Smith & Wesson appears to now be making M&P pistols with a carbon fiber finish.
Although the company has not made an official statement yet, it appears that four M&P pistols will feature the carbon fiber treatment: the full size 9mm and .40 S&W plus the compact 9mm and .40 S&W.
Here’s what we know so far…
The pistols will be essentially the same as the existing M&P handguns. They will have interchangeable backstraps, use the same magazines and keep the same dimensions. The only obvious change is the replacement of the plain black polymer finish with the carbon fiber finish.
None of the guns will have the optional thumb safety that is on some M&P handguns.
Right now, the full-size 9mm pistol has been shipping, but it appears, not in large numbers. Compact versions and a full size .40 S&W pistol should be shipping soon.
All versions of the guns should carry a MSRP of $599. Street prices are likely to be much lower.
YouTube user “Rusty Shackleford” posted a short video on the new carbon fiber pistol:
The carbon fiber look isn’t for me, but the new finish tells me two things:
- The industry has returned to a more normal market. Manufacturers can no longer just produce one thing and have it sell. So, companies are introducing more variants of existing products to try to appeal to the buying public who is not so quick to pull out the wallet.
- The SHOT Show is going to have all sorts of new things to talk about. Some may be minor changes – such as a new gun finish. However, I suspect we will see a lot of new gear that really is a brand new design. Make sure you follow the SHOT Show page for all of the rumors and new gun announcements. I think it is going to be a fun ride.