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S&W Military & Police

General Facts

  • TYPE
    Pistol

  • ORIGIN
    United States

  • NICKNAMES
    Military & Police (abbriviated as M&P)

  • DESIGNED
    Early 2000's

  • DESIGNER
    Smith & Wesson

  • PRODUCTION
    2005 - present

  • PRODUCERS
    United States - Smith & Wesson

  • QUANTITY
    Unknown

  • UNIT COST
    $ 569 for M&P in 2013
    $ 569 for M&P Compactin 2013
    $ 449 for M&P Shield in 2013

  • CHARACTERISTICS
    Good ergonomics
    Limited size and weight
    Various models and calibers available
    Limited production costs

Introduction

The M&P is a modern pistol of US origin. It was developed by Smith & Wesson for law enforcement and civilian use. It is based on the earlier Sigma pistol which had only limited success. The limited production costs make it a better competitor to the ubiquitous Glock than designs from SIG and H&K.

Design

The M&P has many features in common with the Glock. It is a striker fired, short recoil operated, locked breech design with metal slide and polymer reinforced frame. Compared to the older Sigma the M&P has an improved trigger and better ergonomics. An accessory rail is mounted in front of the trigger guard. The M&P is available in various calibers and various frame sizes have been introduced.

Firepower

The M&P is a semi-automatic pistol that is available in various calibers. In 9x19mm Parabellum it has a 17 round magazine, in .40 S&W and .357 SIG a 15 round magazine is used and the large .45 ACP results in a 10 round magazine capacity.

Users

In the United States the M&P is adopted in growing numbers by law enforcement agencies. It is also widely sold on the civilian market. The M&P has been exported to various nations and is mostly used with police agencies. Iraq is the only known military user of the M&P.

Variants

M&P

The M&P is a modern striker fired pistol with metal slide and polymer frame.

M&P9: Standard full size model chambered in 9x19mm Parabellum.
M&P40: Standard full size model chambered in .40 S&W.
M&P357: Standard full size model chambered in .357 SIG.
M&P45: Standard full size model chambered in .45 ACP. This model has somewhat larger dimensions in order to facilitate the larger caliber.

TypePistol
Caliber9x19mm Parabellum
Magazine17 rounds
OperationShort recoil, locked breech, striker fired
Fire selector0-1
Rate of fireSemi-automatic
Barrel length108 mm
Rifling?
Muzzle velocity?
Stock-
Length194 mm
Width30 mm frame
Height139 mm
Weight0.68 kg empty
SightsIron sights, blade front and notch rear, 163 mm sight radius
Remarks-
TypePistol
Caliber.40 Smith & Wesson
Magazine15 rounds
OperationShort recoil, locked breech, striker fired
Fire selector0-1
Rate of fireSemi-automatic
Barrel length108 mm
Rifling?
Muzzle velocity?
Stock-
Length194 mm
Width30 mm frame
Height139 mm
Weight0.68 kg empty
SightsIron sights, blade front and notch rear, 163 mm sight radius
Remarks-
TypePistol
Caliber.357 SIG
Magazine15 rounds
OperationShort recoil, locked breech, striker fired
Fire selector0-1
Rate of fireSemi-automatic
Barrel length108 mm
Rifling?
Muzzle velocity?
Stock-
Length194 mm
Width30 mm frame
Height139 mm
Weight0.72 kg empty
SightsIron sights, blade front and notch rear, 163 mm sight radius
Remarks-
TypePistol
Caliber.45 ACP
Magazine10 rounds
OperationShort recoil, locked breech, striker fired
Fire selector0-1
Rate of fireSemi-automatic
Barrel length114 mm
Rifling?
Muzzle velocity?
Stock-
Length204 mm
Width30 mm frame
Height139 mm
Weight0.84 kg empty
SightsIron sights, blade front and notch rear, 173 mm sight radius
Remarks-

M&P Compact

The M&P Compact is a more compact version of the M&P. It has a shorter barrel and slide and is less tall due to a shorter grip and the use of shorter magazines.

M&P9C: Compact model chambered in 9x19mm Parabellum.
M&P40C: Compact model chambered in .40 S&W.
M&P357C: Compact model chambered in .357 SIG.
M&P45C: Compact model chambered in .45 ACP. This model is slightly larger than the other calibers.

TypePistol
Caliber9x19mm Parabellum
Magazine12 rounds
OperationShort recoil, locked breech, striker fired
Fire selector0-1
Rate of fireSemi-automatic
Barrel length89 mm
Rifling?
Muzzle velocity?
Stock-
Length170 mm
Width30 mm frame
Height110 mm
Weight0.62 kg empty
SightsIron sights, blade front and notch rear, 146 mm sight radius
Remarks-
TypePistol
Caliber.40 Smith & Wesson
Magazine10 rounds
OperationShort recoil, locked breech, striker fired
Fire selector0-1
Rate of fireSemi-automatic
Barrel length89 mm
Rifling?
Muzzle velocity?
Stock-
Length170 mm
Width30 mm frame
Height110 mm
Weight0.62 kg empty
SightsIron sights, blade front and notch rear, 146 mm sight radius
Remarks-
TypePistol
Caliber.357 SIG
Magazine10 rounds
OperationShort recoil, locked breech, striker fired
Fire selector0-1
Rate of fireSemi-automatic
Barrel length89 mm
Rifling?
Muzzle velocity?
Stock-
Length170 mm
Width30 mm frame
Height110 mm
Weight0.63 kg empty
SightsIron sights, blade front and notch rear, 146 mm sight radius
Remarks-
TypePistol
Caliber.45 ACP
Magazine8 rounds
OperationShort recoil, locked breech, striker fired
Fire selector0-1
Rate of fireSemi-automatic
Barrel length102 mm
Rifling?
Muzzle velocity?
Stock-
Length192 mm
Width30 mm frame
Height122 mm
Weight0.74 kg empty, 1.01 kg with full magazine
SightsIron sights, blade front and notch rear, 160 mm sight radius
Remarks-

M&P Shield

The M&P Shield is the subcompact version of the M&P. It has roughly similar dimensions as the M&P Compact, but is much slimmer since it uses a single stack magazine.

M&P9 Shield: Subcompact model chambered in 9x19mm Parabellum.
M&P40 Shield: Subcompact model chambered in .40 S&W.

TypePistol
Caliber9x19mm Parabellum
Magazine7, 8 rounds
OperationShort recoil, locked breech, striker fired
Fire selector0-1
Rate of fireSemi-automatic
Barrel length79 mm
Rifling?
Muzzle velocity?
Stock-
Length155 mm
Width24 mm frame
Height117 mm
Weight0.54 kg empty
SightsIron sights, blade front and notch rear, 133 mm sight radius
Remarks-
TypePistol
Caliber.40 Smith & Wesson
Magazine6, 7 rounds
OperationShort recoil, locked breech, striker fired
Fire selector0-1
Rate of fireSemi-automatic
Barrel length79 mm
Rifling?
Muzzle velocity?
Stock-
Length155 mm
Width24 mm frame
Height117 mm
Weight0.54 kg empty
SightsIron sights, blade front and notch rear, 133 mm sight radius
Remarks-

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