Smith and Wesson has encountered a great deal of success with their M&P line of pistols. These polymer pistols have taken the shooting world by storm, and 2008 looks like another good year for M&P sales.
Polymer duty pistols were once the exclusive domain of Glock, but no more. “To date, 276 domestic law enforcement agencies have purchased, approved for purchase, or approved for on-duty carry” the Smith and Wesson M&P line of pistols said Leland Nichols, president of Smith and Wesson Corporation.
The latest agency to place an order for M&P40 pistols is the Colorado Springs Police Department. The CSPD order of 500 M&P40 pistols is separate from the order of 850 M&P pistols made by the Colorado State Police earlier in the week.
Other departments ordering the M&P are Atlanta PD (1900 M&P40 pistols), Charlotte PD (1650 M&P40 pistols), and Syracuse PD (500 M&P45). The Iowa State Patrol issue the M&P40, while the New Hampshire State Police issue the M&P45, and the New Mexico State Police issue the M&P357 pistols.
I personally own a full size M&P 9 pistol and I really like shooting it. It is fairly soft shooting and it is accurate with a wide range of 9mm loads. Mine seems to like the 147 grain bullets best, though 115 and 124 grain bullets turn in respectable results as well.
I think I like the fact that the gun, overall, feels like a very refined Glock pistol the best. Mags slip in and out lightening fast, the Melonite finish looks and feels better than the Tennifer, and the interchangeable backstraps are a real stroke of genius. Maybe Glock will get there someday…just not today.
The M&P pistols can be had with thumb safeties. Also the guns can be had with magazine disconnect safeties, or without them. It all depends on your individual preference.