Smith & Wesson M&P 9 Performance Center Ported

At the halfway point of SHOT Show I’ve already visited Smith & Wesson three times: once to get some trigger time at Industry Day at the Range and two separate occasions at their enormous booth on the main floor. During the latest visit I took a look at their M&P 9 Performance Center Ported handgun, which is precisely what it sounds like, an M&P that’s ported.


As the rep noted this model has gained instant popularity for its minimal muzzle flip.




  • Frame Size: Full Size

  • Caliber: 9mm

  • Action: Striker Fire (Double Action)

  • Capacity: 17+1 Rounds

  • Barrel Length: 4.25” (10.8 cm)

  • Front Sight: White Dot Dovetail

  • Rear Sight: Fixed 2-Dot

  • Overall Length: 7.5” (19.1 cm)

  • Grip: Polymer

  • Weight: 23.4 oz. (663.4 g)

  • Barrel Material: Stainless Steel

  • Slide Material: Stainless Steel

  • Frame Material: Polymer

  • Finish: Black, Durable, Corrosion-Resistant
  • Other Features
    • Ported Barrel & Slide – To Reduce Muzzle Flip
    • Adjustable Trigger Stop – To Stop Trigger Over Travel
    • 3-Interchangeable, Newly-Enhanced, Textured Palmswell Grip Sizes – For Better Control and Fit
    • C.O.R.E. – Competition Optics Ready – Includes Optics Mounting Kit Slide Cut to Accept the Following Optics: Trijicon RMR, Leupold Delta Point, Jpoint, Doctor, C-More STS, Insight MRDS
    • Enhanced Trigger and Performance Center Sear
  • MSRP $812
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  • d_grey

    I wonder how it’ll perform on the range.

    • Eli

      I have one and it is worth every penny.

      • d_grey

        If you were to compare, would you say it’s better or equal to the hk vp9, walther ppx or cz sp-01?

        • Eli

          Definitely much better than the ppx and sp-01. I have never shot the vp9 so I can’t comment on that.

  • me

    I’ll wait till I see one for 699 or less then make my break into the M&P world.

  • BattleshipGrey

    That’s kind of funny, Glock jumps out of the ported market and S&W jumps in.

    • Bill

      It’s “funny” in that GLOCK understands that porting is mainly a way to ruin night vision and set yourself on fire when shooting from a retention position, I guess Smith has to learn the hard way.

      Sorry, I’m not a competition shooter, and the idea that a 9mm needs some means to mitigate recoil and muzzle rise seems nutty to me, but I guess if you are playing games measured in hundredths of seconds, maybe it helps, psychologically if nothing else.

      • Dave

        Except S&W is literally now making Jerry’s Miculek’s race gun.

      • AK™

        I changed out the A2 birdcage on my AR-15 with a $30 Amazon JP Cooley style muzzle brake, and with the CMC 3.5Lb flat blade tac-trigger..double taps are faster than ever.
        Just depends on the person and what they want to use it for.

        • Bill

          Exactly. I can’t use a competition trigger on a duty gun, and muzzle brakes tend to irritate your team-mates next to you.

  • Justin P

    Any word on when a 40 cal version is coming?

    • Nandor

      The 40 cal version is already out, in 4.25″ and 5″.

  • Lee Woiteshek

    If I’m going to pay PC prices, it should come with a Leup/Triji optic and a kydex I WB holster.