For me its a comfort thing. Having the tail extend out that extra inch or so makes for a very comfortable feel. For me it also helps distribute the load over a larger surface area, so it makes recoil feel better. The extra leverage cant hurt either in control. My XD without the tail leaves a pretty good mark on my hand where its tail ends. The MP does not. Granted that is comparing a 45 to a 9, but none of my 1911's with their beaver tails left any kind of mark on my hand.
I think when Smith was designing this gun they were looking at what the custom guy were doing to the glocks to "improve" them. What a better place to get design improvements then from the custom market that is entirely consumer driven.
The most common work on glocks are sights, trigger, steel guide rod, grips (texture and/or reduction), beavertail.
Huh, imagine that, looks like the M&P has all those things :wink:
The other thing a beavertail does for low sitting slides is for us SWAT guys who tend to wear gloves it can keep bulky ones out of the slide. The reason S&W put it on is it was requested by enough of the shooters they looked to. It was also planned to be solid so it could be cut off easily if needed. It is easier to take one off than put one on. Trust me I put enough of them on Glocks. PAIN IN THE BU...............
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