Smith & Wesson MP Pistol


Style Full Size Pistol
Frame Zytel Polymer Frame, Stainless Steel Barrel/Slide and Structural
Grips Integrated
Caliber .357 SIG / 9mm / .40 SW
Capacity 10/15 rounds
24.25 oz (687 g)
Length 7.5 inches (19.1 cm)
Barrel 4.25 inches (10.8 cm)
Sights Steel Ramp Dovetail Mount Front, Novak Lo-Mount Carry rears
Manufactured USA by Smith & Wesson
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Smith & Wesson MP Reviews

121 Reviews


Eduardo L. from Athens, AL on Mon, 30 May 2016

Just got back from the rang with my M&P 9. I can hit a soft ball size target at 30 yds with out any problem. This gun is one of the best I have owned and I have currently 11 9mms including a Glock 19, Beretta 92, Taurus slim 709 to name a few. This gun beats even the Glock all hollow. The Glock is not near as accurate at the Smith. I would recommend this gun as a top choice. It digests anything I put in it without any problem, and is as accurate with Wolf as it is with top shelf ammo. I sold a Ruger that Ruger and its arrogance would not fix because it does not make guns with problems, according to Ruger. Screw Ruger, they can keep their POS SR9 and I will take this Smith and Wesson ten times over the Ruger.

Manuel T. from Whitestone, NY on Fri, 27 May 2016

I purchased the .40 service model from Scheels new. I DO like the thumb safety (personal pref.) but I have had the safety come off before in my concealed holster behind my back. I previously had a Ruger SR9. I liked the SR9, the only problems I had was the mag release was ridiculously hard to engage, and the slide release was VERY hard to release with my thumb. I would never go back from the M&P. Came with two 15 round mags, 3 palm grips, a lock, chamber block, and case. I've had much better accuracy with the M&P and I found it more comfortable than the Springfield XD. I couldn't decide between the compact or service model until I handled the service model it still conceals well on the back of my waist and obviously would have better accuracy than the compact. The only negative thing about it was the rear sight. Need to purchase the smallest standard allen wrench I could find to adjust it and would be very easy to lose.

Elliot V. from Austin, TX on Wed, 20 Jan 2016

Purchased a 40 Pro Series (5" barrel & competiton trigger) 2 months ago. I've been to the range 6 times with this handgun so far. The first 4 times I shot approx. 600 total rounds with no ftf's or any problems for that matter. 2 weeks ago my Storm Lake barrels came in. (a 357sig barrel & a 9mm conversion barrel) I also bought 2 9mm mags & have approx 200 rounds of 9mm & 50 rounds of 357sig so far. No ftf's from these either. The accuracy is darn good with the aftermarket barrels as well as the OEM barrel. I own & carry Glocks, but this M&P has sold me on this platform as well. I'm not in the market yet for a M&Pc to carry, but hey, anything is possible. Excellent gun.

Harrison H. from Kerman, CA on Fri, 18 Dec 2015

Ladies and Gentlemen, After extensive study, I have created my WISH LIST OF COLLECTIBLE PISTOLS. There were several criteria used to compile this list. They are: A) For Self Defense…(not target shooting, tactical competition or plinking) B) Best meet the standards of Power, Recoil, Capacity, and Concealability C) Employ some (if not all) operating features such as: - Fixed or Rotating Barrel, or Rotating Bolt - Striker or Conceal Hammer Fired - Double Action Only or Modified Double Action Trigger Mechanism - Manual Safety and/or Decocking Mechanism - Uniqueness of Operation - Auto-Feed of cartridge - Placement of Levers and Buttons - Use of laser D) Many of the pistols listed have been rated as desirable handguns to own E) Discontinued or Limited Availability WISH LIST OF COLLECTIBLE PISTOLS 9mm - Beretta Px4 Storm, Type C-------------$500 9mm - Boberg XR9----------------------------$1000 9mm - Grand Power K-102R-------------------$1500 9mm - HK P7 M13----------------------------$3000 9mm - Smith &Wesson M&P-------------------$600 .22WMR - Kel-Tec PMR30---------------------$400 .380 ACP - Smith & Wesson Bodyguard 380----$400 5.7mm x 28 -FNH Five-SeveN USG-------------$1200 .40 S&W - Mauser M2------------------------$500 Any commentary on the above choices would be much appreciated. Idlethyme

Walter F. from Zephyrhills, FL on Mon, 23 Nov 2015

I agree wholeheartedly with jbfla about the safety issue. If you are paranoid about the need for a safety, just don't carry with a shell in the chamber. I suspect that the process of racking the gun is about as quick as releasing a safety if practiced frequently. You can't really aim while releasing that safety as your hand is out of position. I am a newby, though 68 years old, so maybe my opinion isn't worth much but I am a quick learner and a good reader; some local help at our sportsman's club and a few blogs on shooting technique have made me confident in my skills - and the holes in the targets clustered pretty close reinforce my self-confidence. I do have a pistol with a safety - a S&W 22A. I use the safety on it because dryfiring isn't recommended with the rimfire. Also, I don't expect to need it in emergency situations. I do attempt to fire it without releasing the safety a lot; this just gives me an opportunity to reinforce my vocabulary skills. Usually I fire a lot of the 22's and then a magazine or 2 of the 9 each time I go to the range. I fire left, right and 2-handed most trips. Also I move around, finding firing while moving backwards most challenging. I suppose God didn't make us to retreat. I chose 9mm because of the availability of ammunition and because it is less expensive to shoot. I'd rather be good with a 9 than mediocre with a 45. I also read that the extreme shock carries a big punch; hope to never get the chance to find out. When choosing my self defense gun, I had considered the Taurus Judge (figured my wife would fear it more than the criminal) and the Springfield XDm. I found that the Springfield isn't very left hand friendly and thanks to a Cabelas salesman who recommeded the M&P I felt comfortable immediately. I have since had an opportunity to fire my son-in-law's XDm and it shoots well, though he has a smaller grip on it making it seem a bit small for my big paws. Don't understand why Springfield doesn't make the slide stop ambidextrous - simple to do. It certainly would be worth the effort as there isn't the effort convert young kids to righties like when I was young.

Eduardo L. from Athens, AL on Wed, 18 Nov 2015

Just got back from the range. Ran 200 rounds though the M&P, The gun is as accurage as my ruger and held groups tighter than I can shoot. No problem keeping them all in the ten ring at 60 ft. It was a pleasure to shoot and is more comfortable than my SR was. Sights are better than the SR and trigger pull is better than my Glock. In short this is a great gun. I am all in at 400 and I still have 40 left from the sale of my SR to buy a mag. I just have to find one, not that easy, everyone is out of them.

Walter F. from Zephyrhills, FL on Sat, 3 Oct 2015

The more I shoot this gun the more I like it. Shot another box yesterday with a friend and he also enjoyed it. His police 38 isn't in the ballpark in accuracy and is cumbersome as both of us have large hands. I've had no feed problems; I lube very lightly and clean it when it is convenient. I do all of my shooting from about 25 feet as that is the critical distance in my home - my theory is that if I can hit at that distance then anything closer is easy. I went with the 9 mm as I feel that the wife can handle it and that it is better to be capable with a lower caliber (less expensive to shoot) than hoping for the best with a cannon. I also keep Extreme Shock in the magazine when not at the range. I understand that in addition to not killing my neighbors it carries a heavy punch to the initial target. The real truth is: if punch is the goal you shouldn't consider anything other than a 12 gauge pump. Don't we all just love handguns! After-the-fact, I bought a little S&W 22A that shoots for pennies and am having a real ball destroying cardboard at the range. I usually shoot a magazine load of 9 and a few hundred 22's. Found a "Pool" target at that is a blast - my friend and I load 5 shots into the mag and take turns at 8 ball. If you accidentally hit the 8, you scratch. You can also make the other guy's ball. Try it, you'll like it; a bit expensive with the heavy calibers, though.

Ray V. from Riverdale, NJ on Sat, 3 Oct 2015

I shoot remington rounds in mine but its a .45-have around 1400 rounds through it and have never had even one jam-return the weapon and get a .40 or .45-also I never fill a mag all the way to capacity - like always put in one less then the mag holds

Ray V. from Riverdale, NJ on Sun, 20 Sep 2015

I struggled with the trigger pull at first because it was different from my 1911 but 1200 rounds down the road the trigger is not a factor also have never had a jam of any kind.

Ray V. from Riverdale, NJ on Mon, 15 Jun 2015

Yes my trigger sucks on my mp 45 but I have gotten used to it

Pierre Q. from Federal Way, WA on Sun, 14 Jun 2015

My wife bought an M&P9 JG to take to Front Sight for the 4-Day Defensive Handgun Course. I sent it to the S&W Performance Center for their M&P Action Package treatment. Very nice pistol! After using a Sig 239 SAS Gen 2 at Front Sight, I came home and bought an M&P9 Pro, believing that the Pro Series pistol was equivalent to my wife's pistol that had the Performance Center sear and treatment. It didn't turn out that way. Out of the box, the trigger on my new pistol was noticeably inferior to hers. By the time I got my M&P9, I had learned about Apex Tactical and their M&P goodies. I sent my pistol off to Apex for the DCAEK and installation of Warren Tactical Sevigny sights. Oh my - SWEET!

Peter E. from Nashua, NH on Sat, 30 May 2015

I purchased this used, as a big brother to my M&P compact, both in 40 cal. It had night sights and 5 mags plus everything else it comes with from the factory. There really isn't all that much difference between the two, save for the size. Two things I did notice was that the my compact has a manual safety. The full size didn't. Next was, even though it comes with a pretty good trigger from the factory, it wasn't what I really wanted, considering one of these two weapons will be with me all the time. I decided to send it to Dan Burwell for some trigger work. I had heard he had a good rep and works exclusively on M&Ps. After a couple of emails back and forth, it sounded like he had a decent idea of what I wanted. Dan must have taken mind reading lessons as well as when I got it back it was EXACTLY what I wanted, bar NONE! Well done DAN! My 40 compact will be going to see Dan after the first of the year. That is if Obama doesn't screw me out of my meager tax refund. I have put a few hundred rounds through it since I got it, but the trigger makes all the difference for me. I am going to put a new set of Tritium sights on it this one. Then send the compact to Dan to do the trigger and sights on that as well. I wish I had realized the sights were so bad when Dan had this one, but I was concentrating on the trigger. I still like my Glocks, but this will be taking over for my Glock 23 as my other carry weapon. As I am a big guy, it is a comfortable fit either in my shoulder rig or my inside the waist holster. The other nice thing is both M&Ps fit both holsters even though there is a decent size difference. I like pretty much all aspects of the M&P. It comes with the three easy to change back straps for different size hands. It also hits what you are aiming at. What more can one ask for? I have seen them right around $600 so price isn't bad either. Of course you can get it in 9mm, 40cal, and 45ACP. Keep in mind, the trigger job was my choice. It came with a very acceptable trigger out of the box. Dan Burwell just made it perfect for me. All things considered, the S&W M&P looks like a darn good choice from where I am standing.

Stephen L. from Hanceville, AL on Wed, 20 May 2015

I purchased a SW M&P Pro 9mm and have enjoyed the pistol. Purchased for $650 from a local retailer in mid-2010. It is easily disassembled for cleaning. The 5" barrel is appreciated for firing, but the Pro would be tough to conceal and carry in the jurisdictions where it is an option. All in all, a nice weapon. However, I might have reconsidered the purchase in favor of the CZ 75 9mm series. CZ is full metal, a bit heavier, and a great gun as well.

Russell A. from Newport, NC on Wed, 20 May 2015

LOVE THIS GUN!!!!!!!!!!

Alan R. from Midland City, AL on Mon, 11 May 2015

I just bought an M & P 9mm Pro Series. I had been looking at the standard M&P but trigger was heavy and long and that turned me off. But the more research I did on this gun, the more rave reviews it got (except for the trigger) and the more interested I got. I found one on that was a Pro Series version, where the capacity is a little higher and the trigger has been totally redone so that it's shorter and much smoother, so I went for it. Got it with trijicon night sights. Right out of the box, this gun was great and very accurate. With the different backstraps provided, it can be modified to fit your hand and it is very comfortable. I shot 200 rounds right out of the box with no issues. Gonna shoot it some more but for right now, I like this gun.

Clint S. from Elkland, PA on Thu, 16 Apr 2015

I love this pistol, I prefer this to a glock mainly because you can make it fit your hand so much better than a glock due to the changable back straps. The one advantage I can say a glock has over this pistol is the trigger reset as the glocks is impossible to miss while I find this ones reset is a little more subtle. I like the grips on the slide better than a glock and how this pistol points is second to non. I have had no issues with any type of ammo in this pistol.

Alberto G. from Herrin, IL on Sat, 27 Dec 2014

I recently purchased the M&P 40 full for home defense but i have found that it stays on me more than staying at home. being in NC i can conceal it but need to find a good IWB holster. i prefer to keep it in my back but front doesn't bother me. anyone know of a good but simple holster to hide my gun in the pants?

Samuel H. from Mount Prospect, IL on Fri, 14 Nov 2014

Hey YYZ, I have both the M&P 40 as well as the G22. In my opinion you can't go wrong wih either one. The one good thing about the M&P is that you can change the grips. I find the M&P also has a softer re-coil. If you happen to have a range that lets you rent guns I would suggest testing both if you can to see which one fits you more comfortable. I believe they are both about the same price. As far as your question about why they put acp or s&w after the bullet type usually refers to it's origin. I could be wrong on this so dont quote me. As far as I know Smith and Wesson created the .40 cal. so thats why s&w follows after the caliber. Just like .357 sig-Sig Sauer, 45gap-Glock,45acp-Automatic Colt pistol. You might get a better answer from someone else on here but I hope this helps.

Juan C. from Forest City, IA on Sun, 2 Nov 2014

This is the first gun I purchased! And it was the right choice! three different grips that come with it help fine tune your comfort level! It is a very accurate gun! But I feel that my duty weapon the H&K USP 40 out shines it only by a flicker because of the heavier trigger pull! Which is greatly needed for my job! The S&W MP 40 has way way too light of a trigger pull which leaves a great margine for accidentally firing the weapon! other than that the H&K and the S&W are very close rivals!!! I Love them both! BOTH ARE EXELLENT WEAPONS!!!!!

Ira L. from Freeport, FL on Fri, 31 Oct 2014

Just got back from the range to shoot my brand new M&P 9mm. What a nice gun. Shot 100 rounds, no problems. Nice recoil and on target every round. Broke it down to give it a light cleaning, easy field stripping, cleaning, oiling, and putting back together. Did notice the trigger to be a little heavier than I expected, but wasn't too bad (I'd rather it be heavy than go off as soon as I touch it). Glad I made this purchase.

Smith & Wesson MP Questions & Comments



Wesley T. from Pleasant Grove, CA on Mon, 30 May 2016

Waiting on my M&P 40 Pro series / 4.25" barrel from Buds. Got 200 rounds ready to press off. Lots of good reveiws on the M&P vs negative. Dont think it will out do my S&W Model 19 357 mag. We will see.

Ian F. from Staples, TX on Fri, 22 Apr 2016

Try putting a different recoil spring with your barrel. Also check the extractor and ejector to see if they are chipped. Steel case ammo has been known to do this. You might consider getting a 9MM conversion from Brownells They also sell replacement barrels.

Paul I. from Lynnwood, WA on Wed, 20 Apr 2016

i recently purchased this gun in the 40. S&W from a private owner. i have been having trouble with the spent rounds not ejecting right. it isnt "stovepiping" its comin about halfway out of the barrel and then stops almost like the ejector is slipping. we put my barrel in another gun and it fired perfectly, no problems. put the other barrel in my gun and fired perfect. put my barrel back in my gun and it jams over and over again. its done it on 3 different kinds of rounds. im asking if anyone else has had this problem with this gun and what did you do to correct it. or any suggestions on what i should do to correct it. my next step is to contact Smith & Wesson about it. otherwise love the gun.

Mark T. from Washington, DC on Fri, 18 Dec 2015

I myself got the S&W M&P in 9mm w/ NO thumb safety, NO mag safety, and NO internal child lock safety. Works great. I also paid way less than you list. Google

Eduardo L. from Athens, AL on Mon, 30 Nov 2015

Just ran another 300 rds through this gun with no problems. I also took gold paint and put it in the logos and writing on the gun. The gold sets off with the black. Can't say enough good about this gun. I sold my SR9 becaue of the cam block pin and the lack of Ruger Customer service detail when it was sent back. I called S&W with a problem I had with a mag and they sent me a new one with in a week. WOW great service. The trigger is much better than the SR9 and that second safety the sr has is so anoying. No mag block to take out either, it fires as all guns should with a mag in or out.

Justin C. from Jonestown, PA on Mon, 30 Nov 2015

Peeray07: I have an M&P 9mm - 17 round. I have two holsters for the M&P. I have a Black Hawk OWB for competition shooting and a Masters ISB for CCW. The Black Hawk is hard plastic and very quick on the draw. It is an OWB holster with a safety hook that clips the M&P into the holster. Still, it is a very quick draw when competing. The Masters is a good, all around holster if ISB. It is not too expensive and can be adjusted for either RH, LH, or sometimes Behind the Back. You can pay anywhere from $20 to $200 for a holster. To determine what’s best for you answer a few questions: 1)

Mark T. from Washington, DC on Thu, 26 Nov 2015

I have seen a current Galco ad for the V-Hawk IWB tuckable. Looks like the best of all possible worlds - lots of choice in format!

Michael E. from Tucson, AZ on Thu, 26 Nov 2015

oboe wat holster do u use with your full size i have been looking for something but havent been able to find one that i like.. any advice on that?

Mark T. from Washington, DC on Thu, 26 Nov 2015

The .380 is old - very, very, very old. WWII old. If I had no other choice, I would carry it - and many, many years ago when LE advised me of an escaped murderer who blamed me for his incarceration, I DID carry it - each time the SOB escaped! I want to be familiar with and carry one gun, and after much thought [as though you couldn't tell] it will be 9mm. At this point, I'm pretty much home - S&W M&P9, FS, non-thumb safety. Happy shooting to all, and to all a good night!

Mark T. from Washington, DC on Thu, 26 Nov 2015

Peer, you know OCD, you know me. Once I put my money down, though, the asking is over. To your question, I have a .380 and will be carrying a 9mm.

Michael E. from Tucson, AZ on Thu, 26 Nov 2015

ok need everybody's opinion on this i ran across a bodyguard 380 for cheap so i couldnt resist now i am wondering on which one is the best to carry my m&p 9mm full size or my 380 i know the 380 is a good poket carry but im not a huge keep stuff in my pockets kinda guy.. whats your guys opinion?

Mark T. from Washington, DC on Thu, 26 Nov 2015

So I take it, agonist, that you own and prefer the M&P without the thumb safety. If you were offered a brand new one and could choose between the one with the thumb safety and the one without the thumb safety, which would you choose (assuming that you'll actually be carrying it) and why?

Mark T. from Washington, DC on Thu, 26 Nov 2015

ep, here is a post on Pistol Training Forum by an experienced person whose nom de plume is DocGKR, and your input on it will be appreciated: Imagine being mugged, hit over the head, and stunned; bad guy pulls out your pistol, but does not remove safety and so pistol fails to go off as he sits there squeezing the trigger...I personally saw this happen to someone. You are at home and set your pistol down for a brief moment as you begin to change and your child who was hiding reaches up and grabs it....I personally have seen this occur once as well. You are carrying IWB and your jacket zipper catches on the trigger as your attention wonders a brief second while re-holstering after a stressful encounter--boom...I have seen this happen to someone as well. This can be particularly tragic with AIWB..., [when a zipper catches on a trigger]

Mark T. from Washington, DC on Tue, 24 Nov 2015

NOW you've done it! I stopped by the LGS this afternoon and played with the M&P 4.5" with thumb safety. I was underwhelmed. It appears that the loaded pistol is either in the holster or in the hand. In the holster, it needs no thumb safety. In the hand, it's being used, and a thumb safety only gets in the way and makes one more thing that can go wrong. I have decided upon the FS M&P 9mm. Period. Gentlemen, thank you for your guidance.

Mark T. from Washington, DC on Mon, 23 Nov 2015

ep, I'm SURE you mean DAO. You're so good that only the BG will be DOA! So now, you've completed the persuasion. Thanks for that. . . . mmmm . . . by the way - why do you designate the M&P as DAO rather than as SAO or SA? Like the 1911 [when the safety is off], you just pull and it goes bang. Isn't that a SA?

Mark T. from Washington, DC on Mon, 23 Nov 2015

So ep, if that's what you do and it works for the 1911 guys, why can't it work for me with M&P with thumb safety? Some of those striker guns have not many pounds of trigger press between quiet and boom.

Mark T. from Washington, DC on Mon, 23 Nov 2015

Perhaps not coincidentally, ep, I was just having the same thoughts . . . but what do the guys with the 1911s do? . . . but I get the point: BG creates life threatening situation, oboe's pulse and blood pressure sky rocket, oboe draws and presses trigger. BGFDGM.

Eduardo L. from Athens, AL on Mon, 23 Nov 2015

I agree, no need for a safety on a striker fired gun. If you have to have a safety you should not keep the gun loaded. Learn to keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to fire. Its as simple as that.

Mark T. from Washington, DC on Mon, 23 Nov 2015

. . . well . . . you guys are getting to me. I'm about to cross over to what I thought was the dark side . . . M&P/no safety. To be clear, this will a challenge to me, psychologically. Whenever I hunted with my deer rifle, the saftey always was on until the moment I fired. On my over/under shotgun - same thing, and I have used that shotgun and that method for twenty-five years in the woods of Vermont. So . . . I might, just might, start off buying the M&P with the safety and then weaning myself off the safety. I'll certainly be thinking about it.

Ian F. from Staples, TX on Mon, 23 Nov 2015

A 1911 was designed to be carried cocked and locked as was the Browning HI-Power. The trigger on many 1911's is very light and it is easy to fire the ones I have when the safety is off. However, I like the modern striker-fired pistols as their triggers are heavy enough to allow accurate shots but not so light as to be dangerous with good trigger finger discipline. I see very few 1911 style guns in advanced shooting classes. Most of the people use Glocks, M&P's or XD's. They are very simple to operate and will go bang when the trigger finger is on the trigger. Frankly, that is what I want my gun to do when my life is on the line. For pocket carry a good pocket holster is a requirement. In this mode of carry I prefer a double action revolver such as a Ruger LCR. It is too easy to screw up a pocket carry with a semi-automatic in my opinion. In regards to drawing and reholstering the safety rule is the same. Finger off the trigger and avoid any holsters that tend to place the trigger finger close to the trigger. When reholstering I place my thumb on the back of the slide so I can feel if anything has gotten into the holster. If I feel any resistance I pull the gun out and look into the holster. The most likely thing is the cover garment getting in the way of the holster. The only reason you should put your gun away is the fight is over so there is no reason at all to hurry that movement. Be very slow and deliberate when placing the pistol back into its holster. If one of my students slams their pistol into their holster after I have asked them not to do that I may ask them to leave the class. When they slam their pistol into their holster they are a threat to themselves and to their fellow students. I have no desire to have one of my students shoot themselves in one of my classes. I am located in North East Florida. For SA/DA pistols they should be carried decocked as the SA mode trigger is very light. The same reasoning goes for pulling the hammer back on a revolver. The trigger is too light for safety. Keep in mind this thread began with a question regarding a safety on an M&P. That being said if you get one with a safety then you can do just as I do when carrying my Ruger SR9. I have a safety but rarely use it. The only time is when I am putting it into the gun safe when it is loaded. Otherwise it is there but not used.

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