By: Friedrich Seiltgen

Copyright © 2022

Smith & Wesson has introduced another metal framed version from their M&P line, the Performance Center M&P9 M2.0 Competitor. Built for competition right out of the box, this metal-framed 9mm pistol is designed to give competitive shooters the edge.


The competitor has an aluminum frame, which features lightning cuts, an optimal 18-degree grip angle for natural point of aim, four interchangeable palmswell grip inserts for optimal hand fit and trigger reach – S, M, ML, L, a textured polymer front strap, and a three-slot Picatinny rail on the dust cover.  It comes with an oversized mag release that is reversible for both right and left-handed users, and the magazine well at the bottom of the frame is flared for fast & efficient reloads. The M2.0 is equipped with a flat face trigger for consistent finger placement that allows for more accurate and repeatable shooting and has an enhanced sear giving you a cleaner trigger let-off. All are finished in Tungsten Gray Cerakote® or black Armornite® slide finish.


Boasting a new look, the aggressive lightening cuts on both the top and sides of the slide ultimately reduce the amount of weight in front of the chamber, and in return helps improve the recoil balance point. Also included are serrations on the front and rear of the slide for better manipulation. The slide is cut for optics and includes a fiber optic front sight, and blacked-out serrated rear sight, and the 5-inch stainless steel barrel is finished in Armornite.


Type: Striker fired semi-automatic

Caliber: 9mm

Magazine Capacity: 17 Rounds

Sights: Fiber optic front sight, and blacked out serrated rear sight

Barrel Length: 5 inches

Overall Length: 8.25 inches

Weight: 29 ounces

MSRP: $999



The S&W M&P Competitor is an out-of-the-box, competition-ready pistol at a super price. It ships with 4 magazines, 17 rounds if you live in a free state, and 10 rounds if you don’t.

Get over to your Smith & Wesson Dealer and see one for yourself.

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Friedrich Seiltgen is a retired Master Police Officer with 20 years of service with the Orlando Police Department. He conducts training in Lone Wolf Terrorism, Firearms, and Active Shooter Response. His writing has appeared in RECOIL,, Soldier of Fortune, The Counter Terrorist Magazine, American Thinker, Homeland Security Today, and The Journal of Counterterrorism & Homeland Security International. Contact him at