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Smith & Wesson Hits a Big Triple Play with New Products: Shield, M&P and 1911 Improvements

Smith & Wesson knocked it out of the ballpark this week with 3 product releases regarding improvements to its popular Shield, M&P and 1911.

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Julie Golob, captain of Team Smith & Wesson, plays an integral part in presenting the line of S&W guns to the public.


New M&P® Shield™ Ported Models 

The Shield, introduced a few years ago and meant to appeal to the CCW market, now comes with a factory ported barrel and slide.


Available in both 9mm and .40 S&W, the new models retain original design features that have helped to solidify the M&P Shield’s reputation in the marketplace as a reliable and accurate self-defense firearm.

Engineered on a high-strength polymer frame measuring .95-inches in width, the Performance Center M&P Shield is standard with a 3.1-inch factory-ported barrel. The new barrel along with the pistol’s three precision cut ports across the top of the stainless steel slide aid in reducing muzzle flip and improve the ability to remain on target after firing. The new M&P Shield pistols have been further updated with fiber optic sights and an enhanced trigger.

“As small, thin-framed handguns continue to be the leading choice of today’s concealed carry owners, we are continually working to enhance our products so that they deliver optimal performance and function for the user,” said Tony Miele, General Manager of the Smith & Wesson Performance Center. “The new Shield Ported models help to reduce felt recoil while delivering improved muzzle control, speed and accuracy.”

The Performance Center M&P Shield is standard with an 18-degree grip angle and a fixed, textured backstrap with additional texturing at the forward portion of the grip. An extended trigger guard allows for operation of the pistol with or without gloves. The new M&P Shield is also engineered with a Performance Center sear for a quick trigger reset and a Performance Center striker plunger for an enhanced trigger pull.

Internal features of the new M&P Shield mirror the standard M&P Series. Its stainless steel internal chassis reduces flex while providing a stable shooting platform and its low-bore axis helps maintain ease-of-use and a comfortable feel. A passive trigger safety prevents the pistol from firing if dropped and a sear release lever eliminates the need to press the trigger in order to disassemble the firearm. A loaded chamber indicator is located on top of the barrel.

The Performance Center M&P Shield is shipped with both an extended and flat magazine offering consumers the ability to customize the length of the grip. The 9mm M&P Shield offers an 8+1 or 7+1 magazine capacity while the .40 S&W M&P Shield is standard with either a 7+1 or 6+1 magazine capacity. Both the 9mm and .40 S&W M&P Shield carry an MSRP of $490 and are backed by Smith & Wesson’s Lifetime Service policy.

For more information on the new Performance Center M&P Shield Ported pistols, please visit www.smith-wesson.com.

Smith & Wesson® Introduces M&P® Pistol Threaded Barrel Models


Suppressor Ready Performance Center® Ported and Standard C.O.R.E. Pistol Now Available

 With the popularity of suppressors, it’s great news that you can purchase 2 M&Ps with threaded barrels.



Smith & Wesson Corp. today announced that it is adding greater versatility to its premier line of M&P pistols by offering two new versions of the M&P with an additional threaded barrel included in the box. The new 9mm variants, which include the Performance Center M&P Ported and the Performance Center M&P C.O.R.E. (Competition Optics Ready Equipment), allow owners the ability to easily attach a sound suppressor of his or her choice without the use of additional tools.

At the foundation of the new M&P Performance Center Ported and Performance Center M&P C.O.R.E. pistol resides a specialized mounting platform on top of the slide that can be conveniently changed to match the desired optic. Five removable brackets allow the user to simply install the corresponding mounting screws to achieve the precise fit and height required. Designed to work in conjunction with the Trijicon RMR®, C-More STS, Leupold® DeltaPoint™, Docter, Insight® MRDS™ and J-Point™, both M&P models offer quick and custom sight installation for the industry’s most popular aftermarket red-dot sight manufacturers.

Engineered as a true competition platform, each firearm model retains original design features including a polymer frame with a through-hardened stainless steel slide and barrel, ambidextrous operating controls, striker-fired action and a durable, corrosion resistant finish. For improved handling, both the M&P Performance Center Ported and Performance Center M&P C.O.R.E. feature a new textured interchangeable back strap with prominent stippling. Three patented palmswell grips are supplied with each pistol, providing shooters the ability to tailor the grip size to their personal preference.

The M&P Performance Center Ported pistol and Performance Center M&P C.O.R.E. are each standard with a Performance Center sear, providing improved accuracy and precise shot placement by way of the enhanced trigger design. The M&P Performance Center Ported pistol has been further enhanced with a factory ported barrel and slide as well as a user-adjustable trigger stop. Both new M&P models feature a 4.25-inch barrel along with higher sights on top of the slide that can be used in conjunction with the mounted optic.

The additional threaded barrel included with both pistols brings an added retail value of $175 and feature a thread pattern of ½”-28-2A. The two 9mm pistols are standard with a 17+1 round capacity and are shipped complete with two magazines.

For more information on the new M&P pistol models with threaded barrels, please visit www.smith-wesson.com.

Intricate Machine Scroll Engraving Adorns New SW1911

Scrollwork + Smith & Wesson + 1911 = beautiful, functional gun. What more can I add?  


Smith & Wesson has expanded the company’s line of machine-engraved firearms with the introduction of a new, custom designed, machine engraved SW1911 pistol. The new SW1911 features a scrollwork design created by Smith & Wesson’s Master Engraver and made possible through the use of a highly precise diamond-tipped tool. The engraving embellishes the all-steel canvas and elevates the venerable 1911 platform to a new level of sophistication and beauty.

Chambered in .45 ACP, the newly introduced SW1911 pistol showcases decorative machine engraving on the left and right side of the stainless steel slide and frame. This intricate line work extends across the pistol’s five-inch barrel and when combined with its glass bead finish and rosewood colored grips, transforms this modern day workhorse into a living piece of art.

The SW1911 fits naturally in the hand and is perfectly balanced with its unloaded weight of 39.8 ounces and overall length of 8.7 inches. The single-action only pistol is standard with 8+1 capacity along with a white dot front sight and a white two-dot rear sight. The customized package is shipped complete in an engraved, wooden presentation case along with the company’s lifetime warranty.

The new SW1911 joins a family of engraved firearms which included the Model 442 Airweight® J-Frame, the Model 640 J-Frame centennial version, and the renowned Model 29, all of which come with a presentation case and lifetime warranty. For more information on the new Custom Engraved SW1911 pistol, please visit www.smith-wesson.com.

SW1911 SKU: 10270

Caliber: .45ACP                            Capacity: 8+1 Rounds

Barrel Length: 5″                           Front Sight: White Dot

Rear Sight: White 2-Dot                Grip: Wood

Weight: 39.8 oz                             Frame Material: Stainless Steel

Slide Material: Stainless Steel      Finish: Glass Bead

MSRP: $1,060

Check out the new firearms offered by Smith & Wesson.


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