By: Friedrich Seiltgen

Optics ready pistols are all the rage now, and Smith & Wesson has added another model to the lineup!

The S&W M&P9 2.0 Compact Pistol is ready for action. The M&P9 Compact has an internal steel chassis – polymer frame with stainless steel slide and barrel. The internal chassis extends almost to the end of the frame, and the steel-on-steel contact between the frame and slide help keep flex and torque to a minimum. With its aggressive grip texture for enhanced control, 18-degree grip angle for a more natural point of aim, and high grip to barrel bore axis ratio, the pistol has a reduced muzzle rise and faster aim recovery. The pistol comes in two models, one with an ambidextrous thumb safety, and one without. There’s also a visual inspection port, loaded chamber indicator.

If you’re into optic sights, the M&P comes with seven different adapter plates so you can use your favorite. If you’re an iron sight type, the optics mounting sight on the slide is equipped with a polymer cover. The use of mini red dot type sights has gained popularity in the last few years, and optics are a great way to go for anyone, not just us folks with lousy eyesight!

“The use of optics has become increasingly popular as handgun owners look for ways to enhance their accuracy and shooting experience. To meet the demands of our consumers, the M&P9 M2.0 Compact is now able to accept many popular slide mounted optics, straight from the factory.”

– Vince Perreault, S&W Brand Marketing Manager

To make the shooting experience even better, the M&P comes with four different interchangeable backstraps in S, M, ML, and L, a reversible magazine release, and the slide stop is ambidextrous. Speaking of the slide, S&W added some enlarged forward cocking serrations that are not only functional, but look pretty cool! The trigger pull comes in at a nice 5.5 lbs. and is designed with a tactile and audible reset.


Action Type: Semi-Automatic Striker Fired

Caliber: 9mm

Magazine capacity: 15 or 17

Sights: Co-witness white dot sights with optics ready slide

Barrel Length: 4.0

Length: 7.00”

Height: 5.3”

Weight: 25.8 oz.

Frame Material: Polymer

Barrel Material: Stainless Steel

Safety: Thumb Safety

Trigger Pull: 5.5 lbs.

MSRP: $634

Whether you need a pistol for EDC, home defense, or competition, the S&W M&P9 M2.0 has got you covered! The M&P compact is a solid, versatile, reliable, out-of-the-box pistol.

That’s all for now folks! Please keep sending in your questions, tips, and article ideas. And as always – “Let’s be careful out there.”

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, First Aid, Active Shooter Response, and Law Enforcement Vehicle Operations in Florida. His writing has appeared in The Counter Terrorist Magazine, American Thinker, Homeland Security Today, and The Journal of Counterterrorism & Homeland Security International. Contact him at

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