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Smith & Wesson – M&P 9 Shield EZ

Thursday, December 12th, 2019


Smith & Wesson just announced a 9mm variant of the Shield EZ, a carry/defensive pistol introduced in 2018. Originally available only in a .380 chambering, the EZ was designed for ease-of-use, with an easy to rack slide and easy to load magazines, and was principally marketed to inexperienced shooters and those with weaker grip strength that made racking a traditional pistol slide difficult.

This trend continues with the 9mm variant, which shares virtually all the same features, from its single stack midsized frame to the eight round capacity easy-load magazines, as its predecessor. The frame itself has an 18° grip angle, 1911-esque grip safety, M2.0 style texturing, reversible magazine catch, and a picatinny rail dust cover for the attachment of a light or laser.

The slide features front and rear charging serrations, a tactile loaded chamber indicator, windage adjustable rear sight, and S&W’s Armornite corrosion-resistant finish.

The Smith & Wesson M&P 9 Shield EZ is now available through Smith & Wesson dealers, in four variants:

  • With ambidextrous manual thumb safety
  • Without ambidextrous manual thumb safety
  • Crimson Trace frame with manual safety
  • Crimson Trace frame without manual safety

    TacJobs – American Outdoor Brands – Product Engineer II – Springfield, MA

    Wednesday, October 10th, 2018

    Product Engineer II – Springfield, MA

    Perform Engineering tasks either as the administrator of a small project requiring standardized course of action, or as the administrator of an assigned segment of a larger project. Projects consist of solving production design problems and developing new models, and meeting project deadlines as outlined by the Project Management Team. Requires strict compliance with all Company policies as defined by the Executive Management Team, as well as adherence to the Company’s Quality manual and ISO Policy, and conducting business with ethical business practices at all times.

    Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

    · Create solid works solid models, assembly models, and detail drawings.

    · Perform finite element analyses and mechanism simulation, kinematic simulation, linear stress analysis, and transient thermal analysis.

    · Be able to problem solve in a disciplined, organized manner, and document findings.

    · Understand the needs of the team, and be able to work in a manner that facilitates teamwork.

    · Work to define product requirements and improvements.

    · Design novel mechanisms to suit requirements for new product offerings.

    · Perform design layouts to validate design before creation of prototypes.

    · Work with machine shop to create prototypes of new components.

    · Lead testing exercises to validate new product designs and product improvements.

    · Work with support staff to complete project activities (draftsman and technicians).

    · Work within Product team to update business activity status.

    · Provide a flexible resource to aid in the process engineering portion of product development.

    NOTE: This list presents only the principal duties of the position and is not intended to be comprehensive. The duties and responsibilities listed above may be changed or supplemented at any time in accordance with business needs and conditions.

    Education and Experience:

    Experience, Competencies and Education

    · Minimum requirement: Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering or equivalent, Master’s degree preferred

    · 4-10 years’ experience in a Product Development role with a demonstrated track record for:

    · Establishing product design with an eye toward manufacturing processes to assure quality and cost objectives are consistently achieved.

    · Assure that schedules meet both internal and external requirements and that work is performed to established standards

    · Making engineering prototypes samples for testing.

    o Experience in the Firearms industry preferred

    Competencies and Skills:

    Physical Demands:

    · Good command of the English language demonstrating excellent verbal and written communication skills

    · Strong communication, presentation & organizational skills

    · Microsoft Office proficiency (Excel, Word, Outlook)

    · Experience with SolidWorks CAD software, or other major Solid Modeling software

    · Exceptional customer service skills

    · Demonstrated ability to work independently & autonomously

    · Extensive experience and use of theoretical concepts to perform analysis and design.

    · Ability to train, advise and assist less experienced professionals

    · Ability to travel to support development.

    · Continuous: standing, walking, lifting, bending, pushing/pulling, and reaching.

    · Occasional: kneeling, sitting, squatting, overhead work, fine and gross upper body motor movement.

    · Maximum lift: to 30 pounds and assisted lifting.

    · Occasional lifting: 0 to 30 pounds.

    NOTE: Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    Work Environment and Personal Protective Equipment:

    Within the Smith & Wesson manufacturing facility, employees may be exposed to manufacturing noise, airborne liquid chemicals, fine particulate dust, ambient temperatures, and industrial lighting. Work environment is similar to most manufacturing operations. May be exposed to excessive noise, temperatures, hazards associated with working around moving machinery, work in confined quarters, exposure to vibrations and shop lighting, continuous exposure to hot temperatures, may be humid, odors, dust, continuous exposure to mechanical hazards, and occasional exposure to chemical hazards.

    The following Personal Protective Equipment is required:

    * Safety glasses with side shields and hearing protection required when on manufacturing floor

    To apply, visit

    GAOS 18 – M&P Shield

    Thursday, February 8th, 2018

    Like I said in the intro, this is a trade show and major manufacturers are in hand, exhibiting their consumer products. Smith & Wesson has their new M&P 380 Shield EZ pistol with its grip safety.


    They’ve got the full range but another model I wanted to point out is the M&P 9 Shield 2.0 with integrated Crimson Trace green or red laser.


    SHOT Show 17 – S&W Performance Center Shield 45

    Wednesday, January 25th, 2017


    S&W revealed the new Performance Center Shield 45 at this year’s SHOT. The PC 45 Shield shares the same rough grip texture as the standard model, and features factory ported barrel and slide, and high visibility sights like the earlier 9 and 40 shield PC models. The PC 45 Shield is being offered both with and without a thumb safety.


    The 45 Shield PC is also being offered with tritium night sights in lieu of the high visibility contrast sights. Both models come with 1 extended 7-round magazine, and one flush fit 6-round magazine.

    SHOT Show 17 – S&W Performance Center M&P-10 6.5 Creedmoor

    Saturday, January 21st, 2017


    6.5 Creedmoor is an increasingly popular hunting and target cartridge, out-performing the established .308 Winchester, while being able to utilize the same action, bolt, and magazine as the .308, with only a barrel change. As a result, there’s been plenty of bolt-actions and semi-automatic rifles being released with 6.5 Creedmoor chambering, and S&W has followed suit with the introduction of a 6.5 Creedmoor Performance Center variant of their M&P-10 rifle.

    Like other M&P-10 variants, the 6.5 M&P-10 features an ambidextrous lower receiver with two-stage match trigger, along with a Magpul MOE+ grip and MOE Rifle stock. The 20″ barrel, made of carbon steel, features a 1:8 RH twist with 5R rifling, and the aluminum handguard is free-floating with a top 1913 rail and M-LOK slots at the 3, 6, and 9 o’clock positions.

    It’s No Longer A Rumor – S&W M2.0 Is Confirmed

    Monday, December 19th, 2016

    Back in August, Soldier Systems Daily broke the story on a trademark filing from Smith & Wesson hinting towards a brand-new version of the S&W M&P pistol line dubbed ‘M2.0’, that we filed under rumor mill.


    Well, it’s a rumor no longer because The Firearm Blog found, just recently, Academy Sports had a listing for the new M2.0 pistol line on their website, including this product description:

    The Smith & Wesson M&P M2.0 9mm Semiautomatic Pistol features an M&P M2.0 trigger and includes both a control-enhancing grip texture and 4 interchangeable palm swell grip inserts. This striker-fired pistol also includes a corrosion-resistant Armornite finish and boasts a steel-white dot front sight and steel-white 2-dot rear sight.

    Features and Benefits

  • Semiautomatic, striker-fired action with a 17-round capacity
  • Corrosion-resistant Armornite finish
  • Aggressive grip texture
  • 4 interchangeable palm swell grip inserts
  • M&P M2.0 trigger
  • Steel-white dot front sight and steel-white 2-dot rear sight
  • Important Product and Safety Information
  • We recommend the use of protective eyewear whenever using or near the use of this item.

    What’s in the Box:
    Smith & Wesson M&P M2.0 9mm Semiautomatic Pistol

    The pistol itself looks ‘sharper’ and ‘more aggressive’ to our eyes when compared to the original M&P pistols, if that makes any sense; Admin described it as “less Glock, more SIG”. No mention of the full-length guide rails our original source hinted at, but the new trigger is confirmed, and the inclusion of new grip texture and palm swell grips is a plus. It also features the new ‘M2.0’ logo in a fairly low-key position, rearward on the side of the pistol’s slide.


    Considering you can’t find the listing on Academy Sports’ website any longer, it’s likely this was an unintentional leak, which makes sense considering SHOT Show is a scant month away. Expect to see more info on the new M2.0 line when SHOT Show 2017 rolls around.

    Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation To Rebrand as ‘American Outdoor Brands Corp.’

    Wednesday, December 14th, 2016


    Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation shareholders have recently voted to change the company’s name to the exceedingly generic ‘American Outdoor Brands Corp.’ This new name change comes in response to SWHC’s increased efforts to diversify their offerings in the overarching outdoor industry, including their acquisition of companies such as Taylor Brands and UST Brands, companies which specialize in knives and tools and survival equipment, respectively. Unsurprisingly, Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation is not completely abandoning the Smith & Wesson brand, which will continue to operate as its firearms division, while the recently acquired Crimson Trace will form at least part of S&W’s electro-optics division.

    The name change comes in to effect starting January 1st, 2017, just in time for SHOT Show.

    Below is the official press release from Smith & Wesson announcing the change.

    Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation Reports Stockholder Vote Results
    Holding Corporation Will Become American Outdoor Brands Corporation

    SPRINGFIELD, Mass., Dec. 13, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation (NASDAQ Global Select: SWHC), today announced that its stockholders have overwhelmingly approved a change to the holding company’s name from Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation to American Outdoor Brands Corporation. The name change does not impact Smith & Wesson Corp., the name of the company’s firearms division, which has legendary roots dating back to 1852 and will remain unchanged. The name change pertains only to the holding corporation that acquired Smith & Wesson in 2001 and now owns Smith & Wesson Corp., Battenfeld Technologies, Inc., and Crimson Trace Corporation, which represent the company’s firearms, manufacturing services, accessories, and electro-optics divisions.

    James Debney, President and Chief Executive Officer of Smith & Wesson, said, “We are excited about the results of today’s stockholder vote. We believe that American Outdoor Brands Corporation is a name that truly represents our broad and growing array of brands and businesses in the shooting, hunting, and rugged outdoor enthusiast markets. Looking ahead, and operating as American Outdoor Brands Corporation, we intend to continue building upon our portfolio, focusing on brands and products that best meet the needs and lifestyle of our target consumers.”

    The name change will be effective on or about January 1, 2017, at which time the company will adopt the common stock trading symbol “AOBC” for its NASDAQ stock exchange listing.

    Rumor Mill – Smith & Wesson M2.0 Found In Trademark Filings

    Thursday, August 18th, 2016


    If you do a search on the United States Patent and Trademark Office website for Smith & Wesson, you’ll notice a series of trademark filings from this year for something called M2.0 (featuring the above logo) for various goods and services, including gun cases, airsoft, and apparel, all with ‘Published for Opposition’ dates throughout this month. Now, you may be wondering, why is this of any interest?

    With the recent reveal of the Glock 17M and the subsequent rumors of the Glock GEN 5, it should come as no surprise that other firearm companies are looking at releasing updated models to their pistol lines. It looks like this is the case with Smith & Wesson, who it seems is planning on releasing their own upgraded M&P model pistol.

    A source who wishes to remain anonymous told us the new pistol line is to be dubbed M2.0. M2.0 is a response to criticisms of the original M&P series pistols, and is designed with a host of features that will allow the M&P series to better compete with stock Glocks. Our source cited changes to the design, including an improved trigger and full-length guide rails, intended to increase overall functionality, reliability, and out-the-box accuracy.

    We feel it’s only fair to note that although we do trust our source this is a second-hand account, and until any official news/documentation comes out this info should be treated as speculation and rumor. That being the case, in all likelihood we’ll hear more about M2.0 as SHOT 2017 draws nearer, so stay tuned for more info as it becomes available.