Smith & Wesson’s New Performance Center M&P9 M2.0 Competitor 9mm Pistol

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From Smith & Wesson . . .

Smith & Wesson Brands, Inc., a leader in firearm manufacturing and design is excited to introduce a new member of the M&P metal-framed series, the Performance Center M&P9 M2.0 Competitor. 

Built for competition right out of the box, this metal-framed 9mm pistol is designed to give competitive shooters the edge. The Competitor comes with a 5-inch barrel, has an enhanced sear for lighter, crisper trigger let-off, and includes a flared magazine well for fast and efficient reloads. Boasting a new look, the aggressive lightening cuts on both the top and sides of the slide ultimately reduce the amount of weight in front of the chamber and, in return, help improve the recoil balance point.

The slide is cut for optics, includes a fiber optic front sight, and blacked out serrated rear sight. The Competitor comes with an oversized mag release that is reversible for both right and left-handed users and ships with a total of four magazines. Choose from models available in 10+1 or 17+1 round capacities with a Tungsten Gray Cerakote or black Armornite slide finish. Smith & Wesson is proud to introduce the Performance Center M&P9 M2.0 Competitor.

The Competitor has an MSRP of $999.00                                       

Check out the new Competitor and all Smith & Wesson products at


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    • Never had any problems with it on other guns. Its designed for competition (USPSA, IDPA, IPSEC). The slide cuts decrease the weight of the slide which decreases the reciprocating mass , which cuts down on the pistol jerking around, which enables faster follow up shots. Its not designed to be a combat pistol

    • Exactly what I scrolled down here to say. The comp “ports” in the slide may be beneficial for the gun’s performance, but each cleaning would involve a full teardown. Unless the barrel is *really* tight in tolerance within the slide, I imagine there would be a bit of fouling and buildup within the slide over the course of an extended trip to the range (or at a competition).

      I suppose everything’s a trade-off in some way. Otherwise, this new model appears to be a handsome gunn, even if I have no personal use for it as configured.

      • I use a Glock 34 which has a large slide cut on top near the end of the muzzle, I have thrown it through the sand, mud, and can’t remember the last time I cleaned it. I had the slide cut reliability question too but have found it not to be an issue. However I wonder if that changes when you have tiny little port cuts where debris can’t exit the slide gap after it’s entered?

      • Your perception of how that would work is totally wrong. Every delayed blowback gun like the M&P has a gap around the barrel on one side of the opening and is in tension on the other side. They will build up soot and scrape it off for thousands and thousands of rounds. You clean guns as much as makes you happy, but most guns will tolerate operating very dirty. It’ll be fine.

  1. I remember my friends 5906 which was a steel frame pistol and how much I love shooting it. This follows along those same lines, and I won’t complain.

    • I had a 5906 and loved it. Pachmyr grips. Los Angeles Sheriff’s own it now. Seems it was peaking out the console. I know one of those bastards have it, was too pretty to let sit in storage.

      • For anyone that is familiar with Los Angeles, I worked nights in Whittier. 6 to 3am. Banger central. Sheriff asked me if I had one in the pipe. First I said do you? Then I said if I didn’t it might as well be a fucking brick. He wasn’t very friendly but then I didn’t care for him either.

    • My wife developed a real desire for the Taurus Judge. I thought it to be a waste of money but she wanted it. Fortunately for me the state of ca intervened. They’re not legal here.

      Had it been legal here I would have bought her one. Not something I would have liked.

      • Saw a guy open carrying a Taurus Poly Judge a couple of years ago in Walmart. Asked him what ammo he was carrying, he said Buffalo Bore. Always wondered if he ever shot that combination…the shrapnel wounds would be pretty horrific.

        • I haven’t looked lately but .410 ammo was pricier than 12 or 20 and mostly unavailable. I live in ca so I cannot do mail order. .45 colt was scarce and pricey too.

          She stuck with her .38. At least until we move out of ca.

    • Maybe cheaper because it fires out of battery. I really wanted one but my lgs said don’t get it. You van see some of the tests online by some of th more popular u tube gunners.

  2. Based on my experience with a standard 2.0…no way. The trigger stank and the accuracy was abysmal. These type guns by Smith and Sig need a bushing of some sort to keep the bbl aligned. There is just too much slop between the bbl and slide. Smith had it right with their 4 digit semi autos. Those that forget the past are doomed to repeat it.

    • I have the 2.0 with crap trigger. I’m really good with it. I think the trigger forced me to hold a firmer grip than I used to do.

  3. So . . . . first, you need to remove the magwell to even be legal in Carry Optics or Production.

    It won’t be worth a damn in Limited since it’s 9mm and you need to run 40 to make major power factor scoring.

    Never mind the fact that its 15 ounces lighter than the competition out there (Shadow 2, X5 Legion, Q5 SF or 92X Performance).

    Conclusion: This gun is stupid and only stupid people will buy one.


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