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Smith & Wesson M&P40 40 S&W, $495 (Grade A- Oct 2007)

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Overall, a solid, average gun. For the money, the M&P40 is a much better buy, in our view.

Smith & Wesson M&P40 40 S&W, $495 (Grade A- Oct 2007)

Gun Details

Model Name
Model Number
Home Defense
Law Enforcement
Concealed Carry
Caliber Plus Cartridge
Weight Unloaded
Overall Length
Barrel Length
Sight Radius
Overall Height
Front Strap Height
Back Strap Height
Maximum Width
Grip Thickness Max
Grip Circumference Max
Frame Material
Barrel Material
Grip Material
Trigger Pull Single
Trigger Span Single

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This M&P40 felt great in the hand. The extended beavertail helped control, and the Novak sight provided fast acquisition and texture at the rear of the slide cut glare. The trigger was hinged to operate a striker safety block. This unit shot low and to the left, as the Caldwell Orange Peel targets behind it indicate.
This rear quartering view of the gun controls shows the simplicity of the M&P's operation. The Novak sights hugged the top of the frame, the slide release was the only control to fiddle with, and the slide serration offered a firm grip. A manual-safety version is now available, which makes the gun a viable choice for 1911 users.

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