Rifleman Review: Smith & Wesson M&P 10mm M2.0

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posted on May 22, 2024

In 2021, Smith & Wesson answered consumer demands with the release of its M&P 10mm M2.0, which was the first 10mm Auto-chambered handgun within the company's improved M2.0 line. Watch our "American Rifleman Television" Rifleman Review segment above to see the details on S&W's 10 mm M2.0 handgun, a line which now features several different offerings, including an FDE version.

"Until very recently, if you were a fan of the 10 mm Auto and wanted a dedicated M&P chambered for that powerhouse pistol cartridge, you couldn't get one," American Rifleman Executive Editor Evan Brune said. "That was until Smith & Wesson came out with the M&P M2.0 in 10 mm Auto at the end of 2021. And when they came out with it, they basically gave everyone the options that all the other chamberings have enjoyed."

Right side of the Smith & Wesson M&P 10mm M2.0 pistol.

Both 4.6" and 4" barreled versions of the M&P 10mm M2.0 are available, and each can be had with or without bilateral manual thumb safeties. A Performance Center model with a ported muzzle also recently joined the lineup.

"Looking at the gun itself, the 10 mm being such a powerhouse cartridge, they needed a big frame to build the gun on, so Smith & Wesson started with the frame that it builds its .45 ACP M&Ps off of, so this is a bigger frame than we're used to seeing on a lot of the M&Ps," Brune said. "It is a full-size frame, in addition to being just a little larger and beefier. So, what that means is, you get a full-size magazine. So it's a 15-round magazine in 10 mm. That's a welcome capacity in what is already a powerful gun."

The blade-in-shoe trigger design within the trigger guard of the M&P 10mm M2.0.

In addition to the improved frame design and aggressive M2.0 texturing, one of the notable upgrades compared to past M&P pistol models is the blade-in-shoe safety design, replacing the hinged trigger mechanism used in the gun's previous generation.

"You don't notice it as much as you notice the narrow blades of a lot of other guns on the market," Brune said. "And it's got a great press, it's got a crisp break, it's a really nice trigger for a factory gun."

A 15-round magazine stands in front of the M&P 10mm M2.0 pistol.

Another notable feature is the milled slide, which accommodates one of seven included baseplates compatible with a range of today's red-dot optics. A heightened set of factory sights allows owners to co-witness their irons through a mounted optic's viewing window. Within the included accessories are four palmswell grip inserts, enabling shooters to optimize the grip frame for their particular hand size.

"If you love all the features of the Smith Wesson M&P M2.0 and have been longing for a 10 mm model, here's your gun," Brune concluded.

Smith & Wesson M&P 10mm M2.0 Specifications
Manufacturer: Smith & Wesson
Action Type: recoil-operated, semi-automatic, centerfire pistol
Chambering: 10 mm Auto
Slide: stainless steel; Armornite finish
Frame: polymer
Barrel: 4.6" stainless steel; six-groove, 1:10" RH-twist rifling
Magazine: 15-round detachable box
Sights: three-dot, optic-height
Trigger: striker-fired; 4-lb., 4-oz. pull
Width: 1.1"
Weight: 29.3 ozs.
Overall Length: 7.9"
Overall Height: 5.5"
Accessories: owner's manual, extra magazine, optics-mounting plates, palmswell grip inserts, lock
MSRP: $679

To watch complete segments of past episodes of American Rifleman TV, go to americanrifleman.org/artv. For all-new episodes of ARTV, tune in Wednesday nights to Outdoor Channel 8:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. EST.

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