Smith & Wesson M&P M2.0 Compact Torture Test: 2,000 Rounds Complete

posted on June 14, 2018
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We made it! We have concluded the 2,000-round testing of the Smith & Wesson M&P M2.0 Compact, with a final round count of 2,042 rounds. We have concluded testing and actually cleaned this poor pistol, and while it was absolutely filthy (15 minutes in an ultrasonic cleaner barely made a dent in the accumulated crud), it was still completely functional.

This last range session saw 100 rounds of Sellier & Bellot 115-grain FMJ, 100 rounds of Federal Premium Syntech 115-grain TSJ and 50 rounds of Browning 147-grain BTP ammunition run through the Smith & Wesson M&P M2.0 Compact with zero failures. All rounds fed, fired and ejected without incident. Additionally, 36 rounds of defensive fodder were fired to deplete the ammunition that had been carried in the firearm (14 rounds of 124-grain SIG Sauer V-Crown JHP and 22 rounds of Browning 147-grain BXP).  

Final round count through the Smith & Wesson M&P M2.0 Compact: 2,042 rounds. We’ll tally up the various brands and types of ammunition in a final, wrap-up post (along with some thoughts on the Smith & Wesson M&P M2.0 Compact itself outside of testing), but in our testing we experienced one direct problem with the pistol in the form of the rear sight coming loose, corrected with a hex wrench and Loctite, and one suspected ammunition-related failure, with a failure to fire at round 1,054. No other problems were encountered in eight separate range sessions.

At no point in testing was the Smith & Wesson M&P M2.0 Compact cleaned or lubricated. It was received from Smith & Wesson, taken out of the box, loaded and shot as it would be received by an end user—we opted for no cleaning/no lubrication as a “worst-case scenario.” The Smith & Wesson M&P M2.0 Compact performed quite well, with only the two noted deviations from perfection. 

To recap this session:

Sellier & Bellot 115-grain FMJ: 100 rounds, no failures

Federal Premium Syntech 124-grain TSJ: 100 rounds, no failures

Browning 147-grain BTP: 50 rounds, no failures

Additionally, 14 rounds of SIG Sauer 124-grain V-Crown JHP and 22 rounds of Browning 147-grain BXP hollowpoint ammo were also fired (cleared out the 15+1 in the M&P along with the 20 rounds in the backup—a Hyve extension on a full-size M&P 17-round magazine brought the backup mag to 20 rounds).

Final round count in the torture test: 2,042.


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