MANUFACTURER(S): Smith & Wesson - USA
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
ACTION: Semi-Automatic; Short-Recoil; Locked Breech
CALIBER(S): .22 LR; .380 ACP; 9x19mm Parabellum; .40 S&W; .357 SIG; .45 ACP
LENGTH (OVERALL): 190 millimeters (7.48 inches)
LENGTH (BARREL): 108 millimeters (4.25 inches)
WEIGHT (UNLOADED): 1.54 pounds (0.70 kilograms)
SIGHTS: Iron Front and Rear (variable fits)
MUZZLE VELOCITY: 1,215 feet-per-second (370 meters-per-second)
RANGE (EFFECTIVE): 165 feet (50 meters; 55 yards)
Detailing the development and operational history of the Smith & Wesson M&P (Military and Police) Semi-Automatic Pistol.
Entry last updated on 9/17/2018.
Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com.
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.
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