Glock’s Secret Recipe Unveiled by Smith & Wesson

Smith & Wesson M&P 2.0 Compact

It looks like Smith & Wesson has finally figured out Glock’s secret. Leaked photos of a new M&P M2.0 Compact show a pistol with a feature that has the potential to be a GAME CHANGER in the world of versatile handguns for duty, concealed carry, or home defense. What is this amazing feature, you ask?

It’s the right size. That’s it. No more, no less.

The secret of the Glock 19’s popularity is not that it’s incredibly reliable or that it’s more accurate than anything else out there. It’s not that the Glock 19 has a great trigger or that it fits hands just right or is super pointable and most people can pick it up and shoot it better than other guns. In fact, the Glock 19 is horrifyingly average in all of these aspects.

Modern pistols are expected to be reliable, provide good accuracy, not be awkward to hold, and be somewhat easy to pick up and shoot. The standard for this was set on March 15, 1911, when a Colt 1911 fired 6,000 rounds without a malfunction (compared with two malfunctions for a service revolver of the time) and was found to be fast and accurate to shoot. It should not be surprising that over 100 years later we have other options which are also reliable and fast to shoot accurately.

There has long been a disconnect between the engineers who design handguns and the people who pick them up and carry them to work every day. One of the most puzzling disconnects has been the sizes selected by gun companies when they take their full-size service handgun and shrink it down to a carry or compact pistol. Too often, they think a compact gun just needs to have a slightly shorter slide. Or they go too far and make a pistol with the shortest possible slide and a grip just big enough to get two fingers on.

These efforts are no more concealable than their full-size counterparts – or so small that they are far more difficult to shoot rapidly and under stress when encountering the variety of engagement distances at which one must expect a carry gun to be effective. For some reason, gun companies have decided that there is no middle ground here, with the notable exception of Glock and their G19.

Countless dozens of new pistols have been announced to much fanfare only to find that their new “compact” gun has little lasting impact on the marketplace. What they don’t seem to realize is that a lot of people either don’t want to have or can’t afford to have more than one gun, or one type of gun, for every situation from carry to duty to competition to home defense. The number of pistols which serve as a true “jack of all trades, master of none” is very small indeed; many pistols do very well at one or two of these while coming up short on the others.

All of this is intended to say that the Glock 19 is not perfect or even excellent at any one thing which other pistols are not considered to be perfect or excellent. It’s just the right *size* – it fills an average size hand with the right number of cartridges, it can be concealed under a wide range of clothing, and the barrel and sights are long enough to be effective at any distance where one might find themselves relying on a handgun. That’s it. That’s the reason why people like the Glock 19. If I had a dollar for every time I’d heard someone say something to the effect of “I would ditch my 19, but there isn’t something else this size out there,” I could buy a Glock 19.

If you take a look at some other “compact” or “subcompact” guns, you have a choice of too short with the flush fitting mag and too long with the extended mags. The math isn’t hard – a Glock 19 has a 4” barrel and is 5” in height. But everyone else has been messing around with 3” or 4.25” barrels or 4.6” or 5.25” heights without realizing that there really is a sweet spot in terms of pistol size, something that can be held in the hand and hidden under a shirt without giving up shootability. Yes, a difference of ¼” in grip length does make a difference when it comes to concealability and shootability.

Smith and Wesson finally figured out that people like guns with good triggers when they introduced the M&P 2.0, and it looks like they also figured out that people like guns to be the right size with the M&P 2.0 Compact. It has a 4” barrel and holds 15 rounds in the mag. Yes, it has all the other M&P2.0 features like a better trigger with an improved reset, four backstraps instead of three, et cetera, et cetera – but what really interests people is the size.

That’s all we’ve wanted this whole time. We’re very happy someone who makes decisions at Smith and Wesson figured that out, and we can’t wait to compare it head to head with the Glock 19.




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  • Tim Hegg

    I have been begging for this from S&W for years. Finally!

  • jlarson41

    I’m not entirely in agreement with your assertion; there are other handguns out there that fit this template, some relatively new and some that have been around awhile. The Canik PF9Elite SF and the CZ P10C beat the M&P to the market and the CZPO7 has been around for awhile. These guns either fit a Glock 19 holster or come very close to it. I’m sure there are others that I don’t have time to research, that come close also. I do agree with you that the Glock is an adequate defensive arm but very average in most aspects, While the M&P 2.0 and the other guns mentioned here excel in their own ways.

    • Blumpkin

      For reference..

      P10C is both longer, higher, wider. (consequently heavier)
      CZ P07 is a DA/SA, longer, higher, wider, and heavier.
      Canik PF9 Elite is longer, wider, higher, and heavier.

      • jlarson41

        So what’s your point? I didn’t say they were exact copies, even so the differences are slight. The P10C is the same length, .08 inches wider, .2 inches taller and 2oz heavier; it also fits in the same holster as my G19. As for the PO-7 this article was based on size not action type.

        • Blumpkin

          The whole point of the article is that, in the opinion of the author, the G19 is the Goldilocks size. He even mentions that yes, size differences of 1/4″ matter.
          I only mentioned the P07 being DA/SA action because he talked about triggers. It’s not apples to apples comparing striker fired to DA/SA, as I’m sure you’re aware.

          • jlarson41

            If, in your opinion, the author is saying that 5 inch height is magic and that is the only height a CC gun can have to compete with Glock, and you agree, then I disagree with both of you. Also, how does the author know that the M&P conforms to this magic dimension? I can’t find the height dimension anywhere and the author doesn’t state what it is. It may be 5.1 inches, then what?

          • Blumpkin

            I didn’t agree or disagree with the author’s assertion. I was just clarifying what the whole point of the article was.

            I haven’t seen a spec sheet for the 2.0 compact either, but if you are curious, this brownell’s video in the link below compares it directly with the G19.


  • Daniel Lewis

    FNS 9C is just the right size and is a sensational gun, the trigger is possibly the best factory trigger out there, I had to get an Apex trigger to make my smith feel more like the FN.

    • ryan fish

      Do you find the recoil seems a bit extra snappy on the FNS? I have an FNS 9C and it seems to me it has a harsher recoil than other 9mm guns I have. I notice that the unlocking action, when working the slide by hand, seems abrupt and stiff. I’m hoping that it will break in over time and relax the recoil sensation.

    • C Hallman

      I could not agree with you more about the FNS 9C. Easy to shoot very, very well for its size and surprising accuracy at 10 yds with even a rapid pace of fire. The trigger in the 9C is actually better than that in the FNS 9 which is really odd. I sold my Glock 19 not too long after I had been shooting a while and gained some knowledge about what goes into a firearm that is accurate and easy to shoot out of the box

    • JoeNope

      +1 for the FNS 9C. I prefer the flush fit mag which limits a full hand grip but conceals easier. But I also usually carry 2 spare 17 end mags

  • tomrkba

    The XD 45 Compact has/had the same length and height as a G19 and 10+1 capacity. It was just wider. The S&W M&P 45 Compact is the same but with 8+1 capacity. The Browning Hi Power 9mm is as compact in the grip but the slide is longer.

  • evi1joe

    I just want to know if the grip is still really long front to back, like the previous M&Ps. If they shortened it, this could be my new carry (assuming it’s 100% and there are aftermarket non-hinged trigggers).

  • Jeremy Armour

    Well it’s about damn time! Every year since 2012 I’ve gone to the Smith & Wesson booth at the NRA Convention and asked them why they don’t make a G19 sized pistol. Glock is selling every G19 they can build, but S&W isn’t even competing in that market? It never made any sense to me (especially since I’m not a Glock guy but want a G19-sized pistol), and I’m really glad to see that changing!

  • J.T.

    I can’t find anywhere where they actually have the height listed, only the length and barrel length. Is it 5″?

  • Go Faster

    If you want a Glock sized M&P just buy a fucking Glock. These people cry worse that people fighting over what’s better. the iPhone or android phone.

  • Chris Miller

    To be fair, SIG has had a compact since the 80’s that competes with the Glock 19 is terms of dimensions and capacity… The P228. Even the P229 came about in the 90’s. And the CCO sized 1911’s also fill this size. But it is about time Glock’s striker fired competitors started making pistols in the same dimensions.

  • Stephen Johnson

    The deciding factor for me is the optional safety. Every handgun I have owned or still own has a thumb actuated safety on it. Won’t ever buy one without it.

  • Ronnie Schaum

    Ruger American all the way.

  • trainman

    Sorry folks but in my book glocks are and will always be garbage. The only thing Glock has going for them is a good sales force and a cry baby legal department.