Smith & Wesson Brands, Inc. has launched the latest expansion in its M&P M2.0 line of handguns with the newly enhanced M&P9 M2.0 Compact and the full-sized M&P M2.0. The newest models come standard with a new trigger and optics-ready cut slide.
The company’s C.O.R.E. system of mounting plates accepts a variety of popular optics. The new M2.0 flat-face trigger is said to deliver consistency for more accurate shot placement, according to John Myles, Smith & Wesson’s Senior Product Manager. Also, these new M2.0 handguns are available with or without an ambidextrous manual thumb safety, an 18-degree grip angle, four interchangeable palmswell grip inserts, and enhanced grip texture to help manage recoil. The MSRP on the M&P9 M2.0 pistol is $654 to $665.
Mossberg Announces 590S Pump-Action Line
O.F. Mossberg & Sons, Inc. has introduced the 590S Series of 12-gauge pump-actions, which are capable of cycling 1.75-, 2.75-, and 3-inch shotshells interchangeably, in any combination, without the use of an adaptor. The 590S Series includes two full-length stock options and two versions of the bird’s head-gripped Shockwave. Based on Mossberg’s 500 pump-action platform, 590 tactical guns include non-binding twin action bars, positive steel-to-steel lock-up and anti-jam elevator, dual extractors, drilled and tapped receivers, and an ambidextrous top-mounted safety. Additional features of the 590S series include black synthetic stock and fore end, cylinder bore barrel (AccuChoke barrel on the 20-inch version), matte-blue metal finish, sling swivel studs, a clean-out magazine tube with cap, and a logo-engraved receiver on all models. Key design changes of the 590S include a redesigned elevator and bolt slide combined with the addition of an energy-absorbing bumper.
Available in two configurations, the 590S with 18.5-inch barrel (51603) features a front bead sight and corncob forend, while the 20-inch version (51602) has an adjustable Ghost Ring sight, AccuChoke-compatible barrel and an M-LOK compatible forend. MSRP: $605 to $708. The compact bird’s head-gripped Shockwave versions come with a choice of 14.375 (51601) or 18.5-inch (51600) barrel lengths, front bead sight, and strapped, corncob-style fore end. MSRP: $605.
Federal Loads New Punch 44 S&W Special Ammo
Federal Ammunition’s new Punch 44 S&W Special self-defense load employs a 180-grain jacketed hollow-point bullet that has a modified thickness of the jacket, skive depth, hollow-point geometry and even differences in lead cores. The Punch 44 S&W Special is more affordable because it’s not engineered to be a top-scoring product in duty-ammunition test procedures. MSRP is $36 per box of 20.