Full-Auto Firepower in the Palm of Your Hand!
Smith & Wesson has recently started a surge into the airsoft market, and they are partnering up with A-list airsoft manufacturers to put together some truly awesome products for serious airsoft players. The M&P 9C is a prime example of this new doctrine; manufactured by VFC and giving you skirmishable performance in an absolutely gorgeous, compact package. This pistol has one very interesting trick up its sleeve that makes it a blast to use on the field, so keep reading for more information on this little powerhouse supplied to us by Airsplat.com!
THROUGH THE SCOPE
WHO MAKES IT: VFC
GUN NAME: Smith & Wesson M&P 9C
CLASS: Gas Blowback
TYPE: Compact Pistol
WHO IT’S FOR: Mid-Level Gamer
HOW MUCH: $139.99
FPS: 300 with .20g BB’s
As a fan of S&W’s real firearms, I was eager to wrap my fingers around the ergonomic grip of the VFC M&P 9C. Designed for ambidextrous use and with customizable grips to fit shooters of any size, this compact gas blowback pistol can fill the holster for damn near any airsoft player on the field. The fact that you can flip a hidden little switch and turn this thing into a full auto BB hose is the icing on the cake.
STAR-RATING: 4.5 out of 5
PROS & CONS
+ Full metal construction
+ Beautiful trademarks spread throughout the pistol
+ Skirmishable performance our of the box
+ Full auto!
+ Ambidextrous controls for lefties or righties
+ Interchangeable backstraps for shooters of all shapes and sizes
+ Compact size is easy to holster
– Paint finish on the slide is a little fragile
– Activating full-auto requires you to pull back the slide
– Outer barrel has non-standard threading, so mounting barrel accessories is difficult
Slide: Full metal, satin black fi nish
Frame: Textured polymer
Grip: Interchangeable backstrap
Muzzle: Inner reverse threading
Magwell: Slightly beveled
Hammer: Internal striker assembly
Slide Release: Ambidextrous
Safety: Safety trigger
Trigger: Split “safety trigger” design
Barrel: Brass inner unit with external O-ring
Hop-up: Adjustable, split nub design
– Airsoft Innovations V2 Propane Adapter
– Coleman 16.4 oz. Propane Tank
– Airsplat .20g BBs
– Airsplat .25g BBs
– Madbull V1 Chronograph
After you load up your magazine with gas (propane or green gas) and BBs, you can slide it into the gun and rack back the slide, which has a fair bit of resistance due to the stiff recoil spring. After lining up the sights on your target, pull back the trigger, which has a smooth take-up and a clean break. The blowback is very snappy and crisp, giving you great recoil with slight muzzle rise with your shots. On full-auto, the recoil is manageable, allowing you to keep your shots on target.
.20g- 300.1 FPS, .25g- 270.5 FPS
RATE OF FIRE
On full-auto mode, you’ll see 13-14 rounds per second. However, with a 14 round magazine, you’ll drain it in less than a second. Obviously, the full auto mode is designed for burst firing; and two to three-shot bursts are very controllable.
RANGE AND ACCURACY
Given the 9C’s short barrel and relatively low velocity, I wasn’t expecting this gun to be a long range sniper pistol, and it certainly didn’t surprise me in this regard. I was easily able to engage torso sized targets at 90 feet and get the majority of my hits on target. Further than that, and I found the shots were running out of steam and falling short to either side, even after tweaking the hop-up meticulously. For a compact sidearm, this is certainly skirmishable, just don’t plan on running this thing as a primary in anything other than CQB use.
With semi-auto firing, I was easily able to get around 30 rounds per load of propane, which gives me two loads of BBs with every gas fill. When I slid the selector switch over to full-auto and put through bursts, I’d get about one and a half BB loads per gas load, so on full-auto, plan on filling up every magazine load.
The slide is made of metal and is very well machined with no visible casting defects. The paint finish is a little fragile, and can scratch off at the edges; however it looks great with a satin black finish. You’ll notice the beautiful trademarks located on both sides of the slide which add to the realistic look and feel of the M&P.
The polymer frame has a textured finish which matches the finish on the real gun very well. There are absolutely zero creaks or wobbles in the frame, and frankly, the slide and frame fit together better than on my real S&W pistol. The controls are fully ambidextrous, with slide lock levers being located on both sides and a magazine release button that can be switched to either side. There are no external safeties on this M&P; however, the trigger is of a split “safety” design to prevent accidental discharge. At the front of the frame, you’ll find a small 20mm rail for mounting compact light and laser units.
One of the biggest perks of the M&P 9C is the grip which features interchangeable backstraps to help fit the gun to your hand. VFC includes three separate rubber backstraps with their package ranging from small to large and you can easily change them out without requiring any tools. Simply rotate the plug at the back of the magwell and pull it out, freeing the backstrap and allowing you to swap it out.
The outer barrel is made of metal and has a reversed inner threading, as opposed to the normal clockwise inner threading many GBB pistols use. There is very little free play in the barrel where it meets the slide, which will help your accuracy and consistency.
VFC did a good job replicating the real M&P’s Tritium sights, cosmetically at least. They do not function as night sights, but the design at least looks the part. They are a “three dot” design and are very easy to quickly acquire, provided you’re in a relatively well lit area. They appear to be adjustable by drifting the sights from side to side to set your windage.
The included magazine holds 14 rounds and has an extended base plate to help keep your pinkie on the grip. There is a slight textured finish on the magazine that needs to wear off a little bit before the magazine will drop free when you push the release button. The fill valve is located at the bottom and features a small inner O-ring to seal it up when you fill it. Ergonomic grip design works very well with the extended magazine base to help you keep a good grip on this compact hand cannon. With the magazine removed, you are able to rotate the grip plug and swap out the backstrap to one of the three included units. This customization feature makes the gun great for shooters of all sizes.
Disassembly is very simple, requiring you to drop the magazine, pull the slide back and rotate the disassembly lever on the left side of the frame. You can then push the slide forward off the frame. With the gun split into two pieces, you can adjust the hop-up, lubricate the frame rails and blowback unit, and keep everything clean to prevent it from acting up.
Inside the slide, you’ll find the plastic blowback chamber with a flexible piston head, full auto selector switch, and inner barrel assembly with adjustable hop-up. To switch it from semi-auto to full-auto, you just have to slide the little nub at the back of the slide, on the inside, from the side to the middle. This feature is kind of hidden away, which means you have to pull the slide back in order to change the fire mode.
Inside the frame, you’ll find the metal inner striker assembly as well as the connecting rods for the ambidextrous slide catch levers. To switch the magazine release from one side to the other, you just look inside the frame for the little spring rod that keeps the button in place, pull it off the catch, and push the button through the frame, installing it from the other side. You then replace the spring rod and you’re good to go!
If you are in the market for a sidearm that is different than the litany of Glocks and 1911s that you traditionally find on the field, the VFC S&W M&P 9C is a fantastic option to consider. Giving you performance that is right on the money for a sidearm in a compact and easy to carry size, the M&P can easily find space on your rig and be ready to take out your targets at a moment’s notice. The fact that you can then slide that little internal switch and start blasting away in full-auto makes this thing a serious contender for my favorite pistol in the last few years. It fits your hand extremely well, and the design makes it easy to quickly point and shoot with a high degree of accuracy. S&W did a great job with the real M&P, and VFC did an incredible job replicating it with their take on the 9C.