Smith & Wesson's popular line of M&P semi-automatic pistols has expanded in 2016 with the addition of three more models
The Smith & Wesson "Military & Police" (M&P) series of striker-fired semi-automatic pistols was originally launched in the Summer of 2005, projecting one of America's oldest and most highly regarded gunmakers in the market of high-end polymer-frame striker-fired pistols for service and defensive purposes. After the blunder of the previous "Sigma" line, the M&P series quickly became the flagship of the Smith & Wesson products line, and are today among the world's most sought after handguns for target practice, personal defense, home and property protection, and service purposes for military, law enforcement, and private security personnel.
In 2016, Smith & Wesson is launching three new models that add to an already comprehensive line of pistols, offering even more alternatives for target shooting or personal, home and property defense.
The company’s popular Performance Center Ported M&P Shield pistol, in both 9mm and .40 Smith & Wesson with factory ported barrel and slide, is now available with front and rear tritium night sights. Whether used as a backup sidearm for police personnel, a deep concealment pistol for plain-clothes officers, or a self-protection firearm for consumers, the Performance Center Ported M&P Shield with new night sights enhances sight acquisition in all low-light situations. Engineered on a high-strength polymer frame measuring .95-inches in width, the Performance Center Ported M&P Shield is standard with a 3.1-inch factory-ported barrel. The barrel, combined with the pistol’s three precision-cut ports across the top of the stainless steel slide, help reduce muzzle flip and improve the ability to remain on target after firing. The Performance Center Ported M&P Shield pistols have been further updated with tritium night sights and an enhanced trigger.
he Performance Center Ported M&P Shield pistol is shipped with both an extended and flat magazine offering consumers the ability to customize the length of the grip. The 9mm Performance Center Ported M&P Shield pistol offers an 8+1 or 7+1 magazine capacity while the .40S&W Performance Center Ported M&P Shield pistol is standard with either a 7+1 or 6+1 magazine capacity. Both the 9mm and .40 S&W Performance Center Ported M&P Shield pistols carry an MSRP of $600.00 and are backed by Smith & Wesson’s Lifetime Service policy.
Smith & Wesson’s new M&P-45 Shield is a slim, concealable, lightweight, striker-fired polymer pistol. From its one-inch profile to its optimized 18-degree grip angle, the M&P45 Shield offers professional-grade features that provide consumers and professionals with reliable performance and simple operation in a deeply concealable. 45 ACP firearm that can be carried comfortably and confidently, all day, and offers a capacity of six or seven hard-hitting rounds in detachable single-stack magazines.
At 6.45 inches long, the M&P-45 Shield is standard with a 3.3 inch stainless-steel barrel. On the left side of the frame, the pistol is fitted with familiar operational controls including a simple takedown lever, flat profile slide stop, and magazine release. The M&P-45 Shield is available with or without a thumb safety, and an extended trigger guard allows for operation with or without gloves. The striker-fired M&P Shield is highly regarded for its crisp trigger and quick and audible reset.
The M&P-45 Shield model has an MSRP of $479 and is sold with a limited warranty and a lifetime service policy.
Engineered to professional standards, the new Smith & Wesson M&P-22 Compact pistol in Cerakote Flat Dark Earth (FDE) frame finish incorporates a variety of features inherent to the design of the full size M&P centerfire pistol in a smaller scale version. The American-made, M&P22 Compact .22 Long Rifle caliber pistol delivers M&P accuracy and reliability in a fun-to-shoot, compact profile.
Designed to be 15% smaller than the full-size M&P, the M&P-22 Compact pistol accommodates the needs of both left and right-handed shooters with its ambidextrous manual safety and reversible magazine release. A Picatinny-style accessory rail underneath the barrel easily accommodates after-market lights and laser sights when using in various light conditions and sporting activities. This pistol is suppressor ready and is standard with a 1/2 inch x 28 threaded barrel with muzzle cap for easy accessorizing.
Sporting a remarkably crisp trigger pull with reset which makes it accurate, easy and fun, the Smith & Wesson M&P-22 Compact FDE pistol has an MSRP of $429 and ships complete with two 10-round capacity magazines.