An oft-quoted phrase when it comes to personal protection goes like this: “God created man, and Samuel Colt made them equal.” Now another iconic name in American firearms, Smith & Wesson, is reminding law-abiding citizens—especially women—that the playing field is always level when it comes to their safety, as it introduces its newest micro 9 pistol, the Equalizer.
The introduction is in keeping with the recently reported trend that more law-abiding citizens are turning to micro 9 mm pistols for concealed carry—a trend toward which women have significantly contributed. And NRA Women should be very excited about this one.
Smith & Wesson says the latest addition to its CCW lineup features “next-gen EZ technology” and low recoil, which piques our interest tremendously, since the manufacturer’s extraordinarily popular M&P EZ380 and M&P EZ9 have earned multiple accolades from nearly all NRA Publications editors, as well as in independent testing with our Ladies Pistol Projects.
The Equalizer features a single-action trigger, which allows for a short take-up, clean break, and fast reset, which we know translates to faster follow-up shots. The slide operates using easy-to-rack technology, and the frame includes a Picatinny-style rail for mounting lights or lasers. What’s more, a new optic cut pattern allows users to mount their choice of sight, while a 3.675” barrel gives a longer sight radius for increased iron sight precision. The Equalizer also features a new grip texture and pattern designed for more control when firing and more comfort when carrying.
"The Equalizer is a total package micro-compact pistol," said John Myles, senior manager of new products for Smith & Wesson. "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."
Manufacturer: Smith & Wesson; smith-wesson.com
Action Type: Hammer-fired, single-action semi-automatic
Caliber: 9 mm
Capacity: 10+1 rounds
Slide: Stainless steel
Barrel Length: 3.675 “
Sights: Two-white-dot rear, single-white-dot front; optics cut
Weight: 22.9 ozs.
Accessories: 10-, 13- and 15-round magazines, magazine loader, lock, manual
For more, go to smith-wesson.com.