The Perfect Pistol, Ammo, and Accessories for Concealed Carry

Including the S&W M&P 9 2.0, and more

smith and wesson compact handgun
The S&W M&P 2.0 Compact.Bill Buckley

It’s hard to make an impression with a new striker-fired pistol in 9mm. Just trying to tally the number of guns in that category makes my right eye twitch. But the S&W M&P 2.0 Compact has struck a chord with me, and with a sizable number of other shooters as well.

The appeal is easy to see. A 15+1 magazine capacity in a pistol that is easily concealed and enjoyable to shoot is a winning combo.

I’ve been carrying the 4-inch version of the M&P 2.0 Compact for more than a year now (Smith recently added a 3.6-inch barrel length as an option) and have put about 1,000 rounds through it during that time.

The pistol sits low in the hand and has an excellent grip that can be altered for different hand sizes. The trigger is a bit rough for my taste, but it isn’t an impediment to competent marksmanship. It lists for $569, but real-world prices are lower. I think it is a great value.

Ammo Options
collection of ammo for smith and wesson handgun
There are a ton of defensive 9mm loads to choose from, but these are some of my favorites. From left: Hornady Critical Defense 115-grain, Remington HTP 115-grain, Winchester PDX-1 124-grain, and Sig Sauer Elite 124-grain.Bill Buckley
Surefire XC1
surefire xc1 handgun light attachment
This ultra-compact light runs on a single AAA battery. The XC1 puts out 300 lumens and weighs just 1.6 ounces. The pressure switch is easy to reach with the trigger finger or the support-hand thumb. ($299; Surefire)Bill Buckley
Crossbreed Holster
crossbreed founder series holster
The Founder Series IWB holster makes all-day carry nearly effortless. The leather backing distributes the weight of the gun over a large area, and the Kydex hardware keeps everything secured in place. ($90; Crossbreed Holsters)Bill Buckley