- 5.6-inch barrel
- 15-round mags
- Tuned PC flat trigger
- Ported barrel and slide
- Price: $749
Ah, the S&W M&P. It’s one of the most direct competitors to Glock in the U.S., made by one of the country’s oldest and most storied gunmakers, but it rarely gets the respect it deserves. The original run was a little rough but reliable. The factory triggers got better, the options grew, and so did the family of variants, including a version of the M2.0 in the best millimeter, the 10mm Auto. Its success has now led to the release of this sweet new Smith & Wesson Performance Center M&P 10mm M2.0TM pistol.
As PC models do, this full-size polymer handgun includes several enhanced features, like a ported 5.6-inch barrel that reduces muzzle flip from the stout 10mm Auto cartridge, optic-height tritium night sights, and a PC-tuned flat M2.0 trigger.
The slide on the new Performance Center 10mm is cut for red-dot optics, and the gun ships with S&W’s C.O.R.E. plate system. It also comes with two 15-round magazines and four interchangeable palmswell grip inserts for a more customized fit to your hand.
“The new Performance Center 10mm was conceived with both the hunter and target shooter in mind. The goal was to build upon the M2.0 10mm series, with the intention of having reduced felt recoil and quicker follow-up shots. Popular features previously seen on other 5.6-inch PC pistols are present in this design and, when paired with the flat-shooting 10mm Auto cartridge, provide the end user a total package for hunting, self-defense, or at the range,” said John Myles, Senior Manager of New Products.
The best part, this 10mm is still under the $800 mark with an MSRP of $749.
In a bit of an odd move, the new 10mm comes from S&W’s Performance Center with a manual thumb safety. That’s kind of a strange feature for a striker gun, though S&W offers a thumb safety as an option on many of its M&P models. For some people, it could be a dealbreaker.
The PC M&P10mm has the line’s famous 18-degree grip angle for natural pointing, 1:10” rifling in the bore, an extended rigid embedded stainless steel chassis to “reduce flex and torque when firing,” and the patented M&P take-down lever and sear deactivation system that allows the handgun to be disassembled without the trigger being pulled. (A small internal lever at the rear of the frame deactivates the sear with the slide locked open.)
The slide and barrel feature an Armornite corrosion-resistant finish.
I was always a fan of the platform — the .45 ACP version of the M2.0 is an excellent pistol, as are the many 9mm versions — the competition model is out of this world, so I’m highly interested in a Performance Center tuned 10mm with the low bore axis and controllability of the M&P platform and that long-ass barrel.
Smith & Wesson Performance Center M&P 10mm M2.0TM – Full Specs
Caliber: 10mm Auto
Barrel Length: 5.6 inches – ported
Overall Width: 1.3 inches
Length: 8.6 inches
Height: 5.6 inches
Weight: 31.4 ounces
Capacity: 15+1 rounds
Magazines: 2 15-round mags included
Sights: Tritium Night Sights
Optic Ready: Yes
Safety: Manual Thumb Safety