We’ve been taking so much lately about lousy guns; let’s talk about a good one. Back around the first of April, I purchased a Smith and Wesson M&P 5″ Pro Series in 9mm Para. I already had two M&P standard models covering carry and defensive duty, so this one was going to be a dedicated USPSA Production pistol.
Right out of the box, this was an impressive gun. During my first practice session with it, I managed several 3″ offhand groups at 25 yards, as well as my first ever sub-2-second Bill Drill.
In the three months I’ve had the M&P Pro, I’ve put just under 4000 rounds through it. This includes shooting it in the USPSA VA/MD Sectionals, the Blue Ridge Mountain 3-Gun match, the MGM Ironman, and the Pistol-Training.com C.U.S.S. class. Except on the days I’ve been out of the state, I’ve also dryfired it for at least 30 minutes a night. As you can see, this piece has some holster wear…
I have made some changes to the M&P’s factory configuration. After the C.U.S.S. class, I swapped out the fiber optic sights for a set of Warren Tactical black-on-black fixed sights. My carry pistols already wear Warren 2-dot night sights, so that was a pretty easy transition.
Shortly after I bought the M&P Pro, I suffered a couple of extraction failures. This is a pretty well documented issue with the M&P line, and fortunately there are some good solutions. Around round 1000, I installed and fitted a tool steel extractor from Speed Shooter Specialties, and have had no malfunctions of any kind since then. I also installed a competition action kit from Apex Tactical. If you have an M&P, you should try one of these things. The competition version that I installed yielded a perfectly crisp trigger pull of around 2.5 pounds, with a short and very distinct reset. When I get a chance, I plan on putting the M&P on the Trigger-Scan and posting a graph of the trigger weight. Finally, I stippled the frontstrap and grip insert in a houndstooth pattern, which provides a nice sticky grip with sweaty hands.
All in all, I’m pretty happy with how the M&P Pro has ended up. If you need a solid platform for IDPA stock or enhanced, USPSA Production, 3-Gun, or even duty use, you could do quite a lot worse.