First Look: Smith & Wesson Equalizer 9 mm Pistol

Smith & Wesson releases the Equalizer 9 mm pistol.

posted on November 8, 2022
Smith & Wesson Equalizer 9 mm pistol facing left

Calling it the company’s “best-performing micro-compact to date,” Smith & Wesson describes the engineering in the Equalizer as “Next-gen EZ technology” that offers a low recoil impulse and versatile magazine capacity in a compact footprint. Slightly larger than Smith & Wesson’s M&P9 Shield Plus, the Equalizer offers similar capacity, with flush-fit 10-round magazines and extended 13- and 15-round versions available. The Equalizer features the same single-action trigger as its EZ counterparts that provides a short take-up, clean break and fast reset for rapid follow-up shots when needed.

Operating using the same easy-to-rack technology as the EZ series, the Equalizer fits a wide variety of shooters and varying hand strength. Included on the dustcover of the frame is a picatinny-style rail to mount lights or lasers if desired. A novel optic-cut pattern allows a variety of powered optical sights for enhanced accuracy, while the 3.675-inch barrel offers a longer sight radius for those who prefer iron sights. Smith & Wesson’s new Equalizer pistol also features a new grip texture and pattern engineered to give the shooter more control when firing, and greater comfort when carrying.

"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.

Fans of Smith & Wesson’s EZ series who have been looking for something with the same easy operating system, but greater capacity, now have the Equalizer as an option. Pronounced slide serrations fore and aft allow greater purchase in charging the pistol, while the familiar grip safety and optional manual thumb safety offer peace of mind. Enlarged controls for easier manipulation make the Equalizer a natural choice for new and experienced shooters alike.


Manufacturer: Smith & Wesson;
Action Type: Hammer-fired, single-action semi-automatic
Caliber: 9 mm
Capacity: 10+1 rounds
Frame: Polymer
Slide: Stainless steel
Barrel Length: 3.675 inches
Sights: Two-white-dot rear, single-white-dot front; optics cut
Length: 6.75 inches
Width: 1.04 inches
Height: 4.5 inches
Weight: 22.9 ounces
Accessories: 10-, 13- and 15-round magazines, magazine loader, lock, manual
MSRP $599


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