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Smith & Wesson M&P 9EZ Shield

Smith & Wesson M&P 9EZ

Building on the success of the M&P 380EZ, Smith & Wesson is introduced the new M&P9 EZ today.

The new gun blends the easy-racking slide of the original pistol with the more powerful 9mm cartridge. This means that people with reduced hand strength are no longer handicapped by the comparatively low powered .380 ACP.

Features of the new M&P 9EZ include:

  • a slide that is easy to manipulate
  • a slide with tapered rear slide serrations
  • magazines with a loading tab for easier insertion of rounds
  • reversible magazine release
  • a one-piece trigger design

In the above video, Julie Golob gives you an introduction to the pistol.

Standard ModelCrimson Trace Model
caliber9mm9mm
capacity8+18+1
actioninternal hammer firedinternal hammer fired
barrel length3.675"3.675"
overall length6.8"6.8"
weightapproximately 23.2 ozapproximately 23.8 oz
sights3 white dot3 white dot and Crimson Trace Red Laserguard
grippolymerpolymer
finishmatte blackmatte black
MSRP$479$479

Guns will be available with and without a thumb safety. All of the pistols will have a grip safety.

Easy to Load Smith Wesson MP 9EZ

Smith & Wesson is also offering a version of the gun with a Crimson Trace Laserguard that uses a red aiming laser. Lasers can be very useful for people when a traditional sight picture is unavailable. For example, if you are knocked to the ground or are using cover that precludes the alignment of gun and eye.

At this time, Smith & Wesson lists all versions of the M&P 9EZ at the same price: $479. It would seem that there is no additional charge for getting the pistol with the Crimson Trace Laserguard.

I found Palmetto State Armory is currently offering the 9mm EZ pistols for $399 here.

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Handguns

New Bodyguard 380 Pistols Without Thumb Safety

Smith and Wesson Bodyguard 380 without thumb safety

Smith & Wesson will introduce a pair of new Bodyguard 380 pistols without thumb safeties at the SHOT Show next month according to two sources. One of the guns will have a Crimson Trace laser, while the second will not have any laser.

Ever since they were introduced, many in the Smith & Wesson camp have decried the inclusion of the thumb safety. While there are some people that absolutely insist on having a thumb safety on their pistol, there is another group of shooters who won’t buy a gun (or at least a double action only pistol) with one installed.

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Smith & Wesson: Guns & Profit

Getting rid of Walther, grabbing market share and selling to the professional market all contributed to increased sales and gross profit for Smith & Wesson in the quarter ending August 31, 2013 according to company officials.

For consumers, the best news might have been the company’s focus to eliminate the order backlog and the goal to move from operating at capacity to operating at demand.

So, what new guns does the company have in the pipeline, and what role will the state of Illinois play in the future of Smith & Wesson?  Let’s take a look at the past quarter and gaze into the future with the insights gained from the company’s latest earnings call.

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Smith & Wesson Gross Profit Up 35.5%

Smith Wesson LogoSmith & Wesson released the company’s financial results for the quarter ending October 31, 2012.  For the second quarter (fiscal 2013), Smith & Wesson posted a gross profit of more than $48 million, representing an increase of 35.5% over the second quarter of the previous year.

Net sales for the quarter were up $136.6 million, representing an incredible increase of 48% over the quarter from the prior year.  Keep in mind that the quarter ended before President Obama was re-elected in November.

S&W noted in their results that they have increased their production capacity and improved their supply chain efficiency.  Even with these improvements, the company continued to receive more orders than they could produce.  In fact, the order backlog increased 122% compared to the second quarter of 2012.  The total value of the backlog orders is $332.7 million.  I wonder how much that jumped after the election?

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Smith & Wesson Income and Sales Above Expectations

Smith Wesson LogoSmith & Wesson, one of just a few publicly traded gun companies, released a statement announcing preliminary sales and profit data for the second quarter of fiscal year 2013.  The numbers were a significant improvement compared to the same time one year ago and beat previous expectations for this quarter.

According to S&W, net sales were up $44 million, or about 48%, compared to the second quarter of fiscal year 2012.  Net income is expected to be between $0.23 and $0.24 per diluted share, which is above the company’s prior guidance of $0.19 to $0.21, and well above last year’s $0.01 per share.