S&W’s New VTAC M&P Pistol

A well-tanned version of a leading seller—with real day/night sights 

M&P Pistol

S&W’s new VTAC adds a Flat Dark Earth option to the M&P lineup and a set of Viking Tactics’ high-profile, highly visible 24-hour Trijicon steel sights. An already good pistol just got better.


Story and Photos by Denis Prisbrey

Smith & Wesson’s M&P pistol line, introduced in 2005, incorporated lessons learned from the earlier Sigmas that were the company’s first poly pistol design dating from 1994. The Sigma had its shortcomings and was never widely accepted by law enforcement, while the better-thought-out M&P pistols have been so well received by both professionals and “civilians” that they’re actually chasing hard on Glock’s tails in both markets. Considering the runaway-best-seller phenomenon of the Glocks in police holsters here in the U.S., that says something.


The external extractor is beefy and situated behind a large ejection port.

After some minor initial birthing pains, the Smiths have had plenty of time to prove themselves, and in current form they’re quite a buy with several useful features at an affordable price.


Skip ahead if you’ve heard this already, but if not…. The M&P pistol (a continuation of the classic Smith & Wesson Military & Police trade name for certain models for well over a hundred years) is a striker-fired locked-breech hi-cap semi-auto pistol with a polymer frame, a stainless steel slide, an accessory rail, slide cocking “scallops,” a loaded-chamber indicator/hole in the top of the barrel hood, and, I’m glad to say, a steel recoil spring guide rod.

To read this article in its entirety, pick up a copy of Gun World’s September issue, available on newsstands now.

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