With the myriad of handgun choices available today; here are my reasons for preferring the Smith & Wesson M&P 45 to all others.

  • The weapon is accurate, well balanced and I have yet to experience a malfunction during many sessions of range time use.
  • The weapon is comfortable to grip and reasonably lightweight as the frame is made from a Zytel polymer with Stainless Steel structural components.
  • Barrel and slide are made of Stainless Steel with a Black Melonite coating.
  • Length is 7 3/4″ and when empty weighs 1 pound 13.3 ounces.
  • Magazine capacity is 10 + 1 rounds of 45 ACP ammo.
  • Weapon comes with a lifetime service policy.
  • Weapon is designed for the needs of military, law enforcement and civilians.
  • Manual safety is easy to reach and sights are easy to use for quick target acquisition.
  • It is similar in form and function to my other; smaller concealed carry weapon the Smith & Wesson M&P 9C which is functionally the same as the M&P 45 meaning that transition between weapons is smooth and easy.
  • Recoil is minimal for a weapon shooting a 45ACP round.
  • Accessory rail is standard for those who choose to add accessories such as a light.
  • Weapon comes with 3 interchangeable grips depending on the size of your hand.
  • Many different holstering options are available for this specific handgun.


  1. torvalamnell says:

    I know your next two posts are going to be about why you chose the shotgun and rifle; however, I was wondering if you could do a post about why you chose a .45 over the other popular choices such as 9mm and .40?

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