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The P224 is basically a P229 that has been cut down to fit the traditional dimensions of a subcompact. It's available in 9mm, .40 S&W, and .357 SIG. The SAS (anti-snag) model also features a recessed hammer and a dehorned slide and frame.
SIG Sauer's P224 SAS DAK pistol offers a compact package, reliable operation, and "revolver like" trigger system. Read Nick Jacobellis' full "Arsenal" review of the pistol. Photos courtesy of Alex Landeen.
The XD Sub-Compact pistols scored well in my CQB drills. I had no problem using the 9mm XD Sub-Compact to consistently engage a steel plate the same size as the scoring area of a TQ19 Police Qualification Target at various distances, including at longer ranges.
Smith & Wesson's M&P9 Shield has been designed for civilian concealed carry, but is also an excellent undercover or off-duty weapon. Our full coverage of the Shield includes Paul Scarlata's full "Arsenal" review; Nick Jacobellis' blog on why the pistol is ideal for officers; and a marketing video from S&W. This gallery includes exclusive photos that didn't appear in print. Photos by Michael Hughes and Nick Jacobellis.
Smith & Wesson's M&P9 Shield is a subcompact pistol suitable for "deep cover" carry by undercover and off-duty police officers. The Shield is available in either 9mm or .40 S&W.
Ruger's SR40 duty pistol may be the first semi-auto from the company that could catch on with law enforcement officers. Ruger introduced the first striker-fired polymer pistol, the SR9, in 2007. Because .40-caliber S&W is the leading duty ammo in law enforcement, the company introduced a pistol to compete in this realm. In his "Arsenal" review in the March issue of POLICE Magazine, Paul Scarlata called the SR40 a "a pleasingly accurate pistol."
The SR40's slide is machined from solid stainless steel, and it is the narrowest of any of its contemporaries. The slide also features very aggressive grasping grooves, making it easy to retract even with wet hands or when wearing gloves.
Not only have the ergonomics of the Gen 4 Glocks been vastly improved. So have some of the interior components.
There can be no denying that Smith & Wesson's Military & Police (M&P) pistol has been wholeheartedly accepted by law enforcement agencies both here in the United States and overseas. So what could S&W do to make this popular pistol even more popular?