The Competitor Follows the Equalizer, Smith & Wesson’s New Metal Frame 5″ 9mm

Smith & Wesson appears to be stepping away from the letter and number naming convention and going for more descriptive titles in their new pistols lines. The Equalizer was a clear and blunt stab back to the whole ‘the firearm is the great equalizer’ mode of thought and this next entry follows that same style. The Competitor is equally unquiet about its existence and intent as a pistol meant to hit the competitive circuit out of the box.

From S&W,

SPRINGFIELD, MA., (11/29/2022) – Smith & Wesson Brands, Inc. (NASDAQ Global Select: SWBI), a leader in firearm manufacturing and design is excited to introduce a new member of the M&P metal-framed series, the Performance Center® M&P®9 M2.0® Competitor®.

Built for competition right out of the box, this metal-framed 9mm pistol is designed to give competitive shooters the edge. The Competitor comes with a 5-inch barrel, has an enhanced sear for lighter, crisper trigger let-off, and includes a flared magazine well for fast and efficient reloads. Boasting a new look, the aggressive lightening cuts on both the top and sides of the slide ultimately reduce the amount of weight in front of the chamber and, in return, help improve the recoil balance point. The slide is cut for optics, includes a fiber optic front sight, and blacked out serrated rear sight. The Competitor comes with an oversized mag release that is reversible for both right and left-handed users and ships with a total of four magazines. Choose from models available in 10+1 or 17+1 round capacities with a Tungsten Gray Cerakote® or black Armornite® slide finish. Smith & Wesson is proud to introduce the Performance Center M&P9 M2.0 Competitor.

The Competitor has an MSRP of $999.00         

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The introduction of the Metal Frame line would naturally lead to the competitive field as the heavier frame guns are very popular in those spaces. This will compete against the 2011s, the weighted frame 320’s, the CZ Shadow 2’s, and the other stout and low recoil 9mm pistols.

I love the M&P frame, it is one of the comfiest I have ever shot. I love metal frames, my 226, 229, and AXG attest. Now I can acquire the alloy of them both.

Keith is the Editor-in-Chief of GAT Marketing Agency, Inc. A USMC Infantry Veteran and Small Arms and Artillery Technician, Keith covers the evolving training and technology from across the shooting industry. A Certified Instructor since 2009, he has taught concealed weapons courses in the West Michigan area in the years since and continues to pursue training and teaching opportunities as they arise.