Tennessee-based Smith & Wesson on Wednesday night lifted the curtain on a new 9mm carbine that uses familiar AR controls and accepts a wide array of popular magazines. 

The new S&W Response is a semi-auto blowback pistol-caliber carbine chambered – at least initially – in 9mm. There is a lot of modularity built into the design, as it is compatible with many AR-pattern stocks, triggers, grips, buffers/springs, and charging handles. Not to bury the lead, but it also ships with what Smith calls a "Flexmag" magazine well that allows the use of both the company's own M&P9-pattern double-stack mags and Glock 9mm double-stacks meant for the G19/G17 (or larger). 

The S&W Response
The weight of the S&W Response is 5.9 pounds empty, while the 16.5-inch barrel gives a length of a handy 32.15 inches with the adjustable stock collapsed. Fully extended length is 35.4 inches. (All photos: S&W)


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The S&W Response
Other features include a 1/2x28 threaded barrel, and a full-length handguard with 3, 5, and 9 o'clock M-LOK accessory slot positions. 
The S&W Response
The S&W Response ships with two M&P9 23+1 capacity magazines, and the user-swappable Flexmag is set up to accept it as default. For those looking to go Glock, all that is needed is a mag well adapter swap. Don't worry, it ships with both. 

MSRP on the S&W Response 9mm carbine is $799. It makes an interesting follow-up to the company's folding FPC carbine  introduced earlier this year at a price point of $659. 

Lipsey's has a great first-look video below. 


And competition shooter Julie Golob gives her impressions. 


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