So, I just learned that the new Smith and Wesson M&P M2.0 Compact semi-auto pistol will soon be available at our local gun stores in both 9mm and 40 S&W. For this article, I will only be describing the 9mm.
Dimensions of the M&P M2.0 Compact
As it turns out, the new 2.0 Compact is longer (7.3” vs 6.7”) and taller (5.0” vs 4.3”) than the 1.0 Compact. It also has a longer barrel (4.0” vs 3.5”) and increased standard magazine capacity (15 rounds vs 12 rounds if you live in a state that doesn’t limit capacity). The new 2.0 is actually a little lighter (24.0 oz vs 24.7 oz). However, the dimensions of the new M&P M2.0 Compact are virtually identical to those of the Glock 19; (length: 7.3″ M&P vs 7.36″ Glock; height: 5.0″ M&P vs 4.99″ Glock).
The dimensions of the new M&P M2.0 Compact are virtually identical to those of the Glock 19.
New Features of the M&P M2.0 Compact
The M&P also comes with two 15 round magazines, four interchangeable palmswell grip inserts, a more aggressive grip texture, two mag extension sleeves (for use on 17 round mags) and a lighter trigger pull. Suggested retail pricing is $569 which is the same as the 1.0 Compact and $30 less than the new 2.0 full size.
Size of the M&P M2.0 Compact Vs. the Full Size
How does the new 2.0 Compact compare to the new 2.0 full size? IMHO I would say that it is not much smaller. 7.3” vs 7.4” length; 5.0” vs 5.5” height; 4.0” vs 4.25” barrel. Still an argument can be made that the height of a gun is the most important factor when concealing and that 0.5″ difference in height is significant. However, I believe that the new Compact 2.0 is still a little tougher to conceal for a smaller framed person like me than the original 1.0 Compact since the height difference is almost 3/4 of an inch.
I have a few 1.0 Compacts in 9mm and I am quite disappointed that the 2.0 is a larger pistol. For my needs, the M&P 1.0 is the perfect concealed carry gun because of its relatively modest size and respectable 12+1 capacity. And because it can accept 17 round magazines with the X-Grip extension, it also doubles as our trusty home defense gun.
Final Thoughts on the M&P M2.0 Compact
While I’m sure the new 2.0 Smith and Wesson M&P Compact will be a hit, I’m hopeful they will continue to make the 1.0 Compact, or even build a 2.0 based on the dimensions of the 1.0 Compact.
For more information about the M&P M2.0 Compact, visit the Smith & Wesson website here.