June 09, 2023
Tired of polymer-framed pistols? On August 30, 2022, Smith & Wesson announced its first full-size M&P pistol in an all-metal configuration, the new M&P9 M2.0 Metal.
Built with a T6 aluminum frame, the pistol includes a 41/4-inch barrel, M2.0 flat-face trigger, two 17-round magazines, and carries a slide cut for mounting optics. The aluminum frame and slide are complete with a Cerakote-finish in Tungsten Gray.
The M&P M2.0 was introduced by Guns & Ammo in the March 2017 issue in both Flat Dark Earth (FDE) and black. Using Cerakote to achieve a unique and uniform aesthetic, the Tungsten Gray finish helps this model stand apart from Smith & Wesson’s other variants.
The M&P9 M2.0 Metal fits any M&P9-compatible holster and accepts any M2.0 17-round 9mm magazine, including the two that come with each pistol.
“Combining the proven performance of the M&P pistol series with the 170-year history of reliable Smith & Wesson metal handguns, the M&P9 M2.0 Metal forges the quality of our past with enhanced modern-day features in an offering that will give an edge to both new and experienced firearms enthusiasts,” said Handgun Product Manager Andrew Gore.
Recognized for its reliability, durability and performance, the pistol is loaded with additional features. Four interchangeable palmswell grip inserts for optimal hand fit and trigger reach are included, and the frontstrap of the grip has the same polymer texture as the backstraps. The ambidextrous slide-stop lever is wide, and the magazine release is reversible.
The trigger adds to the pistol’s functional aesthetics with its flat face, which supports consistent trigger placement for accurate shooting. The stepped slide serrations appear at the front and rear of the slide, along with subtle wings at the rear for sling-shot-style racking. These are particularly useful when an optic is mounted.
The low bore-axis makes the M&P9 comfortable to shoot, helping to reduce muzzle rise and sight recovery. Mounting a red-dot sight is easily accomplished by referring to the owner’s manual and selecting the appropriate adapter plate and screws for your specific optic. Shooting with a dot sight will enhance your ability to extract this pistol’s accuracy potential, especially at longer distances.
Guns & Ammo’s staff tested the M&P9 M2.0 with various loads including Hornady Critical Duty 135 grain; Speer Gold Dot 147 grain; and Winchester Ranger 147 grain. These loads produced five-shot groups from 25 yards ranging 1.63 inches to 2.57 inches.
Miss the days of pistols that weren’t built on polymer frames? Check out smith-wesson.com for more information.
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