By: Friedrich Seiltgen
Copyright © 2022
With many firearm manufacturers introducing small EDC guns, Smith & Wesson went the opposite direction with this one.
The new M&P 10mm M2.0 is a full-size pistol and signals Smith & Wesson’s return to the 10 mm market, with the last 10 mm being the 1006, which went out of production in 1995. According to Smith & Wesson’s new product manager John Myles, “The 10mm caliber has its own following, and our customers have been asking us to bring one back.”
Many people think the only difference between a 9mm and 10mm round is just the size. The common 9mm round is 115 or 124 grain, while the 10mm round is 180 or 200 grain. That’s a BIG difference! But people forget the 10mm case is bigger and longer, which allows for more powder, and the difference in performance is big! Depending on the ammunition used, the 9mm is traveling at 990 feet per second, while the 10mm is traveling at 1,100 feet per second. That faster and bigger!
Many folks also say why bother with a 10mm when I can get a .45ACP? The .45 ACP travels at around 840 feet per second, while the 10mm, as we said, is moving at 1,100 feet per second. This means, of course, the 10 mm is flying faster, farther, and flatter than the old .45ACP. If you can have more speed and more mass traveling downrange, why not take it!?
The new pistol features a low bore barrel axis, and the 2.0 flat face trigger for consistent finger placement and faster follow up shots. The frame uses an embedded stainless-steel chassis that’s been extended to reduce torque and flex, and an 18-degree grip angle for a natural point of aim, with four interchangeable palmswell grip inserts with new added grip texture.
There’s also an Armornite finished stainless steel barrel and precut slide for optics mounting — a take down lever disassembly system that allows you to remove the barrel and slide without pulling the trigger.
Action Type: Striker Fire Semi-Automatic.
Magazine capacity: 15
Sights: Optic Height White Dot, Optics Ready Slide.
Barrel Length: 4 or 4.6 Inches.
Overall Length: 7.2 Inches or 7.9 Inches.
Width: 1.3 Inches.
Height 5.6 Inches.
Weight: 27.8 Ounces or 29.3 Ounces.
Safety: Available with or Without Thumb Safety.
MSRP: $654 to $665
Whether you need something for hunting, the range, or to protect yourself out in the wild, the 10mm from Smith and Wesson might be the answer.
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 RECOIL, The Counter Terrorist Magazine, American Thinker, Homeland Security Today, and The Journal of Counterterrorism & Homeland Security International. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.