Smith & Wesson® M&P40 Full Size Pistol
I purchased this Smith and Wesson M&P40 a couple weeks ago. It is my first semi-automatic. I read a lot of reviews and spent time in the store checking out different models. The Smith felt the best in my hand. It also looks great. The weight is perfect - substantial enough to steady your grip but not too heavy. It has three different size handle pieces - I left the medium in place as it felt the best. The magazine holds 15 rounds of .40 caliber ammo and it comes with two mags. I mounted a laser on the accessory rail on the front of the gun as well.
How does it shoot? I came back from spending some time at the range today and I shoots excellent! I was a little worried about recoil on this vs a 9mm, but recoil was barely noticeable for me (I used a two-handed grip). The trigger feels pretty light - use the pad of your finger and it gives you good control. This gun is extremely comfortable - it just fits your hand well.
Other operation: ejecting magazines is quick and easy. The slide is a little tough to rack - takes a little getting used to, but it feels good. I honestly wouldn't want it lighter. Field stripping the gun for oiling and cleaning was relatively painless and only took me a few minutes my first time - I'm sure it will be quicker over time.
For the price, this is an excellent choice. Good on the range, and with the .40 caliber hollow point, it is a great defensive weapon as well - it has punch, and with a 15 round magazine will just keep on punching long after just about any realistic threat is taken care of. Highly recommended!
June 8, 2011
First time at the range I was shooting 1" and 2" groups from 21 feet, 4" groups at 25 yards which is better than any of my other 5 handguns .
This gun is very comfortable and recoil is well controlled. I have put several different brands of ammo through it and had not problems.
I would definitely recommend this gun!
August 23, 2012
Excellent Side Arm
purchased this hand gun in .40 cal excellent hand gun. put around 1500 rounds through it now and love the feel and accuracy of it. Going to purchase anouther and replace my Glocks with the Smith & Wesson M&P"s. Far superior hand gun then the Glock.
June 12, 2011
A real workhorse
I purchased this model in 2010 and could not be happier or more satisfied. Out of the box, it required minor adjustment to be dead-on accurate, and it's remained so to this day. I've put in excess of 50K rounds through this weapon, and it has jammed only twice--both times after it had been fired in excess of 200 times, and both times with (perhaps substandard) hand loads. It has always performed exactly as it should.
May 30, 2014