Smith & Wesson M&P



Overview


M&P9

Left side view of Smith & Wesson M&P9.
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Origin
United States
Type
Pistol
Entered service
2005
Status
In service
Development
Early 2000's
Developer
United States - Smith & Wesson
Production
2005 - present
Producer
United States - Smith & Wesson
Unit cost
$ 569 for M&P in 2013
$ 569 for M&P Compact in 2013
$ 449 for M&P Shield in 2013
Designations
M&P / Military & Police

Description


Introduction

The M&P is a modern pistol of US origin. It was developed by Smith & Wesson for law enforcement and civilian use. It is based on the earlier Sigma pistol which had only limited success. The limited production costs make it a better competitor to the ubiquitous Glock than designs from SIG and H&K.

Design

The M&P has many features in common with the Glock. It is a striker fired, short recoil operated, locked breech design with metal slide and polymer reinforced frame. Compared to the older Sigma the M&P has an improved trigger and better ergonomics. An accessory rail is mounted in front of the trigger guard. The M&P is available in various calibers and various frame sizes have been introduced.

Firepower

The M&P is a semi-automatic pistol that is available in various calibers. In 9x19mm Parabellum it has a 17 round magazine, in .40 S&W and .357 SIG a 15 round magazine is used and the large .45 ACP results in a 10 round magazine capacity.

Users

In the United States the M&P is adopted in growing numbers by law enforcement agencies. It is also widely sold on the civilian market. The M&P has been exported to various nations and is mostly used with police agencies. Iraq is the only known military user of the M&P.

M&P full size


M&P45

Left side view of Smith & Wesson M&P45.
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The M&P is a modern striker fired pistol with metal slide and polymer frame.

M&P9
Standard full size model chambered in 9x19mm Parabellum.
M&P40
Standard full size model chambered in .40 S&W.
M&P357
Standard full size model chambered in .357 SIG.
M&P45
Standard full size model chambered in .45 ACP. This model has somewhat larger dimensions in order to facilitate the larger caliber.
Facts M&P9 M&P40 M&P357 M&P45
General
Origin
United States
Type
Pistol
Caliber
Caliber
9x19mm Parabellum
Magazine
17 rounds
Barrel length
108 mm
Operation
Action
Short recoil, locked breech, striker fired
Rate of fire
Semi-automatic
Dimensions
Length
194 mm
Width
30 mm frame
Height
139 mm
Weight
0.68 kg empty
Sights
Type
Iron sights, blade front and notch rear
Sight radius
163 mm

M&P Compact


M&P9 Compact

Left side view of Smith & Wesson M&P9 Compact.
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The M&P Compact is a more compact version of the M&P. It has a shorter barrel and slide and is less tall due to a shorter grip and the use of shorter magazines.

M&P9C
Compact model chambered in 9x19mm Parabellum.
M&P40C
Compact model chambered in .40 S&W.
M&P357C
Compact model chambered in .357 SIG.
M&P45C
Compact model chambered in .45 ACP. This model is slightly larger than the other calibers.
Facts M&P9 Compact M&P40 Compact M&P357 Compact M&P45 Compact
General
Origin
United States
Type
Pistol
Caliber
Caliber
9x19mm Parabellum
Magazine
12 rounds
Barrel length
89 mm
Operation
Action
Short recoil, locked breech, striker fired
Rate of fire
Semi-automatic
Dimensions
Length
170 mm
Width
30 mm frame
Height
110 mm
Weight
0.62 kg empty
Sights
Type
Iron sights, blade front and notch rear
Sight radius
146 mm

M&P Shield


M&P9 Shield

Left side view of Smith & Wesson M&P9 Shield.
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The M&P Shield is the subcompact version of the M&P. It has roughly similar dimensions as the M&P Compact, but is much slimmer since it uses a single stack magazine.

M&P9 Shield
Subcompact model chambered in 9x19mm Parabellum.
M&P40 Shield
Subcompact model chambered in .40 S&W.
Facts M&P9 Shield M&P40 Shield
General
Origin
United States
Type
Pistol
Caliber
Caliber
9x19mm Parabellum
Magazine
7, 8 rounds
Barrel length
79 mm
Operation
Action
Short recoil, locked breech, striker fired
Rate of fire
Semi-automatic
Dimensions
Length
155 mm
Width
24 mm frame
Height
117 mm
Weight
0.54 kg empty
Sights
Type
Iron sights, blade front and notch rear
Sight radius
133 mm