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Smith and Wesson M&P9 JG: Special Edition “Julie Goloski Champion Series” Pistol

Smith & Wesson M&P9 JG

Smith and Wesson introduced the M&P9 JG “Julie Goloski Champion Series” 9mm pistol. This new pistol was designed in collaboration with champion shooter Julie Goloski (now Julie Golob.)

The M&P9 JG features several design changes from the normal 9mm M&P. The front sight is a fiber optic sight for enhanced visibility. The rear sight has been replaced with the Warren Tactical rear sight.

Smith & Wesson M&P9 JG

caliber9mm
standard magazine capacity17 rounds
barrel length4.25"
overall length7.63"
weight (unloaded)24 ounces
front sightfiber optic
rear sightWarren Tactical

The M&P9 JG comes with the normal three interchangeable palm-swell grips plus two new grips in bright pink. The new grips are one each of the small and medium sizes. The slide features an engraved breast cancer awareness ribbon. Smith and Wesson will donate a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the M&P9 JG to a breast cancer awareness charity.

M&P9 JG pistol

If you are interested in the M&P9, but not enamored with the pink grips, check out this article on more Pro Series 9mm pistols from Smith & Wesson.  I personally own an M&P 9 pistol (full size) and have gotten a lot of good service from it.  It runs very reliably, is easy shooting and is extremely accurate.  Although I prefer light to medium weight (115 gr – 124 gr) hollow points for self-defense, this gun’s accuracy is phenomenal with the 147 grain bullets.

Here’s a video from a YouTube user named “Thetictacman”:

Update

The M&P9 JG pistol has been discontinued.  The exact date the gun was pulled from production is not known. As of the time of this writing, there are no other S&W pistols supporting breast cancer research. It is not known if the company plans on introducing a new cancer awareness pistol.

Although the model number (M&P9 JG) would not need to change, Julie Goloski is now Julie Golob due to her recent nuptials. It is unlikely that this happy event is the reason behind the discontinued pistol. Chances are it is a simple issue of economics. As long as the product is profitable, the company is going to sell it.

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Rifles

Smith and Wesson M&P15R: 5.45×39 Rifle and Upper

The new Smith and Wesson M&P15R is a rifle chambered in 5.45×39.  S&W developed this new AR variant due to the rising costs of .223/5.56 NATO ammunition.  The 5.45×39 cartridge was developed for the AK-74 rifle in the early 1970s.  Few guns in made the United States are chambered for it, and consequently, surplus ammo is comparatively cheap.  The 5.45×39 is not interchangeable with the 5.56×45 NATO (or .223 Remington) cartridge which is the standard cartridge AR-15 platform rifles.

Smith and Wesson M&P15R

The M&P15R features a chrome-lined 16″ barrel with a 1:8″ twist, M4 style post front sight, and a six-position collapsible stock. The rifle comes with one 30-round magazine.

A “mil-spec” upper is also available for people who already own an AR, but would like to shoot 5.45×39. The upper comes with a 30-round magazine and a bolt carrier assembly and should drop right onto any mil-spec AR lower.

The M&P15R has a suggested retail price of $1146.00 and the upper alone has an MSRP of $751.00.  Street prices should be significantly less.

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Handguns

Smith & Wesson Model 629 Stealth Hunter

Launched in 2008, the Smith & Wesson Model 629 Stealth Hunter is a Performance Center revolver designed for handgun hunting. The .44 Magnum remains in the company’s catalog, and the company expanded the offering to a second SKU.

Let’s dive in and take a look at the Stealth Hunter revolvers.