A slim hammer-fired pistol with an innovative new rotary-locked barrel system, S&W's newest M&P series handgun is a 5.7.

Launched at SHOT Show 2023 in Las Vegas this week, it is the company's first production pistol chambered in high-velocity, flat-shooting centerfire 5.7 NATO. Keeping it svelte and trim via a polymer frame, there's a 5-inch barrel featuring Smith's patented rotary-locked new Tempo barrel system – a lock-breech two-part barrel with a proprietary gas system – the M&P 5.7 uses flush-fitting magazines with a standard 22+1 round capacity. 

Smith Wesson M&P 5.7
M&P 5.7 features front serrations, lightening cuts, and a 5-inch barrel with 1/2x28 thread for mounting a muzzle device or suppressor. (All photos: Chris Eger/Guns.com)
Smith Wesson M&P 5.7
The Tempo barrel system features an internal rotary barrel and external shroud allowing for muzzle device mounting. The proprietary gas system ensures the projectile has exited the barrel before cycling.
Smith Wesson M&P 5.7
The new S&W M&P 5.7 is fully ambidextrous with mirrored controls and a reversible mag release. The frame features a full-size grip with enhanced texturing. The slide ships with three-dot white sights as well as an optics cut and is available with or without a thumb safety.

We fired the M&P 5.7 on the range and, using an internal hammer-fired single-action with what Smith describes as a flat-faced trigger, the handgun has a light and crisp feel to it with the felt recoil akin to a .22 Magnum. It also has a noticeably thinner grip than most other 5.7-caliber pistols on the market. 

Smith Wesson M&P 5.7
That mag tho. 

The MSRP on the S&W M&P 5.7 is $699, which is less than half that of the FN Five-seveN, on par with the Ruger Model 57, and just slightly more than the budget-minded PSA Rock 5.7.


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