In retrospect, Smith & Wesson had nobody to blame for the situation but themselves. The company didn’t invent the subcompact, lightweight, single-stack nine, of course. Walther and Beretta had preceded the original Shield to market by a few years with the PPS and the Nano, respectively, and Kahr had more or less created the niche back in the 1990s.
Now Hawke Optics is building on the success of their new line of its red dots and reflex sights and is coming out with a new Red Dot Riser with Quick Release.
Attaching a red-dot sight to a handgun is plenty useful, though choosing the right sight and footprint can be more than a little confusing.
Springfield Armory recently introduced a 15-round magazine for the Hellcat, adding capacity to an already impressive micro 9 mm.