The Smith & Wesson M&P 2.0 is a solid choice for concealed carry guns. It offers all the familiar features you need in a subcompact pistol, while also providing good control placement, aggressive grip texture, and excellent ergonomics.
It has a steel frame and polymer grip with swappable backstraps to customize the angle and palm-swell. The texture on the grip and backstraps is superb - a fine, slightly abrasive stipple-type treatment.
This gun is available in flat dark earth (FDE) or Armornite, a hardened nitride finish that offers corrosion and wear resistance and surface lubricity. The barrel, sights, trigger, magazine release, slide stop, takedown lever, extractor and optional thumb safety are all black.
Choosing a gun is a personal preference, but I believe the 5 inch barrel length on this model has some benefit over the standard 4. The increased length increases the velocity of the barrel by 50-100ft/sec and helps the shooter get more precise sight alignment.
If you’re looking for a longer-barreled version of the M&P, the 5-inch-barreled M2.0 models are an excellent choice. They’re only 2 ounces heavier than the standard M&P, but they offer an additional three-quarters of an inch in the barrel and a longer sight radius.
If you’re a law enforcement officer, the M&P series is the most trusted in the industry, and the M2.0 takes it to another level with a better trigger and a longer barrel that aids in precision shooting. It’s also a great option for those who need a subcompact pistol with ambidextrous manual safeties.