December 16, 2009

Gun Tests Magazine Selects Smith & Wesson M&P9 209001 9mm as 2009 “Best in Class” Pistol

NORWALK, CT (Dec. 22, 2009)--Gun Tests Magazine has named the Smith & Wesson M&P9 as the publication’s “Best in Class” Pistol for 2009.

The pistol joins a Taurus wheelgun, a 7mm Mag. rifle from Browning, and a 12-gauge shotgun from Benelli as the magazine’s “Best in Class” 2009 honorees.

Every December Gun Tests magazine surveys the work of its testing staff to select guns the magazine’s testers endorse. These “best of” choices are a mixture of the original Gun Tests evaluation and other information the staff compiles during the year.

“We don’t accept advertising,” said Gun Tests Publisher Timothy H. Cole, “so consumers have confidence that our Best in Class picks are the results of head-to-head evaluations by our teams, and that the results aren’t influenced by anything else.”

Smith & Wesson M&P9

The “Best in Class” Pistol for 2009 was the Smith & Wesson M&P9 #209001 9mm, $679. It was originally reviewed in the May 2009 issue of Gun Tests.

“All the Best guns in this compilation are A or A+ choices,” said Gun Tests Editor Todd Woodard, referring to the magazine’s Report Card scoring system, which ranks guns from A+ down to a failing grade of F.

The magazine’s test team said, “Our first impression of the M&P 9mm was that it felt extremely comfortable in the hand. It was well balanced, not too heavy—at least without a magazine full of 17 heavy-bullet loads—and was pleasantly devoid of extraneous controls and levers.”

Ray Ordorica, the magazine’s senior technical editor, wrote the article from test-team evaluations. The original May 2009 article went on to say, “Our test gun came in a large case with two different grip inserts to make the handle larger or smaller. We liked it as it was, so we left it alone. The sights were fixed, and excellent in all respects. There will be no cut hands here from stovepipe drills.

“A nice touch (there were many) was the wavy cut of the slide to form the serrations for slide retraction. The matte-black slide was stainless, and the polymer grip was hefty enough that the gun didn’t have a top-heavy feel even when empty.”

“Ray and his team are hardnosed and very critical,” Woodard said. “When they found that the M&P was comfortable to shoot and suffered no function problems, then consumers can rely on that advice.”

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