Smith & Wesson introduced a new pro-series of M&P pistols yesterday called the C.O.R.E. and I just don’t get it. I know that seems odd as I have writing about red dots on defensive pistols, I’m in the early process of having a similar Glock built and I have talked with folks like Michael Bane about their thoughts/experiences and impressions of where the technology is going.
I even like Smith & Wesson’s the execution!
The release says the gun have a new stippled backstrap that mimics what many shooters are doing… Good!
They have the performance center sear which gives the gun a defined reset, eliminating the ghost/surprise reset that I have complained about in the past and no magazine safety… Great!
They added taller sights and coordinated mounting plates so the sights and the dots co-witness… Awesome!
So what’s my issue? Read the 1st part of the press release and try to catch it…
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (November 7, 2012) — Smith & Wesson Corp. today announced that
four new models have been added to the Company’s premier line of M&P® polymer pistols.
Based on the popular Pro Series line of competition ready firearms, the new M&P C.O.R.E
(Competition Optics Ready Equipment) models offer consumers a specialized platform for
adding accessory optics to their personal handguns. Engineered to accept six popular styles of
competition based optics, the M&P C.O.R.E models are easily adapted to meet any demand.
Did you see it?
C.O.R.E. stands for Competition Optics Ready Equipment. To me this is a fighting gun, not a competition gun.
With an RMR in place (I’m finding that is the only currently available likely to hold up) this gun is not legal in IDPA and it would be at a disadvantage to guns running frame mounted optics in USPSA Open.
To me… Using a slide mounted optic is a compromise of size vs utility. It is not the best choice for a go fast race gun, nor is it the best choice for concealibility or ease of carry, but it is small enough to carry, it works with our natural tendencies and can offer the same sight picture as your rifle (if that is important to you).
By putting “Competition” in the name Smith & Wesson may be opening the door for challenges from police departments and lawyers that have issues with using competition gear on the streets.
Assuming the dot holds up, this looks like a phenomenal duty gun. And if they would offer it in the mid-sized 15rd version I have been screaming for, I would likely put my RMR’d Glock 19 plans on hold in favor of an off the shelf product. I hope I am wrong and the Smith & Wesson marketing team is probably better informed than I, but I’m afraid that its marketing might cause it to be less of a success than it should be.