Gun Report

Smith & Wesson M&P 45 .45 ACP

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We liked a lot of things on the M&P45. Of course, to start it was slightly cheaper than the Glock and $600 cheaper than the H&K. It had impressive fit, finish, and cosmetics. The gun is ambidextrous. Where the M&P gained an edge was in its 1911-style ambi safety paddles. The gun can be made safe loading, unloading, or working the slide.

Smith & Wesson M&P 45 .45 ACP

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Home Defense
Law Enforcement
Concealed Carry
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Trigger Pull Single

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The M&P45 comes standard with a steel Novak Lo-Mount carry rear sight. Tritium sights are also available. The new frame-mounted ambidextrous thumb safety (arrow) acts as a passive safety device, allowing the slide to be pulled toward the rear, clearing the firearm without disengaging the safety. The firearm also features an ambidextrous slide stop and a reversible magazine release.
The enlarged trigger guard accommodates gloves, and the trigger incorporates a built-in trigger stop, which takes the form of two molded-in ridges, one on the back of the trigger and the other molded into the grip frame (arrows).
The surprise ammo of the test was Aguila’s IQ 117-gr. Hollowpoint, lower right, which tied for best average group size with the much more expensive Hornady 230-gr. JHP/XTPs, right. But the Sellier & Bellot 230-gr. FMJs, left, were only 0.1 inch behind, and they tied for the smallest single group of 0.8 inch with the Hornadys, both shot from the S&W M&P45.
The only dings we could put on the M&P 45 was its difficult field-strip system and problems loading the mags to capacity.

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