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Smith & Wesson M&P Compact Pistol

The small M&P offers all of the features of its big brother in a compact package.

June 01, 2007  |  by Nick Jacobellis - Also by this author

Keeping It Clean

Maintenance and cleaning are easy to do on both M&P pistols. To disassemble a full-size or compact M&P pistol, rack the slide to the locked open position and remove the magazine before using a thin screwdriver or the security pin/disassembly tool that locks the grip assembly into position to pry the sear release lever away from the frame. This internal lever is found against the rear wall of the magazine well. Once this is done all you have to do to remove the slide from the frame is lower the slide release lever and pull the slide forward.

You are not required to pull the trigger in order to remove the slide from the frame of an M&P Pistol. This safety feature is designed to prevent an unintentional discharge.

After your pistol is cleaned, properly lubricated, and reassembled, you can reset the sear release lever by inserting a loaded or unloaded magazine into the frame.

Range Time

The 9mm Smith & Wesson M&P Compact that I tested proved to be a pleasure to operate and shoot. It was flawlessly reliable while using 115-, 124- and 147-grain Federal, Winchester, and Speer FMJ and hollow-point ammunition. And, yes, it ran great when I used high-capacity magazines from the full-size M&P.

I also briefly tested an M&P Compact Pistol in .40 S&W caliber and found this pistol to be just as easy to shoot accurately at a fast "combat" rate of fire as the 9mm version. It was also exceptionally comfortable to shoot while using Federal 165-grain FMJ ammunition.

The M&P Compact Pistol has a very short trigger return or reset, which makes it possible to deliver quick and accurate follow-up shots. This is an important feature for law enforcement officers who may be forced to fire multiple shots during a life-threatening situation.

I found the M&P Compact 9 and Compact 40 pistols to be just as combat accurate as the full-size M&P. During three different range sessions, the Compact produced excellent groups.

From an unsupported standing position, I was able to consistently keep the contents of a magazine or two on nine-inch-diameter paper plates, while firing fast at different combat distances. When I ran out of paper plates and regular targets, I successfully used my M&P Compact to engage smaller targets like one-inch Shoot N See adhesive black dots and tin cans.

The greatest compliment and recommendation that I can give any pistol is to use my hard-earned money to purchase the firearm that I tested and evaluated for a magazine article. I bought the 9mm M&P Compact that the company sent me to test and evaluate. I also recommended the M&P Compact to my oldest son who serves as a city police officer.

Nick Jacobellis is a medically retired U.S. Customs Agent and former police officer who was physically disabled in the line of duty while working undercover as a federal agent.

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Tags: Pistols, Smith & Wesson, Firearms Reviews, Duty Pistols

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