S&W M&P 9mm – VTAC Viking Tactics – Range Report

by Gunguy

I bought a S&W M&P VTAC Viking Tactics 9mm the other day. I decided on the MP VTAC model because of the combination fiber optic / tritium sights. I read some reviews stating that the fiber optic piece popped out for people but I have yet to run into that problem. The gun came with two 17 round magazines, three interchangeable backstraps, a lock, a case, a manual and a chamber flag.

I took the S&W M&P VTAC 9mm to the range yesterday.  I was shooting the pistol from the standing position at 50 feet at an indoor range. The gun came with three different back straps. I chose the medium one for the test.

I put 100 rounds of Federal Champion Target Ammunition through the pistol without a single issue.

The VTAC fiber optic sights were excellent. The trigger was crisp and short. The pistol shot on the low side because of how high the fiber optic sights sit. If I had a chance to use the MP9 in low light settings I would use the Trijicon sights that are just below the fiber optic sights. The only issue I did come across was that about every third round ejected directly back into my face. This caused me to flinch  the rest of my time with the pistol. I read that this issue maybe caused by the type of ammo that I used or not having a proper grip on the gun.

I’m going to test the pistol further next week and post an update. Until then here are some pictures of the gun. I’m new to shooting pistols so keep that in mind when you see the pictures of the targets below.







Target One at Fifty Feet



Target Two at Fifty Feet


Model: M&P9 VTAC®
Caliber: 9mm
Capacity: 17+1 Rounds
Action: Striker Fire Action
Barrel Length: 4.25″ / 10.8 cm
Front Sight: VTAC® Warrior
Rear Sight: VTAC® Warrior
Overall Length: 7.63″ / 19.4 cm
Weight: 24 oz./680.4 g
Grip: Polymer
Frame Material: Polymer
Slide Material: Stainless Steel
Finish: Flat Dark Earth (FDE)

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4 thoughts on “S&W M&P 9mm – VTAC Viking Tactics – Range Report

    1. Woodsbum

      From a quick Google search, I have seen several custom jobs. There do seem to be a few mounting systems that have you replace the rear sight and give you a small rail system. Try a quick look at Brownells and Midway.

  1. Michael Ray

    Have MP9 VTAC and got rid of VTAC sights 1st day, installed TFO Pro and still shoots low. Smith Wesson Techs say cover area your shooting at completely with sight picture alignment to compensate. Tru Glo says raise front sight above the 3 dot sight alignment to compensate. I say too much play between slide and polymer frame in front area. Personally prefer Glock 17 we used, but cost savings are apparently more important at our Dept. They chose MP9 last year. If I have only 1 word to describe these VTAC models I say, Sad. There’s a reason 65% of Dept carry GLOCK 17, 22 and 21 Time tested Quality.

    Michael Ray
    Federal Licensed Dealer
    Glock Level 1 and 2 Armorer
    Georgia Certified Police Officer

    1. Woodsbum

      Gunguy is more of the Glock fan than I am, although my wife carries a G30. I prefer Beretta 92 frames and 1911 for my semi auto carry pistols. Revolvers are my preference for field/hunting carry. I guess that is why there are so many different models and options out there. Everyone has their preferences. Thank you for the comment.


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