First Look: Smith & Wesson: M&P FPC Pistol Caliber Carbine

Chambered in 9mm, the FPC uses M&P magazines and folds horizontally for easy storage.

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posted on February 28, 2023
Smith and Wesson 9mm FPC Carbine

New from Smith & Wesson is the FPC pistol caliber carbine. FPC is a folding stock, optics-ready 9mm carbine that ships with three double-stack M&P pistol magazines, including one 17-round and two 23-round magazines. The carbine features an integrated recoil buffer system for more control, as well as ½-28 threaded muzzle so you can attach and in-stock magazine storage for fast and efficient reloads. The horizontal folding mechanism of the FPC provides a locking latch to enable secured transport and prevents interference with most top-mounted optics or accessories. The controls of the FPC are quite similar to the M&P handguns, with the magazine release in the same spot as an M&P pistol There are M-Lok slots on the side of the handguard to allow for the easy addition of accessories, and a Picatinny rail on top to attach an optic.  

Shooting Illustrated’s Executive Editor had a chance to check out the FPC carbine, and he says “I’ll admit my bias up front: I am a big fan of the Smith & Wesson M&P family, with numerous examples in my collection and a first generation as my daily carry. Having a pistol-caliber carbine that takes the same magazines and operates in much the same manner is a huge plus, as is the ability to add a red-dot sight to the carbine and still maintain the ability to fold the carbine. I look forward to testing the FPC extensively, and expect it to hold up quite well—like every Smith & Wesson I’ve tested.”

M&P FPC Pistol Caliber Carbine Features

  • Compact, horizontally folding design
  • Optics-ready
  • Integrated recoil buffer system
  • Compatible with M&P Pistol double-stack magazines
  • In-stock magazine storage w/quick-release tab system
  • M-Lok slots, Picatinny rail
  • Reversible magazine catch
  • Carrying bag with additional storage and hook and loop straps

Specifications

  • Caliber: 9mm
  • Capacity: 17 or 23 rounds
  • Barrel Length: 16.25 inches
  • 1/2-28 tpi threaded muzzle with thread protector.
  • Overall Length: 30 3/8 inches (unfolded), 16 3/8 inches (folded)
  • Weight: 5 pounds, 1 ounce

MSRP for the FPC folding 9mm carbine is $659, and more information on this gun and other products from Smith & Wesson is available at smith-wesson.com.

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