 lbs was the US Army minimum for a 1911 single action automatic. Technically, the SD9VE / SD40VE is the current version of the S&W Glock clone. I have an earlier SW9VE with a 12 lb trigger, the SD runs about 9 lbs.Geoff Who notes the spring kit improved his trigger by less than 1/2 lb.

    • Marc

      “The well known skeptic”, Geoff has forgotten to type.

    • JLR84

      I’m guessing you’re assuming that “better trigger” means lighter, but that’s not necessarily the case. The M&P has always been criticized as having a gritty trigger and imperceptible reset.

      I have several M&Ps, but I have the Apex DCAEK trigger upgrades in all of them.

  • mig1nc

    Dreaming of a new 3913 2.0 🙂 But I know that’s not it.

  • noob

    Looks like the ad network robots TFB uses have a fine sense of Artificial Irony:

    • Shankbone

      I think the text in red is the original article, the parts in black are how bloggers blog. Haha

  • borekfk

    Maybe it’s a new shotgun.

  • James Young

    More excited about this than the new Glock

    • john huscio

      I’m the opposite, I know the Glock will have great build quality and at the very least, a perfectly serviceable trigger. With S&W polymer pistols, the former is luck of the draw and the latter is inevitably awful.

      • Didn’t they just recall all of the new Glock M17s???

        • Thadius814

          They did? Are you certain? Was it because of the excess “awesome”? Maybe they had to remove a bit of the awesome, for new shooters? Too much, too soon, and all that… Yup, Seems legit.

          • Zebra Dun

            The awesome must have been strong it that one!

    • Thadius814

      They did? Was it because of the excess “awesome”? Maybe they had to remove a bit of the awesome, for new shooters? Seems legit.

  • Gregory

    Hopefully they will improve the magazine release on the new pistol so it will not release magazines if you breath too hard on it.

    • Curious_G

      Ahhhh….yeah, like the small amount of pistols from very early production. Clever. I have never had an issue with mine and I am probably 3/4 to shooting the barrel out.

  • john huscio

    is this the one co-designed with general dynamics?

  • Kelly Jackson

    If it’s another AR15 please don’t bother reporting it, I’m all “innovated” out.

  • Reese

    M seems to be the new trend. Springfield XD Mod.2, Glock 17M, M&P M2.0…

  • M-Cameron

    Hoping they square off the trigger guard…the swept back guard is literally the only thing keeping g me from buying one.

    • Baggy270

      I love the trigger guard and it has way more room for gloved hands than the Glock which I also own. Putting one’s support index finger on the front of trigger guard a la Craig Boddington is not proper pistol grip.

  • DaveP.

    How about an M&P frame beefed up enough to handle .357SIG and 10mm? Compete with Sig and Glock for the handgun hunter’s market…

    • L Cavendish

      those 2 rounds and .40…beating dead horses…

  • imtoomuch

    M&P guns don’t compete with stock Glocks now?! That’s news to me.

    • Maybe they meant “compete in price point”? There’s a $100+ difference right now for otherwise highly comparable pistols, although to be fair it depends on what sort of aftermarket deals you get on replacing Glock’s garbage factory sights and S&W’s garbage factory trigger.

  • Richard

    I hope they release an ASP type pistol

  • Christian Hedegaard-Schou

    I love damn near everything about my M&P (5″ 9L Performance Center Ported CORE w/Burris FastFire 3) except the accuracy.

    It’s just not a precision pistol. I mean, sure, it holds a group well enough for defensive use, but it seems like no matter what I do with my technique, no matter what ammo I put through it, no matter how tailored I reload for it I can’t get much better than about 2-3″ at 7-10 yards.

    Feels damn good in the hands. Holds 17 rounds. Love the red dot. Love the longer sight picture. But that thing just can’t group very well.

    If they can fix that, and that stupid little lever you need to toggle when breaking down the pistol, I’d be sold on a new gun.

    • Just say’n

      re: “and that stupid little lever you need to toggle when breaking down the pistol” It’s optional, dry-fire it first (ala Glock) and you don’t have to toggle the lever.

  • Ron

    I really like M&P series of pistols, for every Glock I own I own its M&P counterpart, except the G20. I wish they would make a 10mm M&P.
    In some ways the M&P, have out Glocked the Glock.

    • StephenC.

      The only reason I own a G20 is because Smith and Wesson does not have an M&P 10 pistol. I sure wish they did. I contacted Smith & Wesson a few years ago about that and the person responding said they have nothing in the works. Hopefully that has changed. The new Rock Island Armory 16round 10mm in 1911 style is one I will be checking out soon.

  • uisconfruzed

    “Glock-derived Military & Police line of handguns”
    Why buy a copy that financially supports Taxechusetts?

  • Edeco

    Updated Sigma with night sights, a slot for mounting optics, a threaded barrel extension, and jumbo mag funnel.

  • Baggy270

    Trigger on my M&P works just fine but it’s a later release model with 1/10 twist. It’s dead nuts accurate as it came from the factory.

  • Curious_G

    What is “Glock-derived” about the M&P? The fact that it is a polymer striker fired pistol? Please.

  • Emperius

    Will it be not only made but, designed and engineered in the U.S.? The XD are Croatian guns, the MP are heavy glock-inspired pistols… Any 100% made U.S. pistol out there other than the 1911?

    • JLR84

      The M&P is no less designed and engineered in the US just because it shares similarities with the Glock.

  • Zebra Dun

    Smith and Wesson built the J, K and N frame revolvers and went downhill from that high milestone.
    Once they had the .357 magnum K frame in a stainless steel five inch barrel, adjustable sight revolver of six shots they simply went to shat.