The Smith & Wesson M&P (Military & Police) has always been a highly respected revolver from its introduction to today. Introduced in 1899, it became the standard by which every other medium-frame double-action revolver would be judged--as well as serving as the launching platform for one of the most influential handgun cartridges in history: the .38 S&W Special. The popularity of the M&P (aka Model 10) revolver grew so quickly that it was the most widely used police revolver in the free world.
The M&P line grew into a new brand of semi-auto handguns in 2006, and has become the biggest product launch in S&W's history. The company has been producing semi-auto handguns for more than 100 years, but it was not until 2006 that the company felt that it had a semi-auto worthy of the M&P logo.
Since its introduction, the M&P has won more than 370 new LE agency (issued sidearm) contracts. This is more new contracts than any other brand, and has come primarily at the expense of Glock and Sig Sauer... Sorry Springfield, the XD did not have any contracts to lose.
The NEW M&P semi-auto really is a worthy heir to the brand's name and reputation.
Something Gglass posted