When the S&W M&P polymer handgun hit the market in 2005, many felt it was okay—just okay. While shooters welcomed the ergonomics, not having to pull the trigger to takedown, multiple back straps, high grip and undercut trigger guard, they found that the trigger and reset disappointing. The frame did not have much texture and was slippery in cold and wet weather.
The poor trigger was a rally point for third party companies and a few companies flourished by designing and offering new parts that improved the trigger and reset. Visit our site and search for Apex triggers for different trigger part options. These tools made the popular M&P usable, though still not perfect.
S&W listened, and went back to work to improve the M&P and re-introduced the pistol as the 2.0. This new brand of M&P was the pistol they offered to the U.S. military for testing as part of the XM17 Modular Handgun System program. While the M&P 2.0 wasn’t selected in the end, the general public saw the dividend—a much improved pistol.
Smith and Wesson calls the M&P 2.0 “an entirely new platform”. And from our short time getting to try it out, I’d have to agree.
- Better trigger with shorter and audible reset
- Textured frame
- Four back straps to fit more shooters
- Extended stainless-steel chassis that stiffened the frame
- Removal of the beavertail for more comfort
- Available in three calibers — 9mm, .40S&W, .45ACP (the .45ACP version has not shipped to date) and two colors- black or Flat Dark Earth with S&W’s Armornite corrosion resistant finish.
- On the range with the M&P 2.0 revealed a much improved handgun. Recoil was more straight back and the stiffer frame was noticeable.
- Trigger is much better than the first version and the reset is shorter and you can feel it. Quick double taps in the “A” zone were easy. Even our local GLOCK fanboy begrudgingly approved of the pistol and will add one to his battery of arms.
- S&W did its homework and delivered a great pistol with the M&P 2.0.
strong>You can get your hands on a new M&P 2.0 here.