On display at the NRA show floor (but nowhere to be found on S&W’s website) were the M&P VTAC pistols. These are a partner to the M&P15 VTAC rifle, and while for the most part they’re a pretty standard M&P they do have some very interesting features. Click any picture to make it larger, as usual. The guns right now are being offered in .40 S&W and 9mm (when they become available) with the flat dark earth or coyote tan or whatever color that is that you see on them. Aside: why do gun manufacturers insist on doing all these variations of the same color with different names? Don’t they know that it’s all “tan” to us dudes?
Apparently, sights like these have a name, but I cannot recall for the life of me what it is. The sight features a “stacked” set of dots; fiber optic dots on top for daytime shooting, and tritium inserts for night sights. I think it’s a pretty interesting design and it does make a certain amount of sense. You want high visibility sights under all conditions, and the stacked fiber/tritium certainly offers that, I just wonder if it’s worth the trade off in how distracting that sight image would be. It seems to me that when you’re trying to snap the gun up, take a flash sight picture and shoot that you want your eye to be drawn to a natural sight alignment as quickly as possible. I would have to spend a lot of time shooting a gun with sights like that before I felt confident that under stress my brain would correctly align the sights.
No word on when the M&P VTAC pistol will be available or what the MSRP is, but it’s nice to see the M&P line continue to go strong for S&W.