As a diehard fan of the Smith & Wesson M&P series of pistols, I’m going to have to admit I’m more than a little excited about this drop. It seems Smith & Wesson has upgraded their stalwart M&P pistol lineup with a new and improved version M2.0. Chambered in (of course) 9mm and .40 S&W, the revised pistol looks to have as standard a few new options that for many years had been considered custom – forward slide serrations, full grip stippling, and an upgraded trigger (glad Smith finally listened on that one!). Also thrown in the mix are a new corrosion-resistant “Armornite” finish and four interchangeable grip/palm swells; the original M&P series only offered three. The new M2.0 also appears to be available with and without a thumb safety, just like the original series. Six different models are currently offered, including a longslide variant (pictured)
Although Smith & Wesson’s M&P-derived offering is officially out of the U.S. Military’s Modular Handgun System (MHS) evaluation to replace the venerable Beretta M9, it doesn’t take too many brain synapses firing in the correct order to guess that some of what S&W learned in the military handgun selection process was brought to the table with the new M&P M2.0. While it’s a little early to hope that Santa will bring one under the tree, I’m definitely hoping for a run at one of these babies as soon as I can.