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

    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 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 [email protected]