Firearms

Smith and Wesson Military & Police 2.0

Smith & Wesson Military & Police Pro Series 5.0 pistol with slide locked to the rear resting between two boxes of Remington UMC ammunition

When you make an upgrade or change a handgun to a new model, you must be careful to preserve all of its good features while offering genuine improvement. Smith & Wesson has done that with the new Smith & Wesson Military & Police 2.0 polymer-frame striker-fired pistols.

I liked the M&P from the start. However, there was room for improvement. The pistol is usually compared to its direct competitor, the Glock 17 and Glock 19. The Glock is a baseline. It is reliable above all else. If you pay less than the Glock, chances are corners have been cut. If you pay more, be certain you get your money’s worth.

Smith & Wesson Military & Police 5.0 Pro Series pistol, top and Smith and Wesson M&P 2.0 Compact below
Both of these S&W M&P pistols offered excellent performance.

M&P Features

With the M&P, you get your money’s worth, and the price is right. A feature of the Smith & Wesson, that matters more to some than others, is the grip. The Glock has a more severe grip angle — designed to offer a solid platform for recoil control and is part of the pistol’s reliability design.

The grip angle offers a steady grip for the slide to recoil against. The Smith & Wesson angle is more pleasing and doesn’t seem to give up anything in reliability. The pistol is easy to use well, and maintenance and disassembly are simple enough.

Some of the improvements in the 2.0 series are not obvious. The frame rails have been improved and are more rigid. The slide lock is ambidextrous. The grip texture is changed to an extent. The sights are the same, but the slide design is more attractive.

The grip is nicely shaped. There are four grip inserts. The array of options allows good hand fit for a wide range of shooters. I really like the palm swells. My hands are medium-sized, and the palm swells make for an excellent fit.

The frame is a stainless-steel chassis and there are subtle differences in the design and the way the frame fits and feels. The polymer-frame striker-fired pistol must have a balance. Sure, the frame gives a little in recoil and that may be an advantage in recoil control. However, the more rigid frame makes for greater accuracy potential.

As for striker-fired triggers, you either love or hate them. Some just view them as a mechanical device to be mastered. That is the superior attitude. The Glock trigger may be used well. However, the original M&P was spongier. The 2.0 version still has a bit of free take up, but the actual break is crisp at 5.0 pounds in one of my examples and 5.5 pounds in the other.

The first pistol is a long-slide version, the other a compact. The wide trigger and a lack of a safety lever — the trigger itself is hinged — makes for greater control. The pistol has a higher grip than some. This results in a lower bore axis than most polymer-frame handguns.

S&W M&P 5.0 Pro Series pistol colored three dot sight picture
The Pro Series sight picture was excellent. Accuracy potential was high.

M&P 2.0 Long Slide

I had on hand two pistols, one a Pro Series with a five-inch barrel and fiber optic sights, and a four-inch barrel compact. The Pro Series bridges the gap between standard guns and the Performance Center pistols. This handgun features a five-inch barrel. While it may be a long slide pistol the Pro Series isn’t any longer than a Government Model 1911 and it’s much lighter.

M&P 2.0 Compact

The 4-inch barrel compact version is a neat, light, easy-to-handle pistol. I enjoyed firing each. I began with the Pro Series. The magazines were loaded with Remington UMC 9mm ball. I dry-fired the pistol extensively before testing the piece. I drew from a Galco belt slide. This is a useful holster that is adjustable for several frame sizes.

Smith & Wesson Military & Police Pro Series pistol with the slide locked to the rear resting on a paper silhouette target
Outstanding accuracy is part and parcel of the Pro Series handguns.

Accuracy and Handling

Drawing the five-inch pistol quickly wasn’t that difficult. Shoot the elbow to the rear, scoop the pistol out of the holster, and get on target. The Pro Series pistol has a propensity to eat the target up. I fired the pistol at 7, 10, and 15 yards, slow fire, one- and two-handed grip, and rapid-fire. I also fired with my weak hand — a true weakness for this shooter.

I gave the pistol a good workout, and the pistol responded by exhibiting excellent performance. During testing, I fired the pistol from a solid bench rest, using the MTM K-Zone rest. Firing the Remington UMC loading, I put five shots into 2.5 inches. This is good to excellent performance. I also fired five rounds of a handload using the Nosler 115-grain JHP and enough Titegroup powder for 1,190 fps. This load went into 2.0 inches.

Smith & Wesson Military & Police 5.0 Pro Series pistol in a Galco belt slide holster and M&P 2.0 Compact
The Smith & Wesson Military & Police 2.0 handguns were drawn from a Galco belt slide.

Moving to the lighter compact pistol, handling was a little different. The grip was shorter, but I was able to achieve a full firing grip. The shorter barrel was faster from leather. Drawing from the same Galco belt slide, I addressed targets at 5, 7 and 10 yards. The pistol was brilliantly fast on target.

Results in combat shooting were good. Despite the lighter weight and shorter sight radius, results were very similar to the longer barrel pistol.

Firing for accuracy at 25 yards was a revelation. The pistol put five Remington 115-grain FMJ loads into 2.6 inches — very similar to the larger pistol. With the Federal 124-grain HST — an excellent carry load — the compact 9mm put five bullets into 2.25 inches.

While there is a velocity increase with the larger pistol, and it is easier to handle in rapid-fire, there is little real advantage in attempting to conceal the larger pistol. This isn’t true very often.

field stripped Smith & Wesson Military & Police 2.0 handgun
The S&W M&P pistol fieldstrips easily making maintenance a snap!

Specifications

 Smith and Wesson M&P 9 M2.0 Pro SeriesCompact
Caliber9mm Luger9mm Luger
ActionStriker-fired, locked breech, tilting barrelStriker-fired, locked breech, tilting barrel
Barrel5 inches 4 inches
Overall Length8.3 inches7.5 inches
GripTextured polymer, modular, four insertsTextured polymer, modular, four inserts
Weight26.9 ounces24 ounces
FinishBlackBlack
Capacity17+115+1

Carry Options

I most often carry the M&P Compact in a Galco Summer Companion holster. This is custom-grade leather at a fair price. The holster is available with both open top and thumb break. I chose the greater security of the thumb break as I bike and hike during the winter months. This holster offers a degree of peace of mind. The thumb break is nicely reinforced. Be certain to practice the draw!

Conclusion: S&W M&P 2.0

The Smith & Wesson Military & Police pistols are excellent choices for home defense, concealed carry, and even some types of competition. I am enjoying firing and using them and find each well suited to many chores.

Do you prefer the Smith and Wesson Military & Police Pro Series or the M&P Compact? Share your answer in the comment section.

  • man's two-handed grip holding a Smith and Wesson Military and Police handgun
  • multiple guns shot holes in the blue silhouette target
  • green fiber optic front sight on a pistol
  • field stripped Smith and Wesson Military & Police 2.0 handgun
  • Smith and Wesson Military & Police 5.0 Pro Series pistol colored three dot sight picture
  • Smith and Wesson Military & Police 5.0 Pro Series pistol, top and Smith and Wesson M&P 2.0 Compact below
  • Smith and Wesson Military & Police 2.0 pistol right profile with a TruGlo combat light attached
  • Smith & Wesson Military & Police Pro Series 5.0 pistol with slide locked to the rear resting between two boxes of Remington UMC ammunition
  • cranio ocular shots through a blue silhouette target
  • Smith & Wesson Military & Police 2.0 handgun with the slide locked to the rear
  • Smith and Wesson Military & Police 5.0 Pro Series pistol in a Galco belt slide holster and M&P 2.0 Compact
  • Smith & Wesson Military & Police Pro Series pistol with the slide locked to the rear resting on a paper silhouette target
  • Smith and Wesson M&P 2.0 Compact pistol white three-dot sight picture
  • Black Galco Summer Comfort leather holster with a pistol inserted

About the Author:

Wilburn Roberts

When Wilburn Roberts was a young peace officer, he adopted his present pen name at the suggestion of his chief, as some of the brass was leery of what he might write. This was also adopted out of respect for families of both victims and criminals. The pen name is the same and the man remains an outspoken proponent of using enough gun for the job.

He has been on the hit list of a well-known hate group, traveled in a dozen countries and written on many subjects, including investigating hate crimes and adopting the patrol carbine. He graduated second in his class with a degree in Police Science. It took him 20 years to work himself from Lieutenant to Sergeant and he calls it as he sees it.
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1 Comment;

  1. I feel the trigger on the S&W is better than on the Glock, though as the article states regardless of firearm it takes practice, practice & more practice to master the pistol.

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