The Smith & Wesson M&P 1.0 (Classic) Review

The Smith & Wesson M&P 1.0 or Classic series was introduced in 2005 with a heavy focus on the military and police market. This episode Patrick takes a look at the pistol that was derived from the “lesser” Sigma and was widely adopted by police all over the United States. The pistol even sees military use with the Singapore Armed Forces. This particular example is chambered in .40 S&W, but there are variants in .22LR, 9mm, .357 SIG, .380 ACP, and even .45 ACP in one form or another.

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Patrick R

Patrick is a Senior Writer for The Firearm Blog and Co-Director for TFBTV. He is a verified gun nerd. With a lifelong passion for shooting, he has a love for all types of firearms, especially overly modified plastic handguns, precision rifles, and AR based things. You can follow Patrick on Instagram @tfbpatrick, Facebook, or contact him by email at tfbpatrick@gmail.com.

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


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  • Rick O’Shay

    No mention of the reversible mag release? I believe they were the first to do that. I’m sure someone will correct me if I’m wrong.

    • Patrick R. – Senior Writer

      They were not the first to offer that. The CZ 75 is one off the top of my head that beat it by a long shot. Besides, I normally dont think about left handed shooters being right handed.

  • guest

    M&P in .40:

    the non-Glock that’s almost a Glock, for people that don’t want a Glock-branded Glock in an obscure caliber with questionable advantages

    • Patrick R. – Senior Writer

      But it was cheap tho …. like new Hi-Point cheap.

      • guest

        I’m dissing the blatant cloning and the brand, not the quality or price.

        • iksnilol

          I’d be a clone if Glock parts fit the M&P.

          • guest

            Does not matter, both probably have wrong grip angles that make people shoot the wrong way.

      • Christian Hedegaard-Schou

        Does an Apex 9mm barrel fit the .40 slides? This might be an inexpensive way to get a match-grade 9mm barrel in your used M&P for a very good savings.

  • Christian Hedegaard-Schou

    Lost me at .40S&W

    • Gregory

      There is nothing wrong with .40 S&W, just the people that cannot seem to handle it.

      • Spencerhut

        Are you able to comprehend what you wrote? Why do you think the FBI no longer recommends .40S&W?

        • Gregory

          Oh, I am sorry, if the FBI does something then it must always be the right choice. How absolutely stupid of me not to realize this. Give me a break. Do you have a mind of your own? I am a LEO for an agency with a staff of 4,000. We carry the .40 S&W and we are not changing to the 9mm. Wow, I guess we are not as smart as you or the FBI. Please tell me how we can become as smart as you.

          • Spencerhut

            Thanks for serving your fellow citizens. Have fun with your .40 Short and Weak

          • iksnilol

            I dare say the federales have more experience in killing folks than your department… so I’d at least listen to them.

          • SirOliverHumperdink

            Sorry but the FBI has been hiring lots of scrawny, men and little, weak wrist-ed ladies in the past 8 years.

          • Dougscamo

            Doubtful….the FBI as a rule doesn’t shoot a lot of people….

          • iksnilol

            Wuuut, but they’re like federal. They shoot people all over the country.

          • Dougscamo

            Dang few….killed 70 from 1993-2011….wounded about the same number….

          • iksnilol

            Pretty sure that’s more than that other guy’s local department tho.

          • Dougscamo

            Think about it…..4,000 man force? That’s going to be a big city….probably as many shoots locally as the FBI had nationally in that time period….since they have less than 14,000 field agents spread over the nation….
            BTW….TFB keeps crashing so I am having to recall his manpower figure from memory….

          • pismopal

            LAPD is not in need of FBI recommendations on much of anything that I know of.

          • iksnilol

            Regarding marksmanship they need all the help they can get.

          • pismopal

            And you are an expert?….on what?

          • iksnilol

            I’ve seen their stats. Hits compared to shots fired ratio is scary.

          • pismopal

            And who have you shot at under stress? And what are your stats? I know your type..arm chair gun fighter and did not make the cut for a LE position.

    • FartsOnCommand

      Lost me at “Singapore Armed Forces.” City-States are so 800B.C.

      • codfilet

        What’s old is new again…

  • gunsandrockets

    My local Walmart sells Winchester white box 180 grain hollowpoint .40 S&W ammo at $22 per box of fifty.

    The nice thing about .40 S&W is that it was one of the first pistol cartridges designed to use a hollowpoint bullet. And since it was designed back in the days when hollowpoint bullet performance was iffy, it should work well even when using cheaper HP ammo.

    • Patrick R. – Senior Writer

      With 147 grain Federal HST hovering around $18 to $20 a box of 50 I can’t see any reason to not buy a 9mm.

      • gunsandrockets

        Funny, the cheapest I can find that anywhere is closer to $22 a box of 50 before shipping.

        Where is it for sale retail for $18 a box?

        • iksnilol

          I agree with comrade Pyotr, 9mm hollow points are cheaper, and FMJ training ammo is even cheaper.

          • gunsandrockets

            Would you feel confident using a cheap 9mm hollowpoint?

            Given a choice, I would probably take a 9mm over a .40 S&W too, but not for the same rationalizations currently supplied by some people today.

            The basic rationalization usually boils down to, 9mm is just as effective as .40 and is cheaper too! Each statement is true, but not when combined together.

            A high-end 9mm round is needed to equal to HP performance of low end .40 S&W.

          • iksnilol

            HSTs are perfectly adequate hollowpoints. And you can get them for the price of low end .40 sw HPs.

            Just because they aren’t expensive doesn’t mean they suck. If I want to kill something properly I’m going for the Blessed Hexolitt32.

          • gunsandrockets

            No, you can’t get 9mm 147 grain HST for the price of low end .40 HP. Tell me which retail outlet sells HST for only 22 dollars a box.

            Sure there is cheap 9mm HP out there, but it’s low end 115 grain stuff which is in no way the equal of 180 grain .40 HP.

          • iksnilol

            I shoot somebody with it, they die, it doesn’t go through too much.

            I mean, it isn’t that complicated.

            Also, why 147 grain specifically? 124 grain is cheaper and works just as good if not better.

  • JumpIf NotZero

    You bowl every single one of your draws. Stop doing that.

    • Big Daddy

      Yeah that’s bad.

      • OverTheLineSMOKEY

        He looks like a bowler, let’s get him a bowling shirt.

    • Don Ward

      Let me guess. Ol’ JumpIfSnotZero does the “tactical” draw the gun, bring it up to your chest and then pump it straight out perpendicular 90 degree angle draw technique?

      Sad.

      Just sad.

      • Don Ward

        And then after he’s fired, let me guess, he turns his head left, right and then behind him, right?

        Seriously. It’s like a YouTube gun channel stereotype come to life.

      • ADRIANBrodey!

        What’s sad is that one movie about the piano guy during the holocaust. Sad man…sad.

        • Don Ward

          Wait… That wasn’t a romantic comedy?

          Ummm…

          Wow!

          Now I feel embarrassed for my behavior at the theater…

    • imtoomuch

      Honest question. What does it mean to “bowl” a draw?

      • Don Ward

        It means drawing a handgun like a normal human being and not someone who has watched too many tactical YouTube videos.
        Place your arm and hand at your side. Raise both arm and hand upwards in a fluid, arc until both are now perpendicular from the body. That is the “bowl” he is describing.
        As opposed to the tacticool approach of drawing the gun upwards and keeping it close to your chest, hunching your shoulders like an asthmatic until you bring your off hand onto the handgun, and then pumping both outwards.

      • JumpIf NotZero

        I have some users blocked so I can’t see if anyone replied to you. But a PROPER draw includes pushing out from a compressed ready. Good shooters do this, Jerry M does this, anyone with training does this.

        An amateur will make a sweeping motion from holster to target. Either a low sweep, called “bowling”. Or high, called “fishing”.

        Now… as to the topic of “do you want to take advice from amateurs?” That’s up to you. Likewise, if someone wanted to appear to be more than an amateur, they should show proficiency in their subject.

    • Patrick R. – Senior Writer

      Let me try to care.

      Nope, can’t seem to care.

  • Martin törefeldt

    Someone had fun with this headline.

    (Got to admit it got me smiling).

  • An OlFolk

    This gun M&P started the changeable back strap trend now available on most strikers. The .40 can be changed into a .357sig with just a barrel change (mags are marked .40 and .357sig). I bought my gun used $250 about 6 yrs ago and got an Apex .357 sig… truly drop- in replacement barrel (but ammo expensive). Also dropped- in .40 match barrel and is a tack driver ($175) and 6″ steel plates at 50yds are fun! So if you can get a cheaper trade- in, get one! And up for debate… more ammo available with 500+ ft/ lbs knock down energy than .45 and cheaper costing too! Not a fanboy in general, but this .40 for price and range of commercial ammo available… hard to beat!

  • Lee M Attinger

    I’m a bit amazed at all the smack talk. I’ve owned several M&P’s and as long as you’re willing to spend an extra $100 on an Apex trigger they’re awesome pistols. BTW, simply saying glock over and over isn’t an argument. It just means you’re a glock homer. I own several of both. I can form sentences with appropriately places adjectives that clearly state the advantages of one over the other.

    • GrumpavichMcGillicutty

      Funny thing, of all the S&W M&P pistols I’ve shot, there’s only one that’s been more than moderately accurate: The M&P22-Compact. All of their centerfire M&P pistols I’ve shot (mostly 9’s and .45’s) are minute-of-that-big-3x5foot-square-target-over-there-at-7-yards.

      Plus working on them as an armorer sucks. I don’t tell people I am because I hate working on them so much….though not as much as Ruger SR9s….*shutter*

    • gordon

      An above ground nuclear test or an erupting volcano is ‘awesome’, not an economy handgun with a good after market trigger;-)

      • Lee M Attinger

        I’m literally watching a documentary showing the history of America’s nuclear tests as I’m typing this. Weird

        • iksnilol

          Luckily that Allan guy helped out Oppenheimer, too bad it is rarely mentioned.

    • The_Champ

      Yep. Seems like a pretty solid and affordable pistol. I’ve only fired one once but do recall it fitting my hand near perfectly. Like Gordon said, I don’t know if we should start calling it a “classic” but I’d say you would be well armed carrying one.

    • Beju

      I think a lot has to do with police departments that adopted the early M&Ps en masse who had problems that they didn’t with their previous Glock and various DA/SA/DAO pistols.

      There were plenty of problems with trigger sears (subsequently redesigned), strikers (subsequently redesigned), and slide stops (2 redesigns).

  • gordon

    Something 12 years old now is a “classic”?

  • valorius

    I liked the 3rd generation S&W pistols a lot. Carried a custom 5903 lower/6906 upper hybrid for many years. It was a damned reliable and very accurate pistol.