New for 2017 and with an MSRP of $569 the M&P 2.0 looks to have been designed to compete directly with the Glock 19.
The gun comes packaged in a Smith & Wesson branded plastic case. Inside the case you will find a gun lock, safety and instruction manual along with the product registration card, 3 additional backstraps for a total of 4, 2 magazines, 2 magazine sleeves for use with a full size magazines and of course the gun.
The 2.0 Compact comes in both 9mm or .40. Our review unit is chambered in 9mm and has a capacity of 15+1. The barrel length is 4" and the overall length of the slide is 7.3". The sights are steel and feature a white 3 dot setup. The gun weighs in at 24.0 oz. The barrel and slide are made out of stainless steel and feature an Armornite finish. The frame material is a high grade polymer. The gun features ambidextrous slide stops and a magazine release button that can be changed to work on either side. It's also worth noting that the same magazines from the original M&P will work in the 2.0.
The grip texture is very aggressive and feels nearly identical grip tape which makes for a secure grip when your hands are sweaty, or when wearing gloves. The aggressive texture is appropriate on a service pistol, but probably won’t be comfortable against the skin while carrying concealed.
As we mentioned this gun comes with four interchangeable back straps two of which have Beaver tails. The back straps snap on to the gun and are held in place by what Smith & Wesson calls their frame tool. This is probably the quickest design we've seen. Changing backstraps can be done in a matter of seconds.
The M&P 2.0 features a segmented trigger that also functions as an integrated safety. I'm going to be honest, I don't like it. The trigger has too much curve for my liking and prior to the break it feels very spongy. That being said the break is fairly crisp and the reset is very positive. I would definitely change the trigger if I was going to keep this gun.
During our testing the gun performed 100%. We put over 250 rounds through the gun. The ammo used was Monarch 145gr steel case hollow points and Blazer Brass 115gr full metal jacket rounds. When doing these reviews I try to choose ammo that I think will give the guns issues. Luckily the M&P 2.0 didn't have any to speak of. The gun shot well and definitely wasn't going anywhere with its aggressive grip.
What are my final thoughts, well, The M&P 2.0 is a pretty well rounded package. The grip is comfortable, aggressive and it functioned 100% during our test. That being said if I had to choose either the M&P 2.0 or the Gen 5 Glock 19 and I couldn't do any later modifications I'd probably choose the Glock. The Glock out of the box has a much better trigger in my opinion and while the grip on the Glock is not as aggressive as the M&P 2.0, it is still very good. Now if money wasn't an issue and I was planning on doing later modifications then I might buy the M&P 2.0 over the Glock.
And that's all we have for today we'd like to thank Central Texas Gun Works for supplying this gun for review. If you're in the Austin area go check them out. They have a great selection and can order anything you need.
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