Smith & Wesson Showcasing New Performance Center Guns for 2020

Smith & Wesson has a pile of new Performance Center firearms for 2020. (Photo: S&W)

For more information visit the S&W Performance Center’s website.

Smith & Wesson is starting the new year by introducing a bunch of new Performance Center guns, with a lot of semi-custom M&P-series pistols and improved Thompson/Center rimfire and centerfire rifles.

The new Performance Center pistols include M&P 2.0 variants in 9mm Luger and .40 S&W in both 4.25-inch and 5-inch barrel options. They include optics-ready models, ported models, and ported & optics-ready models.

“Performance Center M&P M2.0 pistols were designed with the competitive shooter in mind and are packed with features for the competitive shooter,” said Smith & Wesson director Tony Miele, Sr. “For those looking to mount an optic on their pistol without custom work, the new CORE pistols have slides cut for optics straight from the factory and will support the majority of popular pistol reflex sights on the market.”

The Combat Optics-Ready, or CORE pistols, have raised 3-dot suppressor sights for use with red dot sights. All of the Performance Center M&P pistols have tuned actions with a cleaner trigger break and a more positive, audible and tactile reset.

Both the 4.25-inch and 5-inch versions have full-size frames that offer a 15+1-round capacity in .40 S&W and 17+1 in 9mm. All of the new Performance Center pistols ship with two magazines and an accessory case including a cleaning kit.

The improved pistols have a base MSRP of $700, with real-world prices coming in at less. The ported optics-ready models run a little more and carry a suggested retail price of $714.

These rimfire rifles come in at a very approachable price for any guns with carbon fiber barrels. (Photo: S&W)

The new Performance Center Thompson/Center T/CR22 rifles, chambered for .22 Long Rifle, have carbon fiber barrels and come in multiple stock styles including Hogue Overmolded black synthetic thumbhole stocks or Altamont laminated thumbhole stocks with a stained wood, red, or blue finish.

“Building upon the success of the Performance Center T/CR22 rifles, we have designed and developed this lightweight rimfire rifle for competitive shooting and small-game hunting,” said Miele. “These rifles are designed to reduce weight through their slim, ergonomic stocks and carbon fiber barrels while being engineered to deliver the supreme accuracy and ergonomics that Performance Center is known for.”

They all have 18-inch barrels with a heavy contour and ship with one 10-round magazine. The Performance Center rimfire rifles have tuned actions and triggers and have railed receivers for use with optics.

These Performance Center T/CR22 rifles have a base suggested price of just $523, making them some of the most affordable rimfire rifles with carbon fiber-sleeved barrels on the market. The laminate stocks cost a little more and those rifles are priced at $642.

That’s not all as the Performance Center is also rolling out new T/C LRR rifles in .243 and .308 Winchester as well as 6.5 Creedmoor. These chassis rifles come fully equipped with a Vortex Diamondback 4-12×40 riflescope and an adjustable, collapsible Caldwell bipod.

Other features include a 20 MOA railed receiver, adjustable Performance Center trigger and a modular M-Lok forend. These rifles come with 5/8-24 muzzle brakes installed and have a flat dark earth or black Weather Shield finish.

These long-range-ready rifles have a base price of $1,503 which is extremely competitive considering they include the scope and bipod. Real-world and online pricing should also be lower leaving shooters with a little extra cash to buy a sling and some ammo.

For more information about these and other Performance Center products by Smith & Wesson check out their website.

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About the author: Max Slowik is a writer with over a dozen years of experience and is a lifelong shooter. He has unwavering support for the Second Amendment and the human right to self-defense. His ambition is to follow Thomas Paine, as a journalist by profession and a propagandist by inclination.

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