What is my Smith & Wesson M&P Pistol Worth?
The Smith & Wesson M&P9, 40 and 45 series of handguns are one of the most recognizable firearms ever produced. Made famous by their prevalent use in military and law enforcement as well as civilian defensive use and competition, the M&P series of handguns are among the most popular of modern handguns.
The M&P series has a diverse production with varied models and calibers that affect the value of the pistol. From the humble M&P22 chambered in .22LR to the M&P45 Performance Center chambered in .45 ACP, the value and demand of the M&P varies in the used market. Modifications to M&P pistols can also increase or decrease value. Companies such as Apex Tactical and Faxon Firearms make specialized slides barrels and triggers that can easily be swapped with the OEM parts.
The M&Ps are also diverse with their frame size. The Shield series of M&P pistols are designed with concealed carry in mind. They are known for their thin frame ensuring a conformable concealment. The new Shield Plus improves magazine capacity compared to its forebears with 13 round capacity for the 9mm model. The EZ models are targeted for those with weaker hands as the magazines feature less resistance on the loading and the slide is easier to rack. The Performance Center M&Ps are designed with competition in mind as it features a lighter trigger pull and upgraded internal parts.
A major factor on determining value for any firearm comes from the condition of the gun. If it is in mint condition with little finish wear from handling, the gun can retain a good portion of its retail value. If more usage is apparent and the gun has scuffs, dents or scratches on the slide or polymer lower, the value will lower with each imperfection. Same goes with the metal parts, the more scratches and faded bluing finish that becomes present on the gun from handling and usage can greatly diminish its value. The takeaway is that as the condition of the firearm worsens, the less it will be worth when re-sold.
Another factor that contributes to a re-sale value is what accessories comes with the gun. Depending on the amount of magazines, their capacity and if it comes with all original packaging/case and accessories, the re-sale value can increase from 10 – 20 percent depending on the specific model.
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