The M&P M2.0 Compact is available in either 40 S&W or 9mm with a couple different barrel lengths available. The particular model that I have been using is a 4-inch compact model that is only a little more than 7-inches in overall length and weighs in at 28 ounces. It has a capacity of 13+1 and if you are looking for maximum capacity, it comes with 2 magazines. It is worth noting that the M2.0 is compatible with the previous generation's magazines, so if you have the older model, those mags can be repurposed and you don't have to spend the cash on purchasing extras.
In the interest of concealment, today's handguns have become smaller and more inconspicuous, however micro pistols, while easily concealed, aren't necessarily the right option for everyone. My problem with these smaller framed handguns is that they don't fit my hand or grip, but this M&P M2.0 bridges the gap between compact and function while still being easily concealed. Plus, it affords me a full grip without my pinkie left hanging in the wind. The polymer grip has a rugged textured grip and it comes with four interchangeable palmswell inserts. Those palmswell inserts allow shooters to customize the fit of the grip to best suit them, and once in hand, the texture creates a good non-slip surface for better control.
That grip also has an 18-degree angle that gives you a more natural point of aim and the redesigned trigger on the M2.0 is crisp, has a lighter pull and an audible reset. I know many shooters have been less than impressed with the trigger from the previous generation model, however the improvements made to the M2.0 have resulted in a good trigger that doesn't need an immediate aftermarket replacement. Combine those features with the low barrel bore axis and rigid stainless-steel chassis to help manage felt recoil and you have a gun that is not only fast shooting, but also accurate.
The M2.0 is available with or without a thumb safety, has an ambidextrous slide stop and reversible steel magazine release button. It also sports a Picatinny rail so the shooter can mount lights and accessories as they see fit. It’s coated with an Armornite corrosion-resistant finish on top of an already rust resistant stainless steel to increase the durability. Over the last few months I have put hundreds of rounds through this M2.0 and haven't experienced any issues with malfunctions or stoppages. This has quickly become my go-to everyday carry handgun.
You really can’t go wrong with either the 9mm or 40 S&W chambering options. The 40 S&W is a more powerful round than the 9mm, however that also comes with more recoil so time spent practicing is essential in order to manage that recoil and maintain your accuracy. Whether it’s for home or personal defense or your choice for backup in the back country, the .40 S&W is hard hitting and reliable.
This M&P M2.0 Compact is definitely worth a look. Hit up Cabela’s to get your hands on it and see how it feels.