Smith & Wesson churned out new pistols models for 9mm aficionados, adding a Performance Center 5-inch M&P M2.0 competition variant and a Shield EZ 2.0 to its lineup.
The Performance Center M&P M2.0 Competition features a bevy of upgrades ideal for competition, according to Smith & Wesson pro shooter Jerry Miculek. The ported handgun opts for fiber optic sights and a stainless steel slide with C.O.R.E cuts.
The pistol follows a familiar theme this year, boasting an optics ready design. Miculek told Guns.com it supports several different brands of red dots, accommodating most major ones on the market. The pistol has been upgraded with advanced texturing and four interchangeable backstraps. Measuring 8.5-inches in overall length, the Performance Center M&P M2.0 Pistol offers a 5-inch barrel, 28.6-ounce weight, and 17+1 capacity.
“It’s just an enhanced product, top to bottom, and a really good shooter,” Miculek told Guns.com.
The Performance Center M&P M2.0 Ported 5-inch C.O.R.E. in 9mm retails for $735.
In addition to the new Performance Center model, Smith & Wesson introduced a new model into its Shield EZ series, adding a highly anticipated 9mm variant. The EZ first debuted in 2018 as a .380 ACP model but demand for a larger caliber version pushed the company to introduce a 9mm model.
The Shield EZ 9mm features an overall length of 6.8-inches with a 3.675-inch barrel length. Opting for white dot sights, the polymer pistol weighs 23.2-ounces with a capacity of 8+1. Miculek told Guns.com that the EZ is perfect for those with less grip strength who find traditional gun slides tough to manipulate.
“This is designed for people who don’t have the dexterity of a Navy Seal to work a slide,” Miculek joked. “The reason they call it an EZ, all the features on it are easy to work.”
The M&P9 Shield EZ retails for $479.