Howdy, SMITH AND WESSON M&P 45C: BACKGROUND: I ordered this pistol because, well, I just wanted another .45 and I like Smith and Wesson. Reason enough! I got it in the Flat Dark Earth to appease my mall ninja-ness and I just liked the look of it. I was tired of all my other black pistols sitting there all gloomy and brooding in the safe. I placed the order with my local guys for this back in September and it took until last week to come in. But, by the grace of Allah, I was blessed to receive this pistol in time to go shoot it last weekend. This particular variant of the pistol has a manual thumb safety. Opinions vary on this, but I like it. I have handled the M&P9C with thumb safety and did not like it so much on there. It made things just a little too cramped for my large size hand. On the M&P 45C it is just dandy. The safety is very positive and clicks on and off well. In fact, it seems to require slightly less force to click it off, but it does not seem so light that it would come off on it's own if protected by a thumb break holster, which I like and all you haters don't. Giggity. Anyway, the construction and machining is what you would expect and nothing disappoints about the build quality. It comes with three back strap options (S,M,L), a lock, spent shells, usual manuals, and one each, flat and extended base plate 8 round magazines. I found that the small back strap feels about the same as a regular M&P 9/40 using the medium, which I like. The grip circumference on the M&P 45C is a little bigger than a regular M&P 9/40. It feels really good in the hand. In one of the photos below I show it compared to a 1911 Commander (full size grip), a USP Compact .45 and the M&P45C. You will notice how similar the grip angle and circumference of all the grips are. The M&P and USP Compact .45 feel like a slightly fatter 1911 with an arched mainspring housing. (Note: my 1911 doesn't have an arched housing, but close enough to get the idea). Please note also that the M&P grip looks bigger because it's closest to the camera. It's really pretty much almost the same as the USP Compact .45, which feels like a lil plumper 1911 grip. Below are comparison shots of the pistol using a 1911 Commander using 8 round PowerMag (full size grip, 4.25 barrel), a USP Compact .45, a Glock 19, and the M&P 45C which has a 4 inch conventional rifled barrel. Overall the M&P45C is pretty darn close to the size of a G19. It's a touch longer and just a touch shorter in the grip. Of course the slide is fatter. Okay, here they all are from above. Now depending on if you want to line up the 1911 by the back of the slide or the end of the beaver tail it could be considered longer or shorter. I lined up to the backs of the slides. L-R 1911, Glock 19, USP Compact .45, M&P 45C It's pretty close to even but the M&P45c is definitely a bit longer than the G19. Here I have them lined up shortest to tallest. L-R M&P 45C with flat base plate mag, Glock 19, USP Compact .45 with flat base plate mag, 1911 Commander - 8 Round PowerMag - Std. Bumper. Next same thing but extended base plates in. L-R Glock 19, M&P 45C Extended Base Plate, USP Compact .45 Extended Base Plate, 1911 Commander - 8 Round PowerMag - Std. Bumper. Why yes, that is a bunch of Iron Maiden CDs and my NRA renewal letter to the right rear. Ya nosy hoodlums. Next up some comparisons photos against the G19 using M&P45C flat base plate side and rear shots: Wanna kill these ads? We can help!