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Smith & Wesson M&P (Military and Police)

Semi-Automatic Pistol

The Smith and Wesson M and P model is a dual-service product for use by military and police units.
Authored By: Staff Writer | Edited: 9/17/2018
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Year: 2005
Manufacturer(s): Smith & Wesson - USA
Roles: Close Quarters Battle (CQB)/Personal Security; Sidearm;
Action: Semi-Automatic; Short-Recoil; Locked Breech
Caliber(s): .22 LR; .380 ACP; 9x19mm Parabellum; .40 S&W; .357 SIG; .45 ACP
Sights: Iron Front and Rear (variable fits)
Overall Length: 190 mm (7.48 in)
Barrel Length: 108 mm (4.25 in)
Weight (Unloaded): 1.54 lb (0.70 kg)
Muzzle Velocity: 1,215 feet-per-second (370 meters-per-second)
Effective Range: 165 ft (50 m; 55 yd)
Operators: Afghanistan; Australia; Belgium; Canada; Colombia; Egypt; France; India; Iraq; Italy; Japan; Lebanon; Malaysia; Mexico; Pakistan; Peru; Puerto Rico; South Korea; Singapore; Spain; Sri Lanka; Taiwan; Trinidad and Tobago; Thailand; United Nations; United States
The M&P ("Military and Police") is a conventional semi-automatic handgun offered by Smith & Wesson in .22 LR, .380 ACP, 9x19mm Parabellum, .40 S&W, .357 SIG, and .45 ACP flavors. It was introduced in 2005 and has been adopted by a plethora of police and military security forces while also proving popular for civilian personal defense. Finishes include black and dark earth with barrel lengths measuring 2.75 inches to 5 inches. Due to the variable chamberings offered, magazine capacities differ between six and seventeen rounds total. The action is consistent across all types in the series, being of a short-recoil design with locked breech approach. Sighting devices are also highly variable between each in-family model.

As is the case with nearly any semi-automatic pistol released today, the M&P is offered in full-sized frame forms down to compact frame forms to suit customer requirements. Models in the series include the "Pro Series", the "Mid-Size", and the "Bodyguard 380".

Operators of the series range from Afghanistan National Security Forces and Australian police elements to the Royal Thai Army and several American police and parks forces.

Variants / Models

• M&P - Base Series Designation
• M&P22 - 4.1" barrel; .22 LR chambering
• M&P Compact - 3.1" barrel; variable chambering
• M&P FS - 4.25" barrel; variable chambering
• M&P9L - 5" barrel; 9mm chambering
• M&P9 PRO - 4.25"-5" barrels; 9mm chambering
• M&P40 PRO - 4.25"-5" barrels; .40 S&W chambering
• M&P45 - 4"-4.5" barrels; .45 ACP chambering
• M&P45c - Compact model in .45 ACP
• M&P Shield - 3.1" barrel; 9mm or .40 S&W chambering
• M&P Bodyguard 380 - 2.75" barrel; .380 ACP chambering
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