January 28, 2009

Smith & Wesson Begins Shipping M&P Pistol Models with Optional Thumb Safety

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Smith & Wesson Corp. has begun shipping both full-size and compact M&P pistols, in all calibers, with an optional frame-mounted thumb safety. Originally available only on the M&P45, the optional frame-mounted thumb safety is now being offered on M&P pistols chambered in 9mm, .40 S&W and .357 SIG.

“Soon after the introduction of the full-size and compact M&P45 pistols, we began receiving requests from law enforcement professionals and recreational shooters asking for a frame mounted thumb safety on other M&P calibers,” said Leland Nichols, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Smith & Wesson.

The thumb safety on the M&P pistols acts as a passive safety device allowing the slide to be pulled toward the rear, clearing the firearm without disengaging the safety. The external safety on the M&P is ambidextrous.

Smith & Wesson M&P9mm with optional thumb safety.

Comments (5)

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Posted by: idnap | July 14, 2010 12:16 PM    Report this comment

Comments by Dave and Jimin are representative of the class of gun-owners who appreciate and rely upon mechanical safety devices. OTOH, I do not rely on any mechanism for my safety. Gun-handling safety has been engrained in me by years of practice and experience. I'm safe with my firearms, safety on or off, loaded or unloaded, because the gun's safety is ME, not some lever or button. For that reason, it doesn't matter if my gun is a Glock, or a Sig, or a 1911A1, I am safe with it, and the gun's safety system is NOT important. Oh, and Dave, magazine disconnects are a very bad idea on a fighting gun. In addition to sterilizing a gun in the middle of a mag change, it's just something else to go wrong. And if your gun DOESN'T have a magazine disconnect, and you believe that removing the magazine "disconnects the firing mechanism" you need to re-read your owner's manual. Twice.

Posted by: Gaviota | February 4, 2009 7:27 PM    Report this comment

Placing the thub safety in the 'off' position while in the belt holster as recommended by Jimin Tenn is a horrible and dangerous idea.
This is not how the manufacturer designed the gun to be used!
I hope people reading these things have enough sense to not follow everything they read posted on the internet.

Posted by: Mikarome | January 30, 2009 1:40 PM    Report this comment

The thumb safety is an important safety feature on auto pistols when stored. Working in a large gun store, I saw numerous people who caused accidental discharges using that G-brand they erroneously considered so "safe." This included things like placing the pistol into a car glove compartment (with the trigger pushed rather than pulled by some object in the glove box), or grabbing for it from a bedside night stand in an emergency, pulling the trigger as they pulled the gun toward them in the dark when they believed they were in danger. I have several people who were so scared of their G-pistols carried in a small-of-the-back holster (where they could not see it and had to reach for it) they carried it with the chamber empty lest they shoot themselves in the spine grabbing for their gun. A simple thumb safety would do wonders for the auto pistol stored in a glove box, a bedside night stand, or a center-back holster. The thumb safety should be routinely placed OFF (in Fire position) when put into standard belt holsters, and just as routinely placed ON (in safe position) when stored in cars and drawers. Smith & Wesson adding the thumb safety to this fine handgun better will make it an excellent choice both for police and citizens, improving the safe use of this model.

Posted by: JiminTenn | January 29, 2009 8:17 PM    Report this comment

I believe the addition of the thumb safety is necessary for people like me who are not engaged in law enforcement activities. I have seen shooters leave my pistol loaded on the shooting bench without ejecting the magazine to disconnect the firing mechanism.
Dumb!, yes, and many still pick up a gun and put their finger right on the trigger, disengaging the trigger safety, against common sense and safety rules.
Question: Has S&W made available a retro-fit thumb safety for previous production M&P's?

Dave in Chestertown, MD

Posted by: JDS | January 29, 2009 10:43 AM    Report this comment

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