S&W Upgrades Best Sellers with M-LOK, Mini Red Dots & Flat Dark Earth

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Smith & Wesson has a lot of popular firearms in their inventory, but there are some that definitely pay the bills more than others. That short-hand list likely includes the Sport II 5.56 NATO, Shield 9mm/.40 S&W, and the Performance Center C.O.R.E. 9mm. Keeping that in mind, even if Smith & Wesson has some golden geese on their hands someone is bound to complain its the wrong shade of gold. Something more flat dark earth colored would obviously be better, right? Well, Smith & Wesson listened to consumers and added in some new variations of their bread ‘n butter models.


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Smith & Wesson M&P-9 Shield in Flat Dark Earth – MSRP $449


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Smith & Wesson M&P-40 Shield in Flat Dark Earth – MSRP $449

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Smith & Wesson Performance Center Ported M&P-9L C.O.R.E. w/ SHIELD SIGHTS SMS (4 M.O.A. Mini-Sight) – MSRP $1,092

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Smith & Wesson M&P-15 Sport II Optics Ready 5.56 NATO – MSRP $719

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Smith & Wesson M&P-15 Sport II w/ Magpul MOE M-LOK 5.56 NATO – MSRP $769

Smith & Wesson is not reinventing the wheel with any of these small modifications. They are worth-while upgrades though for more picky customers. Flat Dark Earth is the new black in terms of popular firearm colors. The addition of M-LOK furniture on the Sport II should please a lot of people as M-LOK continually grows in popularity. With competitors such as the Sig Sauer P320 and Springfield Armory XD(M) OSP shipping with a Sig Sauer Romeo1 and Vortex Venom respectively, it only makes sense that Smith & Wesson add a mini red dot optic to their C.O.R.E. straight from the factory.

The outdoors, fitness and anything related to firearms are my passions. I am a S&W Armorer, Glock Armorer, reloader and am coping with an addiction to classic S&W and Colt revolvers (by buying more revolvers). I’ve been a guest writer for Sierra Bullets and love long walks to the gun range.


  • Dear Every Manufacturer:

    ARs with 16″ barrels and carbine gas are dumb and a bad idea. Please stop making them forever.

    Everyone who understands how the AR gas system works

    • Jose

      How about this? Every AR manufacturer must negotiate with Remington and Sturm Ruger and Co. to license produce their respective gas piston operated rifles (the R5 and SR556); allow Alien Armor Gear to use their new railguard on those new weapons, as well the Hera Arms new tactical thumbhole stock and curved pistol grip; and add the ACR for the license production. What do you think?

    • AK™

      How many people,outside of professionals like Pat Mcnamara and Travis Haley run their AR carbines enough to cause problems?

      I mean sure it might be overgassed,but barreled uppers aren’t that expensive,assembling a AR-15 upper isn’t complicated.

  • FredXDerf

    So… suppressor-height sights on the M&P but no threaded barrel…?

    • Rob in Katy

      I think to co-witness the red-dot?

  • int19h

    S&W is really doing a great job with Sport II. When you consider that it comes with a nitrided barrel, sights, dust cover and forward assist now, it’s ridiculous value for the money – and none of the shoddy worksmanship that often affects other budget brands.

    I keep wondering why they stick to 1:9 twist, though. Why not 1:7? It’ll still shoot the common 55gr stuff just as well (no matter what anyone says to the contrary – this has been debunked time and time again, sub-MOA groups are achievable with 55gr ammo in 1:7 barrels), but will also allow for heavy match grade ammo.

    • Steve Milliron

      Just a guess here, but I’d say the kind of people who buy a $600 AR-15 aren’t the kind of people who spend $1+/round on match grade ammo…

      • int19h

        77gr OTM can be had for ~75c round.

        Still expensive, and I agree that most people buying this thing probably wouldn’t shoot a lot of it. But they might still buy a box or two just to see if it makes a difference, and with 1:9, find out that they cannot shoot it at all, because it won’t stabilize.

        I guess I just don’t see the point of sticking to 1:9 in general. About the only thing it’s actually better at is drop-in .22 LR conversions, but I doubt S&W considered that scenario.

        • AK™

          S&W M&P .22 AR-15 is a thing.

          • int19h

            Yes, but it’s also a completely separate gun with its own design parameters. I’m talking about drop-in BCG replacements, like the ones CMMG makes. Those things actually shoot better in 1:9 barrels. But S&W doesn’t make one of those, and relatively few people use them, or even know about them.

  • Mike Lashewitz

    Here I thought this was about real upgrades like chrome rims ans spinners for my M&Ps and I have a few of them In FDE.

  • Hancock63

    Does anyone know if S&W plans to make 2.0 versions of all their M&P pistols? I’ve been thinking about buying the M&P 45 with the 4 inch barrel (SKU: 109107) and now I’m wondering if I should wait for a 2.0 version.

    • Holdfast_II

      If you go on major gun retailer sites there is a SKU for a 2.0 in .45. So I am anxiously waiting.

      Apropos of nothing whatsoever, the 9mm Performance Center ported with RDS is sick! I guess I have the old one and had to buy my own RDS, but wow. ONLY complaint is the actual trigger is a little pinchy on the ol’ finger. The pull is great – but the physical trigger face is annoying.

    • mrpotatocat

      Hancock63 you took the words right out of my mouth. I am waiting for the C.O.R.E 2.0!

  • imtoomuch

    I was expecting a new Shield, but not a BNG (Bold New Graphics) version. I was expecting the 2.0. I want the M&P9C 2.0