September 28th, 2014

Smith & Wesson Performance Center Ported M&P Pistols

M&P smith wesson ported pistol 9mm .40sw

Smith & Wesson is introducing a new series of ported M&P pistols. Chambered in 9mm and .40 S&W, the Performance Center M&P Ported pistols offer a factory-ported barrel and slide. Both 4.25″ and 5″ barrel configurations are offered in each caliber. A special Performance Center sear provides a crisp 4.5-pound trigger pull with faster reset. The 9mm pistol has a 17+1 round capacity while the .40 S&W variant features a 15+1 round capacity. Both handguns (9mm and 40 S&W) have an MSRP of $812 with two magazines.

The ported design should help competitors, says pistol ace Jerry Miculek: “The two biggest advantages of running a ported gun in competition involve reduced muzzle rise and less perceived recoil. This [will] help with shorter split times and more rounds on target — two things every competitor wants.”

M&P smith wesson ported pistol 9mm .40sw

The new ported M&P pistols feature a slide-top platform for easy mounting of red-dot optics. These guns also have high-profile iron sights that can be used in conjunction with the optics. The M&P Performance Center Ported models also feature a textured interchangeable back strap. Three palmswell grips are supplied with each pistol, allowing shooters to custom-tailor grip size to their preference.

M&P smith wesson ported pistol 9mm .40swVideo Shows Ported Pistol Features and 3D CAD Views:

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February 5th, 2014

Jerry Gets His Gun — S&W 8-Shot 9mm Revolver

Few people love double-action revolvers as much as Jerry Miculek, and nobody on the planet shoots them better. Jerry is the undisputed double-action wheelgun master of the universe, having won just about every revolver competition you can imagine.

Jerry has long wanted a wheelgun that could shoot widely available 9mm ammo, using moon clips. Jerry finally convinced Smith & Wesson to build such a beast — officially dubbed the S&W 929 JM Signature Series. It features an 8-shot cylinder, enhanced internals, premium barrel, and a removable compensator. Jerry says “this thing is built exactly to my specifications. This is what I have been wanting forever.”

In the video above, Jerry tests one of the first-ever 929 revolvers. During the “unboxing”, Jerry is grinning from ear to ear. He actually says: “It’s like Christmas guys [with] a brand new toy.” When he gets his hands on the new gun, you can see his enthusiasm. At the end of the video, Jerry takes the new 929 out to his backyard range, and does an 8-shot rapid fire test. The gun shoots impressively fast and flat, and you can tell Jerry has a new “sweetheart” revolver. Jerry says “Wow — I don’t know if this is love or lust, but I’m likin’ it already guys.” Watch the video to see a pretty cool new S&W, and the legendary Jerry Miculek in his element.

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December 19th, 2009

Smith & Wesson Recalls Two Performance Center Revolvers

Two S&W Performance Center revolvers have been recalled by Smith & Wesson due to potentially dangerous manufacturing defects. The model 460PC is being recalled due to potential barrel failure, while the Model 329PC has been recalled due to possible frame damage during manufacturing.

Performance Center Smith Wesson recall

Performance Center Model 460 Revolver Recall
Smith & Wesson has received four (4) reports of barrel failures involving its Performance Center Model 460 revolvers. These barrels were manufactured by an outside supplier. S&W found that the quality of steel in some of these barrels was sub-standard and may have contributed to failure of the barrel. Model 460PC owners should stop using the revolvers and return them immediately to Smith & Wesson.

This recall applies to Performance Center Model 460 revolvers shipped by the Smith & Wesson Performance Center prior to September 18, 2006. This recall does NOT apply to Smith & Wesson standard production Model 460 revolvers. The affected revolvers can be identified by the following Serial Number Range: EBD0001 – EBD0524, EBF0002 – EBF0251, LHZ0000 – LHZ0511, LLL0000 – LLL0702, LRR0001 – LRR0552, MMM0001 – MMM1809, XMC0001 – XMC0109

Performance Center Model 329 Revolver Recall
Smith & Wesson has issued a recall for the limited edition model 329 revolver. This safety recall notice applies to 270 revolvers manufactured at the Performance Center bearing serial numbers ranging from BVA0004 to BVA0210 and DEW0001 to DEW0099.

S&W states: “It has been determined that damage to the frame may have occurred during assembly of the single-piece barrel. As a result, there exists the possibility that the revolver may rupture during firing, causing a failure of the firearm and creating a risk of personal injury.” NOTE: This safety recall notice does not apply to the model 329 PD. The model 329 PD is designed with a two-piece barrel.

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