Smith & Wesson M&P M2.0 3.6″ Compact Semi-Auto Pistol 2

M&P 9 M2.0 3.6" Compact

About 40 minutes ago, Smith & Wesson tweeted that they are introducing a new M&P M2.0 Compact with a shorter 3.6″ barrel, available in both 9mm and .40 S&W.

Dimensions: M&P M2.0 Compact 3.6″ vs. M2.0 Compact 4″

Length: The M2.0 Compact 3.6″ is 6.8” vs 7.3” for the M2.0 Compact 4″ making it a 1/2″ shorter in overall length.

Height: Both pistols have a height of 5”.

Weight: The M2.0 Compact 3.6″ weighs 25.9 oz. vs 27.0 oz. for the M2.0 Compact 4″.

Barrel: The M2.0 Compact 3.6″ has a barrel length of 3.6″ vs. 4″ for the M2.0 Compact 4″.

Capacity: The M2.0 Compact 3.6″ and 4″ have the same standard magazine capacity of 15 rounds (9mm) and 13 rounds (.40 S&W).

Dimensions: M&P M2.0 Compact 3.6″ vs. Original M&P Compact

Length: The M2.0 Compact 3.6″ is 6.8” vs 6.7” for the original Compact.

Height: The M2.0 Compact 3.6″ is 5″ vs. 4.3″ for the original Compact when using the flat bottom magazine of the original Compact. However, if you use the original Compact’s magazine with the grip extension, the height of the original Compact becomes approximately the same (5.0″) as that of the Compact 2.0 when measured from the front bottom edge of the original Compact’s grip extension.  See image below.

Smith & Wesson M&P M2.0 3.6″

Weight: The M2.0 Compact 3.6″ weighs 25.9 oz. vs 24.7 oz. for the original Compact.

Barrel: The M2.0 Compact 3.6″ has a barrel length of 3.6″ vs. 3.5″ for the original Compact.

Capacity: The M2.0 Compact 3.6″ has a standard magazine capacity (in 9mm) of 15 rounds vs 12 rounds for the original Compact and in .40 S&W, 13 rounds vs. 10 rounds for the original Compact.

Features of the M&P M2.0 3.6″ Compact

  • Two 15 round magazines (9mm) or two 13 round magazines (.40 S&W)
  • Four interchangeable palmswell grip inserts (backstraps)
  • Aggressive grip texture
  • 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.
  • 2 extended sleeves for 17 round (9mm) or 15 round (.40 S&W) magazines.
  • Steel – White Dot Sights

Although I would have preferred that this new 3.6″ Compact have a shorter grip (like the original 1.0 Compact) to accommodate a 12 round magazine (with a mag extension sleeve for a 15 round mag), I will still check it out when it becomes available at my local gun store.

Suggested retail pricing is $569 but you should be able to purchase it for less at your local gun store.

I think Smith & Wesson’s M&P Compact M2.0 3.6″ strikes an excellent balance between concealability and capacity.

Having since purchased the M&P Compact M2.0 3.6” in 9mm and taken it to the range, here are my thoughts about this awesome pistol:

  1. Reliability. The Compact M2.0 3.6” is extremely reliable. After shooting 125 rounds of Hornady Critical Defense 115 grain 9mm Flex Tip JHP ammo along with 100 rounds of Magtech 115 grain 9mm FMJ ammo and 200 rounds of Blazer Brass 115 grain 9mm FMJ ammo, I experienced no failures whatsoever.
  2. Trigger. Like the rest of the 2.0 line, the reset is audible and tactile. It also has the same lighter trigger pull (when compared to the older 1.0 models).
  3. Grip Texture. I admit that I am not a fan of the new aggressive stippling, so I ordered a rubber Talon Grip and sanded down the backstap.
  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.  Not surprising, I find the 2.0 to be very accurate.
  6. Recoil. As you might expect, recoil is moderate.

Final Thoughts about the Smith & Wesson M&P Compact M2.0 3.6”:

The M&P Compact M2.0 3.6” is truly a remarkable compact-sized pistol that can be used equally well for both concealed carry and home defense. I think Smith & Wesson’s M&P Compact M2.0 3.6” strikes an excellent balance between concealability and capacity. Moreover, the shorter 3.6″ barrel (1/2″ less in overall length than that of the 4″ barrel Compact M2.0 and the Glock 19) along with the 15+1 (9mm) capacity (or 13+1 in .40 S&W), 18-degree grip angle and the low-bore axis all make for a well-balanced, natural and comfortable gun to shoot. It also feels more substantial in your hands, especially when compared to the smaller sub compacts and pocket pistols which can be a little snappy. I’m a little shorter than average and I have no problem comfortably concealing the M2.0 3.6″ in the Summer wearing only a T-shirt and shorts (with an IWB Kydex Holster from L.A.G. Tactical, although I had to modify the 1.0 Compact Holster to make it fit better). I believe that this gun will be a tremendous success.

Here is a link to the available variations of the new Smith & Wesson M&P M2.0 3.6″ Compact

Here are a few photos of my new M&P Compact M2.0 3.6”, my original M&P Compact 9C and my M&P Full Size M2.0 with 4″ barrel (with a Talon Grip).

Smith & Wesson M&P M2.0 3.6″

M&P M2.0 3.6″ Compact

 

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    1. Great question! It depends upon the holster. My L.A.G. Tactical, The Defender Kydex IWB holster for my 1st gen M&P 9c does not fit correctly with the Compact 3.6″ in it. However, my Galco TR 474 Kydex IWB holster (which I don’t like as much and thus don’t use very often) fits great. Since I really like my L.A.G. holster, I am waiting until L.A.G. Tactical makes one for the 3.6″. In the meantime, I just widened out the front end of my L.A.G. kydex holster (which was made for my 1st gen M&P 9c) by heated it up with a hair dryer and pulling it outward with a screw driver so that it is no longer touches the sides of the frame’s and slide’s end where the barrel protrudes out from. What a difference! It now fits much better (has a good snap-into-place retention) on my Compact M2.0 3.6″, so perhaps I don’t need to get a new holster specifically made for it after all.

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