Remember in January when Smith & Wesson surprised everyone with their new M&P 5.7 pistol (see below)— a gun that nobody really asked for but went kinda nuts over? Peanut butter pistol fans rejoice because the M&P5.7 is now available with a flat dark earth (FDE) polymer frame.
It’s the same pistol with the time-tested M&P series’ gas-operated, locked-breech design and Tempo Barrel System.
The reason people went after the 5.7mm, 22-round capacity handgun was mostly the price: the gun was introduced with an MSRP of $699. This new FDE model will run just a little more, with an MSRP of $719.
Like the all-black model, this gun comes with a 5-inch barrel that’s threaded and ready for a suppressor. This two-toned model joins the lineup with a black Armornite finish on the slide and black controls against the FDE frame.
The pistol comes optics-ready, has a Picatinny rail for accessories, and a single-action, flat faxed trigger with a crisp break. The gun ships with two of those impressive 22-round mags, and the gun is 100% made in the U.S.
Scroll down for the full specs and more details about the M&P5.7 line.
The Following Content Was Originally Published on Jan. 17, 2023:
Smith & Wesson Drops $699 M&P 5.7 Pistol With 22-Round Mags
Smith & Wesson has officially jumped on the 5.7 train with its newly released M&P 5.7 pistol. This super slim, wide-but-thin handgun uses a new rotary-locked barrel system and was launched today at the 2023 SHOT Show in Las Vegas.
It’s the storied gunmaker’s first firearm chambered in 5.7x28mm, aka 5.7 NATO, known for being tiny, but ultra-speedy and flat-shooting — and for a somewhat erroneous reputation for being able to punch holes in body armor.
“In an effort to enhance the performance of the increasingly popular 5.7x28mm rounds in a polymer handgun platform, Smith & Wesson set out to deliver a new and innovative design that will offer a more reliable, accurate, and consistent shooting experience,” the company said in a release.
The new M&P 5.7 has a 5-inch barrel and uses the company’s new rotary-locked Tempo barrel system, which consists of a lock-breech, two-part barrel with a proprietary gas system. The Smith ships with flush magazines that hold 22 rounds — two rounds more than its main competitor, the Ruger 5.7, with a 20+1 capacity, which is the same as the FN Five-seveN.
S&W says the new Tempo system is designed to “harness the speed of the round” while the 5-inch barrel allows for quicker extraction once the bullet passes the gas port, which the company says created “a more secured fireform effect.”
“This key feature allows for increased precision following the first trigger pull and works to utilize the ballistic advantages of the 5.7x28mm round,” S&W says.
It’s being billed as a versatile and fun gun, yet due to its size, it’s certainly not ideal for carry — for anyone who carries a 5.7 — but the slide is optics-ready, so this pistol has the potential to be a handy varmint or squirrel gun, if that’s your pleasure. Or just a fun range gun like the Ruger 5.7. But here’s the rub: The Ruger has an MSRP of $899, and the FN is breathtakingly expensive at $1,400. The new S&W M&P 5.7 has an asking price of just $699.
With that price tag, if this new pistol is a shooter, it could potentially price out any would-be Ruger buyers — they can save that extra $200 for a couple of boxes of ammo.
The M&P 5.7 isn’t a striker gun. It has an internal hammer along with an ambidextrous slide stop, an optional manual frame-mounted thumb safety, and a reversible magazine release button. It also sports a flat-faced, single-action trigger, an accessory rail, and forward serrations on the slide. The pistol comes with two 22-round mags. Currently, a compliant model is not available for restricted states.
Smith & Wesson M&P5.7 Pistol Full Specs:
Action: Internal Hammer Fired
Barrel Length: 5 inches, threaded
Sights: White Dot
Optic Ready: Yes
Safety: Optional Thumb Safety