S&W M&P Pro Series .40

After suffering through the waiting period in Washington, I finally picked up the M&P Pro .40 that’s been sitting around with my name on it. I haven’t done a lot of shooting with it, but I did get the chance to run some basic accuracy drills. The following group was shot at 25 yards freestyle using the “slow fire bullseye rules. Slow fire events call for 5 shots in 2 minutes and 30 seconds, which is a lot of time and more than enough time to properly control the shot.

So far, I’m really impressed with the M&P Pro in .40. When shooting 165 grain loads, I honestly forgot I was shooting a .40 for a while there. The factory trigger breaks at 7.5 lbs, so there’s room for some improvement there. I’m going to compare it alongside the Ruger SR40 I have sitting here, so far the Ruger is ahead by 1 point – the factory trigger on my Ruger weighs in at 6.5 lbs.


  1. Ive been trying to solve a mystery for while, maybe you can help me. I’ve been shooting a M&P .40 for about 8 months. I currently own 3. The third one I picked up about 5 months and says Pro Series on the slide and a 4.25″ barrel. I’ve tried to find another one but all the other Pro Series I can find are the 5″ barrel versions.

    1. They do make a Pro Series .40 with the shorter 4.25 inch barrel, these guns feature night sights and the enhanced Pro Series sear.

  2. Waiting periods suck. The local economy would be much improved if I could impulse buy handguns (since the nearest place that has any is over an hour drive round trip…)

    I’ve got an Apex kit in shipping limbo for my M&P9, may be the way for you to go with this one. They claim the competition kit will drop it down to a consistent sub-3lb pull (I ordered the duty kit since it’s my carry gun.)

  3. I’ve been wanting to fool around with one of the apex sears. I’ve been modifying the stock parts for about 2 1/2 years now since I got my first M&P with very pleasing results. 20K rounds through my 9mm without even one malfunction! Marcus just got the 9mm Pro Series with the ‘hard’ sear and it was a little better than stock pull. One of the things I’ve noticed, testing pull-weights on the M&P is that it’s very ”technique-sensitive.” Using an electronic or spring-type trigger-pull gauge with this type of trigger requires stopping of the pull gauge after the trigger ‘breaks’ but before it travels completely to the rear. This is very simple as long as you have 4 hands with six fingers on each. Mere mortals may try holding the frame in a padded-jaw vise, very carefully holding the pull gauge with two hands, with one of those hands braced on something solid while aligning the trigger-safety with the third hand. If the gauge lurches to the rear at the moment of the ‘break,’ you will get a false-high reading. Same with almost any gun with a pull over a couple of pounds. Weights are more precise, as when the last bit of pressure is applied (this can be done with a pull-gauge) the trigger will move away from the ‘finger’ on the gauge, registering only the extra tension that was needed to ‘break’ it, without measuring how much force you bashed into the trigger stop-point with. By the way, I love my M&P as much as Glock guys love their glocks (weird). I must someday collect the whole set!

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