Smith & Wesson’s New Easy-Racking EQUALIZER Optics-Ready Micro-Compact 9mm Pistol

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Smith & Wesson EQUALIZER 9mm Pistol

From Smith & Wesson . . .

Smith & Wesson Brands, Inc. (NASDAQ Global Select: SWBI), a leader in firearm manufacturing and design, introduces the all-new S&W EQUALIZER.

Level the playing field with our best-performing micro-compact to date. Next-gen EZ technology, low recoil impulse, and versatile magazine capacity all in a compact footprint, make the EQUALIZER an ultimate CCW. This 9MM offering provides the perfect balance of power and capacity across 10, 13, and 15-round magazines.

Smith & Wesson EQUALIZER 9mm Pistol

The EQUALIZER features a single-action trigger that allows for a short take-up, clean break, and fast reset to make follow-up shots quicker. The slide operates using easy-to-rack technology to cater to a wide variety of needs and the frame includes a picatinny-style rail to mount lights or lasers for any defense scenario. A new optic cut pattern allows the user to mount their choice of sight for enhanced accuracy and the 3.675” barrel gives a longer sight radius for increased iron sight precision. The EQUALIZER also features a new grip texture and pattern designed to give you more control when firing and more comfort when carrying.

Smith & Wesson EQUALIZER 9mm Pistol

“The EQUALIZER is a total package micro-compact pistol. Its multi-purpose design allows for a variety of setup options for use at the range and/or for personal carry, while not compromising on firepower or comfort,” said John Myles, Senior Manager of New Products.

Smith & Wesson EQUALIZER 9mm Pistol

Get the big performance you need in a small, versatile handgun. Smith & Wesson is proud to introduce the S&W EQUALIZER.

Caliber: 9mm Luger
Capacity: Caliber10+1, 13+1, 15+1
Safety: Thumb Safety
Length: 6.75
Front Sight: White Dot
Rear Sight: White 2-Dot
Action: Internal Hammer Fired
Grip: Polymer
Barrel Material: Stainless Steel with Armornite Finish
Slide Material: Stainless Steel with Armornite Finish
Frame Finish: Matte Black
Barrel Length: 3.675″ (9.3 cm)
Weight: 22.9 oz.
MSRP: $599

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  1. Not bad looking, but they could have scaled down the large sized engraved EQUALIZER on the left side of the slide.

      • The next model, the Equitizer, is still in development. It will be trans-calibered. You can put whatever kind of ammo in it that you identify with on a given day.

        There’s been reliability problems. Also, be aware that it you call it a .40 when it’s loaded with 9mm, you could be charged with a hate crime.

        • 🤣🤣🤣🤣Democrat’s.

          I’ve got to give the CEO of S & W credit though. When called before Maloney’s Gun Violence “Committee,” he had the balls to say he supports abolishing the NFA and limiting ATF. Unlike Ruger and Daniel Defense who asked which cheek would Maloney like kissed.

    • Can you imagine what a hostile prosecutor or a criminal’s attorney would say about that? Better to have a plain Shield EZ.

      • Yeah, my thought exactly. Might as well have the Punisher logo.

        So we have the Shield. Then the Shield Plus. Then the Shield 2.0. Then the EZ. Now the Equalizer…

    • I agree. Frankly, I shy away from guns and accessories from manufacturers that want you to be their advertisement signs. A little bit of small discreet wording or a small company logo, well ok, but this big screaming EQUALIZER is a bit over the top.

    • Then again, who wants a weapon to be equal, I want something above and beyond superior that commands attention, give it a real kickass name first off!

      • Oh, then you want the “SOUL DESTROYING LIFE ENDING AVENGING EQUALIZER ++” model. It comes complete with a tactical ‘Punisher Skull’ card deck dispenser that places a ‘Punisher Skull’ card on each bad guy you take down. For an extra $100.00 you can get the Picitinny rail mounted tactical Charon’s obol coin dispenser so you can also place Charon’s obol coins on the eyes of the deceased bad guys.

        • “Oh, then you want the “SOUL DESTROYING LIFE ENDING AVENGING EQUALIZER ” model.”

          Not at all. Without the ability to attach a miniature chain saw, what you describe is pretty weak sauce.

        • “Not at all. Without the ability to attach a miniature chain saw, what you describe is pretty weak sauce.”

          Don’t worry, the after market will take care of that for you.


  2. Hmmm, hammer fired, external safety…treat it as a 1911 when carrying and it should work well. Wonder how the trigger is?

    Maybe we have a worthy contender for the Sig 365…finally.

  3. Great! Just what I want engraved on the side of my EDC if I have to use it. What Soul Stealer, Avenger, and Life Ender was taken?

  4. I like the optic ready side and I want to like the gun itself, but that safety on the back of the grip completely eliminates the probability of me ever purchasing one.

  5. I like the gun but HATE the name. The M&P name had a certain brand credibility; this sounds tacky and unworthy of S&W. Way too inviting to hostile counsel; like a Mossberg “Persuader”.

  6. Why a grip safety? Normal 1911s aren’t safe without it, and the HS Produkt’s thing only has it so it passes ATF “sporting purpose” (reminder that the ATF holds the Mossberg 590’s bayonet lug would disqualify it from being “sporting purpose” for importation law, but not “sporting purpose” for if it’s a “destructive device”). Why does this thing have it?

    • It’s a hammer-fired single action pistol that cannot be decocked, and since they offer a no-manual safety version- it NEEDS to have a grip safety in order for it to be carried safely with a round in the camber.

  7. Hmmmm. Is that actually a grip safety, or is it a cocking mechanism a-la the old H&K P7?

    If the latter . . . holding the gun in the firing position would cock it, and releasing it automatically de-cocks it. That could be *very* interesting.

  8. i need another 9mm handgun like i need a hole in the head
    i shall purchase this one
    and only if
    they make a performance center version of it
    it will be my 380 shield ezs companion
    which is also a performance center version

  9. I like the concept and styling of this gun with the exception of “Equalizer” slapped across the side. Just make a simple S&W rollmark and call it a day as far as branding. Even Springfield is starting to listen and have the name in smaller font along the slide like their new “Prodigy” line.

  10. Wow, that is a terrible looking piece of hardware. Over the top everything, like it was designed by a 90’s Jersey housewife. Throw some leopard print on it.

  11. @40 cal Booger
    “Don’t worry, the after market will take care of that for you.”

    Not sure we are talking about the same thing.

    “Aftermarket” for me is a chilled decanter of ChamPipple, as a reward for a tough day at the grocery store.

  12. I borrowed one and fired it at my range today. Rear sight was off – shot low and to the left. It is easy to rack, but my biggest complaint is the LONG trigger reset. After a number of failed attempts, seems I had to let my finger to almost the trigger guard to reset. And you’re right – the huge, screaming roll mark is a bit over the top. Strangely, these pics show a thumb safety, but the NTS model has none. The three mags and Maglula loader is a nice touch, but no thanks.

  13. Grip Safeties: Virtuous Feature or Pyalgic Anachronism?

    I recall reading, many years ago, that John Moses himself, considered the Grip Safety to be redundant, and that he only added it to the design at the insistence of the Ordinance Dept. I don’t remember if it was in a book or a gun magazine article that I’d read, but the fact that he didn’t considered a GS for the High Power speaks silent volumes.
    I can vividly recall, at six or seven, my father taking me shooting for the first time, and him tapping my forehead gently with his index finger, and saying “the best most foolproof safety on a gun is right in here.” In the 56 years since then, I’ve had one negligent discharge in my teens, when the bulky gloves I was wearing as I attempted to remove the cartridge from a model 94, slipped off the hammer, and discharged into the dirt in front of me. That was the first and only time, and the look on my father’s face I can remember to this day. I was ready to sink into the ground.
    I’m not a 1911 Fan, a Spanish made Clone I purchased in the early 80s was the original Jam-O-Matic. I couldn’t get rid of that gun quick enough, and sold it at a considerable loss. I’m afraid that has made me leery of exploring the platform more. Now that I’m retired on a fixed income, it’s doubtful I’ll have opportunity to try the platform or S&W’s latest offering. Especially since the current A$$hole in Chief seems intent on ruining the US Economy.

  14. I would appreciate some information on how an easy to rack pistol would not have an increase in felt recoil. I fired one the other day and thought the recoil was very snappy, especially compared to my 365. Maybe it is technically true that there is no increase in recoil, considering physics, inertia and all that stuff, but it felt as if the lighter weight spring sure translated to more felt recoil.


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