M&P 2.0 vs Glock 19

The Glock 19 is a great gun for self-defense. It has been in service since 1988 by the Austrian Army and police, which is when it was introduced to the United States.  It makes up around 60% of law enforcement agencies’ standard issue sidearms. The Smith & Wesson M&P 2.0 is an upgrade to the M&P pistol line. Let’s discuss details about M&P 2.0 vs Glock 19.

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 It features a redesigned grip, trigger, and frame with an improved trigger pull, but it has greater durability than its predecessor. 

Concealment and Capacity

Material Differences 

The Glock 19 is made of polymer, while the M&P 2.0 is made mostly of stainless steel with some polymer par, including the grip and frame. This is Smith’s way of saying that the M&P 2.0 has greater durability than the Glock 19. The only real advantage of polymer is that it weighs less than steel and is, therefore, more easily concealed in a holster or carried without discomfort. Still, there are also disadvantages to polymers in pistols, such as higher prices and the lack of corrosion resistance.

Sights

The Glock 19 has three white dot sights, while the M&P has Novak 3-dot sights. The Glock 19 front sight is fiber optic so it will glow when light, such as the ones in a flashlight, strikes it. The M&P features luminescent white dot sights . The M&P sights are also larger than the Glock 19 which makes them easier to acquire. However, Novak sights cost more than Glock’s white dot sights. There is no difference in durability between the two brands of sights considering that both are made out of steel.

M&P 2.0 vs Glock 19 Sights

Magazine Release

The magazine release on the Glock 19 works by pushing down on the button with your thumb to release the magazine. This gun only holds 15 rounds in the mag, which is 2 less than the Smith & Wesson M&P 2.0 that can hold 17+1 rounds.

The higher capacity of the M&P gives it an advantage over the Glock 19 in self-defense situations when multiple assailants are involved because you will not have to reload as often. The M&P’s mag release is located on the side of the grip, which allows it to be released with the thumb of your firing hand. It is similar to how a pump shotgun works but instead of cocking back, you push the button forward then lift up.

M&P 2.0 vs Glock 19 Magazine Release

Size/Weight Comparison

The Glock 19 weighs 21.16 oz. Unloaded, whereas the M&P 2.0 weights, 24.7 oz lbs unloaded because of its all-steel frame. The Glock 19 is 5.5 inches tall by 7.36 inches long by 1.26 inches wide, while the M&P is also 5.5 inches tall by 7.4 inches long and only 1.3 inches wide. The Glock 19 is easier to conceal and carry due to its smaller size. These dimensions are not enough to make a difference during self-defense because it will be difficult for the criminal to use the gun against you if he has it aimed at your head or chest.

M&P 2.0 vs Glock 19 Size Weight Comparison

Trigger Pull Comparison 

The trigger pull on the Glock 19 is 5 to 7 lbs, while the trigger pull on the M&P 2.0 is 4.5 to 6 lbs depending on where you measure it from. The Glock’s trigger pull is very short, allowing for faster follow-up shots since there is no need to readjust your hand before pulling the trigger again, which gives less accuracy. The trigger pull on the M&P 2.0 is longer, so it gives you an easier time to stay on target, but it might take more time before you can follow-up shots.

M&P 2.0 vs Glock 19 Trigger Pull Comparison

Safeties

The Glock 19 has no manual safety, whereas the M&P 2.0 does. Manual safeties are often more reliable than those with no safety because you can disengage them faster when drawing or reloading your gun. Still, they will slow down your firing speed because you have to use your thumb to activate them. The manual safety on the M&P can be activated by using your thumb or index finger.

The M&P 2.0 has many features you would need in a self-defense situation, such as interchangeable backstraps, Novak sights, no magazine disconnect, etc. Still, they are not the best in terms of durability. The Glock is more durable because it has no manual safety, but this also makes it less safe especially if you are carrying it with a chambered round.

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Slide Lock

The Glock 19 does not have a slide lock that holds the slide back when out of rounds, whereas the M&P 2.0 has one. A handgun without a slide lock will not allow you to take the gun apart for cleaning because it is always in the battery. The downside to slide locks is that they are difficult to disengage, especially in an emergency, because you will need to use both hands to release them.

M&P 2.0 vs Glock 19 Slide Lock

Grip and Textures

The grip on the Glock 19 is slimmer, but it does not have interchangeable backstraps. The texture of the grip allows for a better hold while offering less slip in wet conditions. The M&P 2.0 comes with 3 different backstraps that you can interchange depending on your size, so it might be more comfortable to use. It also has more aggressive textures on the grip to give you better hold, especially in wet conditions. The M&P 2.0 has 3 front serrations that allow for easier press checks or slide manipulation, but the backstrap behind it will still be difficult to use for this purpose since it is too small and does not have serrations.

The Glock 19 has serrations on the front of the grip, which allow you to press check or manipulate the slide with your fingers. The backstrap behind it is larger that can be used for press checks, but it still might be hard to use due to its flat shape. It also does not have any serrations on the sides of the grip, making it difficult to use when you need a better hold of your gun in a self-defense situation.

M&P 2.0 vs Glock 19 Grip and Textures

Aesthetics

Both handguns look like regular pistols that you would expect to see in a gun store, but the Glock 19 looks more intimidating due to its blocky design. This makes it easier for concealed carrying because people will not tell if you are concealing a handgun, but this also makes it harder to use while doing other activities. The M&P 2.0 has a larger grip and longer barrel while the Glock 19 does not, making it easier to shoot while using other activities such as reloading or clearing malfunctions, but this might add some bulkiness to your gun, so it might be harder to conceal.

M&P 2.0 vs Glock 19 Aesthetics

Reliability

The Glock 19 is very reliable because it has a smaller profile, making it harder to get dirt in your gun. The M&P 2.0 is not as reliable because the larger dust cover makes it more susceptible to dirt and debris, although this can easily be solved by using a pistol armorer’s tool or a punch pin.  The Glock 19 has a large magazine release that is very easy to use, whereas the M&P 2.0 has a small magazine release that is difficult to press. 

The M&P 2.0 also has a higher bore axis, making recoil more difficult to manage, offering greater control in rapid fire situations.

Recoil and Accuracy

The Glock 19 is one of the most accurate handguns out there because it has less muzzle rise due to its low bore axis, giving you the ability to get back on target quickly. The M&P 2.0 has more muzzle rise due to its higher bore axis, making it harder to get back on target after firing, but this also makes it harder for you to manage your recoil in rapid fire situations.

The Glock 19 is much more durable than the M&P 2.0 mainly because of the polymer used to construct the M&P 2.0. The Glock 19 also has a rougher texture, making it less likely to slide out of your hand, whereas the M&P 2.0 allows for easier gliding due to its smooth finish and interchangeable backstraps.

Aftermarket Accessories

Aftermarket accessories are very accessible whether you are looking for new sights or even different magazine releases. The Glock 19 will have more aftermarket accessories available at your disposal, especially if you are looking for something not offered out of the box with the M&P 2.0.

Here we’ll discuss some accessory types for both of the guns.

Sights

You can choose countless sights depending on your preference, especially if you are looking for night sights.   The Glock 19 has a large rear sight notch that is easy to acquire, especially if you use a Trijicon RMR or other night sights. The M&P 2.0’s sights are more of a 3 dot system which is also very popular, but they do not have as wide of a rear sight notch as the Glock 19.

Extended  Magazines

The Glock 19 has a magazine capacity of 15, while the M&P 2.0 will have 17 rounds. Extended magazines for both of these handguns are available. Still, there aren’t many options, mainly because it is difficult to conceal them unless you use one that will go into your pocket or inside your waistband.

Trigger Guards

You can easily swap trigger guards for both guns, but the M&P 2.0 allows for a larger option because it is offered in 2 sizes compared to one with the Glock 19.

Grips 

The Glock 19 has interchangeable grip inserts, which you can use to customize the grip of your handgun. Still, you can also get more stippling done if that is more to your liking, which will make it easier for you to handle, especially in rapid fire situations. The M&P 2.0 allows for interchangeable panels on your grip, especially if you look for different textures or materials, but there is no option for stippling on the M&P 2.0.

Holsters

The Glock 19 is one of the easiest handguns to find holsters for because it is available everywhere. Many holster makers make custom holsters to your preference. With the M&P 2.0, you will also have many options for holsters because of their ergonomics and interchangeable grips.

Custom holster makers also make holsters for the M&P 2.0 since it is available to many law enforcement agencies. You can conceal the Glock 19 much more easily than the M&P 2.0 because of its slimmer frame and minimal controls. Both handguns have their upsides when it comes to carrying them, but they are both going to be difficult to conceal.

The best way to carry your handgun is to use concealed carry holsters such as belly bands and IWB holsters. Both handguns are durable and reliable, making them excellent choices if you look for a handgun to conceal carry.

Laser Grips

The Glock 19 can use laser grips, but it is not available out of the box. The M&P 2.0 does come with the option of using the Crimson Trace Laserguard, which makes it easier for you to get your everyday carry setup quicker.

Both handguns are excellent options for self-defense, but you will have more choices available if you are looking for accessories for the Glock 19. The M&P 2.0 is still a very powerful handgun that shouldn’t be overlooked. Still, it has many similarities with its predecessor making it difficult to stand out in some areas, especially regarding accessories.

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There is no better gun than the Glock 19, but one does not need to settle for substandard options.  The M&P 2.0 offers shooters superior trigger, ergonomics, and aesthetics compared to the Glock 19.

Double major in Engineering and Geology at the University of Minnesota. Experienced shooter & hunter for over 15 years. Certified NRA officer for over 10 years working as a writer at Ballachy.com .

The M&P 2.0 full size and compact are available in 9mm, .40 S&W, .357 SIG, and .45 Auto.  The compact model is also available in 9mm with a 4.25-inch barrel and both standard capacity magazines (15 rounds) and high capacity magazines (17 rounds).

The M&P 2.0 9mm is as accurate as the Glock 19 and may even be considered more accurate by those who require more accuracy for duty or competition use.

The M&P 2.0 offers a trigger that is superior in every way to the Glock 19, along with better ergonomics and superior aesthetics.  The M&P 2.0 also has a better grip texture and aggressive undercut, giving the shooter a superior purchase on the gun.

Conclusion

These two semi-autos are great for self-defense, considering that they are very reliable and accurate. Still, the real question here is whether or not you can fire them accurately because you can’t test that out in a self-defense situation unless you are firing at the range. In general, semi-autos are great for concealed carrying because of their size and low weight, but revolvers would be better because they have no moving parts, so your chances of it being able to fire after being dropped are greater.

I recommend both the Glock 19 and the M&P 2.0 to people looking for a self-defense gun. Still, it is more advisable to buy the Glock 19 because of its lower cost, better durability, fewer moving parts, higher magazine capacity, etc. It may be harder to use than the M&P since it has no external safety, but it is much more reliable and accurate than the M&P.

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Gabriel Tackett
Double major in Engineering and Geology at the University of Minnesota. Experienced shooter & hunter for over 15 years. Certified NRA officer for over 10 years working as a writer at Ballachy.com .
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