Range Report: Smith & Wesson M&P9 M2.0 Compact, 2000 Rounds

posted on March 7, 2018

Preliminary Reading:
Range Report: M&P9 M2.0 Compact Pistol, Part 1  
Range Report: Smith & Wesson M&P9 M2.0 Compact Pistol, Part 2  
Range Report: Smith & Wesson M&P9 M2.0 Compact Pistol, Part 3   

260 Rounds (2016 total)
Well, we made it. My recent range session consisted of SIG Sauer ammunition—124-gr. ball (200) and 124-gr. V-Crowns (60)—and brought the total round count to 2,016. More than 2,000 rounds through Smith & Wesson’s M&P9 M2.0 Compact, and not a single malfunction. No ammunition issues, no magazine issues, no firearm issues. The gun was cleaned twice, once at zero rounds and again just after the 1,000-round mark. I did change the sights on the Smith, but unlike most handguns I shoot extensively, that is the only change I made. I had high hopes that this pistol would prove utterly reliable and be a legitimate alternative to the Glock 19 as a “perfect” duty/carry cross-over platform—right size, right capacity, reputable manufacturer. I was not disappointed, not in the least. 

The Compact is probably best defined by two characteristics that are now hallmarks of Smith’s M2.0 line, namely the texture and the trigger.

So, what did I learn? Besides flawless function, using a range of ammunition, and a high degree of accuracy, the Compact is probably best defined in my mind by two characteristics that are now hallmarks of Smith’s M2.0 line, namely the texture and the trigger. The molded polymer frame features a very coarse, gritty texture all the way around the grip. It is without question the most aggressive factory texturing I’ve encountered, and is closer to a custom stippling job, in terms of feel, than a stock molded frame. In the hand, as long as your mitts aren’t too sensitive, the texture anchors the gun, and is very effectively increases purchase and improves control and handling during recoil. There is one drawback, however, which is experienced when carrying the gun against bare skin, as in a concealed IWB holster. That grip can rub the carrier raw. This affect can be mitigated with a good holster and belt that does not have a lot of play, but incidental contact is unavoidable, and can be a bit uncomfortable. Some have suggested sanding the texture down a bit, but because of how effective it is when shooting, I haven’t been able to justify doing so. Instead, I’ve just been sure to have a T-shirt between the gun and my skin.

The second defining feature is the Compact’s trigger. It is amazing. I strongly urge anyone who owns an M&P M2.0 pistol to get out and shoot them because 750 rounds or so through the gun will take what feels like an average, striker-fired trigger mechanism and transform it into a very smooth, crisp 5- to 5.5-lb. pull, on par with custom-tuned models I’ve owned—see Part 2 of this evaluation for more specifics. You cannot gauge this gun with a few dry-fire trigger pulls in the gun shop, in my experience the reliability kicks in on round one, but this pistol only gets better over time. 


For those curious, I’m still using the Wright Leather Works Predatordescribed in Part 1—but I’ve also been running the Torsion IWB holster from Bravo Concealment which is a slim kydex rig that is actually contoured to better fit the body, whether carried strongside or in the appendix position.

That concludes the 2,000-round review for Smith & Wesson’s M&P9 M2.0 Compact, be sure to stay tuned here for more reports from the range.



2021 Rifle of the Year: Benelli Lupo

American Rifleman is pleased to announce 2021 Rifle of the Year goes to Benelli USA for its Lupo bolt action.

Sonoran Desert Institute Honored for Veteran Hiring Efforts

Sonoran Desert Institute was recognized by the U.S. Department of Labor for its efforts in hiring and recruiting veterans with the 2021 HIRE Vets Medallion Award.

NRA 150: First Gold For American Riflemen

The modern Olympics, as we know them today, started in 1896, and there were shooting events at the games as early as Athens in 1906. After all, the man who put the games together, Baron Pierre de Coubertin, was himself a French pistol champion. Neither the United States nor Great Britain sent rifle teams to Athens, but that changed for the 1908 Olympic Games in London.

New For 2021: Springfield Armory 1911 Ronin EMP

Springfield Armory blended features from its Ronin 1911 lineup with its popular carry-size EMP pistol to create a carry-friendly 1911 with top-tier elements.

​America’s First Sniper Rifle: The Telescopic-Sighted Krag-Jorgensen

The American Civil War was the first conflict in our nation’s history in which telescopic-sighted rifles were employed in combat to any appreciable extent. These muzzleloading, percussion rifles were fabricated by a number of civilian gunsmiths and gunsmithing firms, primarily for benchrest shooting matches.

The Armed Citizen® Nov. 29, 2021

Read today's "The Armed Citizen" entry for real stories of law-abiding citizens, past and present, who used their firearms to save lives.


Get the best of American Rifleman delivered to your inbox.