On Tuesday, the firearms giant formally announced its newest entry to its line of compact polymer pistols, in John Browning’s classic .45 ACP. In short, the new gun blends the 2.0 enhancements to the M&P line rolled out last year with the iconic .45 ACP caliber long-popular with U.S. gun owners.
“The M&P45 pistol has been a popular choice for years with both law enforcement professionals and civilians looking for a .45 Auto pistol,” said Jan Mladek, general manager for Smith & Wesson. “With that in mind, we expanded the next-generation M2.0 platform to now include the M&P45 M2.0 Compact pistol with a shorter, 4-inch barrel and a full-size frame.”
The M&P M2.0 Compact emerged last October in 9mm with a standard 4-inch barrel, comparing favorably the Glock 19. It was quickly followed by a 3.1-inch barreled Shield variant and one featuring a 3.6-inch barrel.
The 2.0 enhancements bring an aggressive grip texture along with a trigger with a lighter trigger pull as well as an audible and tactile reset to the M&P line. The M&P45 2.0 is available both with and without a manual thumb safety and options for white dot sights or tritium night sights.
The gun ships with four interchangeable palmswell grip insert sizes and two 10-round magazines with an MSRP starting at $569. LE packages include three mags.