Type: Semi-Automatic Pistol
Manufacturer: Smith & Wesson
Year Produced: 2005-Present
- M&P45C (.45 ACP)
- 9mm Luger Parabellum (10 or 12 Round Clips)
- .40 S&W (10 Round Clips)
- .357 SIG Magnum (10 Round Clips)
- .45 ACP (10 Round Clips)
Sights: Various Iron Sights
The Smith & Wesson M&P (Military and Police) is a polymer-framed, short recoil operated, locked breech semi-automatic pistol introduced in the summer of 2005 by the American company Smith & Wesson. It uses a Browning-type locking system. While targeted at law enforcement agencies, the M&P is also available on the commercial market.
The M&P is a direct evolution of the Smith & Wesson Sigma design but does not share parts compatibility with the Sigma. The M&P design has an improved trigger, enhanced ergonomics that allow for end user customization. An industry standard picatinny rail and a higher grip has been afforded with an improved grip and beavertail. Many of the ergonomic study elements that had been incorporated into the Sigma and the Smith & Wesson SW99 were brought over to the M&P. The improved trigger weight and feel and the unique takedown method (not requiring a dry-fire pull of the trigger) were meant to set the M&P apart from both the Sigma and the popular Glock pistols.