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 of the U.S. Military’s (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.