Smith & Wesson Now Shipping M&P45 M2.0 Pistols

All of you guys and gals out there that think that all defensive calibers start with a four and end with a five can rejoice because Smith & Wesson is now shipping M&P45 M2.0 pistols! The evolution of the original M&P45 is now hitting stores in both the flat dark earth color as well as the classic black.

The upgrades that Smith & Wesson made to the M&P M2.0 for the Modular Handgun System competition really brings the M&P design to life with some much-needed updates like forward cocking serrations for press checks, a more aggressive grip texture without being too aggressive, and an improved trigger.

Below is a list of features that was included in the press release:

Superior Ergonomic Design
•        M&P pistol’s optimal 18-degree grip angle, providing a natural point of aim
•        M&P pistol high grip-to-barrel bore axis – more comfortable to shoot, faster aim recovery
•        Four interchangeable dimensional palm swell grips for best-in-class fit: S, M, ML, L
•        New aggressive M2.0 textured grip for enhanced control
•        New front cocking serrations

Superior Performance
•        New M2.0 crisp trigger with lighter trigger pull
•        Tactile and audible trigger reset
•        Accurate 1 in 10” twist 9mm and .40 S&W, and 1 in 15” twist .45 AUTO M&P M2.0 barrels
•        Extended rigid embedded stainless steel chassis to reduce flex and torque when firing
•        Tactical white 3-dot steel sights for quick target acquisition

Superior Controls
•        Ambidextrous slide stop, reversible magazine release, and optional ambidextrous thumb safety
•        Simple M&P take-down lever, for easy disassembly and maintenance
•        M&P pistol sear deactivation lever – safe take-down without having to pull the trigger

Superior Finish
•        Armornite® – hardened nitride durable corrosion resistant finish on barrel and slide
•        Cerakote® FDE finish over Armornite® on Flat Dark Earth M2.0 slides

While the new 9mm and .40 S&W M2.0’s were designed to fit 95% of shooters, the M&P45 M2.0 is expected have a slightly thicker accommodate the larger cartridges. I do expect it to be slightly slimmer and fit more shooter’s hands than the older M&P Classic models thanks to the four interchangeable backstraps.

The MSRP for the new M&P45 M2.0 is listed at $599 and is in the distribution pipeline now. Check out Smith & Wesson’s website for more info.



Patrick R

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  • 22winmag

    About as exciting as watching paint dry.

  • UnsungBard

    Um, these have been out for a bit. I work for a local FFL; we’ve had two of them for going on a month now. Sure we ordered them at the MT Sports buying show back in January, but still…

  • The Dude

    This would be great for your grandpa if you could convince him that it’s not tupperware.

  • Raptor Fred

    Did they do anything to fix the “Early Unlocking” that has plagued these guns? Apex barrels, blah blah blah …..

  • Gary Kirk

    “All defensive calibers start with a 4 and end with a 5”.. Like .475 Linebaugh??

    • Vhyrus

      Duh, obviously 45 Long Colt. Educate yourself.

      • Gary Kirk

        .475 NE??

        • Giolli Joker

          4.25mm Liliput

          • Anonymoose

            .405 Winchester!

      • Edeco

        455 Webley Mk II

        • The Mark III double-hollow bullets were actually pretty nasty for a walking speed revolver bullet.

          • valorius

            What made them work better than standard bullets? The hollow base would make it nose heavy and highly unlikely to tumble at all, wouldn’t it?

          • Hollow base, hollow point; the base gave it a slightly better gas seal and marginally improved velocity, and the point cavity was wide enough that the soft lead reliably expanded even at low velocity.

          • valorius

            Interesting, thanks.

        • valorius

          The Webley is probably not the best example. The Brits killed a LOT of people the world over with those during their colonial era.

    • Anonymoose

      That was my first thought.

  • Vhyrus

    Meh, I already have a PPQ 45. Higher capacity and a better trigger.

  • Rodney Jenkins

    Cant the release the compacts already?

  • Matt from marxachusetts

    the front serrations on these m2.0 suck, take a look at any original m&p 45, full size, long slide or compact they all had great front serrations, WTF smith?

    • Blake

      Seriously, it should be illegal to call those dimples “serrations”.

    • valorius

      What the heck are the purpose of those goofy little scallops anyway?

  • MrBrassporkchop

    The scalloped front serrations reminds me of Grizzly Chomp cup cakes from the 90s.

  • keazzy

    10 rounds… meh.

    • IF YOU NEED MORE’N ELEVEN ROUNDS OF AMERICAN COMPRESSED PATRIOTISM, SON, YOU BEST SWITCH TO GRENADES

    • valorius

      A 10rd .45 auto is about the perfect choice in a commie state with mag limits.

  • Stan Darsh

    Any word on when/If they will produce a MP2.0 compact model?

  • I’ve always thought forward slide serrations were kinda silly, but I think the OG M&P looks better with them than this goofy little vestigial serrations thing; what’s the point, either have them or eliminate them, sheesh.

    Looks like they also redesigned the ninnyswitch. Huh.

  • valorius

    Just saw a cop here in Hawaii carrying a 3rd gen smith yesterday. I far prefer the 3rd gen S&W pistols to any modern polymer pistol of any make or configuration. To me they were just about the perfect duty gun. I carried one myself for about a decade.