SMITH & WESSON M&P
The M&P here stands for “military and police.” Even so, this gun also has a huge fan base among civilian shooters. It follows the current trend of polymer-framed/striker-fired guns, but the M&P guns are loaded with features; and options abound when purchasing one of these guns. You can choose 9mm, .40 S&W, .45 ACP or even a .22 LR (a great trainer if you own a larger gun); plus, you can have it with or without a threaded barrel, a manual safety or laser sights. There are various frame colors offered, and there are also compact models for concealed carry. Grip geometry on this gun is excellent, and the low bore axis and decent trigger make follow-up shots a breeze—ideal for competition and defensive shooting. All the M&Ps I have shot were accurate and reliable, and breakdown is simple. The new 2.0, released in early 2017, improves upon the original, including the trigger. In a world in which shooters want options, the M&P line never fails to impress.