For those of you who love the polymer pistol goodness of the Smith and Wesson M&P line, an exciting new development has occurred. The M&P M2.0 series has been released. We here at Tactical Gun Review got our greasy mits on a few and here are our reactions to the new line:
Trigger – Those familiar with the Performance Center series will notice a similarity with the 2.0 trigger pull. Lighter than a standard Glock trigger, the M2.0 trigger is exceptionally smooth for a striker-fired action. The curvature of the trigger has a very tight radius. For those of us with small hands, this is not a problem. However, sausage-fingered lead farmers, may find only the top and bottom of the trigger engage their bugger-pickers at first. The hinged nature of the M&P trigger means that it will expand as pressure is applied. The trigger reset is very similar to a SIG Short Reset Trigger. It is, perhaps, a millimeter longer reset. The reset itself is very smooth and gentle, unlike the forceful one the M&P has.
The M2.0 series takes the stippling of the SHIELD 45 to the next level. The aggressive nature of the pattern shows the combat-oriented nature of this design. Smith and Wesson includes three additional interchangeable backstraps. There are some edges which show a slight gap when attached to the firearm. Though not of immediate concern, this will need continued observation. Our worry is that the gap could increase with backstrap deformation with use.
Greater care in the slide work is evident. The M2.0 series incorporates serrations along the bottom of the rail, in front of the trigger guard. The “tactical” model, the M2.0 TS TLCI in Flat Dark Earth has a tactile loaded-chamber indicator – much the same as the Springfield XD line of pistols. The M2.0 does not have a manual safety, while the M2.0 TS does. The TS slide has an ambidextrous manual safety. These appear to be smaller than the levers on the standard M&P line. Whether you prefer a handgun with a manual safety or not, Smith and Wesson will have you covered.
As far as barrel lengths, we’ve seen the standard 4.25” models, but a 5” as well. Specifically, the TS TLCI in Flat Dark Earth. Like the others, it comes with interchangeable backstraps.
This updated line from Smith and Wesson is aggressively priced and we look forward to seeing how it performs.
-By Allen Cosby/53GR