Ah man, I saw that picture above I thought that gun looked pretty sweet. What is that strange checker board pattern you are seeing? It is a carbon fiber Smith and Wesson M&P series. Check out this video that has a little bit of info about this new pistol. Feel free to fast forward through that 20 second long intro.
I've had an M&P Shield in 9mm, and I really like it. Had I known a carbon fiber model was around the corner I might have waited a little while. Nonetheless, the M&P series are solid and I opted for the one with the additional thumb safety. Unfortunately it doesn't sound like the thumb safety will be on the carbon fiber versions.
I did some Googling and found that Champion Arms is selling the above pictured S&W M&P in 9mm for $510. Pretty fairly priced if you ask me. The carbon fiber should bring the weight down a little, but I can't imagine it matters too much compared to the polymer the M&P series typically comes in. I'm also thinking you'll feel a little more recoil, but being that it is 9mm or .40 it probably ain't that big of a deal. The dimensions and mags are still the same so no need to worry about finding new holsters or other accessories.
What do you guys think? Would you rock a checkerboard pistol?