When Smith & Wesson produced its first M&P revolver back in 1899 it set the standard for all revolvers for a long time to come.
The popularity of the infamous model 10 grew at an astounding rate. It was soon the most widely used revolver, in the free world, by both police and many military forces. This is why when Smith & Wesson choose to put their M&P name on their new semiautomatic pistol, it is obvious that they are serious about recapturing their market share.
The Smith & Wesson M&P has many desirable features.
To start with it uses a “cone” muzzle, which allows for a very consistent position, in the slide upon lock up. This feature enhances accuracy as well as producing less friction as the action cycles.
Both the barrel and frame are “through Hardened” as opposed to case hardening. This process, as the name would imply, hardens the solid stainless steel barrel and slide, completely through, not just a surface hardening, as the case hardening process produces.
The barrel is broach rifled which allows for the use of hard cast lead bullets, which is a real plus for those of us using our inexpensive hand loads for increased “trigger time”.
The barrel also has a notch cut at the top rear of the breach. This enables the operator to quickly visually verify whether or not the chamber is loaded. It also uses an externally mounted extractor with an extra wide claw that improves reliability.
The Smith & Wesson M&P is fitted with either Novak LoMount sights or Trijicon night sights.
Another feature that makes this piece a hit is that it is not a “one size fits all”. It includes three different interchangeable palm wells which not only improves the ergonomics of the pistol, but, allows for a semicustom fit.
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