Smith & Wesson's M&P M2.0 – Third Generation Smithplastic | SHOT 2017

Nathaniel F
by Nathaniel F

The latest wave in polymer-framed, striker-fired wunderpistols has reached SHOT Show 2017 Industry Day at the Range, in the form of the Smith & Wesson M&P M2.0. In truth, the M2.0 is a very modest update to the M&P, introducing modest improvements to the controls and grip texture of the original M&P, as well as the now-trendy lightened striker trigger. I am not a big fan of this style of trigger, however popular it has become, as I like my pistols to have very crisp, modestly heavy (~7lb) pulls. However, a lot of people seem to like it, and if you are one then we can include the M&P 2.0 into the rotating list of polymer wondernines that offer this feature.

I evidently did not have the presence of mind to photograph this M&P M2.0 with the slide in battery… Or to photograph any of the other M2.0s they had on the line besides this one.

Probably the nicest thing about the M&P M2.0 is the much more aggressive, but not abrasive, grip texture. This is equivalent to a stippling job right out of the box, and felt pretty good to me. The M&P’s grip is of a well-designed shape, and that hasn’t changed, but the annoying slipperiness is gone.

Thanks to the Smith & Wesson rep for getting these sweet photos of brass flying through the air.

Also at S&W’s booth was their rather nifty 6.5 Creedmoor caliber M&P 10, which comes with a matching rather hefty $2,035 MSRP. The representative did not mention much more about it.

Nathaniel F
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. He can be reached via email at nathaniel.f@staff.thefirearmblog.com.

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  • Treiz Treiz on Jan 18, 2017

    Looking forward to getting a few of these.

  • Beachhawk Beachhawk on Jan 19, 2017

    Nathaniel, the M&P M2.0 appears to have the same grip texturing as the relatively new M&P45 Shield. While that aggressive texturing is great when shooting, it's like wearing very coarse sandpaper in an IWB holster. After wearing it two hours, the skin above my hip felt like it had been sandblasted or blow torched. I haven't tried it in an OWB holster, but I suspect it will eat up your shirt. I love the pistol, but I have ordered a Hogue Handall to tame the texturing. I am hoping some creative holster maker will design and market holsters for these pistols that protects the skin and clothing of the carrier.

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