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Smith & Wesson M&P40 Compact No. 109003 40 S&W, $569 (Grade A- March 2013)

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A bit large for the pocket, the S&W M&P 40 compact was a well-made and interesting handgun. We would have liked tritium sights, but would not like to add a C-note to the cost. We preferred this extended magazine, which gave 11 shots.

Smith & Wesson M&P40 Compact No. 109003 40 S&W, $569 (Grade A- March 2013)

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Our first impression of the M&P Compact was that, yes, it can fit in a big pocket, but we would not be completely happy with it there. The grip extension made it hard to get out of the pocket. A suitable concealed-carry holster would be far better, we thought, for packing this amount of powerful handgun.
Simple takedown and reassembly will go a long way toward keeping the Smith 40 working well for years. The captive recoil spring was much liked by us all.
Though well made and fitted, and with a removable rear strap, the leather-like covering of the front and back straps of the Compact 40 did not give us enough traction.

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