Time for a Duel: Smith & Wesson's M2.0 vs. Glock 26

October 6, 2021 Topic: Glock 26 Blog Brand: The Reboot Tags: Glock 26GunsPistolsHandguns

Time for a Duel: Smith & Wesson's M2.0 vs. Glock 26

These are two fine weapons. Here's what makes them different.

<p><img alt="a picture of the M&amp;P Shield Loaded Chamber Indicator" height="271" sizes="(max-width: 553px) 100vw, 553px" src="https://gunnewsdaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/MP9-M2.0-Loaded-Cham..." srcset="https://gunnewsdaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/MP9-M2.0-Loaded-Cham... 880w, https://gunnewsdaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/MP9-M2.0-Loaded-Cham... 600w, https://gunnewsdaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/MP9-M2.0-Loaded-Cham... 300w, https://gunnewsdaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/MP9-M2.0-Loaded-Cham... 768w, https://gunnewsdaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/MP9-M2.0-Loaded-Cham... 324w, https://gunnewsdaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/MP9-M2.0-Loaded-Cham... 533w, https://gunnewsdaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/MP9-M2.0-Loaded-Cham... 696w, https://gunnewsdaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/MP9-M2.0-Loaded-Cham... 858w" width="553" /></p>

<p>These features along with the more modest price might have mitigated the reliability bit and made the Shield M&amp;P pistols a great alternative to Glocks.</p>

<p>And similarly,&nbsp;<strong>M&amp;P pistols also have a low bore axis</strong>&nbsp;— the exact measurement for which I unfortunately can’t find anywhere so again, more on this later. And being inspired by Glocks these are also lighter compared to all-steel handguns because of the polymer frame.</p>

<p>But like most any&nbsp;<a data-wpel-link="internal" href="https://gunnewsdaily.com/gun-reviews/">other firearm</a>, the first generation of the M&amp;P Shield line of pistols had issues which, if you’re here to do research, I unfortunately won’t cover as it’s beyond the scope of this article. If you’re so inclined, you can get info on some of those issues from&nbsp;<a data-wpel-link="external" href="http://www.waltinpa.com/2012/04/13/smith-wesson-mp-shield-very-interesti..." target="_blank">here</a>.</p>

<p>Suffice it to say, fixes were applied to the second generation last year — the full size models being the first to receive generational improvements and later in October of 2017, the same were applied to the subcompact models.</p>

<p>With all the problems ironed out, the newer M2.0 version of all M&amp;P Shield pistols are now an even bigger contender in the huge plastic pistols market.</p>

<p>But with all the things it has going for it, is Smith &amp; Wesson’s subcompact plastic pistol any better compared to Glock’s? We’ll know by comparing them on some key areas.</p>

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<h2><strong>DIMENSIONS</strong></h2>

<p>As far as dimensions, the subcompact M&amp;P9 M2.0 and the Glock 26 Gen4 are relatively similar. While the&nbsp;<strong>M&amp;P9 M2.0’s overall length is twenty-one hundredths of an inch</strong>&nbsp;smaller and its width at the widest part is nineteen hundredths of an inch smaller, the Glock 26 Gen4’s height from the bottom of the grip to the top rear of the slide is one-third of an inch smaller.</p>

<p><img alt="a picture of a holstered Glock 26 Gen4" height="345" src="https://gunnewsdaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/holstered-Glock-26-G..." width="500" /></p>

<p>This means that when&nbsp;<a data-wpel-link="internal" href="https://gunnewsdaily.com/best-ccw-positions/">trying to conceal</a>&nbsp;either pistol, the Glock 26 Gen4 will not print as bad as the M&amp;P9 M2.0.</p>

<p>Typically, a handgun with a shorter grip conceals easier but has two main downsides: it has less ammo capacity and it can be difficult to shoot comfortably and accurately because it can be tougher to hold on to when shooting.</p>

<p>But&nbsp;<strong>all generations of Glock 26 can hold at least 10 rounds in the mag</strong>, and all are comfortable to shoot and accurate (we’ll dig deeper on these later). The M&amp;P9 M2.0 on the other hand, while it does feel better on the hand because of its longer 18-degree grip area, is bested by the Glock on ammo capacity as it can only hold a maximum of 8 rounds in the mag.</p>

<p>So as far as concealability and height-to-ammo capacity ratio, the Glock 26 Gen4 wins.</p>

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<h2><strong>ACCURACY</strong></h2>

<p>There have been numerous accuracy tests done for both pistols online and either was shown to be plenty accurate for a CCW.</p>

<p><img alt="Glock 26 Gen4 groups shot from 10 yards" height="279" src="https://gunnewsdaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Glock-26-Gen4-accura..." width="300" /></p>

<p>Both handguns are easily capable of very tight groups measuring around 2 inches or less from a distance of up to 10 yards which is about the farthest anyone would want to shoot in any self defense scenario.</p>

<p><img alt="a picture of the M&amp;P9 M2.0's groups" height="226" src="https://gunnewsdaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/MP9-Shield-M2.0-subc..." width="300" /></p>

<p>Granted, these handguns differ in the type of barrel rifling they use and their rifling’s length of twist, but the differences are academic at best and can’t be used to determine how one is more accurate than the other.</p>

<p>So as far as accuracy, it’s a draw.</p>

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<h2><strong>HANDLING</strong></h2>

<p>When trying to determine how well a handgun handles, I consider a few things:</p>

<ul>
    <li>How easy it is to&nbsp;<a data-wpel-link="internal" href="https://gunnewsdaily.com/beretta-92fs-review/">rack the slide</a>&nbsp;(which depends on things like the recoil spring design and how well the slide is fitted to the frame)</li>
    <li>How well it aims (which depends on the installed factory sights and the gun’s natural tendency to point — a function of its point of balance and grip angle)</li>
    <li>How well it handles&nbsp;<a data-wpel-link="internal" href="https://gunnewsdaily.com/sig-p226-vs-sig-p229/">recoil</a>&nbsp;(which depends on a handgun’s weight relative to the caliber it’s chambered for, the recoil spring’s poundage, and the ergonomics)</li>
    <li>How fast I can do accurate follow-up shots with it (which depends on how well it handles recoil and its trigger action)</li>
</ul>

<p>This is an area where the S&amp;W M&amp;P9 M2.0 gets a narrow win over the Glock 26.</p>

<p><img alt="" height="269" src="https://gunnewsdaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/MP9-Shield-M2.0-sigh..." width="187" />While both handguns have a tight slide-to-frame fit and both use dual recoil springs,&nbsp;<strong>the M&amp;P9’s factory sights made of steel with its three-dot pattern</strong>&nbsp;simply outclasses the factory U-shaped rear and white-dot front sights of the Glock 26 made of plastic.</p>

<p>The M&amp;P9 M2.0’s trigger has a short and quick travel with a tactile and audible short reset and has zero creep. You can really feel it when you’re pulling it as you hit that wall just before it cleanly breaks. This makes it better than the Glock 26’s&nbsp;<a data-wpel-link="internal" href="https://gunnewsdaily.com/best-glock-trigger/">mushy trigger</a>, something all Glock owners complain about.</p>

<p>Also, the M&amp;P9 M2.0 just feels better in the hand with all the subtle contours on its grip. In contrast, the Glock 26’s grip (and all Glock models’ grips for that matter) has a blocky feel to it which, even when installing any of the back straps included in the box, doesn’t feel anywhere near as good in the hand as the M&amp;P M2.0’s grip.</p>

<p>So as far as handling, the M&amp;P9 M2.0 subcompact wins.</p>

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<h2><strong>DURABILITY</strong></h2>

<p>There’s no question that both handguns, with enough care, will hold up well against corrosion.</p>

<p><img alt="" height="211" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" src="https://gunnewsdaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Glock-Melonite-Finis..." srcset="https://gunnewsdaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Glock-Melonite-Finis... 300w, https://gunnewsdaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Glock-Melonite-Finis... 600w, https://gunnewsdaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Glock-Melonite-Finis... 768w, https://gunnewsdaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Glock-Melonite-Finis... 1024w, https://gunnewsdaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Glock-Melonite-Finis... 100w, https://gunnewsdaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Glock-Melonite-Finis... 696w, https://gunnewsdaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Glock-Melonite-Finis... 1068w, https://gunnewsdaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Glock-Melonite-Finis... 597w" width="300" />All Glock pistols have a highly corrosion-resistant finish called Melonite (or Tenifer depending on who you ask) which I did a bit of a research on in&nbsp;<a data-wpel-link="internal" href="https://gunnewsdaily.com/sig-p320-vs-glock-21/">this previous round</a>&nbsp;of our series of Handgun Showdown.</p>

<p>For their M&amp;P line of handguns, Smith &amp; Wesson use a similar proprietary method called&nbsp;<a data-wpel-link="external" href="https://trademarks.justia.com/866/26/armornite-86626466.html" target="_blank">Armornite</a>.</p>

<p>Unfortunately, there isn’t too much info available online about this Armornite finish so I can’t tell whether it’s any better than Melonite. All I know is&nbsp;Smith &amp; Wesson has the name trademarked. For this reason (and for another similar one, as we’ll get into later), I would have to give this win to the Glock 26.</p>

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<h2><strong>EASE OF MAINTENANCE</strong></h2>

<p>As far as ease of maintenance, the Glock 26 (like all Glocks) can be field stripped in seconds without requiring the use of any kind of disassembly tool — only downside to this is the user has to pull the trigger to field strip the gun, which can be dangerous if there’s a round chambered in it and the user isn’t careful enough to check.</p>

<p>While I’ve done it more than a few times and I’m okay with pulling its trigger for disassembly, I’ve been handling guns for as long as I can remember so I can’t speak for everyone.</p>

<p><img alt="" height="264" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" src="https://gunnewsdaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/MP9-M2.0-takedown-le..." srcset="https://gunnewsdaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/MP9-M2.0-takedown-le... 300w, https://gunnewsdaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/MP9-M2.0-takedown-le... 477w" width="300" />The S&amp;W handgun on the other hand&nbsp;<a data-rel="lightbox-video-1" data-wpel-link="external" href="https://youtu.be/oyia2oEaQ0c?t=3m48s" target="_blank">doesn’t require its trigger to be pulled</a>&nbsp;for disassembly. But it does require some sort of tool like a cleaning rod or a pencil to reach the yellowish take down lever inside the gun.</p>

<p><a data-wpel-link="internal" href="https://gunnewsdaily.com/10mm-vs-45/">Being a 1911 purist</a>&nbsp;I think anyone should be able to disassemble their handgun without any kind of tool so I would have to down-vote the M&amp;P9 because of this — however when comparing it to the Glock 26 requiring its trigger to be pulled to field strip it, I see why some might prefer the former over the latter.</p>

<p>So for ease of maintenance, both having their share of pros and cons, there’s no winner.</p>

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<h2><strong>CALIBER CONVERSIONS</strong></h2>

<p>Just looking at the chart from&nbsp;<a data-wpel-link="external" href="https://www.lonewolfdist.com/" target="_blank">Lone Wolf</a>&nbsp;below, we can see that the Glock 26 can be converted to shoot .40 S&amp;W,&nbsp;<a data-wpel-link="internal" href="https://gunnewsdaily.com/9mm-vs-357-sig/">.357 SIG</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a data-wpel-link="internal" href="https://gunnewsdaily.com/handgun-caliber-guide/">.45 GAP</a>.</p>

<p><img alt="a picture of a table with Glock caliber conversion options" height="1306" sizes="(max-width: 700px) 100vw, 700px" src="https://gunnewsdaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Glock-Caliber-Conver..." srcset="https://gunnewsdaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Glock-Caliber-Conver... 700w, https://gunnewsdaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Glock-Caliber-Conver... 600w, https://gunnewsdaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Glock-Caliber-Conver... 161w, https://gunnewsdaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Glock-Caliber-Conver... 549w, https://gunnewsdaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Glock-Caliber-Conver... 696w, https://gunnewsdaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Glock-Caliber-Conver... 225w" width="700" /></p>

<p>But there is no available info on caliber conversions for the M&amp;P9 M.20 subcompact, unfortunately. And at the moment there are no third party barrel manufacturers that offer any kind of caliber conversion options for this handgun.</p>

<p>So without belaboring the point, when it comes to caliber conversions, the Glock 26 Gen4 being the more mature platform wins.</p>

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<h2><strong>PRICING</strong></h2>