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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Handling. The 2.0 uses the same optimum 18-degree grip angle as before, making the point of aim comfortable and natural.
- Accuracy. I find the 2.0 to be very accurate.
- 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.