Much to the elation of M&P 40 police trade in guns like myself, Apex has released a conversion barrel that allows you to shoot 9mm. With the new M&P 2.0 being released this is a well-timed product launch because I imagine that many police departments that are still running the M&P 40 will likely trade them in towards the new and improved 2.0.
In their press release, Apex covers some reasonably impressive specs like the availability of a Gunsmith fit barrel for shooters that are looking to squeeze every ounce of accuracy out of their converted gun as well as a drop-in barrel for the casual shooter that is content with a 1.5″ group at 25 yards. The Gunsmith fit barrel is claimed to offer a one inch or better group at 25 yards, more than enough to outshoot 99.9% of shooters out there.
They do say this about barrel accuracy, though:
Final accuracy results after installation may vary based on the individual shooter’s ability, ammunition selection and variations in factory firearm tolerances. Additionally, as with all conversion barrels, the shooter may experience erratic ejection patterns due to light or low velocity rounds.
On top of the two fitment options, Apex is also offering a 5″ barrel as well as a 4.25″ barrel covering every M&P with the exception of the Compact (and I suspect that a Compact solution is not far off depending on what they hear from customers.) It also appears that there is no need to swap springs or anything else when converting the pistol but I couldn’t find anything concrete on their website.
You can see the full line of Apex Grade Conversion Barrels for M&P over at their website. Currently, the MSRP on the conversion barrels is set at $199.95.