Among historic American armsmakers, Smith & Wesson remains not only one of the oldest (founded before the American Civil War) but also one of the most famous for creating models with unforgettable names like Schofield, Combat Masterpiece, Chief’s Special, Centennial, and Military & Police. The latter first appeared as a revolver way back in 1899, establishing a line of firearms that set the standard for law enforcement and U.S. military revolvers for most of the 20th century. More commonly referred to today as the M&P, the historic brand was expanded to include a new, polymer-framed semi-automatic pistol line in 2006. The latest in this series of innovative semi-autos is the VTAC (Viking Tactics) chambered in 9mm and .40 S&W.
The M&P frames are made from Zytel polymer and differ from other polymer-framed semi-autos through S&W’s use of steel rails built into both sides of the frame and running from the front locking block to the rear sear housing block.
Gun Details What distinctly separates the VTAC from standard .40 S&W and 9mm M&P models, outside of its eye-catching Flat Dark Earth finish, is the Viking Tactics dual sighting system; a tapered front sight provides a quick aiming point combined with a green fiber optic that provides exceptional daylight target acquisition. The real advantage, however, is the secondary tritium vials that have been inserted slightly below the fiber optics. These allow an instant transition from daylight to shadow to darkness without loss of sight picture. The front and rear sights, with their green fiber optics working in tandem with the tritium night sights, give the M&P40 VTAC a remarkable level of versatility for both home protection and law enforcement, where suddenly changing lighting conditions can more often be the norm than the exception. We also found the VTAC sights extremely fast because the rear is cut lower than the normal style, creating a deep valley that places the tapered front sight in view as quickly as you can raise the gun.
The VTAC’s Warrior Sights are a dual-stacked green three-dot type. Tritium night sights are located about 0.5mm below the fiber optics.