Smith & Wesson this week went full circle by introducing the company's first full-size M&P pistol in an all-metal configuration. 

Dropping the M&P pistol's standard polymer frame for one crafted of T6 aluminum, the new M&P9 M2.0 METAL is still striker-fired but is optics-ready and, with a Tungsten Gray Cerakote finish, has a unique aesthetic from America's oldest pistol maker. Still capable of fitting standard M&P9 compatible holsters and using the same magazines, the gun offers a more rigid feel for those who are fans of the model but don't love the "whip" of a polymer-framed firearm.


The new S&W M&P9 M2.0 METAL pistol
The new S&W M&P9 M2.0 METAL runs a 4.25-inch barrel, for an overall length of 7.4 inches. Weight is 30 ounces, unloaded. By comparison, the standard polymer-framed M&P9 M2.0 with the same sized barrel and magazine runs 24.7 ounces. (Photo: S&W)
The new S&W M&P9 M2.0 METAL pistol
Standard features include an M2.0 flat face trigger, two 17-round 9mm magazines, and a slide cut for optics. (Photo: S&W)
The new S&W M&P9 M2.0 METAL pistol
Despite the aluminum frame, it still uses the M&P9's standard four interchangeable palmswell grip inserts for optimal hand fit and trigger reach-- S, M, ML, L--  and textured polymer front strap. (Photo: S&W)


"Combining the proven performance of the M&P pistol series with the 170-year history of reliable Smith & Wesson metal handguns, the M&P9 M2.0 METAL forges the quality of our past with enhanced modern-day features in an offering that will give an edge to both new and experienced firearms enthusiasts," said Andrew Gore, S&W's Handgun Product Manager. 

The MSRP for the new S&W M&P9 M2.0 METAL pistol is $899.

For more, Guns & Gear’s Ryan Gresham got an early look at the METAL, and covers it in the below: 


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