Posts Tagged ‘Smith & Wesson’

When it comes to the subject of favorite handguns for personal defense everybody has their own personal likes, dislikes, and opinions.  My selection was based on years and years of trying different makes and models, factoring in reliability, durability, accuracy, mechanical issues if there were any, as well as fit, feel, and function.  Of course appearance has to factor in somewhat as well.  So what is my favorite personal defense handgun?  It would have to be the full size Smith & Wesson M&P 45 in two tone finish.   


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.