Smith & Wesson has released a new pistol caliber carbine, the S&W RESPONSE. As the company’s first MSR-style carbine, it is easily compatible with many existing MSR parts and accessories. The gun is chambered in 9mm and has a 23+1 capacity out of the box. It ships with two 23-round M&P double-stack magazines, but the cool thing here is that it comes with a system that broadens your options for magazines.
“If you love to accessorize PCCs and set up with your pistol mags and interfacing with your handgun, this is the rifle for you.” – John Myles, Senior Product Manager
According to Smith & Wesson, the innovative and easy-to-install FLEXMAGTM System consists of interchangeable magwell adaptors that allow the firearm to operate using a variety of S&W and other manufacturer magazines. The RESPONSE comes with two FLEXMAG kits that are compatible with either M&P double-stack or G17/G19 magazines.
Other features include a 16.5-inch barrel with a 1/2×28 thread for the mounting of 9mm compatible muzzle devices. The polymer handguard has a top Picatinny rail and M-LOK slots at 3, 6, and 9 o’clock to allow for the addition of aftermarket optics and accessories. It also comes with a Magpul MOE SL stock, flat face trigger, and an M&P grip with four interchangeable palmswell adaptors. The overall length of the RESPONSE is just over 35 inches, and it weighs just under 6 pounds.
“The Smith & Wesson Response is our solution for the PCC shooter that enjoys MSR platforms and prefers interfacing capabilities with various pistol magazines available in the market today. Its compatibility with the vast network of MSR aftermarket accessories allows the user to easily customize the Response to their specific preferences and needs. Smith & Wesson listened to the consumer and our goal was to deliver a completely versatile pistol caliber carbine that would be a perfect companion to your sidearm. This design is our response,” said John Myles, Senior Product Manager.