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M&P 9 M2.0 Compact

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: M&P M2.0 Compact vs Compact 9c

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).

Dimensions: M&P M2.0 Compact vs Glock 19

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

  • Two 15 round magazines
  • Four interchangeable palmswell grip inserts (backstraps)
  • Aggressive grip texture
  • Two mag extension sleeves (for use on 17 round mags)
  • Lighter, crisper trigger pull with tactile and audible reset
  • Accurate 1 in 10” twist barrel
  • Extended rigid embedded stainless steel chassis to provide more torsional rigidity when firing
  • Armornite® durable corrosion resistant finish.

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 M&P M2.0 4.25″ Barrel

How does the new 2.0 Compact compare to the new 2.0 full size with 4.25″ barrel?  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 (I prefer to use these 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.

** UPDATE **

I recently rented the M&P M2.0 Compact (9mm) from my local shooting range. By the way, earlier this year, I purchased the M&P M2.0 Full Size, 4.25″ barrel (review here) so I did not see the need to purchase the M2.0 Compact since there is little difference in length and height from my M2.0 Full Size.

So, here are my thoughts:

  1. Reliability. The new 2.0 seems to be extremely reliable. After shooting 150 rounds of Magtech, 115 grain FMJ, I experienced no malfunctions of any kind.
  2. Trigger. Reset is audible and tactile. But, what I really like about the new M2.0 Compact is that the trigger pull is a little bit lighter than the older 1.0 models. However, as I noted in my review of the M2.0 full size, I’m confident that in a high stress/adrenaline situation, no one will notice the difference in trigger pull weights between that of an older M&P and the M2.0, but at least on the range, I do prefer the feel of the lighter trigger pull.
  3. Grip Texture. I admit that I am not a fan of the new aggressive stippling. If I was to purchase this pistol, I would cover it with a rubber Talon Grip.
  4. Handling. The 2.0 uses the same optimum 18-degree grip angle as before, making the point of aim comfortable and natural.
  5. Accuracy.  I find the 2.0 to be very accurate.
  6. Recoil. As you might expect, recoil is moderate and about the same as the full size 4.25″ barrel.

For more information about the M&P M2.0 Compact, visit the Smith & Wesson website here.

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