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Reviewed S&W M&P 2.0

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In October of 2017, S&W finally released a gun we’ve all been waiting for. It’s a cross between their M&P series and their polymer framed pistols.

The result is their newest pistol, the M&P M2.0 Compact. It’s a gun that’s been designed to challenge the Glock 19 for control of the compact-but-powerful handgun market.

Since S&W is positioning this gun as a competitor to the much-loved Glock 19, I think it’s safe to say they aren’t cutting any corners with this gun.

I’d expect it to be high-quality, consistent, and overall competitive enough to make people choose the M2.0 Compact over the Glock 19 and similar pistols.

Here are some of the specs for the new M.20 Compact:

It has a 15+1 capacity in the 9mm version, but a 13+1 capacity in the .40 version. It weighs 24 ounces, which is pretty much the same as guns such as the Glock 19 which the M&P 2.0 is competing against.

The barrel length is 4″ inches long, and the total length of the gun is 7.3″ inches. Plus, it also features an 18-degree angle polymer grip for a more natural feel as you aim the gun.

Guns.com did a full review on the S&W M&P M2.0 Compact, and we wanted to highlight some of the points they made about it.

According to reviewer Chris Eger, he fired 2,000 rounds through the M2.0 Compact and only found one malfunction. The malfunction was a failure to feed, but he found that it was actually caused by a new magazine that hadn’t been properly seated.

Here’s what Chris Eger has to say about the gun’s feel:

Handling was easy and, while recoil was by no means a significant issue, the extended internal chassis helps tame flex in the polymer frame. The feed ramp on the barrel throat is nice and wide and had no issues feeding a variety of bullet types with varying geometry.

Eger reports that the M2.0 Compact is very accurate, saying that the results of his shooting drills were predictable.

For reference, the manual states that average accuracy results, “based on several handguns selected at random” was 6.3-inches at 21 yards, which my experience on the line approximates.

The M2.0 Compact’s trigger is based on S&W’s Pro series guns. Eger says he likes that it breaks clean and has an audible reset. However, what he didn’t like was the noise it makes as it takes up slack, saying “it creeks like a rusty hinge on a screen door.”

He used the gun in all conditions ranging from hot-and-humid to being used in the snow, with no sign of corrosion on the slide. Unfortunately, he said the light gray magazine followers show cosmetic wear, but that it doesn’t affect performance at all.

The grip has aggressive texturing, which Eger compared to 60 grit sandpaper. It may be uncomfortable to some people, but the texturing isn’t any more aggressive than some other guns on the market.

It also comes with replaceable palm swells so you can try them all out and use the one that feels most comfortable for you. They can be swapped out without using any tools.

At the end of his review, Eger compares the M2.0 Compact to its biggest competitor, the Glock 19. The comparison is too close to call, and believes that fans of S&W will flock to the M2.0 Compact and fans of Glock will flock to the Glock 19.

Again, you can read Chris Eger’s full detailed report by going here.

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