My first impressions of the full size M&P 45 were how light it feels in the hand for its size - which ir roughly equal to a typical 5" 1911. I was also favorably impressed by the comfort of the grip - the extra .415" over the 45C makes a difference. It also has that narrow feel of the 1911 even though it is a double stack magazine. It does point nicely though I like the grip angle better on the 1911.
The weight difference between the 45 and the 45C is slight, less than two ounces. It is more noticeable when compared to a 1911, even with a fully loaded (10) magazine it still feels lighter than a loaded (7) 1911.
|Unloaded Weight of 45C|
Field stripping is very easy with these pistols and does NOT require tools to do so.
Over the chronograph the full sized M&P 45 does produce a little more velocity for the loads I've tested - generally between 25 and 50 fps greater.
Both pistols shoot point of aim = point of impact straight out of the box with 230 grain ammo at 7-10 yards. Some old (1964) match 230 grain FMJ ammo I have averaged 885 fps and was the most accurate of the ammo I've tested so far. Like the 45C the 45 seems to digest and fire everything I feed it, from cast SWC and WFN to JHP and FMJ.
|The 10 round Magazine in the 45C. I believe XGrips will be offering an extension for this pistol/mag combination.|
The 45 will fit and can be drawn from the holster I carry the 45C in. The muzzle protrudes slightly but it does not snag.
I don't plan to carry this pistol concealed very often so I'll be on the hunt for a field holster. Paired up with my Ruger Gunsite Scout Rifle the M&P 45 would be nice to have along during the Zombie Apocalypse for close range work when speed and capacity are needed. In reality though it's nice to have a number of choices in a spice of life sort of way.