Smith & Wesson M&P®9 Performance Center® Ported Pistol Review
Part 2 - What's In The Box
May 27, 2015

The Smith & Wesson M&P9 Performance Center Ported Pistol came inside one of the Performance Center hard cases as shown below.


Figure 1

The end of the case had a sticker with all the crucial information related to this pistol such as:

  • Model: M&P 9 Ported
  • Caliber: 9mm
  • Type: Pistol
  • Barrel Length: 5"
  • Serial Number: shown
  • SKU: 10098

Figure 2

When I opened the case, the contents were packed as shown below.

Figure 3

Inside the case were the following:

  • M&P9 Ported Pistol
  • Two 17-round magazines
  • Three different size palm-swells (the medium one already installed on the pistol)
  • Adapter plates and screws to mount optics
  • Gun lock
  • Allen wrench to adjust the overtravel stop if needed
  • Fired case
  • Safety & Instruction Manual
  • Registration Card

Figure 4

I always like to show the fired case label because it gives me an idea on when the pistol was test fired.  This one was test fired on 3/11/15 which is an indication that it's assembly was completed recently.

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These next photos show the "as received" condition of the pistol.   It came in perfect condition just like you would expect from a new firearm.  These photos, like most in my reviews, are high resolution and clicking on them will allow you to see greater detail.

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First Impressions

Everyone has their own opinion on what makes a handgun attractive.  For me, attractiveness is more than the actual shape. I feel the impression of quality is very attractive.  In my mind, this pistol gave me the immediate impression of a quality firearm. The simple details and craftsmanship of the pistol really stood out. The pistol felt good in my hand and the trigger had a crisp pull with nearly no overtravel.  One thing I did note was that the pull weight seemed higher than the 4 to 5.5 pounds than I was expecting.  When I got the pistol home, I immediately checked the pull weight and it came in at about 7 pounds.  I didn't hesitate and immediately called S&W and sent the pistol back to them to correct the issue.  After about 5 weeks, the pistol was returned to me and S&W replaced the sear (according to the paperwork) and it now comes in at about 5.4 pounds.  New first impression... the trigger pull was still not the 4.5 pounds I was hoping, but this new pull weight was still a great feeling trigger and the reset was very short.

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