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Smith & Wesson's M&P pistol line debuted in 2005 as a revamp of the notably less popular Sigma design. Designed with reliability, durability and accuracy in mind, the M&P line of pistols share a core of features that places emphasis on ergonomics and safety, which makes shooting both comfortable and foolproof. Let us take a look at a few of those features.
A major hallmark of the M&P line is ergonomics, which provides for a pistol with high levels of comfort and functionality. A feature that is immediately noticeable is the inclusion of three interchangeable palm swell grips – one small, one medium and one large. Each grip provides an aggressive texture that is present not only on the front and back straps but the magazine release as well. This texture is designed to provide enhanced control. Another noteworthy feature regarding the magazine release is its reversibility, which serves to accommodate both left- and right-handed shooters. It also drops the magazine freely from the pistol when depressed. Another ambidextrous feature is the slide stop. The oversized trigger guard allows for simple operation of the pistol with or without gloves. Finally, the 18-degree angle of the grip promotes more natural aiming. All of this blends perfectly with the easy-to-conceal profile of the pistol.
Safety is the other major hallmark of the M&P line of pistols. The most prominent safety feature found on M&P pistols is the passive trigger safety. This provision seems to be included with many modern pistols, and for good reason. The disjointed trigger features a secondary lever that must be pulled in conjunction with the trigger. This safety prevents any accidental discharges by requiring that the trigger be fully and intentionally depressed. It also protects against discharges that might occur in the event that the pistol is dropped. Other safety features include a sear deactivation lever that allows the pistol to be disassembled without pulling the trigger and a loaded chamber indicator, which provides a visual confirmation on the status of the chamber.
The Smith & Wesson M&P45 features a 4.5-inch barrel and an overall length of 8.05 inches. Materials used in producing the pistol include Zytel® polymer for the frame and stainless steel for the chassis, slide and barrel. Both the slide and the barrel feature a black Melonite® finish. The slide also includes scalloped serrations for a secure grip. The pistol weighs in at 29.6 ounces (unloaded) and includes a 3-dot sight system, which consists of a contoured dovetail front sight and a steel Novak® Lo-Mount rear sight. This sight system provides for the rapid acquisition of targets and pinpoint accuracy. Also noteworthy is the 6.5 pound trigger pull and minimal .30 inch trigger reset, which when combined with the sight system allows for high performance and simple follow-up shots. As noted, each pistol comes with two 10-round magazines.
Other brands have been giving it their all and serving in an official law enforcement capacity for years. But the Smith & Wesson M&P45 is finding its way into the hands of law enforcement agents all over the country, which means it must be doing something right. Consider the M&P45 for:
- Personal protection
- Target shooting
- Law enforcement
- Much more…