Smith and Wesson M&P9 Pro Series and M&P9L: Long Slide 9mm Pistols

Smith and Wesson has introduced two new long slide 9mm pistols in the M&P series: the M&P9 Pro and M&P9L.

M&P9 Pro Series

Smith and Wesson M&P9 Pro Series Pistol from S&WThe Smith & Wesson Performance Center has introduced its own custom version of the M&P pistol – the M&P9 Pro Series. Designed with the competitive shooter in mind, this full-size polymer pistol is chambered in 9mm and features a 5-inch barrel with an overall length of 8 ½ inches.

The competition-ready pistol is particularly well-suited for those shooters planning to participate in the various competitive shooting circuits. The M&P9 Pro Series pistol is standard with a dovetail fiber optic green front sight for faster sight acquisition along with a Novak-designed, reduced glare rear sight. The increased sight radius allows for a more precise sight alignment necessary in competitive shooting scenarios.

The M&P9 Pro Series pistol features a smooth Performance Center 4 to 5 pound trigger pull and is shipped with two 17 round magazines.


Smith and Wesson M&P9L Pistol from S&WIn addition to the M&P9 Pro Series, Smith & Wesson is also offering a version of the M&P pistol with a 5-inch barrel, the M&P9L. The M&P9L is chambered in 9mm and measures 8 ¼ inches in overall length. The 5-inch barrel offers increased accuracy and makes it a viable choice for competitive shooting.

The M&P9L pistol has a capacity of 17+1 and an empty weight of 25.2 ounces. The striker fired action (SFA) trigger system features a 6 ½-pound trigger pull and has been designed with an overtravel stop for enhanced performance. The M&P9L is standard with a steel dovetail mount front sight and a steel Lo-Mount carry rear sight.

Update:  Smith & Wesson added a M&P9L CORE to the line up.  The CORE includes a specially cut slide that allows for the easy addition of a red dot style optic on top of the gun.  Having shot one of these new CORE pistols with a Trijicon RMR sight, I am very impressed by them.

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  1. How much do they cost?

  2. S&W is listing the M&P9L at $719.00. The Pro Series is just a touch more at $758.00.

  3. Hay, i got one. Man youall figgered out the correct slide weight/recoil spring rate. This thing feels and shoots like an EAA Witness or a CZ76. How do i get a trigger job for it? I don’t mind the long press and the sudden stop, but it’s gotta break faster.
    Happy Toma

  4. Does anyone know what type or if there is a forbus holster will work for the M&P 9 pro,I love the gun but can’t see to find a custom holster, and am not that knowledgable about pistols to know if there is anything that is compatable

  5. Smith & Wesson M&P 9 mm is perfect replacement for Beretta M9

  6. Bob Reading says:

    If I get a job with an armoured car outfit; I will be purchasing a S&W M&P 9mm Pro Series pistol with a 5″ barrel. Could someone advise me of a website where I can search out belt, holster and mag pouches that will fit this pistol.
    Any help is appreciated. Thanks.

  7. Hi Bob,

    I know a lot of the manufactures make duty holsters for the regular M&P, but I don’t know who is making them for the Pro series (5″ bbl). I would suggest giving Safariland a call (US: 1-800-347-1200, outside US: 1-909-923-7300) and see if they have one in the works.

    Good luck! Let me know what you find out and I will post it for everyone else.

  8. Blackhawk makes a nice holster for it. Fits high and tight. Carbon fiber so it is light secure

  9. Love this gun… ~500 rounds through it and 1 competion. 0 jams and very smooth shooter. Long for a fast draw but offset by the longer sight radius.

  10. Comparation of this gun with Springfield Armory XD and Ruger SR-9?

  11. Safariland makes their excellent ALS holster for the 4″ MnP. In a pinch, that holster could probably be used with the 5″ gun, although the muzzle would stick out the bottom of the holster. Holsters are still catching up to the initial MnP offerings, so a six to nine month wait for new fits like these guns will be the order of the day. I wish gun makers and holster makers would get together and introduce stuff at the same time. Maybe BAE Systems needs to start buying up gun companies to go with Safariland and Bianchi. ;)

    The BPG SERPA holster is injection molded plastic, not carbon fiber.

  12. Hello fellow enthusiasts, I am in need of your advice regarding the M&P 9L… A couple of shooters have told me that the cartridge ejection angle results in the shells flying towards your face while firing… is this true? Seems unlikely that Smith and Wesson would sell something like that… Advice please!

  13. William says:

    I have had a mp9L for over a year now, have put over 1000 rounds threw it with zero problems. I love this gun. I have a tactical holster that be worn on the leg or belt. The gun is about the same size as a full size 1911, so most soft full size holsters should work. I shoot this gun for fun and trust it with my life everyday. Would advise any one thinking about it to get one. And Smith & Wesson has the best customer service in the business.

  14. Is there any rear-adjustable sight that would fit m&p9 pro series & m&p9L? Could you give me brand and where i can buy? The 4-5 lbs trigger pull for the pro series wont work with ipsc, as the rqmt is 5 lbs min. The m&p9L is 6.5 lbs, cant they produce or can you replace any part that would convert trigger pull bet. 5.1 to 5.5 lbs??? Thanks and more power.

  15. Arun –

    I am seriously considering the Pro model for IPSC (im in australia, btw). The importer here will swap over a 9L trigger to the Pro to make make it 5lbs+ compliant. Also heared that with a few 100 rounds thru it, the trigger weight drops anyway, so it may well end up being near the 5lb-mark when its worked in.

    Hope that helps you.

  16. I picked up an M&P Pro for a steal for IDPA. I picked up a holster from here
    This is a great competition holster. I have 3,000 rounds of hand loads and factory ammo through mine with no problems. I have recommended this to many people and have had several buddies pick one up after shooting mine.

  17. Dave-have put 1200 rounds thru my M&P9L the past 12 months with no brass in my face. Since I wear glasses, my wraparound eye protection covers my RX glasses in the event of a rear ejection.
    Recently bought the M&P40 Pro 5″ and hope to take it to the range Friday since surgery has had me “stuck in the cabin”.
    I prefer the Novak sights, however, will try to become accustomed to the FO front sight before making a change.
    I am very pleased with the M&P “Longs”.

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