New From The S&W Performance Center – Ported M&P Pistols

I have always been a fan of the M&P line of pistols. I like them much more than Glock pistols because of the grip angle, and the lack of a “glock-bump” on the grip.  One of my EDC pistols is a M&P40c that I use when I am looking for a smaller, more concealable pistol.  It’s been a great pistol for all of the years I have had it.  It shoots just about anything I feed it, it is lightweight and is a nice small package that is still a 10+1 double stack for concealed carry.

Having shot many of the full size pistols, including the 4.25″ and 5″ models I find them very comfortable, capable pistols.  So the addition of a ported barrel and slide directly from the S&W Performance Center adds another impressive addition to an already good pistol.  Also the new pistols have an adjustable trigger stop, allowing the user to personalize the pistol to their liking.

Here is a video about the new ported pistols from S&W.  Below the video is the press release.


SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (September 23, 2014) — Smith & Wesson Corp. announced today that the master gunsmiths of its renowned Performance Center® have added four new competition-ready models to the M&P® pistol line with the availability of the M&P Performance Center Ported series. The new models, which expand the Company’s line of M&P firearms, offer discerning shooters premium features including a factory ported barrel and slide as well as a user adjustable trigger stop.

Chambered in 9mm and .40 S&W and available in both a 4.25-and 5-inch barrel configuration, the M&P Performance Center Ported pistols have been skillfully engineered with the competition shooter in mind. Open class members and action pistol competitors will appreciate the pistol’s precision cut ports which aid in reducing muzzle flip and improve the ability to remain on target after firing. The new M&P pistols have been further enhanced with a user adjustable trigger stop, allowing owners to personalize their competition rigs.

“The two biggest advantages of running a ported gun in competition involve reduced muzzle rise and less perceived recoil,” said Jerry Miculek, Smith & Wesson Champion Shooter. “When added to an already accurate platform, these features combined with the M&P’s low-bore axis, result in an enhanced competition gun that’s ready to hit the range. This combination of features is also going to help with shorter split times and more rounds on target, which are two things every competitor wants.”

Additional competition specific features include an integral mounting platform on top of the slide for the easy addition of accessory optics. Removable mounting brackets allow shooters to simply install the corresponding mounting screws to achieve the precise fit and height required for their favorite red-dot sight. Designed to work in conjunction with the Trijicon RMR®, C-More STS, Leupold® DeltaPoint™, Doctor, Insight® MRDS™ and JPoint™, the integral platform affords quick and custom sight installation that can be achieved without the assistance of a professional armorer.

For improved handling the M&P Performance Center Ported models feature a textured interchangeable back strap with aggressive stippling. Three patented palmswell grips are also supplied with each pistol, providing shooters the ability to tailor the grip size to their individual preference. Accuracy and precise shot placement during competition benefit from the addition of a Performance Center sear. The specialized sear allows for a crisp 4.5 pound trigger pull along with a fast, defined reset in between shots. Smith & Wesson has added higher sights on top of the slide that can be used in concordance with the mounted optic.

Other exterior and internal features of the new pistols remain consistent with the original and highly popular M&P design. The 9mm pistol is standard with a 17+1 round magazine capacity and the .40 S&W variant features a 15+1 round capacity. The M&P Performance Center Ported pistols have an MSRP of $812 and ship complete with two magazines.

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  • mechamaster

    “Get Some !” catchphrase suddenly appear in my mind.

  • big daddy

    As a person with arthritic hands I prefer the M&P to the Glock for ergonomic reasons.

    • iksnilol

      “As a person with hands I prefer the M&P to the Glock for ergonomic reasons”.

      I fixed it for you.

      • Mako_Dragoon

        Funniest thing I’ve read all day.

        On a more serious note, I actually preferred my Gen 3 G23 for for single handed shooting… but that’s more of a consolation prize than a useful feature.

        • big daddy

          Some people LOVE their Glocks, some people hate them. Same for M&Ps, for that matter every gun. The M&P is perfect for me, they are similar to the Magpul K2 grip on my ARs. With that straighter grip angle my wrist doesn’t break and is in a more natural position. Having short arms and not being very tall changes my needs in terms of ergonomics, especially having medical issues as most older men do. Whomever designs S&W handguns seems to have me in mind.

  • Ported Glocks discontinued, and Smith & Wesson steps in with ported M&Ps.

  • USMC03Vet

    I want one for a EDC.

    That is one sexy gun. Too bad about all the lettering on the slide.

    • FourString

      At least it’s not DESERT EAGLE 1911 like some other makes

  • FourString

    Bout time! Nice alternative to the Glock C models. Wish more companies did factory porting

  • Wyatt Earp

    I owned a Glock 17C with a Tasco holographic sight mounted on the slide. I wanted to use the Glock as a full race pistol in IPSC. (At that time I, for some reason, preferred Glocks. Silly me.)
    The slide beat the sight to death during the course of a single IPSC match. It, actually, damaged the sight so it couldn’t be repaired and had to be discarded.
    Mounting a holo sight on the slide is a waste of time and money. They just don’t work. And you’ll be replacing them about every month.

    • Twitcheh

      You mounted a dirt cheap, piece of shit optic on a pistol, and you expected it to work? That’s hilarious. I’m sure everyone will benefit from your glorious font of knowledge on the issue from the single IPSC match. There are people who have put thousands of rounds through their QUALITY red dot sights on pistols, and had no issues. I guess everyone who has every bought a Trijicon RMR, or Burris FastFire is returning their optics every month. Damn, you’d think these companies that make them would cancel these product lines since over 50-75% of customers have to return them every month! If you can’t tell, I’m being facetious. Your comment is absolutely asinine.

      As well, I’ve actually used a ported pistol at night. It did not destroy my night vision.