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[SHOT Show 2017] SW Performance Center 2017 Lineup

Springfield, MA based Smith & Wesson just released their Performance Center lineup for 2017. It includes pistols, rifles, revolvers and slide kits and other Smith & Wesson-y goodness.

Here’s what they want you to know.

SHOT Show 2017: SW Performance Center 2017 Lineup

The Performance Center by Smith & Wesson announced today a number of new products including pistols, rifles, revolvers, and slide kits for 2017.  Performance Center fans have always appreciated the blending of world-class precision machining with the hand-work of Performance Center Gunsmiths.  In 2017, fans will be happy to see that tradition continue with the launch of a number of new products.

New Performance Center M&P Rifles

1. M&P10 6.5 Creedmore (sku: 10057) 

Smith & Wesson 10057

When the engineers at the Performance Center first saw the 6.5 Creedmoor they knew they were looking at something special.  Ever since that first encounter, they have been working on a rifle that would enhance the performance characteristics of the caliber.  In 2017, the engineers are proud to introduce the M&P10 6.5 Creedmoor.The M&P10 6.5 Creedmoor is a rifle with a precision, two-stage match trigger, a 15-inch free-float Troy Alpha Rail with M-LOK handguard, Magpul buttstock and pistol grip. The threaded 20-inch barrel sends rounds down range with incredible accuracy. This rifle is a long-range shooter’s dream.

2. M&P15 Competition Rifle (sku: 11515)

Smith & Wesson 11515

For years, three-gun competitors have been asking for a Performance Center model.  Fans have asked for custom shop features that will enhance their skills and give them the edge they need to win.  The Performance Center has answered the call with the M&P15 Competition rifle.  The competition-class rifle comes standard with a Performance Center muzzle brake, a two-stage match trigger, a 15-inch free-float Troy Alpha Rail with M-LOK handguard.  Also included is a VLTOR I-Mod 6-position stock, and an 18” medium profile barrel with smooth cycling rifle-length gas system.  The barrel is coated with Armornite for durability and corrosion resistance.  The 5R rifling and a 1-in-8 twist enhances the rifles accuracy and reduces barrel maintenance.  The combination of these barrel features and the twist rate extend the rifle’s versatility.  Competitors will realize they don’t just want the newest offering from the Performance Center, they need it.

New Performance Center M&P Pistols

1. M&P45 Shield Pistol (sku: 11629) 
M&P45 Shield Pistol with either HI-VIZ fiber optic sights or Tritium Night Sights (sku:11727)

Smith & Wesson 11629

Since 2006, the Performance Center has gained a reputation for taking standard M&P pistols and adding the Performance Center touch.  The new Performance Center M&P45 Shield pistol follows in this tradition.  Consumers will quickly notice the factory ported barrels and slides. The factory porting helps keep muzzle flip down which assists the shooter to get the pistol back on target faster.  The Performance Center M&P45 Shield pistol can be purchased with either adjustable HI-VIZ fiber optic sights or Tritium Night Sights.

Consumers will want to see the new ported M&P pistols in the Performance Center catalog.  Available in multiple configurations, the full-size pistols can be purchased in the standard 4.25” barrel or the 5” long slide.  Both barrel lengths can be available in two of the most popular pistol calibers, 9mm and .40S&W.  Shooters will appreciate the fast acquisition with the HI-VIZ sights and they will be quickly back on target with the reduced-recoil from the factory ported slides and barrels.  A Performance Center sear and an adjustable trigger stop provide a smooth shot with reduced over-travel.

New Performance Center M&P Slide Kits

1. C.O.R.E. Slide kit (multiple sku’s)

Smith & Wesson 11549

For the first time in 2017, customers can “hot rod” their M&P pistol with the new Performance Center C.O.R.E . slide Kit Each slide kit comes with a ported barrel and slide.  The slide is cut to accept five different optic mounting plates.  The white-dot front sight and drift-adjustable rear sight allow for easy target acquisition.  Also included are three C.O.R.E. style palmswells.  The patented interchangeable palmswell system allows the user to customize the grip and feel of their M&P, enhancing the pistol’s natural 18 degree grip angle.  Slide kits are available for a number of different pistol configurations.

New Performance Center Concealed Carry Revolvers

1. 38 S&W Special +P (multiple versions and finishes)

In 2017 the Performance Center 38 S&W Special +P compact revolvers come in two new versions.
Version One: (sku: 10186) comes with a custom textured wood grip and a matte silver finish

Smith & Wesson 10186

Version Two: (sku: 170348) has a cylinder that is cut for moon clips and a synthetic grip with a stylish wood insert.   The bright-finish on the cylinder flutes contrasts the black synthetic grips.  The thumb piece and side-plate screws complete the stunning appearance.

Smith & Wesson 170348


2. 637 38 S&W Special +P (sku: 170349)

Smith & Wesson 170349

The Model 637 38 S&W Special +P revolver comes standard with a Performance Center-tuned action and an external hammer for easy cocking. The matte finish blends well with the custom textured wood grips, making this functional firearm at home in a holster or in a collector’s cabinet.

New Performance Center Hunting Revolvers

1. 460VXR Revolver (sku: 11626)

Smith & Wesson 11626

Big-bore fans will like the newest additions in the Performance Center Handgun Hunting category.  The new 460VXR revolver now has an option with a 7.5-inch barrel with muzzle break, holds five rounds of the 460 S&W Magnum, has a Performance Center-tuned action, chrome trigger and custom tear drop hammer. It has an integral scope base and a HI-VIZ green fiber optic front sight. A gun rug and carry sling are included, to make it a great option for the handgun hunting enthusiast.

2. S&W500 Revolver (sku: 11623)

Smith & Wesson 11623

The newest S&W500 revolver comes with a 3.5-inch barrel and a Performance Center-tuned action.  The unfluted cylinder, chromed trigger, over-travel-stop, custom teardrop hammer and HI VIZ fiber optic front sight provides this revolver with modern style and superb ergonomics.  The 500 S&W Magnum comes with a Performance Center embossed gun rug to keep it picture perfect all year long.

Performance Center Mid-Frame Revolvers

1. 2017 Model 586 L-Comp Revolver (sku: 170170)

Smith & Wesson  170170

The 2017 Model 586 L-Comp revolver comes with an integrated compensator for faster target acquisition on follow-up shots and reduced recoil.  Chambered in 357 Magnum and 38 S&W Special +P, this conceal-carry revolver has a three-inch, ported barrel and Tritium front night. The 586 has a Performance Center trigger and trigger stop as well as a teardrop hammer.  The action is tuned by the Performance Center gunsmiths.

2. 9mm Model 986 Revolver (sku: 10227) 

Smith & Wesson 10227

Consumers looking for a carry gun will be interested in the compact 9mm Model 986 revolver. The 2017 version features a seven round, CNC machined, titanium cylinder with a Performance Center-tuned action. The 2.5” barrel has a recessed precision crown making the revolver easy to conceal.  The chromed custom teardrop hammer, trigger and trigger stop add style and function, making this a great option for consumers and professionals.

About Smith & Wesson in their own words.

Smith & Wesson Corp. is a provider of quality firearms for personnel protection, target shooting and hunting in the global consumer and professional markets. Smith & Wesson is world famous for its handguns and long guns sold under the Smith & Wesson, M&P, and Thompson/Center Arms brands.  Through its Manufacturing Services Division, Smith & Wesson Corp. also provides forging, machining, and precision plastic injection molding services to a wide variety of consumer goods companies.

Here’s a link to their website. If you’re visiting SHOT Show, you can find Smith & Wesson at booth #: 13729.




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